Screamin’ Eagle at Six Flags St. Louis | Coaster Reviews

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Six Flags St Louis - Screamin Eagle - SignIt seems like every amusement park has the requisite white wooden roller coaster with blue and red accents. You know, the one that was built in the 1970’s and has a rather pedestrian “American theme”. They usually aren’t a star in their respective park’s lineups, but Screamin’ Eagle may be an exception.

Located at the back of the hilly Six Flags St. Louis, you’ll find Screamin’ Eagle. At 110 feet tall it was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the World when it opened in 1976. I wasn’t surprised by the ride’s empty queue and sparse station. An odd bracelet shrine (pic here) was notable though. Apparently, guests thought it would be cool to add their bracelets and loose change to this roof over the years. At least it’s much less of an eye sore than a gum shrine. The ride ops were on-point, but the riders that I saw returning to the station weren’t doing back flips as they exited. My expectations were fairly low.

Oh No! Not Again

After leaving the station, the train took us up the lift. As I mentioned, Screamin’ Eagle’s located at the back of the park and its on a large hill. So, the lift provides an excellent view. The view was interrupted by the train being released from the lift. It took a bit of a dip as it careened around a pretty rough u-turn. Just a few seconds off of the lift and I was dreading the ride to come. Screamin’ Eagle was about to be my third new wooden coaster of the day and 5th wooden ride. “Oh great! Here we go again,” I thought as I braced my body for an impending rattle-filled beat down.

Surprisingly Smooth & Fun

I took the first drop, then another, and then another. I was surprised to find that Screamin’ Eagle was not only smoother than I expected, it was actually pretty darn fun. Realizing that I didn’t need to employ my defensive riding skills, I let go and enjoyed Screamin’ Eagle’s air-filled journey through a wooded area. There was really only a little roughness in the rest of the ride. It was definitely a forgivable amount considering its age. After the beating I took on Boss, it was nice to be able to throw my hands up, get some good airtime, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Six Flags St Louis - Screamin Eagle - Second Hill

For me, Screamin’ Eagle’s highlight occurred during the final third of its layout. There’s a nice interplay with the ride’s wooded terrain. After taking a left turn, you’re faced with tree branches hanging over the track dead ahead. Before you hit them, the train takes a nice dive down a hill right below them. It doesn’t quite fall into head-chopper territory, but at first sight they do appear to be an obstacle. This ride is just another example of why I love terrain rides. Something about this ride reminded me just a bit of Boulder Dash.

While I’d stop short of calling Screamin’ Eagle a masterpiece, it provided one of the most memorable experiences during my time at Six Flags St. Louis. I re-rode it a couple more times and enjoyed it again and again. Wooden roller coasters can be frustratingly rough and boring, but they can also be unique gems. Even the older rides that you wouldn’t expect had much to offer can surprise you. Screamin’ Eagle is very solid roller coaster. Final Rating – 7.5 (Good Approaching Great)

Traditional Roller Coasters - Fun For AllScreamin’ Eagle is rated TR for Traditional. It’s a 2 out of 5 on my Thrill Scale. It’s a good roller coaster for novices and kids working their up to more adventurous rides.

What’s your take? What do you think of Screamin’ Eagle? Leave a comment below.

Founder of CoasterCritic.com. My favorite coasters are B&M hypers and gigas. I'm also a huge fan of terrain roller coasters.

6 Comments

  1. I really like this ride. It is great at night and my favorite part is when the ride jumps over the lift and down the next drop. This is really great and it always seems that these old rides hold up better than new wooden coasters

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  2. I was really surprised how much that I liked this ride. I'm not sure if it's the maintenance that probably varies from park to park or there's something to your statement. It could be that the newer rides tend to be more intense and therefore are more likely to put more strain on their tracks over time. Either way, this is definitely an oldie, but goodie.

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  3. Last year when I rode it the train smelled of burning grease, and the wheels were all but smoking! Glad to hear they fixed a few things, it was screeching like a siren in September!

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    • The Screamin' Eagle has always had screeching wheels, they only screech in the turns.

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  4. I feel this coaster is severely overlooked and under-rated. These days, the coasters that seem to get the high reviews are the ones that one has to do battle with. While these newer woodies are fun and very intense, when I exit the ride, I often feel like I just finished a kick-boxing match. The Screamin Eagle, despite its age, is still fairly smooth and is a very easy riding coaster that one can relax and enjoy the air time and invigoration. The best part is that this coaster just doesn't quit! The speed and air time doesn't stop until the final brake run. Some of the best back seat dropping/floatation air time and front seat ramping/out of your seat air time is on the last couple of hills! Ride it at night and the darkness of the woods makes it twice as fun.

    Get out and ride this old bird….it's a blast!

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  5. The only part i dont like about the Screamin' Eagle is the brake run, it slows you down a bit and then sudden brake. Other than that its great, i ride it every time i'm at Six Flags

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