Shakopee, Minnesota (Abbreviation: VF)
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (7/4/14) Good news from Valleyfair, as I’m told that both Excalibur and Renegade have now reopened at the park following, along with most of the parking lot. Early word is that survey/construction markings can also be spotted all around the areas near the waterpark as a likely sign that the rumored Waterpark Expansion (see below) is the plan for 2015.
(6/26/14) The local news report that the rising flood waters near Valleyfair have forced the park to close down three of the park’s big rides: Thunder Canyon river rapids and the Renegade and Excalibur roller coasters. On site parking has also been affected, forcing the park to shuttle guests in from an off-site lot. Keep an eye on Valleyfair’s various social media sites to get the up to the date changes as they deal with the problem and keep the park open for business. Click here to see some great images of the floodwaters around the park.
(5/23/14) In a similar fashion to how Cedar Fair has selected Carowinds as a park property in which they want to focus their efforts on to promote signifigant growth, I’m hearing rumors that the company may also be generating future growth plans and options for Valleyfair as well. The future could be bright… we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
2015 - Soak City Expansion - (9/12/14) As rumored, Valleyfair has confirmed that they will be adding a major new expansion to their Soak City waterpark for 2015. The expansion will feature the Barefoot Beach interactive Splash Pad, the Breakers Pipeline slide tower offering four new 65-foot drop slides, and two new 90-foot drop slides called Breakers Plunge that will load sliders into drop-pods before sending them down through the trapdoor.
(6/4/14) The latest rumors regarding the 2015 addition for Valleyfair say that the park’s focus will almost entirely be on the waterpark that year. More than just adding a few new things… apparently this will be a much more extreme makeover of the entire waterpark experience. Who knows… they could even re-brand it under a new name to get more attention, though it already carries the chain’s current popular ‘Soak City’ brand name, unless they want to transform it into a Boomerang Bay as was done with a few of the old Paramount Park waterparks several years ago.
(11/24/13) A waterslide expansion package is expected to come to Valleyfair in 2015 from White Water West. This could be similar to the Snake Pit slide package going into Dorney Park in 2014 or the one added to Worlds of Fun in 2013.
2016/2017 - Planning - New Parking Lots / Access Road / Soak City Expansion - (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
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.