- Excalibur (roller coaster)
Infobox roller coaster
caption=Back side of Excalibur
model=Special Coaster Systems
Excalibur is a hybrid wood and
steel roller coasterlocated at Valleyfairin Shakopee, Minnesota. It was buit in 1989 by Arrow Dynamics. The ride is 105 feet (32 m) tall with a top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h). Excalibur is only one of a few coasters in the world that has a steel track with a wood frame. Two others, Gemini and Cedar Creek Mine Ride, are located at sister park Cedar Pointin Sandusky, Ohio. Excalibur's dips and curves are generally considered the most stomach-churning of any roller coaster located at ValleyfairFact|date=September 2007. It follows a customized figure-eight track layout and is rather short for a major roller coaster. Excalibur is no longer as popular as it used to be, and lines are rarely long; many people just walk right on.
A few years after the ride was built, trim brakes were added at the top of the first hill. The bottom and first half of the turn were re-profiled in an attempt to reduce roughness. The photo spot and the "Excalibur Photos" booth were also removed. The photo booth was replaced with a Refreshment stand.
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