Valleyfair announces Renegade for 2007

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2006 8:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Valleyfair announces Renegade for 2007, a GCI wooden coaster that features over 3,000 feet of track and a height of 104 feet.

Read more, see video from Valleyfair.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:16 AM
YAY! A new woodie at my home park. The video looks awesome. There don't seem to be any trims (knock on wood). It looks like there will be some good air. Yep, this is all good. The press release says that they will begin construction when they get the permits so that explains the apparent delay. Hopefully it won't take too long. Wow, I am so happy for this ride. I will probably be there every day next year.
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:21 AM
With this addition and Maverick, Italian Job, it seems that parks are beginning to realize that record breakers are not necessarily the way to go. Maybe this is signaling a change in the industry?
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:22 AM
Anyone catch this quote under the Cowboy Slang section:
"For an American Coaster Enthusiast, riding Renegade is like lickin’ butter off a knife (something that’s easy)"

LOL!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:22 AM
It's getting too expensive to break records. Time to focus on quality attractions.
*** This post was edited by Acoustic Viscosity 9/21/2006 9:35:17 AM ***
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:29 AM
I did see the ACE comment, hysterical. Also, did anyone notice the announcement says this is the park's 7th coaster? That means they are not counting Mild Thing, just as they shouldn't. That goes for parks AND enthusiasts.*** This post was edited by RavenTTD 9/21/2006 9:30:47 AM ***
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:30 AM
My first impression of Renegade is that it could seriously challenge Lightning Racer as the "funnest" wooden coaster I've ridden. I've been impressed with every GCII layout but there is something about this one that makes me really want to ride it NOW. Kudos to GCII and Valleyfair on what looks to be a phenomenal coaster.

Please, please, please let this be the start of a trend at Cedar Fair parks! :)

- Aaron K

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:37 AM
A Cedar Fair park is building a WOOD coaster?

I didn't see any pigs fly outside the window this morning. I'm gonna take a look again.

~Rob Willi

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:37 AM
RavenTTD, maybe they forgot about Excalibur just like the GP did. ;)
*** This post was edited by Acoustic Viscosity 9/21/2006 9:46:47 AM ***
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:46 AM
I find it interesting that both of CFs new coasters next year are a western theme. I visited VF for the first time this summer and I don't recall a 'western' themed section of the park. Did I miss that?
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:47 AM
This + Marverick = The 2 best coasters CF has possibly built in thelast 20-25 years.

I've been VERY "blah" about VF before. It's a nice park with some nice rides. (Certainly more enjoyable as a park than most SF parks :) ) Now it's going to be a nice park with some nice rides + 1 killer, world class ride :)*** This post was edited by Peabody 9/21/2006 9:51:20 AM ***

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:02 AM
Nice. Nice. NICE.

Hopefully this helps prove to Cedar Fair that wood coasters DO make a lot of sense when done right!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:03 AM
Looking at the videos, this could quite possibly be GCI's greatest coaster to date.

Great looking layout... more out and back than "twister"... and Mellinium Flyer trains!

My wife and I were just talking about where we might go on next year's vacation... looks like Shakopee Minnesota might be it.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:04 AM
Looks great from the rendering...so glad to see this announcement. I hope more CF parks get GCIs....(hopefully one really close to me) in the near future.

I can't get the videos to load though...it says the trains are Millenium Flyers...24 people per train, 4 people per car? What do these trains look like? I thought LR's MFs were 2 people per car? Are these different from the ones in use at Hershey?

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:05 AM
Let's hold off on proclaiming this "The Greatest Ride Ever" until someone actually rides it.

It doesn't seem to be as much of a twister as some of the other GCI's, so I'll hold off judgement until I actually ride it, although I haven't been on a GCI that I didn't like.

-Tambo

*** This post was edited by tambo 9/21/2006 10:07:10 AM ***

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:00 AM
Well, this is not going to be the greatest ride ever. Even if every element they designed works perfectly it will not be as good as The Voyage. However it still looks very very good. I think it will be second to Thunderhead for GCIIs but it could be better...or worse. The important thing however is that it is already better than all of VF's other coasters. ;)
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:09 AM
IMO, the layout "looks" kinda boring, BUT as long as the forces are there, it should be a great ride. For comparison, I think Thunderhead "looks" wayyy more interesting, BUT my two visits have never delivered anything sooper dooper. I'm hoping GCI is pushing the intensity factor further than they ever have before.
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Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:24 AM
"For an American Coaster Enthusiast, riding Renegade is like lickin’ butter off a knife (something that’s easy)"

or how about like lickin' gravy off the buffet table...

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:40 AM
Well the 1st ever twisting first drop stat is a lie.

Anybody ever have a chance to ride Fiesta Texas Rattler before the butcher job? Now that was a twisting 1st drop.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:50 AM
Hopefully when Cedar Point finally builds that extremely anticipated wood coaster they will go with GCI w/MF trains instead of Intamin and design the GREATEST wood coaster in the world period!!
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