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10 Best Valleyfair Tips That You Can't Miss | Explained

In this page, we will cover our best Valleyfair tips to ensure that you arrive to the park extremely prepared and know all of the 'hacks' to maximize your time and money.

1. Invest in a Fast Lane Pass

A Valleyfair Fast Lane Pass is an additional cost which allows you to skip the lines for many popular rides (including Delirious, North Star, Wild Thing, Renegade & Steel Venom) at an additional cost. 

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How it works is you'll receive a wristband and then you're able to skip to the front of the line.

If you're visiting the park with a limited amount of time, or just hate waiting in lines in general, it may be a good option to invest in a Fast Lane pass. 

    2. Bring Your Own Water Bottle

    Guests are allowed to bring in their own sealed water bottle into Valleyfair, and luckily for you there are several refill stations located around the park. 

    water bottle

    Purchasing a water bottle at any theme park is typically more pricey, and you will save yourself a lot of money throughout the day just by bringing in your own.

    Each guest is allowed to bring in 1 water bottle, and if you're a family or traveling in a group, there's always someone in the group who easily becomes much more thirsty than everyone else.

    Help them out! Strategically plan on everyone in the group to bring in a water bottle regardless on whether they plan on drinking it or not.

    3. Save Money on Valleyfair Tickets

    Reservations are currently required for Valleyfair admissions.

    When you purchase your tickets with usyou will Save $20 per ticket vs the gate price.


    If you want more information about what Valleyfair offers and what can be included with your admission, visit the Cheap Valleyfair Tickets page.

    4. Pre-Pay For Parking

    Pre-paying for parking at Valleyfair allows you to quickly get into the park.

    When you pre-pay for parking you can just show the park attendant your parking receipt, and they'll seamlessly let you through in seconds.

    Types of Parking at Valleyfair

    There are 2 types of parking options at Valleyfair including:

    1. Single Day/General Parking at a cost of $25
    2. Preferred Parking at a cost yet to be announced, but it is always higher than General Parking

      General Parking will allow you to park in a spot for the day, but the later that you arrive to the park for the day, the further that you will be parked from the entrance.

      Preferred Parking is more expensive, but it allows you to park closer to the entrance of the park, regardless of what hour of the day that you arrive.

      5. Eat a Juicy Lucy Burger

      A Minneapolis tradition that you have to take part in!

      The delicious Juicy Lucy 8 oz burger features cheese inside of the beef and comes with fries and a drink as well.

      juicy lucy burger

      This burger can be found at Northwoods Grill. Along with the Juicy Lucy, they feature other delicious food including Charbroiled turkey legs, pulled pork sandwiches, and brisket sandwiches.

      northwoods grille valleyfair

      6. Ride the Rides First

      Arriving at the park right when it opens, typically around 9:30 am will put you in the best position to barely wait in lines.

      The Valleyfair coasters are extremely popular and due to this, they are something that you'll want to ride and 'knock off' your list early before the park becomes more full.

      Spending the majority of your day actually doing activities instead of waiting in lines will also provide you and your family the best possible experience.

      7. Visit Planet Snoopy

      Traveling with kids? You'll want to stop by Planet Snoopy

      planet snoopy valleyfair

      Planet Snoopy is essentially a mini theme park inside of Valleyfair (and other Cedar Fair parks) that contains family friendly rides and activities.

      In fact, many parents will split up around the park temporarily, one will take the kids to Planet Snoopy, and the other one will go and take advantage of riding rides, and then they will meet back up a little while later.

      At times they even alternate! This isn't limited to just parents however, if you're visiting in large groups, this is a very common tactic to maximize time at the parks and ensure everyone has a great experience.

      8. Know When The Park is Open

      Valleyfair normally opens in May before closing back down in November. You'll want to double check the Valleyfair hours before planning your trip.

      9. Split up the Days

      To get the full day experience and enjoy the water park, you'll want to split the days up into one being at Valleyfair, and the other to spend at Soak City.

      valleyfair soak city

      Why Can't I Do 1 Day?

      Well, you still definitely can.

      However, Valleyfair is a 125 acre park that features over 75 rides and 8 roller coasters. 


      If you've never been to the park before, you can see how it would be difficult to cover the majority of the park while being able to enjoy yourself at the water park as well. 

      To be clear, if you're on a time crunch and can only visit the park in 1 day, you can still definitely have a great experience and cover most of what the park and Soak City has to offer.

      If you have been to the park, then you can ignore this tip!

      10. Take an Old Fashioned Picture

      The Olde Time Photoshop lets visitors take a black and white photograph for a perfect souvenir. They also provide guests with wild west props and clothing for a maximum authentic feel.

      olde time photoshop

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