Michigan's Adventure will add flying scooters for 2013

Posted Monday, December 17, 2012 4:08 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park has announced plans to add a timeless classic to its thrilling collection of rides and attractions.

A flying scooter attraction will be added to Michigan’s largest amusement park and waterpark in 2013. The flying scooter attraction is a classic, interactive flying ride which appeals to all ages. Guests will board the flying vehicles and rotate faster and faster fanning out over a large area. The flying vehicles have a stationary rear wing and a moveable front wing which allows the guest to control their flight experience.

“We are extremely excited about adding another family ride to our collection of attractions. We believe that families will find this to be a perfect addition to their park experience,” said Camille Jourden-Mark, Vice-President and General Manager of Michigan’s Adventure. “Our guests will love it. They will want to ride the flying scooter attraction again and again!”

The flying scooter attraction is one of the most popular flat rides in the amusement and theme park industry dating back to the 1940’s. It is designed by Larson International Inc., of Plainview, Texas.

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Monday, December 17, 2012 9:09 PM

*Snort*..."thrilling collection"

Monday, December 17, 2012 9:52 PM

I just read the announcement on the MA facebook page. Most people who commented were not happy about this addition, and I have to agree. I mean, it's ok, but not what they should be doing with the huge amount of money the park makes off from it's guests. With record attendance, and soaring profits, I think the park could, and should do better.

And, before everyone dumps on me, go to the MA facebook page, and read the exciting reaction for yourself. I think this is going to go over as Meh. Let's just hope they don't jack up the prices again. This attraction does not justify a raise in prices. But, I'll bet they do it anyways.

I have been on the scooters, at Kings Island, and Indiana beach's Air crow. Fun ride, but not thrilling. Not, sure, but didn't they also have one of these at Geauga Lake? There is a similar ride, that is much larger, but can't recall the name of it. But, the ride is well over 100 feet high. I think that would have been a better choice.

Last edited by Timber-Rider, Monday, December 17, 2012 9:54 PM
Monday, December 17, 2012 10:06 PM

The 100' tall ride (Chance Aviator) is in NO way similar, ride-wise. Looks pretty similar, rides *completely* different.

A good set of flying skooters can be as thrilling as any ride in the park, when run and "driven" properly...

Monday, December 17, 2012 10:10 PM

I agree^ Flying Scooters can be a fun ride. Seems like Michigan's Adventure is relegated as the "Great Escape" of the Cedar Fair chain (Great Escape is also getting a Flying Scooters this year), and is generally ignored by chain's management.

Last edited by bjames, Monday, December 17, 2012 10:10 PM
Monday, December 17, 2012 10:15 PM

If you have been on any of the flats at MA, they are all tamed down versions of Carnival rides. Their Thunderbolt (flying bobs) is very slow, a few spins this way, a few spins that way and done. Their Trabant is so poorly run, that when the ride comes to a stop it makes a horrible noise, as if to say, PLEASE! Put me out of my misery! And, the operation of the parks giant wheel, is so confusing, you begin to wonder if they even know what they are doing. We once rode the wheel for over an hour, because their loading process confused the operator, and she kept forgetting to let us off.

So, don't expect a great ride. It will most likely be tamed too.

And, yes. Aviator was what I was thinking of. Would be much more welcome.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:29 AM

Aviator is a demonstration of how you can take an outstanding ride concept (Flying Scooters) and TOTALLY screw it up.

Well, now Michigan's Adventure gets a new ride and the Kings Island fans have reason to whine and complain!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
(Who thinks Cedar Fair should get a new Flying Scooter for Carowinds and bring the Flying Beagles back to Kings Island where it belongs!)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:36 AM

Flying Scooters is a terrifying ride, to me anyways. I scream in terror when I ride those. It's just so out of control. lol

And yes, the Chance Aviator is a pretty terrible ride. It looks like fun, but you can't control anything about it, and the one at Dollywood has such a short cycle, you might as well not even ride it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 2:37 AM

I think Flyers are a great addition to any park. I wish they'd add some to Dorney.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:09 AM

^^Acceptable only if it comes from another park.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:23 AM

Timber-Rider said:
I mean, it's ok, but not what they should be doing with the huge amount of money the park makes off from it's guests. With record attendance, and soaring profits, I think the park could, and should do better.

I just can't understand why you're so incapable of understanding what a business is. All of the things you describe are reasons enough to not add anything.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:19 AM

Damn ... I knew I should have bet a C-Note on Timber-Rider complaining when they DO get a new ride!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:34 AM

If Michigan's Adventure installed a 7000 foot long Intamin giga-twister, you can bet there would still be something to complain about.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:25 PM

*insert Intamin reliability complaint* (too easy)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:53 PM

OK, let me get this straight... When a certain large park removes this ride, we lament its loss. When a smaller park gets a new version of this ride, we're not interested. Hmm... Seems like a split response...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:00 PM

That's an interesting outlook, Walt. I think some people will be disappointed because of the size and popularity of the park. For example, when Camden Park got a Flyer, it was a big deal to park visitors.

MA is not a park that I will probably ever visit, and as scary as I find Flyers, I still enjoy them. Kudos to MA.

Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:04 PM

You don't HAVE to scare yourself on them, Travis. Don't go too high or try to "stall" your tub, and you can enjoy a fun family ride.

But it's really nice that those of us who WANT a scary ride....can have one. That's what I love about the flying skooters - even better than a thrilling ride, you get to choose the intensity of your ride.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9:50 PM

I just can't understand why you're so incapable of understanding what a business is. All of the things you describe are reasons enough to not add anything.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:11 PM

I would like to see a park build a Gerstlauer Sky Roller.. It looks like an extremely thrilling flat ride that gives you the same fun of controlling the motion of your seat..

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:34 PM

Ok Jeff. Let's flip the debate.Let's say that Michigan's Adventure received Gatekeeper, Dinosaurs Alive, and Windseeker this year, and the rest of the chain received next to nothing. Maybe Cedar Point gets the flying scooter instead. If people complained about the lack of attractions at all the other parks, would you still say...Oh quit complaining, after all, it's just a business, and they have the right to do what they want with their business money? The point is MA always gets the shaft, and their time for a much greater attraction then a lame Flying Scooter is over due.


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