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Indiana Beach amusement park R.I.P.

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I tried to post a link to the article, but I can't figure out how on my phone. If no one else has posted a link by the next time I'm on my PC I will post one. 

So this past Tuesday, Indiana Beach unexpectedly closed forever. The owners sighted financial reasons behind the the decision to close it.

 

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Even a thriving park can die if it has poor management. I always wanted to go there but my friend who said he would go with me pulled a "I have a Kings Island season pass, why should I pay to go to another park." I'm just going to have to hit some of these parks this summer by myself rather than miss out on ever going to them because he promises a lot but hardly ever delivers.

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First Coney Island gets rid of their rides, then the Beach closes (again), what is next? I'm guessing either Camden Park or Beech Bend park.

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Your guess is likely better than mine, Mr. Roberts. You have to wonder who they have in charge to mess things up so badly that closing is the only option. Every one is a big loss of jobs for their area.

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You'd think so, Mr. Roberts. But willing to bet these people are out of luck. Wrong on every level. They had to know before they started selling those passes. This does not happen overnight.

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Another park, Fantasy Island in Niagara Falls which is owned by the same company (Apex Parks, primarily an operator of small entertainment centers), announced their permanent closure just after Indiana Beach did: https://buffalonews.com/2020/02/23/what-will-happen-to-fantasy-island-will-season-ticket-holders-get-money-back/

Before the announcement they had claimed to have sold out of 2020 season passes. The New York Attorney General is now working on that case.

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I wouldn't think that Fun Spot would be big enough of a company to afford Indiana Beech anyway. I would guess that the property that their Orlando location sits on is their most valuable asset.

 

Today their was a rally in front of Indiana Beeches front gate holding signs that said "Save Indiana Beach." The local government has now tasked themselves in helping to find a new owner.

 

Save Indiana Beach rally.

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Well, at least they're trying to save it, Mr. Roberts. And the weather for that area looks a little warmer for the weekend after a few cold days to end the week. 

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I think there will likely be more axed, Mr. Roberts. It's unfortunate, but unless they are enormous they don't seem to be managed well enough to stay afloat any more.

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Yet Kentucky Kingdom seems to be thriving after Six Flags closed it for the same reason. Some times it just comes down to management.

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