Shakopee, Minnesota (Abbreviation: VF)
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (5/19/17) According to the notes from the Shakopee City Council, they have recommended approval for Valleyfair's future expansion and wetlands replacement plan which was also approved by the Army Corp of Engineers apparently. Of course, as previously mentioned when the plan was first announced, it seems pretty clear cut that Excalibur will be removed to make this happen, so get your last rides in on it this season while you still can.
(2/15/17) Valleyfair will open this season with a new park VP/GM it seems. According the local news Cedar Fair has tapped Brad Marcy to take over the spot from Dave Frazier, who is leaving the company to take a new position with the Minnesota Zoo. Marcy’s recent history has seen him as the Corporate Dir. of Strategic Initiavites for Cedar Fair, and before that he served as GM of both Dorney Park and Carowinds.
2017 - Northstar / Star Flyer - (11/28/16) Would you believe that Northstar already appears to be pretty much fully built at Valleyfair as of this week? You can see that the entire tower was already up and in place in a photo posted to Twitter on Nov. 5th, and then five days later they've got a picture of the entire seating unit already installed and hanging half-way up the tower. I guess it is safe to say that Northstar will be ready to go on opening day in 2017. Great and speedy install job by the Funtime crew.
Valleyfair has announced that Northstar is coming in 2017… a 230 foot tall Star Flyer ride from Funtime. Riders will be seated in two-person chain-link swings, feet dangling, as they are raised high into the sky while spinning at 40 mph. Construction will begin this month and the tower will be completed by December, where it will be the second tallest structure in the park after the 275 foot Power Tower. Look for Northstar to go up on the site of the soon to be removed Enterprise, near the front of the park.
(9/20/16) A reader posted a couple of pictures on Twitter from Valleyfair this week showing off the huge hole in the ground where the Enterprise used to sit. This will soon be home to the new North Star (Star Flyer) ride. The parts for the new ride are already starting to arrive on site.
(8/5/16) According to a photo posted on Twitter by CoasterChitChat, Valleyfair has filed a permit to install a "STAR FLYER RIDE". Footprint wise, this would make a lot of sense as a Star Flyer would easily fit onto the same footprint as the soon to be removed Enterprise ride.
Of course the really interesting item to me here is that it seems that Cedar Fair is now officially DONE with buying Mondial Windseeker rides. At first Cedar Fair opted to purchase several of the Windseekers as an alternative to buying the FunTime made Star Flyer ride. On paper the Windseekers seemed more solid, but as history has proven, Cedar Fair parks have frequent problems with the Mondial Windseekers (and even removed the one from Knott's Berry Farm), meanwhile Six Flags has installed many Star Flyer rides instead with no such issues.
???? - New Parking Lots / Access Road / Soak City Expansion - Long Term Planning -
(5/19/17) According to the notes from the Shakopee City Council, they have recommended approval for Valleyfair's future expansion and wetlands replacement plan which was also approved by the Army Corp of Engineers apparently. Of course, as previously mentioned when the plan was first announced, it seems pretty clear cut that Excalibur will be removed to make this happen, so get your last rides in on it this season while you still can.
(6/2/15) New plans for Valleyfair, submitted through the Army Corps of Engineers, show that Cedar Fair is now looking into more long term ways to improve the use of their property in a way that would also provide more room for future park expansion projects.
This project in particular shows a plan that would replace the current employee parking lot road that cuts through the Western side of the park between Excalibur at the Soak City waterpark. A new access road would be build instead that would run along the outer edge of the park property to the south of Excalibur, run West and North along the property’s edge, then coming back again to run into the current employee parking lot in the rear of the park. Also as part of the project, two new parking lots would be created: a new employee parking lot at the rear of the park, but closer than the current one, and a new guest parking lot in the south/west corner of Vallyfair’s property.
This later part of the project is perhaps the most telling of the park’s future plans, as the map label this area as “New Water Park Guest Parking Lot”, and shows it covering not empty property, but also a section of the property currently occupied by the park’s Excalibur roller coaster. This matches up with a rumor I was sent this past week claiming that Excalibur was down to one train operation for the season, and that this may actually be the coaster’s last season. Excalibur’s site would be the most ideal location for Valleyfair to build a very large new addition to the Soak City waterpark experience… one that would apparently include the addition of a dedicated parking lot and entry gate directly into the waterpark itself, without having to park in the main lot and walk all the way through the theme park.
Kings Island added a similar concept for their Soak City waterpark a few years ago by adding a separate entry gate directly into the waterpark from the far end of the parking lot as a way to keep guess only interested in the waterpark from having to use the park’s main entrance.