Shivering Timbers

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Shivering Timbers
MichiganAventure ShiveringTimbers Dscn8247.jpg
As seen from Midway near Wolverine Wildcat
Michigan's Adventure
Coordinates 43°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
Status Operating
Opening date May 23, 1998
Cost $4.5 million
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Custom Coasters International
Track layout Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 122 ft (37 m)
Drop 107 ft (33 m)
Length 5,383 ft (1,641 m)
Speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:30
Max vertical angle 53.6°
Capacity 1200 riders per hour
G-force 3.8
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 2 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 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 32th 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 5383 feet long, making it the 5th longest wooden roller coaster in the world. The ride has been re-tracked by Martin & Vleminckx.[1]

Ride layout and 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 (104.607 km/h). Following the lift hill are two camelback hills, the first being 100 ft (30.5 m) tall, and the second being 95 ft (29 m) tall. In these hills, 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 6 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 does a u-turn back into the station.

Rankings[edit]

Shivering Timbers has been consistently ranked 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
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]
Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best wood-Tracked Roller Coaster[20]
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 1 2 2 2 1 3 1 10 14 15 19 24 22 21 25 23
NAPHA Survey: Favorite Wood Roller Coaster[21]
Year 2005 2006 2007
Ranking
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3
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retracking". Martin & Vleminckx. Retrieved 17 November 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. 
  4. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. August 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. September 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 10–11B. September 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 22–23B. September 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 30–31B. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 11 (6.2): 42–43. September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 12 (6.2): 42–43. September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2015. 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 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 20 (6.2): 46–46. September 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  20. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Wooden Roller Coaster Poll 20 Year Results Table (1994–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ Surveys – National Amusement Park Historical Association

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