Valleyfair Amusement Park rolled out the red carpet in spring 1976. Then-a-days, Valleyfair Shakopee was only about 10 hectares and had just one roller coaster (the 1976 High Roller). Now the family amusement park located in Shakopee, Minnesota, USA, covers 36 hectares, including a water park that is free with park entrance. Probably, the main advantage of Valleyfair Shakopee is its safety. Every coaster here has been retrofitted (if not originally equipped) with retracting seat belts. The above-said High Roller, a long wooden L-shaped coaster, has beautiful trains which are well padded. The retracting seat belts don't permit air time anyway. Corkscrew (1980), an Arrow Dynamics steel double corkscrew, is one of the smoothest Arrow loopers anywhere.
Excalibur, an Arrow Dynamics wooden coaster with a tubular steel track, debuted in 1989. The 1990 elimination of the evil ejector hill that followed the first drop and the more recent addition of a brake on the first drop has turned this ride from controlled mayhem to a safe speed ride. Wild Thing (1996) had the return hills with strong air time in virtually any seat of the six-car trains. This ride has been tamed also. Perhaps, the greatest modernization done to this coaster is the strong midcourse brake that precedes all of the hills on the return run. In addition, the ride operators at Excalibur and Wild Thing are absolutely hell-bent on stapling you, and the retracting seat belts keep you pinned to your seat.
To add, there are dozens of 'tame' rides, the Looping Starship being among them. This attraction resembles a giant pirate ship that turns upside down. The entire family will enjoy the interactive experience of KidWorks featuring Foam Ball Factory and the Rocking Tug, an award-winning ride that puts you in the middle of the action on a real life tug boat. There are also dozens of other family-friendly rides and games. To evoke your appetite for more fun plunge into Whitewater Country Waterpark. The water park provides hundreds of thousands of gallons of splash adventure.
You will also like to experience the high-flying, gravity-defying action delivered by Valleyfair's latest scream machine, Riptide. It will send you soaring into the air, and you will also get wet. The excitement continues with the monster ride Power Tower (2000), an incredible structure that either blasts you up in a 'space shot' or plummets you down in a 'turbo drop'. Then Valleyfair Shakopee has built an impressive Impulse Coaster named Steel Venom where the train features a fail-safe, over-the-shoulder restraint system. Skyscraper is an extreme ride that flips you and plunges you headforemost 16 stories down only to swoop up again.
All Valleyfair's rides and attractions have got lap belts. People go to Valleyfair Shakopee because it's safe, nice and friendly. This family park is a place of great fun and daily, live musical performances. Valleyfair Minnesota is open seasonally from mid-May all through September. With so much to do, don't let summertime fun at Valleyfair Shakopee pass you by.