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Justice League Battle For Metropolis under construction at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

The past few years Six Flags has really had a lot of fun announcing their new rides for all of their parks in one giant announcement with the CEO James Reid-Anderson showcasing all of the additions to the chain.  I really like this because as a CEO it is obvious that he gets it.  To run a chain of amusement parks you at the least have to be part showman willing to give your customers one more thrill; no matter if it is big or small, to bring them back through those gates for another season. Being a showman as part of the CEO's job description and what the chain of parks is really here to provide, which is a good fun time was lost on countless previous Six Flags CEO's who were more concerned with "branding", "tie-in-promotions" or "increasing per capita expenditure".  Yes in the big scheme of things as a CEO those are important but you're not going to succeed unless you keep giving the public what it wants which is something that is exciting, new and fun.

Justice League Battle For Metropolis under construction at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

My local park which is Six Flags St. Louis and I feel that it really needs a nice skyline changing coaster to help compete in a marketplace with Outlaw Run to the West and now Thunderbird to the east.  A nice big B&M Hyper or Giga coaster would fit the bill if you ask me.  Under the current Six Flags regime for the most part they have been replacing aging rides with modern variants at Six Flags St. Louis.  For example replacing the aging Riverview Racers swing ride with Sky Screamer, or replacing rides that had seen the end of their lifetime like what they did by finally removing the long dead Hannibarrels and replacing them with the amazingly fun Tsunamu Soaker.   While these additions have not been as exciting as a giant new earth shattering coaster like I would prefer bringing the park up to where it needs to be is something that is needed before going all out for a world class coaster.

Justice League Battle For Metropolis under construction at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

One ride that has been really showing its age has been the Scooby-Doo and the Mystery of the Scary Swamp dark ride.  This simple boat ride has seen numerous transformations, retheming and additions through the years, so much that the original ride mechanisms from the boats, to the pumps and to the lift were all needing insane amounts of maintenance just to barely remain open.  The ride that began as Injun Joe's Cave back in 1971 was limping and sadly needed to be replaced.  For the last couple of years it was no secret that Scooby-Doo was on its last legs and that at the end of 2014 was going to be its final ride.

Justice League Battle For Metropolis under construction at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

As you can see all of that was the station for Scooby-Doo is now gone leaving just the ride building.

Throughout 2014 rumors went abound as what to expect from Scooby's replacement.  There was a crazy rumor about a Walking Dead shoot 'em up zombie type ride to something with Bugs Bunny in it as well as a few others.  No one knew until the big Six Flags corporate announcement at the end of August exactly what it was going to be. 

I have to be honest here.  After previous Six Flags administrations pretty much forgot Six Flags St. Louis I always look to this park getting the shaft at announcement time while other parks build coaster after coaster.  I was expecting a cheap replacement for Scooby-Doo but nothing really to wow this grizzled amusement park veteran.

Justice League Battle For Metropolis under construction at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

There is still a little bit of the old Scooby theming left around for now.

Back to where I was.  I knew it was going to be a dark ride but I expected something more "off the shelf" and really not that expensive to replace Scooby-Doo.  I figured we would get a dressed up or themed version of your standard "Ghostblasters" dark ride where the car is attached to the tracks and you shoot at targets on some scenery as you go around the track.  That is not what we are getting here at all. 

First lets take a little more of a look at how they are transforming what was a old boat ride into a state of the art fully interactive themed experience.
 


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