It was love at first drop for newlyweds Andrew and Ravyn Benson when they had their first date at Valleyfair during the fall of 2015. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago on National Roller Coaster Day when the couple made it official on a coaster that helped blossom their love story – Renegade from Valleyfair. Yes, you read the correctly – the Bensons tied the knot on National Roller Coaster Day (August 16) at the place where their love for each other and coasters began, one of our sister parks, Valleyfair.
The ceremony was non-traditional to say the least, as the couple from Minneapolis, Minnesota exchanged vows on the station platform of Renegade. One of their favorite coasters to ride together, this was the spot where over 70 guests gathered to watch the Bensons become one. Complete with a catered lunch at the park and lots of coaster rides after the ceremony, the couple then took off on their next adventure – the most thrilling honeymoon of all time! With a lot of planning involved, the couple started their new lives together by vowing to visit 22 total theme parks along the eastern half of the United States in just 17 days.
The idea for a coaster-themed honeymoon was thoroughly thought out and planned, but getting married on National Roller Coaster Day was actually pure coincidence. “[Getting married on] National Roller Coaster Day was total luck. We were trying to figure out a date and we initially thought of October; we liked the idea of having it on our original anniversary,” said Andrew Benson. “But it’s harder to make everything work with kids in school. So we eventually said okay, let’s do it before school starts in August. We picked a random weekend and then realized after we were planning that it was National Roller Coaster Day.”
On Friday, August 30, the Bensons made a stop at Kings Dominion, their first time ever at our park! When asked what they were most looking forward to most on the day, they both immediately mentioned Intimidator 305, along with Twisted Timbers.
We are honored to be part of this AMAZING honeymoon adventure and wish the Bensons many years of the good kinds of twists and turns! Although their trip came to a close on Labor Day, you can recap their honeymoon theme park adventures on their Instagram account, specially made for the occasion, @mncoastercouple.