Six Flags St. Louis-a very interesting trip

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 7:44 PM

To start off I went with my church group. The day was very eventful and little strange all at once. I will say now I usually go on wednes day and the lines are normally at most 15 minutes but today there fairly long lines for everything. I hope it has been like this all years so that we can get that hyper. I will have a few things on a possible ride for next year towards the end of this report.

Around 10:30 am we arrived at the park. I love driving up to the park it looks so great built back into the hills. The lines getting to the park were pretty long due to the fact that they have metal detectors, but that's fine with me because it means i should be safe. After entering the park my group split off from the rest. We ran back to my favorite wooden coaster, The Boss. We get there to see a ride op standing next to a closed sign. She said to come back after 2 o'clock. At that time I looked up and saw to men on the stairs of the brake run. They were carrying up strips of metal to two other guys who were replacing track on the that goes up to the brakes. So we went to the Screamin' Eagle.

The Eagle was great. This year they brought back the blue trains which look pretty nice. The ride was extremely rough for some reason. It has never been this bad.The airtime was great though. Rating 3.5 out of 5. (the roughness brought it down from a 4.)

Up next the Mine Train. Nice Little family ride with a nice drop in the dark but pretty tame. 2 out of 5.

Next up the Ninja. I like this Vekoma looper. This coaster has the best head chopper I have ever experienced. You come out of the sidewinder and cut right under the lift and when you do this all you see is the chain coming right toward your face. It is just awesome. Ninja is little on the rough side so I give it a 3.75 out of 5.

Batman was next. I never remembered the theming being so crappy. The actual city outside of the ride is not bad but the stuff for the ride is pretty weak. I mean it is just a bunch of old rusted things thrown ontop of the rocks. The ride itself is really good. It is compact and intense. The only problem is I rarely get to ride it because it seems to break down 3 or 4 times a day.

After this we got lunch and hit the Tidal Wave. From there we went back to see if the Boss wasd up yet but the lady now said between 3 and 4 o'clock. I was starting to wonder if I was going to be riding it.

On to Mr. Freeze. I was not sure what to expect with the new lap bars. They make a big difference. The ride is great now, still rough just now the force isn't on your head. The top hat backwards with the lap bars is amazing. Definately worth a 4.25 out of 5.

Off to Scooby Doo. We waited in line for about 30 min when I saw my dad come out of Mr. Freeze. I flagged him down and he came over next to the line to talk to us. I asked him what he tohought of Mr. Freeze. He said," Iwas on the launchpad when thay closed it down. The ride op announced thay someone had been pretty badly injured on Thunder River and that Mr. Freeze has to be closed when they work on Thunder River". That means the rides with the thre longest lines beside Scooby were closed. 30 min later We were about to go on scooby when it breaks down and will be closed for 3 hours. Now 4 of the 5 majors are closed at once. That is not a good way to do business. My dad was able to ride Scooby earlier and said it was much better than expected. Iwas surprised because he hates anything that is not a coaster. He giave it a 4.5 for good theming, being interactve while riding and for it being a good family ride.

Finally the Boss opened and I got my one lap in before we had to leave. This coaster is much faster than before and still extremely rough. I found with more speed I got much better air. I still can't figure out where both of the woodies found all of their speed neither one was this fast last year. Definately worht 4.5 out of 5.

Tha raps up My Coaster rundown at Six Roughest coasters over St. Louis. Sorry Six Flags St. Louis.This brins me to the new coaster update. I didn't get any thing out of the ride ops but I did see a few things. First I saw a tractor driving on a service road that goes right by the station of the Eagle. The tracor had load of dirt it was carrying out from somewhere on the east side of the park. This would be somewhere near the boneyard. Following the tractor werea couple of trucks filled with mechanics and some tipe of workers. Next my dad and I spotrted about 5 to 8 shipping containers over on the edge of the boneyard. They all said MAERSK on the side. I believe that is a shipping company. The last thing I saw was on the way out I saw a truck in the parking lot that had L shaped beams, like in No Limits, sitting on the bed. The truck was from an Oklahoma shipping company and I don't know what that would mean. Maybe the driver just sopped to visit the park.

That wraps up my trip to Six Flags St. Louis

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 6:42 AM

I'm surprised the Eagle was so rough...I went in early July and it was one of the smoothest woodies I've been on. I agree that the Boss is the roughest thing outside of PKI, but for me the roughness was too bad for the ride to be enjoyable.

I don't know the park layout, but I'm guessing that construction stuff was for a building, especially the L-shaped beams. But the shipping containers (yes, Maersk is a shipping company)....interesting. Hopefully they're evidence of an upcoming coaster.

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PLEASE READ: This post wasn't meant to offend or anger anyone; I apologize in advance if it does. So please don't post a reply just to rant about it. :)

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Monday, August 12, 2002 5:47 PM
The shipping containers (if they are off white/grey) then those are for storage. (the park NEVER throws ANYTHING away)

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-Work Uniform $25
-Lunch $3
-Hospital Bills from Heat stroke $200
-Working at a Theme Park Priceless

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Monday, August 12, 2002 5:47 PM
The shipping containers (if they are off white/grey) then those are for storage. (the park NEVER throws ANYTHING away)

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-Work Uniform $25
-Lunch $3
-Hospital Bills from Heat stroke $200
-Working at a Theme Park Priceless

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