SIX FLAGS SAINT LOUIS
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St. Louis, MO
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Park News - (5/25/16) For anyone wondering, the train has been removed entirely from the Boomerang at Six Flags St. Louis. I'm sure they going over it with a fine tooth comb (and ultrasonic testing equipment) to check for any damage to the train's metal frame, wheel assemblies and so on before they can even begin to think about beginning the process of testing and reopening the ride after it derailed a few weeks ago.
(5/7/16) Ride riders suffered minor injuries after the Boomerang at Six Flags St. Louis appears to have had one of the cars derail, bringing the ride to a sudden stop in mid-course around 11:30am on Friday. The park was not open to the general public at the time, but was open for a special event for local school children. In a video posted by the local Fox News channel you can see that it appears that the problem took place between the third and fourth car.
Hopefully none of the injuries were serious, but it seems odd for the train to suffer a derail so early in the season after the trains were likely just rehabbed over the winter and freshly inspected for the new season. Be sure to read our report about the future of The Boss below as well.
(3/3/16) Six Flags has announced some crazy news that will impact all of their parks in 2016, the addition of a new VR Coaster experience being added to a coaster at several of their theme parks. To put this new program in action as quickly as possible each of the parks will roll out one of two possible themed VR worlds on the selected coasters.
A Superman VR experience will be added to Superman: Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America and Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England. Unlike previous VR coasters experiences we’ve seen tested over the last couple years on smaller family sized coasters, you can imagine the added impact of visually taking the plunge off the top of a skyscraper with Superman while you are actually taking a 200 foot plunge down the coaster’s first drop yourself in the real world.
The second VR world experience is called “The New Revolution” and has been given a high-tech fighter jet theme as you fly over a city as an alien mothership descends and attacks. If this sounds a bit like the movie Independence Day, or the new sequel hitting the theaters this summer, I’m sure that was deliberate. You’ll be able to battle the alice invasion on The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain (launching March 26), on Shockwave at Six Flags over Texas and Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags over Georgia (launching March 12) as well as Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis, Goliath at La Ronde and Steamin’ Demon at The Great Escape soon afterwards.
To roll this new experience out to guests as quickly as possible Six Flags enlisted the aid of VR Coasters and will be using Samsung Gear VR headgear at the parks, which was co-designed with the aid of Oculus and actually uses a Samsung smartphone locked away inside the headset for the computing power and visuals. According to Six Flags the new VR experience will be offered to all riders FOR FREE, but you don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to, and there will be plenty of headsets to go around for the riders, including time to have them wiped down and cleaned between riders.
(2/19/16) During the conference call Jim Reid-Anderson confirmed that Holiday In The Park will be coming to two more new parks in late 2016: Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags America.
(12/2/15) Six Flags has released a new version of their "New for 2016 at Six Flags" video that goes over what each park in the chain is adding next year. A reader noticed if you jump ahead to the La Ronde segment that starts at the 3:20 mark, they've changed the footage for Gravitor to show footage of a Chance Falling Star ride, in particular this is footage of the Rush Street Flyer from Six Flags St. Louis. I'm told that the Rush Street Flyer is being removed from SFSL to make room for the park's new Fireball ride in 2016.
2016 - Fireball - (4/30/16) One of our Screamscape readers who is a firefighter was chosen to be one of the first riders on Fireball at Six Flags St. Louis on Friday. Congrats to him and he reported in to say how much he enjoyed the ride and even sent us a quick video he shot.
(4/28/16) A reader has sent in pictures of the Fireball ride at Six Flags St. Louis that looks like it could open anytime.
(4/5/16) A Screamscape reader sent in some special pictures of Six Flags St. Louis this week, including a look at the new Fireball.
(3/8/16) According to the Six Flags St. Louis website they are seeking 24 brave firefighters to be the first to take on the new Fireball ride on Thursday, April 28th. Since the park isn't open to the public that day, I'm guessing the first day it will open to the public will be Saturday, April 30th.
(9/3/15) The park will add another Larson built Giant Loop for 2016 to be called Fireball.
2017 - New Coaster - Rumor - (4/22/16) We know it's been quite some time since Six Flags St. Louis added a new coaster, but the good news is that the park is apparently in the running for one in 2017. According to our sources the coaster is expected to be another S&S 4D Freespin style coaster like The Joker being added to Six Flags Great Adventure this year. While few things are 100% locked in until early July at Six Flags, they are apparently looking into several possible loations within the park for the new coaster, including the possible removal of older ride(s) to make room.
If the park gets passed over in favor of another park for this ride, then they may rise towards the top of the priority list for an even bigger coaster in 2018.
???? - The Boss Renovation - Rumor - (5/7/16) Without fail, ever since Six Flags started working with RMC to transform many of their older coasters into new wild and crazy hybrid coasters, the fans of Six Flags St. Louis have looked to The Boss as a possible candidate for transformation. While the age old saying of, "Never say Never" can always apply, the answer everyone has been getting instead was a more simple, "No!".
So why not? Looking at how Colossus was handled at Six Flags Magic Mountain, the track length was shorted considerably in that transformation, and according to all sources, the idea was floated to RMC for some initial ideas along with a budget range to stay within, and the result was similar... to stay within budget, the length of The Boss would have to be shortened considerably. Shortened to the point that the feeling is that it wouldn't be worth the effort, as the final result wouldn't even be anything like The Boss any longer.
So what's a park to do? Well, I've been hearing that there is a plan in place to FIX The Boss and still leave it as a true wooden coaster. Apparently The Boss is known to have troubles running when the local temperature gets below 53º, as the trains run slower and the risk of getting stuck in a valley increases. Meanwhile the park is said to be fond of their American Thunder coaster (GCI) and the Millennium Flyer trains that it uses. From the sound of things Six Flags may have asked the GCI crew to send in their own renovation plan options that could see the height of the first drop on The Boss increased (either by increasing the height of the hill and drop, or lowering the bottom of the drop, or a combination of both) to give it a little more speed, along with some other track re-profiling here and there along with a pair of new Millennium Flyer trains.
Keep in mind that nothing has been approved, budget wise, by the corporate office, but they do want to do something to improve The Boss in the future, and a GCI renovation is appearing more cost effective than an RMC transformation at this time. Hopefully in the next few years they will get the budget to do something, but until then, it looks like any RMC concepts are off the table entirely.