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Return to Indiana Beach - 5/12/2024

Since we had made our way to this area of Indiana for yesterday's wedding, Sarah and I also decided to take advantage of Indiana Beach being about 30 miles away and planned today's visit to the small amusement park.  In particular, we were excited to experience two coasters at the park.  First All American Triple Loop is a new coaster the park added this year.  And the other coaster is the Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain, which was closed during our prior visit to the park in 2009.

Sarah and I arrived at the park just as the gates opened at 10 o'clock.  We casually walked around the park taking the sights as we waited for the rides to open.  We made our way to the far end of the park where the All American Triple Loop coaster was located and waited with the other guests anticipating the opening of this coaster.  11 o'clock came and went and Triple Loop did not open, while other coasters in the park began operating.  Sarah and I waited a few more minutes and finally made our way to the nearby Steel Hawg which was now open.

Indiana Beach

We made our way around the park riding each of the coasters that were operating, Steel Hawg, Hoosier Hurricane, Cornball Express, Tig’rr, and Cyclone.  We got in line to ride Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain but the coaster quickly closed for mechanical reasons before we could ride.  We also rode Giant Gondola Wheel, Air Crow, Flying Bobs and Tilt-A-Whirl.

Indiana Beach

As the day moved into the afternoon, we walked back to see if All American Triple Loop was running.  It was.  Just a few trains later, we were on the coaster.  Seating on the coaster was extremely cramped and uncomfortable.  My legs barely fit, smashed against the seat in front of me.  During the first drop it was immediately clear that this was definitely a headbanger.  Throughout the entire ride we were constantly being beaten by the terrible restraints.  Riding defensively made very little difference.  My upper jaw bones were sore from repeatedly being hit by the over the shoulder restraints.  This was a rough ride from start to finish and only the loops being somewhat a little smoother.  This is definitely the worst coaster in the park.

Indiana Beach

When it was about time for us to leave the park, we made our way past Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain to see if it had reopened and it had.  We got in line and waited.  Apparently the coaster must be loaded with exactly eight riders, so Sarah and I were able to skip to the front of the line when they wanted two additional riders that were willing to sit separately.

Everything about this coaster is unique; lift, seating arrangement, layout, trains, and track.  It's a mix of dark ride, wooden coaster, wild mouse and family ride.  Twisting outdoor track with pops of airtime and themed dark passages inside a mountain with fast dips and hairpin turns.  Sarah and I both agree that we were lucky to both have been facing forward to be able to anticipate each wild turn.  I'm happy to have finally been able to get this coaster credit.

Sarah and I had a wonderful time revisiting Indiana Beach.  We bid farewell to this beautiful and unique park and made the long drive home.

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