Got there in in about 3 hours 45 mins and pulled into the lot to pay the 7 buck parking.
I knew this park was small and didn't have alot but it was smaller then I even imagined.
They let people into the front part of the park before the 11 am opening but stopped people at 2 locations from proceeding further.
During that time I just browsed the Snoopy Boutique and looked at all the overpriced, kids don't really care about, Peanuts merchandise in the store.
Once 11 am hit, the stampede of people was on. I hit all the coasters at opening and I am glad I did.
By 12 noon, every coaster had a significant line. People praise CP for fast moving lines and efficient ops but that wasn't the case at this CF park.
Most of the ops just went through the motions and had no personality at all. I guess CF just concentrates on CP to have the outgoing ops.
The parking lot wasn't even half full but the park just seemed packed. Even Corkscrew had it's queue line completely full.
Shivering Timbers was an excellent ride. Great huge hills with airtime, decent laterals, and the trick track was smooth and fun. Puts Villian to shame as far as CCI's are concerned.
Completed the ride portion of the park in about an hour and a half. Wanted to re-ride coasters but as said above, the lines were long and they weren't moving very fast.
Walked around the waterpark portion of the park and started kicking myself for no bringing the trunks.
Bought a bland burger at the Coasters restaurant and headed out to check out the lakefront of Muskegon.
This isn't a park I will visit again unless I am in the area. It's clean and maintained well but the operations are not that great in the rides department.
Thanks for reading,,,,,,,
A side note: Anyone that's been to MA, do you get sick of the canned Michigan Adventure music? "......two parks for the price of one!" argh! LOL
Alot of kids and teenagers that day. I guess they don't go back to school until the last week of August or early September. People wanted to get their amusement park fix before they hit the books. :)
You are so spot on about that music at the entrance. I was sitting there drinking my water and heard that music spiel over and over. God, that is so annoying.
(Kara's going to kill for that...)
*** Edited 8/24/2006 4:52:50 PM UTC by Michael Darling***
I guess they don't go back to school until the last week of August or early September.
MI has a new law on the books this year; we cannot start before Labor Day.
I really think it should be national law!
There is no reason for the 10 -1/2 month school year. If they need a certain amount of hours then they should just add a half hour to every schoolday.
It's BS parks are closing mid august IMHO.
Chitown, I've been there twice, The second time was for Timbersfest and neither time was very busy. Guess you just caught one of them days.
One or two of the ops that used to be on Shivering Timbers was as good or better than the Knoebels Phoenix op in getting people hyped up for a ride. I guess he became a auctioneer as only Auctioneers talk that fast :)
Chuck, who also figures if you'd of waited till about 3pm the waterpark would have the most patrons and the reg park would be dead like Dorney and HW.
Seems every other week some of the schools around cincy are off thurs and fri for in service B.S and then they get a week for thansgiving, Two for christmas and a week for easter.
We've had this discussion somewhere on here before but several areas are hurting from shorter seasons.
I would imagine adding that extra week of vacation for the kiddies might have had something to do with the long lines at the park...but as mentioned above, those lines drop off dramatically after 2 pm when the guests head into the waterpark, which is really a gem.
On the other hand, hearing of crowds and long lines at the park is heartening. Hopefully attendance is increasing to the point we'll see more attractions added to MiA in the coming years. Personally, in the four years I've made visits to the park, I have yet to go to find lines longer than 15 minutes in mid day. In fact, the longest lines I've seen were generally at Timbersfest (which I missed this year).
There have been several studies that have concluded that the best thing one can do pedagogically is move to a year-round schedule with shorter vacations interspersed throughout the year, to avoid some of the backsliding that happens in the 10 weeks of summer.
Generally, however, there is too much political pressure against such a move, and districts only do this to make more efficient use of over-subscribed classroom space. In this model, the school building is nearly always open, but only, say, 3/4 of the kids are in school in any one time. Everyone has three weeks on, followed by one week off, but the "weeks off" are rotated amongst all of the students. The only exceptions are the major holidays, which everyone gets off.
And, for what it's worth, some districts aren't getting an extra week of vacation---instead, they are going later into June. In Michigan, that's not so bad, because the first half of June is often not yet warm enough for, say, a dip in the lake.
My sister-in-law recently went back to "traditional" school after several years of year-round school. Now she complains about the semesters being too long. I think the shorter, but more frequent, breaks can be refreshing.
-a Peter Brown fan
Anyway our district/state (That's Mishawaka/South Bend Indiana) wants to gradually move to Year Round Schooling lol
Lets put this into perspective. You own an Amusement Park. You make 75 % of your entire income during June, July and August. Then the Government decides to extend the School Year from 180 Days to 200 Days. Since you have 5 days each week you lose FOUR WEEKS of Income! Thats 25% of your income. It would be the same as all of us being told that you woulkd now be unemployed for THREE MONTHS EVARY YEAR! You lose 1/4 of your income, yet the cost of living remains the same! Sorry folks, the benefits do not surpass the costs! :(
One peculiar thing I noticed, like Chitown did, was the EXTREMELY long line for Corkscrew. Also, I noted a peculiar sense of excitement from the people in line for that ride. I thought, boy, these people are REALLY starved for entertainment up here. It was like being in a really bad timewarp from 1970. Oh well, at least they were happy with what they had!
I also agree that the workers at this small park all appeared rather drone-like..... But in their defense, the job really looks terribly repetitive; and what's fun about dealing with people who incessantly want to sit on the silver handrails and bounce basketballs while in line? But that's ANOTHER topic. *** Edited 8/26/2006 9:17:47 PM UTC by ophthodoc***
Just like Mackinaw Island is only known by it's name, not by what it has to offer, or that it is a histoic place, with old buildings, an old historic hotel, with lots of people riding around on horses or Bikes. It's just Mackinaw Island.
In fact if you ask most people in Michigan what Shivering Timbers is. Some might be able to tell you...but most will ask you what the heck you're talking about. but, if you ask them what Michigan's Adventure is...they may say...oh that's that place over in Muskegon with all the rides.
As for visiting the park, most people in Michigan go to the park whenever they have time. A day off, the weekend, it's the same as hitting the beach. Which is why any day during the summer can be packed...or, totally dead. Saturdays are just aweful. But, I have been to the park on a tuesday...and it's just as busy.
I have been at the park on a saturday, when there was hardly anyone there...so it depends on who wants to go...and when.
The recording for the new Grand Rapids ride makes you want to find the speakers and smash them with a hammer! I can only compare this to Cedar Points safety recordings on their rides.
For example, on Mantis at Cedar Point you might hear 15 minutes of music, safety lecture, then 15 minutes of music. Not at MA!! It's...Welcome to Grand Rapids, saftey lecture, Welcome to Grand Rapids, saftey lecture, welcome to Grand Rapids...and on..and on until you want to start mocking it like a 12 year old girl!! Or a drunken parrot.....Welcome to grand Rapids....Bawkkk!!!...Bawwkkkk!! Please kill me now!! Bawkkk!!!Bawkkk!!
I listened to that recording for over an hour!!!
Just putting in my two cents of hostilty. *** Edited 8/27/2006 2:15:05 AM UTC by Timber-Rider*** *** Edited 8/27/2006 2:20:59 AM UTC by Timber-Rider***
Year Round Schooling wouldn't work too welll in the Northern States. Who would want to go to Cedar Point in the Middle of February?
Somebody tell me this is sarcasm.
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