Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2005 11:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Michigan's Adventure will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the addition of Grand Rapids, an Intamin river rapids ride, for 2006. The ride is part of a $6 million capital improvement plan. The park will also open a 50's-style Coasters restaurant.
Definitely much-needed attractions for the park. Grand Rapids will go next to Adventure Falls and Coasters is going in the grassy patch next to the Doghouse and across from Corkscrew. Mmmmm air conditioned comfort ;).
Not quite what I was hoping for, but its a start. And not a bad investement whilst waiting for the water/sewer hookups. I still think MA really needs decent steel to start becoming a great park. In fact, tear out Corkscrew and start again (maybe take up the space currently occupied by the go-karts.)
Either way, this is like a double dose of good news after all the delays and problems with the water and then within a couple weeks we get water and a ride announcement.
I think both attractions are definitely needed and will go over really well. I love the name "Grand Rapids." Having a friend from Grand Rapids, MI I'm probably one of the few non-michiganders that also get it.
I was very happy to hear this news this afternoon, and think it'll be an awesome addition to the park. I know it doesn't satisfy most of the coaster nuts out there, but I think this will be a super popular and marketable addition.
I think the new ride will be an excellent addition to the park, and same with the restaurant. I was not expecting any huge new rides this year or a hotel, since obviously Grand Rapids and Coasters were planned before the water line dispute was settled. The new restaurant is in a perfect location and will complement the light theme of the area very well.