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Six Flags St. Louis
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Statistics

Locaition

USA Eureka, Missouri, USA

Owner

Six Flags

Opened

June 5, 1971

Size

240 acres (97.1 hectares)

Official Website

http://www.sixflags.com/stLouis/index.aspx

Six Flags St. Louis is an amusement park located in Eureka, Missouri. It is the 3rd park in the Six Flags chain of amusement parks. It is the last park in the chain to be founded by Angus G. Wynne and unlike sisters Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Over Georgia it is wholly owned by the Six Flags corporation.

HistoryEdit

Ten years after Angus G. Wynne established the Six Flags chain with Six Flags over Texas in 1961 and moved on to build Six Flags over Georgia six years later, Six Flags wanted to expand their reach of amusement parks into the Midwest, achieving that goal with the opening of a $55 million park in Eureka, Missouri just outside of Saint Louis.

The Six Flags flew high on June 5, 1971 when the new theme park was unveiled as Six Flags over Mid America. With 132 acres of land initially developed, guests could explore six themed sections: USA, England, Spain, Missouri, Illinois, and France; home to such attractions as the twin-tracked Arrow Dynamics-designed River King Mine Train, the Six Flags Railroad, a log flume, spinning rides, and a petting zoo.

For the next two seasons, several new flat rides would be added to Six Flags Mid America's lineup, with a new kids' area opening in 1975 containing the Rock Candy Express kiddie coaster. But the Missouri park's big break wouldn't arrive until wooden rollercoaster designer John Allen arrived to create his final and largest wooden coaster, the Screamin' Eagle. The out and back wooden terrain coaster took flight on April 10 of 1976 as the world's largest woodie, with a lift of eleven stories and 92-foot third plunge. Screamin' Eagle became a classic and finally put Six Flags over Mid America on the map.

In 1978, Intamin's 25-story Sky Chuter was introduced as one of the largest parachute towers in the world. The park's next coaster addition would come three years later with the looping steel coaster Jet Scream from Anton Schwarzkopf. Mid America's second water ride, the Thunder River rapids ride, opened in 1983 - the same year that Sky Chuter was sent east to another Six Flags property.

While no new coaster was added for the 1984 season, the park experimented with introducing stand-up cars to one track of the River King Mine Train, renaming that side Rail Blazer. But the change lasted only that year, and cars were changed back after an incident in which a rider fell from the train. The next year brought a new kids' area, Looney Tunes Town, and 1986 a ferris wheel.

Although several new spinning rides found home at the Mid-American Six Flags park at the end of the 1980s, the loss of two out of four steel coasters came about in 1988 with the removal and relocations of both Jet Scream and one half of River King Mine Train. To compensate for the loss, the Ninja was brought in, relocated from British Columbia, with a compact layout of steel track containing four inversions.

Tidal Wave a splashdown water ride, became the first major ride addition of the '90s, and the 1993 through '95 seasons would be spent retheming and renaming most of the park's sections. Dominating over one of those rethemed areas for 1995 was Batman: The Ride, a Bolliger and Mabillard inverted coaster with a layout mirrored from the similar rides of several other Six Flags locations. And for the park's twenty-fifth anniversary, in 1996, the name officially became Six Flags St. Louis. In addition, a new skycoaster thrillride was opened that year.

1998 Brought the debut of Mr. Freeze, which blasted off from Premier Rides as a 22-story, 70-mile per hour LIM-launched shuttle-looping steel coaster. The following year, an adjacent 12-acre waterpark was introduced as Hurricane Harbor, featuring an initial eleven water rides and attractions. And in 2000, Six Flags St. Louis' second and largest wooden coaster was unleashed, named Boss, as a 5,051-foot long twisting terrain coaster built by Custom Coasters International.

With 2002 came Slingshot, a new vertical thrillride, and the interactive dark ride Scooby Doo Ghostblasters, followed by the addition of the spinning, looping thrillride Xcalibur.

Present Roller Coasters (9)Edit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
American Thunder Great Coasters International Wooden 2008 Operating
Batman The Ride Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 1995 Operating
Boomerang Vekoma Shuttle 2013 Operating
Boss Custom International, Inc. Wooden 2000 Operating
Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast Premier Rides Launched 1998 Operating
Ninja Vekoma Sit-Down 1989 Operating
Pandemonium Gerstlauer Spinning 2007 Operating
River King Mine Train Arrow Dynamics Mine Train 1971 Operating
Screamin' Eagle Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Wooden 1976 Operating
Batman & Robin the Ride Bolliger & Mabillard Dueling, Inverted 2017 Operating
The Dark Horse Comics the Ride Mack Rides Wild Mouse 2026 Rumored
Le Vampire Intamin AG Twisted Impulse 2027 Rumored
Superman: Flight of Krypton Bolliger & Mabillard Flying 2024 Rumored
Scream Bolliger & Mabillard unknown unknown unknown
The Flash Bolliger & Mabillard Launched 2018 Planned
Green Arrow unknown unknown unknown unknown
Joker's Jinx Intamin AG Launched 2025 Operating
Bizarro Bolliger & Mabillard Floorless 2019 Operating
The Mask unknown unknown unknown unknown

Past Roller Coasters (4)Edit

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Big Bend Schwarzkopf Sit-Down N/A N/A -
Viper Schwarzkopf Sit-Down 1981 1988 Six Flags AstroWorld
River King Mine Train Arrow Dynamics Mine Train 1971 1988 Dollywood
Rockin' Roller Allan Herschell Company Kiddie 1975 2006 -

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