Tuesday, January 1, 2002 5:06 AM
Hey everyone, I was wondering if any of you have been to the IX Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland? I could find everyone's track record but that would take to long. To anyone that has actually been there......Well I live in Columbus, would it be worth driving to? I know they are only open in March and April though which I think is strange.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 5:55 AM
It's just an indoor carnival. Personally I'm not that comfortable with carnival rides, but to each his own.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 6:00 AM
I say go. I went this past year and loved it. The rides are inspected so Jeff doesn't need to worry about anything. They had a coaster, a log flume and nearly 30 other adult rides. If you get your tickets at Tops Markets, you only pay $12.00 to get in. It is $15.00 at the IX Center.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 6:35 AM
Well, the best advice I can give you on this event is if you live in Columbus, like I do, perhaps you can process your CP pass and hit the IX on the same day.
The IX center amusement park is basically a headache waiting to happen. The rides are fun, and the center is laid out very nice, but add the noise and dust, and its plain uncomfortible. They usually have a log flume and a Pinfari Galaxi and a ton of Chance and ARM flat rides.
By all means, check it out, but I would rather do the state fair any day
*** This post was edited by john peck on 1/1/2002. ***
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 7:04 AM
I do not know what Mr. Peck is talking about. I had an enjoyable time at the IX Center Park. I found the place to be very clean and it had a great selection of amusement rides.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 7:20 AM
Whatever you do, don't play the mullet game with your friends while you're there, otherwise you'll be completely sore by the end of the day.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 10:28 AM
Thanks guys for responding.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 3:49 PM
Well if it's you kind of thing, enjoy it while you can. Seems to me I recall hearing that IX Center is going to be torn down. Hopkins needs more room and IX is easier to remove than the interstates, Ford or NASA.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 4:03 PM
More detail: It's both units of the Bates Amusements carnival. It's also frequently a good place to see what's new in amusement rides...that's where I saw a Top Spin three months before Geauga Lake got theirs open; it's also where I rode my first Tornado, Chaos, and Cycloid.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 4:11 PM
I like it alot I go with my cousin every year. I don't find it dirty at all.
The coaster is alot of fun too, although the squealing noise is really annoying.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 4:42 PM
It's ok, but the rides aren't really that great unless you like the really crazy spinning rides or ring of fires. It may not really be worth a drive from colombus, but if you have an urge to get to a theme park nearby during the off season it is not a bad idea.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 6:07 PM
Oh Crap, thats not what i was saying at all....
Someone like me, who is allergic to everything gets sick due to the dust from the petting zoo being blown by the rides in a large contained biulding.
Add the fact that the place is extremely noisy with the echo of a hundred rides spinning in a large building and Im dead.
Bates Bros rides are the cleanest around, and they have a very good safety record. Also, as a perk, the IX has a Chance Gondola Wheel that goes through the roof.
Thats just personal opinion on how I feel, It is still is a great place to try new rides, but in recent years, I have found newer ones on display at the State Fair more often.
I enjoyed my first trips their growing up, but in my adult years, I find the place unbearable.
Yes the rumor has it that Hopkins Airport is trying to expand, but there is no set time yet. On a secodary note, the ferris wheel in the IX is up for sale.
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 6:37 PM
Word in teh industry circles is that 2001 was the last year fot he I-X show. Nothin offical from me, just what I hear.
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 2:28 AM
I have allergies and I get sick from the dust, but when I went to the IX Center, I was fine. It doesn't take much to get me sick.
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 6:51 AM
Rides usually include two Chance YoYo's, two Eli 16 Wheels, a Tilt-A-Whirl, a Majestic Musik Express, a Chance Zipper, a Chance Inverter, a Larson Ring of Fire, a "Quasar" (not sure of mfg), a Heart Flip, an Eli Cycloid, an Eli Scrambler, an ARM Typhoon, ARM "Screamer" (single-armed Kamikaze ride), ARM Top Gun (dual-armed Kamikaze), an Eyerly Rock-O-Plane, an ARM Hi-Jacker (kind of an adult version of the Frog Hopper), a Dartron Super Trooper, a Dartron Cliff Hanger, a Dartron DownDraft, the permanent Chance Gondola Wheel, a Chance Pharoah's Fury, a Wisdom Tornado, two Round-Up rides, a Hrubetz Tip Top, a Majestic Scooter, a Pinfari Zyklon, a Wild River log flume, several walk-through trailer "fun houses" (all $1 additional charge), a dark ride trailer (also $1 extra), a Wisdom Apollo 2000 "simulator ride" (again, additional charge) and TONS of kiddie rides. I probably missed a few along the way, but that's a pretty good look at what to expect. Last season they had an additional charge "Terror Tunnel" attraction, which consisted of the "Mummy's Revenge" and "Freezer" attractions from PKI and PKD's FearFest.
Rides that have made appearances in the past but have been MIA lately are a Chance SkyDiver, a Chance Rock And Roll (ThunderBolt), a Chance Chaos, a Top Spin (it wasn't a Huss model), a Larson Hi Roller, a Chance Falling Star, and perhaps the single most evil ride ever created, the Black Out (a Tivoli Force 10). It's one ride that certainly lived up to its name.
(who has been to 11 of the 12 IX Carnivals and wonders why he goes back each year)
Mark W. Baruth
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 7:39 AM
I can't remember the name of the ride, but IX had the only ride that has ever made me feel physically ill. It was a witches' wheel type ride that went much, much faster than most of them do. The whole carnival atmosphere was a little lame (bearded lady exhibits, etc.), but it was an overall fun time. I haven't been since about 1992 or so, though.
Doesn't it seem as though morons always have the caps lock on?
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 8:46 AM
Mark, you are referring to the "Force 10" (also known as "Blackout") It's essentially a poor-mans Enterprise. Its made by Tivoli and imported my Amtech. Its a very attractive ride, but really does a number on you.
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 8:59 AM
Mark, how could I forget the infamous side shows? I remember they had a large "freak show" there one year (1992 I believe) with the Bearded Lady, a Human Blockhead (a guy who hammered nails and objects into his eye sockets and up his nose... ick!), the usual Rubber Man, Lizard Woman, and some other disturbing characters. I was really uncomfortable in there as it really grossed me out. The other thing they had was "Barney: The Six Legged Cow". We all paid 50 cents to witness this "marvel of nature". Turns out the cow was sitting down in a pile if hay and you could tell there were two "fake" legs sitting beneath him to give the illusion of him having six legs.
And the Force 10/BlackOut never made me ill, but I do remember it causing enough g-forces to create a near black-out effect. The Hi Roller (Larson Crazy Train) is the one ride that had me bolting for the nearest trash can. That turned in one too many directions for my liking... and the lack of fresh air inside made it even worse.
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 1:36 PM
I go every year and I always regret it on the way home.
Zippers are evil right Sean and Dave!
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