"There's more than corn in Indiana" is the slogan of delightful Indiana Beach Amusement Resort, and we agree. The park is located in Monticello, Indiana, and is situated on a peninsula of land surrounded by scenic Lake Shafer.
Brochure courtesy of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
The lake was created in the 1920's when a dam was constructed on the Tippecanoe River. This family recreation area was founded by Earl Spackman and opened to the public in 1926 as Ideal Beach. Mr. Spackman's 12 year old son, Tom, worked at the refreshment stand. In 1927, the park added a pair of toboggan slides. The main attraction in the 1930's was the legendary Ideal Beach Ballroom and, to this day, is open for many special events including a teen dance club.
In 1946, after Earl's death, Tom took over the park and shortly afterward added the Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, and Roll-O-Plane. In 1950, the park's name was changed to Indiana Beach. In 1966, a suspension bridge was constructed over Lake Shafer connecting the Boardwalk Funway to the new South parking lot.
An aerial view of gorgeous Indiana Beach (Photo courtesy of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort)
Coaster rides and boat rides as seen from the suspension bridge (Photo by Shredley)
Joni and Shredley - Coaster Freaks and their prey (Photo by Joyce Harris)
In 1971, Indiana Beach Amusement Resort added its first roller coaster, the Galaxi. The park is presently home to five roller coasters, Darkrides, a Water Park, and many other attractions. These include restaurants, gift shops, a beach swimming area, and a sky ride.
The parks' mascot, IB Crow, was introduced in 1985
Indiana Beach - something to crow about! (Photo courtesy of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort)
Indiana Beach features two award winning Darkrides. The Den of Lost Thieves is an interactive shooting ride that keeps score as you hit these nasty pirates and scoundrels. It's fun to compete against your friends and family. Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts (DAFE) voted this #10 Favorite Darkride in 2004, and Favorite Interactive Darkride in 2005. The second award winning Darkride is Frankenstein's Castle, a walkthrough haunted house. This attraction underwent major remodeling in 2000 and 2001. DAFE voted this the #2 Favorite Walkthrough Attraction in 2003, 2004, and 2005. We really enjoyed both of these scary experiences.
Welcome to the monster's castle (Photo by Shredley)
"Right this way!" says the kindly gentleman (Photo by Shredley)
The Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain is considered both a Darkride and a roller coaster. This bone-jarring wooden ride was built by Custom Coasters International, and has been operating since 2002. It is launched by an elevator lift and features magnetic brakes. Its height is 35 feet and it reaches speeds of 20 miles per hour. Inside the cave-like mountain interior, you will be greeted by some heart pounding, frightening sights.
Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain - getting ready to rumble (Photo by Shredley)
Inside the Lost Coaster, meet the skinny, bony miner (Photo courtesy of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort)
Galaxi was built by SDC Corp in 1971. It is a family steel sit down steel ride that is 45 feet high and 1,650 feet long. Galaxi features twists and turns over the waters of Lake Shafer with an intense helix finale. It's smooth and delightful.
Galaxy - a joyous family activity (Photo by Duane Marden www.rcdb.com)
Galaxi - the double helix finale (Photo by Shredley)
Tig'rr Coaster is a steel sit-down ride designed by Schwarzkopf/Jet Star. It has been operating since 1984 and has speeds of over 31 miles per hour along its 1765 feet of track. This "kitty" is anything but tame as it sends riders through intense turns and sudden drops. It's the only roller coaster built on the rooftop of a pre-existing building. As we rode it, we hung on tight!
Twisting on the Tig'rr (Photo by Shredley)
Holding tight on the Tig'rr (Photo courtesy of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort)
Hoosier Hurricane was built in 1994 by Custom Coasters International, Inc. It was the first wooden roller coaster to debut in Indiana in over 50 years. It is an out-and-back hybrid that runs the length of the park and was constructed over the waters of Lake Shafer. Hoosier Hurricane features a 94 foot drop with speeds up to 51 miles per hour. We loved its constant airtime and gorgeous views.
This way to the Hoosier Hurricane (Photo by Shredley)
Hoosier Hurricane roars down its second drop (Photo by Shredley)
Joni and the Hurricane (Photo by Shredley)
Cornball Express is a wild twisting roller coaster. Built by Custom Coasters International in 2001, this wooden ride offers plenty of twists and turns over its 2100 feet of track. Riders go through the structure of Hurricane Hoosier and wrap around Tig'rr Coaster. Cornball Express reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour and packs a lateral one-two punch. In 2002, it was voted #1 Wooden Coaster in the world by ThemeParkCritic.com.
Cornball Express packs a big wallop in a picturesque setting (Photo by Duane Marden www.rcdb.com)
Joni & Shredley - a fast and furious front seat ride on Cornball Express (Photo by Indiana Beach Amusement Resort)
If you're ever in Western Indiana, take a couple of days to visit this wonderful park. We look forward to returning to Indiana Beach in the not too distant future.
Indiana Beach as observed from the Giant Gondola Wheel (Photo by Shredley)
Next month, we'll celebrate the New Year by sharing our 2006 adventures, and our plans for 2007.
Much Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka!
-Joni and Shredley
Next Installment: Chapter XXXXI: A Wonderful 2006, and what's ahead for 2007
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