Michigan's Adventure 7-16-05

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005 5:16 PM
Beth, that's my wife, and I left at around 9:00am from Urbana, IN. We managed to get to Michigan, rent a motel and hit the park by 1:00pm. It sure helps being able to do 80 mph all the way up 31.

While driving into the lot Beth saw Shivering Timers for the first time and said "wow!". I haven't heard her exclaim so enthusiastically after seeing something rather large since our wedding night.

That was of course the night I bought us a big screen TV for a wedding gift.

I went to MIA in 2002. I didn't notice too much of a difference in the park since our last trip. It was hot so we took our suits in, but we naturally wanted to ride Shivering Timers first. I was glad to see that the line was short. We waited about 5 minutes when lightning was spotted and the entire park came to a screeching halt. Well, except for the mobs of people standing around the sidewalks.

We were very hot from the humid weather so we went into the water park, showered then sat on some chairs until they started the rides again.

Beth told me that the womens' restroom didn't have toilet paper which kind of concerned me. If I'm am floating around with other people's genitals and butt holes I'd at least like them to be somewhat clean. I was however disappointed to see that there was no breast feeding going on in the wading pool.

We immediatly got in line for Funnel of Fear and an hour later we were on it for the whole 15 seconds it takes to get to the bottom. All the other lines looked big so we got in the lazy river and relaxed for a few laps.

It was going on 4pm, the park closed at 9pm (my time), 10pm (Michigan time). We went to the car, ate some crappy tasting sandwiches then hit Shivering Timers. The line was still short, we were in the front seat in about 15 minutes. As you can imagine, it was a great ride, hill after airtime filled hill. Beth wanted to ride again immediatly, so we went a few more times. It was great.

We walked around awhile eventually arriving at Mad Mouse. I think these rides are okay, but honestly I prefer most other small steel coasters. The Galaxie and Tig'rr at IB are two that come to mind immediatly.

Corkscrew was next up. Beth's shoe fell into the pit while boarding the ride which I think ruined the ride for her. I however enjoyed the short ride. I enjoyed it even more than double loop at Geauga Lake, I know that might be unbelievable to some, but I find the ride to be more smooth.

The ride operater called someone over to get the shoe. They were helpfull and friendly. Good going staff of Michigan's Adventure!

In 5 minutes we were back out enjoying the park with all of our shoes back on our feet.

Zach's Zoomer was next. I didn't remember it being this large and exciting the last time I was here. Beth and I should have rode in different seats, but we didn't. We paid for it as we were somewhat squished and uncomfortable during the ride. The ride itself was great it the backseat. I truly enjoy little wooden coasters like this one.

We hit some flats, passed up the Big Dipper coaster, then walked around noticing how lacking MIA was in building structures. There were no shows to see either. Only a month ago we visited Geauga Lake, we saw the 3d shows, and a nice dancing and singing stage performance. We walked amoung all the nice buildings in the plaza area, Power City and the Old West area. MIA has none of that and is fairly uninteresting overall. To me it lacked a certain charm that I have found in many other small parks.

Despite that Wolverine Wildcat is quite picturesque beside the lake. I didn't want to ride it until much later because my ride on it 3 years ago was what I considered to be the roughest ride I had ever had. This time I sat in the second row of the first train. It wasn't bad at all. I'd heard that not sitting on the wheel on SOB helps, I thought I'd apply that knowledge to this coaster and it worked. I think the middle bows somewhat and creates a little better shock absorption.

The ride ended and I had only 15 minutes until the park closed. Nightfall was approaching and I wanted a night ride on ST. We managed to get the next to last ride in the front seat. After the ride Beth said it was the best coaster ride she'd ever had.

After riding Timbers I couldn't help but greatly desire my first ride on Voyage next year.

*** Edited 7/20/2005 9:33:26 PM UTC by Wabash Cannonball***

My band "The Cedar Kings". "Ordinary Day" a trip report in song.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:35 PM
Great TR!

No shows? At all?

Even in the pre-CF days they had a little circus or something going on...


NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:46 PM
That circus must be gone now. I watched my Front Seat Thrills DVD and noticed a circus tent on the video, but it wasn't there as of last Saturday.

My band "The Cedar Kings". "Ordinary Day" a trip report in song.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:22 AM

Wabash Cannonball said:

While driving into the lot Beth saw Shivering Timers for the first time and said "wow!". I haven't heard her exclaim so enthusiastically after seeing something rather large since our wedding night.

Enjoyed the TR, Mike, but this part made my night!

Friday, July 22, 2005 12:14 AM
The circus lasted only one year, 2001. They also had a waterski show for one year, 1991. Unfortunately, I believe those are the only shows they've had in recent history.

Glad you enjoyed your visit. :)

Friday, July 22, 2005 5:47 PM
I think 2006 is going to be wonderfull.


Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:52 PM
They do have one show, but its for the younger crowd. It is the Peanuts Sing Along, and it is in the Snoopy Botique.

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