TR: Indiana Beach Satuday May 4th

TR: Indiana Beach Satuday May 4th

Post by Jacob Atkins » Tue, 07 May 2002 03:18:16


My last final exam for college is on Tuesday, so I wanted one last day
to relax before turning the brain back on, so I decided to head out to
an opening day. I had a choice between SFGAm and IB. I was to attend
with my girlfriend, and she had to be back early on Sunday, so we
decided to take the 1.5 hour drive as opposed to the 3.5 our drive and
go to Indiana Beach. I had forgotten it was ACE Coaster Chaos today,
which brought along a nice surprise. More on that later.

We started the day out with some nice HOT DOUGHNUTS NOW, conveniently
set 5 minutes from campus.

We passed an interesting sign on the way to the park. Anyone else's
town have coroner as an elected position?

Coroner sign:

I really wasn't sure what kind of crowd to expect. We were pleasantly
surprised to find it was a Buy one get one free weekend for everyone.
$17 for 2 people for a day, can't beat that! as it turned out, it was
a very light crowd day with fantastic weather. I won't give a detailed
TR, just give you the rides we rode and what we noticed.

Cornball Express

As we approached the platform, what did we hear? "ACERS RULE! DON'T
YOU FORGET IT! ACERS RULE!" Fantastic, a day being around these
morons. After seeing them at a couple spots, we sadly never came
across them again. Such a shame.

What can I say?! Fabulous ride with superb pacing and a nice smooth
track. Great airtime and laterals, with a great train to boot! They
weren't enforcing the minimum rider rule, which was a plus. A definate
back seat ride for me. They were allowing rerides, which is a definate
plus with the Arrow Shuttle like station. They were allowing it, and
kept it under control, telling people you can stay on if there is no
one waiting for your seat. No real changes to the ride this year.
Still my favorite name!

Galaxy

One of two disappointing changes to the park this year is the Galaxy.
It has gone from 2 car trains to single cars. This greatly reduces the
airtime. Still runs smooth though. The brakes towards the end could
use some tweaking, as they had the SFKK Roadrunner disease going.

Tig'rr

Did this ride get painted this year or last? It looked very nice! No
changes here, always a fun ride!

Hoosier Hurricane

The trackwork helped a lot as far as smoothness, but this ride really
just has no airtime, and it is very sad to me. I really want to like
this ride, but there is just no air to speak of. Not a bad ride,
smooth with great pacing, just no air! This is one ride that I would
have no problem with a reprofile, but I don't see it happening, not
with the research it had to take to get it in there in the first
place.

Superstition Mountain

I don't see this ride opening in 12 days, unless some serious overtime
is done. There was hardly any track laid, and it just looked a long
way from done. I took some pics, but they are done with a camcorder
digital camera, so I will let David's pictures have the spotlight. :)
I really hope that I can get back up here to ride it this year, it
looks like an absolute blast! It is really hard to fathom that Indiana
Beach will have 5 rollercoasters this year! 5! They are really like a
miniature Blackpool Pleasure Beach!

Double Shot

This was the other disappointment. The ride used to have two strong
blasts up and down, with incredible airtime. Now it has three mediocre
blasts. I hope that this is just a program that can be altered, as it
was my favorite of all the S&S shot rides.

Den of Lost Thieves

This is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite ride in the park. I absolutely
love these rides! The Den was having problems today though. Many of
the cars had only 1 gun working, or the ones with 2 guns were not
working consistently. We got stuck in the outside portion, and needed
a bump from behind. Early season bugs to be worked out. No biggie.

Bumper Cars

After riding the slowest bumper cars on the planet at PKI, this was a
pleasant surprise! These are now my 2nd or 3rd favorite bumper cars!
They were on very fast, and plenty of oppurtunity for spin outs! An
interesting modification is the fact that it is not a free for all
anymore. But not just tires in the center, tires with orange cones!
The gaps between the tires actually made it even more fun, as you
could cut people off. Here is the cones picture.

Cones:

Other stuff

There are two miniature golf courses, one free with POP and one
upcharge. We did the free one. :) The Ferris Wheel was running a
little too fast, and didn't stop at the top. Could have had to do with
the light crowds, not enough people for the top and bottom. :)

The Antique Cars give a great view of the Lost Coaster. The Log Flume
is very nice. The Big Flush Water Coaster is great fun! The Skyride is
a must, and very convenient. We also took the Shafer Queen boat ride.
Very relaxing and offers great views. The surrounding area has very
nice houses! The ride is free, which is also a plus.

Overall, a fantastic day at a great park! Lots of fun rides, a
beautiful day, and one world class rollercoaster! Looking forward to
coming back for Superstition Mountain!

Jacob
5 coasters here, and we can't get a new ride at SFKK!

 
 
 

TR: Indiana Beach Satuday May 4th

Post by David Wyn » Tue, 07 May 2002 03:07:38

Quote:
> Galaxy

> One of two disappointing changes to the park this year is the Galaxy.
> It has gone from 2 car trains to single cars. This greatly reduces the
> airtime. Still runs smooth though. The brakes towards the end could
> use some tweaking, as they had the SFKK Roadrunner disease going.

The Galaxi starts the season with single cars then they do the tandems when
opened full time.

Quote:
> Tig'rr

> Did this ride get painted this year or last? It looked very nice! No
> changes here, always a fun ride!

They painted it over the last two years...first the red track, then the
white supports.

Quote:

> Superstition Mountain

> I don't see this ride opening in 12 days, unless some serious overtime
> is done. There was hardly any track laid, and it just looked a long
> way from done. I took some pics, but they are done with a camcorder
> digital camera, so I will let David's pictures have the spotlight. :)
> I really hope that I can get back up here to ride it this year, it
> looks like an absolute blast! It is really hard to fathom that Indiana
> Beach will have 5 rollercoasters this year! 5! They are really like a
> miniature Blackpool Pleasure Beach!

The Beach is *still* planning on May 17th! They don't plan on theming or
putting doors back on till they get the ride going though.

Quote:

> Double Shot

> This was the other disappointment. The ride used to have two strong
> blasts up and down, with incredible airtime. Now it has three mediocre
> blasts. I hope that this is just a program that can be altered, as it
> was my favorite of all the S&S shot rides.

I had heard a few people say that DS lost its oomph. From what I gather, it
was recently tuned up and may have to be again.

Quote:
> There are two miniature golf courses, one free with POP and one
> upcharge. We did the free one. :) The Ferris Wheel was running a
> little too fast, and didn't stop at the top. Could have had to do with
> the light crowds, not enough people for the top and bottom. :)

Sounds like your right about the Gondola Wheel. They normally load 2 cars,
then rotate/stop to load 2 more. No doubt not enough people at the park Sat.
to do this.

Glad you enjoyed the beautiful day with light crowd!

Dave "IB Dave" Wynn

 
 
 

TR: Indiana Beach Satuday May 4th

Post by Jacob Atkins » Tue, 07 May 2002 12:40:17

Quote:
> The Galaxi starts the season with single cars then they do the tandems when
> opened full time.

Thats kinda wierd. I am glad to hear it is not a permanent thing.

Quote:
> > Double Shot

> > This was the other disappointment. The ride used to have two strong
> > blasts up and down, with incredible airtime. Now it has three mediocre
> > blasts. I hope that this is just a program that can be altered, as it
> > was my favorite of all the S&S shot rides.

> I had heard a few people say that DS lost its oomph. From what I gather, it
> was recently tuned up and may have to be again.

It needs whatever it takes to get it back the way it was!

Quote:
> Sounds like your right about the Gondola Wheel. They normally load 2 cars,
> then rotate/stop to load 2 more. No doubt not enough people at the park Sat.
> to do this.

Do you know if both mini golf courses are normally included in POP,
and they haven't got a sign up, or in fact one of them is upcharge?
Just curious.

Quote:
> Glad you enjoyed the beautiful day with light crowd!

> Dave "IB Dave" Wynn

Yes I did!

Jacob
making plans for a return

 
 
 

TR: Indiana Beach Satuday May 4th

Post by David Wyn » Tue, 07 May 2002 19:06:06

Quote:
> Do you know if both mini golf courses are normally included in POP,
> and they haven't got a sign up, or in fact one of them is upcharge?
> Just curious.

The north one is free with ride pass; the south one is a concession and has
a charge.
 
 
 

TR: Indiana Beach Satuday May 4th

Post by Phillip Reus » Thu, 09 May 2002 12:44:22

Quote:

> We passed an interesting sign on the way to the park. Anyone else's
> town have coroner as an elected position?

> Coroner sign:

    Yeah, I saw that, too. Strange, but that's Indiana for ya...

Quote:
> I really wasn't sure what kind of crowd to expect. We were pleasantly
> surprised to find it was a Buy one get one free weekend for everyone.
> $17 for 2 people for a day, can't beat that! as it turned out, it was
> a very light crowd day with fantastic weather. I won't give a detailed
> TR, just give you the rides we rode and what we noticed.

    Yeah, between the great weather and the very light crowds, it turned out
to be a fantastic day at the park. In fact, Cornball was even busier during
the event ERTs than during the day. And was that ride ever flying! I'm still
amazed at how much of a punch that ride packs in such a small space. Kudos
to the park for having it all slicked up and ready to go, plus the cool ride
ops there!

Quote:
> Cornball Express

> As we approached the platform, what did we hear? "ACERS RULE! DON'T
> YOU FORGET IT! ACERS RULE!" Fantastic, a day being around these
> morons. After seeing them at a couple spots, we sadly never came
> across them again. Such a shame.

    Yeah, are they ever annoying. Does that one guy ever wear anything *but*
that Shivering Timbers shirt? Fortunately, we didn't see them around too
much, either. Still, you'd think even they would get tired of shouting that
damn phrase over and over again...

Quote:
> Hoosier Hurricane

> The trackwork helped a lot as far as smoothness, but this ride really
> just has no airtime, and it is very sad to me. I really want to like
> this ride, but there is just no air to speak of. Not a bad ride,
> smooth with great pacing, just no air! This is one ride that I would
> have no problem with a reprofile, but I don't see it happening, not
> with the research it had to take to get it in there in the first
> place.

    There is actually a few small pops of air closer to the front of the
train. And there's that one little lateral jog that gets me, since I'm
always looking at something other than the ride at that point.

Quote:
> Double Shot

> This was the other disappointment. The ride used to have two strong
> blasts up and down, with incredible airtime. Now it has three mediocre
> blasts. I hope that this is just a program that can be altered, as it
> was my favorite of all the S&S shot rides.

    Yeah, that was a big time bummer. I really loved this ride last year and
now it's just a shell of its former self. Definitely not what a Double Shot
is capable of delivering, and I hope that the park will go back to running
it as it has in the past. As it was, I'm afraid that the Frog Hopper was
more thrilling.

Quote:
> Overall, a fantastic day at a great park! Lots of fun rides, a
> beautiful day, and one world class rollercoaster! Looking forward to
> coming back for Superstition Mountain!

    I'll second that! Thanks for a great TR, Jacob!

--
Phillip

"Boy, let me tell you...this is some place." - Guy at Disneyland