American Thunder Review

We're here at Six Flags St Louis. Today, we're here to review American Thunder, a really good GCI and without a doubt, the best wooden coaster in the park. It was known as Evil Kineval back when I was at Six Flags St. Louis, but they changed the name to American Thunder due to budget cuts. You pull down the orange lap bar and away we go. You roll around a turn before climbing up the lifthill. Up and up you climb. Yeah, there's no good view, but that doesn't matter here since we're on a...No time to babble on and on now. We've reached the top of the lifthill and are now heading down the first drop. It's a really fun first drop, that really seems to give you a lot of speed. You then rise up into a big sweeping turn. Yeah, we've lost some speed in the process, but that's not a problem since we now get to go through a bunch of laterals. You just literally keep turning and turning. You're pinned to the side of your seat laughing, when suddenly, we go down another drop. This catches us by surprise and even offers some airtime. And suddenly, we rise through another bunny hop, again offering mild airtime, but we fly under the brake run, which adds some really great head chopper effects. We then turn to the right, getting some more good laterals while rising up going through another fun GCI turnaround, before dipping down and getting another good pop of airtime. We then rise up and get some airtime before turning to the left, acheiving the ever so awesome airtime & laterals combo. A really good combination. We then turn right and dip back down, acheiving the ever so great GCI combo again. We then get pinned to the side with more laterals as we go through a big sweeping turn before rising up and turning again. We're starting to die a little bit here, but hey. It's still fun. We then go through a series of GCI bunny hops. The first two have the normal pops, but the third one suprises us with some laterals before pinning us through another sweeping turn. Yeah. We're still having fun. Well not for long. We then rise up into the brake run. While not my favorite GCI, this is a really good wooden coaster that seems to have a good mix of just about everything. It maintains its speed really well, has several pops of airtime through the ride, long periods of laterals, and sometimes both at the same time. Either way, check out Evil Kineval, oh wait, it's American Thunder now. Either way, check it out. It's a really good GCI and one of the star attractions at Six Flags St Louis.


Location: Six Flags St. Louis

Opened: 2008

Built by: Great Coasters International

Last Ridden: August 10, 2010

I have ridden this exact same ride at the following parks.

Power Park

American Thunder Photos