Michigan's Adventure, 08/04/05

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Friday, August 5, 2005 11:21 PM
So after a four hour drive to Detroit, getting lost in a ghetto, going to the hottest concert I've ever been to [it seriously must've been about 135 degrees in the venue, with no air conditioning and an over-sold show], driving to Lansing at 3AM, and driving to Muskegon the next day on three hours sleep, my girlfriend and I made it to Michigan's Adventure.

The first thing we noticed when we turned into the parking lot was the massive structure of Shivering Timbers. I didn't expect to see it when I made the turn, so I just gasped and exclaimed, "Holy ****!" Now, I've been waiting to ride Shivering Timbers since I first heard about it in 1998, so this is kind of a small dream come true for me even being here. But seeing it in person, even if it's not nearly the tallest, longest, fastest woodie ever, made my jaw drop.

Naturally, we headed right there, for a front seat ride - waited one train! I literally laughed the whole ride as I was tossed up and down and back and forth. Just an amazing trip, and it was totally worth all the hardship we had faced up to the moment of riding. The front provided some great air, probably the most I've ever had. But then we hit the back up - and wow, launched out of our seats over every hill. The third hill after the lift, the drop on that nearly killed me every time - just the WHOOSH downwards. Wow. We took nine rides on the Timbers throughout the day, in various seats throughout the train [I think we hit each car at least once], and I think we both agreed that the front was the best place to sit. As we were going up the lift, I mentioned off-hand to my girlfriend that the Voyage was supposed to have MORE airtime than Timbers, we both thought about it for a second, clearly in awe.

Yeah, Holiday World, you better watch out for us!

Anyway, we also did other stuff, too! I had expected Wolverine Wildcat to be a painfully jarring ride with little upside. To my surprise, it was not jolty, jerky, or rough at all - it just really did nothing. It was almost like a glorified children's coaster. No air, no real speed, barely even any hills. The double up and down was the best part - but since there is so little velocity going through it, it loses it's steam. So yeah, better than I had hoped, but that's not saying much.

Corkscrew was what it was, and that was all that it was. I'm not even sure it was worth the 30 seconds we had to endure standing in the blistering heat of the cramped station.

Mad Mouse looked amusing - but riding it, it certainly appeared to be more like a Generally Unamused Mouse. There is almost no speed through the turns, and it's quite jerky. The restraints also do very little to help the enjoyment of the ride.

Big Dipper was one of the worst kids coasters I've ever been on. Really jerky, and does not suit an adult at all. There was a moment where I was predicting a small pop of airtime, but it never came.

Zach's Zoomer was basically the same layout as every junior woodie I've ever been on, but unfortunately, it wasn't riding as well as any of them, and thus left me unenthused. Watching the ride operators try and coax people into coming into the completely empty station to ride was probably my favourite part of it.

We also went on the Flying Trapeze, the Tilt-a-Whirl, Be-Bop whatever [the damn cars that drive around], the Falling Star, and Logger's Run, which is quite the odd log flume, built almost entirely in the air. I don't know if any other flumes are like this [and if there are, you guys should hook me up with some pictures], but I found it incredibly weird. We also played mini-golf [and of course, I dominated because I rule at life]. One more note, is the train that runs in this park the most useless train ever, or what? It runs through a small patch of blank land, with a few plants spread throughout dirt and sand, and then through a tiny tunnel. Barely any scenery - except Shivering Timbers.. but I can't even imagine how boring this was before there was THAT to look at. Wow.

All in all, the park was very small, and didn't have a lot of non-water-based attractions, but it exceeded the [admittedly minute] expectations I had for it. It was clean, well-landscaped, the queue lines were more aesthetically pleasing than the normal black poles, and the park on the whole was very nice, with little ponds spread throughout, and trees everywhere. It's definately not worth the seven-hour drive from Toronto for a return visit, but it was worth this trip, especially to get on Shivering Timbers.

Next up: Six Flags Darien Lake and Seabreeze! Two parks, seven hours of driving, one day! Can we do it?

Edit: I think I've said "jerky" more times in this TR than during any other period of my life. *** Edited 8/6/2005 3:30:17 AM UTC by grind your soul***

Friday, August 5, 2005 11:32 PM
No waterpark? What's that all aboot? :)
Saturday, August 6, 2005 12:04 AM
I don't do waterparks. I go to parks for the coasters [and the flats]. Screw all that water business :P
Saturday, August 6, 2005 12:55 AM
Poor, poor you. And your girlfriend ;)
Saturday, August 6, 2005 10:53 AM
The Waterpark is main draw to most of the local crowds that the park atracts, that is why they have been investing in the waterpark more recently.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 11:38 AM
Oh, I don't doubt that. It also provided a great draw to keep lines short [longest we waited was for front seat on Timbers, three rides]. The park also looked nice from a distance, especially the water slides built on the hills! Those were looking great. That giant funnel thing looks very out of place, however.

Anyway, water parks are usually packed with people, offer generally the same type of stuff - none of which interests me - and is filled with water that has been previously used by thousands and generally smells. Plus, I don't see the point in wasting my time in the water when there are rollercoasters to be ridden. ;) There are some of my reasons for not doing water parks.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 12:33 PM
I couldn't agree with you more about waterparks grind your soul. Kids+Pools= warm spots. I gross out thinking of stepping foot in one.
I loved Shivering Timbers and have a pretty good chance of getting up there again towards the end of this month. I agree with you about the train, it definitely looks very sad. Good TR.
Who did you see in concert? I'm in that neck of the woods but haven't been to a show since Garbage a few months ago.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 10:34 PM
Between the Buried and Me - North Carolina, all sorts of genres, bits of jazz, melodic guitars, driving solos, heavy breakdowns, lots of death metal-ish stuff.. one of the better bands I've ever heard. Since I've linked to their MySpace, I expect everyone to go listen to Selkies, since it's an amazing song.

The Red Chord - Boston, heavy breakdowns, crazy insane beats.

And some other bands who aren't important :P

Saturday, August 6, 2005 11:10 PM
Hopefully you enjoy Seabreeze and SFDL, any questions you can always hit me up...be sure to get on Whirlwind at Seabreeze, it's a suprisingly very good time
Sunday, August 7, 2005 1:27 PM
My girlfriend loves the spinning mice, so we're definately going to ride that one a few times.

We plan on being at Seabreeze from about 5'30 until 8 or 9 - would that be enough time to hit most everything on a Wednesday?

Sunday, August 7, 2005 8:47 PM
Without question, you'll really enjoy this little park. Be sure to hit up the following rides, you'll be surprised how much you enjoy them.

--Screaming Eagle--
--Jack Rabbit--
--Log Flume--

Those are really the highlights of the park, if you have the time I would suggest the Gyrosphere, an interesting version of a Scrambler (all indoors with laser lights, loud music and other misc. effects) And don't forget to visit the waterpark, probably the best one in Western New York. Has a lot of good slides, a nice Wave Pool and an interesting interactive area.

Be sure to let us know how you fared on your trip.

Sunday, August 7, 2005 8:54 PM
Seabreeze is a nice park but the Jack Rabbit is sorta weak. Forceless and slow. Whirlwind is great though, and the water park is nice!
Sunday, August 7, 2005 10:36 PM
The train layout was the brain child of Cedar Fair. It went in long after ST was there. The Jourden's bought the train and planned to use it more for transportation than a ride.
Monday, August 8, 2005 1:53 PM
I suspect once the back end of the park is developed, the train will be expanded.

As for the waterparks and those of you who feel the water is unclean, I can only laugh and shake my head. I'll bet you never made a mud pie in your life either, or ever swam in a lake (which has much more in it than any waterpark water will ever have!).

Monday, August 8, 2005 1:56 PM
Folks who've never had pools have oh, so much to learn, don't they? :)
Monday, August 8, 2005 2:12 PM
Schlitterbahn is chlorine-free...and SO clean! :)

SFDL and MiA in one trip? Are you a glutton for punishment? LOL!


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