Nothing new for MiA in 2003

Friday, January 10, 2003 4:12 AM

Well, it looks like MiA won't be getting anything new this year. This quote is from FUN's latest press release:

"Commenting on the capital programs at the Partnership's other parks, Kinzel said, "In 2003, capital expenditures at Worlds of Fun will total $3 million and will feature the introduction of Paradise Falls, a large family water funhouse. This new attraction, located in the adjacent water park, Oceans of Fun, will include water cannons, a 1,000-gallon bucket that empties every five minutes on guests below, water slides, and much more." At Dorney Park, planned capital expenditures will total $6 million and will feature the addition of ten new water slides and the complete renovation of the park's giant wave pool. A total of $3 million will be invested in various upgrades at the Partnership's other parks. "These improvements underline our philosophy of continuous reinvestment in new attractions and our dedication to offering the best in thrill rides and family entertainment," Kinzel concluded."

$3 million for the remaining parks, of which MiA is one. There is no new ride coming to MiA this year.

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Friday, January 10, 2003 4:36 AM
Perhaps Cedar Fair would like Michiganders to go check out Dragster at Cedar Point this year.
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Friday, January 10, 2003 4:50 AM
Maybe it will make everyone go to Cedar Point...Then Michigan's Adventure will be deserted all summer and I can ride Shivering Timbers as much as I want to! I like the speed and height of the new ride, but Shivering Timbers is always going to be one of the best re-ride coasters for me. I don't think I will ever get tired of riding it.
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Friday, January 10, 2003 4:59 AM

By all accounts, MiA needs landscaping and services more desperately than it needs more rides....

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*** This post was edited by Brian Noble on 1/10/2003. ***

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Friday, January 10, 2003 6:49 AM
Since CP got a new coaster in 2002 and is getting one this year, its unlikely (although not impossible) that they will get one for 2004. I have a feeling that WOF, Dorney, Knotts & MIA will all get something next year, whether they be new coasters or other rides.

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-Rob

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Friday, January 10, 2003 6:52 AM
Dorney is getting a very significant upgrade to its water park so I wouldn't say they are getting nothing.
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Friday, January 10, 2003 7:31 AM

By *my* account, MiA needs some air fresheners in their restrooms....and they need to run TWO trains on ST whenever the line exceeeds an hour wait...

Other than that, they *could* really use Tumbler if it's truly leaving KBF...;)

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Friday, January 10, 2003 7:57 AM

Kara mentioned at her 1000th that not much was expected for the 2003 season outside of general "fixing up". They are adding new wood to Timbers, and doing some retracking of Wolverine Wildcat. I would imagine a bit more landscaping, painting, etc. to be happening.

They were doing a survey of park patrons the day I was there with some friends. I'm sure they got lots of input, including the desire for some new steel. With luck, we'll see something major for 2004

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Friday, January 10, 2003 8:42 AM
The Cedar Fairies hate my park :(.

Hey, atleast the train could be more fun...

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Kara (car-uh)
1024 Laps
621 in '02

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Friday, January 10, 2003 9:50 AM

Michigan's Adventure has alot more to worry about than a new ride. How about some parking lot booths instead of a plastic picnic chair and umbrella? How about a sit down restaurant? And who's up for some benches and shade, for starters?

Really, that park is a MAJOR work in progress and needs far more of the basics before it ever plans another large roller coaster...

*** This post was edited by RobCoasting on 1/10/2003. ***

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Friday, January 10, 2003 9:54 AM
What RobCoasting said.

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Friday, January 10, 2003 10:00 AM
I think MA needs landscaping and such, but they certainly need more rides as well...though I'm thinking less of large scale steel, and more of new fangled flats.

The park feels very empty still, and some of that emptiness can be filled with landscaping and improvements, like the aforementioned restaurant idea, but there's zero question they need to expand their ride offerings as well.

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Friday, January 10, 2003 10:50 AM

WOF is getting more than just Paradise Falls. In the employee news letter it stated that WOF was getting:

1. A Haunted House. This is going to be put in the old Ambam building and used during Halloweekends.
2. New Race Game
3. Merchandise Area
4. A Mexican Fiesta
5. Enclosed Dippin Dots Cart
6. Another Snoopy Store
7. A New Stroller Location
8. Ambam, which is now going to serve breakfast

There are also rumors that 'tron may make it's way back into the park and also that a used CFLP sister park ride may end up in the 'City.

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Friday, January 10, 2003 12:09 PM
The lot booths have already been addressed and are installed. The entrance was redone, taking you right up next to ST when you enter now. When I swung by last week, track on the helix had been completely removed for retracking. Couldn't see further into the park though, so those are the current upgrades thus far.

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359 laps on ST
My worst day fishing is better than my best day at work....
my worst day coastering is better than my best day fishing.

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Friday, January 10, 2003 12:27 PM

Exactly. It doesn't make sense to make additons [new rides] to increase attendance when you don't have the proper infrastructure to handle more people. Toll booths, more bathrooms, more places to eat, more shading...that's what's needed to ready the park for the next wave of new rides.

Moosh

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Friday, January 10, 2003 12:45 PM
The mooshster...mamooshie-wooshidy...moosha-dingding-diggity...moooooshhhh....mamoosh!!! Well spoken, well read big dog. Sorry...SNL flashback there.... ;) Everyone knows there is plenty of area to expand...and they will. But first the essentials must be ratified and updated. It will happen folks...oh it will most definately happen. Just continue to patronage and have some patience. There is a method to CF's madness. :) I for one have nothing but time, so I'm personally in no hurry and am grateful for the effort that the powers that be have shown thus far.

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359 laps on ST
My worst day fishing is better than my best day at work....
my worst day coastering is better than my best day fishing.

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Friday, January 10, 2003 1:44 PM
Hey guys...I just got word that there's going to be an article in our local newspaper this Sunday talking about Michigan's Adventure.

Check CoasterBuzz news this Sunday to be linked to the article:)

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Kara (car-uh)
1024 Laps
621 in '02

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Friday, January 10, 2003 2:00 PM

I think MiA is well on it's way with those improvements, and I frankly like the idea of minimal waits for ST right now.

Many people (outside of enthusiasts) won't travel great distances to get to MiA and even Michigandars in southeast Michigan would prefer the 2.5 hour drive to CP which has a lot more to offer. I have yet to talk my 16 year old son into going, and my hubby went once, but doesn't consider it an "all day" park...not worth the 2.5-3 hour drive. I should point out that neither is a big waterpark fan.

I still believe that CF, although definitely interested in doing the needed general improvements (and I DO hope they improve the bathrooms and food situation), will still add something a bit more major in 2004, be it some larger flats (I think a Huss land of giants would be wonderful) or a steel coaster. Once they have a larger draw, they'll have a better reason to provide on-site overnight accomodations.

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I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

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Friday, January 10, 2003 2:50 PM

Isn't it pretty much Cedar Fair policy to have a Coasters Diner, hypercoaster, and S&S tower at all their parks? When they aquired knotts they plopped in those rides IMMEDIATELY, I don't know how they got Buena Park to approve Supreme Scream so quickly.

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Friday, January 10, 2003 3:45 PM

Speedy -

Another of those Cedar Fair, L.P. park standard "icons" is the shoot-the-chutes flume, which you forgot to mention :)

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