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Valleyfair
Valleyfair logo
Statistics

Location

Shakopee, Minnesota, USA

Opened

May 25, 1976

Owner

Cedar Fair

Size

125 acres (50.6 hectares)

Official Website

http://www.valleyfair.com/

Valleyfair is an amusement park located in Shakopee, Minnesota. The park opened in 1976. Valleyfair, along with Cedar Point, was one of the original parks owned and operated by Cedar Fair.

HistoryEdit

An amusement park opened its gates for the first time in Shakopee, Minnesota on the 25th of May, 1976, and set out to bring traditional park thrills to a region of North America formerly without a major amusement or theme park. Going by the name Valleyfair, the park welcomed visitors in the first year to midways lined with flat rides, a carousel, a miniature railway, car ride, and the main attraction: High Roller, a classic out and back wooden coaster created by International Amusement Devices.

Just two years after opening, Valleyfair was purchased by Sandusky, Ohio's Cedar Point as its sister park, thus forming the Cedar Fair amusement park chain which would eventually expand to include a number of parks around the country. The year after the change of ownership, the Minnesota park's first steel coaster arrived, relocated from Cedar Point, named Wild Rails (later shortened to Rails), with a compact, twisting maze of track designed by Anton Schwarzkopf.

In 1980, Valleyfair gave thrill-seekers Corkscrew, which followed in the footsteps of a similar coaster at Cedar Point as a triple-inversion steel ride from Arrow Dyanamics containing a vertical loop and double corkscrew element. At the end of the '80s, the park introduced a fourth coaster track when Excalibur debuted as a second Arrow ride, this time one of the larger mine trains to be built in the United States, with a 105-foot drop.

With the 1990s came the addition of an adjoining waterpark to Valleyfair, Whitewater Country, containing dozens of water rides, slides, and attractions. Then, on May 11th, 1996, the $10 million Wild Thing was rolled out as the region's tallest, fastest, and longer coaster and the first hyper-coaster from Morgan Manufacturing (now Chance-Morgan), with green track rising to 207 feet in height and a 5,460-foot layout spanning the park.

After the removal of Rails in 1998, Valleyfair again worked with Arrow Dynamics to install Mad Mouse in its place the next year as a 1,257-foot long wild mouse-style steel ride. And the very next season, Power Tower was launched with three vertical 28-story towers from S&S Power either rocketing riders skyward or shooting them towards the ground at 50 miles per hour. Three years later, Intamin AG's Steel Venom struck as an LIM-launched shuttle 'Impulse' coaster climbing up two 185-foot spikes of track forwards and in reverse.

Present Roller Coasters (8)Edit

Name Manufacturers Type Opened Status
Corkscrew Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1980 Open
Cosmic Coaster Zamperla Powered 2011 Open
Excalibur Arrow Dynamics Hybrid 1989 Open
High Roller International Amusement Devices Wooden 1976 Open
Mad Mouse Arrow Dynamics Wild Mouse 1999 Open
Renegade Great Coasters International Wooden 2007 Open
Steel Venom Intamin AG Inverted 2003 Open
Wild Thing Morgan Hyper Coaster 1996 Open

Past Roller Coasters (2)Edit

Name Manufacturers Type Opened Closed Relocated
Rails Schwarzkopf Sit-Down 1979 1998 Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Mild Thing Allan Herschell Company Kiddie 1976 2010 No

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