Mich Adv (day 6 of 10)

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Saturday, June 21, 2003 11:17 AM
Since I have sufficiently calmed down from my initial reaction to just how much Mapquest sucks, suffice to say that becuase of their directions, I was late getting to the park on a day that it closed at 4pm. Whatever.....

My anger dissolved immediately upon entering the lot and seeing the massive structure that is Shivering Timbers. Now I was happy!:) I quickly got a SP, because I also had three days at CP coming, and headed directly to ST.

Shivering Timbers: Rode in the back seat first time, and the front seat the second time. No words can describe how great this coaster made me feel. I like all rollercoasters, but when it comes to wood, I prefer out-n-back to twister types. I may like laterals, but my sides have bruises for days afterwards. So this was right up my alley. It's an awesome ride. I have read about a "...lack of air, if only due to lap bars ratcheting down on the drops...". I experienced none of this whatsoever. Great, fantastic air all around, I would say. I ended up with a total of 4 rides this day, in all sections of the train. Superior rides everywhere. Nice floating air in the back especially. I was saddened to leave, knowing that even with this masterpiece, it will be quite some time before I return. Easily in my top 5. Grade A+:)

Wolverine Wildcat: An enjoyable woodie, without being too terribly thrilling. Ran one train, which was taking forever to load, every time. The ops were amiable enough, and it's hard to say why this took so long; it just did. The double-up followed immediately by the double-down is a nice touch, but overall, it needs more speed. Grade B-

Corkscrew: Standard. Period. What's more to say? Smoother than I was expecting, yes, but far from glass. Grade C

Mad Mouse: the smoothest mouse I have ever ridden! After having my organs damaged on the one at SFKK, I was grateful for the way this one handles the curves. Plus a few nice, quick drops that produced air in the elevated back seats. In fact, all the coasters here were easy on the middle. And after, Raven, Legend, and Cornball, I needed the rest (for tomorrow brings the Streaks;)). My favorite mouse, and I love mieces to pieces! A-

Zach's Zoomer: Kinda like Beastie at PKI (which is more fun, BTW). Strictly to boost my cred. Not made for me, and therefore on a pass/fail scale, it passes.

What struck me upon entering the park is what great eye candy it is. For me, up to this point, it was the most fun to look at. Not that HW, IB, PKI aren't good looking parks; they are. But the improvements I read about are noticeable. Landcaped wonderfully, the colors are what struck me; they were extremely vibrant, like day-glo. All the rides, shops, trees, etc, flowed perfectly. You can see all of the park from the lifts; it's not that big, and it just, well, fits. Everything looked new, whether it was or wasn't. All the coasters were great to look at, and everything just stood out. It's hard to describe, but I was just taken back by what I felt was a great design for a park. Nice, generously wide paths, an easy layout, etc. The folks who have planned this deserve kudos in my opinion. That's another reason I'm bummed not to be headed back for a while. I would take anyone I know here; for the rides, the look, the scenery, all of it. And talk about clean; the atmosphere here was great.

Well, almost. It was a day with an abundance of schools. Not a problem. After the first 2 "...excuse me, my group/teacher/friends are..." I put a swift stop to it. It didn't make me popular to the kiddies, but what do I care? They get to come here more than me, and I had less than 3 hours to enjoy my one visit here. My money is as good as theirs, and I just kept saying "Don't worry, they'll wait for you". "But..." "Save your breath," I would say nicely with a calm smile, "they don't teach you to cut lines in school I hope!" And that would generally be the end of it. As is this.

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Saturday, June 21, 2003 8:09 PM
I can't believe somebody is actually applauding the layout and colors of the park! :) Glad you enjoyed the Timbers, but did you get to fly on Falling Star?

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Monday, June 23, 2003 9:55 AM
Unfortunately, there was no time for flats. Thanks to MQ, I had less than 3 hrs there, closer to 2&1/2, and I had to get my SP. I ran to ST,and did 2 rides, each with a 20-25 min wait. Then I ran over to WW, which was 25min wait; ran to Corkscrew, which thankfully was a walk-on; ran to ZZ, another walk-on. Then ran to the Mouse, with a 20 min wait (forgot to mention they stack the cars a lot on this; takes another 3 or 4 minutes to get off the ride after the brakes). Finally ran back over and hit ST twice again before the park closed. Oh, well.

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Monday, June 23, 2003 10:38 AM
Rob - don't switch from MapQuest to Yahoo Maps...they suXored, too. We used them on our Con Quest trip and their directions would begin "start out on Main Street" and fail to mention which direction we should be heading!

mOOSH

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Monday, June 23, 2003 1:29 PM
Moosh; is a third option? Beside using an atlas ('cause that would defeat the purpose of having somebody else do it for me)?

Remember how on our drive to Sellersville, I took an exit or two early becuase MQ siad to? Yeah, well, it did that the whole time. Apparantly MQ assumes you will be driving at rush hour all the time, becuase it will route you around a city, sending you out of your way. This might save time if there is actually traffic, but c'mon, I was driving at night or real early. Live and learn...

Anyways, not to worry. I switched a while ago;)...

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Monday, June 23, 2003 1:59 PM
Rob - there is a betteer option that my friend Jim told me about but I can't remember the name...I'll get it for ya, tho.

mOOSH

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 8:14 AM
Try Expedia.com they seem to have better directions.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 8:35 AM
If you are a AAA member, you can generate triptiks on-line. The directions tend to be detailed and accurate, including maps of each segment of the trip.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 9:59 AM
Good, glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 10:26 AM
I second AAA - plus membership gets you discounts at certain hotel chains. Randmcnally.com has excellent, easy-to-read maps as well - I've had a lot of luck with them. Give them a try next time!

And, just to add a comment, I'm glad you included your impression of the park's landscaping. Appearance is a huge factor for me, I'm all about the 'total park experience' - in fact I think we talked about that at SRM. Glad you had a good trip!

Maggie

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 10:51 AM
I didn't see what day of the week you visited (could have missed it though). Since the park closed at 4pm, I assume it was a week day. Are 20 minute waits normal for week days at MiAdv, or was this becasue of the school kids visiting? Reason why I am asking, planing a trip out that way in late August (leaving PA Aug 14th and returning on the 22nd) and I was just wondering so I could plan ahead.

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 11:44 AM
On the subject of AAA, branches often have (significant) discounts on tickets for parks in their area. One thing I usually do is call the local AAA office if I'm visiting a park for which I don't already have a season pass. Do ask if they sell to "foreign" members. For example, AAA-mid-atlantic *will* sell discounted BGW tickets to AAA-Michigan members.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 12:14 PM
I think MapBlast *may* be the other option Moosh was referring to....

Really, the best you can do, usually, is to get as close as you can and ask a local....;). MapQuest for me has worked better than the other options, but it is a long LONG way from being *adequate*....

bill, also loves misces to pisces, and MiA's for me is the next best thing to Exterminator...
*** This post was edited by rollergator 6/25/2003 4:15:14 PM ***

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 6:50 PM
Ah, I love Mapquest. It took Nasai and I down the wrong way of a one way street! :)

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 8:33 PM
SLFake, wait times vary, but they're generally lower than that, except possibly for Mad Mouse. I've had 3 Friday / Saturday visits so far this year, and the longest wait was 3 trains (~8 minutes).
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Saturday, June 28, 2003 2:31 PM
The weeks you're talking about (end of May, beginning of June) are School Days, and they're ALWAYS busy.

Usually I can walk up and get on the ride. Oh wait, I mean wait on the unloading platform then spot a single rider and join in. ;)

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Saturday, June 28, 2003 3:04 PM

Peabody said:
Ah, I love Mapquest. It took Nasai and I down the wrong way of a one way street! :)

TWICE!!!!!! ;)
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Saturday, June 28, 2003 3:29 PM
Shhh.

Remember, Rob it's "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me".;)

P.S. Anyone ever get around to passing that along to the C-I-C?
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