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Michigan’s Adventure adds SLC

Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park, Muskegon, Michigan, is to open Thunderhawk, the first suspended looping coaster (SLC) in the State of Michigan, in spring of 2008. The Vekoma ride operated since 1998 as Serial Thriller at Ohio’s Geauga Lake, which is now being transformed into a waterpark only. 

Once refurbished, Thunderhawk will be Michigan’s Adventure’s seventh coaster and, “bring a new dimension of thrills to the park,” according to Camille Jourden-Mark, Michigan’s Adventure’s vice-president and general manager.

Located near RipCord and Adventure Falls, the 2,260ft-long Thunderhawk will accommodate 20 riders at a time, climbing 105ft in the air with an exhilarating 86ft drop. Riders will soar through the air with their feet dangling below them along a winding course that will feature five inversions and a top speed of 50mph.

Thunderhawk represents the largest single ride expenditure in the history of the park. Michigan’s Adventure has continued to add major capital improvements since joining the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in 2001.

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