Alexander: Who’s ready for another layover adventure??
This time my work brings me to St. Louis, where Sean and I were able to enjoy what is arguably the most underrated Six Flags park.
Coaster wind-chill was below freezing, but that didn’t stop us from having a Freeze-tacular Six Flags day!
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Welcome to Six Flags Over Mid-America, Six Flags’ third and final from-scratch park. Fun Fact: originally planned with resort-oriented aspirations, Six Flags Over Mid-America was Six Flags’ answer to Walt Disney World (seriously).
To say Mr. Freeze was ahead of its time is an understatement; celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Freeze provides an unrelenting experience that’s every bit as potent as the industry’s state-of-the-art launch coasters.
Sean and I are quite fond of old Arrow and Vekoma coasters; Six Flags St. Louis has a great collection from both manufacturers (shoutout to the ultra-friendly River King Mine Train crew and to Derek from maintenance for recognizing us!)
Part of my love for Ninja comes from the name it shares with my favorite Six Flags Magic Mountain coaster, but the St. Louis looper is a good ride in its own right. (shoutout to the Ninja ride crew for thinking my Ninja tattoo is cool)
Six Flags Over Mid-America’s Ninja was the second coaster to bear the Japanese moniker; When Six Flags Great Adventure’s record-breaking 7-loop Arrow Dynamics coaster was announced for the 1988 season, media paraphernalia bore the name Ninja. Due to various planning setbacks, the ride was rerouted to Six Flags Great America, where it opened as Shockwave.
When SFGAd’s red and white mega looper finally come in 1989, the name had changed to Great American Scream Machine (the then-park-president being a recent transplant from Six Flags Over Georgia who insisted on the borrowed wooden coaster name). The 3rd and final Ninja opened at Six Flags Over Georgia in 1992; like the SFSt.L ride, the Georgia Ninja is a 2nd-hand Vekoma looper that still operates today ( in 2016 it was remodeled with new Vekoma MK-1212 trains and reopened as the patriotic Blue Hawk).
The Missouri Ninja would be another great candidate for MK-1212 trains; read more about them here!
Both the Missouri Batman and Goliath at Six Flags Fiesta Texas are mirror-image Batman clones that opened in 1995 (The latter opened at Japan’s Thrill Valley as Gambit before spending three years as Six Flags New Orleans’ Batman before ending up at Fiesta Texas).
The park wasn’t overly croweded on our visit (probably due to the unseasonably low temperature), but a Saturday during Fright Fest still means decent crowds. Big thank you to our friends Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags St. Louis for setting up FlashPass Gold for us.
(and an EXTRA big thank you to the FlashPass representatives on duty at around 3pm for being so welcoming and for giving us exit passes for the park’s newest rides, Spinsanity and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis)
The biggest surprise of the visit was Screamin’ Eagle, which gives ferocious night rides even when its 37º outside (shoutout to the lead ride host who made my Ninja tattoo into a trivia question; this is the second time I’ve experienced Screamin’ Eagle Station Trivia and I think more parks should do this. SO FUN)
Many coaster enthusiasts know that River King Mine Train was once a duel-track mine train (the other half now resides at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls as Big Bad John, following a decade at Dollywood asThunder Express), but what you might not know is that the old station and maintenance bay for the departed mine train is now home to one of St. Louis Fright Fest’s most popular mazes, Slaughter House.
We finished the night on the park’s ultra-rare Bussink Excalibur ride. First debuting at the 1992 Oktoberfest, Excalibur (originally known by its trade name, Evolution) spent a few troubled years at Six Flags Great Adventure before enjoying a consistent operating schedule at Six Flags St. Louis. This ride still holds the Guinness World Record for “Largest Inverting Carousel Structure”, so kudos to the SFSt.L maintenance department for managing to keep this monster operational.
That’s a wrap on our perfectly chilly Six Flags St. Louis day!
You may have noticed that we had numerous positive interactions with SFSt.L staff on our visit; one last BIG SHOUTOUT to the entire park and its staff for being so amazing and for making this our favorite visit to any Six Flags park ever.