Wild Thing (Valleyfair)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Wild Thing
Location Shakopee, Minnesota, USA
Coordinates 44°47′55″N 93°27′32″W / 44.798578°N 93.458761°W / 44.798578; -93.458761
Status Operating since May 11, 1996
Cost $10,000,000 USD
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Manufacturer Morgan
Designer / calculations Steve Okamoto
Type Steel - Hyper
Track layout Out and Back
Riders per train 36
Hourly capacity 1700
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 207 feet
Drop 196 feet
Top speed 74 mph
Length 5460 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 60°
Duration 3:00
G-Force 4.1

Wild Thing is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota, USA. It was the first coaster built by Morgan, opening on May 11, 1996. The ride's success led to the opening of Steel Force at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania the following year and Mamba at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998.


Wild Thing opened on May 11, 1996.[1]



The ride has an out and back layout with a large turnaround.

Color scheme

Light green track and dark green supports.


3 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 36 riders per train.


Eighteen riders were injured on Sunday, May 21, 2006 when the final car separated from the rest of the train and came to a halt partially tipped over.[2] The subsequent investigation was unable to determine the cause of the incident, and Wild Thing reopened on June 1.[3]



  1. "We scream for yogurt". Star Tribune. April 14, 1996. p. 62. Retrieved October 16, 2023.
  2. "Valleyfair Roller Coaster Car Separates Injuring Riders". Ultimate Rollercoaster.
  3. "Valleyfair". Screamscape. {{cite web}}: Unknown parameter |archive= ignored (help)

External links

Articles on Valleyfair