I finally had some time to put together the last report from my cross country trip, my first visit to Six Flags St. Louis.
I really enjoyed the park, but did find the layout to be rather confusing (could be because I had just driven from PA that day and was tired).
We'll also share some press information, a video and press release for the all-new Tsunami Soaker. We've also included some great press pictures provided by the park.
If you missed any of the previous reports from the parks I visited during my trip you can click on any of the following links:
Out in front of the park you are greeted with the Six Flags bag checks, no surprise here. I felt the bag check went pretty well at the park and I didn't have any issues with the new biometric scanners.
Upon entering the park the inside reminded me a little bit of Six Flags Over Georgia's entrance, but instead of a "main street" it was just a wall of shops.
Like some other parks, Hurricane Harbor has an entrance directly from inside the park. I wish Magic Mtn. would reopen the entrance directly between the two parks. As somebody who likes to park-hop between the parks it'd be nice.
A couple of Hurricane Harbor shots provided by the park.
Heading into the park, I thought the front area with all of the shops was really well done.
Where have I seen this before? =)
After checking out the shops I headed directly for the Flash Pass office. I'll admit, I couldn't find it at first and had to ask an employee where it was.
But seriously, I LOVE the Flash Pass. if you only have a few hours to visit a park or it's going to be a long time between visits I couldn't recommend one more. I think the only Six Flags park I haven't used the Flash Pass at is SFMM (because it's my local park).
I know there is a lot of controversy about these passes as "Cutting the line" devices but the way I look at it is that it gave me more time to enjoy the park and ride some things multiple times vs. waiting in line.
Let's head into the park a bit and figure out how many times I got turned around and lost (a lot).
Any park that has an awesome train is great in my book.
Ferris Wheel ... I didn't get a chance to ride it on my visit, but I certainly took note to do so next time. Maybe I could have navigated the park a little better if I had. =)
I headed first to Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast.
I had ridden the one in Texas about 10 years ago, but it was a very different experience backwards. Really packed a punch and just proves how good Premier Coasters are.
Thunder River looked like a great rapids ride, but I didn't get a chance to ride. Again, next time!!
Sorry for the water spot, got a little bit of rain.
I thought it was kind of odd that Batman: The Ride and Mr. Freeze are pretty much at opposite ends of the park, but they did put some Justice League stuff near Mr. Freeze so I guess that's ok.
Although right next door is Scooby Doo, not sure if the Scooby gang is in the Justice League or not. =)
JB's BBQ is here too!!
Pandemonium, a lot of fun, seemed to be a slightly different layout than the one that was at SFDK. I'm pretty sure it's a clone though. Probably just because it wasn't at the edge of the park.
This was also when I first encountered the parks locker policy. Unlike other parks in the chain, the "Locker Policy" is STRICTLY enforced in St. Louis. I don't personally have a problem with the policy, but because I had a Flash Pass I didn't see many of the signs and missed the lockers on a few rides.
Pandemonium in action.
The Boss was a coaster I hadn't heard much about, but I absolutely LOVED it. Other than Mr. Freeze I think it was my favorite coaster in the park. I rode it in the Front, Back and Middle and it delivered a great ride each time.
This was also the ride where I experienced the worst of the Locker Policy on. The queue/exit line is VERY long yet when I got to the station I was told that I had to put my camera bag in a locker, at the front. Being that the Fast Pass line is through the exit, I missed the locker sign.
I've ridden with my camera bag on a LOT of coasters, LOTS. I was told that I had to tie the bag around my waist in order to ride, which seemed odd since that is where the restraint goes.
I did end up purchasing the all-day locker pass for future rides, but I really wish the park would have more signs for the policy. More kiosks are also needed as many rides only had 1 and those ended up being the longest lines I waited in all day.
Obligatory park Carousel shot.
Walked through the parks Bugs Bunny World on my way to Screamin' Eagle and thought it was very well done. I didn't get too many pictures because I always feel weird taking pictures of kid's area's when I'm solo and don't have my kids.
Screamin' Eagle was a lot of fun but was the only coaster I saw that didn't have Flash Pass (or I didn't see the entrance for it). Luckily the line wasn't too bad. Not sure why this one didn't have Flash pass.
Boomerang ... luckily I had the credit from SFOT so I didn't need to ride. The paint job looks great and I remember not hating this one when I rode it in 2004. Lol
Aww, Moose Burger. =(
Heading over towards Batman, the Joker's ride is a dragon swing.
I didn't notice until I rode Batman that it's a mirrored image of the one at SFMM.
Ninja was pretty much a credit ride, not terrible.
I thought the theater facade looked really nice. Overall, I felt the themeing in the park and the parks cleanliness was good.
American Thunder, kind of a miss, but you can see where it has potential.
Always a fan of Log Flume's, this one is quite unique in that it has two sides and four loading stations. The side I rode seemed like it was about 5 seconds long. LOL.
Overall, I thought the park was fun, it has a great collection of coasters and flat rides and was themed well for an amusement park. Despite a confusing layout and the strict locker policy I had a really great time.
Below is some information on the newest addition for 2014, the Tsunami Soaker. Below are some of our pictures and some from the park as well as the press release for the ride.
The ride was a heck of a lot of fun, highly interactive without being annoying. I was actually surprised at how much the water rose and that the boats actually float. Very clever. Would LOVE to see this come to some other parks next year.
Below are some pictures from the park as well as some B-Roll footage.
Some great B-Roll footage provided by the park.
Six Flags St. Louis’ New Tsunami Soaker Delivers a Spinning, Spraying Water Adventure
EUREKA, MO — May 22, 2014 / PRNewswire / — The newest family thrill at Six Flags St. Louis, Tsunami Soaker, spun into action today. This spinning, spraying water adventure is the first of its kind in the park, bringing yet another unique experience to the Coaster Capital of Missouri. Guests aboard Tsunami Soaker will engage in a water battle of epic proportions while twisting and churning ‘round and ‘round.“Tsunami Soaker is the perfect complement to our lineup of thrills,” said Dave Roemer, Six Flags St. Louis park president. “Guests of all ages are going to have a blast on this ride spraying fellow riders and being sprayed. Adding to the fun, bystanders can arm themselves with water cannons from the sidelines and squirt riders as they go by. This really is an interactive experience for everyone!”
The floor of Tsunami Soaker spins in a clockwise direction, while nine boats individually rotate with a total of 54 riders equipped with giant water cannons launch streams of water at other boats and bystanders. The main floor of the ride disappears into the water once riders have been seated. As the floor descends, water fills and boats will actually float as they rotate.
On hand today for the preview of Tsunami Soaker was Olympic Swimmer David Tarwater. Tarwater grew up in Knoxville, TN and won a Gold Medal in the 2012 London Games for the 800m Free Relay and holds titles in many World Championship and U.S. National competitions.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation:
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 53 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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This weekend (April 12th) marks opening weekend for Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags New England.
Six Flags parks will be opening in the next couple of months and we will keep you updated on opening dates and any deals the parks may be having leading up to opening day.
Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom are open year-round on weekends.
Six Flags Great Adventure - Opens April 12th
Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari’s 40th year begins April 12 with the debut of three adorable lion cubs, new shows and special events, and a countdown to the opening of the world’s tallest drop ride, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom.
Guests can see the park’s three newest lion cubs, Kanu, Kondo and Kiume, on the Safari Off Road Adventure in Camp Aventura beginning April 12, weather permitting. The trio, born earlier this year, made news when the Six Flags Animal Care Team began hand-raising them after their mothers could not adequately care for them. The playful cubs will spend most of the season at Camp Aventura, and eventually be introduced to the lion pride in the Kingsland section.
Early Season Shows & Events
The Safari’s animal experts re-launch popular Safari education programs in 2014. Safari Off Road Education offers students K-6 a journey in learning with 1,200 animals from six continents in the 350-acre wildlife preserve. Biology Day targets high school students with a special focus on land and marine biology. These programs, reserved for schools, operate when the theme park is closed. Schools can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Entertainment abounds this season with Six Flags Street Party, We Got the Beat character show, and edu-tainment presentations featuring California sea lions and Asian small-clawed otters beginning April 12. In mid-May, the Animal Training Team will debut Paw and Disorder – Animals on Patrol, a new show in the Safari Kids’ Adventure Theater. Detectives of all ages can help solve this crazy caper while encountering hilarious hijinks along the way. Dress rehearsals and early previews will be open to guests in early May.
The park’s concert series kicks off with chart topper Jason Derulo on Easter Sunday, April 20, presented by Coca Cola. Derulo’s pop/R&B hits have earned him MTV Video Music Awards, Teen Choice and American Music awards since 2010, and most recently landed him on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Other Side, “Marry Me” and “Dirty Talk.” The concert is free with park admission in the Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena (formerly the Northern Star Arena) at 4 pm.
The diverse special events series begins April 26 and 27 with a new event, the Fast Tracks and Food Trucks Festival. Guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines ranging from barbecue and tacos to hibachi and sliders, plus sweets including gourmet waffles and cupcakes. More than 20 trucks will be available from 12 to 7 pm, and seven award-winning New Jersey wineries will also be on hand from 1 to 6 pm for sampling and wine purchases. The festival is included with theme park admission; wine sampling and food requires an additional fee. Tickets may be purchased online with the promo code TRUCK.
Dining & Season Pass News
To expand the park’s everyday dining options, the new Garden State Grill opens April 12 in the Boardwalk section and feature specialty burgers, including turkey and veggie burgers and a variety of toppings. The Great Character Café goes “retro,” nearly returning to its original theme from 1974. Renamed the Yum Yum Café, the restaurant serves traditional fare plus ice cream.
Six Flags Season Pass holders and Members will experience a new, expedited pass processing system featuring biometrics. When guests arrive at the front gate with their ticket voucher, a scanner processes an image of their finger and assigns a unique set of numbers that are used to validate the pass holder’s card. For return visits to the park, a guest simply scans their card and finger for a match to gain entry, which eliminates the need for the photo.
The Season Pass Dining Program returns for a second season. This program offers incredible value, and includes up to two meals per day for unlimited days during the 2014 season in most of the park’s most popular dining locations for one low price.
Counting Down to Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom
Six Flags Great Adventure shatters the world record for tallest drop ride with the addition of the 41-story Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, slated for a Memorial Day Weekend opening.
Connected to the iconic Kingda Ka roller coaster—the 456-foot monster that ranks as the world’s tallest coaster and fastest in North America—Zumanjaro will hoist riders 415 feet into the sky and rocket them back to Earth at 90 miles per hour while Kingda Ka trains launch right toward them at speeds of up to 128 miles per hour.
"Thrillseekers around the world are counting down to the opening of Zumanjaro,” said John Fitzgerald, park president. “Zumanjaro solidifies Six Flags Great Adventure’s dominance as the Northeast’s thrill capital and is precisely the world-class, record-breaking attraction our guests have come to expect. With its extreme height and speed, Zumanjaro will bring out the ultimate thrillseekers and leave others watching in awe, planted firmly on the ground.”
Three soaring Zumanjaro towers will be built on the face of the massive Kingda Ka coaster. Each drop tower will feature a gondola with eight riders. The gondolas will rise to the top of the tower in approximately 30 seconds. Riders will pause for a few terrifying moments, 41 stories in the air—even higher than London’s Big Ben and twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty—allowing them to catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers in Philadelphia 52 miles to the south before gravity plunges them back to ground level in less than 10 seconds.
Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari opens for the 2014 season April 12. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.
Six Flags New England - Opens April 12th
Be the first to ride Six Flags New England's legendary collection of world-class coasters and fan favorites on Opening Weekend, April 12-13.
Everyone knows that Six Flags is the Thrill Capital of New England with the biggest, fastest, most utterly insane thrill rides on Earth – but are you brave enough to ride them? Grab a seat if you dare on the BATMAN: The Dark Knight or Mind Eraser and show these coasters who’s boss. We hear some of you enjoy rides that whirl and swirl while you zig and zag. Well hang on tight because Tomahawk and Pandemonium are ready to spin you till you have a laugh attack. Have some junior daredevils along for the ride? Your tykes will love our kids rides and family rides like the Teacups and Stampede Bumper Cars.
There are some things in life that we all enjoy — like good times with friends, great food and of course funnel cakes! You only have to wait till Opening Weekend to treat your crew to all three… just save some room for cotton candy and Dippin' Dots. After you sample your favorite delectable theme park favorites, satisfy your hunger for great entertainment at Six Flags’ shows.
Take your friends and family on a adventure this spring they’ll never forget — mark your calendar because the fun all starts on Opening Weekend, April 12-13. What's the best part? The Six Flags New England 2014 Season Pass makes this "stay-cation" the ultimate deal. With unlimited visits all season, free tickets for friends on select days and hundreds of dollars worth of in-park savings, this is one sweet deal you can’t afford to miss.
Six Flags St. Louis - Opens April 5th
Six Flags St. Louis opens this weekend, check out this special offer for those visiting the park this weekend!!!
Six Flags St. Louis is celebrating the opening of the 2014 season on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 with the Go Big, Go Green, Go Six Flags for MDA campaign.
The theme park is offering a special $20.14 ticket to guests who wear green on opening weekend, or purchase tickets online in advance with $1 being donated back to the local Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Season pass holders will be introduced to a biometric entry system to make their experience faster and more convenient.
Six Flags St. Louis is open for weekend operation only from April 5 through May 11. Hurricane Harbor opens for the season on May 24.
Guests can enjoy a season of thrills and fun with a 2014 Season Pass. Guests who purchase and process four or more Season Passes by April 20 will receive one free season parking pass. A Season Pass offers the best value with unlimited visits to the theme park and water park, special eCoupon offers and admission to all Six Flags theme parks.
To learn more, visit sixflags.com/stlouis.
Six Flags America - Opens April 5th
Opening Day Fun! The park opens on April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure to get here early on April 5 because you won't want to miss the Mardi Gras parade led by Eleanor Roosevelt High School's jazz band, Dixieland Combo! The new Gator King character will lead Dixieland Combo, with other Mardi Gras characters and guests, on a festive parade through the park and into the newly themed Mardi Gras area at approximately 11 a.m. As supplies last, we will be giving away lots of fun and festive beads, masks and even some yummy beignets right before the parade starts!
What's New! Experience the debut of our two new attractions on Opening Weekend with the newly themed Mardi Gras section and French Quarter Flyers! This unique family-friendly attraction features eight individual flying cars. Each vehicle has a stationary rear wing and a moveable front wing and can travel at speeds up to 40 miles-per-hour! You will be the pilot and control your own riding destiny as you pump up the thrill for a more intense, wild flight, or simply sit back, take it easy, and enjoy the ride.
Opening Weekend is your first opportunity to return to the park for all your favorite thrills, like Apocalypse and SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel. Enjoy delicious foods like cheese burgers, hot dogs, and funnel cakes plus plenty of healthier food options like grilled chicken sandwiches, Mediterranean salad, and glutton-free foods. Don’t forget the shows, the brand new Legends of the Arena: A Gladiator Stunt Show and LOL! a laugh out loud improve show. For both shows the audience determines the outcome of the actors!
Best Deal AroundExperience the thrills of Six Flags America all year with a 2014 Season Pass. A Season Pass offers unlimited visits and comes with in-park savings on food, games and souvenirs, free tickets for friends and access to exclusive events. You'll want to return again and again for hot summer thrills, Hurricane Harbor and Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS®. Or purchase a Membership and get all of the same benefits as a Season Pass for a low monthly price.
Six Flags Over Texas - Opens March 1st
Be the first to ride Six Flags Over Texas' legendary collection of world-class coasters and fan favorites on Opening Weekend Presented by JustGreen™. Everyone knows that Six Flags is the world headquarters for the biggest, fastest, most utterly insane thrill rides on Earth – but are you brave enough to ride them? Grab a seat if you dare on the epic Titan or BATMAN™: The Ride and show these coasters who’s boss. We hear some of you enjoy rides that whirl and swirl while you zig and zag. Well hang on tight because Pandemonium and Crazy Legs are ready to spin you till you have a laugh attack. Have some junior daredevils along for the ride? Your tykes will love our kids rides and Mini Mine Train.
There are some things in life that we all enjoy — like good times with friends, great food and of course funnel cakes! You only have to wait till Opening Weekend to treat your crew to all three… just save some room for cotton candy and a Pink Thing. After you sample your favorite delectable theme park favorites, satisfy your hunger for great entertainment at Six Flags’ incredible live music shows and performances.
Opening Weekend Special
Take your friends and family on a adventure this spring they’ll never forget — mark your calendar because the fun all starts on Opening Weekend, March 1-2. And as part of our Opening Weekend celebration, you can purchase tickets online for the amazingly low price of JUST $19.99 each. This deal isn't available at the park so buy online now. Tickets may be used March 1 or 2.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Opens March 1st
Take your friends and family on a adventure this spring they’ll never forget — mark your calendar because the thrills start on Opening Weekend, March 1-2. The fun doesn't stop there! We are open daily for Spring Break, March 8-16. What's the best part? Extreme coasters and awesome rides for the entire family including our epic Iron Rattler!
The Iron Rattler roller coaster is a unique technological marvel that combines classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails crafted of steel, allowing for unprecedented smooth and swift over-banked turns and inversions never before experienced on either a traditional steel or wooden coaster.
Enjoy exhilarating park favorites such as SUPERMAN Krypton Coaster, Goliath and soaring thrills on SkyScreamer! Towering 200 feet above the ground, SkyScreamer surpasses the height of the park’s quarry walls. Thirty-two guests board the ride and sit two across in open air swings. Climb to the top of the SkyScreamer tower while spinning round and round. At full swing, you'll soar in a 98-foot circle at speeds of 40 mph with the rest of the park far below your dangling feet.
There are some things in life that we all enjoy — like good times with friends, great food and of course funnel cakes! You only have to wait till Opening Weekend to treat your crew to all three…just save some room for cotton candy. After you sample your favorite delectable theme park favorites, satisfy your hunger for great entertainment at Six Flags Fiesta Texas' incredible live music shows and performances.
Six Flags Over Georgia - Opens March 15th
Be the first to ride Six Flags Over Georgia's legendary collection of world-class coasters and fan favorites. Everyone knows that Six Flags is the world headquarters for the biggest, fastest, most utterly insane thrill rides on Earth – but are you brave enough to ride them?
Grab a seat if you dare on the epic Goliath, Georgia Scorcher or BATMAN: The Ride and show these coasters who’s boss. We hear some of you enjoy rides that whirl and swirl while you zig and zag. Well hang on tight because Dare Devil Dive and Gotham City Crime Wave are ready to take you for a spin till you have a laugh attack. Have some junior daredevils along for the ride? Your tykes will love our kids rides and Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster.
There are some things in life that we all enjoy — like good times with friends, great food and of course funnel cakes! You only have to wait till Opening Weekend to treat your crew to all three… just save some room for cotton candy and Dippin' Dots. After you sample your favorite delectable theme park favorites, satisfy your hunger for great entertainment at Six Flags’ incredible live music shows and performances.
Take your friends and family on a adventure this spring they’ll never forget — mark your calendar because the fun all starts on Opening Weekend, March 15-16. What's the best part? The Six Flags Over Georgia Season Pass makes this "stay-cation" the ultimate deal. With unlimited visits all season, free tickets for friends on select days and hundreds of dollars worth of in-park savings, this is one sweet deal you can’t afford to miss.
MUST Ministries Opening Weekend Food Drive
Celebrate opening weekend at Six Flags Over Georgia and give back to the community at the same time!
Six Flags Over Georgia is once again partnering with MUST Ministries to host an Opening Weekend Food Drive to help the MUST Ministries food bank. Donate six or more non-perishable food items and you'll receive one coupon to get into the park for only $20.14 plus tax on March 15-16.
The donation center will be located near Guest Relations so stop by with your food items to receive your discount coupon before heading to the ticket booths. Each guest will need six items to receive a $20.14 coupon.