First of, I just don't *get* Shivering Timbers. Everyone said its an airtime machine. Certainly not on the day I went. Not only that but it was pretty rough. Without any airtime, I'd say that pretty much invalidates the layout of the ride, making it rough, boring, and horribly predictable. And that trick-track... evil.
IMO, Wolverine Wildcat ranks pretty close to SFMM's Psyclone. That ride has more jackhammering than a construction site!
Typically, small parks make up for their lack of rides with an abundance of atmosphere and charm (see IB, HW, Legoland, etc.). Michigan's Adventure has no landscaping, lackluster employees and a lot of rides that look like they are a part of the county fair circuit.
All in all, not up to Cedar Fair's standards my any means, and its something that an S&S drop ride or Intamin Impulse probably won't fix.
Knotts Halloween Haunt- Everyone has to go sometime....
Wooden coasters can have off days due to other factores besides just temp. Maybe the fact that the trains are not running all week has something to do with it. I don't know. All I know is I have got ho-hum rides on ST and I have had blow-your-socks-off rides on it and you will be cheating yourself if you don't try to get the latter some time in the future. I was planning on going this weekend but I'm sick as a dog.
The mouse there, incidentally, is near a kiddie coaster. So you're giving a kiddie coaster a 7 out of 10 and ST a 5 out of 10? That's pretty weird. Same for liking Wildcat more then ST. It's not like Wildcat is a smooth wood coaster ride at all, so I'm not sure why you objected so to what you perceived as rough on ST but not on Wildcat.
I also notice that an actual kiddie coaster was given a 7 out of 10. If you dislike ST so much for being rough, and love kiddie and family coasters so much, perhaps you should stick to those kinds of rides?
I'd rate VF's WT harshly, too--because I'd rate it against other hypers I've boarded.
I'll tell you something else. I've never had a rough ride on ST and it still doesn't dent my top ten woodie list. Why? Because I've had better. Much better and plenty of it. The more true world class woodies I've been on, the lower ST sinks IMHO. Sorry.
(whose home park isn't the center of the universe either)
NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.
I rate coasters for what they are. The mouse and Zach's Zoomer were good fun coasters. They got a 7. I have given 7's to other more "intense" coasters (for example, B:TR, and IW at GAm). That does not mean I think they offer the same ride experience...it just means that they offer an average ride (Think "C" in school).
Now if I was RANKING rides, I could see your point. But I was rating them. Two entirely different methods.
If I had to RANK (which I do not do because I find it hard to compare rides of different genres) the same coasters would fare much differently. Take this example of JUST GAm and MiA. Wood coasters would start at Viper, Eagle, Wolverine, Timbers, ZZoomer.
Steel coasters would go SUF, RB, BTR, V2, Whizzer, Ragin Cajun, Mad Mouse, Demon, IW, Corkscrew, Big Dipper, Spacely's.
Do you understand what I mean now?
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