Posted Monday, May 19, 2008 9:45 AM | Contributed by ShiveringTim
Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park's newest ride — Thunderhawk — is the first inverted roller coaster in Michigan and the park's largest investment to date. Thunderhawk opened Wednesday morning to the screams of a train load of riders who paid for the opportunity of the first ride through an American Red Cross local fundraising effort.
It just goes to show you that except for the Raptor comparisons some were making, people aren't really all that aware of what's going on elsewhere in the world as enthusiasts are. And the articles cement what some of us have saying for years--that clones are not evil--unless you're the small percentage who travels from state to state.
But I kind of know what you're getting at. It's kind of like the one kid on the playground that's showing off the iPod he bought used on eBay when all the other kids have already had one for years --- and those were bought new.
And as has been said, this particular SLC is pretty smooth and the only one I have been on that is re-ridable.
I think it's a good addition to the park. It's good to see people excited about it again. As for the comment that it's "much more exciting" than Shivering Timbers (as was mentioned in the article from the Muskegon Chronicle), I couldn't disagree more.
However, being from Michigan, I know that most people who go to Michigan's Adventrue have also been to Cedar Point and Great America, as those are the parks that I hear commented on most when I am waiting in line to ride the rides at Michigan's Adventure. Kings Island also comes up a lot. I would say that more people who are from Michigan flock to Cedar Point more than anywhere else, some have never been to Michigan's Adventure, because they don't know that it is really a fun place to go.
So a majority of Thunderhawk riders have probably also been on Raptor, and the big boys at Cedar point. So, I think they are as thrilled as I am to have this coaster in their back yard. But they still say Shivering Timbers is the best wooden coaster out there. There are few wooden coasters I can think of in the midwest that even come close.
I'm sure first time visitors to Michigan's Adventure will like the park now more than ever. And, will be sure to return again as the park grows in the future. Remember that not all park goers are enthusiasts, most are just looking for an ulturnative to the expensive parks, and Michigan's Adventure is worth it. Couldn't say that 5 years ago. But, it certainly is now.
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