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Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:11 pm
by RCjunkie
^ Nobody has directly told us this but VF fans can read in between the lines and we are already thinking, "...You should drive to Six Flags Great America they're opening a new coaster next year." :lol: It is tough to watch smaller parks (or at least used to be) like Kentucky Kingdom grow and surpass VF with their new additions.

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:46 pm
by Swishtime101
How was Valleyscare over MEA? Was it pretty busy and slow, or did the lines and traffic move quickly?

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:45 pm
by Lightning Rod
I went to Valleyfair on Thursday I was stuck on the right lane on 101 about 5:30 pm there was already a line on 101 waiting to get into the park then about 7:00 pm there were lines of cars back up all the way from 169 and all the way on 101 from downtown Shakopee coming from the west side. I'd say it was a busy Thursday night for MEA and the weather was nice to low 60's. And I hate to say it but there's only one more weekend left it's already closing weekend 26, 27 and 28 :(.

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:04 am
by mnreggie
RCjunkie wrote:^ It is tough to watch smaller parks (or at least used to be) like Kentucky Kingdom grow and surpass VF with their new additions.


So very true, but also keep in mind the weather up here is different than many of these parks, they have a different ethos as well (Thinking Knoebels and Kentucky Kingdom). They also have the freedom of being independently run as well, perhaps they gained an investor and such too? Valleyfair has both the privilege and burden of being a part of a larger chain: they have larger corporate backing... but they also have shareholders to appease as well. Not that smaller parks don't have shareholders, but larger parks have to keep things moving for all the parks, and lots of profit to make to keep people happy. It's definitely worth noting that they have mentioned investment here in MN soon, but working down the chain of parks definitely makes sense: Cedar Point is indeed their flagship park and something they need to keep competitive with Six Flags' lead parks.

Also, a note about growth: families make up a huge chunk of visitors, not seasoned enthusiasts. I personally think it's great that they're reinvesting into that demographic with the new(ish) kids area, the Route 76 area as well are all laying down a good foundation for a well rounded park. Even more so, a development year with just utility upgrades and such also shows good management: they care enough about the quality and durability of the park to keep it up to date. It's smart investment to be sure. All that doesn't surpass my desire to have new hotness in the park, but especially for a temperamental climate as MN, it's good to see we have a park that doing well even despite the size.

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:31 am
by Lightning Rod
Its closing day. I thought 2018 was a great season.

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:42 am
by coasterbill
It must be nice when “oh no, it’s the offseason” means “Hey, let’s to go to the mall tomorrow and ride that kick ass log flume and 4 great coasters”. :lol:

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:50 am
by garyman6
That's a wrap for the season! I had a blast working in Dark Harvest during Haunt! I will definitely try to come back next year and do it again. I want to give a big shout out to valleyfairfanatic for winning best monster award in his area of expertise. Congrats bro! You were awesome and very deserving! It was pretty cool though how you brought up your mentors and publicly praised them. Very classy!! Everyone did an outstanding job this year! I have to say, I really have a new appreciation for Haunt actors and talent! It is a very demanding job physically and mentally. I was wiped out each night. MEA weekend was brutal by the end of Saturday. It's easy to get discouraged when you get those guests that are like "whatever, this is so stupid". I do have to say that I made more than a few of them jump anyway! :br But it's when you get those guests, which is the vast majority of them, that are there to have a great time and really get into it. Boy did that fire me up! I determined early in the season that the "perfect" scare was when a guest ended up on the ground! I had probably a couple dozen of them! :lmao: I literally had to turn around and laugh out loud. Does anybody have any funny stories from Haunt? I'd love to hear them!

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:31 pm
by valleyfairfanatic
Thank you!!!! I was extremely honored to be chosen.

I don't have any specific stories because that would totally give me away, but I did make a fair amount of people cry/pee/fall over.

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:07 pm
by joelwee
coasterbill wrote:It must be nice when “oh no, it’s the offseason” means “Hey, let’s to go to the mall tomorrow and ride that kick A$$ log flume and 4 great coasters”. :lol:

What's an offseason? :lol:

Re: Valleyfair (VF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:52 am
by grsupercity
Delirious is the coolest looking larson loop I have seen. That purple stands out great in route 76