APEX PARK GROUP
Park News - (9/2/15) The wishes of long time Indiana Beach fans have finally been answered... Morgan RV Resorts have officially sold the park to Apex Parks Group, a new small amusement chain formed one years ago when they purchased a group of 14 FECs and a waterpark from Palace Entertainment. Since then Apex has also purchased the Sahara Sam’s Oasis indoor/outdoor waterpark in New Jersey.
The CEO of Apex Parks Group is Al Webber, someone who has had a long history in the amusement biz where he has previously served as CEO of Paramount Parks, CEO of Palace Entertainment, and COO and Interim CEO of Six Flags Theme Park. With decades of experience behind them, Apex Parks Group may be the perfect group to take over Indiana Beach and bring the park back up to the quality standards of guests who have watched it slowly decay over much of the past decade. That said, I look forward to seeing what the future of this park holds once again.
(8/10/15) According to a park guest who questioned why the Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain was still closed at Indiana Beach, they were told that the coaster would be down for the entire season due to mechanical issues with the elevator lift.
(6/1/15) The local news reported late last week that a power outage at Indiana Beach caused the Tig'rr coaster to get stuck, and firefighters responded to help evacuate riders from a car. What is interesting to note is that the article also mentions that while the investigators have still not determined why the Steel Hawg coaster got stuck previously, the state inspectors have also cleared the park to reopen Steel Hawg.
(5/27/15) The local news reports that four riders became stuck on Steel Hawg at Indiana Beach on Monday evening when the car came to a stop while going through a curve. The local fire department was called at about 7:30pm to help rescue the riders trapped 70 feet in the air, and lowered each one down through the use of a body harness.
Also a word of warning... according to a reader who visited on Saturday, many of park's rides were closed including Cornball Express, Lost Coaster, Steel Hawg (which will likely be closed longer now following the incident), the new kiddie Dragon Wagon, Rocky's Rapids flume and The Big Flush slides. All of this on top of a lengthy trip report about poor operations, slow dispatches, and lack of staffing all around is not painting a good picture for the park to show improvement this season.
(10/24/14) Good news, the Indiana Beach website is now back up, though it doesn't have much to say about what is on the way for 2015. Unfortunately, the park claimed they were planning some kind of major new thrill ride in 2015 earlier this year when the 2014 plans failed to impress, but since construction has yet to start on anything we could consider a major new ride at this point, chances are we may have to curb our enthusiasm once again in 2015. Time will tell… so lets hope they don't disappoint.
2015? - Beach Bay - Delayed - (9/1/15) According to the last report I was sent from a guest, it did not look like the new wave pool project was ever started. If anyone has seen otherwise, please do let me know.
A Screamscape reader dropped by Indiana Beach on Sunday and reported back that three rides were still closed: Steel Hawg, Lost Coaster and the Baby Barrons. Steel Hawg did have inspector crews combing the ride, including the brake run. They sent back a picture of this as well as a look at the wave pool construction site, showing off the lack of activity.
(5/28/15) Another reader has confirmed that digging had yet to start on the new wave pool projects for Indiana Beach. I’m told that the site clearing was just completed not long ago, and according to another source the contracts with the suppliers were only signed last month and the wave pool hardware and motors are probably 6-8 weeks out for delivery still, which pretty much guarantees that the earliest you might see the wave pool open wouldn't be until around August at this rate. Just something to keep in mind if this was going to be a major attraction you were planning your trip to the park around.
(5/27/15) If anyone else has been to the park so far this year, I’m wondering if you have noticed any construction for the new wave pool project. According to one report sent in, they didn’t believe the park had even started digging the huge hole needed for the wave pool yet, which makes me really question if it will be finished before the end of summer.
(5/4/15) Indiana Beach has announced on their website that the park will open "Beach Bay" in 2015, a new water play area that will feature a 25,000 sqft 800,000 gallon wave pool named The Breakers, some racing slides, a bowl slide and new cabanas for daily rental. The new wave pool and slides will be included with your Funday admissions ticket.
While this may be a good addition to the park, I’m not sure if this is the “new thrill” replacement attraction guests may have been hoping for to fill the gap of the removed Galaxi coaster.
(2/2/14) The park mentioned that “a new thrill” was in development for the 2015 as a replacement for the Galaxi coaster.