New ride(s) for michigans adventure?

Thursday, March 4, 2010 6:48 PM

I just checked the Michigan's Adventure website, and the only thing that has changed is the prices. Everything has gone up, and there is nothing listed as being new. However, I can assume more upgrades to facilities, and perhaps cosmetic improvements.

Admission $26.00

parking: $8.00 (Which is absolutely ridiculous, probably raise it again.)

If they do not add some kind of new ride soon, a lot of people are going to get bored with the park, especially those of us who have been regular visitors. Unfortuantely, a lot of the competition is closing.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 7:46 PM

They just added a $10m+ inverted coaster the year before last. How many new rides can a 500,000 attendance park support?

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:17 PM

But that was last year....waaaaaaaah!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:27 PM

It cost over $10 million to move a used SLC? :-\

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Friday, March 5, 2010 12:53 PM

No, it was 5 million. And that was in 2008.

I could not get anything out of Camille or Brandon last fall about possible additions or improvements for this year. But now that the weather is breaking and I have more daylight to work with I can start snooping around a little.

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Friday, March 5, 2010 1:02 PM

Seriously though, parks that are bigger and more profitable than MiA are getting older, less interesting rides (1st gen freefalls, for instance).

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Friday, March 5, 2010 5:16 PM

Just posted on there facebook page:

"Our #1 reason to purchase a 2010 season pass is that you can be one of the first to ride our new Bumper Boats. You can bump and splash all day at no additional charge. Your family and friends will love them! Now you tell us why you think everyone should own a season pass."

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Friday, March 5, 2010 5:54 PM

I remember hearing about these boats in another thread. They are from one of the other CF parks. I just don;t remember which one.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010 4:06 PM

I think they are from vallyfair.

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Monday, March 8, 2010 6:41 PM

Threads like this really make me wonder if anyone knows the correct forms of "your" and "you're" anymore. Yikes..

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010 9:43 AM

The battle against poor grammar on the internet is eternal...and a losing one, unfortunately.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:59 PM

Just a comment on the parks attendance. I believe the park had over 700,000 visitors last year, and broke previous attendance records. The amount of money the park rakes in is astounding for a park of it's size, especially since it has so little to offer.

If you just include admission on 700,000 at last years prices that comes to $15,500,000.00. That doesn't include money they make on parking, food, gifts, locker rentals, other rentals, and challenge park/golf fees. Also money made from Rip Cord, and the various midway games, which is probably more money than they make on admission.

So, for them to spend $5,000,000.00 on a new ride is peanuts compared to what they make in a season. This is also something the park rarely does. Grand Rapids, and Shivering Timbers are the only large projects the park has had over the years. So, a majority of what they made in between was probably a huge chunk of money.

Also, a huge portion of the money that was spent on th Thunderhawk project also went to landscaping and buildings, which include the Thunderhawk store, paths, and new restrooms. not to mention a slew of new games and concessions added to the park last year.

I also think the whole bumper boats thing is stupid, and nothing to get excited about. Even the local Craigs cruisers has bumper boats. Big Deal.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 12:19 AM

I bet overhead for an amusement park is pretty high, though.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 2:13 AM

Timber-Rider said:
So, for them to spend $5,000,000.00 on a new ride is peanuts compared to what they make in a season.

This kind of "analysis" is not useful without considering both sides of the balance sheet, including things enthusiasts never think about like taxes, depreciation, etc.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 8:49 AM

Timber-Rider said:
I just checked the Michigan's Adventure website, and the only thing that has changed is the prices. Everything has gone up, and there is nothing listed as being new. However, I can assume more upgrades to facilities, and perhaps cosmetic improvements.

Admission $26.00

parking: $8.00 (Which is absolutely ridiculous, probably raise it again.)

If they do not add some kind of new ride soon, a lot of people are going to get bored with the park, especially those of us who have been regular visitors. Unfortuantely, a lot of the competition is closing.

I could not agree more with you. Last summer my dad and I went to the park and with only two rides worth going on(they were on opposite sides of the park) we were out of there at around 3:00 due to boredom.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 9:32 AM

I think the real value for the park is that it's also a pretty decent water park. If you're relying on being entertained by only the rides for a full day, you're probably going to be disappointed.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 11:58 AM

Timber-Rider said: ...for them to spend $5,000,000.00 on a new ride is peanuts compared to what they make in a season.

Somebody call a waaaaaahmbulance for that man!

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Friday, March 26, 2010 12:36 PM

Also, who the heck pays gate price to get into an amusement park? The per cap is the only number that matters.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 2:59 PM

Timber-Rider said:Also, a huge portion of the money that was spent on th Thunderhawk project also went to landscaping and buildings, which include the Thunderhawk store, paths, and new restrooms. not to mention a slew of new games and concessions added to the park last year.

I also think the whole bumper boats thing is stupid, and nothing to get excited about. Even the local Craigs cruisers has bumper boats. Big Deal.

A slew of games and concessions?.....Where?

I do agree about the bumperboats.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 3:08 PM

700,000 was what Geauga Lake was drawing its last few seasons and it was losing money. Jeff's right, operating EXPENSES are a part of the balance sheet.

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