April 21st, yesterday, was opening day for Six Flags St. Louis. My girlfriend, Jennilee, and myself left our house at 7:45 and arrived at the park at 9am. Surprisingly, the entrance was packed with people. Most were under the intention that the park would be open an hour early for season pass holders. That actually starts NEXT weekend. Someone was telling people over the phone that it started this weekend.
Anywhoo, at 9:50 they started letting people into the plaza and at 10 we were free to go. The running of the bulls was pretty intense; it was Jenni and myself and nobody else.
We ran straight to Tony Hawks Big Spin only to find that they were going to have an opening "ceremony." Soon after, we ended up being the first public ride. Woot!
So Tony Hawk, it's fun and it spins. The lift is fast, the laterals are cool and the airtime is more than enough for a family coaster. Actually, the air was pretty good on the 3rd MCBR drop and the hill after. The helices were a blast. They did a marvelous job on the ride both in theming and preservation. The ride fits in very well with the surroundings. They cut down only trees that had to be cut. It feels as if the coaster has always been there. The queue was alright with the posted signs about Xtreme Sports, but the entrance was the most impressive. See pictures below.
Some other improvements around the park were wait time signs, more apparent security, friendlier staff, more participating staff, and many characters.
Coaster improvements: Boss's double-down, pro-MCBR valley, and run under the lift were all buttery with new re-tracking. Eagle was FILLED with airtime and received some retracking. Freeze got a chisel-to-gum makeover!
The day was great, even though it was busy, and the improvements were a BIG plus.
Enjoy the photos!