Sean: Good morning from a park we’ve always wanted to visit, for the strange reason that no one really talks about the park besides their lack of new attractions. Let’s head in to the Michigan’s largest theme park, and find out what we think of the aesthetic and attractions!
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The park was running the 5,383 ft long coaster with two trains during our visit, keeping the lines to a minimum. However the trains stacked pretty badly, not something I even thought possible on a ride as long as this. The landscaping around the queue was quite nice.
Shivering Timbers itself is a pretty marvelous and impressive ride. The ride is only 122 ft tall, but has a very long track layout. Unfortunately there were several pretty bad potholes in the ride, some so bad we returned with pain in our backs to the station.
Next up was the park’s other woodie, the bigger more pleasant surprise! The ride always received bad reviews in the industry for being rough and being a worse version on Phoenix at Knoebels. However, Wolverine Wildcat ran very well, was smooth and an overall enjoyable experience.
The colors for the ride are great, and definitely scream Cedar Fair to me. I am actually glad Cedar Fair took this park over in 2001, as prior to their involvement the park really was nothing but concrete pads and bad landscaping. The park’s landscaping is well-maintained and trees and plants planted around the rides are growing in nicely.
The lake itself has rides spread around it. This kind of creates the illusion that the park has a full-circle layout, but it does not. It’s a giant U-shape and thus getting from Shivering Timbers to Thunderhawk is quite a walk.
Continue on page 2 for our #1 coaster at the park, the park’s kiddie and family coasters and our reasoning for why the park does not get big capital investments!