Thursday, August 18, 2016

230 Foot North Star Swing Ride to Open at Valleyfair in 2017

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After announcing that the Enterprise would close before the end of the 2016 season, Valleyfair fans were excited to find out just what would be replacing it.  Today the park revealed that a new 230 foot tall Starflyer ride, named North Star, will be the park's big addition in 2017.

North Star is named both for the park's "affinity to being “up north” and the great outdoors" and is a traditional swing ride that's taken to extreme heights.  At 230 feet tall, the new ride will be the second tallest in the park, only behind the 275 foot tall Power Tower.

Riders will be seated in two person seats as the ride carriage goes up to over 20 stories in the air and moves at 40 miles per hour.  Needless to say the view from the top will be amazing.

“The annual trip to Valleyfair has always been a family tradition in Minnesota,” says Dave Frazier, Vice President and General Manager of Valleyfair. “The addition of North Star certainly adds to the continued commitment to provide lasting family memories for our guests.”

The ride's location just inside the park's entrance will mean it will also serve as nice wayfinder for guests.  It will be the only Starflyer ride in the upper Midwest, according to the park.  Construction will start this month and the ride should be up by the middle of December.