Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 8:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park announced plans today to build the first suspended looping roller coaster in Michigan. The new steel coaster will open in the spring of 2008 bringing Michigan's Adventure's roller coaster count to seven.
While it still sucks that GL is gone (I refuse to acknowledge WWK as GL) this is a good addition to MiA. It'll give the park a one-two punch with Shivering Timbers and Thunderhawk together. Yeah, it's an SLC, but to Michigander's it's the only roller coaster in the state where your feet dangle. To me it looks like the main draw is the waterpark since I've seen how much it has grown in the last 5 years. But hey, it's good to add some new thrill rides here and there.
Well one of the predictions/rumors turned out to be correct so I guess it'll be only a matter of time before KD announces as well.
Since the ride is a novelty in Michigan it'll definitely draw crowds to the park even if the ride is a tad on the rough side going through certain elements....my advice to first timers is to ride in the front row,right side for the smoothest possible ride experience.
I was kinda hoping for a name change. Just to distance themselves from Geauga Lake.
This will be a good fit for MiAdv, but I'm curious where it is going. I don't remember there being a lot of space between RipCord and Adventure Falls. I actually expected it to go over between Grand Rapids and the train station.
What the hell would be the problem with changing the trains? So it wouldn't make the park more money. So what? I applaud companies that make improvements to their products that result in better operation or a better experience- that shows they're thinking about the customer as well as the bottom line.
Another thing. I saw the reguklar Vekoma inverted cars on the Bat, I think. Removing the Arrow suspended cars, and replacing them with open air coaches, on a ride like the Big Bad Wolf would make that ride quite the scare factor.
The Bat? Do you mean Chessington's Vampire? I hear that ride is much improved since the Arrow rolling stock was removed. It makes sense that a suspended coaster would be much better if riders were out in the open rather than seated deep in plastic tubs with bulky OTSR's.