Apex Parks Group acquires Indiana Beach

Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:42 AM | Contributed by Lord Gonchar

From the press release:

September 1, 2015 California-based Apex Parks Group (“Apex Parks”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort (“Indiana Beach”). This is the second significant addition to the company since its founding less than a year ago.

Read the entire press release from Apex Parks Group.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:56 AM

Hmm, the company made up of former Palace Entertainment management,don't know if this bodes well or not.....

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 11:22 AM

Think of it this way.....can they really do much damage at this point?

My thinking is that the park has fallen SO far, there's not much room to make things worse...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 11:59 AM

The CEO led Paramount Parks for four years before they sold to Cedar Fair. That gives him some credibility in my book.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 1:10 PM

Except to Chuck. I think Al is the one who insisted on moving the flyers from Kings Island to Carowinds.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 7:50 AM

Webber had nothing to do with that. That was David Mandt

This can only be good for IB. I swore off Morgan after two visits of half the rides closed and the other half operating on rotating closures.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 9:49 AM

You are completely wrong.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:07 AM

You forgot to say 'As Usual'.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 2:52 PM

Charles Nungester said:

Webber had nothing to do with that. That was David Mandt

This can only be good for IB. I swore off Morgan after two visits of half the rides closed and the other half operating on rotating closures.

No idea about the Paramount stuff but regarding Morgan, they put Rick McCurley as the GM at IB when they got it. Remember when SFGAdv got all those new flat rides one season that never ran? He was the GM there at the time. Last time I went to Six Flags Ohio before the sale to CF and about 2/3 of the rides were open and there was some sort of rotation going on. Yeah he happened to be the GM there too.

Notice a pattern?

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Friday, September 4, 2015 11:35 PM

Charles Nungester said:
Webber had nothing to do with that. That was David Mandt

Now why would David Mandt want that ride moved?

I do think it interesting that the Flying Eagles were moved to Carowinds in the same season that the corporate maintenance and construction department was moved to Charlotte. I have wondered if there was a valuable employee who refused to move without the Flying Scooter.

That theory, for which I have no corroboration, is related to the story I heard once about Al Weber. Again, I don't know if the story is true. Apparently, one of his early jobs at either Coney Island or Kings Island was operating the Monster. So when he became GM at Kings Island, he insisted that the park had to have a Monster. I don't know about the history of the Monster at Kings Island, and whether they were without one for a time, but I do know that while the park originally brought one up from Coney Island, the one they have now was actually the last one built, which means it could not have come from Coney.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015 1:22 AM

Dave, the Monster that currently operates was a replacement for the ride that came from Coney, which had gotten pretty old. I can't remember what season it happened, but I seem to recall that it was during the season and the spot sat empty for a minute.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015 10:41 AM

rollergator said:
Think of it this way.....can they really do much damage at this point?

My thinking is that the park has fallen SO far, there's not much room to make things worse...

Agreed. By far the worst visit we had to a park last year.

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