Indiana Beach Aug. 1-2

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Saturday, August 3, 2002 8:04 AM

God, I was just about to finish up my TR when I got disconnected.

Drove up to IB with my family and got there Thursday at 3:30. We bought our wristbands and slowly walked over to LoCoSuMo, and ran into an unexpected friend from school. By the time we were done talking it was 4:00, so I hopped on for a backwards ride on one heck of a bone jarring ride.

LoCoSuMo is definately a hit, and a very nice ride. Very, very bumpy, but not to the point where it hurt. After the lift, there's a surprise curved, banked drop and then back over the mountain for a couple more hills and drops, the horseshoe, and the triple up. You enter the mountain for a couple sharp turns (which smoothed out later in the trip) then a total stop before a great double down. A couple more turns and then you come back out, turn, and drop into the tunnel. Near the end of the tunnel, there are some pretty grabby brakes, but were a good thing before the earthquake room with sharp turns and drops. Then you hit the brakes. After 5 rides, I loved it. 9/10.

Headed back down towards Galaxi, and hopped in the back seat. Woah! The first drop had such airtime I was forced to put my hands down, seriously. New paint job was nice and the helixes were as good as usual. Much more air than I remember. 7/10

Noticed Chaos was closed, my younger sister was very disappointed for she had been looking forward to it.Headed over to HH and had a nice ride in row 2. Not much air, but some good stomach in your throat, close to airtime. Nice speed, though it lacks major air. 7/10

Then we rode Cornball, which I'll go into detail about later. Headed over to Tig'rr and had a very pleasent ride. Great first drop to turn combo with big positive g's. A few slow banked curves and 2 good helixes later, the ride was over. 7/10

Next we headed over to Double Shot and Big Flush. Wow! Double Shot impressed me even more than last year. Great air time on the first shot, EXTREME air on the second, shoulder meets restraints. It forced me to seriously think about it vs. Power Tower, and PT barely edged it out. 9/10

Big Flush was running one side (blue) so we hopped on. This RCT style slide doesn't disappoint and you do get pretty wet. Next we headed back over to LoCoSuMo for another bone rattlin' ride. We took rides on Paratrooper, the best swings in the world, Falling Star, and the car ride. Then we headed to Dr. Frankenstein's Castle, a great walkthrough haunted house complete with room of many doors and monster rock band. Next we decided to hop on the train and a couple more rides on Cornball and HH. Got a quick snack and headed to LoCoSuMo for a ride in the dark. Well, we were two trains away when the ride got stuck before the double down, and it failed to re-open all night. Decided to hit the Flying Bobs, and then I got my best ride ever on Galaxi, back seat with great air on the drops and helixes were better than ever. One more ride on HH, then came the best part of the trip.

The Cornball Express super duper mega extreme stupifyingly-fun marathon hour. Well, the ops still made all of the last riders hop out and get back in line. WOW! Cornball was absolutely amazing at night, great air in every seat, but the back was by far the best. Great air on the first drop and every up and down after. The helix had great laterals and the two hops after had the best airtime of any woodie I've ridden. Every was having fun, posing for the camera while yawning, fake sleeping, and one guy had his shirt over his head giving the horns with both hands and his tongue sticking out, lol. It was just an amazing 10-15 rides final rides of the night. By far my best time riding a woodie. Now my #2 coaster, Cornball get's a 10/10.

Went back to the motel, watched Game Show network, and slept. The second day was just reriding, so I won't go into detail except that we rode the bumper cars and boats, Chaos opened (my younger sister loved it), and the dark side was opened on Big Flush.

IB get's a 9/10 for overall happiness, cleanliness (except for gum on the log flume tunnels, but not that much), and the employees seemed to have fun. Sorry I missed you IB Dave.

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What is it Lassie? Did Timmy fall down the well again? Rough. Did Mr. Wilson have a heart attack? Rough. Is the drug dealer here for his money? Rough Rough. RUN!

*** This post was edited by Raging Rider on 8/3/2002. ***

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Saturday, August 3, 2002 8:52 AM

It sounds like you had a great time. I rode Locosumo 4 times in a row when it first opened. And have ridden it on 2 visits since. Chaos was closed a few times when I have been to the park also.

Cornball never gets boring. It is such a suprise each and everytime I go to IB. I like to ride 10 to 15 times when I go. The front seat has some amzing air also. I hope you have tried the front at least once.

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Saturday, August 3, 2002 9:12 AM
Yes, I did try the front 2 or 3 times actually. I prefer the back though, especially the way it kinda whips you down the first drop and it seems to have more air.

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What is it Lassie? Did Timmy fall down the well again? Rough. Did Mr. Wilson have a heart attack? Rough. Is the drug dealer here for his money? Rough Rough. RUN!

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 7:06 AM

Did you stay at the IB Motel? I love staying "on-site" at IB. Last visit we rented one of the Penthouse rooms and it was great.

One of the things we enjoy doing on our overnight visits is hanging around after the 11:00pm close, watching as the staff puts the park to bed for the night. After a quick stop at the Rooftop Lounge to partake in a bit of resort "atmosphere," it's off to bed. I will admit that once the lights go out, it is a bit eerie. And quiet. Sort of like a Stephen King novel waiting to happen!

If you stay overnight on the grounds, do your best to wake up early and head down to the boardwalk. We usually head up to the Skyroom for breakfast when it opens at 9:00am but I never miss the opportunity to stroll around beforehand and watch the park wake up - employees arriving, shops opening, rides testing - it's great relaxing way to start the day. For me, it really adds to the entire IB experience.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 7:16 AM
Yes, it is fantastic to have my morning coffee as I stroll down the boardwalk before the rides open. I've noticed that a crowd gathers around the fish in the morning. Its the one attraction that is open before 11:00am.
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 7:54 AM
Raging Rider, I agree 100% on your comment about Double Shot and have been saying that in posts for a while. My friend who I took to Cedar Point this year (mid July) was noting while we were in IB's waterpark last Friday how funny Double Shot looks after seeing Power Tower. But Double Shot just seems to have a little bit more UMPH.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 8:27 AM

Hey WC, I woke those boys up at 6:30am on my last visit! Gotta feed the fish. What's in those pellets anyway. Those fish are HUGE!

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:28 AM
I stayed at a nearby motel, withen walking distance of the park so we don't have to worry about parking. It is nice to see the park waking up with a blueberry muffin in hand. Something fun to do with the fish is to get a few quarters and have a bunch of people throw all of it in at the same time, those fish just go crazy. One note about my trip, I found out I really need to learn to use the site on a gun. When I played the "Free a Captive Animal" game where you shoot at the star, I missed the sheet completely :~).

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What is it Lassie? Did Timmy fall down the well again? Rough. Did Mr. Wilson have a heart attack? Rough. Is the drug dealer here for his money? Rough Rough. RUN!

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:31 AM

Damn i can't wait to get my 1st ride on Locosumo on Aug 9th and 10th! I'll be wearing my buzz shirt on the tenth.

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 10:04 AM
I'm looking forward to getting on LoCoSuMo later this month, too. Very mixed impressions from various Coasterbuzzers. This may be a ride that takes a few re-rides before you can really sort it out in your mind, if you know what I mean.
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Sunday, August 4, 2002 10:43 AM

Raging Rider said:
"Something fun to do with the fish is to get a few quarters and have a bunch of people throw all of it in at the same time, those fish just go crazy."

If you think that's crazy, you should take the recomendation on the sign to feed them popcorn. If you go across the way from the fish and buy popcorn from the highly inexpensive stand, that starts them up like nothing else!
Matthew

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Sunday, August 4, 2002 9:29 PM

Raging Rider said:

A couple more turns and then you come back out, turn, and drop into the tunnel. Near the end of the tunnel, there are some pretty grabby brakes, but were a good thing before the earthquake room with sharp turns and drops

These are the 2nd set of magnetic brakes. The 1st set is in the middle of the double down but is not felt by the riders.

Glad you had a good trip, RR!


*** This post was edited by IB*Dave on 8/5/2002. ***

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