New ride(s) for michigans adventure?

Monday, June 28, 2010 12:46 PM

One consistent beef I have with Michigan Adventure is the sporadic clumping and placing of rides. It appears the former owners had just landed rides with were ever there was an electric supply. Examples the crowding around The falling star, the carousel and two kid rides half way between the water park and the dry rides. I don't know if there is a way for the park to address this fact, but seeing as most of the rides are carnival rides, maybe a planet snoopy make over for a kid section will help the flow of the park. like uprooting or getting rid of the OLD worn out kiddie rides that are sporadically places through out the park, and get them in one new section. The water park itself is separated but I do like the fact that the Soaker rides are all back near the water park where you can wear your swimsuit and walk a "short" distance to adventure falls and Grand Rapids.
As for the crowds being small because of the Summer Celebration, I don't buy it. I have been there numerous Years during the Air fair, even when the Blue Angels were performing, and Performers of Toby Keith caliber performing and the park was still packed and giving rides like shivering timbers 15 to 30 minutes waits even in the heat of the day.

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Monday, June 28, 2010 1:30 PM

Like I said I didn't really attribute the lack of crowds due to said events happing in Muskegon. I have been at the 4 times this year, twice on Saturday's and in the middle of the week, and they have been quite dead. The people are just not going there this year.

Last year alot of people were taking staycations, maybe that had something to do with the crowds last year. The weather has been great so far this year and MiA crowd numbers seem low to me.

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Monday, June 28, 2010 6:18 PM
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It was pretty buisy when I was there a few days ago. We had to wait over a half hour for the mouse coaster.


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Monday, June 28, 2010 6:56 PM
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Here are some pictures from timbersfest this past friday....

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/57579.aspx


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Monday, June 28, 2010 7:38 PM

Crazy horse by far you had probally 5 times as many people compared to Sunday. Amazingly enough those $5 shirts were still there and no one was buying them lol.
It is such a rare sight to see Michigan Adventure let up at night, alot of the rides have impressive lighting configurations on them, maybe someday they will be open in to the night time hours so people can enjoy those lights. Forgive me I just like the ambience of amuesment parks at night.

You caught a great pic of the bumpy ride that Wildcat delivers with that pic of the track.

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Monday, June 28, 2010 7:45 PM
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Actualy, the ride was not that bumpy. Just the brake run, but at that point you are going fairly slow.


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Monday, August 2, 2010 5:40 PM

So with Valleyfair getting a rumored expanison probally consiting of Planet Snoopy. Could we see Planet Snoopy arriving at Michigan Adventure since there is no camp snoopy yet and only small store with snoopy and Peanuts stuff? I think this is one of few Cedar Fair parks that doesnt have a planet or camp snoopy.

Might info be leaked at the august 3rd confrence call?

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Monday, August 2, 2010 5:59 PM
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They need something at Michigans adventure.

Bumper boats are not enough to keep me going back. I don't expect them to build a 200 foot coaster, but maybe a new midway with a few rides and a show perhaps.


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Monday, August 2, 2010 6:04 PM
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Dude...you just got Thunderhawk in 2008. The park has seven coasters, three of which are wood. That's more than a lot of parks.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 6:09 PM
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Like I said...we don't need another coaster. The park needs some flat rides though. It is lacking in that dept.


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Monday, August 2, 2010 6:35 PM
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MiA has more flat rides than SFMM.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 6:55 PM
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^That's not saying much. :)


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Sunday, August 8, 2010 3:40 PM

Corkscrew Follies how exactly did you drive past Boblo Island? You could barely see the Space Spiral from Grosse Isle, MI and you might have been able to see Falling Star from Amherstburg, Ont.


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Sunday, August 8, 2010 3:45 PM

I am so happy to hear that there is the much "rumored" addition to the water park (sarcastic). I guess it makes sense. MI Adventure will always be a water park that just happens to have amusement park rides.

While much has been said about this park not adding a major thrill attraction again, Jeff is right. The people are going to the park regardless of the roller coasters. I see lines longer in the water park than the ride park. However, some sort of thrill ride would be a nice addition to the park. I do not go out of my way to go to MI Adventure. If I am visiting my relatives in Grand Haven, I may stop at MI Adventure for a few trips on Shivering Timbers or Thunderhawk prior to going down the street to Thunderbird Raceway.


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Sunday, August 8, 2010 7:47 PM

MCCF Iknow I wrote I drove by it, but I must have been in a boat of some kind. I have a few pics of the park, and they seem to be taken from the water. This happened in the early eighties, and I was a kid and not able to drive then.

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Friday, August 27, 2010 12:37 AM
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I think it was around 1978 or 1979 that there were plans to build a replica of Cedar Point near Grand Rapids in the Kentwood area. I think that they wanted to compete with the Marriott company and their replica parks of Great America. (I think they were planning to expand as well.)

I have lived in Grand Rapids most of my life, and I was very excited to hear about it. Well, the whole plan was shot down by the local media. They reported the plans on the local news, not knowing that the man who was selling the land to the developers was unaware that he was selling his land to develope an amusement park, and he raised the price of his land from $25,000.00 to $3,000,000.00 overnight.

Of course the plan was immediately scrapped. Too bad, because that would have been a great addition to Grand Rapids, and Michigan tourism. All you have to do is look what Sandusky is like today, and you would see what having another Cedar Point would have done for our state. Imagaine what would happen to Sandusky if Cedar Point no longer existed. That would be really bad.

I think this is part of th reason they wanted Michigan's Adventure so badly. Of course that was at a time when Six Flags was a huge threat to them. Now that they aren't. Michigan's Adventure is seeing very little growth, while other Cedar Fair parks are getting better attractions every year. I hope that MA gets something decent next year. And, NOT one of those tower swings. They already have a swing ride.

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Friday, August 27, 2010 12:41 AM
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I think the idea that the area could support a park the size of Cedar Point, even a 1979 Cedar Point, is total fantasy.


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Friday, August 27, 2010 10:17 AM

The thing is, what does the area around Cedar Point have that MiA doesn't? It's about the same distance from Detroit. Both parks require a decent drive from the nearest freeway (actually MiA has an advantage there - driving through Sandusky is a pain). GR and Muskegon are both bigger then Sandusky, I am pretty sure. Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Holland are good size cities nearby as well. If MiA were Cedar Point size in terms of rides,etc it should have pretty much the same draw factor as CP. My point - CP is not exactly close to major metropolis either and thrives only because it's enough a destination to draw from the big cities that are all at least a few hours away. I'm not saying MiA will or should ever grow as big as CP, just that the area could support it equally well as the area where CP is located.


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Friday, August 27, 2010 10:29 AM
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what does the area around Cedar Point have that MiA doesn't?

Lots of tourism? The Sandusky area is a tourist trap, and there are tons of things there, and it has been because of the lake and beaches. CP came about because people were already going there since the 1800s. That's not what happened with MiA. There are always coulda/shoulda/wouldas, but MiA didn't, and CP did.


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Friday, August 27, 2010 11:00 AM

Sandusky? tons of things there? The only things I'm aware of are there because CP has made it into a place tourists go, not the other way around. But you make a good point regardless that I can't disagree with really. Certainly the Muskegon area offers very little to do. Even GR is a bit sparse for things to do. But Lake Michigan is pretty close, with some nice parks.

I grew up near Lake Huron, outside of a touristy beach town. So beaches are no big deal to me and I tend to forget they are a draw. I'm just not into beaches, but I know I'm in the minority there.

I wasn't talking coulda/woulda/shoulda but I do have one: I wish MiA had sprung up more in the Battle Creek area - that's more conviently located to all of the major population centers in Michigan.


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