We headed to Six Flags St Louis this weekend for two days at the parks. Now introducing the victims:
Myself, wife Amy, daughter Ashley and son Justin. In the other group was my wife's best friend Christy, her husband Frankie, their son Marcus and Frankie's step-sister Alex.
This was only my second trip to any Six Flags park, the last one being in LA back in like 89 or 90, so I had no expectations. The only sucky thing is that I'm FAR from being a coaster person so I knew I'd most likely be the item mule. My son is motion sensitive also so he was my wingman.
Now, I won't have too many pics up since I put my wife's Nikon back in the car after 3 hours because I was tired of lugging it around and the little waterproof Stylus camera doesn't have an amazing zoom, and my wife/daughter had it most of the time.
before I put up any pics, I want to share some of my opinions of the park. As far as food goes, it sucked. On the first day, we only ate lunch there and it was near the front of the park, the hamburger place next to the ice cream parlor. We spent $39 for crap. I had the cheddar burger and it looked as if it had been sitting under the heat lamp for two hours. The cheese was a deep golden color and it was barely luke warm. My wife almost threw up on her last bite of her salad. She said it had a rotten taste to it.
On to character interaction. At first I was surprised that they didn't have an organized method to taking pictures with characters, much like at Disney. But as I watched it unfold, it actually made things faster. Of course they don't do autographs, so that helps too but it was easy to get pics with them and didn't take longer than 30 seconds.
Safety. I was impressed with how concerned they seemed to be with saftey. On each ride that the kids went on, 2 employees would walk around and make sure that everyone was secured in the ride. Nicely done!
I did have one MAJOR beef with something that happened on the second day, but I'll get to that at the end of this report. Now, I'll give a brief rundown of both days then I'll toss out the pics in no organized manner.
We actually didn't leave Memphis until roughly 6am Saturday morning, about 1.5 hours behind schedule. If you knew my wife and her family, you'd know this is common practice. We arrived at our hotel at around 10:15am. We got checked in really quickly and got changed into walking clothes. We met up with our friends and headed to the park.
We got into the park at roughly 11:15am. The first ride we did was the ferris wheel. We then bounced around to every ride and those who could get on, did so. We stayed til around 9:30pm and then left the park. We headed back to the hotel and let the kids swim until 11:30. I really liked the setup at our hotel, the Days Inn right down the street from the park. They had a huge indoor pool/game area. Day One done.
We got up around 8:30 and got cleaned up and dressed and headed to Denny's. This was a real treat for me because I haven't been to a Denny's since I lived in California, back in like 91 or 92. It was worth the wait. We then headed back to the hotel to get our stuff packed and get dressed for our day at Hurricane Harbor. Once again, we got to the park around 11am. We made our way into HH and went to the Hook's kids area. The water was freezing cold. Good thing it was hot outside!
We once again made our way around the rides and my wife forced me to do the single intertube slide thing, the one next to the big raft ride. It was more the darkness that got me than the drops and motion, but it was fun just the same. We stayed at HH until 4:30 and then went to get changed and head back to the main park. WARNING, THIS IS WHERE I HAVE MY COMPLAINT!!!!
When we got to the little turnstile to leave HH, the little snotty girl working it told us that we had to put a shirt on my wife and kids to go through to the exit. This wasn't a problem for me. However, as they walked through the turnstile, Frankie's little s-sister was pushing the turnstile bar round and round because it was stuck. The girl then yelled "don't, don't, don't do that" and then she grabbed Alex's arm and yanked it away from the turnstile.
I couldn't believe that this girl had the nerve to grab someone's child. It's not like Alex was doing it to be annoying or mess with it, she was trying to get it unstuck. I looked at the girl and then told her that she could be nice about it, which I then followed with "if you don't like your job then quit".
Anywho, we got changed and then headed back to the main park. We bounced from ride to ride and left the park around 9:30pm. All in all it was a great experience and I had fun. It is funny how much it seems that SF emulates Disney. Like how Scooby's Scary Swamp is basically Buzz Lightyear on water. Ok, enough babble, on to some pics!