SIX FLAGS SAINT LOUIS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
St. Louis, MO
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (4/22/13) While it didn’t open to guests as far as we know, guest reports from Six Flags. St. Louis did confirmt hat Excalibur was seen running through test cycles all day on Saturday and Sunday. If all goes well, I’d say there is a good chance it could be open by next weekend.
(4/15/13) A few of our readers were asked to fill out a survey for Six Flags St. Louis this weekend that had a section asking their opinions on the park’s Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Scary Swamp dark boat ride. From the questions asked, it seemed to them that the park may be looking into an idea to change the theme of the ride into one involving Pirates instead. It went on to ask some general questions about the current relevance of the entire Scooby Doo franchise to determine if guests wanted MORE Scooby Doo in the parks, or if they should opt to do away with Scooby Doo entirely.
(1/21/13) Some details about the Six Flags St. Louis version of the Dining Pass were released this week. The cost will be $69.99 for the 2013 season ($10 higher than last year’s test run), but will not include food at Fright Fest however. Fright Fest can be added on for $5. With the test out of the way, the Dining Pass will go digital this year rather than using paper vouchers anymore. You will just scan your Dining Pass at the restaurant, which is supposed to feature essentially the same restaurants and meal restrictions as last year. The park is adding one new restaurant park and program this: Macho Nacho Burritos.
(1/14/13) Word has it that the park has repaired Excalibur over the off-season and hopes to keep the ride running for the long-term, which is great as this is the only park-model Evolution ride that I know of in North America.
2013 - Boomerang - (4/1/13) Thanks to one of our readers for sending in pictures of the Boo
merang construction site at Six Flags St. Louis this week. Glad to see the ride’s track is almost totally installed at this point.
(3/15/13) Six Flags St. Louis added several new pictures of the Boomerang under construction at the park on their Facebook page. I’ve got to admit the new paint job is quite striking. Check it out!
(2/13/13) The local news has posted a video report showing off the track for Boomerang arriving on site at the park, as well as a peek at the construction site for the new coaster. They also confirm that Boomerang wont be ready until sometime in June. (On a side note, I love how they talk and describe Boomerang in this video… as if it was the greatest new thrill in the world, and not a used piece of hardware from the late ‘80s that will be 24 years old this year. But I guess something is better than nothing… right?)
(1/24/13) One of our readers had a close encounter of the Vekoma kind the other day, as they were driving along Highway 44 when they spotted a truck loaded with green Vekoma coaster track. Looks like the Boomerang is on the way.
(1/14/13) Local sources tell me work on the foundation and footers for Boomerang has started at last at SFSL. The pieces of the ride are not expected to be shipped out from Texas until February however, so no use trying to find them just yet. I’ve also been told that they are still going to be running Flashback’s old train and not buying a new one.
(12/11/12) As reported over on the SFOT page, the pieces of Boomerang are still actually on site in Texas, where they have been repainted yellow and green. Given that Six Flags seems to be in no hurry to ship them off to SFSL, and that they have only recently removed the bumper car building to make room for Boomerang in the past couple weeks, I don’t think we’ll see the new coaster up and running by opening day 2013. Looks more like they may be pushing for late April or May at this point.
(11/8/12) Six Flags St. Louis may be getting the old Flashback train after all… or at least one of them. According to several sources, Six Flags over Texas had an old spare Flashback train sitting in the boneyard for years, last seen next to the old Texas Giant trains.
(11/7/12) Could the Boomerang coming to SFSL be getting a new train after all? According to Screamscape sources in Texas, the coaster’s old Flashback branded train is sitting in the park’s boneyard next to some old Texas Giant trains. Surely the train would have been one of the first things packed up and shipped off to SFSL if they were going to use it I would think.
(9/10/12) Six Flags St. Louis has confirmed on Facebook that Boomerang will indeed replace the Bumper Cars and Tidal Wave will remain open. The Bumper Cars will remain open throughout Fright Fest, so you still have time to get your last ride in.
(9/7/12) The latest rumors from SFSL indicate that Boomerang may not be placed on the Tidal Wave site, but may instead replace the bumper cars.
(8/31/12) In case you wanted to wait for the official word, here it is. Boomerang is coming to Six Flags St. Louis, and they actually made a promo video for it. Check it out.
(8/2712) Six Flags St. Louis slipped up late on Friday afternoon, accidentally posting their press release for 2013 for a brief time. As suspected, the park confirmed that they will be adding Boomerang to the park, the coaster formerly known as Flashback from Six Flags over Texas. There was no mention of any kind of new trains being added to the ride, so we can only assume they will stick with the same old trains from Texas as well.
(8/22/12) Six Flags St. Louis poised a riddle on their Facebook page in regards to the 2013 addition. “What has an elbow, but can leave youe side?” Assuming they are planning on brining the Vekoma Boomerang (Flashback) from Texas to the park, you would be right in saying that a Boomerang does have an “elbow”.
(7/23/12) Word on the streets of Six Flags St. Louis is that Tidal Wave’s days may be numbered, and I’ve heard at least one possible sighting of survey markers spotted under Tidal Wave’s lifthill and turn around. Possibly on deck to replace Tidal Wave is rumored to be Flashback from SFOT, which I do find a bit hard to believe. Not only because Flashback is simply just older than dirt… but because Worlds of Fun has had their own Vekoma Boomerang coaster up and running since 2000. So why bother? I’m kind of hoping that this rumor is wrong, but it is getting around quickly. Zoomerang anyone?
2014/2015 - The Boss Rehab - Rumor Only - (9/7/12) This is more of a long term bit of speculation based on a few different rumors, but both SFSL and the corporate office are said to have their eye on The Boss. The large CCI coaster opened back in 2000 and really never did live up to the hype. Things started out wrong for it before it opened to the public, when the Gerstlauer trains purchased for it refused to make it around the track, so the park had to temporarily bring over a PTC train from the Screamin’ Eagle for the media preview ride day.
While the park did get the G-Trains up and running in time for opening day, the public response to the ride has never been that great due to the rough ride experience. For the past couple of years I’ve heard a few different stories about ideas pitched to the main office to try and fix the ride. Taking a nod from Hersheypark’s Wildcat and Busch Gardens’ Gwazi, it was said that they asked GCI to once give a cost estimate to come in and completely retrack The Boss as well as add a pair of Millennium Flyer trains. Early last year it was said that the park was looking into see what it would cost to retrack the ride with Rocky Mountain’s Topper Track instead. Now it seems Rocky Mountain may still be in the picture, but apparently they’ve asked them for pitches on a few different ways to fix The Boss once and for all, ranging from a cost effective approach to what it would cost to give it the full Iron Horse treatment like Texas Giant and Iron Rattler.
There is no telling what will happen to The Boss just yet, only that it seems everyone is in agreement that something needs to be done to make this ride live up to guest expectations.
(1/16/12) I’ve got nothing solid on this, but I’ve been sent a couple of rumors suggesting that Six Flags St. Louis may be thinking of performing some kind of improvements on The Boss for 2013. I really don’t think we’re looking at another Texas Giant style conversion, but given than the park seems to have had a great experience with the Millennium Flyers used on American Thunder (aka: Evel Knievel), I could see them possibly looking into a GCI re-tracking and purchase deal for new Millennium Flyer trains. Of course, the rumor could just be about the purchase of Topper Track as well… so anything is possible at this point. It’s just a wild rumor, but I’m keeping my ears open.