Indiana Beach 6/19

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Friday, July 12, 2002 6:57 PM

The third park of our vacation was Indiana Beach. This is a very traditional park set on a small piece of land. Instead of limiting what they have done due to the small size of the property, the park has literally risen to the challenge by stacking attractions two and three deep. Coasters run over buildings and intertwine with other coasters and antique cars. Coasters and other rides also are located over the water to expand the available area.

Hoosier Hurricane is a good, but not great woodie. It has nice turns, but not much air time. Both this coaster and Cornball sre accessed through long stairs since they are located over other attractions.

Cornball Express may be smaller that Hoosier Hurricane, but it is the better coaster. I consider it to be one of the best woodies in the world. It gives really nice air time again and again combined with lots of twists and turns as it darts in and around HH and over buildings.

Unfortunately, LoCoSuMo was down for modifications while we were there. I did get a chance to talk to one of the mechanics who was working on the coaster. He said that they were adding extra safeties to the elevator system to ensure the highest possible safety for riders.

He also indicated that there were some problems with the stearable wheels on the cars that allow them to negotiate the tight turns. This isn't a safety issue, but it does slow the cars as the wheels oscilate back and forth. They plan to add some sort of damping system to improve this.

In addition to tight horizontal curves, the track on LoCoSuMo also has tight vvertical curves. I appeared that some of the curves had some contout problems and might require more work eventually. (Not mentioned by the park.)

Galaxi and Tig'rr were both nice small steel coasters of the type commonly found at beach amusement parks.

While you are at the park be sure to catch the water ski show and ride the sky ride. Due to the tightness of the park, the viking ship rocks up to just a few feet from the sky ride, and LoCoSuMo is also very close.

A final attraction of special interest is the Den Of Lost Thieves. This is the original shoot em up dark ride.

The food at the park was better than the average amusement park fare.

Friday, July 12, 2002 7:53 PM
Dang, you missed a lot. You didn't get to Double Shot? That's one great S&S ride. Did you get to the swings? Those things are awesome, you actually swing over the water. Big Flush non-waterpark slides are also very nice. Well, at least you had a pretty nice time. Cornball Express is an amazing ride and should be classified with Beast, Raven, Legend, GhostRider, etc. as one of the best woodies in the world.

Top books:"Rusty Bedsprings" by I.P. Nitely,"Half-Mile to the Outhouse" by Willy Maykit and Betty Wont, and "Spots on the Wall" by Huflung Pu.

Friday, July 12, 2002 7:59 PM
I agree Cornball really deserves more credit. Good TR though.

Deja Vu Count = 18

Friday, July 12, 2002 10:49 PM

It's too bad you didn't get to *experience* LoCoSuMo, Jim. It's been a rockn' and a rollin' much better lately.

Did you do Frankenstein's Castle?

Saturday, July 13, 2002 6:03 AM

Good TR! I wish LoCoSuMo was open.

-Sean Newman
88 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC Coaster # 100 in July.
Nitro Laps:105
B+R Launches:28


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