|Although it's tempting to hit VF's signature rides (Renegade and Wild Thing) right off, it might be best to get the lower-capacity coasters, Steel Venom (Intamin impulse) and Mad Mouse (a rare Arrow mouse), done first before the lines become too long. Then you can get some rides on Wild Thing, Renegade (get a ride after dark, as well), and Excalibur (an unusual "mine train" on steroids). High Roller is an OK old woodie, and Corkscrew is an old Arrow coaster that is still decent.|
The flat ride that stands out the most is probably Power Tower, an S&S "shot-and-drop" ride. There's a pretty fair range of older and newer flats, too, including a Tilt-a-Whirl, Chaos, Chair Swings, Looping Starship, and Top Spin.
When it comes to water rides, the Thunder River rapids ride and Log Flume are OK, but The Wave splash boat is standard issue. There's a "wet/dry" raft slide (Hydroblaster), as well.
|VF does offers some interesting snack items: fried cheese curds (a staple of Minnesota and Wisconsin) and walleye (yes, it's trout), pork chops, or steak bites on a stick. Other than that, you'll find the usual assortment of park food, including pizza, burgers and hot dogs, ice cream, and funnel cakes. |
There is a Cedar Fair Coasters Restaurant offering burgers and shakes, and BBQ ribs are available at Austin Blues. Buffalo wings can be found at the Stadium Pizza and Grill. A few restaurants sell beer, as well.
|The park starts its season in mid-May and is open daily June-August (weekend operations after Labor Day and through October) and usually opens at 9:00 or 10:00 am. Check the park website for details: http://www.valleyfair.com/public/information/calendar/index.cfm.|
|Established Seasonal Events|
|Haunt is VF's big event in October.|
|Access & Location|
|VF is 25 minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul in Shakopee, MN. It's located on County Road 101, which can be accessed via I-35 or I-494 (http://www.valleyfair.com/public/tripplanning/directions.cfm).
|Shakopee offers plenty of hotels near the park, such as Best Western, Hampton Inn, Travelodge, and Super 8 (http://www.valleyfair.com/public/tripplanning/accommodations.cfm). |
|Virtual Queue Options|
|In 2012, Valleyfair! implemented their "Fast Lane" (skip the line) service. |
|VF's musical offerings include rock from the 1950s to now. Charlie Brown's Hoedown is for the kids. The Benchwarmerz, an energetic marching band, offers "street entertainment" throughout the day. There's an IMAX surfing movie, as well.|