Question about Michigans adventure's corkscrew.

Friday, November 24, 2006 10:45 PM
Has the corkscrew always run at michigans adventure, or was it transplanted from another park?

I thought I heard it came from another park, but according to rcdb it has always been at Mia.

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Friday, November 24, 2006 10:55 PM
Yes, it's always been at Michigan's Adventure. There is a strange story about the ride I remember reading once a while back concerning the ride. Back when the park was just a deer park called Deer Park Funland, the Jourden family wanted to start adding amusement rides. When they approached Arrow about building the Corkscrew in the late 70s, Arrow basically ignored them thinking that they couldn't afford to install it. Arrow was more interested in selling their new groundbreaking looping coasters to larger, more established parks. Somehow, the Jourdens were able to convince Arrow that they were serious, and the ride was finally sold to them. The ride became a huge hit for the park after it was installed in 1979, and eventually helped establish them as a regional amusement park.
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Saturday, November 25, 2006 12:53 AM
Ignoring Michigan

It's what the nation does.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006 1:22 AM
No, just Detroit. ;)

I don't know about the validity of that story, but at NoCoaster this year, it was mentioned that investing in the corcscrew was a major risk for MIA/Deer Park.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006 3:31 AM
"this is video footage of Detroit... (fire an mayhem and shooting) ...This is Detroit AFTER the attacks... (same with tripods just added in)..." LOL

I'm guessing the major risk pulled off, and held the park over but some new steel would be nice I'm sure. *** Edited 11/25/2006 8:31:55 AM UTC by P18***

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Saturday, November 25, 2006 2:31 PM
^ Scary Movie 4!!! That movie was hilarious!!!
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Saturday, November 25, 2006 6:54 PM
Corkscrew has always been at MIA. It wasent used or any thing like that. But the Jourdens did convince arrow to let them get it. And im so happy they did. *** Edited 11/26/2006 11:32:08 PM UTC by Coasterkid85***
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Saturday, November 25, 2006 7:39 PM
I dont understand that logic. If they had the money or the proper financing to purchase the coaster, why would Arrow care?
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Saturday, November 25, 2006 11:26 PM
Again, it's only from a story I read a while back. My guess is that they just didn't take them seriously at first. Also, Arrow's schedule got dramatically busy after the debut of the first Corskscrew at Knott's Berry Farm in 1975. It seemed like several Arrow looping and non-looping designs were built during that decade, mostly to larger theme parks. They also were installing log flumes and other rides to many parks during this period as well, thus they're schedule may have been full for installations. I guess you could say that the 1970s through the 1980s were Arrows "golden years". *** Edited 11/26/2006 4:27:55 AM UTC by Brother Dave***
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Sunday, November 26, 2006 8:24 AM
Who cares when or why they got it, lets just eb gratefull that they got it.
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Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:57 AM
What with the Detroit Insults?

We are rebuilding!

And it is three hours or more from MIA anyway!

:)

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Sunday, November 26, 2006 12:31 PM
Thanks for the info.

Very interesting.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:08 PM
So, am I led to believe that Corkscrew was their first coaster in the park? Or was ZZ first?

I know I haven't researched this myself...I could just go to rcdb and find out...maybe I will...

Anyway, if that is the first coaster to be installed, what a way to start!

Plenty of room for X-Flight though. No rumor, just saying.

IMHO I would rather see it go there than to VF.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:56 PM
Corkscrew was indeed the first coaster for Deer Park Funland, later called Michigan's Adventure. It joined other larger parks like Knott's Berry Farm, Opryland, Myrtle Beach Pavilion (moved from nearby Magic Harbor), Geauga Lake, and Busch Gardens Tampa to get the same coaster (to name a few).

The park's second coaster was Wolverine Wildcat, added in 1988.

Zach's Zoomer wasn't added until 1994, making that actually the THIRD coaster added to Michigan's Adventure!

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Sunday, November 26, 2006 11:06 PM
Kind of a weird first coaster, but I guess it all worked out for the best.
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Monday, November 27, 2006 10:32 AM
Wasn't MIA's corkscrew indentical to GL's old corkscrew?
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Monday, November 27, 2006 11:08 AM
^ Yes...per Brother Dave... ;)
http://tinyurl.com/6zvoq
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Monday, November 27, 2006 11:34 AM
I guess Geauga was taken very seriously by Arrow. They got two coasters from them. ;)
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006 11:15 PM
^ And Antique Cars and a Log Flume

MIA has an Arrow Flume as well

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006 11:28 PM
The log flume at Geauga is not an Arrow. I forget the name of the company, but, I believe it came from Japan. The logs, however, may be Arrow logs. Not sure.
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