Delirious ride at Valleyfair

Shakopee’s Valleyfair amusement park.

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Delirious ride at Valleyfair

After a rollercoaster year of shuttered gates, Valleyfair in Shakopee will open to the public May 22, and Soak City Waterpark will open May 29.

The amusement park will still be operating under COVID-19 safety protocols, which means things will look a different than they have in the past.

Here are the details:

  • The park’s hours of operation will look different from years past. Valleyfair will be closed most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It will be open most Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., though hours on certain dates may differ. Guests can check the park’s hours on specific dates at
  • Guests will need to make reservations this year as a way for the park to maintain a controlled capacity.
  • A face covering will be required on all rides and attractions except for water attractions. “I can assure you from experience that it does not hinder the experience and masks do stay on, even while riding a roller coaster,” Valleyfair spokesperson Kelsey Megard said.
  • Wait lines for open rides and attractions will be marked for social distancing. Seats, restraints, headrests, and armrests will be sanitized frequently.
  • The park encourages guests to download its mobile app, which allows guests to store tickets or season passes virtually. The app also includes ride wait times, show times and an interactive map.
  • Guests who purchased season passes for the 2020 season will be able to use their passes for the 2021 season. However, due to the park’s restricted calendar hours, the park responded to complaints on its Facebook page from guests who wanted refunds for their season passes. The park stated it would add a $35 “loyalty reward” to all 2020 season pass holders who chose to keep their passes. If guests are still interested in a refund, they can fill out a form online at
  • The park’s Grand Carnivale, which it postponed last year and called the event the park’s “largest ever event,” has been scheduled every day from July 24 through Aug. 8. The park’s hours for that week will differ from the rest of the season. It will include a parade and a street party with food, drinks and music from around the world.

According to a recent release, Valleyfair is “actively working with health experts and government officials to maintain the highest safety standards for guests and associates.”

“Guests are encouraged to go to for the latest updates on requirements, policies, and safety protocols for the 2021 season, as these guidelines may be revised prior to opening day,” the release stated.

Maddie DeBilzan graduated with a journalism degree from Bethel University. She’s interned at Salon Media and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Outside of work, she sifts through Goodwill clothing racks, listens to Ben Rector's music and goes on long runs.