It's Valleyfair's opening day (and they've got a brand new beer, plus a new ride)


It was in the 40s, gray, and rainy in the Twin Cities this morning, a fitting Friday the 13th in some ways.

It's not as fitting though for an annual sign of the coming warm weather: the opening day of Valleyfair.

It's the 40th anniversary of the Shakopee amusement park, which comes with a few new attractions for this season. That includes the reintroduction of Flying Eagles, a ride originally included at Valleyfair when it first opened in 1976.

The planes on the ride glide 28 feet above the ground and each rider is able to uniquely control their own flight experience.

There's also an exclusive beer

Also new this year: The High Roller Extra Park Ale by Badger Hill Brewing, which is just across the road from Valleyfair.

The brew was created specifically and exclusively for Valleyfair's 40th anniversary, according to an announcement. It'll be available on tap all summer.

Fun fact, the handles for the tap are actually made using reclaimed wood from the actual High Roller coaster. That was one of the park's original rides – a white, wooden coaster that peaks at 70 feet high and 40 mph.

What's the beer taste like?

"High Roller Extra Park Ale is modeled after an EPA style beer. It is malt-forward, easy drinking and perfect for a day at the park. At 5.2% ABV and 43 IBUs it is approachable and just what Valleyfair was looking for."

Other new attractions

The outdoor amphitheater will have a complete renovation for a brand new extreme sports show, and that's set to debut in June.

And All Wheels Extreme was a finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent," and features professional inline skaters, skateboarders and BMX bicycle performances, as well as dancers, trampoline artists and aerialists.

The Scott County Historical Society has also opened an exhibit celebrating 40 years of Valleyfair, starting with the very first roller coaster, the High Roller.

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