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  1. Bump? I'm still hoping someone will answer this question. I know it's lame to go to CP for just a day and do only six coasters. I have my reasons. I just wanted to ask if this plan is feasible.
  2. Steel Hawg was perfectly smooth. Cornball Express was pretty darn smooth and an awesome coaster. It had some outstanding airtime, especially with the buzzbar only trains. Hoosier Hurricane is pretty bumpy at points but not what I'd call painful. Lost Coaster is very rough, but the trains are well padded and I feel like it helps make the coaster more of an experience. You forgot Tig'rr, which is smooth and a fun ride when it is running. Otherwise I agree with these assessments. Lost Coaster is such a unique ride.
  3. I don't think there's ketchup in the hot sauce, but can't say for sure. I never cared for them all that much, but they do have a following of sorts. They are definitely leaving the park at the end of the year, and that's permanent. I think the owners may try to open up a shop in town, but they haven't announced that at all.
  4. For those who care about this park, or the food within, The Taco Shoppe (which has always been an independent contractor renting space from the park owners) has announced this will be their last season at Indiana Beach. Future plans for an alternate location are not yet determined.
  5. Hey CP experts. I'm going to the park for the very first time on Friday, July 20. I have no idea what kind of lines to expect at the coasters. I'm hoping someone can give me advice. I know a lot is weather dependent, so let's assume no rain and average temps. My kids are not big enough for some of the coasters, and I don't want to overdo it and wear everyone out. So my plan is to do Blue Streak, Gemini, and Magnum before lunch at Chik Fil A, and Cedar Creek, Iron Dragon, and Millenium Force after lunch, with a few flats and a train ride thrown in there. Is this all pretty much do-able by about 4 PM? Edited to add: I don't plan on buying the Fast Lane.
  6. I love Indiana Beach, but the name Steel Hawg is terrible.
  7. I totally agree about the IB tower, it's crazy fun. As far as what Hershey Park is doing, I find it to be weird as hell. It's going to look cool, but I don't think all three towers are going to find an audience.
  8. Just make sure to sit in the back or wear sunglasses. I did neither and got an eye full of soot. Very regretful.
  9. Note Dollywood's subtle yet firm instruction to people concerned about Lightning Rod's status to "loosen up."
  10. I'm about 3 weeks away from my first trip to Dollywood. Quick question: For a family of six (arriving in a minivan) is the extra incremental charge for "Preferred Parking" worth it? How much of a benefit would you say it is?
  11. The first coaster I ever rode had an inversion. It was the (now gone) Tidal Wave at Six Flags Great America, and I was 7 or 8 years old.
  12. Great trip report PVA62. You really have a talent for photography.
  13. You might be laughing, but I'd love to ride it again. Just with a pillow wrapped around my head/neck.
  14. Imagine if it never reopens, those people that got to ride on it the last few weeks will have bragging rights for decades. "I was one of the only people to ride Lightning Rod, the best roller coaster in history!" (You could call it the best roller coaster in history at that point, because honestly who could say you were wrong?)
  15. The park is far, far better than it was even a year ago. It's on it's way back up, but you can't correct all the mistakes the previous owners made over the last decade immediately. The new owner only took possession last September and Indiana winters aren't always conducive to outdoor maintenance projects. The log flume was refurbished over the off-season. It's not back together yet. They had a lot of offseason projects this year and I just think that one got put on the back burner. Unfortunate, stuff like that happens. People just run out of time. I'm sure it will be up soon. The bumper boats are currently being installed. They did not have those before, they had a water ride which was dismantled this offseason. You and your adult son tried to ride the kiddy coaster and were turned away? That's literally the dumbest complaint I've ever heard about a park. I've ridden that kiddy coaster (because I have a 4 year old son, mind you) and trust me that ride operator did you a favor. Did you try to go on any of the actual adult coasters? Cornball, Hoosier Hurricane, Steel Hawg, Tig'rr?
  16. These are my sentimental favorites. Illinois-Demon Missouri-Thunderation (with a nod of respect to Outlaw Run) Indiana-Cornball Express Florida-Expedition Everest Wisconsin--Hades 360 Heading to Tennessee's Dollywood next month.
  17. Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain opened today! Also, in much sadder news, a 10 year old boy died in the IB campground. A thunderstorm rolled in at 8 AM and broke a large tree branch off a tree above his tent.
  18. The grist mill. It's near the entrance of Craftsman's valley and has a big water wheel on it. You can't miss it. ou can enter on top sort of near the S&S swing too. Thanks!
  19. Where in the park can you buy this magical cinnamon bread everyone talks about? (My first visit to DW is coming up July 25--29)
  20. If you get there right at park opening you can probably ride all the coasters at least once well before lunchtime. The slowest line for a coaster is Steel Hawg, so head there first. Ride twice right away if you can, it's worth it. Next I would hit up Tig'rr, if it is running. Sometimes that doesn't open for a couple hours, and sometimes it doesn't open at all (not trying to criticize the park operations, but it is the truth). After those two are done, then hit up Cornball Express and Hoosier Hurricane in either order. They are large trains with high capacity so the lines should still be pretty short. Both rides were walk-ons at 1 PM on Memorial Day. Just for a point of comparison. The only wrinkle is Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain. For the last 3 years I have been going, it's never been open any day I've been there. BUT according to facebook rumors it is supposed to be opening sometime in the next two weeks. If that is running, you should probably go there right after Tig'rr. I have no idea how long the wait will be, because I've never ridden it, but it is a very low capacity ride. The park is very small so don't worry about particular routes to take while touring it. Just hop around to whatever interests you. The Antique Autos track is one of the most interesting ones in the nation, but the line can take forever. Even if only 15 people are ahead of you, you will be in line for close to an hour. Same holds true for the Den of Lost Thieves. Very interesting ride, but the line is unbearably slow. If you like spook houses, the Haunted Castle is among the best I've ever been in. It is a $3.50 surcharge per person to walk through it (on top of park admission). Other tips. The tacos are not the "world's best" as the sign claims. But they're OK. Pronto Pups are corndogs and if you're into corndogs they are very, very good.
  21. How long's the line? Does it extend out into jukebox junction like some instagram photos suggest? Incidentally, the dollywood website says you can use TimeSaver on LR. I was a little surprised by that, as sometimes brand new coasters at other parks don't get rolled into skip the line passes until the second season.
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