Shivering Timbers

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Shivering Timbers
MichiganAventure ShiveringTimbers Dscn8247.jpg
As seen from Midway near Wolverine Wildcat
Michigan's Adventure
LocationMichigan's Adventure
Coordinates43°20′32″N 86°16′34″W / 43.34222°N 86.27611°W / 43.34222; -86.27611Coordinates: 43°20′32″N 86°16′34″W / 43.34222°N 86.27611°W / 43.34222; -86.27611
StatusOperating
Opening date1998 (1998)
Cost$4,500,000
General statistics
TypeWood
ManufacturerCustom Coasters International
Track layoutOut and Back
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height125 ft (38 m)
Drop122 ft (37 m)
Length5,383 ft (1,641 m)
Speed65 mph (105 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration2:30
Max vertical angle55°
Capacity1200 riders per hour
G-force3.8 g
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Shivering Timbers at RCDB
Pictures of Shivering Timbers at RCDB

Shivering Timbers is a wooden roller coaster located at Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon County, Michigan. It was developed and built by Custom Coasters International. Opened in May 1998, Shivering Timbers debuted for the park's 32nd year in operation and was a success. Construction for the ride began in 1997. The trains were made by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters. The ride's out and back layout is 5,383 feet (1,641 m) long, making it the fourth-longest wooden roller coaster in the world.[citation needed] The ride has been re-tracked by Martin & Vleminckx and Great Coasters International.[1] Shivering Timbers is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Michigan.

Ride experience[edit]

The ride starts with a left turn out of the station and on to the 125 ft (38.1 m) lift hill. At the base of the lift hill, the train reaches its maximum speed of 65 mph (105 km/h). Following the lift hill are two camelback hills. In both, riders experience "ejector air-time". The train then jumps a bunny hop and another camelback hill and a double up hill, before turning around for the second half of its course. After the turnaround, the train hits another bunny hop and another double up hill. After the double up hill there is a series of six bunny hop hills. After the last hill there is an on-ride photo camera and the ride's finale, a 630 degree helix, in which riders experience lateral g-force. After the helix, the train slides on to the final brake-run and executes a U-turn back into the station.

Rankings[edit]

Shivering Timbers has been consistently ranked as being among the best wooden roller coasters.

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Ranking 4[2] 2[3] 2[4] 2[5] 2[6] 2[7] 3[8] 6[9] 6[10] 7[11] 10[12] 11[13] 9[14] 9[15] 10[16] 15[17] 20[18] 19[19] 25[20] 21 (tie)[21] 15[22]
NAPHA Survey: Favorite Wood Roller Coaster[23]
Year 2005 2006 2007
Ranking
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3
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retracking". Martin & Vleminckx. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Top 25 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. August 1999. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Top 25 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. August 2000. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
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  13. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 14 (6.2): 38–39. September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 15 (6.2): 46–47. September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 16 (6.2): 46–47. September 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "2013 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 17 (6.2): 40–41. September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  17. ^ "2014 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 18 (6.2): 38–39. September 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  18. ^ "2015 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 19 (6.2): 45–46. September 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  19. ^ "2016 top 50 wooden roller coasters". Golden Ticket Awards. Amusement Today. September 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  20. ^ "2017 Top 50 Wooden Coasters". Golden Ticket Awards. Amusement Today. September 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  21. ^ "2018 Top 50 Wooden Coasters". Golden Ticket Awards. Amusement Today. September 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  22. ^ "2019 Top Wood". Golden Ticket Awards. Amusement Today. September 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  23. ^ Surveys – National Amusement Park Historical Association

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