cal1br3tto wrote:Enjoyed your report! Your opinions on the coasters at Valleyfair are very similar to mine. I'd forgotten all about Renegade, which is not an insult, just an oversight, since I really enjoyed it when I rode it seven years ago--looks like it's still holding its own in my top 20 woodies, for whatever that's worth.
Thanks! Yep, it's not an insult...just like:
I doubt VF is high on anyone's bucket list (for now), but that doesn't mean it's not an above average park.
RCjunkie wrote:Is this the end of the TR or do have State Fair pictures too?
Nope! got MOA now and Minnie/Fair etc after. I don't have many pictures from the fair, though, since it was dark and just absolutely INSANELY packed.
coasterbill wrote: Minneapolis has been on my radar for awhile, mostly because of the Mall of America Log Flume and Target Field but airfare out there is always absurdly expensive from our area. I'm sort of jealous that the exact opposite is true for you.
I honestly find it almost impressive that Morgan was able to take rides that are so tall, so fast and so cool looking and make them so ridiculously underwhelming. I find that I like them a lot better in the front since you feel the speed a little more up there and it feels more like you're on a coaster and less like you're sitting on your couch but it's still nothing amazing.
Thanks! I know you know your flights, so I'm sure you'll see something come up eventually. If the cost isn't right, factor in the ease of the city's public transportation and getting around. It's worth it!
So far only Steel Eel (and that's the shortest of em all, I think) has been the most thrilling to me.
Here we go, it's time for Nick Universe!
*Sorry for the lack of photos; I was on a credit run and didn't intend on doing a trip report!
Are all uber drivers in Minneapolis grumpy sports fans? That seemed to be the theme for me as I got a lesson about Adrian Peterson leaving and the Twins questionable trades, haha. Guys trust me you'd much happier than a Cincinnati fan haha.
I got dropped off at the Mall of America and found my way to the center where Nick Universe is. I felt a bit out of place since I work with Cartoon Network, haha. I need to plan a trip to Dubai to see IMG and the CN world.
Today was a school day..I think? Maybe it was the last free week of summer, but the crowd at Nick Universe was incredibly diverse. I later learned that Minneapolis took in a good amount or Somoalian refugees... who knew! Good for them. It was a refreshing and unexpected sight.
This park is as unique as the photos show. There is just an insane amount of (quality) attractions fit into a tiny space. Giant slides, zip lines, adventure ropes courses, coasters, flats, log flume, and lush greenery. It doesn't take too long to make a lap around the park, but you've got to go around a couple times to make sure you don't skip a ride.
I was there for the coasters, log flume, and I got myself a ticket for either Shredder's Mutant Mash (the inner facing frisbee) or the Gerstlauer Sky Roller. It was super quick and easy to get all the tickets I needed and I was intent on knocking the credits out quick to get downtown around 4 to check in.
Where I came in the Fairy Odd Coaster
(spinner that's been cloned across six flags) was the closest ride so I got in line and found myself on the ride in less than 5 minutes since I was a single rider. These coasters are pretty fun and there was a bit more airtime than I had remembered! There was definitely added excitement the way you fly around the trees, path below, and other rides. 6/10
Also, quick shout out for the fact that I didn't need a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo for my backpack. The ops were super friendly and Nick U could make a KILLING due to the fact that people are carrying tons of shopping bags and riding. Thank youuuuu!
One credit down, I sized up the line for Avatar aka the Intamin Half Pipe
. It wasn't a long wait and again being a single rider helped me get on in under 5 minutes. The ops here are great and were constantly looking for single riders. The last time I rode one of these it was at WetNWild Australia and I have to say that I enjoyed this ride better because I wasn't getting blasted by a fire hose
mid ride, haha. 7/10
Onto the next one. Spongebob! Hooray for Euro fighters. I haven't been on many of these and I absolutely love Mystery Mine. I don't think it's too jerky or rough so I had no ill thoughts about this ride. Guess what? Once again, the op was jumping and shouting for single riders and I virtually passed the whole queue (it was probably only 30 people deep) and I got right into the front row. Dang, I don't have much experience going to parks solo but so far this trip I was getting all the perks! Rock Bottom Plunge's
most unique moment is what seems like grazing the ceiling at the crest of the lift hill. That was something else. The drop was standard, the loop had some hangtime, there was the odd Gerstlauer quick pop of air before a super tight turn into a Valravn esque inline twist and turn. I would have loved a regular zero g but hey, space is tight. A good bit of twistyness and you're done. 7/10
As tempting as it was to be a roleplay as The Flying Dutchman's booger being shot out of his nose (that's legit the theme of the giant slide, hahaha) I still had another credit to get and I was getting hungry. I had a feeling there wasn't going to be anything special about Orange Streak
and I was right, although I'm pretty impressed with the ride length. Fun ride! Two lifts! Minus one point for being associated with the wrong soda. 4/10
Alright, time for some new hotness. I had to try out the Gerstlauer Sky Roller, Shell Shock
. It was the longest wait of the day at about 15 minutes and honestly I think there might have been one or two kids paying attention to the video detailing how to flip. The theming is awesome on this ride! The op's booth is a Raymuno's pizza cart! This ride wastes no time taking off into the cycle, and it's a bit unnerving to only have a lapbar while hanging upside down. Since I had never been on the ride before, I wasn't able to figure out the mechanics quick enough to go into a spin out, but holy crap was I able to hang upside down a lot haha. This is a really fun ride and I wish I was able to go a few more time to get the rock n roll down to flip out. Really addictive. 8/10
Welp, only one set of tickets so that led me to probably the most anticipated ride of the day - the flume
! I'm an absolute sucker for any above average flume/decently themed flume and this one will end up high on the list. The ops did a great job moving the line quickly as this was surely the most popular ride. I got a quick rundown from a local about how this is the signature attraction and has been there since day 1 (?) Didn't second guess him and since I was up at 5am I didn't have extra battery life to research in line. The ride is a good 6 minutes or so and has a fun build up to the final drop where I'm sure you can get pretty wet if you stack the boat, but thankfully I was paired with 2 light weights and just got a splash. 8/10
After getting all the credits possible by mid afternoon it was time to treat myself to a Surly beer and snack at Twin Cities Grill/Tap ... it's a Let Us Entertainmen You restaurant, so that's a sign of quality that I know and it didn't let me down. They had happy hour going on and the flatbread I had was the perfect mid afternoon snack. http://twincitygrillrestaurant.com/
It was easy enough to find the light rail and for only 2.25 (for rush hour pricing) you get an easy ride downtown steps from MOA. Minneapolis is already making a great impression on me.
Next - Can Can Wonderland, Downtown, and the State Fair!