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Ninja

Six Flags St Louis

Anything but subtle and stealthy ...

Theme ParkSix Flags St Louis
Park AreaStudio Backlot
TypeRollercoaster
AudienceThrillseekers
Opened8 April 1989
ManufacturerArrow/Vekoma
ModelMK-1200
Height108 ft
Length2428 ft
Inversions4
Max Speed55 mph
Duration2 minutes
Ninja

Ninja

Some rollercoasters are silky smooth and a pleasure to ride ... and then there's Six Flags St Louis' Ninja.

Ninja is a rough and rather painful example of a Vekoma MK-1200 coaster, and has been at the theme park since 1989. It was originally built for Expo '86 in Vancouver, and was sold to Six Flags and moved across the border at the end of the event. The ride was originally designed by Arrow, but after they went bankrupt it was taken on and finished by Vekoma.

It features four inversions - all adding to the headbanging and general roughness: a vertical loop, sidewinder and double corkscrew.

In an effort to improve the popularity of Ninja, Six Flags added a Virtual Reality option for the 2016 season. This utilised the New Revolution: Virtual Reality Coaster experience originally designed for Six Flags Magic Mountain, with riders finding themselves sitting inside a fighter jet flying through a city and fighting an alien invasion.

Unfortunately the Samsung Gear VR headsets were not a good match for the hot Missouri summer and frequently overheated, causing delays as riders' headsets were swapped out and refitted prior to dispatching the train.

Ninja is rough, smashes its riders' heads seemingly at every opportunity, and can't be recommended. The VR version is even worse, with riders not even able to brace themselves in preparation for each painful element.

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