Michigan's Adventure 8/9/08

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008 5:59 PM
Took the wife and step kids to MiA this past Saturday and the park was absolutely packed, especially the waterpark. We waited an hour and a half for The Mine Shaft slide which was almost worth it. Has anybody had to wait 30 minutes for a Lazy River? We did. The waterpark has a very good selection of slides but they desperately need expansion for more room.
The kids are too scared to ride most coasters but at least I got the wife to ride Thunderhawk with me.
We had a blast on it! I have heard people say it's rough but my wife and I don't find it to be at all.
It is really a feisty and fun little invert that I could ride over and over. It is a perfect addition to MiA at this juncture of the park's history. They did a very nice job of landscaping and location of this ride.
I thought they had a great crew running it on Saturday. The wait times were well under an hour for most of the day and with 2 trains running, according to a ride Op., it sounded like they came close to breaking a rider record so far by approaching 9000 riders and it still being only early evening. The lines were a lot shorter into the evening and I got several consecutive rides with wait times of only 3-5 minutes each- now that's more like it! The Hawk is a lot of fun at night rising up over the little man made lake they have (I call it Lake Michigan Adventure!).
Timbers was very good for me as usual, but because of the long lines I only rode it twice. You get a nice jolt at the bottom of the first drop but hey to quote my favorite Piston, "If it ain't rough it ain't right." Yessirr! Also the double helix at the end can be quite intense. I Like!
We ate at the only sit down place in the park-Coasters. That was a mistake. The chicken nugget baskets consist of 4 PUNY nuggets and fries with drinks for about $10 each. Cha Ching. On top of that the servers were indifferent and rude. I know it was busy but come on.
MiA has 2 coasters worth standing in line for and yes this park has a way to go yet. I did hear from a local that Ceder Fair intends on developing 300 acres within the next 10 years. I hope they do because judging by Saturdays's crowds this park has a lot of potential. *** Edited 8/12/2008 10:03:38 PM UTC by spiritman*** *** Edited 8/12/2008 10:07:50 PM UTC by spiritman*** *** Edited 8/12/2008 10:10:56 PM UTC by spiritman*** *** Edited 8/12/2008 10:21:59 PM UTC by spiritman***
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008 10:26 PM
Its good to hear that there are some big crowds at MIA. I'd like to see it developed a bit more. Maybe some more buildings and a couple of shows.

I've always liked the park but it needs that extra something that it just doesn't have and the extra something has nothing to do with the rides.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:11 PM
They are putting in a good size campground and RV park across the street to the south of the park. It is supposed to have features that will make the campground itself a destination.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008 1:16 PM

Wabash Cannonball said:
I've always liked the park but it needs that extra something that it just doesn't have and the extra something has nothing to do with the rides.

a bit more trees/landscaping could give it some more character from what I've seen in pictures, but I know about how they lost those a while back so I'm not faulting anyone.
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