Gates open early as the crowd that was lined up behind us was impressive. 9:50 we took our picture as we entered into the park and walked to a roped off area to the left. 10:00 ropes drop and off to the Boss with the rest of the huge crowed. Come to find out that the huge crowd was going to get their passes taken care off.
Get to the Boss and man is that a hike to get through the que alone not to mention the walk uphill when your home park is flat. Our legs were not in shape on friday morning. (The Boss) I was excited about this ride but not really impressed with it (sorry). This was the first time i have been in this type off train and thought they are great but the ride to me was kinda dull. The first drop was good and i loved the straight away after with the little drop and turn to the right and the helix at the end but the rest off the ride didn't do much for me. Also got stuck on the trims half way through up top on our third time on. I tried 1:2 the kids had 1:1 we hit in the middle later and finally last two seats. So I gave it a fair try.
Screaming Eagle was next and we liked it much better than The Boss. I came off smiling like my 6 and 7 year olds. Liked it so much we hit it 6 times that day and mainly last two seats on the train. Six Flags did a wonderful job retracking this ride the speed doesn't slow much. What Fun!
RKMT to quote my son "man this one is slow" One of the worst mine train coasters i've ridden. Still rode it twice that day.
Ninja was the next coaster and OUCH! Forgot how much that ride banged you around. I must confess that the lift chain is a nice headchopper effect. My kids even complained about hitting there heads and they never complain about that. Got a walkon on Batman OK waited one train for front right side. Mr.Freeze was the longest wait about 20 min as only one train was running.
Xcalibur looked a lot scarier than it actually was. I guess I looked into it way to much but still was fun to ride.
The Boss= 3 rides
Screaming Eagle= 6 rides
RKMT= 2 rides
Ninja= 3 rides
BMTR= 2 rides
Mr.Freeze= 2 rides
AGPRR= 3 rides for the kids plus all the flats around the park.
Not a bad opening day and the weather was great! Now Saturday was rainy and we still went before we had to drive north toward Chicago. What a great decision this was as we got in 2 rides each of the coasters except The Boss and SE we got 3 and we left by 1:00pm.
Thank for reading, IGGY
I'll second the Screaming Eagle love. Gorgeous setting, and a FUN, classic-style ride. Glad you had fun.
Glad you had a good time on Screamin Eagle. I only rode it once but I didn't have a good ride, it was going way too fast and had so much airtime, it actually was a bad thing, because once gravity took hold, it slammed you back in the seat, and made for a painful ride. I've only rode it once, and the train was only half full, so the experience could have been different based on several factors, but when it runs good, that classic coaster puts on a ride that rivals anything out there thanks to massive air time.
I love Ninja, I'm the only one who was never bothered by the roughness on this coaster. I like unique coasters, and so I actually thought Ninja was pretty cool.
Thanks for the trip report, glad SFSTL is starting off strong again this year.
Angnjc I hope to meet you again in May at SFGam with Coasterbuzz. We would have had a solo flight if we weren't BS-ing. ;)
(seatbelts were a downside though)
They have seatbelts on Screamin Eagle? I swear last year they didn't have those, unless that is a new for 2004 thing? Of course I had a headache from all the banging we had on that ride the 1 tiem we rode it, so I forgot a lot of the ride details. *** Edited 4/12/2004 6:35:28 PM UTC by Dan D McD***
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