I'm curious about how far the mall of America is from Valleyfair. Aren't they both located near Minneapolis? I would think that both parks would be fun, and, with the new sponge bob coaster looking pretty cool at the Mall. I thought it would be a nice trip. But, I would have to talk them into it.
They are more likely to want to go to the Dells, to Mt. olympus like they did last year. I like coasters and stuff, but there doesn't seem to be much of any else to do there, other then the water parks. And, from what I have seen...it's not very cheap.
I am a sucker for flat rides. Go karts aren't my thing. But the carts at olympus look pretty cool.
We are just thinking about it though.
Thanks for any info you can give.
The Avatar Airbender and Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge are 2 types of coasters that you don't find in too many places. GO GO GO! *** Edited 6/21/2008 2:19:07 PM UTC by ChicagoCoasterCub***
With the new coasters it would probably take a bit longer, I did this is 2006.
I went to Valleyfair for the first time last weekend. It's a great park; you can see it's becoming "cedar fair-ized" slowly but surely. High Roller would be a dynamite woodie, but the 2 sets of trims (especially the first one at the end of the first turn around) really kill the ride. That aside, its very nice (shocking actually) to see a woodie w/o all the 'makeover' items that big park woodies usually get (seat dividers, etc.) It's very well maintained and the trains are beautiful (odd fronts) and comfy.
Excalibur was a big suprise to me. VERY short, but really unique and packs a big punch. Renegade is pretty standard GCI fare - fast and wild but just doesn't have the punch of a GG coaster (the peeps eat it up, so it's a great thing.)
You will love the Dells/Mt. Olympus. Cyclops is a top 10 for me. Operations/employees aside, it's a great place to spend the day. *** Edited 6/21/2008 8:14:34 PM UTC by MNRCoaster***
That would be worth a trip to Minnesota all on its own...of course, I still have yet to ride a Eurofighter (an Eurofighter?)...
Sponge Bob blew me away. It is so much fun. The fact that you are so close to the roof of the mall just adds to the thrills of this thing. The first time I rode it, I just laughed the entire way -- it was great fun.
Avatar is a lot of fun too, but if you do not have the weight on your pod distributed correctly, you will not spin that much and that can take away from the ride. However, once again, getting that close to the roof is unnerving and a lot of fun at the same time.
If only *someone* could predict when trimless rides on HR might be available...
The return run on HR is insane without the trims...from what I remember growing up going there. I just breaks my heart to watch it limp in going past the station.
HR is not in this year's ERT line up for Coaster Craze. Too bad we couldn't talk them into turning off the trims for that.
T-R, It's worth the trip to do both parks. Take a full day for each place because you will obviusly do more than the rides at MOA.
*** Edited 6/23/2008 1:44:07 PM UTC by WildThingNative***
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