Grand Rapids opens at Michigan's Adventure

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2006 9:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Michigan's Adventure is celebrating 50 years in business, and they started the new season this morning with a big splash. The parks' new $5 million ride called Grand Rapids opened Wednesday.

Read more and see video from WZZM/Grand Rapids.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 3:01 PM
I'm in the video walking into the ride's entrance. We were on the first boat out of the station yesterday at Media Day.

It's a great ride, and something the park really needed.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 3:48 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Wow, it does look like it spins alot!
Thursday, May 18, 2006 5:23 PM
beast7369's avatar I would love to see some photos of the ride and new train station. Anyone get some this past weekend?
Thursday, May 18, 2006 5:30 PM
While I am happy that there is a new attraction at MA.....a nice adult ride would be appreciated. Too much money is spent on water attractions in the Cedar Fair chain. I have visited MA and I realize that it is a family park, it gets hotter than hell in the summer due to the lack of trees, but c'mon a coaster would be nice.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:00 PM
Jeff's avatar You've heard it before... return on investment. With double digit growth after the addition of water rides, well, you do the ROI calculation.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:06 PM
While I also think a coaster or some other kind of thrill ride would be nice (I hope they do eventually expand the ride side of the park), I am just happy to see them putting in new stuff and increasing the popularity of the park. Hopefully they will eventually become a real destination park like the article said.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 10:46 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Seriously though. Look at what Hershey is doing this year too. I love the water rides, its not a complete day without a flume or raft ride.

Is it accessible to people in the waterpark like Dorney's? Looks a little bland from the footage, but I am sure I am just not seeing something.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 11:47 PM
john peck's avatar Yup, proof you don't need a massive, expesive ride to bring the people in (but they are sure nice)
Friday, May 19, 2006 5:33 AM
eightdotthree, yes, it is, but it's a little bit of a walk. The waterpark entrance is in the northwest corner of the park, then if you travel east on the midway in front of it you pass HydroBlaster (dry waterslide), RipCord, Adventure Falls (spillwater), and then Grand Rapids.
Friday, May 19, 2006 8:46 PM
_iss and moan. There is a bigger plan than you can see. The entire area between ST and Grand Rapids will be filled eventually with attractions. There were a ton of trees planted throughout the area. That should look great in about 10 years or so as they mature. Quite an investment if you think about it. Given the budget for the ride I am impressed that so much was spent on the landscaping. Those trees average 200 to 500 a piece due to thier maturity. Good to see that MA is now putting in rides that are complete the day they open. Remember the "good old days"? It took a few years just to get the landscaping complete on any ride. Some were completely neglected.

I think anyone that complains needs to look at the big picture and realize that this is a business. Everything has been very well planned and executed whether or not you like the way it looks at this point. (as I now step down from my soapbox)


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