Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:13 AM | Contributed by Neil
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports today on the rising waters of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. This article features an aerial photo of the partially submerged Excalibur coaster at Valleyfair!
Dang it, living in a river city just 2 hours south of Valleyfair I've seen my fair share of flooded plains, but this is too much. I'm planning on going to Valleyfair! on May 12th and I hope that Excalibur is up and running as it features great pacing, and is just an all around great ride.
------------- Randy Hutchinson You build it, I'll ride it...eventually
The have a different photo of this in the Columbus Dispatch today. It looks like the water is going down already. I am sure the park has had to deal with this before. So, whats next to the coaster..on its right, (or our left if looking at the photo..a campground, what?)?
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I live in North Carolina and i was watching the News about a day or so ago and they had a whole story about this and the weather. It was pretty cool but a bummer for the coaster and Valleyfair. Hope everything will turn out to be okay.
Is that one of those new "liquid coasters" they have been talking about?? LOL!! It is a bummer, but what else can you do but chuckle?!?! Mother Nature is a powerful thing. I'm sure it will be back and running soon as long as the electrical system wasn't damaged.
There's actually nothing near Excalibur. The closest ride is Thunder Canyon (their River Rapids ride) and that's at a higher elevation than Excalibur so I doubt it's flooded (though it wouldn't hurt anything). There's a waterpark on the other side of the coaster (which you can see in the top of the photo), but that, too, is at a higher elevation. I believe this is the first time Excalibur has flooded, but the High Roller (which actually runs alongside the river) has in the past.
It's a sad thing, you yo0u have to admit the the pictures looked neat. One of the things I like most about coasters is their structure and how they integrate with the landscape. I guess this time, the land--er uh--waterscape integrated with the coaster.
I'm sure they have a good plan to deal with this calamity and restore the ride.
Now I realy wish I could ride that. That would be so fun. Only problem is that it would loose a lot of speed because of the water and probly wouldn't make the first turn and you would roll back into the water and drown.
------------- "It's DeJa Vu all over again at The Mountain"
The second turn (I believe) would be cool! It's completely underwater so if we didn't drown on the first drop we would definitely drown in that curve!
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