Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:31 am

It has not always been in a kids area, but it has always been in the same location. Planet Snoopy was added to that area in 2011.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:08 pm

Vallyfair pictures part 2....
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Vallyfair day number 2
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Wild thing is a HUGE hyper coaster that dominates the skyline of the park. It is a Morgan coaster.
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Even from the parking lot
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Lift hill
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Wild thing has an airtime filled layout
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The helix turnaround
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Airtime!
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There is also an awkward looking tunnel with plenty of airtime inside as well.
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One last look at wild thing
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The comic coaster is a powered kiddie coaster. It was actually quite fun.
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Steel venom!
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Steel venom is an intamin impulse coaster
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Station shot
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Twisty
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Next stop is the corkscrew
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Corkscrew is right in the middle of the park.
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Corkscrew over the water
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Lift hill
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Station shot
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One last look
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Landscaping in kids area
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Classic ferris wheel
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The parks antique car ride, gives some good views of wild thing.
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The park also has a train ride that runs thru the park
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And a tunnel.
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A few more random shots around the park.
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That's all from vallyfair.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby prozach626 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:22 pm

Your pictures of Valley Fair were great! I like how you capture different large areas of the park vs. close ups of coasters and riders. It's nice to get a perspective on how the rides look in their different settings. I want to go to Valley Fair, but I don't know if I would drive seven hours to visit what looks like Worlds of Fun version 2.0. Everything looks really clean and nice, but all of the rides, aside from the Intamin Impulse coaster, look pretty uninspiring.

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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:05 pm

If you had to drive 7 hours to just go to vallyfair, you probably "would" be disappointed. But if your ever in the area, I would definitely swing by. It's not a destination park....more if a local park. If your going to do the drive though, you could do mall of America as well as it's only 25 min away. If we didn't get food poisoning, we would have done just that.

It's honestly not that big of a park. I don't know if you have ever been to Kennywood, but it's about as big as that. With that being said, as long as the parks not that buisy you could do it in half a day if you go just for the coasters.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby bluestreak » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:28 pm

And they actually have decent ops so you'll actually enjoy your time there. Definitely better than worlds of fun.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby CaptainUnknown » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:22 pm

thrillrider wrote: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.


High Roller opened with the park in 1976 as a custom for Valleyfair coaster with buzzbars & no seat dividers. (That was changed last year). Kids areas were added around High Roller, so when the major Planet Snoopy expansion in 2009, it was retroactively added to Planet Snoopy. A similar coaster to High Roller operated at the Excelsior Amusement park, but was demolished with the park. VF's carousel did come from EAP, though.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:56 am

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thrillrider wrote: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.


High Roller opened with the park in 1976 as a custom for Valleyfair coaster with buzzbars & no seat dividers. (That was changed last year). Kids areas were added around High Roller, so when the major Planet Snoopy expansion in 2009, it was retroactively added to Planet Snoopy. A similar coaster to High Roller operated at the Excelsior Amusement park, but was demolished with the park. VF's carousel did come from EAP, though.


Thanks for clearing that up.

I overheard some people at the park talking about the coaster, and they were saying it was relocated.
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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby RCjunkie » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:50 am

thrillrider wrote: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.


As Captian Unknown mentioned, High Roller is an original roller coaster that was made in 1976 to open the park. It is still the biggest misconception repeated and told today by many locals that it was a relocated coaster as you heard on your visit. Valleyfair has pointed this out more than once on its Facebook page but a lot of people still say it is a relocated one. The reason for this is that the Excelsior Amusement Park that closed in 1973 had a similar white wood coaster called 'The Cyclone'. And with Valleyfair opening in 1976 many thought it was just relocated. Kind of amazing that 40 years later people still think this. Typical GP. ;) And your assessment is correct, it is now heavily trimmed. It may be due to its age but I don't really know why. Back in the day when it was new the airtime on the bunny hills back to the station was great. Unfortunately, not anymore. Plus, when they removed the old trains with the buzz bars and bench seats last year they replaced them with the PTC trains and it lost a little bit of its soul. But families still enjoy it and it is still a good first 'big' coaster for newbies to get their feet wet on.

It was cool that you checked out the carousel, this actually DID come the from Excelsior Amusement Park after it was shut down and relocated to Valleyfair three years later. The carousel was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1925 and it has been restored over the last 3 years. It is a classic. Also you took a picture of the Ferris Wheel which supposedly has the only 6 seat cabin cars in North America.

It is fun to hear from others what they think of my home park and the pictures they take so thanks for sharing. Your assessment of the park is pretty dead on in my opinion. It is a slightly above average park with a 'corporate' feel but the staff and operations make it a good time. It is not a destination park but if you are near by you can stop in and definitely have a good time. Maybe a new modern steel coaster and a water park expansion can take the park from above average to good some day. Good to see you got to try Monster at Adventureland too, defintely a fun ride.

And I was just curious, how many times did you ride Renegade? It can give rough rides at times but it is usually the best ride in the park overall.

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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:59 am

Great report! Valleyfair is a park that I'll likely visit someday since the Mall of America is on my bucket list of places to visit.

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Re: Our 2017 Mega Coaster trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:22 am

RCjunkie wrote:
thrillrider wrote: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.


As Captian Unknown mentioned, High Roller is an original roller coaster that was made in 1976 to open the park. It is still the biggest misconception repeated and told today by many locals that it was a relocated coaster as you heard on your visit. Valleyfair has pointed this out more than once on its Facebook page but a lot of people still say it is a relocated one. The reason for this is that the Excelsior Amusement Park that closed in 1973 had a similar white wood coaster called 'The Cyclone'. And with Valleyfair opening in 1976 many thought it was just relocated. Kind of amazing that 40 years later people still think this. Typical GP. ;) And your assessment is correct, it is now heavily trimmed. It may be due to its age but I don't really know why. Back in the day when it was new the airtime on the bunny hills back to the station was great. Unfortunately, not anymore. Plus, when they removed the old trains with the buzz bars and bench seats last year they replaced them with the PTC trains and it lost a little bit of its soul. But families still enjoy it and it is still a good first 'big' coaster for newbies to get their feet wet on.

It was cool that you checked out the carousel, this actually DID come the from Excelsior Amusement Park after it was shut down and relocated to Valleyfair three years later. The carousel was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1925 and it has been restored over the last 3 years. It is a classic. Also you took a picture of the Ferris Wheel which supposedly has the only 6 seat cabin cars in North America.

It is fun to hear from others what they think of my home park and the pictures they take so thanks for sharing. Your assessment of the park is pretty dead on in my opinion. It is a slightly above average park with a 'corporate' feel but the staff and operations make it a good time. It is not a destination park but if you are near by you can stop in and definitely have a good time. Maybe a new modern steel coaster and a water park expansion can take the park from above average to good some day. Good to see you got to try Monster at Adventureland too, defintely a fun ride.

And I was just curious, how many times did you ride Renegade? It can give rough rides at times but it is usually the best ride in the park overall.


I actually only went on it once. I came off with a migraine, so I passed on giving it another chance. If there was some track work done on it, it would be a great ride.
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