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p. 550 - Hallowfest trip report!

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Just caught up on the thread. Lots of activity!

 

Great trip report. Funny fact for myself- I've never done Justice League. For whatever reason, I just have zero interest in non-haunted dark rides. Line usually being super long doesn't help.

 

Since you brought up Eagle (sucks it was closed that day), that gives me a chance to discuss something I've been meaning to for a couple weeks....

 

I recently had the chance (3 weeks ago) to ride the Swamp Fox coaster in Myrtle Beach while on vacation week before Memorial Day. As soon as we got home, we went to Six Flags STL and I took my first ride of the season on Screamin' Eagle to compare it while the SF ride was fresh in my mind.

 

Swamp Fox was built in 1966, designed by John Allen and PTC. It's got a smaller footprint than Eagle and is a figure 8 versus gigantic out and back, but a lot of the characteristics are similar. It's located in Family Kingdom at Myrtle Beach, SC, a boardwalk amusement park that's really nice for families. Swamp Fox is the marquee attraction, but there are several other fun rides including a Zamperla Wild Mouse and some good flats. In the early 90's the park and coaster were damaged pretty heavily by a hurricane but were rebuilt soon after back to original specs.

 

The park maintains it very well and it's similar in color scheme to the Eagle. The lift hill goes into the same style of corner that Eagle does before its first drop, except instead of having a nice view of the park nestled into the hills of Missouri you get an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean and boardwalk.

 

The old girl was a fun ride! Rode in front and back and both had good pops of airtime. It was relatively smooth as well given the age, although Eagle is definitely a smoother experience.

 

Riding them back to back in relative close proximity was interesting to me as you can clearly see that in Screamin' Eagle, Allen and PTC took what they knew and dialed it up to 11.

 

Pics are below. I love the Screamin' Eagle so much and it was cool to check out one of its direct predecessors! For my money, when at Six Flags St. Louis, nothing compares to the Eagle when the weather is cool and the trees are starting to get their fall colors.

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Thanks Bill! I couldn't help but to laugh at the poster.

 

Doug, Swamp Fox looks pretty neat and it would be interesting to experience the evolution that brought about Screaming Eagle. I'm digging the name.

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Crap. We were planning on going to the park for a four to five hours to cap off Saturday night, before father's day. However, I believe that's going to be Bring a Friend Free Day, along with Sunday. Is it worth my time?

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Crap. We were planning on going to the park for a four to five hours to cap off Saturday night, before father's day. However, I believe that's going to be Bring a Friend Free Day, along with Sunday. Is it worth my time?

If you like long lines and massive crowds, then it sure is.

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Yeah, crowds will probably be pretty obnoxious that Saturday. As always though, that depends on the weather.

 

Thanks all. I had never even heard of Swamp Fox before planning our trip there, then it became one of the things I had to do. It's a nice coaster that the park takes pride in. Always good to see a classic treated well.

 

As for Screamin' Eagle, yes, for all the lack of a signature steel coaster it's sure nice to have a true classic woodie that's in great shape. I do wish that it was operational for Holiday in the Park though, as the view of a fully lit park while coming around the lift hill turn would be spectacular.

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Does anybody have a list of bring a friend days?

 

According to my Gold Pass membership benefits, the only active Bring a Friend Free coupon is for any day June 5 - 18. However, a recent email regarding season pass holder celebration days suggests that BAFF is not valid on the 17th. If you don't have the SixFlags app, I'd recommend it. You can store your season pass in it so you don't even need to bring the card with you, and it provides you with the most up to date coupons and perks for your pass. Hope that helps.

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Does anybody have a list of bring a friend days?

 

According to my Gold Pass membership benefits, the only active Bring a Friend Free coupon is for any day June 5 - 18. However, a recent email regarding season pass holder celebration days suggests that BAFF is not valid on the 17th. If you don't have the SixFlags app, I'd recommend it. You can store your season pass in it so you don't even need to bring the card with you, and it provides you with the most up to date coupons and perks for your pass. Hope that helps.

 

Thank you very much!

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I hope someone can help...... is this clock gone forever or is it ( hopefully) being refurbished?

 

noticed it was gone during a recent visit.... any info would be appreciated

 

thanks

 

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Anyone know if Boomerang has been testing/will open up again soon? Looks like it's been down for a few weeks now. Visiting next week and really don't want to be spited

I had noticed the first week or two the restraints were up and then got pulled down as if they were trying something.

 

It's been down around six weeks at this point.

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Does anybody have a list of bring a friend days?

 

According to my Gold Pass membership benefits, the only active Bring a Friend Free coupon is for any day June 5 - 18. However, a recent email regarding season pass holder celebration days suggests that BAFF is not valid on the 17th. If you don't have the SixFlags app, I'd recommend it. You can store your season pass in it so you don't even need to bring the card with you, and it provides you with the most up to date coupons and perks for your pass. Hope that helps.

Wait... So this coming Saturday is NOT BaFF day? I thought my email said June 16-18.

 

Edit: I just got the updated email. I guess there must have been some understandable confusion. Anyone have any insight on how the crowds will be on Saturday? I would imagine it would be reasonable, if we came after five. Especially since a lot of people might hold out for BAFF day on Friday or Sunday.

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For everyone who hasn't been to the park recently, there is a lot going on as the park prepares for the Mardi Gras Festival. One of the easiest places to see this is the Palace Theater garden area. Lots of decorations are going up, and they look really good. You can also get a feel for the parade route due to the yellow lines that have been added. I'm actually getting really excited for this event.

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Anyone know if Boomerang has been testing/will open up again soon? Looks like it's been down for a few weeks now. Visiting next week and really don't want to be spited

I had noticed the first week or two the restraints were up and then got pulled down as if they were trying something.

 

It's been down around six weeks at this point.

 

If I had to guess it will probably be another week or two. If its the part that I think it is they are probably still waiting for it. The part in question is unique to the SFSTL Boomerang and isn't made by Vekoma or S&S Arrow.

I wasn't aware there were differences in Boomerang models at all. Or is this a change added in the repair?

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Anyone know if Boomerang has been testing/will open up again soon? Looks like it's been down for a few weeks now. Visiting next week and really don't want to be spited

I had noticed the first week or two the restraints were up and then got pulled down as if they were trying something.

 

It's been down around six weeks at this point.

 

If I had to guess it will probably be another week or two. If its the part that I think it is they are probably still waiting for it. The part in question is unique to the SFSTL Boomerang and isn't made by Vekoma or S&S Arrow.

I wasn't aware there were differences in Boomerang models at all. Or is this a change added in the repair?

If I remember right, one of the primary differences in SFStL's Boomerang is in the lifting unit (at the start). I believe ours is electric, which is unique to the coaster and was installed when Boomerang was relocated here from Texas. There's a few other parts that are different as well, but I believe they're mostly fairly minor.

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The park truly seems to make the most out of any of its new attractions.

 

Not knocking the SFSTL crew and maintenance, but the thing is Down more that it is Up - SBNO.

Maybe they should have stuck with the old Tech.

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