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September 5, 2005

Michigan's Adventure

Labor Day 2005.
Today Jen, Jen's Friend Leslie, Audrey and I went, thanks to Jen, her parents, and the Sparta Fire Depot, to Michigan's Adventure. Michigan's Adventure is Michigan's only roller coaster baring amusement park. I've actually never been to Michigan's adventure before, I had in my youth been to Pleasure Island, the now defunct water park which was located near Michigan's Adventure and featured the famed Black Hole waterslide. I don't enjoy riding roller coasters, I have a bit of a fear of them, this point aside, I do really enjoy many other amusement park activities namely Bumper, or Dodg'em cars. Possibly the greatest and worst part about Michigan's Adventure is it's "theme" which is either the Wilderness, or Charles Schulz's Peanuts particularly Snoopy. I'd say the theme is more Wilderness, many of the rides have wilderness titles, "Shivering Timbers", "Wolverine Wildcat" "Wild Water Adventure". Snoopy, and rest of the Peanuts gang didn't even factor into the parks theme until 2001 when Cedar Fair, owners of Cedar Point, purchased Michigan's Adventure and slap stickered every trash can with Snoopy's likeness. But the gift shop has alot of Peanuts merch, and features a Peanuts Karaoke at 12, 2, 4, and 6 everyday in which a giant Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and extremely frightening Lucy dance while children's songs play. The whole Peanuts theme was kind of horrible, I thought but I am a huge peanuts fan. Not once does Lucy call Charlie Brown a Block head. Not once does Charlie Brown loathe his own existence mainly he just prances around playing second fiddle to the more iconic Snoopy who is reduced to a stupid, funny, dancing puppy instead of his naive suede intellectual comic strip counterpart. But I must admit I did really enjoy seeing a 6' tall Charlie Brown, even if he was wearing a blue ball cap. Anyhow Peanuts aside. Michigan's Adventure is a pretty fun place, and it contains all your basic theme park essentials, Go-Karts, Skee Ball, Dodg'em cars, Caricaturists, Snack Stands, Carnival games, and Roller Coasters. All and all one of the best Labor Days in rest memory.


Wikipedia: Michigan's Adventure

Coaster Gallery: Michigan's Adventure

Posted by kyle at September 5, 2005 7:01 PM

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I loved Pleasure Island. I love water parks. But I haven't been to an amusement park in so long. I imagine that's why I'm so sad.

Posted by: kevin at September 6, 2005 11:38 AM

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