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Well here is the long awaited Indiana Beach Amusement Park Review.

It took roughly 5 hours to get there and that includes stopping for some food. For the last hour of the drive it felt as if you are driving into “The Children of the Corn” movie. That could be because it was dark and the highway was under construction.
We get to the hotel and they were very polite and hospitable. We get all checked in and head to our room. We open the door it is a bit stuffy inside so we turn on the air. First thing we do is check it out, not a bad room. The first thing my wife said was it reminded her of the room from “Vacancy”.

Now for the park.

So Indiana Beach after reading a lot of mixed reviews on this place I am going to have to side with the bad ones. Where should I begin….

When walking up to the park it looks like a decent LITTLE park. When you get inside you realize this is not true. This place reminded me
more of a carnival where the rides got stuck and they just left it there. All they needed was some clowns walking around.

At least there wasn’t a huge crowd on the day we went. We road all operational rides in 2 hours.

All the rides weren’t even running, let’s see we couldn’t ride the Cornball Express, the log flume or the Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain.  This is at a park that only has 6 coasters, so that is a third of the coasters weren’t working. The first ride was the Tig’rr we walk up and are on this ride with no wait, that is a good thing. We sit down, put our belts on, and are told to keep our hands and feet inside the car at all times. They never checked our seat belts or anything. This seems to be a safety issue here. That is the first issue we ran into. There will be a list following.

Then we rode the Hoosier Hurricane, this is a wooden
coaster. Indiana Beach needs to work on their loading and unloading of
passengers on their rides. It literally took 5 minutes to unload and reload a
train.

Steel Hawg is a steel coaster that has been on the travel channel and is the one of the reasons we went. This ride still didn’t feel safe and was way to short. When I think about it I don’t think any of the rides last longer than 30 seconds.

Galaxy was the first coaster built here and is probably the best coaster still there. It was built in 1971 and was fun. Still not much
safety going on.

We also decided that we would pay $3.50 to walk through the
haunted house called Frankenstein’s Castle. They boast that it was one of
2008’s best walk through attractions. Well there must not be that many walk
through attractions at amusement parks for this to make the list especially the
top of that list. You walk though and there was maybe 4 things there to make
you jump or supposed to make you jump. Why do kids insist on paying for these
attractions just run through them, they don’t even take the time to look at the
exhibits.

They wanted $7.50 for a funnel cake with fruit topping on it, $3.00 for a small ice cream cone, $2.50 for a bottle of coke, $2.00 for a taco. These are extremely high priced for a small park.

Indiana Beach is in the process of putting in a Multi-million dollar expansion. What they should have done is taken that money and put it into cleaning up, repainting, landscaping, and restoring what they already have. All the other parks I have been to do their expansions in the off season, I believe Indiana Beach decided to wait until the park was getting ready to open to even start. You have to walk through construction zones to get into the park and to go from one attraction to the other.

In all the reviews we read before going everyone was talking about how good the Tacos were, so I knew I was going to have at least one Taco. So before we left the park at 1:oopm  (2 hours after they opened) we got us some Tacos. They were pretty good and probably the best part of the park.

The only thing this park has going for it is where it is located. The park is located on a peninsula in the middle of Lake Shafer. It has a big boardwalk feel to the park which is also nice.

  1. All rides not in operation
  2. Lack of safety
  3. This place was dirty and runned down
  4. Food and drinks were overpriced
  5. Employees were far from friendly
  6. Construction zones every where
  7. Lack of restrooms

I would not recommend this park to any of my
friends, I will not go back. Overall this is the worst park I have ever been
to. We should have went to the parks that are closer to our house

Alright so this weekend the wife and I are headed to our first theme park of the month and year. We will be going to Kings Island which is in Mason, OH which is near Cincinnati, OH. We have been to this park once before together but a couple of times with others before we met.

I can wait to ride some coaster and feel the wind in my hair, I don’t even mind if it is raining I will still ride the coaster. We are going ride the diamondback and the Firehawk. I am really excited. I am considering doing a live blog on the day we are at the park but figure it would have to be done through twitter. When I get home I will give a full report and review of Kings Island.

Ok so today a friend for her birthday wanted to go to the Big Splash Adventure. Which if you read the title you would know that it is a indoor waterpark. Here is their web page if you are curious http://www.bigsplashadventure.com/ .

So this place is easily a 90 minute drive. So we get up early then we get ready and pack the needed things i.e. towels, dry clothes, etc. So we are now ready to leave we leave our house and drive to her house and pick her up. Then we are off but first we must stop at the bank to pay the car payment. Then we stop at McDonald’s for some breakfast. On a side note they have really good oatmeal. Now back to the story.

Finally we are on the interstate driving toward a city named French Lick, IN. Weird name but nice small town. They have a casino and an indoor waterpark and hmmmm that is about it. So we are driving down the I-64 doing roughly 75 miles per hour. Yeah I was speeding but only 5 over. When you get to the tell city exit you have to drive on this little 2 lane highway the rest of the way.

We are getting close and the friend whose birthday it was called her boyfriend to see where they are. He answered and said that they were at the casino but were heading out to go to the waterpark.

So when we arrive we go in and are trying to figure out first how things work. Finally I see a line that is probably selling tickets. We

get in the line and stand there for at least 20 minutes. By the time we get to the front of the line we figure out we are in the right line it was amazing. We pay for our tickets and walk into the park.

First thing that crosses is my mind wow this is a lot smaller that I thought it would be. This place is probably the size of a football field. They have 4 water slides adult oriented, a lazy river (more on this later), hot tub, kiddie area, and that is it. It cost 19.50 a person to get into and by the time we arrived there was an estimated 1500 people in the place.

We find the lockers to put our stuff in and notice you have to get a wrist band. So we go back to the same line as the ticket line and wait again. Finally get to the front.

Me,” I would like 2 lockers”

“We just sold out”

“ok so what am I to do with my stuff”

“well you can take it in with you or you can take it back out to your car. We are not responsible for any stolen or

lost items”

So we change into swimming clothes and I take the stuff out to the car. It is 39 degrees outside and I am where a T-shirt and swimming trunks. I am freezing. We go in to the park again and finally start to do things.

First stop the Lazy River. We get in, we get our intertubes, and start to float. The water is warm it feels pretty good. The problem is you can not move once you are in the River. It is packed. You try not to touch someone but you can’t help it. This river is made to just lay on a raft and float around. Why do KIDS insist on getting in there and running around it as fast as they can. It is annoying.

Next we do the slides. At least we did 2 of them the lines were horrible. Then of to the Hot tub to be honest this was the only thing that made this place decent, it is sad. So now everyone is hungry and there is only one place to get food in this place and the line is long. It took one of the guys 30 minutes to get a drink. So we are wet and all of our stuff is in the car. Once again let me remind you that it is 39 degrees outside when we left it was snowing.

We left  got something to eat and went back. You could tell though no-one wanted to return but when you pay that much and drive that far what else you going to do.

The wife and I had almost booked a weekend there, good thing we didn’t, and if we had we would be canceling it.

Not the Pros and cons

pros

  1. Hot tub
  2. free towels

Cons

  1. Horrible service
  2. To crowded
  3. don’t know when to tell people we are full ( I am sure there is a maximum number allowed)
  4. Parents not watching kids
  5. Lack of options (no store that sells towels or anything)
  6. Half the arcade game don’t work

Maybe I am being a bit harsh, but this is my opinion.