Better or Worse? Michigan's Adventure under Cedar

Monday, May 7, 2001 6:54 AM
Will Michigan's Adventure truly be better off under CF's control. Sure, CF has the money to expand the park and its rides, but it kills the "Mom and Pop" feel of the park. Plus, the admission fee is likely to rise steeply. At $20.00 now you can do both the amusement park and water park. Can't beat the price and get to ride Shivering Timbers (the best wooden coaster in the U.S. as far as I'm concerned). What do you think? Better off or worse off in the end?
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Monday, May 7, 2001 7:18 AM
I don't think there is going to be any drastic changes this year. It's too late to attempt any policy and or operating changes. Next year will be a different story. I imagine key personel will be replaced with staff from other CF properties.Then the changes will commence.
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Monday, May 7, 2001 7:27 AM
It's great I think this is the best news item ever. I couldn't be more thrilled. Unlike other markets the Mi/Ohio market is highly competitve so we will see some incredible opportunities in the near future.CF is still small compared to other companies. It's not growing too fast. So the attention to each park will be great.
I can't wait.
So maybe my 4D dream will come true. MA added an Arrow MM in 99. So with that relationship and now the finacial backing of CF; it could happen.
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Monday, May 7, 2001 8:11 AM
Dutchman you are right........no changes this year, but next year will be another thing. While Coaster Bob sees it as nothing but positive, I am not as optomistic as him. I think CF will raise prices prior to making any changes to the park.
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Monday, May 7, 2001 8:27 AM
I think it's great alos. MA could use some big changes which FUN obviously has the funds to do. Even if all we get is minor attention such as Wof and VF, it's still better than what's happening there now.
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Monday, May 7, 2001 9:27 AM
I think that this will be a good thing. I can't wait till MA has a good amount of rides. Maybe MA will get a giga or a 4D Arrow, or B&M rollercoaster anykind cause all B&M are good, well i only live an hour and half or so from there
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Monday, May 7, 2001 9:51 AM
Maybe a Giga or a 4d? Are you out of your mind? That is a huge investment! Look at MA's position. I think Knott's has a little more competition than MA! I don't even see a Giga or a 4d going up there. MA is not going to be very high under the priority list at CF. CF didn't buy much this year. I believe that other parks are more important to CF than MA. Also, that press release didn't say much. Of course I would love to see a 4D or a giga go up at my home state. I just don't see it logically happening anytime soon.

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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:58 AM
The Muskegon Chronicle interview with the (soon to be former) owner of Michigan's Adventure does quote the man as saying CF will put in his planned steel coaster for 2002. I'm more interested in the little things: will MA get a Red Garter Saloon? Camp Snoopy? Joe Cool Club? an attractive logo?

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Monday, May 7, 2001 11:08 AM
Cedar Fair should have bought something down south. To compete with IOA, BGT, and SFoG

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Monday, May 7, 2001 1:17 PM
I can already see Cedar Fair industrializing the park with the newest rides, transforming it from the small, quaint little family park it is now into a overcrowded park that's not meant to have THAT many people... Ahem SFO...

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Monday, May 7, 2001 2:22 PM
They will most likely get the CF regulars(hyper s&s tower, etc. etc but as for your water park it will most likely go to hell like Oceans Of Fun here in KC!
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Monday, May 7, 2001 2:22 PM
A lot of you are forgetting that this IS Cedar Fair. Not Six Flags. Or even Paramount, Universal, or Disney. Look what they did to Knott's. They preserved Ghost Town, completely rebuilt the Independance Hall replica piece by piece, gave Knott's a strong reputation in the competitive Southern California theme park market. Before Cedar Fair stepped in, Knott's was dwindling and languishing. I think Michigan's Adventure is in good hands. But I'm a little bit tired of seeing the obvious trend in attractions Cedar Fair puts in their parks. Like what? Here's a list -

• The new Camp Snoopy areas inspired by the original at Knott's after acquiring the park.

• The S & S Tower Option

• Morgan Mega-Coaster

• SkyFun1 SkyCoaster

• Probably Another "Knott's Soak City U.S.A." this time in Michigan.

• Arrow Mad Mouse
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Monday, May 7, 2001 3:03 PM
MA already has a good waterpark so they wont have to add much there. I think overall it is a good thing. I think they will bring at least one two to notch attractions to the park. I'am hoping for a hyper coaster in a big way.
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Monday, May 7, 2001 3:50 PM
I do see them getting a Snoopy village and small S&S towers, also a sky coaster. But I still don't believe that MA is ever going to get seriously crowded. It is in a pretty remote place. Muskegon certainly does not draw as much as Chicago or CP, but we'll just have to wait and see. Overall, if the price doesn't drastically raise, and Shivering Timber's is left as is, I will be happy.

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Monday, May 7, 2001 5:41 PM
Well kRaXLeRidAh it looks like you've never been to MA. If you had been there you would have known that they already have a Mad Mouse. So you don't have to worry about FUN putting in a new one. MA already has a water park, and a Camp Snoopy would be a tremendous boost to the park. Hopefully, FUN will add some trees and make the park look less ugly. MA has to be the ugliest amusement park in the country. I look forward to when FUN season passes get you into both MA and CP. I live in Lansing so MA is about 1.5 hours away and CP is about 3 hours away. Talk about your good deals.
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Monday, May 7, 2001 6:25 PM
I don't think they'll be doing much different with MA than the other parks. An S&S tower, a hyper, Camp Snoopy, maybe an invert in a few years if Talon was a trendsetter. I just wish CF wouldn't have the worst(my least fave) coasters overall in any of the chains(Windjammer, Boomerangs!, Jaguar, Hercules, Mean Streak,...). Hopefully, that's over. I hope MA will be at least a Knott's or Dorney in a few years, but my fearful feeling is it will eventually be closer to a VF or WoF. At least they have one of the best woodies out there. If ST is cursed by CF with brakes, my chances of visiting again are slim to none. Especially if higher prices come along with it. And they better let me have my re-rides or else. IMO, this was a bad move for CF. They need to work on the parks they already have(non-CP). You don't have 14 coasters at one park and have 5-8 at your other parks. Especially one(maybe two) with bigger competition.

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And I LOVE CP, so Get Up Out of My Azz About It! :)
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Monday, May 7, 2001 6:33 PM
What if...if they tr...trim Shrivering Timbers?

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It's my opinion!
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Monday, May 7, 2001 6:34 PM
I don't think you'll see huge development at the park. With only a half-million visitors a year, they'll play it cool. Remember, the company treats the parks like individual business units. They only build what a park can make back in a reasonable amount of time.

I'm sure they'll try and grow the business there, but you've got a finite audience, and I'm not sure what it'll take to reach that ceiling. I guess we'll find out in the next few years!

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Monday, May 7, 2001 6:57 PM
This is pretty good news I think. I've been wanting to go to MA for quite some time and next year I'll be able to get in free (season pass for CP), it's great! I also think the park is in better hands now, and that you'll see a little growth and improvment, after all...look at KBF.

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Monday, May 7, 2001 7:01 PM
kRaXLeRidAh-

Preserved Ghost Town? I got two words for you:

Haunted Shack.

-Rob
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