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Six Flags St. Louis
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American Thunder
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American Thunder
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American Thunder
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Wooden coaster design dates back to the origin of the earliest theme parks. But every year, we learn how to become faster and higher, in one mind-blowing construction after the next.

Now you are going to experience the best of the old world and the best of the new!

At first glance, American Thunder looks like a classic wooden roller coaster, with mind-blowingly complex architecture rising 82-feet high over the park. But it is in fact built with ultra-modern techniques, so you are going to get that classic feel with a smoother, faster, and more exciting ride than those old wooden coasters ever dreamed possible.

The adventure starts with an 80-foot drop turning at a 90 degree angle. We hope you like airtime, because American Thunder will make your body levitate out of the seat with non-stop negative Gs on hill after hill after hill. In fact, there are more than 16 different hills on this run, and every single one of them is designed to maximize float time.

This serpentine track has a mind-ripping total of 14 cross-overs! Your specially-designed Millennium Flyer car will feel more like a needle threading through the impossibly twisted track, smoother than any wooden coaster you’ve ever experienced.

You will zoom through the course at a whopping 50 miles per hour through hard turnarounds and high-banking curves, while snaking through a precision-engineered masterpiece of pure wooden magic.

This kind of action is timeless!


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By The Numbers

Top Speed
50 mph
80 feet
2,700 feet
June 20, 2008
Great Coasters International, Inc.

What Our Guests Say

  • "The greatest wooden roller coasters ever, with its exhilerating drop of 80ft.! "
    - Holly D. From St. Peters, Mo
  • "American Thunder is awesome at 50 mile per hour!"
    - Annie M.
  • "A swift moving coaster with a lot of hang time, and turns. Not what I expected when I walked up to it. Definitely an A+!"
    - Dan M From Milwaukee, Wi
  • "A fast wooden roller coaster that's very smooth which creates an amazing ride!"
    - Marc I From Woodbine, Md

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