Park News - (1/14/21) Track Spotted For Indiana Beach's New Roller Coaster (MORE...)
(11/25/20) Two New Rides Confirmed For Indiana Beach in 2021. (MORE...)
2021 - Dreier Looping (The Chimera?) & Sea Warrior (Polyp) - (4/2/21) Indiana Beach will open two new rides this season: the Sea Warrior (Polyp) flat ride ride purchased from Kiddieland in Melrose Park, IL which is expected to open the weekend of May 22-23, along with The Chimera coaster they have purchased from Le Feria Chapultepec Magico (Mexico). No date has been set to open the new coaster, and currently the website just lists it as opening Summer 2021.
(1/14/21) Track pieces for Indiana Beach’s new Triple Loop coaster were spotted on the freeway a few hours ago. According to our photographer (Photo credit: Brian Sciuto), the tracks were spotted heading North on I-55 in Southern Missouri.
(12/24/20) This is just guesswork on the park of Coaster Nation, but they show off a pretty likely scenario for how the new Dreier Looping coaster will fit into Indiana Beach and how the rumored addition of the Schwarzkopf shuttle coaster could also fit into the same area near Steel Hawg. Check out the animated video below showing off how the rides may look at the park if the rumors come true.
(12/10/20) Indiana Beach has shared some pictures of the Dreier Looping Coaster they plan to install for the 2021 season on Facebook, along with pictures of the Polyps cars getting a fresh cost of paint and overall refurbishment.
(11/25/20) Some exciting news from Indiana Beach dropped late yesterday afternoon, and if you follow our social media accounts you’ll already know half the good news. The park has announced that they have purchased the famous Schwarzkopf Dreier Looping coaster that once traveled the German fair circuit before making resident stints in several theme parks.
It is fair to say that this ride has traveled the globe. It was first run as a traveling ride across Europe starting in 1984 under famous showman Rudolf Barth who owned it for 12 years. Barth sold the coaster to Sunway Park in Malaysia where it ran from 1997 to 1999 as the Triple Loop Coaster. From there it traveled back to Europe and landed at Flamingoland in the UK where it was renamed Magnum Force and ran from 2000 to 2005. It sat idle for a year but ended up traveling across the Atlantic where it landed at La Feria Chapultepec in Mexico where it opened in 2007 as Quimera. It called Mexico home until 2019 until it hit the news headlines in a bad way when the last car derailed in mid-ride and caused the death of two riders.
The accident was blamed on an extreme lack of maintenance by the operators of that park, with the resulting investigation that followed determining that the operator of La Feria Chapultepec had let the condition of many of the rides at the park deteriorate to the point that they were simply unsafe to run. The park was closed immediately and the operators removed and a search begun in early 2020 to find a new responsible company able to repair and run the park properly. With six companies bidding to take over the park, the hope was that it would be able to reopen in Spring 2020, but the rise of COVID-19 put those plans on hold and to my knowledge the park did not reopen at all in 2020.
Either way, the former Dreier Looping coaster was going to be removed and it will now come to Indiana Beach for the 2021 season and be renamed once again. The final name for the ride has yet to be determined, but for now they are just calling it Triple Loop. The ride has long been known for intense G-forces, with RCDB reporting that riders hit 4.7 G’s at one point on the coaster’s compact layout, standing just 111 ft tall and hitting a top speed of 53 mph. If the coaster continues to use the standard Schwarzkopf trains it has for years, you can count on it having a simple lap-bar only restraint system as intended. For the lovers of classic Schwarzkopf coasters, this is fantastic news as not only is this famous ride being saved from potential destruction, but it will be coming to the USA for the first time ever.
The good news doesn’t stop there either as Indiana Beach also announced that the park’s boardwalk will add a Polyp ride. The ride is currently at the park being restored, but was previously at Kiddieland Park in Melrose Park, IL. I found videos of both rides in action at their previous homes and included them below.
2022 - Roller Coaster - Rumor - (12/19/20) Consider this rumor for now, as this seems to be mostly speculation, but according to a report posted by CoasterNation there is a chance that the owner of Indiana Beach may have struck a bigger deal in Mexico than we know. According to the rumor, they believe Indiana Beach may also be looking to obtain the Cascabel coaster from La Feria Chapultepec Magico.
According to the report, IB’s new owner apparently mentioned adding another coaster to the park in 2022 during a presentation to the local Commissioner’s office on Dec. 7th. “Cascabel 2.0” is another Schwarzkopf coaster, one guests from the area may have ridden years ago when it operated at Kennywood as Laser Loop from 1980 to 1990. Much like the classic Scwarzkopf shuttle coaster Montazooma’s Revenge at Knott’s Berry Farm in California, Cascabel is also a Flywheel launched version, though it could possibly be upgraded to a modern magnetic launch if moved. The Schwarzkopf Shuttle coasters only require a long narrow piece of land to install, which could make it a good fit for Indiana Beach as well.
Again, this is only a rumor, thought there have been whispers that the two coasters could have been sold together as a package deal. Bringing this kind of coaster back to the region would provide a bit of nostalgia for older coaster enthusiasts in the region, as not only would it be a returning ride from Kennywood, but also from the Chicago area as Six Flags Great America also had a similar coaster known as Tidal Wave.