August 31, 2017

Time Traveler Construction (SDC)

 They have been working hard getting all of the track installed on Time Traveler.  Earlier this week they placed the final brake run supports next to the station.

 The track has also been installed in the station.  We imagine that they'll get this last corner placed before the weekend.  You can also see in this photo they have built a cover over the Trailblazer staircase and entrance.

Typhoon Twister - New for 2018 (HHSTL)

August 31, 2017
Six Flags St. Louis Announces - TYPHOON TWISTER - A New Hybrid Waterslide, Splashing into Hurricane Harbor Spring 2018 

Eureka, Missouri -- Debuting in Spring 2018: TYPHOON TWISTER, a new water thrill, is heading to Hurricane Harbor in 2018. Typhoon Twister is the latest addition to the 12-acre water park which is offered free with theme park admission.The hybrid coaster joins our other water park thrills of Bonzai Pipeline, and Tornado.

Six Flags St. Louis prepares for 
TYPHOON TWISTER in 2018. Storm chasers will swirl around the 125-ft. whirlpool before being sucked into the vortex and plummeting down the 5-story, enclosed slide. The four-person raft is then shot up a 45-ft., zero gravity wave wall where riders experience moments of weightlessness before sailing back down and shooting out another tube to a splash pool. This hybrid, zero-gravity water slide is an adrenaline rush giving storm chasers two thrilling experiences in one mindboggling attraction. 

“Six Flags St. Louis takes great pride in offering our guests new, groundbreaking rides and attractions every year. For 2018, Six Flags leads the way in innovation again as TYPHOON TWISTER is unlike any other water attraction, giving riders two completely different thrill experiences in one very intense slide,” said Park President Pete Carmichael. “This one-of-a-kind experience is another big reason why our guests will want to enjoy both the water park and the theme park during their visits next year."TYPHOON TWISTER features four-person rafts that careen wildly into a 125-foot long whirlpool bowl that spins riders around 360 degrees before the bottom drops out, sending guests plummeting down an enclosed five-story drop. Storm chasers will then be propelled up a 45-ft. zero-gravity wave wall to experience moments of weightlessness before falling back down and shooting out into the splash pool below.

TYPHOON TWISTER highlights include:

A hybrid, zero-gravity drop slide;
A 125-ft long whirlpool bowl with a 54-ft vertical drop;
A unique 45-ft. high wave wall that sends riders into weightlessness;
Cloverleaf tube seats four people all facing each other; and
Pumps 300,000 gallons of water per hour.

August 24, 2017

Time Traveler Construction (SDC)

Carr Excavating is working on the main queue for the ride now.

Here you can see forms have been created for where the queue will enter the building (under the staircase)

August 17, 2017

Time Traveler Track Construction (SDC)

This update will cover all of the track work that has occurred.  We will start up by the station.  Here you can see some of the footers that will be tasked with holding the return track to the station.

There's an interesting footer/retaining wall that they have formed.

Next we will take a look at the track work as viewed from the station.  I honestly cannot get enough of this first drop.

The bottom of the first drop features a "pit" for the pull out.  The pit has retaining walls all around it.

Next the coaster will pull up into a dive loop.

You can see just barely see the dive loop through the trees.

It's a little easier to see on one of the lower levels of the station.

After going around a couple of corners it's time for the first launch.

You can see the long straight away that will be the first launch.

This is the power facility for the two launches.

They still have quite a bit of work to complete on it.

This is where the final overbanked curve will be after the 2nd launch.

One final look at the track from the station before we move down to the actual work site.

Here you can see the first drop out of the station.  This bunny hump closest to us goes into one of the two launches.

There is a knot of track where 2 of the inversions will be taking place.  You can see the formation of the vertical loop has begun there in the middle.

Different angle, but you can see the dive loop which is pretty prominent there in the middle.  The track on the left side of the photo comes after the vertical loop.

A better look at the dive loop and the zero-G roll being formed there to the right of the tree in the middle of the photo.

This track comes right after the zero-G roll.

The workers were really focusing on the vertical loop today.

Tightening some bolts.

Don't mind the smoke - the machinery was just working hard today.

Some very beefy track in the inversion.

A great directional change section of track.

I love the swooping curves of this ride.

 Going up into an inversion.

Still need to hang some track up here.

 A smaller support waiting to be placed.

 Really like how the new ride will interact with ThuNderaTion.

August 16, 2017

Time Traveler Station Construction (SDC)

Time to take a look at the current progress of Time Traveler.  First let's look at the boardwalk.  This was taken directly under the old TNT arch.

I am happy to confirm that Poke Salad Mary's will remain next year.  The pathways will go around the building.

I am currently standing on the ADA entrance ramp.  The stairs in the middle of the photo will belong to the ride's exit which will empty out near TNT's entrance/exit.

Another view of the ADA ramp.

Looking back at the ADA ramp with the exit stairs on the left.

Heading towards the station.  This bridge will serve as the waiting spot for those who choose not to ride.  The station will empty out here.

They have constructed 3 structures on the bridge instead of one large shade structure.

You really don't realize how massive this bridge is until you are on it.

Now let's talk about the queue set up.  The stairs you see on the bottom level will be used for Trailblazer passes.  The stand-by queue line will enter under that stair case.

Here's a better look at the Trailblazer staircase.

Once they enter the building they will enter the "ground" floor where there will be a series of switchbacks and a main focal point in this open area.

After navigating the lower switch backs they will travel up the staircase to the 2nd level which will contain another set of switchbacks.

When they finally get through the line on this level they will come to this point where the normal line and the Trailblazer line will merge.

Then they will go up another flight of stairs to the loading level.

Here they will be greeted by 8 different lines which will correspond with the seats on the train.  16 passengers can ride Time Traveler at a time.

Once they have completed their ride, they will exit to the left of this pictures and then out onto to the bridge and back to the park.

Before we shift our focus to the track work, here is a good look at the maintenance bays for the ride.  We are still unclear how the switch track will function.