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American Thunder

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 48 inches

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Added in 2008 (and originally named Evel Knievel), this $7 million ride is the park's third wooden roller coaster and was designed and built by Great Coasters International. It is currently the 31st ranked wooden coaster on the planet according to Amusement Today (2014).

American Thunder features an 80' first drop at a 90° left turn angle, and a top speed of 50 MPH. It utilizes two 24-passenger Millennium Flyer trains to traverse a relatively short, tight course (2,700'). Along the way, riders will be treated to sixteen hills and multiple high banked turns at up to 67° angles. Additionally, the track crosses over and under itself fourteen times.

Reviews

What a fun coaster! Great airtime and sense of speed. The best coaster at Six Flags St. Louis, easily. 9/10
One of my favorite wooden coasters. A nice layout with good pacing. It's a really fun ride!
American Thunder was a great ride! Before this summer, I was afraid of coasters. American Thunder was a great starter coaster for me! It is smooth, fast, and intense, but not too intense. I recommend this ride for all coaster rookies.


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