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Re: Michigan's Adventure (MiA) Discussion Thread

Postby JasperKirk » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:03 pm

I was at the park tonight and spoke with one of the higher-ups. They said that the new coaster is a "conversion" of Big Dipper. I assume this means it will be moved, painted, and possibly get new trains. I'm still glad to see some investment in the park, and I think that Camp Snoopy makes a lot of sense for the type of park it is.

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Postby cparkes92 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:08 pm

As soon as I saw the Be-Bop Blvd. closure announcement, I was thinking new/expanded kiddie area as the existing kiddie rides are in that area of the park already
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Postby Dombot » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:23 am

JasperKirk wrote:I was at the park tonight and spoke with one of the higher-ups. They said that the new coaster is a "conversion" of Big Dipper. I assume this means it will be moved, painted, and possibly get new trains.

I'm sorry, this is just funny. Better luck next time with that new credit, guys. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Michigan's Adventure (MiA) Discussion Thread

Postby MIAfan88 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:51 pm

Cedar fair updated their website and this is their description. What are the shows they mention? Maybe I'm overthinking it, but I can't think of any. It's a nice blurb, that points exactly what it is. Interesting how they used "giant water park".
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Re: Michigan's Adventure (MiA) Discussion Thread

Postby grsupercity » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:25 am

I attended this park on it's final day of the season. Being a pass holder I got to see them rip up be bop real quick over a couple weeks. All the cement, track station and stairs are gone
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Gonna change the look of area
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I'm curious if they are going to remove drummer boy or winki the whale since concept art shows it looping to that midway
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real question is what are they doing with big dippers current spot right at the entrance
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After riding Lightning Run I can not understand why parks are not lining up to buy some Hyper GTX models. That little ride rocks

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Re: Michigan's Adventure (MiA) Discussion Thread

Postby MIAfan88 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:36 am

Some daylight as to the stagnant growth.

Michigan bill would allow 16 year olds to operate amusement park rides

If the bill passes, Michigan would join 37 other states that allow 16 year olds to operate amusement park rides.
LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores, is pushing forward a proposal in the Michigan legislature that would allow 16 year olds to operate amusement park rides. Currently in the state of Michigan, the law requires ride operators to be 18.

The bill would lower the age, allowing 16 year olds to operate any amusement park ride in Michigan.

VanWoerkom testified in the Michigan House Tuesday, saying that because the unemployment rate is so low, a main job provider in his district—Michigan's Adventure—is struggling to hire enough employees of age.

“This is about giving our youth opportunities for employment and for their growth,” VanWoerkom said. “Carnivals and amusement parks are great seasonal employment opportunities for kids to gain work experience and start saving. We should be looking at qualifications beyond just age and ensure rides are operated in a safe manner.”

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The plan would require every ride operator to receive the necessary safety training before being able to operate ride.

Camille Jourden-Mark, the vice president and general manager at Michigan's Adventure, also spoke in the Michigan House. She said the amusement park currently employees 1,300 seasonal workers from the West Michigan area.

“This legislation will provide additional flexibility for staffing, while also continuing our priority of ride safety and in-depth training," said Jourden-Mark.

RELATED: 'Camp Snoopy' at Michigan's Adventure adds new rides, playground

If the bill passes, Michigan would join 37 other states that allow 16 year olds to operate amusement park rides. House Bill 5134 is still being considered by the House Regulatory Reform Committee.

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Re: Michigan's Adventure (MiA) Discussion Thread

Postby WolfBobs » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:33 am

As someone who worked at a park operating rides at 16 I see no issue with this and support it. If we trust a 16 year old to operate a motor vehicle then we can trust them to operate a much safer amusement ride.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:54 am

Yes, and especially since they have to be supervised by an adult.

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Re: Michigan's Adventure (MiA) Discussion Thread

Postby grsupercity » Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:36 am

I worked rides at MIA at 16. I could check restraints on coasters, work Loggers Run or select kiddie rides. That was about it
After riding Lightning Run I can not understand why parks are not lining up to buy some Hyper GTX models. That little ride rocks

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Re: Michigan's Adventure (MiA) Discussion Thread

Postby njcoasterguy34 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:58 am

WolfBobs wrote:As someone who worked at a park operating rides at 16 I see no issue with this and support it. If we trust a 16 year old to operate a motor vehicle then we can trust them to operate a much safer amusement ride.


My state doesn't trust 16-yr-olds to operate motor vehicles, unless they live on a farm and get a special permit that allows them to drive within the boundaries of the farm.
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