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Photo TR: Midwest Credit Hodown

Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:44 pm

Apparently August is the month where I decide to do some really strange things; last year it was 7 parks in 1 day in Chicagoland, this year its some of the smaller parks in Ohio and Indiana, not in 1 day, but 8 parks over 2 isn't bad either. The idea was the work of Heath, and the driving was done by Kim. The goal; Wyandot Lake, Fun Spot, Indiana Beach, Three Floyd's Brewing, Indianapolis Zoo, Coney Island, Stricker's Grove, Wonderpark, and PKI. Without Kim's awesome driving and ability to stay awake, we'd never gotten anywhere close to accomplishment.

Day 1 Part 1: Wyandot Lake

Since the park was sold out of the SF family, we knew we'd at least be able to ride it in the future seasons, but decided since its free, we may as well get there now. Saturday we got there at opening. Not too much to the park, 1 Jr coaster, a few old flatrides, a few kiddie rides, and a few waterslides and activity areas.
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Arriving at the Columbus Airport, they show their sense of humor and their love for Ohio State
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Here's Wyandot. A member of the Six Flags family...for now
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We got there before opening, the American flag wasn't even out
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While waiting for the park to open, this kid got some ERT on the new for 2006 "Puddle: The Experience"
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The parade of a pelican, some SF employees with flutes, and a random pirate parrot officially opens the park
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This old Ferris Wheel is one of the first rides at the park, most of them themed to the ocean
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Sea Dragon, the 50 year old Jr coaster is nicely built inside the lazy river
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A view from the lift
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The return run
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With no line we rode 3 times without getting off. BACT ERT rules!
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Others showed up and enjoy their ride on this classic junior woodie
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and Weee!
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Other ancient rides at the park include this grandfather to the Wisdom Tornado
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and a junior Turtle
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Whoa, looks like Six Flags may have actually added a new ride in the last 20 years!
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OMG, there's two new rides, next to each other!
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The park may not have too much to offer, but this classic carousel was a pleaser
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And the crazy carts are always a hoot
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Creepy 1980s water slides scare me
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Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:59 pm

Day 1 Part 2: Fun Spot

After a 3 hour drive, we arrived in Angola, Indiana, home of Fun Spot. The park should be called Fun Speck, or Not Much Fun Spot because there really wasn't too much to do there. The park had really weird hours, closing at 6pm every night, and not being opened every day in the summer. At least I don't have to go back here until they add a woodie (which probably won't be for a REALLY long time!) :b
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Fun Spot, you shall elude Heath and Kim no longer!
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This is where you buy your wristband for the day
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There are paths, but they're smaller than Animal Kingdom's, so just walk thru the grass like everyone else
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Behold, an Arrow shuttle coaster!
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And this time its actually traversing the loop instead of being stuck in it!
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From the Afterburner you get a great view of....corn
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Woohoo, a Zyklon!
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And its got OTSRs, fantastic
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We were denied the kiddie coaster credit, but its ok because we weren't expecting to get it (Heath wanted me to flirt with the op, but I said "nay nay!")
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They had some cool rides though, like the Troika Troika Troika
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2nd Sea Dragon of the day!
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Dude, I'm SO glad we came here. I've been waiting to ride one of these scarce rides Fer Evah!
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The flyers weren't too bad, probably the best thing at the park
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All the coasters are right next to each other, handy for credit whoring
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Heath was all excited about the hoodie, until I pointed out it had mountains on it, and there ain't no mountains anywhere around the place!
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Oh, BTW, this was our ride for the weekend. $14 a day from Hertz, sweet!
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I saw a sign on the Interstate for this, so we got a random bonus! Culver's is godness!
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I loves me a cheese curd
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Heath and Kim never heard of Culvers before. Those newbies!
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But even Kim loved the butter burger!
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Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:12 pm

Looks like you had alot of fun getting some credits!

--Jay

Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:19 pm

Day 1 Part 3: Indiana Beach

None of us needed any credits at Indiana Beach, but we love the park so much that we figured "we're like 2 hours away, lets go!" Though we could spend at least a full day at the place, we only had a few hours, but it was probably the most time we spent at any park the entire weekend.
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I took us to the South entrance since Kim and Heath had never been over the suspension bridge
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And we all had loads of fun even before we were IN the park!
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There's the park, tight in space, but packed with fun
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A train full of riders want to know "Hoosier daddy!?"
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The park was booming on a Saturday night, and Hoosier Hurricane was rocking with 2 trains
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See how crowded the place was?
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Almost every ride is somehow over the water, which makes for some really neat visuals
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The newest ride, Splash Battle, was more fun for the onlookers than it was for the riders
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Best food at the park, and these people know it!
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Somewhere in that mess is a Galaxi. This park took lessons from Blackpool Pleasure Beach on how to cram a lot into a little
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I finally got to ride the Air Crow. Not as great as Knoebels flyers, but the location is hard to beat!
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Cornball is still airtime filled and loads of fun, even with only 1 train
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Indianaian for "Filing Cabinet"
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How's it going, Joe? :)
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From the start, Cornball ownz
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This almost is classified as Coaster Porn
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Indiana Beach is TPR approved
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The Den of Lost Thieves had too long of a line for us today
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3rd Sea Dragon of the day!
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Frankenstein's Castle should not be missed. Its well worth the extra money
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For all you freaks who love the bumper cars at Indiana Beach =)
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Lost Coaster also had too long of a line for us, sadly
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Apparently GCI did some work to this ride in the offseason
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Its definitely still popular, and fun!
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This Double Shot is seriously INSANE
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From the Skyride, you can see how booming and shoehorned this park is
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Another shot of Splash Battle
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Heath and Kim had a great time at Indiana Beach on this visit
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And so did I, but as my hand gesture shows, "I need beer"
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Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:20 pm

Creepy 80's waterslides are always the best. They're usually really insane, fast, and forceful.

Nice TR!

Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:35 pm

LOL, looks like you guys had fun! :) Too intense credit whoring for me, though. I'm a 1-or-2-park-a-day kind of girl. But I would like to go to Indiana Beach some day.

Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:35 pm

Great TR so far. Looks like my cheap ass will have to wait about 30 years or so to go to Fun Spot. No sense paying now, when Grandparents get in for free on Thursdays!

2 Sets of flyers in one day. You suck!

Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:12 am

2 notes:

1. Culver's frickin' OWNS

2. They have that same t-shirt at CP. :lol:

Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:35 am

Omg, Indiana Beach looks so beautiful.

I definitely have to include the place in my next US visit (if it will ever happen).

Tue Aug 15, 2006 5:44 am

IB looks awesome. I hate I haven't gotten up there yet.

I should have gone there instead of SFStl. lol

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^ I'm so jealous. I have yet to ride one of these. :evil:

I know it's an Arrow, but I still want to try one out before they are all gone.
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