The Long Broken & Abandoned Hannibarrels Ride at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

After all of these years in 2014 the slowly rusting Hannibarrels will be just a memory as Six Flags is finally getting the funds to remove it and replace it with the Tsunami Soaker.

The Long Broken & Abandoned Hannibarrels Ride at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

I guess I will have one thing to remove from my "things that Six Flags needs to fix about Six Flags St. Louis" list with the Hannibarrels finally gone.  I'm actually a little pleased with the current CEO of the chain because they are actually putting money in this park on things like a ton of paint that has been sorely needed. 

The Long Broken & Abandoned Hannibarrels Ride at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

With a new CEO every couple of years over the last decade and St. Louis not one of the chain's larger parks in growing markets this wonderful park has gotten shafted when it comes around to getting a decent share of the budget each year.  With the Hannibarrels finally removed and a million dollar ride being put in to replace it things could be looking up for this park.  I am definitely one looking forward to see what they add or improve at the park for 2015.

The Long Broken & Abandoned Hannibarrels Ride at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

The question is how did we get up onto the Hannibarrels?  During 2013's Daredevil Daze while talking to Park President Dave Roemer the subject of Tsunami Soaker comes up in conversation.  I decided to ask if we could get a closer look at the Hannibarrels before it is torn out and sold for scrap.

The Long Broken & Abandoned Hannibarrels Ride at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

Being an enthusiast (he is a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts like myself) and a really friendly guy Dave agreed to meet up with us and take us up there as long as the photos did not end up on the internet because as you can see the Hannibarrels didn't look the greatest although I do find quite a bit of beauty in decay.  I agreed and kept my word and mid January I got an email that now that the ride was gone and work progressing on Tsunami Soaker Dave had changed his mind and had no problem with me putting these photos up so you all can get one last peak at the Hannibarrels.

The Long Broken & Abandoned Hannibarrels Ride at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

Here is one final look at the Hannibarrels.  Godspeed.

Thanks to Dave Roemer for taking time out of your day to go and geek out with some of us over a part of Six Flags St. Louis before the wrecking ball made it nothing but a memory.  I'm looking forward to this part of the park being much more fun and full of life this spring when it gets warm enough out to get soaked on Tsunami Soaker while visiting the park.  Don't worry I will get plenty of photos and video of that.  Until then have a great winter.



Six Flags St. Louis Index

Home


Copyright 1999 - 2020

Paul B. Drabek