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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:01 am

Great report! I definitely have a Minneosta/Mall of America trip on my radar in the future. And honestly I'm more looking forward to that flume than any of their coasters.
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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainUnknown » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:50 am

The Log Chute is still awesome--especially with all the now incredibly dated and cheesy animatronics and the fact that the Pepsi Ripsaw (better than its current name of Pepsi Orange Streak) goes through it! It's also one of the precious few original pieces of themeing that hasn't been completely torn out yet by the rebrandings, though the original name has been shortened from Paul Bunyan's Log Chute.

Besides, you can ride a log flume in Minnesnowta in the Winter!
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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:48 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:And honestly I'm more looking forward to that flume than any of their coasters.

As you should.

That said, this is a pretty well-rounded park for what it is! And it's hard to beat such a unique setting.
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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:37 am

I have a borderline stupid question that's only being asked because I'm trying to be optimistic, lol.

The park's ride maintenance schedule lists Pepsi Orange Streak as "Closed May 14 – May 28" and "Closed May 29 – Jun 8". Obviously this makes no sense unless their CMS doesn't allow them to enter such a wide range of dates since you would think they would just say "May 14th to June 8th". Any chance this is a typo? Does this "Maintenance schedule subject to change without notice" list "change without notice" all that frequently? :lol:

We just booked a flight out there knowing the ride was probably closed in advance so if it's closed that's really fine. I booked it anyway since it's a family coaster and the pros of that weekend outweighed the cons (Great flight deals and the fact that the Twins are home and we really want to see Target Field).

Basically the only requirements for me on this trip were that the flume was open, the Twins were home and Valleyfair was open for the year so either way I'm happy but I had to ask. ;)

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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby CaptainUnknown » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:48 am

I'm thinking it might be a typo as it is the only ride on the scheduled maintenance calendar to have multiple times on it (with 3). But I would recommend messaging the park to be sure.
The only times I know of when the park didn't follow the scheduled maintenance calendar were when something catastrophic happened to the ride or a similar attraction (ie the Ohio State Fair incident).
Hopefully it's open for your visit. It's a fun little coaster that gives a great "tour' of the park and the inner workings of the log flume.
And if you really want to see Target Field, they do offer backstage tours.
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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:55 am

Thanks!

I don't need to bother the park, I'm fine with it either way but it would be cool if it's open. I agree that it sort of looks like one of those might be a typo, especially since it's down right now for refurb so they may have just updated it's entry.

We're flying in on Saturday May 19th and flying out on Monday May 21st. Our flight lands at like 7am on Saturday (yeah, it's a little early... lol), so we figure we'll hit the mall that day and the Twins game at 6. Then hit Valleyfair the next day. Obviously we can switch the days around for weather too. We also have most of the day on Monday since we don't fly out until like 6pm and I'm one step ahead of you on the Target Field tour. That seems like a great day for it (and it's always nice to have another backup day if we miss something at Valleyfair or MOA or if the weather is an issue on the other days).

Any suggestions for other non-baseball / theme park related things in Minneapolis?

Also, I ALWAYS rent a car but it seems sort of stupid in Minneapolis since everything we want to visit and the airport is on the light rail line except for Valleyfair. Does anyone have any experience with taking an Uber to the park? I've still never used Uber but this seems like the time to do it.

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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:07 am

coasterbill wrote:Thanks!

I don't need to bother the park, I'm fine with it either way but it would be cool if it's open. I agree that it sort of looks like one of those might be a typo, especially since it's down right now for refurb so they may have just updated it's entry.

We're flying in on Saturday May 19th and flying out on Monday May 21st. Our flight lands at like 7am on Saturday (yeah, it's a little early... lol), so we figure we'll hit the mall that day and the Twins game at 6. Then hit Valleyfair the next day. Obviously we can switch the days around for weather too. We also have most of the day on Monday since we don't fly out until like 6pm and I'm one step ahead of you on the Target Field tour. That seems like a great day for it (and it's always nice to have another backup day if we miss something at Valleyfair or MOA or if the weather is an issue on the other days).

Any suggestions for other non-baseball / theme park related things in Minneapolis?

Also, I ALWAYS rent a car but it seems sort of stupid in Minneapolis since everything we want to visit and the airport is on the light rail line except for Valleyfair. Does anyone have any experience with taking an Uber to the park? I've still never used Uber but this seems like the time to do it.


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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby Satans Hockey » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:15 am

coasterbill wrote:
Also, I ALWAYS rent a car but it seems sort of stupid in Minneapolis since everything we want to visit and the airport is on the light rail line except for Valleyfair. Does anyone have any experience with taking an Uber to the park? I've still never used Uber but this seems like the time to do it.


I haven't done it at Valleyfair but I've used Uber for several other parks and all the drivers knew where to drop off and pick up. Worst case scenario if they can't find you they will call you to figure out where you are, which I've had happen before using their service. When you first sign up there's usually a promo for a large discount./first free ride too.

I almost always rent a car too but Uber is perfect for the food and drink festivals in Florida and Williamsburg lol

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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:26 am

Thanks guys!

Oh my god, Can Can Wonderland sounds awesome. I have a thing for mini-golf and that place seems insane.

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Re: Nickelodeon Universe Discussion Thread

Postby RaceBoarder » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:11 pm

Surly Brewing is worth a look while in town... SURLY

Check out a Jucy Lucy while in town too.... It's a local, unique take on cheeseburgers...

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