Thunder River (ride)

Last updated
Thunder River
Thunder River (Six Flags St. Louis) 1.jpg
Thunder River at Six Flags St. Louis.
Six Flags AstroWorld
Area Oriental Village
Opening date1980 (1980)
Closing dateOctober 30, 2005 (2005-10-30)
Six Flags Over Georgia
Area ScreamPunk District
Opening date1982 (1982)
Six Flags St. Louis
Area Gateway To The West
Opening dateApril 1983 (1983-04)
General statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Lift system1 lift hill
Restraint styleSeat Belts
Height restriction36 in (91 cm)
Fastpass availability icon.svg Flash Pass Available at both

Thunder River is a river rapids ride operating at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia and Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri. Thunder River at Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston, Texas closed at the end of the 2005 season. [1]



Six Flags AstroWorld and Intamin AG partnered in 1979 to build the world's first river rapids ride in 1980, named Thunder River. The water ride became so popular at AstroWorld that Six Flags debuted six new river rapids in the early 1980s, including Six Flags Over Georgia in 1982, and at Six Flags St. Louis in 1983. All three Thunder Rivers feature dual loading stations, where boats can be loaded twice as fast as one loading station.

Thunder River at Six Flags AstroWorld was closed throughout the 2001 season, then in 2002 it received a major rehab and reopened in April. [2] Finally at the end of the 2005 season both AstroWorld and Thunder River closed on October 30, 2005. [1] Currently the former AstroWorld location is being occupied as additional parking for Reliant Stadium.


Once the twelve riders strap themselves into one of the boats, the boat then leaves the station to the man-made river that is shaped like an oval at Over Georgia as well as at the former AstroWorld. The twelve riders at St. Louis' version go through a unique circle around the Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast roller coaster. During all three river rapids, there are different objects in the water which disrupt the flow of the water, thus creating the rapids in the river. All three river rapids feature waterfalls at the end of the ride, thereby getting riders completely soaked. At the end of the ride the boat is taken back to the station by a lift. Thunder River operates from spring to the end of the season in October.

Six Flags St. Louis

The boat makes a right turn where the ride operator interacts with people. Then water comes shooting out of the first sprayer and soaks the riders, then water comes shooting out of the second sprayer and soaks the riders, then the ride operator starts talking and the boat goes through big rapids while making a right turn into a short tunnel. Then the rapids get smaller and smaller as the boat moves forward. Then the boat goes through a long tunnel. And goes through 3 small rapids. Then the boat comes toward a waterfall. Then the boat makes one last right turn and catches onto the conveyor belt lift hill and enters the station.

See also

Related Research Articles

Six Flags AstroWorld Defunct theme park in Houston, Texas

Six Flags AstroWorld, also known simply as AstroWorld, was a seasonally operated amusement park located in Houston, Texas. Owned and operated by Six Flags, the park was located between Kirby Drive and Fannin Avenue, directly south of I-610. The park opened on June 1, 1968, and was originally developed and constructed as part of the Astrodomain, the brainchild of local philanthropist and former Houston mayor Roy Hofheinz, who intended it to complement the Astrodome. AstroWorld was sold to Six Flags by the Hofheinz family in 1975. The park later included Six Flags WaterWorld, an adjacent water park.

Six Flags Over Georgia Theme park in Austell, Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia is a 290-acre (120 ha) theme park located west of Atlanta in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia, United States. Featuring characters and themes from a variety of Warner Bros. properties such as Looney Tunes and DC Comics, the park opened to the public in 1967 as the second of three theme parks built by Six Flags. It features 11 roller coasters, including top-ranked Mind Bender and Goliath that have been recognized annually by Amusement Today, and over 30 other rides, shows, and attractions. Hurricane Harbor, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) water park included in the price of admission to the amusement park, was added in 2014.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a mine train roller coaster located in Frontierland at several Disneyland-style Disney Parks worldwide. The ride exists at Disneyland Park (California) and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) as Big Thunder Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also the name of the fictional rail line the roller coaster depicts.

Monster (ride)

The Monster is an amusement ride manufactured by Eyerly Aircraft Company. The ride spins while moving up and down at a slow pace. Each car spins while giant arms move up and down in a circular motion. Riders may experience the feeling of weightlessness when going in the air and coming back down to ground level.

American Plunge

American Plunge is a log flume water ride at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. The queueing line of this ride is parallel to the path to Silver Dollar City's steel looping coaster, Wildfire.

River rapids ride Amusement ride that simulates whitewater rafting

A river rapids ride is an amusement ride that simulates whitewater rafting.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Zoological theme park in Vallejo, California

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a 135-acre (55 ha) animal theme park located in Vallejo, California, off of Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento. The park includes a variety of roller coasters and other amusement rides. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has been part of the Six Flags chain of amusement parks since 1999.

Piraña (Efteling)

Piraña is a river rapids ride in amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands. It was designed by Ton van de Ven, built by Intamin, and opened in 1983.

Log flume (ride)

Log flumes are amusement rides consisting of a water flume and artificial hollow logs or boats. Passengers sit in the logs, which are propelled along the flume by the flow of water.

Valhalla (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Valhalla is a large indoor dark flume ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire, England. Opened on 14 June 2000 at a cost of £15 million. It is one of the longest indoor dark rides in the world at a duration of just over six minutes. Both a dark ride and a water ride, Valhalla uses special effects which incorporate fire, water and snow. The ride is closed for refurbishment and will reopen for the 2022 season.

Rocky Hollow Log Ride

The Rocky Hollow Log Ride was a log flume located in the Rocky Hollow section of the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Australia. After being closed through 2017 for maintenance to improve and refresh the rides, feel, look and safety, it was reopened on 22 January 2018. The ride was later closed on 08/02/2020 after a long period of maintenance. Dreamworld later announced its permanent closure of the Rocky Hollow Log Ride in a statement saying "Dreamworld guests should be assured that this decision to not reopen the ride following its recent scheduled maintenance has been made to allow us to continue developing new experiences for guests while taking proactive steps to deliver a new generation of rides" it is one of the oldest attractions on the Gold Coast theme parks.

Rumba Rapids is a rapids ride at Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Surrey. It opened in 1987 under the name of Thunder River, and is the second oldest ride currently still in service at Thorpe Park. In 2002, it was refurbished and along with other improvements, its name was changed to Ribena Rumba Rapids because of its sponsor, Ribena. In 2006 Ribena's sponsorship contract ended and the ride was named simply Rumba Rapids for the 2007 season. Since the refurbishment in 2002 the ride has become significantly slower.

<i>Mr. Freeze</i> (roller coaster) Launched roller coasters at Six Flags parks

Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast, previously known as Mr. Freeze, is a shuttle roller coaster located at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas and Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri. The steel coasters feature a linear induction motor (LIM) launch system that accelerate riders from 0–70 mph (0–113 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. The two installations are mirror images of one another and are based on the famous Batman villain Mr. Freeze. Originally, they were themed after the 1997 film Batman & Robin prior to a conversion in 2012 to operate backwards.

Bugs White Water Rapids

Bugs' White Water Rapids is a flume ride located in the Spassburg section at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas, since 1998.

Roaring Rapids

Roaring Rapids is a river rapids ride located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas and Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.

Congo Rapids is a river rapids ride operating at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. The ride's name is inspired by the Congo River located in Africa.

Aqua Twist

Aqua Twist is a water-based teacup ride located at La Ronde, with other versions of the ride located at several Six Flags theme parks in North America. Designed by Mack Rides, a German ride manufacturer, the attraction is one of their "Twist 'n' Splash" models. Since 2013, Six Flags has installed Aqua Twists in three of their parks.

Shipwreck Rapids

Shipwreck Rapids is a River rapids ride currently operating at SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, California. This attraction is located in the Shipwreck Island themed area of the park, themed to a South Pacific island where many ships and their crews have been marooned. The four stranded ships are the Implausible, RMS Royal Star, Wholly Mackerel, and Dream Boat II.

New Wave Rides was an American manufacturer of water rides. They manufactured water slides and water slide complexes.


  1. 1 2 "Houston's AstroWorld theme park to close". September 12, 2005.
  2. "Thunder River at Six Flags AstroWorld" . Retrieved July 16, 2012.