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?
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.
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!
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.
Did this ride get painted this year or last? It looked very nice! No
changes here, always a fun ride!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
5 coasters here, and we can't get a new ride at SFKK!