Ben Reed finally announced the new coaster coming to Timberwood for the 1983 season. It would be a first of its kind in the US. The new coaster is called Blaze! and it's the US's first stand-up roller coaster. Built by Japanese company, TOGO, Blaze! contains one vertical loop and airtime hills. Guests at the park loved the new one-of-a-kind coaster at Timberwood.
Blaze!, the new coaster for the 1983 season.
Passing through the camera for a picture.
Near Blaze! is a new restaurant called Blazin' Treats.
1984 saw the addition of another thrill ride in Crazy Psylo. It spins around and tilts while leaving the riders stuck to the outside wall as it spins very fast and tilts. Plus the slats that the riders lay on goes up and down. The centrifugal force keeps then to the slat as the ride spins. People flocked to the new ride for the new season at Timberwood.
1984 saw the addition of Crazy Psylo.
Last year's addition, Blaze!, is going plenty strong.
Still very popular is PowerLoop, Timberwood's original looping machine.
Also still popular is the park's original roller coaster, Patriot, which is an airtime machine!
The log flume continues to get steady riders.
Let's look at the park's carousel, another opening day attraction.
As 1985 rolls around just in time for the tenth anniversary of the park, Timberwood receives a Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl. Ben Reed, park owner, also announces that the Maze, an opening day attraction, would be demolished at the end of the season to make room for a huge addition to the park.
New for 1985, a carnival/amusement park classic, the Tilt-A-Whirl.
Riders line up for a ride on Blaze!, the stand-up roller coaster.
Last year's addition, Crazy Psylo, is spotty at best with riders.
PowerLoop, on the other hand, continues to receive steady ridership.
Of course, Patriot is always popular with guests.
You have one last time to go through the Maze before it's gone for good.
The Chairlift continues to be a popular way to get to the other side of the park.
Guests cannot wait to see what will be taking the Maze's place next year.
New for 1986 is the new Kidway Midway, the kid's section of Timberwood, replacing the Maze which closed the previous year. It only has two rides so far, the Junior Swings, which is a smaller version of the larger Flying Trapeze, and the Ladybug Coaster, a small Zierer Tivioli coaster. Let's take a look!
1986 brings us the new Kidway Midway!
Last year's addition, the Tilt-A-Whirl, is a crazy ride.
Crazy Psylo is also pretty popular now!
Patriot continues to be a popular coaster that everyone loves.
One of the Kidway Midway rides, The Ladybug coaster, gets young riders ready for bigger coasters like Patriot, Blaze!, and PowerLoop.
Also we have the Junior Swings, a smaller version of the Flying Trapeze, and a new concessions called Kidway Treats.
Guests wonder what will Ben Reed add to Timberwood next.
New year is here and for 1987 Timberwood gets a swinging ship by the name of Pharaoh's Fury from Chance. Yet another in a long line of thrills to come to the park. Speaking of thrills, Ben Reed announced that coming next year is another big investment in the park. Everyone waited in anticipation, but for now let's look at the new ride and some other updates.
1987 gives us Pharaoh's Fury.
Ladybug, the kiddie coaster, is popular with families who have small ones starting out on coasters.
Another trainload of riders on Patriot.
This area is subject to expansion.
Another look at Pharaoh's Fury.
What could be in store for the 1988 season? Stay tuned!
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.
1988 brings us Black Cobra, a 4-inversion coaster for only the bravest riders.
Going through the corkscrews.
Expanded walkways with plenty of room for future rides.
Walkways were added to Kidway Midway, as well, making room for future rides in that area.
The pathways leading to Black Cobra.
The complete layout of Black Cobra.
In spite of Black Cobra now enticing riders, Patriot remains a favorite with guests.
Folks also continue to ride the original Timberwood looping machine, PowerLoop.
Blaze! is also still popular with guests.
Another train on Black Cobra going up the lift.
With Black Cobra now a part of Timberwood, folks are anticipating what they will do next
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.
New for 1989 is Pendulum.
Black Cobra, last year's addition, going up the lift hill.
With the addition of Pendulum, Sky Deck has some much-needed company.
Kidway Midway will be getting some new rides in the future, as well.
Another trainload going up Patriot's lift hill.
Black Cobra going through the Photo Op section between the vertical loops.
It's amazing how much Timberwood has grown since its opening back in 1976.
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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.
1990 brings us Thunder Rapids.
You WILL get wet on this ride!
There's even a tunnel where you will get drenched in the dark.
The complete layout.
The blue train on Patriot turning around to head back to the station, but not before a series of airtime hills.
PowerLoop is still going strong. Even in the shadows of coasters like Blaze! and Black Cobra.
After all this time, the gift shop and Gary's Grub are still popular places to get souvenirs and something to eat.
The original midway, still bustling.
Another look at Thunder Rapids. Here's the portion that goes through Timber Lake.
Thunder Rapids is the first of many rides to be added as part of Ben Reed's multi-year farewell event.
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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.
1991 gives us Timber Express.
Rolling along the track.
All of the trains come in different colors: Red, Blue, and Green.
One of the two stations.
Pendulum is a hit with guests.
Black Cobra going down the first drop just before the vertical loops.
Wild Flume continues to be a popular ride with folks.
Another water ride, last years Thunder Rapids, is also pretty successful.
As Ben Reeds farewell continues, folks wait to see what he'll add next.
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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.
New for 1992 is the Kidway Karousel, giving Kidway Midway a much-needed new ride.
Folks continue to line up for Patriot.
PowerLoop, however, has dwindled in popularity.
Black Cobra's ridership is spotty at best.
As Ben Reed comes in on the home stretch, folks wait eagerly to see what the new coaster is for next year.
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