Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:13 pm

The dog show was a lot of fun. I'm not a huge animal person, but still enjoyed it. The dogs that they had were all rescues, and incredibly talented.

My next update is going to have to wait till tomorrow. Enjoying a day at America's rollercoast today.
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Postby thrillrider » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:49 am

Today's update is from Adventureland in Iowa. This was only my 2nd time visiting this park. Although this visit was kinda a bummer, we still had fun. We only spent about 4 hours in the park due to a rain storm heading in, but that was enough time to do what we wanted.

Why a bummer you may ask? Mother nature was messing with us on and off during our time at the park. Plus, the tornado coaster was not in operation either(my favorite coaster in the park). But the monster coaster was a blast. I really enjoy this type of coaster, and it's a great fit for this park and other smaller parks as well. For a minute, I "almost" forgot about the log flume. ;)

This park has a big selection of spinning rides, 5 coasters, a water park, and a decent selection of good eats. This park reminds me of of Disneyland. Not for the attractions or a mouse, but for the entrance and main street area. They even have a stage that rises up from the ground(just like in tommarowland). The only thing that left a bad taste in my mouth durring this visit, was that it was in the upper 90's and they were charging people 50 cents for a cup of ice water. There were not too many drinking fountains, and the ones we did find had warm water. I really did not get as many pictures of this park as I wanted to get, as we were rushing thru it to beat the rain storm. I have another report from my last visit with a ton of pictures.
So let's look at the pictures shall we?
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Are we at Disney?
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Main street U.S.A?
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Our first stop is the parks newest screen machine....the monster. They did a really good job with this.
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Rules....and stuff
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The ski lift goes right thru the coaster.
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Station
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A monster and a pig
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This is a special pig you see....
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This is why.
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Next up was the parks most unique ride....the underground.
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The pre show consists of some very high tech animatronics that rival Disney.
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This coaster/dark ride is completely enclosed, so this is really the only shot I could get of the ride.
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You are here....
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This is the dragon coaster. My wife and daughter ride it for the credit. I had already been on it last visit, so I passed on it this time.
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This is probably the best part of this coaster.
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Sigh....
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The tornado is a great coaster, but it was not ment to be today I guess.
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The outlaw coaster. It seems to have gotten a bit rougher since last time. Still a decent coaster though.
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The boys having fun driving the big rigs.
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They definitely have lots of rides for the kiddos
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This water ride felt good in the heat of the day.
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The fam approves of this ride.
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It looks like when they designed this park, they really wanted to be like the mouse.
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Does anybody know if this ride ever runs? Last time we were here, it was not running.
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That's all from Adventureland. Next stop is vallyfair.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby Vonni » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:40 pm

Love this park! When I visited last summer the Inverter was operating. And I do believe that Disney Land was used as inspiration for the design of the park.

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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:39 pm

Vonni wrote:Love this park! When I visited last summer the Inverter was operating. And I do believe that Disney Land was used as inspiration for the design of the park.


Yea, I thought that I heard that some ex Disney people helped design the park. Not positive if that's true or not, but seems plausible.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:14 am

We found this kinda odd.

The hotel we stayed in on our way to vallyfair had a weird(and I'm sure unsanitary) way of drying the bed spreads.

Pictures of vallyfair coming tonight.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:49 pm

Today's update is from vallyfair.

So our plan going in, was to spend a day and a half at vallyfair and then half a day at mall of America. Well...those plans fell thru as on our 2nd day at vallyfair we(me and my daughter) came down with some kind of food poisoning. That being the case, we missed out on mall of America. :(

Anyway, my thoughts on vallyfair...

Overall I thought the park was meh. I think part of the issue was that we just came from a bunch of highly themed parks(sfft, sfot, sw,frontier city), and then we get to vallyfair and it just seemed "corporate" and "steril". Don't get me wrong, we still had a good time. The park had very nice landscaping and the staff as fast and friendly(excep for the Mexican place where we believe we got sick from). The workers in the Mexican food place seemed more interested in there cell phones than helping people. We literally stood there for 5 min, and they never even acnolaged(sp) that we were there. Other than that, the ride crews were on top of there game. Another bummer was that all the rides the kids have been riding in other parks were out of the question at this park due to ridiculous height requirements. That was a ruff one to explane to our 2 and 3 yo kids.

The rides we really enjoyed were wild thing and steel venom. I really wanted to like high roller, but it was trimmed down way too much. The kids really enjoyed the ball play area, and we had a hard time getting them out of there. A weird observation was the seatbelts on steel venom. They were much longer than wicked twisters at cedarpoint. I gave up in wicked twister because the belt will not reach anymore. I was worried waiting in line for steel venom that this was going to be the case as well. Thankfully is was not, and I even had slack in the belt.

Anyway, on to the pictures.
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Vallyfair!
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As soon as we entered the park, the kids found out that Moana was playing in the parks theater, so that was our first stop.
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After the kids got the "your welcome" song out of there system, we hit our first coaster.
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The high roller is a classic out and back coaster.
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Station shot
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Here is the far turnaround
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Next up was mad mouse
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I believe this is a arrow coaster.
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For lunch, we are at chickie and Pete's. This place reminded me a lot of the red garter at cp.
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After lunch, we hit up renegade. I had high hopes for this coaster, but unfortunately it was a very ruff ride.
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Next up, was the rumored to be removed coaster.
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Station shot
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This coaster is a arrow hybrid coaster. Steel track, wood supports. Think gemini...
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Right over by Excalibur, is the parks rapids ride.
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Just pray that you don't get thirsty here.
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This is one of my favorite classic rides.
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This park has some really nice landscaping
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Vallyfair has a unique carousel.
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The roof of the ride is on rollers, and spins when the ride is going.
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A closer look.
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The sun was starting to set on our first day at the park.
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The newest ride at the park is the star flyer
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I love star flyers, but always have an uneasy feeling riding them because of the tiny chains holding your seat.
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Beautiful light package.
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A few more looks at the star flyer
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The super cat ride.
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Anybody have a dust rag?
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Stay tuned for LOTS more from vallyfair.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby Vonni » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:54 pm

I always forget about High Roller. It doesn't seem to be talked about much.

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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:36 am

Vonni wrote:I always forget about High Roller. It doesn't seem to be talked about much.


Probably because it's trimmed to death.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:40 am

^ True, but it's a full size coaster with a 42" minimum, and it's also the biggest coaster in any Planet Snoopy.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:06 am

Was it originally intended to be located in the kids area? I'm not real knowledgeable on vallyfair history, but was it always located in a kids area? Also, I though I heard that this coaster was transplanted as well.
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