City Pages: There seems to be a new wooden roller coaster trend in amusement parks. Why is that?
Jan Guthridge: Wood coasters have unique characteristics over steel coasters. With steel coasters you have a much smoother ride, whereas on a wood coaster you feel more of the ride. The superstructure of a wood coaster makes it look very impressive. At the same time, it's nostalgic. The first roller coasters were made of wood.
CP: How does Renegade stack up against other famous wooden roller coasters, like the Cyclone or Texas Giant?
JG: It's yet to be determined since we haven't ridden it yet. We anticipate it'll be a very challenging ride with different sensations—speed, curves, and airtime. Renegade boasts a never-before-experienced twisting first drop. We actually have a coaster club coming in June all the way from Great Britain to ride it.
CP: My girlfriend is scared of steel roller coasters. Will she be scared of Renegade, too?
Valley Fair opens its 2007 season this Saturday with the unveiling of Renegade. Admission to the park is $35.95 for adults; $11.95 for kids shorter than 48 inches. 10:00 a.m. 1 Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee; 800.386.7433.