IB...Ride session or combination pass?

Saturday, April 29, 2006 6:23 PM
My wife and I are planning a trip to IB on June 16th. I was looking at the different pricing schemes on their website and was curious if the extra $10 is worth it for the water park and more riding time. Realistically we wouldn't be there for more than 7 hours and the water park doesn't seem that impressive on their website. Thoughts? Thanks.
Saturday, April 29, 2006 10:00 PM
IB is amazing, but the only coaster which warranted re-rides for me was Cornball Express. My favorite thing in the park though was the haunted house. I could have just been in there for hours on end.

If you are only planning a short visit, don't get the combo, but if you could make a long day out if it, definitely get it.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 1:05 AM
Regardless of what you decide DO NOT miss Frankenstein's Castle. YES, it is not included in the ride session or pass. YES, it costs extra. YES, it is worth it. If you find yourself entering the attraction with a large group either make sure you're first [so no one in front of you ruins anything] or lag WAY behind [so no one in front of you ruins anything].

Oh...and make sure you walk out on the balcony overlooking the large room near the end of the walk-thru and look up towards the ceiling or you'll miss one of the best effects of the attraction. Many, many people never experience it.


Sunday, April 30, 2006 10:28 AM
Add a few extra hours to your stay and get the water park pass. They have a pretty cool lazy river ( Goes under all the slides and by galaxy). + The do have some decent slides, and they have added that interactive water battle thing.

As for the park, just go to enjoy the experience.

Cornball express is one hell of a rollercoaster. It packs a lot of punch and a lot of airtime.

Hoosier hurricane is also definantly worth the time.

Most importantly you can't forget about Tiggr. Its pretty neat not having any seat belt. Also galaxy may be much, but for some reason I enjoy the loud clanging and the punch that it gives you as you start the hill.

The mansion as previously pointed out is a must. You also can't forget double shot, the shafer queen, the boat show, the chairlift, logride, den of the lost theives, swings over the water, antique car rides, and the random shops/ food things along the boardwalk.

The atmosphere of the park is really what makes IB what it is. Everything being on top of each other is kinda neat, and makes the rides even better IMHO. They have added Lost Coaster but it is a little rough for my taste.

hopes any of this helps!

Sunday, April 30, 2006 10:51 AM
Thanks for your help. I think we're gonna go with the combo pass. That way we can check out the water attractions and not worry about what time it is.

I haven't been to the park since the mid 80's so I'm really looking forward to it. Their website certainly doesn't do the park justice, at least what I remember of it.

Two more quick questions:
1. Are there lockers? Are they free?

2. We're looking for a hotel in the area for around $100. Any recommendations?


Sunday, April 30, 2006 11:47 AM
Mulfdog - The park's on-site hotel offers rooms for under $100. I've stayed there and would recommend it. Info is on their website. IIRC reservations must be done by phone (574) 583-4141.

There are lots of non-chain hotels very close to the park as well but Orbitz, Travelocity and other consolidator websites do not list them. I can't vouch for their quality. A check of the city's Chamber of Commerce here might be a good place to start.

Or, go to the Yahoo Maps main page and use Monticello, IN 47960 as your search criteria. When the map page loads look for the "Smartview" section on the lower right side of the page. Click on Travel & Transportation and check the "hotels" option. Icons will appear for every hotel in the area. It's easy to spot the hotels near the park as they are all grouped together near the lake. You may need to zoom in and recenter the map a bit to make it easier to click on each hotel's icon and bring up their info. That should be enough to get you on your way.

If all else fails call the park (574) 583-4141.

Have fun ;)

Sunday, April 30, 2006 1:03 PM

joe. said:IB is amazing, but the only coaster which warranted re-rides for me was Cornball Express.

LOL, don't tell those poor ride-ops who had me *marathon* Tig'rr, solo, for about an hour during an ERT session... ;)

Anton, Anton, Anton!

Not that Cornball is anything less than world-class... :)

FWIW, I've been to IB no less than a half-dozen times, and can't wait to go back for more...

Sunday, April 30, 2006 1:06 PM
Hotels in Logansport are always a good option for Indiana Beach too, especially if you're making last-minute plans and the on-site lodging is all full.

I'm not sure about lockers at IB, but I'm sure they probably have them. I just don't know where or what the cost is.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 1:11 PM
Seems logical to me that lockers would be in or near the changing rooms for the beach and water park. Not having used either I can't verify that...just making an edumacated guess.
Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:49 PM
OH! Don't miss the Fascination shop/stall/room/building.

Hours of enjoyment there.

Sunday, April 30, 2006 4:54 PM
It's a parlor, Joe. And I'm kicking myself for not mentioning it in my first post. It's not to be missed if only for the women who serve as host and MC ;)
Sunday, April 30, 2006 5:22 PM
There are lockers for a nominal charge in the bathhouse as well as some around the corner from SkeeBall.


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