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VALLEYFAIR Shakopee, Minnesota (Abbreviation: VF) Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (9/24/18) According to the local news Valleyfair was forces to empty the park and shut down early on Saturday night after a number of fights between guests broke out. The local Shakopee Police Department was brought on site and it was determined that the best course of action was simply to clear the park of all guests during the ValleySCARE event.
2019 - Nothing is known to be planned...
???? - New Parking Lots / Access Road / Soak City Expansion - Long Term Planning - (8/2/18) Despite having approved development plans in place, Valleyfair does seem to be in no hurry to remove the Excalibur coaster from the park. A reader dropped by and send in some new pictures of the coaster and site, which looks to be in good condition with no sign them even thinking of removing it. Perhaps the park plans to sit on those waterpark expansion plans for awhile longer before taking action.
(6/12/17) From the sound of things Valleyfair looks to be ready to begin construction on their newly approved expansion plans. I'm told that a couple of bulldozers are already sitting in the employee parking lot and an excavator and bobcat are in the field between the main parking lot and employee dorms. (5/19/17) According to the notes from the Shakopee City Council, they have recommended approval for Valleyfair's future expansion and wetlands replacement plan which was also approved by the Army Corp of Engineers apparently. Of course, as previously mentioned when the plan was first announced, it seems pretty clear cut that Excalibur will be removed to make this happen, so get your last rides in on it this season while you still can. (6/2/15) New plans for Valleyfair, submitted through the Army Corps of Engineers, show that Cedar Fair is now looking into more long term ways to improve the use of their property in a way that would also provide more room for future park expansion projects. This project in particular shows a plan that would replace the current employee parking lot road that cuts through the Western side of the park between Excalibur at the Soak City waterpark. A new access road would be build instead that would run along the outer edge of the park property to the south of Excalibur, run West and North along the property’s edge, then coming back again to run into the current employee parking lot in the rear of the park. Also as part of the project, two new parking lots would be created: a new employee parking lot at the rear of the park, but closer than the current one, and a new guest parking lot in the south/west corner of Vallyfair’s property. This later part of the project is perhaps the most telling of the park’s future plans, as the map label this area as “New Water Park Guest Parking Lot”, and shows it covering not empty property, but also a section of the property currently occupied by the park’s Excalibur roller coaster. This matches up with a rumor I was sent this past week claiming that Excalibur was down to one train operation for the season, and that this may actually be the coaster’s last season. Excalibur’s site would be the most ideal location for Valleyfair to build a very large new addition to the Soak City waterpark experience… one that would apparently include the addition of a dedicated parking lot and entry gate directly into the waterpark itself, without having to park in the main lot and walk all the way through the theme park. Kings Island added a similar concept for their Soak City waterpark a few years ago by adding a separate entry gate directly into the waterpark from the far end of the parking lot as a way to keep guess only interested in the waterpark from having to use the park’s main entrance.