Excalibur (Valleyfair)

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Excalibur backside.jpg
View from top of lift hill
Coordinates44°47′58.28″N 93°27′43.19″W / 44.7995222°N 93.4619972°W / 44.7995222; -93.4619972Coordinates: 44°47′58.28″N 93°27′43.19″W / 44.7995222°N 93.4619972°W / 44.7995222; -93.4619972
Opening date1989
Cost$3,000,000 USD
General statistics
ManufacturerArrow Dynamics
ModelSpecial Coaster Systems
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height100 ft (30 m)
Drop105 ft (32 m)
Length2,415 ft (736 m)
Speed54.5 mph (87.7 km/h)
Max vertical angle60°
Capacity1200 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
TrainsSingle train with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.
Excalibur at RCDB
Pictures of Excalibur at RCDB

Excalibur is a steel roller coaster with a wooden structure located at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota. It was built in 1989 by Arrow Dynamics,[1] for the cost of $3,000,000.[2] The ride is 105 feet (32 m) tall with a top speed of 54.5 mph (87.7 km/h) and has a minimum height requirement of 48 inches.[3] It follows a customized figure-eight track layout and is rather short for a major roller coaster, with a total ride duration of two minutes and thirteen seconds.[4] Most likely due to its location at the very western edge of the park and the more recently built roller coasters such as Wild Thing, Steel Venom and Renegade, Excalibur typically has a very short wait time.

A few years after the ride was built, trim brakes were added at the top of the first hill. The bottom and first half of the turn were re-profiled in an attempt to reduce roughness. The photo spot and the "Excalibur Photos" booth were also removed. The photo booth was replaced with a Refreshment stand, which has also been removed.

Potential closure[edit]

Valleyfair has applied for a permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers that includes the removal of Excalibur to be replaced by a road and parking lot.

"APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO discharge dredged and fill material into 4.52 acres of wetland for the purpose of constructing a new road around the park for employee access and for the construction of a new parking lot. The Valleyfair expansion project includes a proposed road relocation that will be used by park guests and primarily park employees to access nonpublic areas of the park and two parking areas, one for guests and one for staff."[5]


  1. ^ "Roller Coaster Database".
  2. ^ "Valleyfair History".
  3. ^ "Valleyfair-Excalibur". Archived from the original on 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2011-11-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Valleyfair-Excalibur". Archived from the original on 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2011-11-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice" (PDF).

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