I took my spin on Tony Hawk’s Big Spin. I froze my self on Mr. Freeze. I made it safely through Gothem City, and I soared like and eagle on the Screamin’ Eagle. The Ninja in me came out flipping and turning in every direction, but nothing could prepare me for THE BOSS!
The Boss is one of the two wooden roller coasters in St. Louis. It is named The Boss because it has 5,051 feet of track, holds three trains and is worth the wait if you have to wait in the queue line. The Boss was one of the last coasters that I rode while enjoying my day at Six Flags simply because this coaster is in the back of the park and I had a little trouble finding the entrance. As I was at the top of Superman: Tower of Power and I could see an entire overhead view of the Boss, I knew that I had to ride it!
The Boss was introduced to Six Flags St. Louis in the Spring of 2000. It was created by Custom Coasters International; the designers are Dennis McNulty and Larry Bill. These guys did an incredible job of creating one of America’s top five wooden roller coasters, as stated on www.sixflags.com. When you board this coaster you begin your lift, and it keeps going and going and going until you finally reach the top. Then you begin your journey through a double-down, double-drop of 150 feet and two more drops of at least 103 feet. Believe me, you know when you are one these double-down, double-drops; it is a stomach drop like no other in St. Louis. Then you hit the 52 degree bank turns and the 570 degree helix on this three minute masterpiece!
This coasters top speed is 63.3 mph and with three trains, six cars per train and 24 riders per train, this ride can handle 1,400 passengers per hour. So you may think that the line would take forever, even if the queue line is full, it really flies by. Also the scenery is great while waiting to board the Boss. Since it is in the back of the park, there are trees all over and the coaster seems to fit naturally with the foliage because it is not painted any funky color. They just left the natural wood tones on the coaster. Also one other small aspect I noticed while walking the queue line are the lamps on the end of the rails that fit in naturally with this country, wooded wonder.
If you are 48″ tall, I would definitely recommend this coaster. Being that it is in the top five best wooden roller coasters in the US, it deserves it’s spot next to the Great American Scream Machine, which is located in the Fort Worth / Dallas Six Flags. You definitely cannot mess with The Boss, but you can ride it!