Michigan Adventure question

Sunday, April 25, 2004 8:34 AM
In the 15 years that I have lived here in Michigan, I have never been up to Muskegon to check out Michigan Adventure. Just got a AAA magazine, and checked out information on the park. It seems rather small compared to CP and PKI. Is it worth the trip up there? I don't do the twirl and puke rides, and water parks leave me cold... so it would be coasters only.
Any suggestions would be very helpful.
Sunday, April 25, 2004 9:12 AM
It's worth the trip to just ride Shivering Timbers.

Sunday, April 25, 2004 9:48 AM
The Dude's absolutely right!
Sunday, April 25, 2004 9:55 AM
Wow, this is kind of amusing. No offense, but dude! Have you been living under a rock? You're a coaster enthusiast (fair assumption since you're posting on CoasterBuzz) living in the same state as Shivering Timbers and you haven't ridden it? Wow! That's like someone living in Sandusky, Ohio and asking if Cedar Point has any top notch coasters (heh, no comment), except not really.

Seriously, yes. You have to get to MIA and ride Timbers. It's probably the only ride that will appeal to you although there are two other woodies there as well and three steel coasters, but nothing too exciting. Timbers is not to be missed unless you prefer to stay "in" you coaster seat instead of hovering above it over the top of nearly every hill = Air-time out the ying-yang!

Not in your wildest dreams can you imagine what Timbers has in store for you. :) *** Edited 4/25/2004 1:58:56 PM UTC by Matt Scott***

Sunday, April 25, 2004 12:09 PM
I live in Michigan and never been to the park either. Both CP and MIA are about 2.5 hours away from my home. My family always goes to Cedar Point because it's bigger, better, and no one really knows to much about MIA. I will be making a trip out there this summer. I'm excited to ride a wooden coaster that got good reviews for once.
Sunday, April 25, 2004 12:35 PM
I'll be making my first trip to MiA in another month too. Can't wait to climb on ST! Any suggestions about the park would be great.
Sunday, April 25, 2004 12:44 PM
If you're looking for a relaxed day at a small and lightly crowded park then by all means hit up MiA! You can easily get everything done at the amusement park in half a day. Just remember that the Shivering Timbers can be temperamental so your first ride at 11AM can be quite different from an afternoon ride at 3PM! Make sure to take advantage of both the front and back of ST also, these two positions offer a drastically different ride experience!
Sunday, April 25, 2004 1:53 PM
I visited Michigan's Adventure this past summer on a trip. Shivering Timbers is something not to be missed. It has so much airtime then your butt might hurt from landing back in your seat so much! If you love airtime, this is one not to be missed. Easily on my Top 5 Wooden Coaster list.

Wolverine Wildcat, if I remember correctly, was best in the back. It might have been the front, I can't really remember. One of those spots has a nice moment of airtime.

Zach's Zoomer isn't anything special really, a Jr. Sized CCI. They have the small PTC trains, so you may not fit, depending on your size.

There is an Arrow Wild Mouse which is a slow moving line. Still fun though. Corkscrew is your typical corkscrew. Big Dipper is a kiddie coaster that I almost couldn't fit in, its a tight squeeze.

My only complaint with the park is that if you decide to leave the park and go elsewhere to eat, you have to pay the parking fee again. You don't get to return to park for free like other parks do.

I think you'll have an excellent time, I spent most of my time on Shivering Timbers. We got there around 11, stayed until 6, rode Shivering Timbers more than 10 times at least. With some extra rides on the others.

Enjoy your visit!

Sunday, April 25, 2004 2:35 PM
Bring food. Not because it is expensive (well, it is, but you knew that) but because there isn't much to pick from, and what is there isn't that good.
Sunday, April 25, 2004 3:01 PM

Matt Scott said:
Wow, this is kind of amusing. No offense, but dude! Have you been living under a rock? You're a coaster enthusiast (fair assumption since you're posting on CoasterBuzz) living in the same state as Shivering Timbers and you haven't ridden it? Wow! That's like someone living in Sandusky, Ohio and asking if Cedar Point has any top notch coasters (heh, no comment), except not really.

I disagree with you. I've lived in Michigan for 14 years and I just took my first trip last September.

Anyway, it's really not that much of an impressive park, but it's worth the whole trip for Shivering Timbers! When I went there, I did pretty much everything in under 3 hours (and that includes the water park), and then I just marathonned ST. It was a good decision too. I went back the next morning and marathonned ST again. By the end of my trip, I had ridden it 30 times in 15 hours (that's over a span of 2 days).

Sunday, April 25, 2004 4:44 PM
I took my first trip there lask spring and loved it. It is well worth the trip just to ride Shivering Timbers. It is one of the best wooden coasters that I have ever ridden. Make the trip this year, you will not be disappointed.
Sunday, April 25, 2004 6:25 PM
Actually, it's NOT an Arrow WILD Mouse....it's a Mad Mouse, and one of my favorite mice. :)

Timbers, well....obviously I didn't get it on the same day as the rest of you...;)

Sunday, April 25, 2004 8:57 PM
I lived in MI for my whole life up till a little over a yr ago and I usually went to MIA a few times (started a few yrs before timbers) expecially after they put in Shivering Timbers! I also managed to hit CP a few times a yr. as well with family. CP was a little farther for me than MIA....I'm visiting this summer and I'm planning on hitting CP and MIA...Go to the Park Shivering Timbers is worth the trip plus the water park is a decent one.
Sunday, April 25, 2004 9:02 PM
MIA is a fairly decent park. The only park I've ever been too with wild beaver. As other's have said, Shivering Timbers is worth a pilgrimage all by itslef. In addition to the incredible it also has some nice trick track and a pretty good helix.
Monday, April 26, 2004 1:01 AM
Michigan's Adventure was the first park that I have visited alone. We had made plans to go last summer and BOTH of my friends backed out at the last minute so I thought "If I don't go now I might not make it until next season".
I drove through a horrible rainstorm on the way there but the weather was awesome when I finally arrived. It is a very small park, but like everyone else has stated, Shivering Timbers is well worth the drive(twice as far as CP for me). I easily got 15 rides on it before the day was over and that was at a pretty leisurely pace. I was so geeked climbing that hill for the first time and having butterflies in my stomach knowing that I was finally riding it, much like my first experience on X. I remember liking seat 3-1, which I remember because it was the opposite of Magnum's ejector seat(1-3), but maybe it was just me.
My only complaint was that they didn't accept my CF parking pass. I thought it was pretty odd since Knott's let me use it when I was there a few months before in March. Oh well....The priceless moment was when I saw my two friends at work the next day and threw them both ST refrigerator magnets and said "15 laps". :) I will visit every season now at least once, I'm hooked. Shivering Timbers and The Villain are tied for my favorite woodie.
Monday, April 26, 2004 2:29 AM
I was in a similar boat as you. When I traveled, I always went to CP because I figured if I went to a small park, I would wish I was at CP. Last year I made my first trip to MIA, and I am so glad I went. I would recommend going here on a holiday weekend (Memorial Day is great) as opposed to CP. You will find light crowds here while places like CP will be packed. You can use your time off work for the big parks. There are a few things to do here besides ST, but it is mainly all about ST, and trust me, that is enough. Just keep riding 1.1, 1.2 and the last seat till close and you will want to come back. I promise.

ST gives the best air in the evening, so see the rest of the park first.

PS If you make a bit of a longer trip, maybe you could hit IB and HW too? I got all three on Memorial Day weekend last year and I live in MN. It was a GREAT trip. *** Edited 4/26/2004 6:29:50 AM UTC by RavenTTD***

Monday, April 26, 2004 9:46 AM
Shivering Timbers and the Mad Mouse ride are great. :) Also, there's a waterslide in the back where you sit on a raft... do it. You can ride it fully clothed and only get a sprinkle or two on ya... it's a blast!
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 9:39 AM
MIA is also a great park to start kids out with coasters. All are 48" and under, plus they get to build up to ST. This, NOT SFGAm was the first park we took our kids to 3 yrs ago. We chose this park for their 1st because of the water park-in case they didn't like coasters. Before that, we didn't take them-I know it is selfish, but that was our time to ride, our getaways. My husband an I were just praying they inherited our love of coasters. By the end of the day-they were begging for more ST!!! It is one of the cheaper parks too, plus CP passes are good here.

That all being said and over with--we go annually, just for ST. It is worth the SIX HOUR DRIVE!


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