Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis

Roller Coaster Reviews

Ninja is a steel looping roller coaster that opened in 1989 at Six Flags St. Louis. I was hoping that it didn’t live up to its nickname of “The Black Belt of Roller Coasters”. That tagline only reminded me of the beating I received on Six Flags Over Georgia’s Ninja and I was expecting a similar experience on the Missouri version. Interestingly, while they’re both considered Vekoma roller coasters, according to RCDB, this Ninja was actually designed by Arrow. It sits in the Studio Backlot section.
Ninja - Six Flags St Louis - The Ninja - Roller Coaster
At the queue, I was welcomed by a familiar face in the ninja statue at the ride’s entrance. Obviously, Six Flags likes re-use theming elements where they can to cut down on costs. On this Sunday afternoon in July, the ride’s station was pretty empty, but for a 20-plus year old steel looper, that wasn’t too surprising. After boarding the ride, the train took a left turn that took it straight to the lift hill. There’s a nice view of the hilly park from the top. There’s a dip off of the lift hill and a banked right turn right before the first drop.

Wasting no time, Ninja climbed back into a first vertical loop and then right into a sidewinder Ninja - Six Flags St Louis - Lift & Loopsloop (starts as a vertical loop and finishes with a half-corkscrew). The last maneuver sent the train back under the lift hill where there’s a surprising head-chopper effect with the lift chain. So far, so good. Again, I was expecting a much rougher experience. Next, the train takes a turn before entering the brake run. After that, there’s a drop, and a turn that set up two back-to-back corkscrews right near the ground. They’re taken pretty slow and were a bit rougher, but by no means unbearable.

Ninja finishes with a decent helix, another turn, and the final brakes. Overall, Ninja’s a pretty average roller coaster, but for its age I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t beaten up more. It won’t be the highlight of your trip to Six Flags St. Louis, but it’s definitely worth a ride.

Check out this off-ride video of Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis:


What’s Your Take?
Have you ridden Ninja? What’d you think? Leave a comment and a Reader Rating below.

While I received a complimentary media pass when I visited this park, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

6 Comments

  1. I am glad you reviewed it. I prob. would have skipped it if not for your positive review.

  2. Glad to see a new review up and liking the new score system.

    Hopefully with your planned coaster trips this year we’ll see alot more reviews.

    • Thanks. I’m hoping to roll out the rating system to all of my reviews eventually. I’m definitely open to any feedback or suggestions to improve it too.

      And yes. There are more coaster reviews on the way as I’ll be taking a trip at the end of the month.

  3. i actually prefer Georgia’s. I went on this in the last car this past weekend just because I haven’t ridden in several year’s and while it wasn’t as rough as I remember…they can scrap it now. Got a couple nasty jolts on the sidewinder exit and entering the corkscrew’s but I survived. For those who haven’t been on it, try it out, it won’t kill you, but once every 10 years is cool with me.

    • I find the ride to be better than it used to be when I was younger. Now that I’m 5′ 6″, I actually get my head above the restraints, and I can brace enough to where it’s enjoyable.

  4. I haven’t been on this one but Ninja in Georgia should be demolished. I rode once in the front seat and I would not ride it again. I saw elsewhere they are spending money to fix it for a late opening this season, the only money they should spend on that is to recycle it for scrap metal.

    Ninja at SF Magic Mountain is an excellent ride, not top ten but it’s a lot of fun.

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