Michigan amusement park sets all-time turnstile mark
About 550,000 people visited Michigan's Adventure in 2005, an 18 percent increase from last year and an all-time attendance record for the amusement park, officials said.
The attraction led all parks in its national chain in turnstile gains. Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair LP, which purchased Michigan's Adventure in 2001, owns six other amusement parks and five water parks.
Knott's Berry Farm in southern California is the company's largest park and Michigan's Adventure, which is about halfway between Muskegon and Whitehall, is the smallest.
Camille Jourden-Mark, general manager of Michigan's Adventure, told The Muskegon Chronicle for a story Wednesday that attendance was helped by the area's hot and dry summer weather and by the popularity of a new water ride, Funnel of Fear.
Jourden-Mark, whose father, Roger Jourden, built up the park from a petting zoo that he bought in 1968, said the previous attendance record of 480,000 guests was set in 2003.
Source : Associated Press