Indiana Beach most unique park?

Thursday, June 27, 2002 8:31 PM

I made my first visit to Indiana Beach last Sunday and Monday and had the time of my life. In combination with 3 great CCI's, the awesome location on that beautiful Lake Schafer, the 2 quite fun steel coasters and several of thrill rides made my trip more fun than any other park I've been to. The thing is that the overall landscaping and layout of the park really...well...it sucked! Yet I still thought the park had this weird feeling I can't put my finger on it it's carny but it's not at the same time. And with LoCoSuMo quite possibly being the most unique wood coaster in the world, has anybody else experienced a more unique park? (talk about repetition)

Oh and who was the Knoebels guy I met there Sunday night, you said you were on cbuzz periodically.

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Thursday, June 27, 2002 8:34 PM
Every park is unique in its own way. I'm headed to IB this year, I can't wait!

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Planned parks: Astroland, Knoebel's, Hersheypark, SFNE, SFGadv,SFGam,CP,PKI,PKD,PCW,HW,Indiana Beach,SFWOA,SFKK,SFDL,SFSTL,Lakemont,DelGrosso's... Need I say more?

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Thursday, June 27, 2002 8:46 PM
landscaping, lol what landscaping! The only place I can think of that there is a little landscaping is in front of the Flying Bobs. Besides that its all walkways and shops. But it doesn't need landscaping since it is a boardwalk and has nothing but lake almost all around it.

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Thursday, June 27, 2002 9:27 PM

There is no room for landscaping. The most landscaping I can think of it the new area beside the frog hopper, double shot and big flush. There is a nice shrub line along there and some nice things they have done with bricks in the sidewalk. This section is obviously alot newer just by the looks of it. Not much room in any other part of the park for anything exept rides and people. There is barely enough room for everyone to sqeeze by each other on those really busy Saturdays in the middle of summer let alone landscaping. Although there is a bit in front of the Falling Star also. If you look, you'll find a bit here and there. Indiana Beach just dosn't have a whole lot of dirt to plant things in. It is all cement.

I guess it is unique. It is hard for me to think about the park objectively because it is all I know. I've been going since I was 2 so it seems very ordinary to me.

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Indiana Beach Club

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Thursday, June 27, 2002 10:13 PM
WOW. Today was my first visit, and definitely not my last! I was sooo impressed by the park, and the number of rides jam-packed in there. The whole experience was a change from the 'normal' parks I've been hitting, and it was just great. This is added to my list of parks you just have to hit every season.

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Thursday, June 27, 2002 10:23 PM
It's not really a "carny" atmosphere, but something more akin to boardwalk amusement parks of the early 20th century. If Coney Island was still somewhat nice (it's not), it'd be reminscent of Indiana Beach.
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Friday, June 28, 2002 3:59 AM
If it were not in Lake Schafer it would be a very different park. I always come in throught the south gate so that I can walk on the wonderful suspension bridge right over the water and hear all the different rides and attractions about 200 or so feet in front of me. I think Indiana Beach has a lot of sensory images that stay in your mind well after you leave. And yes it has the 3 CCIs which also have made it great eventhough I havn't been there since the Lost Coaster fixed it's bugs. They also have some really great flat rides that "complete" the park as well.

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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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Friday, June 28, 2002 6:43 AM

I spent two days at Indiana Beach after SRM and fell in love with it. To anyone visiting Indiana Beach this year, I have some suggestions:

1] Enter via the south end suspension bridge, its one of the all-time best "first views" of a park ever, in the same league as exiting Compounce's tunnel.

2] Pay the extra three bucks and walk thru Frankenstein's Castle. Take your time, walk slowly, enjoy the gags. Near the end, when you come upon a large room via a second floor balcony make sure you walk out on the balcony and look up or you'll miss an incredible special effect not visible from the path.

3] Reserve an hour [and a $20 bill] and go sit in the Fascination parlor. The game is totally addictive, the old women who run it are hilarious, the prizes you can redeem tickets for are good, and the parlor has A/C!

4] Eat dinner in the Skyview Restaurant at the north end of the park.

5] Eat at least one "World's Best Taco" [just south of LoCoSuMo]. No, its not really the world's best, but its pretty damned good ;-)

6] Visit the Magic and Gag shop near Cornball Express.

7] Play a round of mini-golf at the SOUTH end of the park.

8] If you can afford it and the rooms are available, stay in the IB Hotel, and try to get a penthouse suite. You can split the suite w/ 4 people and they're *right on* the midway!!

9] Ride the bumper boats, they're the best I've ever experienced.

10] Buy a bag of popcorn and go stand infront of Galaxi and throw popcorn to the large mouth bass - and try NOT to be mesmerized!

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N.U.T.S. - National Union of Thrill Seekers! Be a member and tell everyone you're NUTS! [Brought to you by the maker of LoCoSuMo! NOTE: NUTS is not a real club; void where prohibited; your mileage may vary; where's the beef?]

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Friday, June 28, 2002 7:09 AM

I don't know about unique,

Jam Packed, yes

Interesting, Yes

Fun, Definitely

But not really unique, it reminds me of Coney Island 50 yeas ago or Cedar Point that many years ago. Although it may be the only place like it anymore so in that way it might be unique.

I do know that having 5 full size coasters smashed into such a small space is vey unique.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Friday, June 28, 2002 7:15 AM

I've never been to IB (unfortunately), but I would say it is unique in that it still retains that old-fashioned, waterside amusement park feel that so few parks have in these modern times.

SF, CF, Universal, AB, Disney, and Paramount have all dominated the amusement park scene, but IB still holds its own independence and its own.......dare I say it?.......uniqueness. ;)

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Friday, June 28, 2002 7:32 AM

'moosh, great suggestions all, and the sit-down restaurant was GREAT....prices it seemed were too LOW for park fare, but who's complaining....

but how can you possibly forget to talk about the AMAZING shoot-em-up dark ride....I end up stuck in a car with Annie Oakley (aka Jill), but that ride was fantastic....MiB holds no candle to IB's "olde-tyme" version IMO...

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Friday, June 28, 2002 7:51 AM

And grab something to eat on the Pronto Princess and eat on the top of the boat. My freinds and I always do this when we visit the park, it's like a must.

Also, ride the train ride. It gives you a look at the park you usually wouldn't get from the boardwalk along with some nice views of LoCoSuMo and Hurricane.

Ride Cornball Express backseat your very first time...no seat beats that very first drop! Also, I would say to ride LoCoSuMo backwards your first time, that's what we did and we were laughing the whole time. I was sort of-kind of familiar with the track layout, but after the big lake curve, I was completely lost and didn't care because it was so fun!

And about IB being unique, it sure is. I mean, of course, other parks have their uniqueness, but IB isn't your average park (along those same lines, LoCoSuMo isn't your average CCI :))

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-Eric
Indiana Beach Online | LoCoSuMo Count: 1

*** This post was edited by Glitch01 on 6/28/2002. ***

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:07 AM
'Gator - I didn't include the Sally dark ride because I felt most people wouldn't skip that, where as they might skip the Castle, BumperBoats, and anything else I mentioned. Mike "Bassistist" Miller has a great story about Den of Thieves...perhaps he'll humor us.

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N.U.T.S. - National Union of Thrill Seekers! Be a member and tell everyone you're NUTS! [Brought to you by the maker of LoCoSuMo! NOTE: NUTS is not a real club; void where prohibited; your mileage may vary; where's the beef?]

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:55 AM

A very uique park, everything packed in tightly, notice how three coasters encircle and go over, under, and on the side of each other (HH, Cornball, Tig'rr). Water slides surrounding Galaxi and a CCI inside a mountain traveling over the antique autos. It has a kind of carnival feel to it, just with some permanent coasters. I really love to visit the park and the taffy at the place next to Den of Lost Thieves is my favorite taffy. Frankenstein's Castle is a great walkthrough that took a lot of work to put together. 'moosh, are you talking about the balcony the monster rock band, you should walk to the edge of the balcony and look straight down. IB is a great park with a lot of "fun" rides. Not the most thrilling, but lots of fun.

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:55 AM
I almost always go across the bridge. I get exited when I step onto it. What a great feeling! My suggestion is to try everything at least once. Even the ride on the Shafer Queen. You get some views of the park from the lake which is pretty cool especially for picture taking.
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Friday, June 28, 2002 10:51 AM
I got to say that the Car ride was long and awesome and the Galxi really did catch my stomach a few times and the turn on Tig'rr was awesome and I had a good burger in the Tig'rr's Den underneath the coaster and it was fairly priced too. I did have a burrito from the Taco place too because it had a tantalizing smell while waiting in line for LoCoSuMo. I had more fun at IB than I've had at any other park, it even skimmed past BGW!

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Tuesday's Gone With The Wind.
Elijah Rock.
Is it written in the stars?
La Vie Boheme!!!

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Friday, June 28, 2002 1:28 PM
SFGAMDie HARD - Did you try Double Shot...if ya did, what did you think? :) IB's Double Shot just seems better than most others...sure, Power Tower is really cool and much taller, but Double Shot just seems to give you excellent air time and jerks you down on the second shot...I love it!

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-Eric
Indiana Beach Online | LoCoSuMo Count: 1

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Friday, June 28, 2002 3:44 PM

I visited IB for the first time this year and it won't be the last. This park instantly shot up to a tie for #1 with Holiday World as my favorite park anywhere. Great flat rides, great food, and an A+ coaster just make the place. I couldn't get enough of the laid back atmosphere.

Oh, and per 'Moosh's request, from my TR:

"I also really liked their Sally dark ride, but it gave me by far the biggest scare of the day. Mike Kallay and I failed to notice the 400 lb. weight limit per car (or we honestly thought we were less than 400 lbs, can't remember which...he he he!). As we climbed the lift, our car began to buck and stall out, going slower and slower. I was imagining a rollback into the 180-degree turn at the bottom, and planning my leap out of the car if that happened. We got closer and closer to the top...and then ground to a halt
about 3 feet short! Mike and I both started pulling us up the wall and we finally made it up...phew! We had another scary moment on the descent when we felt the car slip for a second and drop about 10 feet really fast. The
funniest part was at the end...we bashed through the last door very fast, and then, just after I got out, the next car came sailing through and bonked into ours pretty good. I swear, we don't seek these things out (see SRM log
ride incident last year)."

I swear, out of all the things to die on due to misadventure, Den Of Lost Thieves would not make my top 10!!


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Friday, June 28, 2002 4:51 PM

Mamoosh said:

Near the end, when you come upon a large room via a second floor balcony make sure you walk out on the balcony and look up or you'll miss an incredible special effect not visible from the path.



lol, I really suggest this.

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Friday, June 28, 2002 5:26 PM
Yes I did get on Double shot some 15 times, it blew me away. I have yet to go to Cedar Point and this was my first S&S ride but it really beat Giant Drop by a mile IMO.

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Tuesday's Gone With The Wind.
Elijah Rock.
Is it written in the stars?
La Vie Boheme!!!

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