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  1. I was going to say probably not, but it appears it’s actually open again! Was there yesterday. It wasn't open.
  2. Decided to do a day trip to Cedar Point. Sorry if the photos seem scarce in this report, but I really didn't stay too long there, maybe from 9:30 to 5 in the evening. But on the bright side: I finally got around to experience an RMC! I did ride other coasters that I didn't take pictures of this go around. The coaster I rode that I didn't photograph: Cedar Creek Mine Ride (Celebrating 50 years), Magnum XL-200 (Celebrating 30 years), Blue Streak, Rougarou. I didn't ride Millennium, Iron Dragon, Top Thrill, Maverick, Wicked Twister, Valravn, or any kiddie rides. In the case of Millennium, Iron Dragon, Maverick, and Top Thrill, it had to do with wait times. Twister I didn't do because I know what to expect with it. The kiddie coasters for obvious reasons. And Valravn, which I wanted to ride because of all the B&Ms out there, the only one, besides Giga, that I have yet to experience is Dive Coasters, was closed because of an accident that you may or may not know about involving one car crashing into another after the brakes failed to work. No, I am not dancing like an idiot. I'm here to ride coasters, thankyouverymuch! Finally popped my RMC cherry with the wildest and craziest RMC out there! It definitely lived up to the hype. It replaces Maverick as my favorite steel coaster. What's Mean Streak? All I see is Steel Vengeance. Gave Gemini some love as well. Money Shot 2019! I also did the Keeper of the Gate! I still like this one! Rapturous Raptor! A train waiting to go back in the station. This is still one of my favorite B&M inverts. Plus I got to ride with a cute girl. Had plenty of fun at Cedar Point as always.
  3. 2006 has rolled around, and new for the year is Junior Dipper, a kid-sized wooden coaster for Kidway Midway. The Reed brothers also announced in the future a shopping/dining area to be built. But for right now let's look in on the 2006 season at Timberwood. SCR21.BMP New for 2006, Junior Dipper kiddie wooden coaster. SCR22.BMP Going down the first drop. SCR23.BMP Kidway's original coaster, Ladybug, is still popular. SCR24.BMP The original wooden coaster, Patriot, still has steady ridership. SCR25.BMP The other wooden coaster, Coyote, is also still popular. SCR26.BMP Flip'd Out is still going strong. SCR27.BMP Action Plaza is bustling. SCR28.BMP Over near Black Cobra is where workers are surveying for the upcoming Marketplace area. SCR29.BMP Another look at Junior Dipper. SCR30.BMP 2006 proved to be another productive year for Timberwood Park.
  4. Has anybody else noticed that Google has listed Kings Island as "Permanently Closed"? I submitted multiple corrections that it wasn't the case, but for some reason it still shows up on Google as "Permanently Closed" when it isn't the case. Was just curious about if anyone else had noticed that. And nothing's changed since. I wonder if it had anything to do with the closing of Firehawk and someone erroneously marked it for the entire park rather than the ride itself. The proof.
  5. 2005 saw the removal of Dungeon and Jungle Racers. That plot of land is rumored to be a part of an expansion of Kidway Midway. But that would have to wait at least one more year. 2005 wasn't all losses, though, as they added a Chance Morgan ride, Chaos. Let's look in on the 2005 season at Timberwood Park. SCR12.BMP The empty plot of land where Dungeon and Jungle Racers once stood. SCR13.BMP New for 2005 is Chaos. SCR14.BMP Last year's addition, Flip'd Out is a hit with guests. SCR15.BMP Also still a hit is Michigan Whirl. SCR16.BMP Coyote is as popular as ever. SCR17.BMP The Raven going through its second inversion. SCR18.BMP Old Timers, the last remaining car ride since the removal of Jungle Racers. It along with Racers opened with the park way back in 1976. SCR19.BMP Another look at that empty plot of land. SCR20.BMP Folks wait patiently to see what the Reed Brothers will add to that spot.
  6. 2004 has arrived and the Reed Brothers announced at the end of last year a replacement for PowerLoop was coming. And folks got it in the form of Flip'd Out, a Vekoma Boomerang model. Although it's a common roller coaster model, folks loved the new addition. But PowerLoop would not be the only leaving ride. Ben Reed, Jr. also announced that at the end of the 2004 season, the dark ride Dungeon (opened since 1980) and Jungle Racers (opened with the park in 1976) would close. So get your last ride in on these rides before they're gone forever. SCR1.BMP Timberwood received its newest coaster Flip'd Out for 2004. SCR2.BMP Folks are lining up for the newest ride. Guests agree that Flip'd Out is a worthy replacement for PowerLoop. SCR3.BMP Patriot has picked up in ridership again. SCR5.BMP This area of the park has grown in recent years. SCR6.BMP Black Cobra has steady ridership, despite not being real popular. SCR7.BMP Take one last ride on Dungeon. It, along with Jungle Racers, will be leaving after the 2004 season. SCR4.BMP Michigan Whirl is still really popular. SCR8.BMP Blaze! is also still popular. Although its days may be numbered after its builder, TOGO, went out of business, and parts are becoming harder to find. SCR9.BMP The train going around. SCR10.BMP Another look at Flip'd Out. SCR11.BMP Everyone get your rides on Dungeon and Jungle Racers before the end of the season.
  7. Sorry I haven't been posting too much. Been busy with work and other things, but I haven't forgotten about the park. Anyway, back to the story. For the 2003 season, only a small addition is added to Timberwood. Skateboards opened in the Action Plaza section of the park. But unfortunately it was overshadowed by some bad news. After 24 years of operation, PowerLoop, the park's original looping coaster, is closing after decreased ridership and growing maintenance costs. The good news was the Reed Brothers had promised to replace it the very next year. Anyway, let's look at the 2003 season at Timberwood Park. SCR12.BMP Located at the top is the latest addition to Action Plaza, Skateboards. As we look at the expansion, Timberwood has huge plans for this area. SCR9.BMP Last year's addition, Michigan Whirl, is a hit with park goers. SCR10.BMP A trainload of riders on Coyote. SCR11.BMP The Raven is still a popular coaster with thrill seekers. SCR13.BMP One of Colossal Air's trains about to climb the lift hill. SCR14.BMP Get one last ride on PowerLoop, Timberwood's original looping coaster before it's gone forever. SCR15.BMP Of course, the original coaster, Patriot, is here to stay. SCR16.BMP While many folks are saddened that PowerLoop is leaving, they are also excited to see what is coming next.
  8. As we head into 2002, Timberwood receives its newest coaster; a Maurer Sohne creation called Michigan Whirl. It is another first of its kind coaster in Michigan, as it's the only spinning coaster in the state. Plus Timberwood Entertainment purchased another amusement park. This time they purchased Winston Grove Park in Northern California (still fictional park). Let's take a look at Timberwood's newest coaster. SCR1.BMP Michigan Whirl, the new coaster for 2002. SCR2.BMP People are lining up for the latest addition to Timberwood. SCR3.BMP The complete layout of Michigan Whirl. SCR4.BMP Last year's addition, Action Plaza, is picking up plenty of steam. SCR5.BMP Some expansion near Black Cobra. SCR6.BMP PowerLoop is rumored to be on its last leg. SCR7.BMP Wild Flume is still going strong. As one of the opening day attractions, it is a testament to Timberwood's legacy. SCR8.BMP With Michigan Whirl added to the coaster lineup, people wonder what will the park add next.
  9. 2001 began with the addition of a whole new area called Action Plaza. While it only opened with a couple of attractions, Go Karts and Mini Golf (in-game), there was a promise to expand it in the future. Now let's take a look at the newest area at Timberwood. SCR204.BMP 2001 introduces us to Action Plaza with two new attractions. The first of which is Go Karts. SCR205.BMP The other is Mini Golf. SCR206.BMP A look at the new area. SCR207.BMP The Raven is still pretty popular with guests. SCR208.BMP Last year's addition, The Plunge, is a hit with guests as well. SCR209.BMP Another trainload of riders on Blaze! going up the lift hill. SCR210.BMP Another look at the new area Action Plaza. SCR211.BMP Timberwood has really grown from its humble beginnings back in 1976.
  10. As the new Millennium rolls in, Timberwood presents its newest thrill ride, The Plunge. An Intamin drop tower that rises people up 150 feet in the air and then rotates them at the top just before dropping them down. In spite of the formation of Timberwood Entertainment Company, L.P. which has been buying up independent parks left and right, the Reed Brothers had not forgotten their original flagship park. SCR196.BMP 2000 brings us The Plunge. SCR197.BMP Last year's addition, The Raven, is a much talked-about coaster. SCR198.BMP Next door to The Raven, its predecessor Coyote continues to be a popular coaster. SCR199.BMP Doubledrop is also bringing in the ridership. SCR200.BMP Colossal Air has begun to pick up in ridership once again. SCR201.BMP Fans still seem to like Blaze!, in spite of the fact that this particular model of coaster is now starting to get a bad reputation. SCR202.BMP And we can't forget the original scream machine, Patriot. SCR203.BMP Timberwood is ready to enter the new century with a bang!
  11. As we roll into 1999 and towards the new millennium we check in on Timberwood and the new coaster that has opened. But before we get to that, the Reed Brothers, since forming Timberwood Entertainment Company, L.P. (T.E.C.), made their first amusement park purchase. They had just acquired Uncle Dean's Funland in Omaha, Nebraska (obviously a fictional park), making it T.E.C.'s first park acquisition. Ben Reed, Sr. never would have dreamed that. Ben, Jr. said that they will be adding to Uncle Dean's in the not so distant future. And now to the newest addition to the flagship park, Timberwood Park. That coaster is The Raven, an inverted coaster by Bolliger & Mabillard. Being the only inverted coaster in Michigan makes it a sight to behold. B&M's inverted coasters has become all the rage since its first installation at a well-known Gurnee, Illinois park. And park guests loved the new ride. Let's look in on Timberwood Park and its newest coaster, The Raven. SCR186.BMP New for 1999 is The Raven, an inverted coaster. SCR187.BMP Some of The Raven's twisted layout. It has four inversions which are, in order, a vertical loop, a zero g-roll, a second vertical loop, and a corkscrew. SCR188.BMP The Raven's layout. It is sandwiched between PowerLoop and Coyote. SCR189.BMP Last year's addition, Doubledrop, is still going pretty strong. SCR190.BMP Ladybug is still popular with families. SCR191.BMP The Chairlift is also still popular. SCR192.BMP Wild Flume continues to get steady ridership. SCR193.BMP Coyote is also still getting plenty of riders. SCR194.BMP Another look at The Raven. SCR195.BMP With The Raven now a part of Timberwood Park, it is now in the big league with much larger parks.
  12. 1998 has come and the Reed Brothers had an important announcement to make in regards to not only Timberwood Park, but a new venture they were starting. Ben Reed, Jr. stated, "I am proud to announce the formation of Timberwood Entertainment Company, L.P., which will purchase other parks around the country. TImberwood Park will serve as our flagship park." So the Reed Brothers with this new company will be in the same company as other chains like Cedar Fair and Six Flags. Getting back to the new season at the park, Timberwood welcomed Doubledrop, a splash boat ride that is guaranteed to get you soaked. It is located next to Coyote. Now Timberwood has three way to get you wet! The formation of the new company would not be the only announcement from the brothers. They also announced for the 1999 season another first-of-its-kind coaster in Michigan coming to the park, but folks would have to wait until the next season to see what it was. SCR180.BMP 1998 brings us Doubledrop (In-game ride). SCR181.BMP Another trainload of passengers going up Coyote. Doubledrop is next door. SCR182.BMP Thunder Rapids, one of the other water options in the park. SCR183.BMP Pendulum is still going strong. SCR184.BMP Black Cobra finally picked up in ridership. SCR185.BMP Folks wait in anticipation to see what the new coaster coming next year will be.
  13. 1997 brings us Magic Carpet. This ride is similar to the Falling Star rides except folks face each other in their seats. Last year's addition, Coyote, continues to be a popular wooden coaster as well. Ben Reed, Jr. and his brothers Michael and Landon are doing big business for Timberwood. Folks wonder what they will add next. SCR172.BMP Magic Carpet, the new ride for 1997. SCR173.BMP Coyote, last year's addition, continues to thrill. SCR174.BMP Patriot, the park's original coaster, also continues to thrill riders. SCR175.BMP Wild Flume is still a popular ride as folks need a way to cool off from the summer heat. SCR176.BMP The hype for Colossal Air has died down a bit. SCR177.BMP Colossal Air's train heading down the first drop. SCR178.BMP Also still popular is the kiddie coaster, Ladybug. SCR179.BMP Folks wait to see what the Reed Brothers will add next!
  14. 1996 brought Timberwood Park its newest roller coaster. Coyote is brought to us by Custom Coasters International, and it is the park's second wooden roller coaster after Patriot. Coyote is a mix of an out-and-back with a twister layout, making for a real fun and intense coaster. Also opening near Coyote is the Coyote Canteen for burgers and fries. The Reed Brothers were doing a good job following in their father's footsteps. SCR163.BMP New for 1996, Coyote. SCR164.BMP Going over one of the airtime hills. SCR165.BMP Going through one of the many helixes in this ride. SCR166.BMP People are already lining up for this new and exciting ride. SCR167.BMP Coyote's full layout. SCR168.BMP PowerLoop, despite having fewer riders, is still hanging in there. Rumors are swirling about its days being numbered at the park, however. SCR169.BMP The park's original woodie, Patriot, still delivering the fun rides. SCR170.BMP Black Cobra's ridership has picked up marginally. SCR171.BMP Guests at Timberwood agree that Coyote is a hit out the gate. And, as part of the new era at Timberwood Park, a new updated logo for the park made its debut this year.
  15. 1995 came quickly and the Reed brothers were in their second year as amusement park owners, and the 20th year of the park being open. They finally offered a proper flat ride with The Hammer, a HUSS Top Spin. The Hammer spun folks upside down as it went around back and forth. Also the three brothers announced for the next year a new coaster was on the way, but they would announce what it would be near the end of the season. Let's look in on Timberwood for its 20th season being open. SCR155.BMP New for 1995 is The Hammer. SCR156.BMP Colossal Air continues to be a hit with park goers. SCR157.BMP Blaze! is also still popular, despite being one of the older coasters at the park. SCR158.BMP One of the trains on Timber Express. It has become a great way to get from one side of the park to another. SCR159.BMP The log flume is still a popular ride with folks. SCR160.BMP Black Cobra, not so much. SCR161.BMP Ridership on PowerLoop has also declined sharply. SCR162.BMP Folks hope that the next coaster installation is a good one.
  16. A new year for Timberwood Park, and a new era has begun as Ben Reed's sons, Ben, Jr., Michael, and Landon has taken the reigns of the park and is ready to bring it into the new Millennium. As part of going forward, they look to the past for a brief period as the new addition to Kidway Midway is the Mini Maze. While not as vast or long as the original, guests were glad that the maze was back to some degree. Also new this year is Colossal Eats, which has opened right next to last year's addition, Colossal Air. Let's look in on the Reed Brothers' first season. SCR148.BMP New for 1994, in Kidway Midway, the Mini Maze. Kind of a tribute to the original from 1976. SCR149.BMP Last year's addition, Colossal Air, is still going very strong. SCR150.BMP Also new for 1994 is Colossal Eats, which is right next to Colossal Air. SCR151.BMP And for the first time, Patriot's ridership, while still steady, has dwindled. SCR152.BMP Pendulum still has quite a few riders, though. SCR153.BMP Another train about to climb the lift on Colossal Air. SCR154.BMP Folks can't wait to see how the Reed Brothers do in place of their father.
  17. 1993 has come. And it is Ben Reed's final year as owner of Timberwood Park. Although he's retiring from day to day operations of the park, he will remain on the Board of Directors for a while longer. His three sons would now take over operating the park after this year. And as promised, Ben is going out with a bang with the newest coaster at the park. Announcing Colossal Air from Arrow Dynamics. A custom-made hyper coaster that reaches over 200 feet in the air, not only making it the tallest and longest coaster in the park, but also the tallest and longest coaster in the state of Michigan. As Ben Reed, founder of Timberwood, closes out his final season at the park, let's look at the new ride. SCR136.BMP New for 1993 is Timberwood's tallest and largest coaster, Colossal Air! SCR137.BMP Here's the funky turnaround on the coaster. SCR138.BMP There's plenty of airtime to be found on this coaster, hence the name Colossal Air. SCR139.BMP Heading for the helix-filled finale. But not before a picture for the camera. SCR140.BMP People are already lining up for the newest addition at the park. SCR141.BMP A good chunk of Colossal Air. SCR142.BMP In spite of the addition of Colossal Air, the park's original airtime machine, Patriot, is still popular with the guests. SCR143.BMP Also popular is the kiddie coaster, Ladybug. SCR144.BMP Ridership on PowerLoop is up and down at best. SCR145.BMP Black Cobra, on the other hand, is mostly down due to roughness. SCR146.BMP A lot of people are fans of Colossal Air. The line is almost spilling out into the midway. SCR147.BMP Ben Reed went out with a bang all right. Colossal Air is a hit with guests.
  18. We've come to 1992 and as Ben Reed's farewell continues, we get probably the smallest addition as part of this event with the Kidway Karousel. Another Chance carousel for the Kidway Midway so now Timberwood has two. Ben Reed did announce that the next year would be his last and as promised, he was adding the largest coaster in the history of the park as his parting gift. Folks waited in anticipation to see what he would add. For now, let's look in on Timberwood's newest addition. SCR131.BMP New for 1992 is the Kidway Karousel, giving Kidway Midway a much-needed new ride. SCR132.BMP Folks continue to line up for Patriot. SCR133.BMP PowerLoop, however, has dwindled in popularity. SCR134.BMP Black Cobra's ridership is spotty at best. SCR135.BMP As Ben Reed comes in on the home stretch, folks wait eagerly to see what the new coaster is for next year.
  19. 1991 has arrived and for the new season at Timberwood, the park receives a new train ride called Timber Express. A Chance train ride, there are three trains that will shuttle folks from one side of the park to the other. Now the Chairlift isn't the only way to get to get to different sides of the park. As Ben Reed finishes his time at Timberwood before his retirement, Timber Express is the next ride he is offering before his exit. SCR122.BMP 1991 gives us Timber Express. SCR123.BMP Rolling along the track. SCR124.BMP All of the trains come in different colors: Red, Blue, and Green. SCR125.BMP One of the two stations. SCR126.BMP Pendulum is a hit with guests. SCR127.BMP Black Cobra going down the first drop just before the vertical loops. SCR128.BMP Wild Flume continues to be a popular ride with folks. SCR129.BMP Another water ride, last years Thunder Rapids, is also pretty successful. SCR130.BMP As Ben Reeds farewell continues, folks wait to see what he'll add next.
  20. As Timberwood Park enters the 1990s, we get a new water ride in the form of Thunder Rapids. An Intamin rapid ride which actually goes through Timber Lake, finally utilizing that portion of the property. Also announced was that Ben Reed would be retiring in a few years, but his sons, Ben, Jr., Michael, and Landon, were primed to take over the family business. But Ben promised big additions before he was to step down, ending his tenure with the largest coaster to ever be added to the park in a few years, but there are other rides ahead of that. For now, let's take a look at the newest addition to the park. SCR112.BMP 1990 brings us Thunder Rapids. SCR113.BMP You WILL get wet on this ride! SCR114.BMP There's even a tunnel where you will get drenched in the dark. SCR115.BMP The complete layout. SCR116.BMP The blue train on Patriot turning around to head back to the station, but not before a series of airtime hills. SCR117.BMP PowerLoop is still going strong. Even in the shadows of coasters like Blaze! and Black Cobra. SCR118.BMP After all this time, the gift shop and Gary's Grub are still popular places to get souvenirs and something to eat. SCR119.BMP The original midway, still bustling. SCR120.BMP Another look at Thunder Rapids. Here's the portion that goes through Timber Lake. SCR121.BMP Thunder Rapids is the first of many rides to be added as part of Ben Reed's multi-year farewell event.
  21. It's now 1989, and Timberwood continues to grow with the addition of Pendulum. It swings you on two arms upside down. With this ride, the park has a great selection of thrill rides as well as coasters. Speaking of coasters, Ben Reed has teased that the next coaster they install will be a big one. It won't come for a while, but Michiganders will be pleased when it does. He has stated that a new water ride would be coming next year, but didn't say what it was. Let look in on the 1989 season at Timberwood. SCR105.BMP New for 1989 is Pendulum. SCR106.BMP Black Cobra, last year's addition, going up the lift hill. SCR107.BMP With the addition of Pendulum, Sky Deck has some much-needed company. SCR108.BMP Kidway Midway will be getting some new rides in the future, as well. SCR109.BMP Another trainload going up Patriot's lift hill. SCR110.BMP Black Cobra going through the Photo Op section between the vertical loops. SCR111.BMP It's amazing how much Timberwood has grown since its opening back in 1976.
  22. Ben Reed announced at the end of the 1987 season that the next year will bring Timberwood's next roller coaster: Black Cobra. An Arrow Dynamics multi-looping coaster with two vertical loops and a double corkscrew. It will have the most inversions on any coaster in the park, guaranteed to be a hit with park goers. SCR94.BMP 1988 brings us Black Cobra, a 4-inversion coaster for only the bravest riders. SCR95.BMP Going through the corkscrews. SCR96.BMP Expanded walkways with plenty of room for future rides. SCR97.BMP Walkways were added to Kidway Midway, as well, making room for future rides in that area. SCR99.BMP The complete layout of Black Cobra. SCR100.BMP In spite of Black Cobra now enticing riders, Patriot remains a favorite with guests. SCR101.BMP Folks also continue to ride the original Timberwood looping machine, PowerLoop. SCR102.BMP Blaze! is also still popular with guests. SCR103.BMP Another train on Black Cobra going up the lift. SCR98.BMP The pathways leading to Black Cobra. SCR104.BMP With Black Cobra now a part of Timberwood, folks are anticipating what they will do next
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