MiA Sucks! 6-9-02

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 7:31 PM

Got your attention? Good. What I found was quite the contrary to what some buzzers thought about MiA. My girlfriend's friends had a condo in South Haven, MI this weekend and we decided, since I couldn't make it to PKI with all of the Yocals, that we would stop for a few hours at MiA.

1) Potential. This park has it and will have it for the next ten, count them, TEN years (at least). A beautiful water park on the north side of the park with 5 coasters cramped into the ride section.

2) Reasonable. I have a CP pass which found 'free' admission to the park, but it's only $23 and the water park is included in the price. Food was very good and the atmosphere was a lacking a bit (music, peeps, etc)

3) Good Selection of coasters. I said 'good', not great. Let's get away from the wicked beast along the parking lot for a minute and discuss the others before whoooooooping it up for ST.

Beautiful day, 80 degrees and were greeted at the front gate by a smiling, but bored staff.......yes, NO ONE was there. We parked next to the Mad Mouse and walked on EVERY coaster throughout the day. I took the advice of some buzzers and hit everything before ST. Zach's Zoomer is a great junior woodie, it really is....airtime in those little trains, it is really a well designed little coaster. CCI is king, I'm NOW a believer. They can do it all.

We hit the corkscrew once, ok, I mentioned it, but it had to be the roughest arrow corkscrew I have ever ridden.

On to Mad Mouse, for those who have listened to my whining about CP not owning a wild mouse of their own, I will whine again. These are just, flat out, a ball! This was my first Arrow mouse and I enjoyed it almost as much as the other two I have ridden (Exterminator, which is KING, and HP's mouse). My girlfriend wanted to continue riding this all day, which we hit 4 times.

Wolverine Wildcat: Now, I have listened to a lot of Wildcat Boo-Birds over the last 2 years on this site. I thought it was a good, solid Summers-Dinn coaster. I enjoyed it more than Mean Streak (who wouldn't?) and the Blue Streak. The layout is very interesting along the lake and the middle, between the turn arounds are estatic. The laterals and the negative g's really show. Plus, the double up into the double dip is great in the back seat, Caroline bit her tongue once!! (Too funny, would you like some salt on that, honey?) Overall, 4 good rides.

Now, this could take a while, but I was expecting this awesome airtime monster in ST, but my first two laps in the front seat were just about par.....nothing special. On the 3rd trip, John, the Ride Op (btw, he was great. Funny and knowledgable), explained that the blue train had to be pullled off because of a blown bearing, or something in the wheels. He said, it was just coming in too slow. Well, that explains it! We rode the blue car both times. Uhhhh.....welcome Green train? WOW! I finished the day riding 7 more times front and back alternating with one in the middle. Caroline gave up on me and watch me take my final 3 laps. The length, the massive structure, the airtime, the powerful laterals in the helix, the trick track......everything a great woodie must have to be a classic. Personally, the front is incredible on the inclines, but I was standing up in the back. I was being ejected on every hill my last 4 laps.

Now, I refuse to rate this coaster until I come back from PKI, HW and IB at the end of June, but this, my friends, will be a classic for years to come. One word: Solid. Heck, I don't even know if any of them deserve a rating, from the wide range that each woodie will offer, but this is a damn good coaster.

Overall, the park is clean, friendly and tiny. Has an above average selection of flat rides, but I have a serious feeling that this will soon change. They need two things: (1) a walkway behind Wolverine Wildcat to Adventure Falls along the lake and (2) tidy up all of the construction and missing landscape around the park.

Potential, this park has it, and will bring people up the coast of Lake Michigan within the next few years, thanks to the hand of Cedar Fair. Just look at all of the summer hot spots along the Lake (Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven, Glen Lakes). But, this is a little hide-a-way for some good riding time and an outstanding coaster, plus an excellent water park for the kids. Thanks for reading, I hoped you enjoyed it. But, moreso, I hope and pray that everyone had a great time at PKI and CP this weekend, looking foreward to all of your reports.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 8:42 PM
Sound pretty awesome. I hope on day I'll be able to MiA and ride that sucka ST.

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"Excitement, Adventure. A Jedi Craves Not These Things."

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 9:10 PM

Ya know, Generally I don't read post that have the word sucks in it.

But overall a good TR:

I kinda had the same feelings last year but didnt know a bad storm had wrecked the park a few years ago (Lack of Trees)

CF has put more in, Im going next week for Timbersfest.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 9:20 PM
Great TR, I also have a cottage in South Haven Michigan, very nice area and makes the MIA trips easy to make.

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 10:06 PM
Great TR! It seemed like you had alot of possitvie to say about MiA, but I have heard alot of trees have been added, so hopefully things like music can come next!

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Monday, June 10, 2002 5:22 AM
Charles, to be honest, I would never start a topic off with that, but a few uneducated mongrils decided to tell me how bad MiA "sucked" and it was more of a satire. Hey, did you make it to LeSourdsville? I will be there on Sunday, June 23rd around 5-6pm for a few laps on the Eagle. Take care and thanks for the updates on that park.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Monday, June 10, 2002 5:42 AM
Well nice report ....honest....I know you were there............................ST is the King of the Hills.!!!!!!
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Monday, June 10, 2002 5:49 AM
Great TR... I feel the exact same way about Shivering Timbers.

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Dayuum, Your HOT!

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Monday, June 10, 2002 8:42 AM
Aww...old blue still isn't running right...what will my 500th be without it? :(

I am glad you had some great laps...but I will never, ever believe that you actually enjoyed WW! 4 rides? I rode it all of two times last season! Sick...

Just to let everyone know that John (Jay) will be the op for both days of TFest...and he really is the best we have. Hope to see you all there!

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Kara (car-uh)
499 Laps
96 in '02
BuzzCon Frequent Flyer, making kids cry all day long

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Monday, June 10, 2002 8:52 AM
First of all, YES, I enjoyed the layout and the differences made by WW. If I lived in Muskieville, I would probably feel the same way, but the retracking might have made a difference. I really liked it. Secondly, Jay was great! We talked about Tfest and you could tell the knowledge he possesses as an Op. Lastly, I knew I'd hear from ya STchick, especially if I hammered your park in the title! Have fun at the Fest!

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There's nothing like a woodie...

*** This post was edited by Woody on 6/10/2002. ***

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Monday, June 10, 2002 11:38 AM

I was right about corkscrew and I thought WW was running well opening day, Good to know you liked Mad Mouse and how could anyone not love Timbers?

I agree with you totally about the needed path behind WW, I have been complaining about that for awhile. (not so much on the boards)

Good TR!

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“If you give a enthusiast a footer.......He’ll want a coaster!!!"
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*** This post was edited by Goku2216 on 6/10/2002. ***

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Monday, June 10, 2002 11:52 AM
I find it funny how you said CP needs a Wild Mouse ride, and not a ride like Shivering Timbers!! :)

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Monday, June 10, 2002 12:10 PM
They need a modern Wild Mouse and a Great Woodie, but I think CP is great ether way but it would be even greater with those two additions.

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“If you give a enthusiast a footer.......He’ll want a coaster!!!"
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Monday, June 10, 2002 4:32 PM

Coo man chu, I apologize for not restating my earlier posts over the past 2 seasons. I have always said, and some people will quote me, that I would not spend a great deal of money on my next two selections at the Point. (They would be a Mack Wild Mouse ($2 mil) and a CCI woodie ($4 mil).) Those two would not add up to the money spent on WT, but I don't know, now, if I could see CP without WT. I love that thing! Again, IMO, I'm not interested in bigger, taller, faster, but the overall quality of the rides. And that's what those two would bring to the coaster selection at the park. And MiA is lucky to have the two coasters as a foundation of the park, before they go "hog wild" the next 5-10 years with big B&M's.

You're right though, I didn't state the fact that I would like a CCI. Thanks for bringing it up, though.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Monday, June 10, 2002 4:50 PM
For a minute there you had me scared!

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Who can go a whole day at MiA riding Timbers ONCE? Repeat after me: "I hate parent chaperones"

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Monday, June 10, 2002 7:10 PM

Bring on The CCI but I think we would see an Intamin Woodie before a CCI, cause for a major they go for a first of its kinda or a record breaker. ( Plus Cedar Fair has purchased its fair share of Intamin latley)

If not CCI then bring in a B&M with a ton of inversions.

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“If you give a enthusiast a footer.......He’ll want a coaster!!!"
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Tuesday, June 11, 2002 4:31 AM

After riding the Timbers and Zach's Zoomer, I would have to say bring on the CCI. But, we probably won't see anything until 2004 or 2005....so let's enjoy what we have now.....and that would have to be a giant winner in Shivering Timbers.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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