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The Boss

Thank the Terrain for the Land’s Top Wooden Coaster.

There is a reason The Boss is one of the top coasters at Six Flags St. Louis. After the first 150-foot double-down drop, you’ll tunnel right through the middle of the incredible structure and then blaze a super-fast 65 miles per hour up the next lift. Right about now you’re starting to realize this isn’t your standard wooden coaster; this is a modern adrenaline machine of the highest order.

One of the things that makes it so innovative is right under your feet: the ground. This coaster is known as a “terrain twister” because it incorporates the natural topography of the land it’s built on into the architecture of the ride. You’ll rise and fall with the earth itself, giving the whole experience an utterly organic feel. More than ever, you’ll feel like a bird coursing over the peaks and valleys of the planet—except this bird is taking on a series of drops ranging from a whopping 72 feet at the lowest, all the way up to 150 feet. On this magnificent master of all things wooden, all the drops are big! So hold on tight because you’ll also feel the terrain on the ground-hugging, high banked turns.

The classic construction, combined with a modern understanding of aerodynamics, both join in a natural partnership with the land itself, giving you a feeling of total freedom, combined with total power. You just feel unstoppable on this ride—you feel like the boss of all things wild.


An enterprising man once made a fortune exploring – and exploiting – the land surrounding The Boss.

Halfway through the forest, the man’s business was abruptly stopped when he encountered a tribe that had never imagined there was an outside world. On this very spot, now the coaster’s most terrifying turn, they killed – and ravenously ate – everyone in his group, except the intrepid entrepreneur.

A foul-smelling drink was forced down his throat, while tribal dancers performed their sick rituals all around him. They applied their leeches, called forth the snakes, and caused the bats to attack him. Then his mind was invaded and made diseased by the tribe’s dreaded chief.

Finally released but still trembling, the man returned home as fast as he could. While he was at last asleep in his own bed, the tribal spirits gnawed their way through his brain and out through his ears to freedom. To exact their revenge on “civilized” others like him, they settled in a grove of trees not far from here. Ever since the park was built, they’ve terrorized our guests.

On coasters and spinners alike, their victims ride in innocence, until it’s time for dinner. Then, these spirits creep! They invade youthful minds and slowly, yet tastefully, feast until dawn, satisfied that – for yet another night – their primitive mission has been fulfilled.

Minimum Height: 48″

By The Numbers

4,631 feet
Max Speed
66.3 mph
122 feet
Max Drop
150 feet
3 minutes
Spring 2000
Custom Coasters International, Inc.
Key Features
Four drops (150'/112'/103'/72'); series of rabbit hops; 6 crossovers; 180° and multiple 52° High Banked Turns

What Our Guests Say

  • "The Boss is the boss! Nothing like rocketing down an almost vertical slope, then racing around corners. Truly a great ride."
    - Aaron S From St Louis, Mo
  • "Finally, a roller coaster ride with ups, downs, curves, speed, and LONGEVITY."
    - Yvette W., O'Fallon, Mo
  • "All I can say is AWESOME-- I am 45 years old and really enjoyed everthing about the ride! What a rush!"
    - Joan H From Varna Il
  • "FAST, exciting ride... you feel a zero-G in the back car. Excellent wooden coaster!"
    - Ra Brown
  • "The two teenagers that sat across from me, as well as my adjacent six year old son said it was an awesome experience. We enjoyed the length of The Boss ride-- in addition to the number of dips and turns experienced during our journey"
    - Muriel C. From St. Louis, Mo
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