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Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis logo.svg
Location 4900 Six Flags Road
Eureka, Missouri 63025, United States
Coordinates 38°30?46?N 90°40?30?W / 38.512806°N 90.675050°W / 38.512806; -90.675050Coordinates: 38°30?46?N 90°40?30?W / 38.512806°N 90.675050°W / 38.512806; -90.675050
Owner Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Opened June 5, 1971; 46 years ago (June 5, 1971)
Previous names Six Flags over Mid-America (1971 to 1996)
Operating season March to December
Area 323 acres (1.31 km2)
Rides
Total 40
Roller coasters 9
Website Six Flags St Louis
Panorama of the park entrance

Six Flags St. Louis, formerly Six Flags Over Mid-America, is a theme park located in Eureka, Missouri. The park opened on June 5, 1971 and features seven themed areas as well as numerous attractions and live shows. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park is free with park admission. The park brands itself as "Missouri's Coaster Capital".

History

The park opened in 1971 as the third theme park of the Six Flags chain and is the only one of the three remaining parks completely built, owned and operated by Six Flags.

The park opened with six themed sections--Spain, France, England, the United States, Illinois, and Missouri, representing the "Six Flags" for the park.[1]

Six Flags St. Louis was located on 503 acres (204 ha) of land according to the Six Flags 2014 Annual Report.[2] Six Flags sold 180 acres of undeveloped land east of the park to home developer McBride & Sons.[3] According to the Six Flags 2015 Annual Report, the park now owns 323 acres of land (283 acres of land are used by the park with an additional 40 acres of undeveloped land).[4]

Themed areas

Current themed areas
Illinois (1989-present)
Studio Backlot (1995-present)
Britannia (1994-present)
DC Comics Plaza (1997-present)
Chouteau's Market (1995-present)
1904 World's Fair (1993-present)
Gateway To The West (1993-present)
Bugs Bunny National Park (2006-present)

Illinois

The back area of the park, themed to the state of Illinois. The area includes many references to various real-life locations and culture within the state, as well as fictional aspects such as Superman's presence in Metropolis.

Studio Backlot

Themed to Hollywood and its famous characters and themes, the most prominent themes are Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, as well as ninjas.

Britannia

Themed to Great Britain as it was in its medieval period.

DC Comics Plaza

This area celebrates the DC Comics Multiverse, including not only the comic universes but the TV, movie and video game universes as well.

Chouteau's Market

Themed to a sea market, includes Tsunami Soaker, and Spinsanity.

1904 World's Fair

Themed to the 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) in St Louis, features many foods commonly found in fairs as well as buildings themed to the early 1900s.

Gateway to the West

Themed to the rural Midwest of the United States, features the River King Mine Train and Thunder River.

Bugs Bunny National Park

Based on Warner Bros. Animation's Looney Tunes cartoons, features many rides for young children.

Rides

Roller coasters

Ride Name Picture Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
River King Mine Train SFSL River King Mine Train.jpg 1971 Arrow Mine Train Gateway To The West Location was originally part of the Illinois section. One of two separate Arrow Mine Train roller coasters, one of which was sent to Dollywood. Other Names - The River King Mine Train (1971), River King Run-Away Mine Train (1972-1983), Rail Blazer (1984). Operated with Stand-up trains as "Rail Blazer"
Screamin' Eagle Screamin Eagle, Six Flags St. Louis.jpg 1976 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters wooden roller coaster, designed by John C. Allen. Illinois Opened as the tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster in the world. An American Coaster Enthusiasts Landmark.
Ninja SFSL-Ninja.jpg 1989 Arrow/Vekoma Custom MK-1200 Studio Backlot Relocated from Vancouver's Expo 1986 fair, where it was known as Scream Machine. Repainted in 1996 from its original red track and white support color scheme.
Batman: The Ride Batman - The Ride - St. Louis.jpg 1995 B&M Inverted roller coaster Studio Backlot Opened in 1995 as one of the nine installations of the same design in the Six Flags chain, however one of the few with a mirrored drop and layout.
Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast[5] Mr. Freeze, Six Flags St. Louis.jpg 1998 Premier Rides LIM launched roller coaster DC Comics Plaza Originally ran forwards, but in 2012, changes were made to the launch system to allow for the trains to launch out of the station backwards for a more thrilling experience.

Other Names - Mr.Freeze (1998-2011).

The Boss The Boss - Six Flags St. Louis.jpg 2000 Custom Coasters International wooden terrain roller coaster Britannia Tallest and fastest coaster built by Custom Coasters International. The eighth longest wooden roller coaster in the world, with 5,051 feet of track.
Pandemonium[6] Six Flags St. Louis- Pandemonium.jpg 2007 Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster Britannia Replaced Sherwood Forest Theater. Other Names - Tony Hawk's Big Spin (2007-2010).
American Thunder[7] Evel Knievel ride.JPG 2008 GCI wooden twister coaster 1904 World's Fair Ride located where part of the Moon Antique Cars was located and where the "Fairgrounds"/Looney Tunes Town/Goodtime Hollow kiddie area was located. Other Names - Evel Knievel (2008-2010),Cubs Thunder (Fright Fest 2015)
Boomerang[8] Six Flags St. Louis.jpg 2013 Vekoma Boomerang Illinois Originally operated as Flashback at Six Flags Over Texas from 1989-2012 until it was completely refurbished and repainted then relocated to Six Flags St Louis for the 2013 season. Replaced Water Street Cab Company.

Current adult rides

Ride Name Picture Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
The Log Flume 1971 Arrow Log Flume DC Comics Plaza Other Names - The Hoo Hoo Log Flume (1971-1977), The Plunge (1978 - 1979), Log Flume (1980 - 2000)(2006-Present), The Ice Mountain Splash (2001-2005). Log Flume Ride that features 2 different courses and an on-ride photo.
Moon Antique Cars 1971 Arrow Antique Cadillac 1904 World's Fair Ride originally had 2 sides/tracks, one side/track removed during 80s, track shortened in 1999, lengthened in 2006.

Ride was heavily modified for the 2008 season for American Thunder (formerly Evel Knievel).

Six Flags Railroad 1971 Crown Metal Products 1904 World's Fair and Bugs Bunny National Park A narrow gauge railroad featuring two stations, St. Louis and Bugs Bunny National Park (Old Chicago).

Engine is named Tommy G. Robertson after the head maintenance official when the park first opened. Tommy G. Robertson is a real-working 25 ton steam locomotive that burns non-polluting propane.

During Fright Fest, the train was originally converted to the "Terror Train" with a main villain "Pigman" who hijacks the train and scares guests. After 2010, there have been many rethemings for Fright Fest, including "Zombie Rails" in 2012, the "Holidead Express" in 2013, and most recently "Radioactive Rails" in 2014. For the Fright Fest 2015 season, the train will not have a show at all for the first time in the history of the event.

Six Flags originally had two engines, the #5 was green and is now at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and the #6 which is red and still operating at the park today. Tommy G. Robertson had a few modifications later after the initial design such as moving the whistle to the top of the steam dome.

Grand Ole Carousel 1972 1915 PTC Carousel Britannia Other Names - Carousel (1972-1983), Grand Ole Carousel (1984-1994), Enchanted Carousel (1995-1997).
Shazam! 1972 Eli Bridge Scrambler DC Comics Plaza Originally located in USA section (near where Ninja's station is located), moved to current location in 1988

Was closed for a complete rebuild. Reopened at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Other Names - Space Scramble (1972 - 1980), The Scrambler (1981 - 1986), U.S. Express (1987), El Toro Bravo (1988-1996)

Highland Fling 1977 Schwarzkopf Enterprise Britannia Refurbished Cars received from Six Flags Fiesta Texas's Wagon Wheel ride in 2015
The Joker Inc. 1980 Intamin Bounty - swinging ship Studio Backlot Other Names - The Buccaneer (1980 - 1986), Yankee Clipper (1987 - 1994), Gotham Harbor (1995).
Thunder River 1983 Intamin river rapids ride Gateway To The West Replaced Mississippi Adventure, entrance replaced Tiltmore Hotel.
Colossus 1986 Carousel Holland B.V. 180 ft (55 m) tall Ferris wheel 1904 World's Fair Replaced Pet-A-Pet petting zoo. There are two sets of lights installed, one for the regular season, and one that is a big animated pumpkin for the annual Fright Fest event.

Ride was relocated from the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tidal Wave 1991 Hopkins Shoot-the-Chutes water ride Illinois
Xcalibur 2003 Ronald Bussink Professional Rides Evolution Britannia Replaced Great Escape arcade (original Illinois Sky-Way station building).

Ride moved from Six Flags Great Adventure.

Superman: Tower Of Power 2006 Intamin 230 ft (70 m). tall giant drop Illinois Ride Relocated from Six Flags Astroworld.
SkyScreamer 2011 Funtime StarFlyer Illinois Tallest ride in park at 236 feet (72 m). High-flying chair swing.
Tsunami Soaker 2014 Mack Rides Twist 'n' Splash Chouteau's Market Replaced the "Hannibarrels" in 2014 which had been out of operation since the 1997 season.
Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 2015 Sally Corporation Interactive Dark Ride DC Comics Plaza Replaced Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp.
Fireball 2016 Larson International Super Loop Illinois Replaced Rush Street Flyer.
Spinsanity 2017 Zamperla Mega Disk'O Chouteau's Market A whirling Disk'O ride.

Current kiddie rides

Ride Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots 1975 Chance Rides Red Baron - kiddie biplane ride Bugs Bunny National Park Moved from former location in Goodtime Hollow/Looney Tunes Town in 2006.

Other Names - Red Baron (1975-1984), Daffy Duck Airways (1985-2005).

Daffy Duck Stars On Parade 1990 Zamperla Swing Ride Bugs Bunny National Park Ride was closed in 2007, removed late in 2007 for Evel Knievel construction and then moved from old "Fairgrounds"/Looney Tunes Town location to former Daffy Duck Duccaneer location in 2008.

Other Names - Tasmanian Devil Twister (1990-2005), Twister Swings (2006).

Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway 1997 Zamperla Rio Grande - kiddie train ride Bugs Bunny National Park Moved from former location in Looney Tunes Town in 2006.

Other Names - Looney Tooter (1997-2005).

Elmer Fudd Weather Balloons 2006 Zamperla Samba Balloons Bugs Bunny National Park
Marvin The Martian Camp Invasion 2006 Zamperla Crazy Sub Bugs Bunny National Park Ride moved from Six Flags Astroworld.
Taz Twisters 2006 Zamperla Mini Tea Cups Bugs Bunny National Park
Tweety Twee House 2006 Zamperla Jumpin' Star - kiddie drop tower Bugs Bunny National Park
Yosemite Sam Tugboat Tailspin 2006 Zamperla Rockin' Tug Bugs Bunny National Park
Bugs Bunny Fort Fun 2006 SCS Interactive "Treehouse" Bugs Bunny National Park

Current extra charge attractions

Attraction Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Current Location Other Notes
Dragon's Wing 1996 Skycoaster Britannia
Speed O' Drome Go-Karts 1999 J & J Amusements go-karts Britannia

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Hurricane Harbor is a water park that is connected to the southeast portion of Six Flags St. Louis and is adjacent to the Studio Backlot, but is not part of the main park.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Logo.svg
Owner Six Flags

Entrance is included with park admission, or with a Season Pass.

Slide/Attraction Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Other Notes
Big Kahuna 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. Mammoth Family raft ride
4 tube slides 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. Pipeline Piranha (red) & Man-O-War (yellow) - partially enclosed, Hammerhead (green) & Stingray (teal) - completely enclosed
Hook's Lagoon 1999 SCS Interactive Discovery Treehouse Family activity area, with Proslide Technology Inc. Twisters' Zone slides
Hurricane Bay 1999 Aquatic Development Group Inc. WaveTek wave pool Wave pool with a "volcano" at one end and a beach at the other
Gulley Washer Creek 1999 Aquatic Development Group Inc. lazy river Lazy river
Tornado 2005 Proslide Technology Inc. Tornado "60" Funnel shaped tube slide that uses four person "cloverleaf" tubes
Wahoo Racer 2009 Proslide Technology Inc. 6-Lane ProRacer Mat-racing slide complex
Bonzai Pipeline 2012 Proslide Technology Inc. SuperLOOP Looping water slide

Former attractions

Name Opened Closed Manufacturer/Ride Type Other Notes/Reason For Removal
Mule-Go-Round 1971 1972
Injun Joe's Cave 1971 1978 Arrow Water dark ride Theme/name changed to Time Tunnel in 1979.
Super Sports Car Ride 1971 1979 Arrow Sports Cars Replaced by The Buccaneer (The Joker Inc.) and Jet Scream.
The Sky-Way 1971 1981 Von Roll Illinois and USA stations; Accident on July 26, 1978, killed 3 and seriously injured 1 when a car fell from the ride.
Mississippi Adventure 1971 1982 Arrow Boat Ride Similar to Jungle Cruise; replaced by Thunder River.
Tiltmore Hotel 1971 1982 Crooked fun house Building became entrance to Thunder River.

Other Names - Angle Tangle (1971 - 1972), The Funn Family Place (1973 - 1974).

Sky Chuter 1978 1982 Intamin 250 ft (76 m) tall Paratower Replaced by Aero Flyer; moved to Six Flags Great Adventure.
Haunted House 1979 1982 Haunted House Company walk through haunted house Was added late in 1979 (on Labor Day weekend); may have had a temporary location in fall of 1979, before moved to current Tidal Wave location in 1980.

Attraction was 4 trailers linked together with a haunted house facade in front of them; attraction was moved from Six Flags Great Adventure where it operated as the original Haunted House (not the expanded Haunted Castle) in the fall of 1978.

Action Factory with River King Disco & Rock 'N Reel 1979/1980 1981/1983 Intamin Motion Simulator & Disco dance area Action Factory area (part of River King Mine Train station building and transfer station building) included a space themed motion simulator in 1979 and the disco dance area; Rock ' N Reel (motion simulator with virtual rides about the park) was added in 1980 to replace the space-themed movie that was shown in 1979.

Motion simulator was likely identical to the Sensational Sense Machine at Six Flags Over Texas.

The motion simulator and the disco area were removed/closed in 1981, but the building remained open until 1983.

Happy Hotrods 1975 1984 Kiddie spinning car ride Located in Goodtime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.
Fort Funtier 1975 1984 Kid's playground area Located in Goodtime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.
Ball Crawl 1982 1984 kiddie Ball Crawl may have been part of the Fort Funtier area

Located in Gootime Hollow; replaced by new Looney Tunes Town area/rides.

Pet-A-Pet 1971 1985 Petting zoo Replaced by Colossus.
River King Mine Train 1971 1988 Arrow Mine Train Was located in Illinois section.

One of two separate Arrow Mine Train roller coasters at the park.

Other Names - The River King Mine Train (1971); River King Run-Away Mine Train (1972 - 1983); Rail Blazer (1984), which included stand-up modifications and was subsequently shut down upon the death of a 46-year-old woman in July 1984. In 1988, it was removed and sold to Dollywood, where it operated as Thunder Express until 1998, whereupon it was relocated to Magic Springs and Crystal Falls and operates today as Big Bad John.

Jet Scream 1981 1988 Schwarzkopf Looping Star Was located in USA section, where Batman: The Ride is located today.

Replaced Super Sports Car Ride.

Indirectly replaced by Ninja, ride moved to Six Flags Astroworld where it operated as Viper until the park closed in 2005, then the ride was scrapped.

Tunnel Del Tiempo 1979 1988 Water dark ride Theme/name changed to Legends Of The Dark Castle in 1989.

Other Names - Time Tunnel (1979 - 1986)

The Condor 1988 1988 HUSS Condor Removed as part of the ride rotation program.
Elmer Fudd Constwuction Company 1985 1989 kiddie sandbox Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Speedy Gonzales Speedway.
Yosemite Sam Summit 1985 1989 kiddie ball crawl with summit Located in Looney Tunes Town.
Legends Of The Dark Castle 1989 1991 Water dark ride Theme/name changed to Castaway Kids in 1992.
Tremors Dance Pavilion 1989 1992 Dance Pavilion, open select nights Became Carrot Club (character meet-in-greet lunch area) in 1993; replaced by Batman: The Ride.
Mo-Mo The Monster 1973 1994 Eyerly Aircraft Company Monster Replaced by Riverview Racer (Aero Flyer) in 1996.
Foghorn Leghorn Funasium 1985 1996 kiddie ball crawl with slide Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Looney Tooter (now Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway).
Speedy Gonzales Speedway 1990 1996 kiddie battery powered jeeps Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Looney Tooter (now Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway).
Porky Pig B-B-B Ball Park 1985 1999 kiddie ball crawl Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by Crazy Maze.
Road Runner Rally 1985 1999 Mason Corporation roller racers/scooters Located in Looney Tunes Town; moved to new location in 1990; replaced by Crazy Maze

Other Names - Tasmanian Devil Taxi Company (1985 - 1989).

Castaway Kids Comic Book Adventure 1992 1999 water dark ride Ride was closed in 2000 and 2001; replaced by Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters.

Other Names - Castaway Kids Jungle Adventure (1992 - 1996).

Tom's Twister 1972 2005 Chance Rides Rotor Replaced by Bugs Bunny National Park.
Tweety's Flying Cages 1984 2005 San Antonio Roller Works kiddie Ferris Wheel Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by movement of Rockin' Roller.

Other Names - Ferris Wheel (1984), Flying Cages (1985 - 1992).

Bugs Bunny Burrow 1985 2005 kiddie tunnel crawl Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.
Cat Climb 1985 2005 kiddie net climb with slide Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.
Eagle's Bluff 1998 2005 Extra charge rock climbing wall
Marvin's Maze 2000 2005 Kiddie maze Located in Looney Tunes Town; replaced by extension of Moon Cars track.

Other Names - Crazy Maze (2000 - 2001).

4-D Theater 2001 2005 Extra charge Ham on Rye VR. Other Names - Virtual Theater (2001 - 2004).
Rockin' Roller 1975 2007 Bradley and Kaye Little Dipper Was located in 1904 World's Fair ("Fairgrounds") - formerly Looney Tunes Town and Goodtime Hollow.

Location moved from south side of kiddie area to north side (next to Log Flume drop) in 2006.

Other Names - Rock Candy Express (1975 - 1984), Acme Gravity Powered Roller Ride (1985 - 2005).

Great Race Speedway 2002 2007 Hampton kiddie spinning car ride Ride was closed in 2007; replaced by American Thunder (Evel Knievel).

Other Names - Speedy Gonzales Speedway (2002 - 2005).

Daffy Duck Duccaneer 2006 2007 Sartori kiddie swinging ship Ride was moved from Six Flags Fiesta Texas; replaced by movement of Daffy Duck Stars On Parade (kiddie swing ride).
Slingshot 2002 2008 extra charge Funtime Sling Shot. Ride opened mid-season; Ride moved to Six Flags New England.
Kiddie-Go-Round 1975 2010 Herschell kiddie Carousel Ride was moved to new location in "Fairgrounds"/Looney Tunes Town area in 2006, ride was closed in 2007, removed late in 2007 for American Thunder (Evel Knievel) construction and then moved to new location near the exit of Log Flume in 2008.

Other Names - Last Roundup (1975 - 1984), Merry Melodies Go-Round (1985 - 2005).

Riverview Racer 1983 2010 Chance Rides Yo-Yo Originally located in England section (replaced Sky Chuter), moved to the Illinois section of the park in 1996; replaced by SkyScreamer.

Other Names - Aero Flyer (1983 - 1994), Dragon's Wing (1995).

Water Street Cab Company 1973 2012 Soli bumper cars Removed at the end of the 2012 season to make room for Boomerang.

Other Names - Dodge City (1973-1990).

Powder Keg 1971 1996/2013 Intamin Drunken Barrels Ride was closed from 1997-2013, removed at end of the 2013 season to make room for Tsunami Soaker.

Other Names - Hannibarrels (1971-1995)

Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp 2002 2014 Sally Corporation interactive family dark ride Heavily modified former dark ride (replaced Castaway Kids). Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters: Mystery of the Scary Swamp closed permanently on September 14, 2014. It was replaced by Justice League: Battle for Metropolis which opened on June 5, 2015.
Rush Street Flyer 1987 2015 Chance Rides Falling Star Removed at the end of the 2015 season to make room for Fireball. Relocated to La Ronde as Gravitor. One of the few rides that did not allow single riders.
Turbo Bungy 2001 2015 Eurobungy bungee/trampoline Moved to former Eagle's Bluff (rock wall) location for the 2014 season. Removed after the 2015 season. One of the few upcharge attractions at the park.
Speed Slides 1999 2017 Combo slide tower at Hurricane Harbor Removed at the end of the 2017 season to make room for Typhoon Twister.

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