Michigan's Adventure announces Grand Rapids

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.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:16 PM
I like the name, although it's likely only Michigandar's will really "get it".
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:35 PM
Heh. Anyone else think the restaurant will be almost more popular than any ride? Indoor sitdown ac.... ahhhhhhh! :)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:36 PM
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 ;).
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:50 PM
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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:08 PM
Good for them. In an age where new parks are built with these and drop towers as a pre-requisite, I'm suprised that most parks still don't have this.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:15 PM
Here in the link to the article in the Muskegon Chronicle http://www.mlive.com/news/muchronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1130337950209030.xml&coll=8
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:22 PM
This fills a gap they sorely needed--with the flume in the park being the capacity nightmare I've heard it is. (It was closed on my only visit, but sure looked the part).


Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:29 PM
Looks like a lot of fun, and I'm glad that they're making it family oriented. Is there anywhere where they have a picture of the ride's layout or where exactly it is going?
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:03 PM
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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:06 PM
Right, because no one outside of Michigan has ever heard of Grand Rapids. Very Obscure.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:10 PM
...despite the fact that Grand Rapids is a metropolitan area of 770,000 peeps. More than Cincinnati & Buffalo combined as well as the 2nd most populated city in the state of Michigan.

I'm pretty sure us out-of-towners would also get the pun.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:33 PM
Well actually, I've seen some Raft rides that were capacity nightmares. SFKK comes to mind.


Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:37 PM
^In my experience, the design of the station will make or break the capacity of a raft ride.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:42 PM
Here's the press release from the park, which tags "IntraRide" as the manufacturer of the new attraction (However, I believe IntraRide is the North American business front for Intamin).


Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:27 PM
At least rapids rides don't have much to break...
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:35 PM
Nice addition. Hopefully it will be a wet one and not a stand-in-line-for-over-an-hour-just-to-get-a-few-drops-of-water-on-ya kind of a water ride. :D
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:44 PM
IntaRide is Intamin.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:53 PM
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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 5:38 PM
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.

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