Wednesday, June 1, 2011James Smith - regular guest
Over the years Valley Hills
has grown larger with new rides and attractions popping up almost everywhere. With over 40 rides and attractions, it's hard to keep up with it all. So I've compiled only the park's flat rides
together to showcase them in full detail. Enjoy!
Upon entering the park the first ride many notice is Parachute Tower
, a 130' airborne excursion with plentiful views of the park. Also pictured is the HUSS inverting ship ride Patriot
Even with over 25 years of operation, Patriot
still delivers an excellent first thrill of the day.Music Box
retains a lengthy queue after all these years, and is equipped with an on-board audio system. Some ride cycles have retro 90's music, while others play modern pop hits or even classic rock.
What was once Towering Inferno
. (moving along)
If you're willing to pay $8 (which isn't THAT bad compared to similar rides at other parks), Valley Scream
will make you scream. Clever name. Buccaneer
, unlike most rides of this variety, has a lengthy 3 minute ride time filled with pops of floater airtime on every swing. The unique placement inside Wild Waters
' ride area helps maintain some loose "theming".Wild Waters
is hands-down my favorite log flume ride ever. Especially after receiving a light theming package, a surprise move for a Cedar Fair park.
(photo credit: Valley Hills)
Not only are there $5 fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, but also $5 dryers located conveniently next to the ride. Moral of the story; you need $10 to ride Wild Waters.
Yet another loosely "themed" ride at Valley Hills is Barrel Blast
It's your average tea cup ride, but with added bonus of it being way more out of control and nothing like your average tea cup ride.
Continuing a trend of spinning rides, Chaos
takes the cake by being the most bizarre of them all. Its pretty color scheme makes for great photos.(side note: You have to basically walk through an eatery to get to the entrance of the ride. Seems like forced advertising if you ask me.)
Next up is Camp Snoopy
, a PEANUTS themed family area with a total of 10 rides. 2 coasters & 7 flats to be exact. First up is Snoopy's Deep Sea Adventure
. A typical Octopus ride surrounded by lush greenery that made it hard to photograph.
The Camp Wheel
has an unfitting name since there is nothing "campy" about views of a giant B&M Dive Coaster. Maybe it's just me.(Side note: This ride has been relocated 3 times since its inception in 1974.)
The relatively new Snoopy vs. Red Baron
The $5 up-charge Snoopy's Bounce House
. I didn't see anyone interested in this attraction.Camp Carousel
. Another ride generously surrounded by vegetation. At least the "camp" theme is somewhat maintained. +1 point.Krazy Kars
is one of the "new for 2011" family rides.
Unfortunately, Apple Twists
, the classic paratrooper ride that opened with the park, has gotten the boot and has been replaced by an up-charge rock climbing attraction.
Also new this year is Flying Beagle
, a Larson flying scooters attraction. The beautiful lakefront setting is appealing, the strict "no snapping" policy is not.
Now that Camp Snoopy
is out of the way, we can get back to the thrill rides. And it doesn't get anymore thrilling than ZER0
, spelled with a zero at the end for those who didn't know. A great Intamin drop tower of 272' vertical. Not the biggest fan of heights, so ZER0
is easily the scariest ride in the park to me.
To get to the next wave of high-tech thrill machines, you must pass through an underground tunnel. The natural cooling from the Earth can be quite soothing on those hot & humid summer days.
Next up would be the Valley Lift
's Eastern station, however Cardinal
is too good to pass up. Hands down the BEST flat ride in the park.
A great mix of Huss, Intamin, and B&M.
For those looking for another way to beat the heat, Blackwater Falls
has you covered. This ride has some light theming to it, although I'm not certain what gunpowder cannons and such have to do with a waterfall. I believe this was the final ride Valley Hills purchased from Arrow Dynamics back in 1995.
One of last year's new additions was the return of Rotor
, a once defunct ride in the park. Charlie Brown's Wind-up
, a children's whip ride, also debuted last year. But now appears to be gone. Still no explanation on this.Treetop Flyers
dominates the entrance to the second PEANUTS themed family area, Planet Snoopy
has a classic mat slide, Race For Your Life Charlie Brown!
A rather lengthy name. And a Zamperla Rockin' Tug by the name of Lucy's Tugboat
.Kite Eating Tree
is perfect to prepare the kiddies for the larger thrill rides. This ride scared the parents more than it did their kids.
This first big thrill ride to be added to the park in 1974, and also the world's first permanent Enterprise installation. Trout Spin
remains ever popular with the kiddies exiting Planet Snoopy who want to try out the bigger rides.
Since I missed the Eastern station, here is an obligatory shot of Valley Lift
's Western station.Scrambler
is nestled in right next to IGNITION's towering inversions. Unfortunately, Scrambler
seems to have gotten a more tame ride cycle. Shame.
This was the only decent picture I could get of the West Virginia Turnpike
. This ride always seems to be forgotten, which is probably due to its zero visibility from the midway and its entrance being pushed behind a headliner coaster's entrance. I didn't see many people on this classic Arrow Dynamics attraction, it makes me wonder if its days are numbered.
(photo credit: Valley Hills)
Now that we've gotten a good look at all the flat rides in the park, it's time to get acquainted with the numerous world class coasters at Valley Hills
. Which will be saved until next time. ~James Smith