Stop — In the name of anything better than IMAX.
In case you have been hiding under a rock, behind a couch, or next to a small creature, you may have missed our Twitter Account, where we broke the heart-wrenching news that yes . . . The IMAX Theater will meet its demise at the end of the 2013 season.
We spotted a few spray-paint markings around it last weekend, orange construction fences appeared this weekend, and we’re sincerely hoping it will have been imploded and/or burnt to the ground by next weekend. The trees around the premises are in “every man for themselves” mode, signifying an interesting, almost naturally conservative method of deconstruction that most Cedar Fair parks haven’t utilized in the past. BUT — We aren’t here to banter about when or how it’s getting demolished, we’re just glad it’ll be gone.
The IMAX Theater was built in 1982, and if we’re being honest, we aren’t entirely sure if it received any major renovations since ’82. We’ve seem some great shows in the IMAX over the course of the park’s history such as . . . (Well, we can’t remember the exact names, but we can sort-of describe them: Cute Monkeys with bad british accent, surfers who never find the big wave, scary jungles, mountains and stuff, MORGAN H. FREEMAN. Good enough? Great.)
Now for the exciting speculation that leads to inconclusive evidence about absolutely nothing, but will probably happen anyway. (Oh Boy)
Ever since the previous General Manager of Valleyfair left, it has been speculated that the IMAX would be removed for the eventual expansion of Soak City? Why? Because IMAX sits on a freaking large plot of land and has been the biggest inconvenience to Valleyfair since the Rock Band Live folks came — though this, we would argue, precedes that even.
Oh no . . . Please no.
IMAX is [soon to be was] located directly next to Soak City waterpark, which is just a wee-bit landlocked to say the least. The land that it sits on could easily fit the essential components to having the best waterpark in the great state of Minnesota. With that said, one may ask, “Well aren’t they already adding Route 76? Are they going to add onto Soak City in addition to that?” We aren’t entirely sure, but we do know that it has been “on schedule” per-say, that Soak City will be expanded and receive it’s unofficial Phase 2 (with Phase 1 having been Breakers Bay and the like).
Over the past three to four years, we’ve also heard with solid consistency that the land Hydroblaster, Subway, and the Dining Patio all sit on has its days numbered as well. So, we can begun to draw conclusions from not only IMAX’s removal, but those potential rumors as well:
- If we see a waterpark expansion of any sort for 2014, we can guess that we wouldn’t see another expansion in Soak City until at least 2016, or even 2017.
- If we don’t see an expansion in the waterpark for 2014 (large grassy knoll to replace IMAX anyone?), we may possibly see the extinction of HydroBlaster/Dining Patio towards the end of the 2014 season; This would make way for a very large Soak City expansion in 2015.
- They’re preserving trees — So Valleyfair likes trees. We like trees, so we like Valleyfair. *Applause*
So — With all of that said, it will be an interesting couple of months ahead of us as we see what replaces the infamous IMAX Theater. Regardless of what happens, who’s up for seeing the biggest and best waterpark in Minnesota in only a few short years? #WeAre