Ninja is a steel looping roller coaster that opened in 1989 at Six Flags St. Louis. I was hoping that it didn’t live up to its nickname of “The Black Belt of Roller Coasters”. That tagline only reminded me of the beating I received on Six Flags Over Georgia’s Ninja and I was expecting a similar experience on the Missouri version. Interestingly, while they’re both considered Vekoma roller coasters, according to RCDB, this Ninja was actually designed by Arrow. It sits in the Studio Backlot section.
At the queue, I was welcomed by a familiar face in the ninja statue at the ride’s entrance. Obviously, Six Flags likes re-use theming elements where they can to cut down on costs. On this Sunday afternoon in July, the ride’s station was pretty empty, but for a 20-plus year old steel looper, that wasn’t too surprising. After boarding the ride, the train took a left turn that took it straight to the lift hill. There’s a nice view of the hilly park from the top. There’s a dip off of the lift hill and a banked right turn right before the first drop.
Wasting no time, Ninja climbed back into a first vertical loop and then right into a sidewinder loop (starts as a vertical loop and finishes with a half-corkscrew). The last maneuver sent the train back under the lift hill where there’s a surprising head-chopper effect with the lift chain. So far, so good. Again, I was expecting a much rougher experience. Next, the train takes a turn before entering the brake run. After that, there’s a drop, and a turn that set up two back-to-back corkscrews right near the ground. They’re taken pretty slow and were a bit rougher, but by no means unbearable.
Ninja finishes with a decent helix, another turn, and the final brakes. Overall, Ninja’s a pretty average roller coaster, but for its age I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t beaten up more. It won’t be the highlight of your trip to Six Flags St. Louis, but it’s definitely worth a ride.
Check out this off-ride video of Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis:
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While I received a complimentary media pass when I visited this park, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.