I was talking to a lady who is not an enthusiast, but she is a native Minnesotan and a reasonably intelligent person, and she insisted that High Roller was moved to VF from a local fair or park in the area. I don't recall what place she said it was at before, but she claims to have ridden it in its previous location. Does anyone know about this? All the info I can find seems to indicate it was built new at VF.
High Roller was not moved from Excelsior and is not close to the Cyclone in any way. I had a very old pic of the Cyclone and its layout somewhat reminded me of Big Dipper at GL. The only ride that came over from Excelsior to VF was the carousel.
I've heard that rumor many times, I think people mistake it for another ride in the area that inspired the design. Not sure what coaster that was but I imagine it closed around the same time that High Roller opened, hence the confusion.
CoasterTim said: High Roller was not moved from Excelsior and is not close to the Cyclone in any way.
Uh, yes it was.
-The were both L-shaped out and back wooden coasters -They were both white, and similar in size and height -They both started with a drop, large hill and curving second drop, large flat 180, and a series of bunny hops back to the station
In fact, the only differences between the two are: -The Excelsior ride made a 90* turn at the top of the lift while the VF ride makes a 90* turn before the lift -The Excelsior ride ended with a helix while the VF ride ends with a 180* turn
The fact that the rides were so similar, that Excelsior Park closed just three years before VF opened, and the fact that VF has the Excelsior Carousel are all reasons why this is a common misconception.
-Nate *** Edited 2/11/2005 6:37:16 PM UTC by coasterdude318***
VF is my home park and I talk about it. HR is somewhat okay but not that great...especially when the trims are on which is almost all the time. If VF ran Wild Thing without the midcourse breaks all the time like they did at Coaster Craze, you would hear a lot more about the park because WT would be one of the best steel coasters anywhere. But they don't.