Midwest flooding submerges Valleyfair's Excalibur

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!

The photo can be seen here.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:26 AM
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.

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Randy Hutchinson
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:26 AM

Wow I just asked this question the other day on the forum's now this. By the way thanks neil for all the great info on the prior flooding's.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:37 AM
john peck's avatar 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?)?
*** This post was edited by john peck on 4/18/2001. ***
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:46 AM
LMOA

I know it's a shame that a coaster had to go to such a waste but still think it's hilarious.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:59 AM
How can you possibly find hilarity in such a devastating natural disaster?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 10:34 AM
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.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 10:37 AM
Wow...That sucks.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 11:40 AM
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.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 12:02 PM
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.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 12:15 PM
john peck's avatar Well, Cedar Fair are safe enough that this ride will be properly inspected and refurbished if there is any problem. The wood should hold out pretty well for a while.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 12:37 PM
That really sucks though I think it will be hust fine!!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 12:54 PM
janfrederick's avatar 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.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 1:00 PM
Wow! That's 2 coasters to submerged this year (other is Titan)!!

I never noticed the ride was that short.

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"Maybe I ain't so shy!"
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:07 PM
Randy, don't get your hopes up. This ride is very short, yet when I went there it didn't have a line because it is in the back of the park.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:29 PM
A new log flume! Cool :)
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:48 PM
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.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:06 PM
Wow, Goliath, you're just full of happy thoughts today aren't you! :) LOL!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:19 PM
Are you sure it's the first time it has flooded? I think I remember it being flooded a bit in '97. But I'm probably thinking of High Roller. Why don't they built something to keep the water out?
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:22 PM
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! *** This post was edited by The Shy One on 4/18/2001. ***
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