SIX FLAGS SAINT LOUIS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
St. Louis, MO
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (3/24/19) According to an email sent my way, Six Flags St. Louis wont have Xcalibur ready when the park opens, but they are still planning on reopening it. Just don’t look for it to happen until late Spring or early Summer. Of course we’ve heard that before too, only for it to sit closed all last season, so we’ll have to wait and see I guess.
(12/12/18) According to a new source the plan is to reopen the Xcalibur ride at Six Flags St. Louis in time for opening day “with new cars” and a complete repaint job. The park’s log flume is also expected to be ready for opening day after a refurbishment to the ride’s structure. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how things go over the winter.
(12/10/18) A quick set of photos showing off the construction progress being made at Six Flags St. Louis converting the former Panda Express into ChopSix can be found here, as well as a quick photo guide of the Holiday In The Park decorations, both from MidWestInfoGuide.
(12/3/18) Apparently the rumor mill goes both ways on the fate of Xcalbuer. While last week we heard that after sitting closed all year it may be removed soon, this rumor was soon rebuffed by others claiming that custom made parts are on the way to repair it, with the plan being to reopen in 2019. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
(11/30/18) Rumor has it that after sitting unused for the entire 2018 season, it is now very likely that Xcalibur will be removed from the park. No word on if it may go over the winter months, or if it will just sit until they are ready to replace it with something else. Anyone else know more?
(11/6/18) A quick update from Six Flags St. Louis this week, as a reader pointed out that the park’s Panda Express location will be replaced by a "Chop Six Fresh Asian Cuisine" restaurant in 2019.
(9/24/18) I'm not sure if the prize is worth it, but Six Flags St. Louis is offering guests a chance to take part in a Fright Fest 30-Hour Coffin Challenge. This involves a group of six people selected to climb into a coffin inside the park at 1pm on Saturday, Oct 13th, and remain inside the coffin until 7pm on Sunday evening. You are only allowed out for bathroom breaks, and you may be visited by some of the Fright Fest freaks over-night after the park has closed, all for the chance to win $300, a couple of 2019 season passes, some Fright Fest VIP package items... oh... and you get to keep your coffin as well if you want it. Oh, and if more than one contestant is still in their coffin at the end of the 30 hours, then they will go to a random drawing to see who wins the $300 cash prize.
Hmmm.... I'm not sure that's worth $300 to do, but I'm sure they'll have no shortage of contestants. See the details here.
(8/27/18) While the rumor still persists that the Excalibur ride may be removed from Six Flags St. Louis, others have pointed out that the details about the ride up for sale don't quite match up with it. According to reports, only three of these rides were ever produced from Mauta Bussink & Bailey of Holland, two portable models (with the Six Flags ride being a former portable converted into a park model) and one park model that was installed in Japan at the former Kure Portopialand park. The history of the Japanese ride is a little vague, with some claiming it was put into storage in Japan all these years, never to be seen again and others claiming it was sold with other rides from the park to the Divo Ostrov park in Russia, so the ride for sale could just be the former Japanese ride if it isn't the Six Flags one.
(8/25/18) It sounds like Six Flags St. Louis is now removing the park’s Excalibur ride, one of only a handful of park model Evolution XL rides created by Nauta Bussink. We had started to hear rumors of the rides demise not long ago, but now a reader came across a for-sale add for it posted to Amusement-Rides.com, listed as Evolution XL - Nauta but the photo used for it shows it off as the way it looked when it ran at Six Flags Great Adventure as just plain “Evolution”.
(8/21/18) Finally some good news from Six Flags St. Louis. A reader visited and reported that Shazam, Joker and Mr, Freeze were all up and running again. As rumored before, don't look for Excalibur to open anytime soon, as all the cars are even currently removed.
(8/11/18) Time to play good news / bad news with Six Flags St. Louis this morning. Good news time... a reader visiting the park on Friday reported that Shazam and Fireball were both open at last. This isn't the first time we've heard Fireball being open however, as there were reports previously that staffing issues may have been behind some of closures for Fireball, with the park only running it every other day for a time period.
Bad news... the Colossus wheel is still closed for that loading upgrade, along with Xcalibur, though word is Xcalibur may just stay closed for the rest of the season.
More good news... while we had been hearing Justice League was suffering from a lot of downtime as of late, our reader did report that it was open on Friday.
More bad news... our reader reported that Mr. Freeze was closed all day on Friday, with workers spotted up on a crane-lift actually performing welding repairs on the track where it exits the Top Hat and rises up into the big turnaround. Hopefully this will be a quick fix with Mr. Freeze reopen sooner than later.
(7/21/18) Time to play good news / bad news time. Ready?
Good News - According to a report from MidWestInfoGuide, Six Flags St. Louis has finally reopened their new Typhoon Twister waterslide once again.
Bad News - It’s late July and Xcalibur, Fireball, Shazam and Colossus are all STILL CLOSED! Colossus is still said to be working on installing the continuous loading system to improve throughput. Fireball is still closed, but the car is back on the track at least, so they may be getting close with this one. The rest are said to be closed and waiting on parts… and while I can believe parts may be hard to get for a unique ride like Xcalibur, Shazam is just an off the shelf Scrambler… an industry staple found in both theme parks and traveling carnivals for the past 50-60 years. It shouldn’t be that difficult to get parts to repair a Scrambler in my opinion.
Oh… more bad news… I’m told we can add Joker Inc. (Swing Ship) to the list of rides closed and awaiting parts to repair as of this week. Ouch!
(7/5/18) So what's the latest from Six Flags St. Louis? Last month we reported that while the summer season was well under way, several rides at the park were reported as being closed for weeks. Now that July 4th is behind us, unfortunately it seems little progress has been made at the park as a reader who visited reports that Xcalibur, Fireball, Shazam and Colossus are all still closed. I've also heard that The Boss may be having issues as well.
I've also been sent reports of many rides not being ready to open in the morning, but opening later in the day, with staff blaming it on staffing issues. This kind of thing doesn't bode well for the later park of the Summer and Fall seasons if the park is already suffering from staffing issues now. Hopefully they'll get things turned around soon.
2018 - Typhoon Twister - (6/26/18) The good news is Six Flags St. Louis opened their new Typhoon Twister slide. The bad news is that it is closed already after a guest "fell out" of a raft in mid-slide on Saturday and now an investigation is being conducted. Apparently this is standard procedure, though I've seen many of guest "fall out" of a raft in mid-slide over the years just visiting parks as a guest... and quite often these little incidents are done on-purpose, or just an act of being careless and not following the rules (ie: hold on to the handles at all times). Now I'm not saying this is what happened... as true accidents do happen from time to time, as a visit to a waterpark does come with a little physical risk, much like going skiing.
Most importantly though, remember that it makes sense that they are being extra cautious as the region is still very much in shock over the horrible accident that took place at Schlitterbahn Kansas City in 2016, so safety is always top priority. Hopefully they'll be able to review security camera footage and reopen the slide soon if it is free from being at fault.
(5/18/18) MidWestInfoGuide has a new photo update on the progress of Typhoon Twister at Six Flags St. Louis. Still a lot of hardware not installed and a lot of slide pieces laid out in the parking lot... so there is going to be a big rush to get this thing up and running in time for Memorial Day Weekend which is just a little over a week away.
Seriously though... my money says there is no way this is going to be ready in time.
(9/5/17) A short video preview of the new Typhoon Twister waterslide can be seen below, as posted to Twitter.
(8/31/17) Six Flags St. Louis will be adding Typhoon Twister to Hurricane Harbor for 2018, a thrilling new waterslide creation that looks to merge a giant bowl element and a drop into a giant wall hang-time element before sending you into the pool at the bottom. You can see more here.
2019 - Supergirl Sky Flyer - (3/5/19) Continuing the weird trend affecting several Six Flags parks as they approach the 2019 season, Screamscape sources tell us that Six Flags St. Louis has opted to slightly change the name of their new Supergirl ride. So instead of just calling it “Supergirl” they are now calling it “Supergirl Sky Flyer”.
(8/30/18) New for 2019, Six Flags St. Louis will add Supergirl, a new flat ride that will spin and tilt riders, while spinning them around the whirling wheel of justice. Legs dangling, riders will be raised up by a giant arm and sent for a spin. From the look of things, this is a Zamperla Endeavour ride, like the Catwoman’s Whip added to Six Flags over Texas the other year. Look for Supergirl to appear in the Brittania section of the park near Dragons Wing.