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Photo TR: Indiana Beach

Sun May 31, 2009 9:14 am

Despite its lack of theming (which wouldn't be appropriate in this case anyway), Indiana Beach is very nearly my perfect park: small but compact, filled with fun and unique attractions all piled on top of one another, and utterly and completely cracksmoking.

I'm still a bit worried about the new management--but thankfully not much has changed, so far. Hopefully, they realize and appreciate what a good thing they have.

I certainly do.
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The park has two entrances. This is the prettier one, South.
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Everyone has this picture, and everyone should.
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I love crazy signs, and Indiana Beach is overloaded with them.

I'm not exactly sure what folks in wheelchairs are supposed to do here, incidentally. But, now that I think about it, I'm not too sure how folks in wheelchairs would be able to do much of anything at this park.
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Let's start with the Giant Wheel. Ancient and terrifying ride panel? Check.
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Pretty good view from up here.
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The bulk of the park.
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Under the Giant Wheel is the entrance to a mini golf course, which is in turn underneath the Hoosier Hurricane's far turnaround.
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"Water Swing."
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Maybe you'll get lucky and it'll land on the bridge.
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Misty loves swing rides. Misty really loves this one.
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The first of our two days in the park was "we're the only ones on the ride" dead.
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Thank you for clarifying.
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Slash Battle was closed both days, but I doubt we would have ridden it anyway.
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Day two was much busier, mostly with annoying school kids. But the lines were still very manageable.
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Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain: Never has a ride's shorthand name been more appropriate.
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You come out of the station and ascend via elevator lift. Then you're tossed around like a beanbag while the track does things no track should do.
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It's kind of like riding through Spider-Man when it's out of sync, in the backseat of the Georgia Cyclone.
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Weird and brutal in a way that makes no sense and never fails to make me laugh the whole way. (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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Looking down the main midway, contemplating having a "famous" taco. They're goood! (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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Misty demonstrates how the car ride spends most of its time over water.
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Unlike Cedar Point, Indiana Beach really takes advantage of its peninsula locale.
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Yep, that's a coaster hiding behind all those waterslides.
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A Galaxi ride op rewards himself for successfully dispatching yet another train with that equipment. (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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All the water park stuff was still closed. But, again, that's not what we were here for.
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Den of Lost Thieves is a really fun two-story shooting dark ride. (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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Obviously not built as a shooter, but the conversion was well done.
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Um, yeah....
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We rode three times. I'm pretty sure I lost this one because I was taking photos.
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The brief outdoor section.
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The skeleton pops up out of the barrel. I'm guessing this is an original (pre-shooter) stunt.
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The games are all on a card system. So what happens when you load up a card only to find that the computers that control it all are down most of the time? Park profit, baby!
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I wanna win some tools!
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I just like the name "Monkey Drop."
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Misty preparing to win a stuffed tiger.
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Misty, um, eating the stuffed tiger...?
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Inarguable.
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All the pinball machines were on free play. I'm not sure why, but we weren't complaining.
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The park's sky ride is completely awesome and 100% "old school safe."
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I was really happy to see this open (before Memorial Day). A proper restaurant at the park is always a big plus for me.
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"That would suck. An arrow killed you? They would never solve the crime."
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Let's check out the gift shop and then head back to the hotel.
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I really just have no words for this. I even tried to delete the photo, but my finger just wouldn't let me.

Look, just be happy I didn't include the picture of an elf about to blow a crow.
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Our hotel, inside the park. It was outdated--but clean enough--no internet access, and it cost $95 a night. But did I mention the part where it's inside the park?
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Near said hotel is the park's newest coaster, Steel Hawg.
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Even though it's right at the other (main?) entrance, it still feels really away from the park.
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We didn't come here for this, and we weren't expecting much.
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It was okay. A little painful in the shoulders, but not too bad. Once was enough for us, but I was happy it wasn't a lot worse.

Of course, if you like hangtime, you'll probably love it.
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The entrances for the log flume and the Hurricane are right next t each other on the, er, "back" midway. (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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Indiana Beach
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Conveyor loading.
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It's basic, but good.
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Nice scenery, eh?

I'm not entirely sure what that sign means. It pretty clearly directed at the riders, though.
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I didn't shave for a couple of days so I'd look more like a lumberjack.
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To the left is Hoosier Hurricane's station, to the right is Cornball Express track.
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It's actually not very wet.
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Who's your hurricane, baby?
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Built largely over the water, like so many things here. (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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Looks kinda great, rides kinda dull.
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The turnaround (above Island Golf).
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Heading back in.
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The entrance to Cornball is located in Kiddyland.
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Or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say "above Kiddyland."
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It's supposed to be a family coaster, but it's much more thrilling than the park's "adult" woodie.
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Remove substances from mouth. Sure, why not?
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I was blown away by Cornball Express on my last visit, and probably talked it up too much.
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It was still pretty darned good this time around, just not quite up to my previous rides.
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Cornball is built partially above Kiddyland, and wraps all the way around Tig'rr.
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You didn't think I mistyped that, did you? Tig'rr is actually built on the roof a restaurant. I love Indiana Beach.
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And Misty loved Tig'rr, declaring it the best ride of the trip. (And we rode Diamondback and Millennium Force on this trip.)
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When in doubt, make a sign.
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The train driver veers way off track. "Sir, that's the Hurricane. And we're heading for water." (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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The train passes through Dr. Frankenstein's Castle twice through the same tunnel, yet the animatronic barker for the castle is different on each leg of the journey. Pretty cool.
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Air Crow is the park's flyers--built over the water, of course. Dig the maintenance man working in the middle of the ride.
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Even first aid is weird and cool. (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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I foolishly passed on Dr. Frankenstein's Castle on my one previous visit, since it was an upcharge and I'm generally against those.
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But it only costs $3.50, and I'm glad to pay it if that's what keeps all the stunts working.
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The lobby. Much of the attraction is dark, obviously.
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But I did snap a photo of the singing animatronic rock band!
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View of the park from the outside balcony.
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Next door to the Castle is a fun monster-themed shooting gallery. Lots of movement and not too tough to hit the targets.
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One more ride we need to get! Another one that I passed on last time, the Shafer Queen. (Photo by Speedmetal.)
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It's a half-hour paddlewheel ride out around the lake.
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As you might expect, it's easy and relaxing, with lots of good views of the park.
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Hoosier Hurricane, among other things.
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Pretty much the whole park.
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It was a great two days at one of our favorite parks. (Well, it was Misty's first visit, but it's one of her favorites now!)
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I usually don't say stuff like this, but: Possibly my favorite photo of the trip.
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Goodbye from Monticello, Indiana. And thanks for reading.
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Sun May 31, 2009 9:29 am

Awesome report! I've always wanted to get to Indiana Beach but don't have the time this year. Isn't Indiana Beach on the other side of the state from Holiday World?

Sun May 31, 2009 9:40 am

Pinball machines on free play. That's quite a nice bonus. (Even if unintentional)

Great TR. I really want to visit that park.

Sun May 31, 2009 10:01 am

I've only been to this park once, but really liked it. I need to get back there some day.

dt

Sun May 31, 2009 10:07 am

Great Photo TR! I simply love IB.

Sun May 31, 2009 10:53 am

Speeddeamon128 wrote:Awesome report! I've always wanted to get to Indiana Beach but don't have the time this year. Isn't Indiana Beach on the other side of the state from Holiday World?


Yes, Holiday World is located in the southern part of the state with Indiana Beach up in the northern part. Indiana is split into two regions, the hilly and forested southern part and the flat country to the north. Of course you get this same set up in Illinois, and Ohio as well.

Sun May 31, 2009 11:24 am

Great TR! I've always wanted to go to Indiana Beach, but I don't see that happening any time soon.

Sun May 31, 2009 11:59 am

Great TR, and glad to see the park isn't very busy early in the year as I hoped. I'll try to get some pics when I get out there next week!

Sun May 31, 2009 1:40 pm

Great TR. This really gave me a good impression of the park :) Seeing how crammed it is it got me thinking what other parks that have that crammed attractions everywhere feel. Tivoli Gardens have it in some sections, and I think Blackpool Pleasure Beach also falls into this category. Any else?

Sun May 31, 2009 2:10 pm

Is cornball really meant to be a family coaster? It looks pretty intense and I heard there is some nice airtime. I always love your TR's, and this one is no different. Are you on some kind of theme park tour? Or do you just hit up a bunch of random parks?
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