Indiana Beach Tips & Info?

Saturday, May 3, 2003 4:46 PM
We're thinking about making a trip up to Indiana Beach soon and I was wondering a few things about the park.

1) Approximately how much time would you recommend someone visiting to spend at the park?
2) For anyone that visited the park today, was everything open, was it busy, and was there anything different about LoCoSuMo?
3) What are your thoughts about LoCoSuMo?
4) What must-see/ride non-coaster experiences are at the park?
5) What other tips would you give to a first-time visitor? Comments, anything at all, would be helpful and interesting.

Thanks for your help ahead of time!

-Danny

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 4:54 PM
l. It's a good weekend trip. Arrive Friday night, spend all day Saturday until closing time at the park, and drive home Sunday.
2. I highly recommend camping. They have a great campground within their own boundaries, you're right on the lake, and you take their shuttle ferry over to the park so you don't worry about parking. Most people who visit a lot of parks in a season are always trying to cut costs, and this is one way to do it. Camping within the park boundaries is not an option most places, but Holiday World and Indiana Beach offer it, and it's kind of neat.
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 6:15 PM
1) You can get everything done as quickly as 3 hrs at IB, but it's always good to spend a full day at any new park, and enjoy the atmosphere.
2) Didn't go today, but when I went Mid-June last year, the lines were about 10 minutes and I got lucky with LoCoSuMo, I think it was the first day it finally opened.
3) Awesome ride! Great lats and lots of fun!
4) Besides their line up of coasters, nothing really stood out to me.
5) Just get to the park and enjoy it! Cornball kicks :-o
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 7:20 PM
1) Approximately how much time would you recommend someone visiting to spend at the park?

I could easily spend all day there with friends including the water stuff too!

3) What are your thoughts about LoCoSuMo?


I loves LoCoSuMo, Granted there were a couple slam spots last year that needed fixed but I hope they didn't lame out the airtime and latterals too much.


4) What must-see/ride non-coaster experiences are at the park?


The Yo-Yo swings, rock them like a rocking chair or a swing set while your flying, YOU"LL SEE! Dodgem is great for inline, One of the better dodgems, Falling star! Paratrooper, Pirates den Sally darkride.

Don't miss the Haunted Castle, Yeah it's a couple bucks but don't miss it!

5) What other tips would you give to a first-time visitor? Comments, anything at all, would be helpful and interesting.

You'll get a wierd feeling when entering this park like it might not be too good. I have a blast there though, The coasters are good to great and the atmosphere is somethign you just won't find anywhere else in the midwest.

Chuck


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Charles Nungester.
It's official Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 7:24 PM
Remember, ACE members get half off Ride pass, You must show your Card.

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Charles Nungester.
It's official Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 7:48 PM
1) Approximately how much time would you recommend someone visiting to spend at the park?

A whole day for sure. You'll have a blast there and won't want to leave.

2) For anyone that visited the park today, was everything open, was it busy, and was there anything different about LoCoSuMo?

It was not at all busy today. If not for the enthusiast crowd, who were out in full force and keeping the seats on Cornball warm, the place would have been really dead. I believe everything but Galaxi was open. And everything, I mean everything, was a walk on. Some of the old theming was returned to LoCoSuMo. I can't speak to what was different about the ride experience (I don't have a good sense of that stuff), but it did seem a *little* less rough than last year.

3) What are your thoughts about LoCoSuMo?

I like it. ;)

4) What must-see/ride non-coaster experiences are at the park?

I like the short Shafer Queen (boat) trip and have made a habit of always riding all the flats. All of 'em. Oh, except that Big Flush (is that what it's called?) slide. Don't forget about Double Shot...it's on the far end of the park past the beach and easy to miss if you're not looking for it.

5) What other tips would you give to a first-time visitor? Comments, anything at all, would be helpful and interesting.

Pay-one-price wristbands are buy one, get one free for the next two weekends.

Go, go, go Danny! And have fun! :)

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 8:51 PM
Question.....are they not doing the "ride session" thing at this point in the season....for me, that idea is something whose time is past due...

bill, VERY jealous that dawn got to IB while he was stuck moving offices...AGAIN...I'll get you back, dawn....yer gonna get 'Mooshed....;)

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 9:51 PM
"3) What are your thoughts about LoCoSuMo?"

Easily the absolute worst wooden coaster I've ever had the displeasure of riding. It's rough, it's painful, and it's the most violent thing I've ever experienced. There aren't many rides that I'll say I absolutely hate, but I *hate* this ride. There is not one redeeming factor.

"4) What must-see/ride non-coaster experiences are at the park?"

As others have said, whatever you do, do *not* miss Frankenstein's Castle. It's a few bucks extra, I think, but worth every cent. It's not scary, just loads of fun. You won't regret it.

Enjoy Indiana Beach. It's a fun park and it's awesome at night. And Cornball Express really is that good.

-Nate

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 10:26 PM
I spent about 6 hours at the park late in July, no line was more than 10 minutes ecxcept the car ride (don't ask) Ride Cornball about 50 times if you can, ride Hoosier, Galaxie, and Tig'rr for credit. When I went LOCOSUMO was crowded because of low capacity and I was havinge WAY to much fun on Cornball to wait the 1/2 hour, Cornball is that good, be sure to ride in the front and back seat! Airtime heaven!

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 10:40 PM
rollergator said:
Question.....are they not doing the "ride session" thing at this point in the season....for me, that idea is something whose time is past due...

gator: One ride session (11a - 6p) during the first two weekends.

Danny: The beach is open to 11:00pm throughout most of the summer. Don't leave before it gets dark! That's when Cornball really gets insane and Hurricane finally shows it's speed.

Spend the day. Eat in the Skyroom. The thing about IB is that it's never really crowded, even on it's busiest days. No need to rush - take the time to sit, stroll, take in the sights and smells (especially the smells!). IB isn't about the rides, it's about the experience.

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 7:43 AM
1) You only need a couple of hours, but the park is good enough to spend the entire day.

2) I was not at opening day but... Even when the park is "busy", the lines are still very manageable. The park almost always has all of the rides open. It's rare not to see everything running unless there's a storm.

3) Lost Coaster is very unique and VERY intense. Most people either love it or hate it. The park has supposedly worked over the off-season to make it smoother.

4) Den of Lost Thieves (Interactive Dark Ride), Water Swings(Yo-Yo), and Double Shot. Don't miss the walk-through castle. It's easily worth the extra three bucks.


5) Stay for the night-time ride session. Cornball kicks into overdrive and the Midmay looks spectacular at night. Eat at the Skyroom (Great food, Great price).

Kyle

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 12:13 PM
Spend the day and ride everything. Take the time to soak up the atmosphere of this truly old fashioned amusement park. The Skyroom and such are right out of the 1930's.

Cornball is one of the great woodies. Hurricane is good. I didn't get to ride LoCoSuMo since it was down for mods when I was there.

Even the water show is pretty entertaining.

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 4:51 PM
Thanks for the excellent help everyone! From your comments, we decided to go ahead and hit the park today and boy was it worth a visit! I'll try to make a TR later, but I wanted to make a couple quick comments right now...

--Cornball deserves every last compliment and rave it gets. It's not quite the beast of his southern Indiana cousins, but for it's size, CE is near coaster perfection.

--I thought Hurricane was another criminally underrated coaster (along with GASM at SFOG and Adventure Express at PKI). Although it's not loaded with airtime, all I could think about was "wooden Magnum" throughout the first ride.

--LoCoSuMo... I love the concept. I love the design. But it is quite bone-jarring and intense as the sign says (not rough though). I have mixed feelings on the ride right now, but they're mostly positive. You'll have to ride it for yourself and decide, but I'll say I like it! :)

--Tig'rr had very amusing laterals and was good fun for a family coaster.

--The Den of Lost Thieves is another must-must-must-ride to put on your list when visiting, so don't pass it up. I scored less than 200 points, but it was still a blast and nice to see a dark ride actually be dark inside. ;)

--Another thanks for reminding me to stop and walk through Frankenstein.

--IB gives a whole new meaning to the word "stacking" with the way the rides have been added to accommodate space issues. For those who haven't had the privilege to see this phenomenon with their own eyes, get to this park now!

--Make sure you use the Stairmaster (or bring a spare escalator, lol) for awhile before visiting the park. Rerides on Cornball and Hurricane may be a little physically demanding in more ways than one. ;)

--IB is a park that I feel would work much better in general with larger crowds and a warmer day than I had today. Everything was a little gloomy looking, but I still had an excellent time.

--Galaxi was closed and even though I've ridden the one at Lesourdsville many times, it still looked fascinating in IB's surroundings.

-Danny

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Monday, May 5, 2003 6:20 AM

Koaster King said:


It's not quite the beast of his southern Indiana cousins


Unitl you do an 11pm - 12 am Saturday night marathon after a light rain shower in mid-July. ;)

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Monday, May 5, 2003 6:42 AM

dawnmarie313 said:

Koaster King said:
--Make sure you use the Stairmaster (or bring a spare escalator, lol) for awhile before visiting the park. Rerides on Cornball and Hurricane may be a little physically demanding in more ways than one. ;)

Danny-you didn't actually go down the stairs and back up each time did you? Go through or over the railing next time. ;)


Edit: before anyone gets in a tizzy over my advice to "line jump," let me say that this is common practice on low crowd days at IB.

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Monday, May 5, 2003 6:51 AM
I've only been to this park once (in 2001), but it instantly became one of my favorite places, and I'd love to get back there (just not going to make that extra-long drive on my own!). I'd advise spending the whole day there and soaking the place in. Tons of cool flat rides, a GREAT coaster in CE, and really good food. I'd recommend The Skyroom (I think that's the name) a place with a better than normal menu that you'd find at a park. And probably the best park food I've had with the exception of Mythos. They apparently bring in chefs-in-training for the summer, and they put together some interesting dishes. And it was reasonably priced too. Plus the chef came out and talked to us (it wasn't busy the day we were there) and asked us about our meal and stuff, which we also enjoyed.

Like I said, this is a GREAT park, and I highly recommend everyone visit at least once.

dt

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Monday, May 5, 2003 7:17 AM
The ops had NO problem with us *crossing over*, but it was a SLOW evening. Night rides on Cornball, IMO, were every bit as enticing as those in Southern Indiana...

If I had done THOSE stairs for every ride on CE and HH, I wouldn't have the energy left to even type this meesage...;)

edit: the skyroom was really good food, with nice atmosphere, a great view, and *unreasonably low* prices for park fare....don't tell IB I said so, though...;)
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Monday, May 5, 2003 8:14 AM
I'll second the vote for Skyroom!

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Monday, May 5, 2003 8:38 AM
2) I thought LoCoSuMo seemed a little smoother than last year. We rode it when we first arrived and planned to ride it again, but it was down for maintenance when we left around 3 pm. They were doing some work on the lift.

The POP wristbands were B1G1 this weekend for anyone, and they will also be B1G1 next weekend (May 10 & 11). I hope to make another trip over there, since it's only 45 minutes away...

If you're looking for a good restaurant outside of the park, don't miss Subletttes Ribs (on 6th street). They have great BBQ!

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Monday, May 5, 2003 11:10 AM
Jip just a little smoother?

They really did some work on this ride in the off season.. and not just themeing.. lot's and lot's of tracdk work.. it is very smoothe.. and still has air in the turnaround coming out of the mountain... (over the Antique Cars) especially backwards !!

The themeing is great.. really cleaned up.. and they have installed new ques.. no more string and cement buckets! (I didn't notice if the "Quere" line sign had been changed )

Corny was rockin opening day after they replaced some circutry that was damaged by a bad storm the other day.. and they were running with water tubes/sandbags in the 2 3 and 4 seats. don't know what that's about!

Nice to meet and ride with you Dawn..

(Dawn is so nice she takes all of her RA's to experience the wrath of Corny!! (I want a boss like that! ) A warning to CPG'rs for SRM.. Dawn is a screemer and damaged my ear on ride!! j/k

Nice to meet lot's of IB "fans" there on opening day.. Magnum Force/we got mad air in Corny's front seat !! (classic!)

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