SIX FLAGS SAINT LOUIS
& Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
St. Louis, MO
Six Flags Theme Parks
Park News - (9/22/2023) According to the local news, a woman has filed a lawsuit against Six Flags St. Louis after claiming that she was “caught by the neck and nose” by an overgrown vine while riding on the park’s Log Flume. According to the lawsuit, she claims that the vine was shaped line a noose and grabbed her by the neck as the log passed causing neck and back injuries, including a ruptured spinal disc.
I’m not sure exactly when this happened, but a quick search of YouTube for POV footage of the park’s log flume does not show a ride surrounded by heavy vegetation. Sure, there is a little off to the side from time to time, but I didn’t spot a specific sight where vines could have dropped down over the flume to tangle up the riders as they passed by.
UPDATE - (2/23/2023) A quick correction… I incorrectly labeled the Dragon’s Wing as an upcharge slingshot ride, but it is actually the park’s upcharge Skycoaster attraction. (2/19/2023) Joining the list of upcharge attractions that may not open at Six Flags parks this season, I’m hearing that the Dragon’s Wing skycoaster ride at Six Flags St. Louis has been removed from the website.
(2/9/2023) According to some messages sent our way, the Xcalibur ride at Six Flags St. Louis may have been retired. This was one of only three giant versions of this ride concept built by Nauta Bussink, and from what I understand, this has been the only one of the three to operate in the past decade or so. Unfortunately, it looks like Six Flags decided to drop the ride from the line up, as it has been removed from the list of rides on the website and the Six Flags app.
2023 - Rookie Racer - (9/30/2023) An on ride video from Rooker Racer was added below.
(9/29/2023) Six Flags St. Louis appears to have opened the park’s new Rookie Racer family coaster. Six Flags is planning on running this ride so you get two-laps on the coaster, but they do mention having the option to just run it for one lap if the lines get too long.
The local news was on hand to check it out which you can see in the video below.
(8/20/2023) New pictures posted by MidWestInfoGuide on Twitter show that Six Flags St. Louis has now fully installed all of the track for their new Rookie Racer coaster. There has been no sign of the train on the tracks yet, so they haven’t started testing, but they may actually get this thing up and running in time for Fright Fest at this rate.
According to a tweet from the park they will be announcing an opening date soon.
(8/17/2023) A new construction update for the Rookie Racer coaster at Six Flags St. Louis can now be found over at Coaster101.
(7/23/2023) At long last the Rookie Racer family coaster announced to be coming to Six Flags St. Louis for the 2023 season has finally begun vertical construction. Several pictures were posted to Twitter by MidWestInfoGuide showijng the framework for the station in place along with station track and one segment of the yellow and black track outside of the station now in place. There is still a lot of work left to do, and the crews still appear to be in the midst of pouring some of the footers for the new coaster. So with all that in mind, I don’t see this thing being ready until Fright Fest at the earliest.
(4/16/2023) A reader who dropped into Six Flags St. Louis yesterday sent in a picture of the roller coaster track for the new Rookie Racer that is now on site, sitting where the park’s old Skycoaster used to be.
(3/5/2023) Believe it or not, Six Flags St. Louis is getting a brand new roller coaster. The new addition will be Rookie Racer, a Vekoma family coaster with an F1 race car theme and a height restriction of just 36 inches. The coaster will stand 41 feet tall and have 843 feet of track and hold 16 riders at a time on the red car themed train.
According to the rumor mill, I’m hearing that the roller coaster was actually built by Vekoma for someone else who had to back out of the deal, allowing Six Flags to swoop in and grab the coaster for a steal. So good on Six Flags for being at the right place at the right time to make this happen for the St. Louis park, and add a much needed new thriller for the park’s smaller guests.
While I know this may not be the big coaster the local enthusiasts have been wanting for years, at least it is a step in the right direction and will hopefully start to improve the park’s attendance and performance levels, which can only help bring a bigger and better ride to the park in the future.
Look for Rookie Racer to open sometime this summer.
2024 - The Joker: Carnival of Chaos - (8/30/2023) If you follow Screamscape on social media, then you saw that Six Flags St. Louis leaked their own 2024 project yesterday morning before confirming it by the end of the day, with the addition of “The Joker: Carnival of Chaos”. This will be a 172 feet tall spinning pendulum style ride from Zamperla, able to reach speeds of up to 75 mph. Adding to the fun, The Joker: Carnival of Chaos will feature a funhouse themed queue experience while you wait to ride.
The big question from local park fans is what will become of the existing Joker themed swing-ship attraction, “The Joker Inc.”, which is also still listing as an active attraction on the park’s website. As these style rides are fairly reliable and still popular family flat rides, Six Flags could simply just leave it alone, or just give it a new paint job and name.