Boomerang At Six Flags St. Louis

Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:53 AM

Well it seems that Boomerang at Six Flags St. Louis is having performance issues. Id subscribe it a Viagra but not sure that would help. Seriously though I really dont feel too sorry for the headaches that park is having. Kinda what happens when you take a 24 year old has been of a ride and move it somewhere else. I think SFSTL should have petitioned hard for a new hyper coaster, floorless, or even a wing coaster rather than settling for some leftovers from SFOT. Sometimes the oldies are not always the goodies....

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 12:32 PM

I didn't know one could "subscribe" to Viagra. Huh.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:12 PM

Ugh.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:24 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

I didn't know one could "subscribe" to Viagra. Huh.

LOL! By golly, you are right. I was totally off base with that one!! Of course if Viagra came with SUBSCRIPTIONS instead of PRESCRIPTIONS there would be far more old men out there doing things. Anyway, I still think that Flashback should have been just put out to pasture. I just noticed that the Time Machine from the old Freestyle Park is just there gathering dust. Now THAT would have been a cool ride for SFSTL to obtain!!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:54 PM

Except they would have to purchase that one while Boomerang was just sittin around free for the taking.

Oh, there's all kinds of rides out there that SFSTL would benefit by having.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:19 PM

So if I understand you correctly, it cost less to get Boomerang up than it would to erect a new coaster?

The problem with SFStL is that it's a mature, relatively landlocked park in a non-growth market. I would argue the park already has plenty for the attendance it draws.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:08 PM

I would argue that you, along with a surprising number of enthusiasts, think that what's best for you personally is what's best for the bottom line of the park.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:36 PM

I would certainly think that Six Flags spent less on moving and erecting a ride that they already had than they would to move and erect a ride they'd have to purchase from Freestyle. When I say there's plenty of rides that would benefit them, I don't mean that they are necessarily going to get one.

And as for what's best for their bottom line, once again I'm no expert. SFSTL has a fairly well rounded collection, IMO what they're lacking is a steel hyper of some kind. I've heard speculation that Georgia's ride was originally intended for St. Louis but for whatever reason there was a change of mind along the way.

I know that enthusiasts and fans of the park have traditionally bemoaned the lack of attention paid to the park, sometimes years pass between major attractions and you'd think for as large of a metropolitan area they serve things would be better. The impression has always been that poor St. Louis is the red headed step child of the major parks, but maybe that's just the silly enthusiast's impression.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 7:21 PM

Up until this year, Great America was hemorrhaging rides and clearly had the title for red headed step child. I'm still not convinced that a GCI woodie makes up for the loss of an invertigo and Stealth and whatever non-coaster rides they lost.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 9:15 PM

I thought Six Flags St. Louis was easily one of the chain's best. It seems that the parks that are the red-headed stepchildren, if you will, generally get the most well-thought-out additions. Each one generally seems to count. Boomerang may be an exception, but I think they got it just for grins and that it isn't meant to be some signature attraction.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:15 PM

The red-headed stepchild era of SFOMA was the 80s and early 90s. Starting with the installation of Batman in 1995, SF has added some really good rides to SFStL. With the addition of Boomerang, the park now only seems to be lacking a B&M sitdown/floorless looper, a coaster for the little ones, and maybe an airtime steel coaster by Intamin or B&M. Megalite please sometime in the next decade?

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Monday, June 24, 2013 9:51 AM

ApolloAndy said:

Up until this year, Great America was hemorrhaging rides and clearly had the title for red headed step child. I'm still not convinced that a GCI woodie makes up for the loss of an invertigo and Stealth and whatever non-coaster rides they lost.

...and two Antons (shuttle loop and Whizzer).

Nonetheless, I'm sure we could go back in time to where I said CGA would *never* get that new wooden coaster. And there it is...

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Monday, June 24, 2013 10:49 AM

Well, it seems like Cedar Fair and the city have worked out their issues and the future may be a little brighter at CGA.

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