Monday, October 10, 2016

Valleyfair's North Star Begins Ascent Toward the Sky

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Valleyfair's 2017 addition is making quick progress - considering there are still a few weeks left in the 2016 season.  But considering the cold winter that will arrive sooner than later in Minnesota, I can't blame the park for wanting to get as much done as they can while the weather is nice!

North Star will be a 230 foot tall StarFlyer tower ride when complete, and as seen in the new photo above, the red base of the ride is now in place.  Understandably a big part of constructing a ride like a StarFlyer is completing the massive concrete footing to support the ride.  After that is complete vertical construction can proceed.  This is also the first time that I've seen Valleyfair use the ride's new logo - looks good!

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Plenty of pieces of North Star's tower are already on site, and when complete a very patriotic color scheme will be revealed.  The park's General Manager also tweeted today that there will be two more truck shipments of parts and then the whole structure will be at the park.  Crews will begin to assemble the individual tower pieces on the ground, then install them after.

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Fans of the park can keep up with North Star's progress via a live webcam direct from the park.  Construction should be interesting - and quick - once those tower pieces go up!