Indiana Beach will have significant renovations for 90th season

Posted Monday, February 29, 2016 7:51 AM | Contributed by slithernoggin

Indiana Beach issued a press release detailing some of its renovations for the 2016 season. From the release:

Indiana Beach, Indiana’s Favorite Boardwalk Resort, is making renovations at an aggressive pace in preparation for the start of the 90th anniversary season.

A long list of upgrades and renovations have been ongoing since new resort owner, Apex Parks Group, purchased the resort in September 2015. From a new main gate to the campground ferryboat landing, improvements are unfolding throughout the resort. “We cannot wait for the Indiana Beach fans and Monticello locals to come out and see their favorite park looking like it did back in the glory days,” said park General Manager John Collins. “There will be a few other surprises along the way, too.”

The Giant Wheel, an iconic Indiana Beach ride, was dismantled in November and sent to the ride’s manufacturer, Chance Rides of Wichita, Kansas. The massive refurbishment is in the final stages of completion and the ride is expected to be reinstalled at the park by spring.

The Shafer Queen paddle wheel boat, is receiving a makeover from bow to stern. Resort guests will see fresh paint, improved seating, and new lighting as the Shafer Queen continues to proudly cruise the waters of Lake Shafer for many years to come.

An Indiana Beach favorite, the Tig’rr Rollercoaster is undergoing track and passenger car renovations for the 2016 season. The Tig’rr will be painted in a colorful theme to match the name of this classic rollercoaster. All entrance, ride, and concession signage will be upgraded to reflect a brighter and cleaner look for guests. The park is receiving fresh paint, upgraded lighting, updated boardwalk, plus many other improvements. The VIP parking lot will be enhanced and there will be renovations to the lodging area. Additionally, many concession stands will have new and improved menus to allow for easier, guest-friendly ordering. Many food favorites such as Beach Tacos, Pronto Pups, and Elephant Ears will once again be available for guests to enjoy. Additionally, Pepsi-Cola is now the official soft drink provider at all Indiana Beach concession stands.

Ideal Beach RV Resort will debut in 2016 as “IB Crow Campground, a Family RV Resort” and will be the second home of the iconic mascot, IB Crow. The campground will not only have a new name, but will also undergo facility improvements and upgrades.

Apex CEO Al Weber adds, “We are so excited to be a part of updating and upgrading this iconic Indiana resort. With respect for the past and an eye on the future, these important changes at Indiana Beach should not only improve the guest experience but give guests reason to come back time and again. The Park team is so excited to have everyone come out and see the New Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort.”

Read more from Indiana Beach.

Related parks

Monday, February 29, 2016 10:02 AM
Tekwardo's avatar

Good. Al Weber seems to know what he's doing. I hope to get back to this park sooner rather than later.

Website | Flickr | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | Facebook

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

Monday, February 29, 2016 10:19 AM

We had a fairly rotten experience on our last visit and I can't say I'm in a hurry to go back. However, I'm cautiously optimistic about this. I'll wait for trip reports before I take the leap.

I develop Retro Games for macOS, iPhone, and iPad when not riding coasters.

Monday, February 29, 2016 10:51 AM
rollergator's avatar

I don't recall *ever* being this optimistic about a park's ownership change.

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Monday, February 29, 2016 11:18 AM

Richard Bannister said:
We had a fairly rotten experience on our last visit and I can't say I'm in a hurry to go back. However, I'm cautiously optimistic about this. I'll wait for trip reports before I take the leap.

I had an awesome time at this park last June and the only disappointment i had was superstitious coaster was closed. I hope to get back there in a couple years to see these changes.

Like our Facebook page:

Monday, February 29, 2016 5:43 PM
janfrederick's avatar

We did a ride ops rap for the annual no-talent show at Great America back in the very early 90's. We had a line about Al Weber that they made us remove before allowing us to perform. Something like..."back to my main man, Al Weber, but would he talk to you? Naw never..."

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

You must be logged in to post

POP Forums - ©2021, POP World Media, LLC