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One Valleyfair Drive
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: 1-800-FUN-RIde

Official Web Site: Click Here

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Owner/Operator: Cedar Fair, L.P.

Valleyfair and Cedar Fair, L.P. News

May 16, 2011

Snoopy Lands at Valleyfair

Earlier today, Snoopy arrived at his new home in grand style -- by helicopter. The Minnesota-born beagle flew in to unveil Valleyfair Amusement Park's newest attraction, Planet Snoopy. The $9 million, 3.5 acre Planet Snoopy features over 20 PEANUTS-themed... Read More »

May 11, 2011

Valleyfair to debut Planet Snoopy on Saturday

Valleyfair will debut a new attraction, Planet Snoopy, when the Shakopee amusement park opens for the season Saturday. The $9 million attraction features Charlie Brown, Snoopy and other “Peanuts” characters created by Minnesota native Charles Schulz. ... Read More »

February 16, 2011

Cedar Fair drew record number of visitors in 2010

America's third-largest amusement park chain hit an all-time high in attendance in 2010 despite the tough economy and a shakeup in its front office. Ohio-based Cedar Fair drew 22.8 million people to its parks, the company said Tuesday. Better weathe... Read More »

February 16, 2011

Theme Parks Keep Rolling

Cedar Fair may have a love-hate relationship with its investors, but it must've left its thrill-seeking owners smiling with yesterday's fourth-quarter report. The regional amusement park operator posted a better-than-expected 23% spike in revenue to $1... Read More »

January 09, 2008

Cedar Fair Entertains More Than 22 Million Guests in 2007

Cedar Fair today announced that combined attendance in 2007 at its eighteen locations totaled 22.1 million guests compared with 19.3 million in 2006. During this same period, preliminary average in-park guest per capita spending increased 5% to $40.45 com... Read More »

September 10, 2007


Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, has, for the tenth straight year, earned the title of "Best Amusement Park in the World" for its flagship park, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, acc... Read More »

September 07, 2007

Valleyfair expects ride to be open Saturday

Valleyfair officials said today that media reports regarding a fire Wednesday morning at the Shakopee amusement park were erroneous and that they expect the Xtreme Swing ride to be open Saturday.... Read More »

July 30, 2007

Cedar Fair Comments on Reports of Sale to Destiny Capital

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today commented on recent reports of a potential sale to Destiny Capital. "We have received numerous inquiries and questions regarding stories t... Read More »

July 23, 2007

Cedar Fair Declares Second Quarter Cash Distribution

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , publicly traded leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced the declaration of a regular quarterly cash distribution of 47.5 cents per limited-partner unit, consistent with t... Read More »

July 17, 2007

Great America owner implements life jacket rule at all parks

The parent company of an amusement park where a 4-year-old boy drowned last week said it is requiring children under 48 inches tall to wear life jackets in all company-owned pools. The new rule implemented Monday applies to pools at the 18 parks owned by... Read More »

July 09, 2007

Cedar Fair Seeks Buyout That Would Keep Bosses

Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the nation's third-largest theme-park operator, has quietly reached out to private equity firms to gauge their interest in a buyout on the condition that the company's management team remains in place,... Read More »

July 05, 2007

Cedar Fair Reports Attendance and Revenues Through June

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that combined 2007 revenues at its parks through July 1, 2007 were $355.3 million, on 7.8 million guest visits and average in-pa... Read More »

June 23, 2007

Valleyfair temporarily closes Power Tower ride after Ky. accident

The Power Tower ride will be open again today as usual at Valleyfair. Valleyfair temporarily shut down the ride yesterday as a precaution the day after a girl's feet were severed on a similar ride at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.... Read More »

June 22, 2007

Va. Theme Park Among Those Closing Ride for Inspection

Drop tower rides at five amusement parks owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company -- including a park in Virginia -- have been closed for inspection after an accident on a similar ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom severed a teenage girl's feet above the... Read More »

June 04, 2007

Early-season results flat for Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the parent of Kings Island amusement park in Mason, reported revenues on a same-park basis were relatively unchanged for the first five months of its 2007 season.... Read More »

June 01, 2007

Cedar Fair Reports Early-Season Attendance and Revenues

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that combined 2007 revenues at its parks through the Memorial Day weekend were $147.2 million, on 3.0 million guest visits and a... Read More »

April 23, 2007

Cedar Fair Declares First Quarter Cash Distribution

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), publicly traded leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced the declaration of a regular quarterly cash distribution of 47.5 cents per limited-partner unit, consis... Read More »

February 08, 2007

Cedar Fair Reports Results for 2006 and Outlook for 2007 - Yahoo! News (press release)
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a leader in regional amusement resorts, water parks and active entertainment, today announced results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006. The 2006 figures include the results of the Paramount Parks since their acquisition from CBS Corporation on June 30, 2006.

September 21, 2006

Coming to a Valleyfair near you: A new wood coaster - Shakopee Valley News
Roller-coaster enthusiasts will have an extra bounce in their steps these days. Valleyfair has announced it will build a $6.5 million wooden roller-coaster for the 2007 season. It will be the Shakopee amusement park’s seventh roller-coaster and the first made of wood since the High Roller, the park’s first and only when the park opened in 1976. The ride, called “Renegade,” was designed by Great Coasters International Inc. of Sunbury, Pa. It is described as a “world class” roller coaster that “combines the best features of out-and-back and twister coasters.” “There won’t be a dull moment on this ride," said Alan Schwartz, Valleyfair’s vice president and general manager. “This will be a lively, smooth ride and an exciting addition to our collection of roller coasters.” Renegade will be a two-minute ride with a twisting first drop, a near-ground high-speed S-turn and a high-speed station fly-by. The ride will reach a top speed of 52 mph. The coaster, which will be 3,113 feet long, will stand 104 feet high and riders will experience a drop of 91 feet.

September 11, 2006

Cedar Fair drops earnings projection
Cedar Fair LP of Sandusky is lowering its 2006 earnings guidance due to falling attendance at its amusement parks. The company said it now expects to post full-year revenue of $815 million to $835 million and full-year adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $285 million to $305 million, according to a company statement. The statement did not list its previous earnings guidance, and a message left at Cedar Fair on Friday afternoon was not immediately returned.

June 14, 2006

Cedar Fair must decide on headquarters site
Come September, Cedar Fair LP will have a big decision: whether to operate from Sandusky, as it has since 1870, or move to Charlotte, N.C. In buying Paramount Parks Inc. last month for $1.24 billion, the Sandusky amusement park operator acquired a floor of leased space in a modern office park building in Charlotte that is Paramount's headquarters. When the deal was announced, Cedar Fair Chairman and Chief Executive Richard Kinzel, a Toledo native, was asked about the Charlotte site's fate. He was evasive.

June 02, 2006

Cedar Fair, L.P. Reports early-season attendance and revenues
Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates seven amusement parks and five water parks, today reported that combined revenues at its parks through the first five months of the year were unchanged from last year. This was the result of a 2%, or $1.1 million, increase in in-park revenues, offset by a 5%, or $1.2 million, decrease in out-of-park revenues, including resort hotels.

May 30, 2006

Full speed ahead - With Paramount Parks on board, Cedar Fair increases presence in amusement park market
Dick Kinzel sounded like a kid clutching a long-coveted birthday gift when he spoke about Cedar Fair’s decision last week to buy Paramount Parks for $1.24 billion in cash. “We put everything on the back burner,” the Cedar Fair CEO said of the weeks leading up to the announcement of the deal. “We’ve always sort of wanted them. Sometimes you have to go off your plan a little bit and adjust.”

May 26, 2006

Equipment Blamed for Minn. Park Accident - Guardian Unlimited
A failed mounting bracket caused last weekend's roller coaster accident at Valleyfair that injured 18 people, the amusement park said Thursday. The accident on the Wild Thing roller coaster happened when its train was braking as it approached the exit station Sunday afternoon. Inspectors determined that the mounting bracket in the area right before the train enters the station failed, damaging the rear axle on the fifth car.

May 25, 2006

Roller Coaster Accident Injures 18 at Minnesota Amusement Park - FOX News
The rear car of an amusement park roller coaster separated from the others and tipped over Sunday, and officials said 18 people suffered minor injuries. The roller coaster at Valleyfair amusement park was close to pulling into the station when the rear car separated, tipped and came to rest on its side on a platform.

May 23, 2006

Shareholders angry over switch in amusement park twofer deal - The State
Cedar Fair shareholders say they're angry over a switch in a popular perk. Shareholders used to get buy-one-get-one-free passes for the Sandusky company's flagship park, Cedar Point. This year the twofer deal is for the new Castaway Bay indoor water park. The new perk is actually worth more because it includes overnight resort lodging.

February 15, 2006

Cedar Fair reports increased income, guest spending
By Robert Niles: Year-end financial results are in for the parent of Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm.

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