1993 has come. And it is Ben Reed's final year as owner of Timberwood Park. Although he's retiring from day to day operations of the park, he will remain on the Board of Directors for a while longer. His three sons would now take over operating the park after this year.
And as promised, Ben is going out with a bang with the newest coaster at the park. Announcing Colossal Air from Arrow Dynamics. A custom-made hyper coaster that reaches over 200 feet in the air, not only making it the tallest and longest coaster in the park, but also the tallest and longest coaster in the state of Michigan. As Ben Reed, founder of Timberwood, closes out his final season at the park, let's look at the new ride.
New for 1993 is Timberwood's tallest and largest coaster, Colossal Air!
Here's the funky turnaround on the coaster.
There's plenty of airtime to be found on this coaster, hence the name Colossal Air.
Heading for the helix-filled finale. But not before a picture for the camera.
People are already lining up for the newest addition at the park.
A good chunk of Colossal Air.
In spite of the addition of Colossal Air, the park's original airtime machine, Patriot, is still popular with the guests.
Also popular is the kiddie coaster, Ladybug.
Ridership on PowerLoop is up and down at best.
Black Cobra, on the other hand, is mostly down due to roughness.
A lot of people are fans of Colossal Air. The line is almost spilling out into the midway.
Ben Reed went out with a bang all right. Colossal Air is a hit with guests.
A new year for Timberwood Park, and a new era has begun as Ben Reed's sons, Ben, Jr., Michael, and Landon has taken the reigns of the park and is ready to bring it into the new Millennium. As part of going forward, they look to the past for a brief period as the new addition to Kidway Midway is the Mini Maze. While not as vast or long as the original, guests were glad that the maze was back to some degree. Also new this year is Colossal Eats, which has opened right next to last year's addition, Colossal Air. Let's look in on the Reed Brothers' first season.
New for 1994, in Kidway Midway, the Mini Maze. Kind of a tribute to the original from 1976.
Last year's addition, Colossal Air, is still going very strong.
Also new for 1994 is Colossal Eats, which is right next to Colossal Air.
And for the first time, Patriot's ridership, while still steady, has dwindled.
Pendulum still has quite a few riders, though.
Another train about to climb the lift on Colossal Air.
Folks can't wait to see how the Reed Brothers do in place of their father.
1995 came quickly and the Reed brothers were in their second year as amusement park owners, and the 20th year of the park being open. They finally offered a proper flat ride with The Hammer, a HUSS Top Spin. The Hammer spun folks upside down as it went around back and forth. Also the three brothers announced for the next year a new coaster was on the way, but they would announce what it would be near the end of the season. Let's look in on Timberwood for its 20th season being open.
New for 1995 is The Hammer.
Colossal Air continues to be a hit with park goers.
Blaze! is also still popular, despite being one of the older coasters at the park.
One of the trains on Timber Express. It has become a great way to get from one side of the park to another.
The log flume is still a popular ride with folks.
Black Cobra, not so much.
Ridership on PowerLoop has also declined sharply.
Folks hope that the next coaster installation is a good one.
1996 brought Timberwood Park its newest roller coaster. Coyote is brought to us by Custom Coasters International, and it is the park's second wooden roller coaster after Patriot. Coyote is a mix of an out-and-back with a twister layout, making for a real fun and intense coaster. Also opening near Coyote is the Coyote Canteen for burgers and fries. The Reed Brothers were doing a good job following in their father's footsteps.
New for 1996, Coyote.
Going over one of the airtime hills.
Going through one of the many helixes in this ride.
People are already lining up for this new and exciting ride.
Coyote's full layout.
PowerLoop, despite having fewer riders, is still hanging in there. Rumors are swirling about its days being numbered at the park, however.
The park's original woodie, Patriot, still delivering the fun rides.
Black Cobra's ridership has picked up marginally.
Guests at Timberwood agree that Coyote is a hit out the gate.
And, as part of the new era at Timberwood Park, a new updated logo for the park made its debut this year.
1997 brings us Magic Carpet. This ride is similar to the Falling Star rides except folks face each other in their seats. Last year's addition, Coyote, continues to be a popular wooden coaster as well. Ben Reed, Jr. and his brothers Michael and Landon are doing big business for Timberwood. Folks wonder what they will add next.
Magic Carpet, the new ride for 1997.
Coyote, last year's addition, continues to thrill.
Patriot, the park's original coaster, also continues to thrill riders.
Wild Flume is still a popular ride as folks need a way to cool off from the summer heat.
The hype for Colossal Air has died down a bit.
Colossal Air's train heading down the first drop.
Also still popular is the kiddie coaster, Ladybug.
Folks wait to see what the Reed Brothers will add next!
1998 has come and the Reed Brothers had an important announcement to make in regards to not only Timberwood Park, but a new venture they were starting. Ben Reed, Jr. stated, "I am proud to announce the formation of Timberwood Entertainment Company, L.P., which will purchase other parks around the country. TImberwood Park will serve as our flagship park." So the Reed Brothers with this new company will be in the same company as other chains like Cedar Fair and Six Flags.
Getting back to the new season at the park, Timberwood welcomed Doubledrop, a splash boat ride that is guaranteed to get you soaked. It is located next to Coyote. Now Timberwood has three way to get you wet! The formation of the new company would not be the only announcement from the brothers. They also announced for the 1999 season another first-of-its-kind coaster in Michigan coming to the park, but folks would have to wait until the next season to see what it was.
1998 brings us Doubledrop (In-game ride).
Another trainload of passengers going up Coyote. Doubledrop is next door.
Thunder Rapids, one of the other water options in the park.
Pendulum is still going strong.
Black Cobra finally picked up in ridership.
Folks wait in anticipation to see what the new coaster coming next year will be.
As we roll into 1999 and towards the new millennium we check in on Timberwood and the new coaster that has opened. But before we get to that, the Reed Brothers, since forming Timberwood Entertainment Company, L.P. (T.E.C.), made their first amusement park purchase. They had just acquired Uncle Dean's Funland in Omaha, Nebraska (obviously a fictional park), making it T.E.C.'s first park acquisition. Ben Reed, Sr. never would have dreamed that. Ben, Jr. said that they will be adding to Uncle Dean's in the not so distant future.
And now to the newest addition to the flagship park, Timberwood Park. That coaster is The Raven, an inverted coaster by Bolliger & Mabillard. Being the only inverted coaster in Michigan makes it a sight to behold. B&M's inverted coasters has become all the rage since its first installation at a well-known Gurnee, Illinois park. And park guests loved the new ride. Let's look in on Timberwood Park and its newest coaster, The Raven.
New for 1999 is The Raven, an inverted coaster.
Some of The Raven's twisted layout. It has four inversions which are, in order, a vertical loop, a zero g-roll, a second vertical loop, and a corkscrew.
The Raven's layout. It is sandwiched between PowerLoop and Coyote.
Last year's addition, Doubledrop, is still going pretty strong.
Ladybug is still popular with families.
The Chairlift is also still popular.
Wild Flume continues to get steady ridership.
Coyote is also still getting plenty of riders.
Another look at The Raven.
With The Raven now a part of Timberwood Park, it is now in the big league with much larger parks.
As the new Millennium rolls in, Timberwood presents its newest thrill ride, The Plunge. An Intamin drop tower that rises people up 150 feet in the air and then rotates them at the top just before dropping them down. In spite of the formation of Timberwood Entertainment Company, L.P. which has been buying up independent parks left and right, the Reed Brothers had not forgotten their original flagship park.
2000 brings us The Plunge.
Last year's addition, The Raven, is a much talked-about coaster.
Next door to The Raven, its predecessor Coyote continues to be a popular coaster.
Doubledrop is also bringing in the ridership.
Colossal Air has begun to pick up in ridership once again.
Fans still seem to like Blaze!, in spite of the fact that this particular model of coaster is now starting to get a bad reputation.
And we can't forget the original scream machine, Patriot.
Timberwood is ready to enter the new century with a bang!
2001 began with the addition of a whole new area called Action Plaza. While it only opened with a couple of attractions, Go Karts and Mini Golf (in-game), there was a promise to expand it in the future. Now let's take a look at the newest area at Timberwood.
2001 introduces us to Action Plaza with two new attractions. The first of which is Go Karts.
The other is Mini Golf.
A look at the new area.
The Raven is still pretty popular with guests.
Last year's addition, The Plunge, is a hit with guests as well.
Another trainload of riders on Blaze! going up the lift hill.
Another look at the new area Action Plaza.
Timberwood has really grown from its humble beginnings back in 1976.
As we head into 2002, Timberwood receives its newest coaster; a Maurer Sohne creation called Michigan Whirl. It is another first of its kind coaster in Michigan, as it's the only spinning coaster in the state. Plus Timberwood Entertainment purchased another amusement park. This time they purchased Winston Grove Park in Northern California (still fictional park). Let's take a look at Timberwood's newest coaster.
Michigan Whirl, the new coaster for 2002.
People are lining up for the latest addition to Timberwood.
The complete layout of Michigan Whirl.
Last year's addition, Action Plaza, is picking up plenty of steam.
Some expansion near Black Cobra.
PowerLoop is rumored to be on its last leg.
Wild Flume is still going strong. As one of the opening day attractions, it is a testament to Timberwood's legacy.
With Michigan Whirl added to the coaster lineup, people wonder what will the park add next.
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