Finally the blanket of snow has disappeared, and under a sunny blue sky Valleyfair has started to make some major progress on their new Route 76 themed area. The area's largest new attraction is seen above, named Northern Lights. The ride is a Disk'O Coaster from Zamperla, and while some may consider it just a flat ride the park is advertising it as a family roller coaster. I'll stay out of that debate!
Northern Lights utilizes a spinning platform with riders facing outward on motorcycle styled seats. As the ride gets moving the entire platform travels along the 300 feet of track, up to a height of 42 feet above the ground below. The ride will feature colors that are designed to be reminiscent of those seen in the sky at night, hence the name Northern Lights.
Route 76 will also see the return of the Antique Autos, the "service station' for which can be seen above. The autos' path will meander around the area, and head under the Wild Thing roller coaster as well. Two classic flat rides, the Scrambler and Tilt-a-Whirl will also be moved into the new area after being totally refurbished.
Stay tuned for more updates on Route 76 - with how great Cedar Fair's recent "placemaking" projects have turned out I have high hopes for this one.
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