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  1. I wonder if Cedar Fair filing a suit or taking action against MN similar to what they did in OH would be reasonable at all. The reason I think this is a possibility is that the state has said places such as MOA can open that typically on an average day have about 110,000 guests in an indoor environment, but a place such as VF on average has far fewer guests while also being outdoors. I think though even if it is a reasonable claim, CF does not care enough about VF to do this, but maybe they would.

  2. Ok, I may be completely wrong but as I was checking over my season pass status on VF's website I noticed that my season pass expires on 1/3/2021, instead of the usual date which would be 12/31/2020, and I could not help but notice that this would also be when Winter Fest would typically end leading me to believe I am probably wrong, but VF could be getting Winter Fest this year.

  3. Just got home from the park. I didn't notice any damage to the Superior Stage, but I wasn't really looking. Could of swore I saw it intact.

    I saw police cars and firetrucks rushing towards the front of the park, and was told by one of the head security guards that the Superior Stage had burned down. However, I didn't actually see the stage myself.

    The damage must not have been very bad as they started having shows on it again this weekend.

  4. Well waterpark expansion it is

     

    Dang, to me this is actually fairly disappointing because I am one of those people that actually likes the Looping Starship as it is a strong 2nd place or possibly best flat ride in the park for me. I understand that Delirious is fairly similar, but to me, it just isn't the same as there is way less hang time, and it gives less of a feeling that you are about to get stuck upsidedown. I just hope that if they expand the water park there, that they don't put some pointless slow-paced tornado or toilet bowl slide in, I hope they put in a good fast slide complex or a fast-paced larger slide.

     

    I also wonder what will happen with next year's sales of season passes for 2020 will be. With the two consecutive years of no new rides, I think the sales will go down for a fairly obvious reason. I have heard many people say already that they probably will not get a season pass next year, or the next year if there is nothing good. So if they are adding a water park expansion it will need to be pretty big as people will likely not be very attracted by a small thing after two years of nothing.

     

    Anyways, RIP Looping Starship, and likely Excalibur soon

  5. Valleyfair closing because of snow.

     

    I was at the park on Saturday and I was very surprised that this did not happen that day. On Saturday about four of the larger rides were open (Renegade, Wild Thing, Delirious, and Looping Starship) other than that all of the other thrill rides were closed. Also for most of the day, there were likely no more than 200 cars in the parking lot at one time. I am also surprised as the weather today was more or less better than yesterday except for a few moments. One more thing that I noticed and made me think they should have had at least Wild Thing and maybe Renegade closed was that they were running extremely slow. On WIld thing on the trip back after the midcourse, I got little to no airtime on the hills (felt like we likely would not make it) and every time I rode Renegade on the hill after going under the lift hill, it felt like the train would barely crest over the hill, even Looping Starship was running fairly slow (in its own way), as it took longer to get up to speed, and would then do only two complete loops while it usually does three, sometimes four.

     

    Other than that if I did not have a season pass, yesterday would be disappointing to me, as they did not tell you anything at all until you by your ticket about all of the closures and other things(Rides, Food, Dark Harvest, and all the Scare Zones were closed). At least the sliders were still out and they did not have all of the obnoxiously bright floodlights on.

  6. I definitely agree that the complaints are not much and they don't ruin the experience. The way I see it is that it is better this year safety wise because even though there are more lights there is less of a chance of another large fight, closing the whole park. The only downside I see this year is the new scare zone "Into the Darkness" feels very disappointing because while the scare actors are good, there is nothing else that goes with the area such as theming. Other than that the shows are pretty good, especially if you get a friend to get hypnotized at the hypnosis show (or you be part of the show!). One other thing that I like that they are doing this year is that they are letting fewer people into the mazes at a time (more scares!) such as about four people at a time instead of about 15 people at a time like last year.

  7. After what has happened at KD (Volcano) and KI (Vortex and Firehawk) where Cedar Fair has been just deleting the higher maintenance coasters that are ~30 years old, what the future of Corkscrew and especially Excalibur will be as they both fit into that category as Corkscrew is 39 and Excalibur is now 30. What I think is that Corkscrew is likely safe for now as its footprint is very small and not much would fit there, but I feel even though it has been wrongfully predicted for many years, that the next couple years will be Excalibur's last due to age and low popularity (I hope not though).

  8. I've never 'seen' it down for maintenance, which doesn't mean much. We never pay attention to it. Vertical Velocity's straight rear spike is so much more interesting to me. I get a better perspective of just watching the ground shoot away from me before free falling back toward it. I do miss the holding brake. It was sinister and scared the F*** out of riders. Screams of terror vs. screams of joy added a different kind of character to it.

     

    Valleyfair - "Haha, got your holding break"

  9. Looks like this year's haunt lineup has been announced.

     

    What does everyone think?

     

    https://www.valleyfair.com/valleyscare/haunt

     

    Just looked at the list. I am glad they got some new scare zones as the ones last year felt very lacking in actually being scary, but the way the two new ones look and are described, I think they will definitely improve the lineup. I also look at the map but did not see the scare zones marked. Does anyone know where they will be located? I think that the area near Looping Starship would be good for one, possibly the midway area where no one goes, or the area near the bumper cars near Corkscrew. Other than that everything looks pretty similar to previous years, still wish they could have Excalibur open as it has a great night ride and obviously ValleyScare is almost all in the night time, but it is what it is.

  10. Apparently according to popular mechanics, the best roller coaster/thrill ride in MN is the Avatar Airbender at Nickelodeon Universe. What's everyone's thoughts?

     

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/g28062751/best-roller-coaster-every-state/

     

    This article better be a joke, or it is just really bad because in my opinion there are at least 4 or 5 coasters that are definitely better than the Avatar Airbender in MN. Also in the article it says that Wild Eagle at Dollywood is better than Lightning Rod, T3 at Kentucky Kingdom is better than Lightning Run and Storm Runner, (some people may find this one to be correct) and it also says that The Beast is the best coaster in Ohio, and finally my favorite mistake in the article is if you go to https://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/g28062751/best-roller-coaster-every-state/?slide=47 or page 47, which is the coaster for Washington, it says the Wild Thing at Wild Waves Theme and Water Park, but instead of a picture of The Wild Thing in Washington, it shows the Wild Thing at Valleyfair, and the picture even says "Valleyfair" in the bottom right corner. I would really like to see the source list for this article, that is if there even is one

  11. It's a small thing, but I was just looking through the new Valleyfair app and noticed that the rider height safety section still lists the Hydroblaster, and I then looked on their website and it is also still there under the family rides section, even though. rides like Riptide and Enterprise are not listed. Also if you look up Hydroblaster Valleyfair it will bring up the page

     

    Has that been there ever since it was removed in 2013?

  12. You're assuming that complaints on the Internet are based on a desire for the company to improve their product and not from a desire to complain on the Internet.

     

    I guess that is true that there are many people that are salty like that, and there are people who go in with expectations of a Cedar Point or Disney like park and get disappointed and I should have considered that, but it is still good that they are making improvements.

  13. I honestly find that this year should be fairly successful, because if you look at most of the complaints on google or any other site the main complaints except food prices(and lack of new roller coaster) seem to be considered as many comments say how the park is just rides and no entertainment so they are adding new stages and shows. Another thing is that people complain about bad, boring, and low quality food, and this year they have many more new food items than many years, and have hired a new food crew for the season to hopefully improve the quality of the food. One other thing they are changing that I thing fulfills the complaints is that they are updating the bathrooms near the Wild thing which seems to probably be the most used bathroom and most complained about, so I assume they will use feed back from it to see if they should also change their other bathrooms also.

  14. I just checked the permits and there is another new permit that is also unlabeled other than "Commercial Buildings", with a value of about $25,000.

     

    Also I wonder how this possible large amounts of snow at the end of this week will affect the preparation for the new season, and if the opening day will be pushed back.

     

    And one question. Do they usually wait this long to list the season pass nights, or has anyone heard anything about them not doing it this year.

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