Saturday, August 12, 2017

Taking a Guess at Valleyfair's Looping Addition for 2018 Season

It seems that not only the four Cedar Fair parks that are adding coasters will be announcing additions this Wednesday, but all of them.  Valleyfair tweeted today that in four days we will find out their 2018 addition that will "turn things upside down."  The tweet, seen above, also featured a bit of what looks like blueprints for the addition.

It's hard to make heads or tails of what's going on in the image, with the top portion perhaps being the queue or some adjacent structure.  The bottom is even more vague without more context.  However...

© Larson International Inc.
I was browsing rides that seem possible and came across this schematic of a Larson Giant Loop, an attraction that most certainly turns things upside down.  A recent popular instillation at many Six Flags parks, the Giant Loops pack a thrilling punch in a small space.  Looking closer at the diagram revealed an interesting similarity to Valleyfair's image.

If you look closely at the supports for the base of the Giant Loop, it looks pretty similar to the shapes on the right of Valleyfair's image.  Here, allow me to rotate Larson's schematic for a comparison.
There.  Looks pretty close, eh?  Now this could be a coincidence, you just never know.  If it does turn out to be a Giant Loop then the park will have a nice thrill ride to advertise for the 2018 season, when many expected a water park expansion to materialize.  That might still be a couple years off, however, and one of Cedar Fair's recent conference calls seems to hint that Valleyfair's big expansion was pushed back a few years while they study the park's market a bit more.

Either way we will find out on Wednesday!