Hidden on the west coast of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies a small, yet wonderful amusement park that families of ALL ages can enjoy. From the high-ranking CCI wooden coaster, “Shivering Timbers,” to one of the few Arrow Wild Mouse coasters in existence, this park is a true gem. Michigan’s Adventure also has a TON of amazing family rides, thrill rides, water rides, a petting zoo, and an absolutely wonderful water park that make this park a proverbial “paradise” for families of all ages.
What About Its Coaster Count?
Do they have a coaster count to make its competition jealous? Nope! Do they have a brand new “record-shattering” coaster every two to three years? Nope! That’s part of the beauty of this park – they do not need any large-scale attraction to draw in the crowds and one of the highest profit margins in the Cedar Fair chain. The reason? Simply because of the market! A majority of Michigan’s residents live within driving distance of major amusement parks including two of Michigan Adventure’s sister parks, Cedar Point and Kings Island. A massive capital expenditure would not only draw business away from Cedar Fair’s other premier parks but raise ticket prices as well.
Enthusiasts tend to criticize this so-called “lack of investment” and over-speculate the future of this great park. If you look at the history of companies Cedar Fair has contracted, the likelihood of Michigan’s Adventure building a Chance Hyper GT-X, a Gerstlauer Euro Fighter, Infinity Coaster, or any other manufacturer beyond Bolliger and Mabillard or GCI are slim to none.
However, is the future of the park lackluster? Nope. Not at all! Do we know what Cedar Fair’s long term plans are for this park? Nope. So instead of making claims with no factual validity behind them we as enthusiasts need to appreciate what we have now and to understand the fine line between our unrealistic desires and reality.
Michigan’s Adventure is by no means a “destination park;” it is simply a “drive one or two hours, spend the day, and drive home” type of park, and that makes it so wonderful and true to its roots. The simplicity. The affordability. The atmosphere. These three things make this park wonderful. They also make it the perfect family park.