Shakopee, Minnesota (Abbreviation: VF)
Cedar Fair L.P.
Park News - (6/19/22) Those long-in-development plans to expand Soak City have apparently been dropped.
(2/26/22) According to a disappointing announcement from Valleyfair on social media, the park has confirmed that the “ValleyScare” Halloween Haunt is no more. Instead Vallleyfair will focus on a new “Tricks and Treats” event to take place at the park, offering all fun and no frights. The new Tricks and Treats event will take place from Sept. 17 through Oct. 30, 2022.
(11/4/21) Want to see something really cool? Valleyfair has posted a single-shot fly-though video through the park courtesy of an expert drone pilot that features some great footage of most of your favorite park rides from an all new angle. Check it out below!
2022 - Nothing New - (8/13/21) So far the only item confirmed as coming to Valleyfair in 2022 will be the Grand Carnivale celebration during the regular season.
???? - New Parking Lots / Access Road / Soak City Expansion - Long Term Planning - Dropped -
(6/19/22) For a few years now we’ve been waiting to see if Valleyfair was ever planning to act on plans they had once drawn up that would have seen the waterpark greatly expanded, and Excalibur removed to make room. According to one reader those expansion plans were rejected by the local government, as it would have involved building on a “flood plain”, putting that proposal to rest for good.
Since then I’m told that Valleyfair has been working to preserve the Excalibur coaster and even upgraded the control panel for the ride during the 2021-2022 off-season.
(9/21/19) According to a reader the permits for Valleyfair to rework their property are still active. One permit for the project is still good through to the end of 2020, giving the park time to act upon these plans still, while the permit with the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act was last revised in March 2018 and still good until March 22, 2023.
(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 built 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.