New ride(s) for michigans adventure?

Saturday, May 22, 2010 5:46 PM

Sorry, I had just woken up. I didn't mean it to sound that way. But IIRC the rumor about it going to MiA only lasted about a week.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 9:54 PM

Well, i had heard that Demon drop would be going to Dorney or Ma, I just didn't know that it was official. I was kind of surprised when I went to Cedar Point last summer, and it was still there. I also heard that they would be removing Disaster Transport. If they do, that location would be a great spot for a flying coaster.

As for Michigan's Adventure, I hope that they add something to the park soon. While all the bigger parks are getting decent rides, MA has only received 3 in the last 10 years. And only one of them is a coaster.

Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:22 PM

It's also be lowest attendance park in the chain. Meaning lowest ROI.

Friday, June 11, 2010 5:25 PM

Where did you come up with the lowest attendance and lowest ROI? I heard this was the only park with attendance and profit increase and has been for the last 3 years for Cedar Fair.

Friday, June 11, 2010 7:34 PM

Which doesn't mean it is NOT the lowest attendance & ROI. You can be increasing but still be on the bottom.

I have no idea about ROI, but I always figured MiA was lowest attendance. The Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland, Michigan combined statistical area had a population of 1,254,661 as of the 2000 Census. The Twin Cities (Valley Fair) has 3.5m people and the Combined Statistical Area of Kansas City (Worlds of Fun) has a population of 2,059,328.

Last edited by Captain Hawkeye, Friday, June 11, 2010 7:35 PM
Friday, June 11, 2010 8:36 PM

Your stats on the surrounding cities is correct, but dont forget about Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, also the Lake shore cities like Holland, St. Joe, South Haven, Saguatuck, nearly triple in population, with a lot of vaction homes for people that live in chicago that hit Michigan Adventure.Oddly enough as well, It's easier to get to Muskegon from Detroit than to Cedar Point, or so some the school districts that take their end of the summer trips to Michigan Adventure argue.

Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:26 AM

^ Is it easier or cheaper? In addition, I assume that the State of Michigan would prefer the schools spend their $$$ in Michigan, as opposed to filling Ohio's coffers.

Monday, June 14, 2010 4:02 PM

I live just across the river from Detroit in Windsor; it's about an hour and a half to Cedar Point (avoiding the turnpike) and about 3 and a half to Michigan's Adventure... for a school, I could see admission tickets start to be less for MA, but I'm sure it's probably easier to get field trips to go to CP. People in Windsor don't even know what Michigan's Adventure is for the most part

Monday, June 14, 2010 4:57 PM

I can guarantee you there are people in Muskegon who have no idea what Michigan's Adventure is.

Monday, June 14, 2010 4:59 PM

How can that be Mamoosh?

With the exciting new bumper boat attraction, I think it's safe to say that they have put themselfs on the map.:)

Monday, June 14, 2010 5:12 PM

Timber-Rider said:
I think they would do better by getting a S&S Tower.

But, I wouldn't mind having it come to Michigan. It would certainly be welcomed here, and probably get lots of riders. As there are no other thrill rides in the park.

Yep, a drop tower or some other giant thrill ride (giant swing, top spin,etc) would be an excellent addition. Especially if it was situated along a new section of midway along the back side of Wolverine Wildcat that connects ThunderHawk and Shivering Timbers. That is long overdue.

Mamoosh said:
I can guarantee you there are people in Muskegon who have no idea what Michigan's Adventure is.

Agreed. Even if you live in Muskegon, that park is far away and in the middle of nowhere.

Last edited by decil76, Monday, June 14, 2010 5:17 PM
Monday, June 14, 2010 6:07 PM

If I was not a regular on this site, I probably would not know of Michigan's Adventure. That said, if Michigan's Adventure wanted to step things up a bit, they could advertise in Milwaukee and make a deal with the Lake Express ferry company.

Monday, June 14, 2010 6:31 PM

I've thought since they announced it that adding the SLC to the line up there was total overkill. And people expect something bigger/faster/whatever?

Monday, June 14, 2010 6:40 PM

I just posted a bunch of pictures, including the exciting new bumper boats here...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 8:08 AM

^^ I think you are wrong, Thunderhawk was not overkill, it was a perfect fit. I would love to see a hyper like Millenium Force or Magnum, but That would be overkill.

The things I've always wondered is how a park like MIA would have done had it been between Grand Rapids and Lansing or Kalamazoo instead of being at least 15 minutes outside of a small city and in a location that very few people have any reason to be passing through. Despite it very poor location, it does still attract quite a crowd.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 8:30 AM

Right on I-94 would have been a great site, as some as you know, before the Gemini was built at Cedar Point, it was going to be the star attraction of an amusement park that was suppose to got to in Fort Custer just between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek on I-94. That fell through becuase of the debate over possible live ammo dumps and land disputes with other people going after the lane. So if the Gemini was built there, I wonder how well that park would have done.

Thunderhawk was something Michigan Adventure needed. The Funnel of Fear is something the water park needed, but since then both sides of the park have received landscaping which the park needed. The park didnt need Cedar Points Swan boats or the bumper boats. Just like the Dorney Park Demon Drop t-shirt could make a few recycle shirts like, Dodge um-we recycle, ThunderHawk, we Recycle, Swan boats- we recycle, Bumper boats, we recycle............I think it would be great to see the ride part add a new ride or coaster and the water park add a water coaster or new slide complex or upgrade the lazy river. A lazy action river like schliterbahn or Noah's Ark would be great. The small section of the lazy river now that has some action to it, seems to be always closed when I am there.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 12:31 PM

I thought that the park in Michigan was supposed to be in the irish hills area?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:21 PM

I think that MA can dump the train... yes i know its a cute little family ride but I think the park has focused on family adventures to long and we need a real thrill! I think we need an addition like diamondback. I think getting rid of the train will open up a lot of addition space. the pathway between Grand Rapids and Shivering Timbers is needed and I think that will be the start of this whole expansion. With the bumper-boats addition I was excited. At first I thought "really thats what we get new" but then I thought, Hey this is exciting because it shows they are expanding every year. It may be small but its a ride. I think Michigans Adventure will end and i think there will be a whole midway behind it. I am hoping for a huge ride in the future! (:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:59 PM

crazy horse said:
ith the exciting new bumper boat attraction, I think it's safe to say that they have put themselfs on the map.:)

I haven't been to Michigan's Adventure in some years...

But speaking of putting themselves on the map...the last time I was there, the sign on the highway directing motorists in the general direction of the park said, "<- AMUSEMENT PARK". Have they changed that to read, "<- Michigan's Adventure" yet?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:06 AM

Nope...The signs are still the same.

If you check out my photo trip report, I posted a picture of that sign.


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