Do you love IB as much as I do?

Monday, August 12, 2002 6:49 PM
Tell me what you love about IB. Is it the signs? The Food? The Waterballon game? I just can't visit this park enough, I just wish I lived closer to it. The coasters? Flat rides? Just tell me..lol.

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Monday, August 12, 2002 6:51 PM

The atmospehere amazes me, the walk across the bridge is just great, and I love how kitschy the place is. But what I love the most about Indiana Beach is Corny.

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Monday, August 12, 2002 7:05 PM

I love the park a lot too, I just wish I could have gone more this year, too. I am happy, however, to say that everytime I talked to friends from school this summer after they went, they said the "new ride" (LoCoSuMo, hehe) had a huge line all day. So that's a good thing!

I have a feeling that Indiana Beach has been having a good attendance year, like Holiday World has had. I'm not just basing it off what friends said, but actual experiences and Internet discusions :)

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Monday, August 12, 2002 7:08 PM

Personally, having just returned from my day at IB, I can honestly say, "No."

Don't get me wrong...I _like_ the park but it's just missing "something". I can't put it into words, so don't ask. Give me a few days to get the visit to "mesh" and perhaps then I could expound more on it...

But again, no, I do not love IB as much as you do...

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Monday, August 12, 2002 7:35 PM

I myself absolutely love Indiana Beach. Just take a look at a picture from the bridge and anyone thinks, wow, I'm in for quite a unique experience. What they've done is amazing, and Cornball is the single-most, expectation defying, amazing woodie I have ever had the pleasure of riding. The way flat rides go right over the water is great, and the dark rides are amazing (one note: green guns suck), and a very nice set of coasters are more than I can ask for. Great atmosphere, wonderful snacks and food (I love the taffy at the place next to Den of Lost Thieves), and the price is unbeatable. If I had the choice, I'd pick this over both SFGAm, CP, PKI, MiA, ......

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Monday, August 12, 2002 7:46 PM
You're right Raging Rider about that guy that just got deleted just now. Sorry.

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Monday, August 12, 2002 7:49 PM
It's fine stoogemanmoe, it happens, plus, I've got a leg up on you you for releasing anger, I play football :~D. Can't we all just,... get along?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 4:34 AM
Yeah! It's so cool, no place like it. I took my bud there a couple weeks ago for the first time. After about 4 rides he was like "every single ride here is kickass! EVERY one!" He also said "this is like in the movies." The 'scariest' ride is the sky ride. Those non-locking 3/4 lap bars scare the crap outta me. I only rode Locoso whatever and it was insane. This really is what parks should be about. Remember when they had the "spin till you can't breath (literally!!) hurrican ride? Why'd that go?
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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 5:55 AM

moe - Possibly more, but I don't know how much you love the place.

The old school "Fascination" sign, Cornball!, the Paratrooper over the lake, the carp, the Hoosier Hurricane turnaround at night, the best haunted house stunt ever, the crows, the wonderful lady who works in the donut shop,... I could go on and on.

redman - While I personally love this place, I can see how it may not be everyone's cup of tea. I am curious to hear what it is that you didn't like.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 6:35 AM
I personally love Indiana Beach. There is a atmosphere there that I don't think can be copied completely. Having it on a narrow penninsula in lake shaffer, rides packed together in the tiny space. Tig'rr a restraintless Jet Star which is very hard to come bye now a days. Lost Coaster, it's new but it's one of the most unique wooden roller coasters out there, and the last completed project by CCI. And like mentioned before Cornball is just simply awesome. I could go on and on considering I go there quite often but I got to get around for work. In a nutshell, yes I do probably love IB as much as you do.

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You can hear the laughter, you can hear the mighty roar. From the brickyard down in Indy to the white Chicago shore. It's a rollin', twistin', turnin' and might we both suggest. You get you fanny ridin' on the Cornball Express!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 12:58 PM

zombie73 said:
Remember when they had the "spin till you can't breath (literally!!) hurrican ride? Why'd that go?


Zombie, are you talking about the Twister? (Where the Tilt is now.) If so, the Beach didn't want to remove it but the ride is no longer manufactured and it was showing its age. This was a true classic and a great ride depended on the operator's skill.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 1:21 PM

I don't know if I love it as much as stoogemanmoe but it is soitenlee (misspelling deliberate) one of, if not THE best traditional amusement parks I've been to. 'Space, we don't need more space, just stack it right on top of that attraction over there.' The only theme they need to maintain is 'Amusement Park Land.' Blackpool's mini-me is alive and well in Northern Indiana.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 1:38 PM

I spent two days at IB right after SRM and I finally "get" the park.

You can't go wrong with an outstanding woodie [Cornball - emphasis on "standing"], another excellent woodie [Hurricane] that is performing better than it has in years, two fun compact steelies [one Schwarzkopf, a big plus], flats run at 11, an A/C'd Fascionation parlor [and cool attendants to match], an excellent walk-thru, the unique LoCoSuMo [which I have yet to ride], excellent food, a "stuck in the 60's" atmosphere, and so much more.

I can understand how some people wouldn't look at IB so favorably...I was once one of those people. But along w/ SRM, a visit to "American's Blackpool" is now a must for me each year.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 2:03 PM
I'm interested to see what they do with the mountain over the off season...there are so many possibilities! I'm hoping for fog, strobes, the waterfalls to return, and lots of neat lighting!

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-Eric
GlitchCam Returns...if you thought the Subdivision Cam was something, wait untill you see this.
According to the general public, lots of coasters go straight down.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 2:08 PM
I've grown up with it, so naturally I have a unique place in my soul for the never ending claustrophobia found at this amazing little place in Monticello....not to mention that I could power ride (or is that power shoot) Den of Lost Thieves all day?
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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 2:11 PM
Mamoosh just nailed exactly why I LIKE IB -- "America's Blackpool" is a good way to put it. Lots of stuff in a small area, yet it doesn't feel CONGESTED.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 2:22 PM

At least I'm nailing something.....

Moosh

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 4:08 PM
Okay, I just thought I would like to add my two cents after reading a TR on URC flaming IB about it being "dirty" blah blah blah ect ect. Why do people say this!? I've always seen it as a nice clean and fun place to go (aside from the gum tunnels on the log flume yet you see those wherever you go). I know it doesn't pack the thrills of Cedar Point but I think it has more to do and is better overall than Holiday World IMO (sorry diehard HW fans, don't get me wrong, it's still a great park). I think that IB's bread and butter is the flat rides and the coasters kindof hold the glue together to make a very nice park. All I know is I wouldn't trade it for anything else. If you wanna complain go to a corperate, overpriced, and over crowded park instead. Okay I got that out of my system now and i'm done.

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You can hear the laughter, you can hear the mighty roar. From the brickyard down in Indy to the white Chicago shore. It's a rollin', twistin', turnin' and might we both suggest. You get you fanny ridin' on the Cornball Express!

*** This post was edited by CornballFreak on 8/13/2002. ***

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 4:08 PM
LOL! Mammosh, I rode Locosumo for my 1st time on Saturday and had a blast! That ride is something else, I don't know what but something else..lol. It whips you around like a sack of flour. I love it!

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Beer, my soon to be wife, coasters, and the FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Is this a great country or what!!
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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 7:18 PM

It's funny, I read someone's post about "people getting misty eyed about IB." I'm not sure if they were joking, but for real, I have an intense emotional attachment to this park, and I would suspect that many others who "grew up" there do too. I've visited several times this summer (it's my closest park-rock on!) and my first trip this summer was the first time I'd visited since I was a teenager. The new (and new and improved) coasters are what brought me back to IB, but I could have never anticipated the way the sights, sounds, and most of all the SMELLS (Pronto Pup, anyone?) took me back to the late 80s when mom and dad drank beer in the rooftop bar and I rode the Skyride with some guy from Crown Point. (Wow, this is getting really sappy). That warm fuzy feeling is really why I like to get there as often as I can. I'd say that Cornball (seriously, could that name fit any better?) and Dippin' Dots are among my favorite additions to the park, and the Scrambler over the water and the flaming diver (who's suit had been soaking in "gas-o-line" anyone remember that announcer?) are among my fondest memories. Oh no, another fond memory coming to mind, riding the ferry from the campground to the boardwalk and all the kids reaching up and touching the bottom of the bridge you pass under. (Tried to do it on the ferry ride this year and the bridge is all covered with gum...it's really gross.) Yeah, I could go on, but I think I'll bring the nostalgia train into station for the night.

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