Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Final Edition!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR: Santa's Villag

Postby beatle11 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:24 pm

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Meow! ;) Nice report Chad. Cool look at the Big Mike Road Show.
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR: Santa's Villag

Postby Big Mike » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:34 pm

Thanks Dude!!

You got some good pictures of Megan and I that I don't usually get, much appreciated!


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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR: Santa's Villag

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:31 am

Super cool seeing the behind-the-scenes of the Big Mike Roadshow! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. ;)
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR: Santa's Villag

Postby sspaz1000 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:27 am

Ack! I got behind again! Great couple reports! Behind the scenes of big mikes road show is awesome!
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR: Santa's Villag

Postby chadster » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:08 pm

Big Mike wrote:Thanks Dude!!

You got some good pictures of Megan and I that I don't usually get, much appreciated!


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You welcome man, see you and Megan in Canada!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Indiana Beach

Postby chadster » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:03 pm

As part of my Mid America Adventure I made a stop by Indiana Beach to check out the park just in case it closes ;) I had high hopes going into the day and was pumped up to visit the park as it's my "type" of park. Unfortunately my visit fell a tad short of my expectations as I felt it was missing that Morey's Piers feel I was expecting. Operations were also slow on my visit with Cornball dispatching about once every 8 minutes.

But not all was a total disappointment, the YoYo is VERY good and I got my first ever VALLEY while riding a coaster! Would I visit again, sure, I'd give it another try, after all, I really wanted to fall in love with the park, it just for some reason didn't happen.

So lets move on and see some photos shall we? But wait, not enough photos for you? Click your mouse here.
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And we have arrived! Actually I guess it should be I have arrived as there is no "we" anymore.
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Anyway I arrived just as the park gates were opened as heavy rain was forecast for the afternoon.
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Pretty sure it's supposed to have water in it.
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First up, the Galaxy. Note: Beepers are not allowed on this ride, however loose object appear to be allowed...
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Looks safe.
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Hi tech ride control system looks safe.
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Ride car looks....safe. I honestly thought I was going to die as the entire way up the lift the car was bouncing, thumping, and vibrating. I braced for my life but surprisingly it smoothed out, whew.
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Next I thought I'd try the scrambler, but was denied because I was a single rider. They claim the ride manufacture says single riders are not allowed...WTF?!?! So after declining a ride with 12 year old girls (for obvious reasons) I moved on to the next best thing.
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The Flying Bobs. I actually liked this ride a lot as they ran it bobs out. Get it, bobs out, ha ha.
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Ummm, looks safe?
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Car 1: "OMG, what IS that?"
Car 2 Girl: "I can't believe you"
Car 2 Boy: "It wasn't me I swear!"
Car 3: Dammit! Quit busting A$$!
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After not being open when the park opened, I ran over to the Lost Coaster, where I was able to find it.

Apparently trains go in the cave and are supposed to come out the other side.
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To do that, they go up the hydro lift which was actually one the best parts of the ride as I had no clue what held the thing in place on the way up.
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Our train went in...
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But we didn't come out! We VALLEYED in the tunnel!!!
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Holy Crap we are really stuck in here! They had a mechanic waiting on the train when it rounding the corner inside the cave to try and give it a push but no go!
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Can I get out this way! We actually begged for an evac but we didn't get it. Reinforcements were sent in and they pushed the train up the incline and over the hill....off we went, only to valley again!!

So what was up? The wheels were over lubed, too thick and caused the bearings to not turn freely. Yeah, I'd hated to have been that guy.
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So after the totally awesome valley, it was off to try this out.
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State law says you have to be 54" to ride.
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From the platform I found this mess.
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And then turned around to see this mess.
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OMFG WE ARE GOING TO DIE!
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Double train!
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Your obligatory carousel shot.
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Noted.
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Acceptable amount of wetness. Probably the shortest flume outside of the one at Frontier City that I've been on.
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After getting wet, I went to check out Steel Hawg, interesting ride, that's for sure, pretty fun too.
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Must have a NERD SHOT!
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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Yuuuup! Best. Yo Yo. EVAR!
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Nice speed on the Himalaya. Looks like they took the background from a Reverchon and painted over which is too bad as those had some quality artwork.
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Oh yeah, the Falling Star was sort of SBNO
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Can't forget about the 10 foot gap in the restraining mechanism drop tower! Not bad at all.
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On the way out I found this "Featured on Food Network" Taco Stand. Not exactly believing them I looked it up on my phone to find it was featured in about a 30 second block as the best taco...on the boardwalk maybe. I tried it, it was ok. Cheese whiz, pre-cut and bagged lettuce, standard taco meat, nothing amazing, but it was cheap.

And with that, I walk on to my next Adventure. Any guesses as to where that will be?!?!
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Indiana Beach!

Postby sspaz1000 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:20 pm

Great update chad :)
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Indiana Beach!

Postby Meteornotes » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:12 pm

I've been to this park twice, and my first visit in 2000 was so much better than my second visit a few years ago. It just doesn't seem like the new owners care as much about the park as the old ones did. Lots of closed rides, pokey operations, and a real lack of energy compared to the first time I visited. I still ahd fun, but the place just seemed kind of "off". It still has one of the best locations for a park ever, and I hope it stays open for quite some time.

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Indiana Beach!

Postby beatle11 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:25 pm

Hmm, are you going north or south next?
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Indiana Beach!

Postby chadster » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:01 pm

Meteornotes wrote:I've been to this park twice, and my first visit in 2000 was so much better than my second visit a few years ago. It just doesn't seem like the new owners care as much about the park as the old ones did. Lots of closed rides, pokey operations, and a real lack of energy compared to the first time I visited. I still ahd fun, but the place just seemed kind of "off". It still has one of the best locations for a park ever, and I hope it stays open for quite some time.

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Quoted for truth as I couldn't have summed it up any better. It's a shame as like you said, the parks is in a great location, is full of potential, and close to hundreds of thousands of potential patrons.

beatle11 wrote:Hmm, are you going north or south next?


I'm thinking....North ;)

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