A great ride! It's for sure in my top 10. However, for me, it is nowhere near the #1 spot. For sheer airtime it can't be beat, but when I rode it, it didn't come near my no. 1 spot. I was personally surprised, as I expected it to land at #1. (Just like Apollo's Chariot. I loved it, but it wasn't anywhere near #1 for me) Personally I like coasters that deliver the complete package, Ghostrider, Lightning Racer, Roar West, Raven, Legend, etc.
Basically my opinion on ST is that it's a world class ride. If you like airtime, you won't be dissapointed. However, it didn't quite live up to all the hype for me. (Hope you get to ride it Al!)
*** This post was edited by Peabody on 3/11/2001. ***
coaster ed said: "Saturday the 9th has 3 hours of ERT planned from 7pm to 10pm, which is the same as last year, and the only drawback was it never got completely dark out that night."
Interesting, I remember being on the last train of the event at around 10:25pm (or later, I just no it was nowhere near the 10:00pm spot they wanted to end at) and it most certainly WAS completely pitch black outside. One of the best rides I've ever had on it. I plan on going back for this years event.
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Shivering Timbers is an outstanding ride. I really don't know where to start. Probably the most interesting part of the ride is the location. It literally sits in a field in the middle of nowhere. You crest the first hill and look out to see nothing but wood straight in front of you. That's one of the coolest coaster views anywhere.
One thing about this coaster that I noticed is that it's a completely different ride in the front seat compared to the back. While it's still a great ride in the back, the front nothing short of the best wooden coaster I've ever been on. Fan-damn-tastic.
After a 10-hour drive from Pennsylvania to Michigan's Adventure, I was seriously doubting that any roller coaster could be worth it. A day and many rides later, I was convinced that it was.
What else can I add to this. Timbers is the closest thing to a perfect wooden coaster I've ever experienced. Tons of brilliant airtime. Nice laterals in the turnaround and helix. Everyone should make the trek to Muskegon.
I must also say that it's so nice to see a family owned park add a world class UNBREAKED wood coaster, and one that is so unique. I think MA has a great looking future, and I can't wait to go back. I wish everyone could ride ST. It's one of the few out & back coasters that busted it's way into my twister filled top ten wood list!
Peabody said: "I must also say that it's so nice to see a family owned park add a world class UNBREAKED wood coaster, and one that is so unique."
Are you sure it is unbraked? I was watching one of those TLC coaster shows and the 'enthusiast' who was riding the timbers clearly said "get off the (trim or brake, I dont remember which word he used). I "think" he said it just as they were entering the helix. I've never been there (and may never get there) so I would not know. But I know what I heard. lata, jeremy --So what's the closest major airport to Muskegon anyway?
If you compare ST to the current construction pix of Intamins COLOSSOS (www.thrillride.com) there are some similarities. Do you think Colossos will come close or even be better than ST. Note that COLOSSOS will have a banked drop/turnaround after three consecutive drops, a double helix and a return trip filled with bunnyhops galore!
My worship team for my youth group now takes an annual trip to my pastor's grandparent's cottage right on Lake Michigan. I had no idea when we went last year that the place we were going was in Muskegon! A few weeks ago I asked him how far it was from the cottage to the park and he said "fifteen-twenty minutes". AHHH I could have ridden it last year! No worry for me though, I already talked him into leaving a day early to go to the park this year!
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No trims. Period. Once the chain lets you go at the top of hill, you don't see a brake until you hit the set before entering the station.
And remember, it's wood. It rides different on different days.
Shivering Timbers is one of the few coasters that deserves roller coaster deity. It is a roller coaster in its purest form.
A trip suggestion: Fly into Chicago Midway, do SFGam and drive to Muskegon from there. It's about 250 miles. Just don't go to Six Flags on the weekend - save that for MA. Even on a weekend in the summer, you'll be able to get a couple dozen rides on ST and still do the waterpark.