Hey I'm going to SF St. Louis this weekend and just wanted to know some things about it before going. Is the park very crowded on weekends? When is the best time to ride the major rides like Excaliber, Boss,etc.? And anything else you guys think I should know.
Don't miss Mr Freeze, The Boss, and Screamin' Eagle. DO miss Ninja. Don't worry about Batman. Do expect to walk uphill in some parts of the park. Do take at least one spin on the Highland Fling. (I think that's what it is called... that's it's old name anyhow) Do have fun no matter how long you have to wait in line or how hot/wet it might be. Do be prepared to deal with the weather in MO. Like anywhere else in the world it can change at a moments notice.
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Mr. Freeze typically has the longest wait. Mr. Freeze's queue can also be brutally hot. Try to hit it as the gates open. Batman probably has the second longest wait, but it wasn't too bad when I was there. None of the other coasters had long waits.
Based on a Saturday visit I made in early August, I'd say hit Mr. Freeze first, then go right to Batman - its lines become incredibly long quickly. Jump on Ninja, then RKMR (my first coaster ever, by the way, in 1971), then the woodies (it might be smart to walk over to the Boss first, then walk back to Screamin' Eagle). If you are there right at opening, you might be done with that plan by noon. Good luck!
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I must say that from my experience there for the first time earlier this year, I came away impressed with the place. We went on a Sunday, and the park wasn't very crowded, and we were able to do everything we wanted to by around noon. I would think that it wouldn't be too much different when you go this weekend.
We rode Mr. Freeze first, and that was my favorite ride there. I would recommend doing that one first, although the line never got too long the day I was there. At least they opened up the second train later in the day when it started to.
When we rode Boss with our hands up like we usually ride rides, it was VERY rough. However, when we rode it again (both times in the front), we held on to the bars in the front when we weren't going over hills, and leaned forward. Using this strategy, we had a very good, and fast ride, and really enjoyed it.
We also really liked Screamin' Eagle, and it is one of our favorite old woodies. We didn't find it rough at all, but it was packed with airtime! :)
I agree with the others above that Ninja is a waste, and only ride it if you want to up your coaster count. RKMT is actually not a bad mine coaster, but it's not super thrilling or anything.
B:TR did have the longest line of the day when we went, but it still wasn't that bad. What's more, the line queue is far better than the ones at SF:GAm and SF:GAdv, and nicer to wait in. I found the ride itself to be my favorite of the BTR's, although I find that design to be one of the more dull of the inverts. This particular version is a mirror image of the others, and for whatever reason, I just liked it better.
Xcalibur was a cool flat, but it had a pretty long line the day we went. It might be a good idea to hit that early as well, maybe after Mr. Freeze and before The Boss.
I thought it was a very nice looking park as well, and had a great atmosphere! I really enjoyed my visit and hope you do as well!
If you like rides where you shoot at targets i would ride Scooby doo first as that ride had much longer waits than any of the coasters when i went to the park. As for SF the park isnt bad. The park is landscaped very nice and when i have visited(never been on a saturday) i have found the park not that busy with most coasters haveing a short wait. I would ride Mr Freeze soon as it seems to be the slowest moving lines/ As for BTR and The Boss, even if their is little wait it will take awile because both rides have very long que's so it takes awhile to walk thru them to get to the station. If you have small kids, the park has a lousy kids area. As for food, they have a McDonalds, which may not be great but it is a big improvement over the food you usually find at SF parks.
I generally feel bad for this park. If you look at there lineup they only have 2 good coasters (BTR & MrF). The Boss just plain hurts, as well as Screamin'. This park is truly a EXTREMELY NICE PARK. The themeing is great, the cleanliness is to be commended, however they lack RIDES, lets say it again, THEY LACK RIDES!!!!!
This could be a great park, if it wasn't neglected. But, so many of the parks are neglected....
I truly feel bad for all the people in St. Louis, and I hope SF at least gives the park a DECENT coaster in the near future.
On my recent visit on July 4th, when the gates opened I headed immediately to The Boss in the very back of the park. No line, no wait, caught the very first train of the day in the back seat. Yes, it's rough, but I'm very glad to have ridden it. Mr. Freeze wasn't open yet so after one more ride on The Boss in the front seat (still not much of a line), I headed to Xcalibur. Fun ride and about a 10 min wait. Finally Freeze was up and running so I headed there. Waited about 15 mins. Tip: take the left queue line that's kind of hidden once you enter the station. Most people don't notice it, and it's shorter. After that, lines were beginning to get longer all around the park. Still Screamin' Eagle was a walk on and remained so all day so I wouldn't worry about that line. The longest line was for BTR and Scooby Doo's Swampy Adventure. I would also recommend a ride in the giant Ferris Wheel near dark. It's great to look down on all the twinkle lights in the park! Also, there is a turkey leg stand by Xcalibur which smelled absolutely scrumptious so if you get hungry you might want to try that. SFStL is a beautiful park! ------------------ Nashville needs a theme park!
Also don't go to B:TR first, go there later in the day. It is right by the entrance and the wait is really long in the morning. Get on The Boss early. Also, Screaming Eagle is the best coaster at the park so make sure not to miss it. Mr. Freeze is fun with lapbars also.
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There will be noone at the park this weekend. I repeart noone will be at the park this weekend. Or for the rest of the month for that matter. And two side notes. The park is closed Sunday due to a buy out I think. And for the first time in (at least) 5 years the park closed early.
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It's true that SFStL is a nice park, but lacking in good coasters. However, they could have 2 more good coasters if they could just get some one who knows how to maintain woodies. Both Boss and Eagle are abused. I think Eagle especially would be a real nice ride with some decent maintenance.
They did some retracking on both the Eagle and the Boss last off-season and they seem to be running better this year. There are also some new footings poured at the bottom of the drop off the MCBR on Boss as if they were going to add some additional bracing, but nothing has been done yet.
I will agree that some better day-to-day maintenance would help these rides a great deal...
Bossstl - thanks for the heads up about the park being closed Sunday.
I'm still surprised at all the dislike for the Screamin' Eagle. When I was there, it was an awesome ride, with tons of airtime and no roughness. At least that's how it was riding in the front seat. My wife especially loved it, and she doesn't like anything very rough. Maybe it's from that retracking kip099 mentioned, I don't know. I just know it was great, and I enjoyed the Boss as well riding it as I decribed earlier.