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Aerial view of Valleyfair
LocationOne Valleyfair Drive Shakopee, Minnesota, U.S.
Coordinates 44°47′55.47″N93°27′12.13″W / 44.7987417°N 93.4533694°W / 44.7987417; -93.4533694 Coordinates: 44°47′55.47″N93°27′12.13″W / 44.7987417°N 93.4533694°W / 44.7987417; -93.4533694
OpenedMay 25, 1976 (1976-05-25)
Owner Cedar Fair
General managerRaul Rehnborg
SloganWhere Awesome Happens
Operating seasonMay through October
Area125 acres (0.51 km2)
(0.5 km²)
Roller coasters8
Water rides2

Valleyfair is an amusement park located in Shakopee, Minnesota. The park covers an area of approximately 125 acres and features a wide variety of rides and attractions suitable for people of all ages. Valleyfair first opened in 1976 and is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The park is open seasonally from May through October and attracts visitors from all over the Midwest region.


Valleyfair features over 75 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, family rides, and children's rides. Some of the park's most popular rides include the Steel Venom roller coaster, the Wild Thing roller coaster, and the Renegade wooden roller coaster. In addition to rides, Valleyfair also features several live entertainment shows, including musical performances and stage shows featuring popular characters such as Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. The park also offers a variety of dining options, ranging from quick-service restaurants to sit-down restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.


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Former logo used until 2007

Valleyfair opened in 1976 featuring 20 rides and attractions [1] on 26 acres (110,000 m2), with the roller coaster High Roller being the main attraction. The carousel in the park came from Excelsior Amusement Park which was closed in 1973. It is the oldest ride in the park. In 1978 in an effort to increase investment capital for continued park expansion, Valleyfair was acquired by Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Five years later, Cedar Fair Limited Partnership was formed as the parent company for Cedar Point and Valleyfair (the name being derived from the names of both flagship properties). The park continues to grow every year with new rides and attractions. Since 1976, Valleyfair has invested over $96 million into the park, and today the park has over 75 attractions on 125 acres (51 ha) of land. [2]

A height restriction was imposed in 2000 with the building of Power Tower. After negotiations with the FAA and the nearby Flying Cloud Airport, the FAA restricted the building height of Power Tower at 275 feet (84 m) due to its proximity to the airport. Power Tower's original plan was to be a height of 300 feet (91 m) and to take riders to 275 feet (84 m). [3]

Valleyfair did not open for the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, although it is reopened for the 2021 season. [4] [5]

As the park is located on the banks of the Minnesota River, flooding can become an issue during the springtime months before the park usually opens (or when the park is open for the season), notably in 1988, 1993, 1997, 2014, 2018, and 2019. Excalibur and Thunder Canyon are built outside of a pre-existing river dike, and were built with this flooding potential in mind. [6]

Attraction timeline

1970s [1]
  • 1976: Valleyfair opens with Antique Cars, Bumper Cars, Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Flying Scooters, High Roller, Scrambler, SuperCat, and Wheel of Fortune
  • 1977: Monster, Tilt-A-Whirl and Giant Tilt Ride (The only Super Tilt Model 14-car Tilt-A-Whirl ever built by Sellner Manufacturing) open
  • 1978: Ye Olde Log Flume opens
  • 1979: Enterprise, Kiddie Ferris Wheel and Wild Rails open
1980s [1]
  • 1980: Corkscrew opens
  • 1981: Tot Town opens
  • 1982: Pepsi IMAX theater opens, New entrance marquee
  • 1983: Three water slides (now known as Panic Falls Body Slides) open
  • 1985: The Looping Starship and Bayern Curve open
  • 1987: Thunder Canyon opens
  • 1988: Two water slides (now known as Panic Falls Speed Slides) and Half Pint Park open
  • 1989: Excalibur opens
1990s [1]
  • 1990: Minnesota River Valley Railroad opens
  • 1991: Phase one of Challenge Park opens
  • 1992: The Wave opens and two 18-hole golf courses added to Challenge Park
  • 1993: Whitewater Country water park expansion; Bumper Boats added to Challenge Park
  • 1994: Berenstain Bear Country opens
  • 1995: Hydroblaster opens
  • 1996: Wild Thing opens; RipCord added to Challenge Park
  • 1997: Chaos opens
  • 1998: Galaxy Theater opens
  • 1999: Mad Mouse opens
2000s [1]
  • 2000: Power Tower and Frog Hopper open
  • 2003: Steel Venom opens
  • 2004: Foam Ball Factory and The Rockin' Tug added to KidWorks
  • 2005: RipTide and Skyscraper open
  • 2006: Xtreme Swing opens and Halloween Haunt occurs for the first time.
  • 2007: Renegade opens
  • 2008: Halloween Haunt is renamed Halloween Haunt at ValleyScare
  • 2009: Re-theme of the water park to Soak City
2010s [1]
  • 2011: Planet Snoopy opens
  • 2012: Fast Lane; Antique Cars closes
  • 2013: Dinosaurs Alive!
  • 2014: Route 76: Northern Lights opens, Scrambler and Tilt-A-Whirl relocated and Antique Cars to be re-added as Antique Autos; Pepsi IMAX theater and hydroblaster closes
  • 2015: Soak City: New Slide Tower, New Children's Splash Pad; Subway relocated, Airbrush Tattoo stand closed
  • 2016: Flying Eagles, All Wheels Extreme (Upgraded Amphitheater), New High Roller Trains, Subway Takes Place of Ben and Jerrys, 40th Anniversary Events, Enterprise closes
  • 2017: North Star, a Funtime Starflyer swing ride, opens for 2017, New Caribou plaza
  • 2018: Delirious, Larson International super loop, RipTide closes, New light package for Route 76, Snoopy’s bounce house is removed, Free WiFi throughout the park.
  • 2019: Superior Stage opens to host Peanuts Celebration, Updated Bathrooms, Variety of new food options, Dinosaurs Alive! and Looping Starship close.
  • 2021: Grand Carnivale, a new event, launches in the park. ValleyScare occurs for the last time.
  • 2022: TRICKS AND TREATS, a new event, launches in the park.


Roller coasters

CoasterPictureYear OpenedManufacturerDescriptionThrill Rating [7]
Corkscrew Corkscrew (Valleyfair).jpg 1980 Arrow Dynamics A steel Looping roller coaster5
Cosmic Coaster Cosmic Coaster (Valleyfair) 1.jpg 2011 Zamperla A kiddie roller coaster. Previously located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom as Dragon Coaster3
Excalibur Excalibur backside.jpg 1989 Arrow Dynamics A steel roller coaster with a wooden structure4
High Roller High Roller backside.jpg 1976 Rauenhorst Corporation A wooden roller coaster. It is currently the oldest coaster at Valleyfair.4
Mad Mouse Mad Mouse entrance.jpg 1999 Arrow Dynamics A steel wild mouse roller coaster 4
Renegade Renegade 1st Drop.jpg 2007 Great Coasters International A Wooden roller coaster 4
Steel Venom Steel Venom VF Sign.jpg 2003 Intamin A steel Inverted Impulse roller coaster 5
Wild Thing Wild Thing Treetop View.jpg 1996 D. H. Morgan Manufacturing A steel hyper coaster. It is currently the tallest roller coaster at Valleyfair.5

Thrill rides

RideYear OpenedManufacturerDescriptionThrill Rating [7]
Delirious2018Larson InternationalA Larson 22M Giant Loop Ride opening in the 2018 season.4
Northern Lights2014 Zamperla A Disk'O ride where a single car travels along a 302-foot (92 m) long, U-shaped track, reaching a height of 43 feet (13 m).4
North Star2017 Funtime A Star Flyer, in which riders, seated in two-person chair-linked swings, will reach a height of 230 feet (70 m), reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h).4
Power Tower 2000 S&S Worldwide A 275 feet (84 m) combo Space Shot and Turbo Drop tower.5
RipCord1996Sky Fun 1An additional charge attraction known as a Skycoaster that drops riders in a swinging, pendulum-like motion sending them 18 stories into the air at speeds up to 65 mph (105 km/h)5
Xtreme Swing 2006 S&S Worldwide A Screamin' Swing ride. It is currently the second tallest of its kind.5

Family rides

RideYear OpenedManufacturerDescriptionThrill Rating [7]
Antique Autos2014Gould ManufacturingGuests operated Antique Autos are powered by a gas-powered engine and travel around 1,500 feet of track with a center guide rail to keep the auto on track.3
Bumper Cars1976Rauenhorst CorporationA Bumper cars attraction4
Carousel1925 (at Excelsior Park)
1976 (at Valleyfair)
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters An antique 48-horse Carousel. This ride previously was installed at Excelsior Park until its closing in 1973. An Artizan Band Organ provides the carousel's music, but the rolls have been converted to Wurlitzer 150 rolls. The carousel model number is PTC #76. [8] 1
Charlie Brown's Wind Up1976 Chance Rides Yo-YoThe ride consists of 32 swings lift off the ground while travel in a circular motion and tilting at the top. It was originally called the Flying Trapeze, but received a facelift and renamed for Planet Snoopy.3
Ferris Wheel1975 [9] Chance Rides A classic Ferris wheel ride reaching 85 feet in the air2
Flying Ace Balloon Ride1988 Zamperla Samba BalloonEight balloons that can accommodate up to 4 riders. It was originally called Hot Air Balloons.2
Flying Eagles2016Larson InternationalA flying eagles ride with eight carriages that each have a paddle, enabling guests to change the movement of their carriage.3
Minnesota River Valley Railroad1990 Crown Metal Products A 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge [10] train ride around the park.2
Monster1977 Eyerly Aircraft Company A classic Monster ride3
Scrambler1976 Eli Bridge Company A classic Scrambler ride3
SuperCat1976RamagosaA Caterpillar/Music Express style ride2
Tilter1976Sellner ManufacturingA classic Tilt-A-Whirl ride3
Wheel of Fortune1976 Chance Rides A Trabant ride that holds 40 riders and raises to a tilted position while rotating backwards.3

Water rides

These are the water rides besides those in the Soak City.

RideYear OpenedManufacturerDescriptionThrill Rating [7]
The Wave1992 Hopkins Rides A Shoot-the-Chutes water ride. There is a bridge at the bottom where visitors can get soaked.4
Thunder Canyon 1987Barr EngineeringA six-person River rafting ride 4

Kids Rides

Planet Snoopy is a kids area within the park created for the 2011 season as part of a $9 million expansion.

RideYear OpenedManufacturerModel/TypeDescriptionThrill Rating [7]
Kite Eating Tree2000 S&S Worldwide Frog HopperA kiddie version of Power Tower. It was originally called the Frog Hopper.2
Linus' Beetle Bugs1976RamagosaA little spinning ride. It was originally called Bumble Bees.1
Linus Launcher2011 Zamperla Kite Flyer3
Lucy's Tugboat2004 Zamperla Rockin' Tug2
PEANUTS 5002011 Zamperla SpeedwayA kiddie Whip ride2
PEANUTS PlayhousePlay Place1
PEANUTS Road Rally2000 Zamperla Convoy1
Sally's Swing Set2011 Zamperla Happy SwingA kiddie swing.2
Snoopy vs. Red Baron1988 Chance Rides It was originally named Sea Planes.2
Snoopy's Deep Sea Divers Zamperla Crazy Bus2
Snoopy's JunctionDotto TrainsA mini train1
Snoopy's Rocket Express2011 Zamperla Aerial RideA kiddie monorail around Planet Snoopy2
Woodstock Whirlybirds2011 Zamperla Mini Tea CupA kiddie spinning ride2

Route 76

"The Route 76 area takes guests back into amusement park Americana" with the reopening of three classic rides that made their debut in the opening of Valleyfair in 1976. These rides include the Antique Autos, which was formerly deconstructed to make room for the construction of Dinosaurs Alive!, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Scrambler. A new ride titled 'Northern Lights' will be the main attraction of the area, featuring a ride track over 300 feet in length and 42 feet in height. This family-oriented ride reaches speeds upwards of 43 miles per hour and resembles the Aurora Borealis at night with colored lights in shades of greens, blues, and purples. The Route 76 area features a full service catering and picnic area, titled Picnic Point. Route 76 is located in the front of the park near Steel Venom, and opened on May 16, 2014. [11]

Soak City

Soak City is a water park included with the price of admission to Valleyfair. Rides include a lazy river, a wave pool, and water slides. Newly added slides such as "Breakers Plunge" were added as part of the 2015 Waterpark expansion.

Fast Lane

Fast Lane is Valleyfair's virtual queue system. For an additional charge, visitors get a wrist band that enables them to get to the front of the line on the most popular attractions without queuing including attractions like Wild Thing, Renegade, Steel Venom and Xtreme Swing.


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Power Tower, Xtreme Swing, and Corkscrew from Wild Thing

Valleyfair hosts several performance venues with a wide variety of live entertainment at no additional charge.

At the Halloween Haunt, there are special themed shows at PEANUTS Showplace, performing Halloween and spooky-themed songs for the trick-or-treaters on the nearby Trick-or-Treat Trail. Recent past years on the Gazebo there has been a show called Haunted Homecoming. On the walkways, there has been a roaming a cappella group (much like The Acafellas), called The Skele-Tones. At night, there is also Haunt Entertainment, most notably world record holding escape artist, Jonathon Bryce performed his Buried Alive in Full View nightly. Gazebo Stage and PEANUTS Showplace change every season or two, but as of 2018, Sinister Circus, an acrobat circus show, has been located in the Galaxy Theater.

Former rides and attractions

Former Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE

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The Halloween Haunt was a former Halloween event at Valleyfair that was originally known as HalloWeekends, which operated from 1998 to 2000 on weekends in September. The name was changed to Halloween Haunt when the event was brought back six years later in 2006. The Great Pumpkin Fest is a family-friendly Halloween event open during the day, while the park is under normal operation. At night, the Halloween Haunt would take over and featured haunted houses, outdoor mazes, scare zones, and live entertainment. Many rides remained in operation during the event, though some were closed to accommodate the transition. [26] Valleyfair announced that the Halloween Haunt would not return for the 2022 operating season on February 25, 2022. [27]

Former haunted attractions

Abnormal AlleyScare Zone2012-2016Corkscrew alley
Beserkers UnleashedMaze2017-2021Near High Roller
Blood Creek Cemetery (Re-themed to Undertakers Maze in 2018)Scare Zone2006-2017Walkway between The Wave & Monster
Blood on the Boundary WatersScare Zone2019-2021Walkway between Midway Games and Bumper Cars
Camp WekilouMaze2011-2014Site formerly known as Picnic Cove
Carnage at Crimson IsleMaze (Scare Zone in 2006)2006-2012Plaza Patio near Pepsi IMAX Theatre
CarnEvil in 3D (Re-themed to CarnEvil: Ringmaster's Revenge Scare Zone in 2013)Maze2006-2012Midway Games
CarnEvil: Ringmaster's Revenge (Maze until replaced by Zombie High in 2013)Scare Zone2013-2021Planet Snoopy
The Chateau (Formerly Chateau du Damné)Maze2006-2021Behind Mad Mouse
Dark Harvest (Formerly Hellside Farm)Maze2007-2019Site formerly known as Picnic Cove
Darkness AwaitsScare Zone2019-2019Near Renegade
Demon Corps SlidersScare Zone and Roaming2017-2021Park Wide and The Wave
DinoslaughterScare Zone2015-2015Dinosaurs Alive!
Festival of Freaks (Re-themed to Abnormal Alley in 2012)Scare Zone2011-2011Planet Snoopy
Human(e) HabitatMaze2015-2017Site formerly known as Picnic Cove
London TerrorMaze2013-2015Soak City Waterpark
Mangler AsylumMaze2006-2015Bumper Cars
MaSCAREadeScare Zone2018-2021Walkway between The Wave & Monster
Mr. Cleavers BloodshedMaze2008-2021Near Mad Mouse in games warehouse
Trails EndScare Zone2015-2018Near Renegade
UndertakersMaze2018-2021Site formerly known as Picnic Cove
Zombie High (Zombie High: In The Dark in 2018)Maze2013-2021Near Depot Refreshments

Tricks and Treats

Planet Spooky was added to the ValleySCARE lineup in 2011 with the parks addition of Planet Snoopy. However daytime family-friendly activities were present prior to the Planet Spooky name. In 2015 it was renamed to The Great Pumpkin Fest. In 2022, the family-friendly Halloween event was renamed again to "Tricks and Treats".


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