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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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:17 PM

If MIAdv was going to build a significant addition, it would be in its waterpark as this is the main attraction to a good majority of guests. Not to mention water slides are cheaper than roller coasters and easier to get a return on investment. Overall, I am excited for the flying scooters as a new ride is always welcome in my book.

I went to MIAdv twice last season (only a one hour drive for me) and on both visits, Thunderhawk was down for maintenance. I am now in agreement with other posters who said back in 2009 that this coaster was too big for this park. I would hate to see how thin the mechanics would be stretched if MIAdv added another big ride to only be down on a frequent basis.

MIAdv is about as big as they should be considering the 'daytripper'-type of guests that are the park's target audience. Without the waterpark being open, the park is dead which probably explains MIAdv's lack of Halloween events despite the great popularity (and profits) that can be generated at that time of year.

Last edited by arw84, Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:20 PM
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Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:47 AM
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Tekwardo said:
Let me Ask this: if someone gave you $1000,000 dollars tomorrow, would you immediately go out and blow it all on a mansion, expensive car, and anything else you wanted, or would you use some of the money to pay off your debt, buy an affordable house and car, and then save/invest the rest?

The answer for me would be: C. Hookers and blow!!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:05 AM
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^Ah, the Charlie Sheen solution!

Futurama fans will note that Bender came up with the very same answer for HIS amusement park... ;~P

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:55 AM
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Notice how my question wasn't answered. Just turned around to slam me once again.

Notice how MY question wasn't answered. You just ignore facts and logic once again.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:02 PM
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But... but... how would you feel? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?


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Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:39 PM
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^Are you making fun of Bob Dylan? ;~)

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:29 PM

Does anyone think the next big ride at MA might be a water coaster like the ones they put in at Holiday World? That would be awesome and would probably get me to the park more often.

People like to say the water park is the primary draw and therefore most likely to get the new stuff. Unfortunately, the room to expand is Not by the water park - it's behind Wolverine Wildcat and Shivering Timbers - the water park is kinda boxed into a corner. They'll have to get creative to expand the water park.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012 5:45 PM

I'll gladly trade you some Dinosaurs from KI for it!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:04 AM
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OK, I looked on RCDB for the list of coasters and the dates they premiered, because I am not familiar enough with the park to know it's history.

Corkscrew, 1979

Wolverine Wildcat, 1988

Zach's Zoomer, 7/22/1994

Shivering Timbers, 1998

Big Dipper, 1999

Mad Mouse, 1999

Thunderhawk, 5/17/2008

Not that it would make business sense, but let's look at the gaps between coasters and assume that amusement parks set a precedent for themselves by getting coasters at set intervals, 9 years, 6 years, 4 years, two the next year and then one 9 years later. That averages out to about one coaster every four or five years. That does not seem like a park that gets no attention. And if we were to follow that trend it would mean that a coaster would have been due last year or this year. It still would be within the realm of this silly park sets a precedent for itself theory for it to get a new coaster sometime between now and 2017 even if it did not happen until 2017 because the longest streak the park has gone without adding a new coaster since the first coaster was built at this park is nine years.

Now lets continue to throw business sense out the window and base the average coaster per year of park existence. The park opened in 1956, 57 years ago. That averages into one coaster about every eight or nine years. So again, following even this flawed logic, the park is not due for a big coaster until 2016 or 2017.

No matter how you look at it, the park in and of itself as an individual entity is not due for a coaster either based on historical trending or business sense as discussed in this thread earlier. So what logic does this leave us with?

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Monday, January 14, 2013 1:28 AM
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Jeff. I don't know why people continue to believe that Michigan's Adventure was a water park before Shivering Timbers arrived. That is not the case. It was just an amusement park. The water park was not added until after The Wildcat was built was built in 1988. It has always been an amusement park, with a water park added to it. The management has unfortunately spent more money building up the water park, then they have spent on adding rides, obviously because the water park makes them a ton of money, on top of park admission. Mainly on locker and tube rentals.The Jourden's actually spent more time balancing out both sides of the park.


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Monday, January 14, 2013 9:16 AM
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I don't understand why you're so in denial about what the park is. I really don't. If you can walk on to Timbers in the middle of the day, and the lines are long for the water park, it's primarily a water park with some really nice rides. I'd almost say the same thing about Dorney. The rides come in handy in the shoulder season, when it's too cold to use the water park.


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Monday, January 14, 2013 11:03 AM
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Exactly - if the waterpark is where you're making your money, it only makes sense that the waterpark is where you're investing for the future...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:49 AM
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Besdies, if MiA could support bigger rides, they would have built them already. ;)


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 1:52 PM
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I'd say the same thing about Holiday World, too. Comparing my first visit in 2002 to this past year, the water park is now the majority of the park. Sure, there were some additions like Thanksgiving, some old rides were replaced with newer ones. However, the waterpark keeps growing, to the point that it has its own gravitational field strong enough to suck in Pilgrims Plunge and rename it Giraffica.

If that's what is making the money, why invest it somewhere else that doesn't?

~Rob

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:29 PM
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Timber-Rider said:

The management has unfortunately spent more money building up the water park, then they have spent on adding rides, obviously because the water park makes them a ton of money, on top of park admission.

Silly management, spending money on things that make more money. How will they ever stay in business?


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:58 PM
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I had to vote ^that^ up because of the juxtaposition with the profile pic...seriously.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:48 PM
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:38 PM
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I myself am a Lennonist (of the John sort).

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