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Six Flags St. Louis, originally Six Flags Over Mid-America, is a theme park located in Eureka, Missouri. Owned and operated by Six Flags, the park opened on June 5, 1971, as the third of the company's three original theme parks. It is the only one of the original 3 Six Flags parks to be both owned and operated by Six Flags. (The other 2, Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Over Georgia, are owned by limited partnerships and operated by Six Flags.) The park was conceived by Six Flags founder Angus G. Wynne in the 1960s and was designed by Randall Duell. Its layout consists of eight themed areas, each of which contain numerous attractions, dining locations and live entertainment. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park is free with park admission.

Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis logo.svg
Slogan"Missouri's Coaster Capital"
Location4900 Six Flags Road
Eureka, Missouri 63025, United States
Coordinates38°30′46″N 90°40′30″W / 38.512806°N 90.675050°W / 38.512806; -90.675050Coordinates: 38°30′46″N 90°40′30″W / 38.512806°N 90.675050°W / 38.512806; -90.675050
OwnerSix Flags Entertainment Corporation
General ManagerPhil Liggett (2018-)
OpenedJune 5, 1971; 48 years ago (1971-06-05)
Previous namesSix Flags Over Mid-America (1971-1996)
Operating seasonMarch 23 to January 1
Area323 acres (1.31 km2)
Attractions
Total40
Roller coasters9
WebsiteOfficial website
StatusOperating

Since its original opening in 1971, the park has undergone many changes, most notably of which are the replacement or renaming of all six of the park's original areas in the 1990s, as well as the addition of two new ones.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Opening and operationEdit

Dedication
Six Flags is divided into six sections which reflect the architecture and atmosphere of different eras in Midwestern history.

The flags of France, Spain, England, the Union, Illinois, and Missouri have had influence over the territory since 1764.

The buildings, shows, and rides are themed to help you relive the bright and colorful past at Six Flags.

Mall of Mid-Americas dedication plaque

Six Flags Over Mid-America opened on June 5, 1971, the third and last of the three "true" Six Flags parks as envisioned by Angus G. Wynne. The park was divided into six uniquely themed sections, the namesake "Six Flags" over Mid-America:[1]

  • Missouri (now 1904 World's Fair), the main area of the park, themed after the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904,
  • U.S.A. (replaced by Time Warner Studios in 1995), located at the southeast of the park and themed after the United States.
  • France (now Chouteau's Market), located to the east across from U.S.A., and themed after a colonial French trading post.
  • Spain (replaced by DC Comics Plaza in 1997), located at the southwest of the park, with Spanish-themed architecture and restaurants,
  • England (now Britannia), located in the northwest of the park and themed after a village in Medieval England.
  • Old Chicago (also known as Illinois, its current name), located in the northeast of the park and themed after the city of Chicago in the early 1900's.

On June 5, 1999, the 12-acre Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park opened adjacent to the main park. At a cost of $17 million, it was the largest single investment in Six Flags St. Louis' history.[2]

In 2014, Six Flags sold 180 acres of undeveloped land east of the park to home developer McBride & Sons, reducing the land owned from 503 acres to 323 acres.[3][4] According to the Six Flags 2015 Annual Report, the park now owns 323 acres of land (283 acres of land are used by the park with an additional 40 acres of undeveloped land).[5]

AreasEdit

Six Flags St. Louis is divided into eight themed sections, all of which were added after the park's opening or renamed. The park is laid out in a "Duell loop", a design concept that was often used by park designer Randall Duell.

1904 World's FairEdit

1904 World's Fair is the main area of the park, named after the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, which ran from April 30 to December 1, 1904. The area features the "Mall of the Mid-Americas", a shopping mall complex that features many foods introduced or present at the fair, as well as buildings themed to the time period of the early 1900s. The area was previously named "Missouri" from the park's opening until 1994 season.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Moon Antique Cars 1971 Arrow Dynamics An antique cars attraction with cars that resemble 1911 Cadillacs. The track goes in and around American Thunder.
Colossus 1986 Carousel Holland B.V. An 180 foot tall ferris wheel.
American Thunder 2008 Great Coasters International A classically themed wooden roller coaster. It was originally named "Evel Knievel" from 2008 to 2010, named after the daredevil of the same name.

DiningEdit

  • Colonnades
  • First Cone

ShoppingEdit

  • Looney Tunes Main Street Market
  • LaClede's Mart
  • Toy Circus
  • Studio 6F
  • Flags Emporium

Gateway to the WestEdit

Gateway to the West is themed after the old colonial times of the state of Missouri, and features many references to locales and people that have lived in the state. The area opened in 1993, taking over a part of what was formerly the Missouri section of the park.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
River King Mine Train 1971 Arrow Dynamics A steel roller coaster named after the mine River King Mine.
Thunder River 1983 Intamin A river rapids ride based on the Gasconade River that circles the "island" that Mr. Freeze was built on.

DiningEdit

  • Colonel Cobbs

Chouteau's MarketEdit

Chouteau's Market is themed after a French market along the Mississippi River. It is named after Auguste Chouteau, the founder of the city of St. Louis. The area opened in 1993, replacing France. In 2014, the area was expanded to take over a piece of what had formerly been the back of Studio Backlot.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Tsunami Soaker 2014 Mack Rides A "Twist-N-Splash" water ride. Guests board one of multiple barrel vehicles and spray other guests.
Spinsanity 2017 Zamperla A Zamperla Disk'O ride.

DiningEdit

  • Mooseburger Lodge
  • Outpost Snacks

Studio BacklotEdit

Studio Backlot is themed to the backlot of a movie studio in Hollywood. The area originally opened in 1995 as "Time Warner Studios", but was renamed "Warner Bros. Backlot" the following year.

In the first couple years, the area featured five interactive movie set experiences based on various Warner Bros. films, including Bonnie and Clyde, Little Shop of Horrors and Maverick, all of which were retired after the 1997 season. The area's name was changed again to its current name in 2002, though it mostly retains its previous theme.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Batman: The Ride 1995 Bolliger & Mabillard An inverted roller coaster based on after Batman from DC Comics. Guests walk through an extensive queue themed after Gotham City.
Ninja 1988 Arrow Dynamics/Vekoma A steel roller coaster themed after the Ninja of feudal Japan.
The Joker Inc. 1980 Intamin A swinging ship ride, themed after the Joker from DC Comics.

DiningEdit

ShoppingEdit

  • Hollywood Studio Store
  • Studio Sports

DC Comics PlazaEdit

DC Comics Plaza celebrates the worlds of DC Entertainment, with multiple attractions based on various DC characters and properties. The area opened in 1996, replacing the Spain section of the park.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Log Flume 1971 Arrow Development A log flume ride.
Shazam! 1972 Eli Bridge Company A standard scrambler ride themed after the super hero Shazam.
Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast 1998 Premier Rides A roller coaster themed after Mr. Freeze and the 1997 movie Batman & Robin.
Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 2015 Sally Corporation An interactive dark ride featuring an original story experience based on the Justice League. Hosted by Cyborg, an animatronic of whom is in the ride's station.

DiningEdit

  • JB's Smoke House BBQ & Sports Bar
  • Hero's Snacks

ShoppingEdit

  • Super Heroes vs. Villains
  • Justice League Headquarters

BritanniaEdit

Britannia is based on the country of Great Britain as it was in its medieval period, including elements from Arthurian legend. The area was named "England" from 1971 to 1992, then "Great Britain" in 1993, and it was given its current name in 1994. The area's distinct theme has been largely ignored since 2007, with two attractions having no thematic connection to the rest of the area.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Grand Ole Carousel 1972 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters A traditional carousel. It was named simply "Carousel" from 1972 to 1983, "Grand Ole Carousel" from 1984 to 1993 and "Enchanted Carousel" from 1994 to 1997. In 1998, its name was reverted to its current one.
Dragon's Wing 1996 Skycoaster, Inc. An extra charge Skycoaster attraction.
Speed O'Drome Go-Karts 1999 J&J Amusements An extra-charge Go-Karts attraction.
The Boss 2000 Custom Coasters International A wooden terrain roller coaster, the tallest and fastest coaster built by Custom Coasters International. It was the eighth longest wooden roller coaster in the world when it first opened, with a track length of 5,051 feet. The helix element was removed before the 2018 season, reducing the track's length to 4,631 feet.
Xcalibur 2003 Nauta Bussink Baily An Evolution thrill ride, themed after the Round Table of King Arthur.
Pandemonium 2007 Gerstlauer A spinning roller coaster, the third of four installations at Six Flags theme parks. It was formerly named "Tony Hawk's Big Spin" from 2007 to 2011. Despite its location right inside the entrance of Britannia, the ride has no thematic connection to the rest of the area.
Supergirl: Sky Flyer 2019 Zamperla Zamperla Endeavour model, themed after Supergirl.

DiningEdit

  • Friar Tuck's
  • Primo's Pizzeria

IllinoisEdit

Illinois is loosely themed to the city of Chicago. The area was formerly known as "Old Chicago" from 1971 to 1993.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Screamin' Eagle 1976 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters A wooden roller coaster designed by John C. Allen. When it opened in 1976, it was the tallest, longest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. An American Coaster Enthusiasts landmark.
Tidal Wave 1991 Hopkins Rides A shoot-the-chutes water ride.
Superman: Tower of Power 2006 Intamin A drop tower ride themed after Superman from DC Comics.
Boomerang 2013 Vekoma A boomerang roller coaster. It was relocated from Six Flags Over Texas, where it operated as Flashback.
Fireball 2016 Larson International A "Larson loop" ride.

DiningEdit

  • Cotton Candy Factory
  • Primo's Pizzeria

Bugs Bunny National ParkEdit

Bugs Bunny National Park is a kiddie area based on the Looney Tunes franchise. It opened in 2006 as the successor to Looney Tunes Town. It replaced some former land that Britannia used to occupy.

AttractionsEdit

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Bugs Bunny Fort Fun 2006 SVC Interactive A play area and treehouse area themed after Looney Tunes.
Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots 2006 Chance Rides A "Red Baron" kiddie biplane ride featuring Bugs Bunny. It was originally located in Goodtime Hollow and later Looney Tunes Town and was then relocated.
Daffy Duck Stars on Parade 2006 Zamperla A swing ride featuring Daffy Duck. The ride was moved from its old "Fairgrounds"/Looney Tunes Town location for the construction of Evel Knievel to the former Daffy Duck Duccaneer location in 2008.
Elmer Fudd Weather Balloons 2006 Zamperla A "samba balloons" ride themed after Elmer Fudd.
Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway 2006 Zamperla A kiddie railroad ride named after Foghorn Leghorn. It was relocated from Looney Tunes Town, where it was known as "Looney Tooter".
Marvin The Martian Camp Invasion 2006 Zamperla A "Crazy Sub" spaceship-themed kiddie ride themed after Marvin the Martian.
Taz Twisters 2006 Zamperla A mini tea cups ride named after Taz.
Tweety Twee House 2006 Zamperla A "Jumpin' Star" kiddie drop tower ride themed after Sylvester and Tweety.
Yosemite Sam Tugboat Tailspin 2006 Zamperla A "Rockin' Tug" spinning ship ride themed after Yosemite Sam.

DiningEdit

  • Go Fresh Café
  • Totally Kickin' Chicken
  • Funnel Cake Factory

Six Flags Hurricane HarborEdit

Hurricane Harbor is a water park that is connected to the southeast portion of Six Flags St. Louis and is adjacent to Studio Backlot, but is not part of the main park.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
ThemeA washed-up harbor that once resided in the South Seas.
OwnerSix Flags
OpenedJune 5, 1999; 20 years ago (June 5, 1999)

Unlike other Six Flags Hurricane Harbors across the United States, entrance to the Six Flags St. Louis version is included with park admission or a Season Pass.

Slide/Attraction Name Year Opened Manufacturer/Ride Type Other Notes
Big Kahuna 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. Mammoth Family raft ride
4 tube slides 1999 Proslide Technology Inc. Pipeline Piranha (red) & Man-O-War (yellow) - partially enclosed, Hammerhead (green) & Stingray (teal) - completely enclosed
Hook's Lagoon 1999 SCS Interactive Discovery Treehouse Family activity area, with Proslide Technology Inc. Twisters’ Zone slides
Hurricane Bay 1999 Aquatic Development Group Inc. WaveTek wave pool Wave pool with a "volcano" at one end and a beach at the other
Gulley Washer Creek 1999 Aquatic Development Group Inc. lazy river Lazy river
Tornado 2005 Proslide Technology Inc. Tornado “60” Funnel shaped tube slide that uses four person “cloverleaf” tubes
Wahoo Racer 2009 Proslide Technology Inc. 6-Lane ProRacer Mat-racing slide complex
Bonzai Pipeline 2012 Proslide Technology Inc. SuperLOOP Looping water slide
Typhoon Twister 2018 Proslide Technology Inc. Hybrid Hybrid water slide featuring a bowl dropping into a zero-G wave wall. Ride with three of your closest friend in a four-person "cloverleaf" tube.

Annual eventsEdit

A number of annual seasonal events are held at the park:

July 4th FestEdit

July 4th Fest was introduced in the 2000s, and features multiple nights of fireworks for the Fourth of July.

Fright FestEdit

Fright Fest was introduced in 1988 as "Fright Nights", which ran until Fright Nights V in 1992. In 1993, the event became Fright Fest under the ownership of Time Warner, who wanted each Six Flags park's Halloween event to use the same name for branding purposes. The event runs from mid to late September through Halloween and typically features several haunted attractions and scare zones, as well as live entertainment. Fright Fest celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018.

Holiday in the ParkEdit

A holiday event introduced in 2016 which features several themed areas as well as live entertainment. The event extended the park's operating season by two months for the first time in its history.

Former attractionsEdit

GalleryEdit

IncidentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Six Flags St. Louis". Archived from the original on 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  2. ^ Billhartz, Cynthia (May 31, 1999). "The 'ol swimming hole has gone high tech". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  3. ^ http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9NTc0MzQ4fENoaWxkSUQ9Mjc3MjgwfFR5cGU9MQ==&t=1
  4. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/eureka-oks-plan-for-new-subdivision/article_9be45cf2-0159-5e90-b151-5e39773cc244.html
  5. ^ http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9NjE0NTEwfENoaWxkSUQ9MzI4NzI3fFR5cGU9MQ==&t=1

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