Michigan’s Adventure is a park that many people dislike due to it’s small variety of attractions. While this may turn away many guests, there are still people who visit it, and I have visited the park in 2014.
I did not think 7 roller coasters was too bad at one park, considering some parks outside of an amusement park chain, have less.
First off, before I start sharing my opinions: I do not remember exactly how each roller coaster I rode was. It may have changed, and in fact, it probably did. Actually, I would prefer if people who have ridden the coasters recently to comment about their experiences.
Shivering Timbers, I remember, being not too bad. I remember it having a little rattle and it being unstable during certain parts of the ride.
Thunderhawk, I remember the best, as being an extremely rough ride. It is not the worst of it’s type. With that being said, however, it is not a pleasant ride. Headbanging occurs lots, even when using techniques to reduce it.
From what I have heard is that the ride is even worse than a few years ago. If I visited or planned to potentially visit the park in the future, getting a good ride would be unprecedented.
As for the park itself, the roller coaster selection is okay. Is it the worst: No. Is it making an improvement: Absolutely not.
But consider that the revenue the park is already generating has a factor on when the parent company will invest into the park. Even with testing some small investment, growth is needed for the continuing of the processs.
The family attractions at the park are not too bad. A kids area should be formed much more than currently to house more kid attractions, but it is not too bad.
The water park is decent. It has a good selection of water rides, however, it needs a large renovation. This would be a good actionable step for an increase in annual guests coming to visit. An approach to, for example, Carolina Harbor or Cedar Point Shores, would benefit the park significantly.
The park’s food selection needs improvement. Comparing it to the other Cedar Fair parks, more sit-down restaurants are needed to accommodate large groups of people. It is also a preference to many, as it is more enjoyable that way.
A sit down restaurant is at the park but it is a buffet.
The park has a lot of improvements to make. Starting with food and the water park are great steps to ensure a smooth transition. Later, if more funding is given to the park due to an increase in revenue/guests, the park should add family rides. Eventually, the park needs a brand new roller coaster.
The roller coaster does not need to be big. A Hyper GTX coaster would be a great option for the park. Or perhaps, a smaller RMC coaster like Storm Chaser from Kentucky Kingdom, would be approachable.
If I did visit Michigan’s Adventure again in the future, improvements would have to be made. The park right now has a good foundation for everything but more small investments should be employed to bringing the park further. Unlike many amusement parks, normally Michigan’s Adventure is rarely discussed in the amusement industry. Like….. at all. That is saying something about the park.
Thank you for reading and allowing me to share what I have conducted after visiting the park in 2014 and analyzing the park from events that took place since. This post shared the conclusions I gathered from it.
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