Specific Type: Wild Mouse
Wild Mouse style roller coasters are popular and can be found at many different amusement parks throughout the world. Valleyfair!, located up in Shakopee, Minnesota is home to one, called Mad Mouse. This steel monster is located toward the back of the park and takes up a very small area, as most wild mouse style coasters do due to their tight turns and general layouts. Mad Mouse at Valleyfair! is one of Valleyfair!'s eight total roller coasters.
Mad Mouse has been operating since 1999 up at Valleyfair! and was built by Arrow Dynamics. The compact layout consists of 1,257 feet of twisting and winding red track that goes side to side and up and down, giving riders a little bit of everything in the one minute and thirty second ride duration. This coaster can push through about 1000 riders per hour in its four passenger single car vehicles. Riders are arranged two across in each row and each car has two rows, allowing four total riders to accommodate each car. This is pretty common among typical wild mouse coaster styles. Mad Mouse takes riders up the lift to fifty feet and riders reach a speed of thirty miles an hour throughout the experience.
Riders take a quick ninety degree turn out of the tiny loading station and proceed up the loud, but relatively fast lift hill up to fifty feet. Once at the top, the series of tight ninety degree turns starts immediately, taking riders left, right, left, and right alternating directions. In order for the cars to keep up with speed, the track gradually goes downhill as the turns are taken and directions are switched. A total of seven alternating 180 degrees are taken during this portion of the coaster until a nice steep drop is taken. The seventh and final turn actually widens a bit and gets a bit steeper. It then takes another ninety degree turn to the right, and then the quick drop is experienced. Another quick 180 degree turn to the right leads into another quick drop, leaving riders with no break as the ride never lets up. After the second quick hill, the trains are caught by a small break run, slowing them down for the last portion of the ride. They go around another 180 degree turn to the right, and over a couple of mini bunny hills to finish the ride out. A couple of ninety degree turns follow the couple of dips, and into the final break run the trains go. A last rightward ninety degree turn to the right takes riders back into the station.
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