Beech Bend Park 07/26/2014

After our morning and afternoon at Kentucky Kingdom we departed for Beech Bend, it was a two hour drive but since we were heading into Central Time we only lost an hour of the day. I had not heard much of Beech Bend before except that it was a small park that had a GCI woodie that was supposed to be very good. So let’s see how good this small little park treated us that day!

The parking lot

The parking lot was mainly grass with small patches of concrete. Sign that you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Beech Bend Park!

Beech Bend Park!

Beech Bend Park is near Bowling Green Kentucky, in kind of the middle of nowhere. The park get’s its name from the bend in the river that runs along the border of the park.

While we waiting for park management to greet us we had a nice view of the park's Go-Karts.

While we waiting for park management to greet us we had a nice view of the park’s Go-Karts.

Park management came to greet us and Paul Blatt former ACE Events Director on the right, told us we were in for a treat tonight.

Park management came to greet us and Paul Blick former ACE Events Director on the right, told us we were in for a treat tonight. They told us to have fun and tonight they’d get us rumblin’.

Park management handing Robb our tickets for the night.

Park management handing Robb our tickets for the night.

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Yay Theme Park Review on the ticket.

It was a hot day so park goer's were enjoying Splash Lagoon, we didn't have time for that as we were heading to the coasters!

It was a hot day so park goer’s were enjoying Splash Lagoon, we didn’t have time for that as we were heading to the coasters!

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Lazy River sponsored by Holiday Inn Express. 😛

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Larry?!?!? His name is Timmy!

Everyone in TPR headed for Wild Mouse since we had night ERT on the park's GCI Kentucky Rumbler.

Everyone in TPR headed for Wild Mouse since we had night ERT on the park’s GCI Kentucky Rumbler.

Wild Mouse sign with the almost Mickey like ears on the O.

Wild Mouse sign with the almost Mickey like ears on the O.

Climbing the lift.

Climbing the lift.

After coming off the lift, time for the car to go into a spin.

After coming off the lift, time for the car to go into a spin.

As the coaster zig zags it's way to the end, there's a few surprise spins in there but nothing overly exciting.

As the coaster zig zags it’s way to the end, there’s a few surprise spins in there but nothing overly exciting.

Well that was fun, what's next?

Well that was fun, what’s next?

A wide angle shot of the entire ride.

A wide angle shot of the entire ride. As you can see very carnival looking.

Adding to the carnival feeling, is boards that apparently hold the entire structure slightly off the ground.

Adding to the carnival feeling, is boards that apparently hold the entire structure slightly off the ground.

This thing just looks so wrong, so most of us avoided it as we all wanted to keep our lunch.

This thing just looks so wrong, so most of us avoided it as we all wanted to keep our lunch.

The entrance to the park's Haunted House dark ride which we were told not to miss tonight.

The entrance to the park’s Haunted House dark ride which we were told not to miss tonight.

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This guy is rocking out.

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The midway’s are pretty open and as you can see it’s not too crowded, even though we were here on a Saturday.

Zero G the park's new Larson drop tower, we'll be back for that one later.

Zero G the park’s new Larson drop tower, we’ll be back for that one later.

First thing's first it's time for a new credit!

First thing’s first it’s time for a new credit!

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Ride!

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Ride!

A kiddie coaster, full of grown adults, there's nothing better or funnier. :P

A kiddie coaster, full of grown adults, there’s nothing better or funnier. 😛

Whoa most intense coaster ever!

Whoa most intense coaster ever!

Andy and Zach are enjoying their rides.

Andy and Zach are enjoying their rides.

They sent us around for three cycles, and on the third our train struggled to climb the tire driven lift. We made it though, check off credit on the Dragon Coaster.

They sent us around for three cycles, and on the third our train struggled to climb the tire driven lift. We made it though, check off credit on the Dragon Coaster.

Dragon Wagon was awesome! Photo Credit: Roxanne Rios

Dragon Wagon was awesome! Photo Credit: Roxanne Rios

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Well Dragon Coaster is approved for 2014 season. Good to know.

This thing also looked so wrong, so we didn't try that either.

This thing also looked so wrong, so we didn’t try that either.

The Rumbler awaits in the background, this is the reason why we came!

The Rumbler awaits in the background, this is the reason why we came!

Awh the Rumbler!

Awh the Rumbler!

But first though let's try out the log flume. Andy and I are fans of log flumes so we had to give it a ride.

But first though let’s try out the log flume. Andy and I are fans of log flumes so we had to give it a ride.

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Looks like fun!

Andy, Paul, and I enjoying the log flume. Photo Credit: Stacy Granicin.

Andy, Paul, and I enjoying the log flume. Photo Credit: Stacy Gracinin

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It’s another fair looking ride, but actually a lot of fun with the two lifts and two drops.

Beech Bend Park on the front of the logs.

Beech Bend Park on the front of the logs.

The Rumbler is rumblin'.

The Rumbler is rumblin’.

The first drop of the coaster is very unique and awesome!

The first drop of the coaster is very unique and awesome!

There's a fun pre drop and then the real drop comes.

There’s a fun pre drop and then the real drop comes.

Kentucky Rumbler is definitely a very twisty GCI.

Kentucky Rumbler is definitely a very twisty GCI.

Wherever you look in the layout there's another twist and turn.

Wherever you look in the layout there’s another twist and turn.

We didn’t ride Rumbler just yet, but figured I’d grab some shots of the coaster while there was still daylight since our first rides would be at dusk with ERT continuing into the night! At the moment however it’s getting close to dinner time.

Dinner was up next so of course we also passed on this.

Dinner was up next so of course we also passed on this.

Bumper cars! Always a fun staple in any amusement park.

Bumper cars! Always a fun staple in any amusement park.

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Adult bumper cars on the right, kiddie ones on the left. Pretty neat.

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Antique cars another fun ride.

And time for dinner in the Shady Grove!

And time for dinner in the Shady Grove!

Umm did someone just place a door to nowhere?

Umm did someone just place a door to nowhere? The Twilight Zone of Beech Bend Park apparently is the Shady Grove picnic pavilion.

 

Paul Blick came to our dinner to give away some door prizes.

Paul Blick came to our dinner to give away some door prizes.

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Robb and Elissa’s daughter Kristen got the honor of drawing names out of a cup.

Some pretty unique prizes were given away such as this coonskin hat.

Some pretty unique prizes were given away such as this coonskin hat. I even won a free Beech Bend t-shirt!

 

After dinner we had about an hour to spare before we had to be at the Haunted House for a special tour of the ride. So figured we'd get a ride on that before our VIP tour. Zero-G will still have to wait.

After dinner we had about an hour to spare before we had to be at the Haunted House for a special tour of the ride. So figured we’d get a ride on that before our VIP tour. Zero-G will still have to wait.

Cause it's Haunted House time!

Cause it’s Haunted House time!

The Haunted House was a very detailed and unique ride. It is awesome to see classic dark rides like these still around at the smaller parks, pictures of the inside of the ride coming up as we will be taking a tour through the inside of the ride shortly!

They even have mini golf here at Beech Bend Park.

They even have mini golf here at Beech Bend Park.

The Rumbler still waits for us.

The Rumbler still waits for us.

Carousel another classic.

Carousel another classic.

Zero-G time yet?

Zero-G time yet?

Now its time for the Zero-G! Just like Fearfall earlier in the day at Kentucky Kingdom this Larson drop tower still provides quite the thrill. Always an incredible ride.

Just like Fearfall earlier in the day at Kentucky Kingdom this Larson drop tower still provides quite the thrill. Always an incredible ride.

 

One of the other interesting door prizes given away at dinner.

One of the other interesting door prizes given away at dinner.

Time for a tour?

Time for a tour?

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Blood and guts! The sad part is these mesh fences didn’t use to be here, but they explained they had to put them up since people kept grabbing at stuff during the ride and damaging the props. Sad, but at least it helps preserve the ride.

I'm gonna get you!

I’m gonna get you!

For the sounds on the ride, there's just a standard Sony Xplod stereo. Pretty neat, you definitely don't notice this while riding.

For the sounds on the ride, there’s just a standard Sony Xplod stereo. Pretty neat, you definitely don’t notice this while riding.

A look at the track of the Haunted House.

A look at the track of the Haunted House.

Help me!

Help me!

Let me out!

Let me out!

Enjoying our very special tour! Photo credit: Paul Schramm

Enjoying our very special tour! Photo Credit: Paul Schramm

The front of the cars for the Haunted House dark ride.

The front of the cars for the Haunted House dark ride.

A map of Beech Bend park, a little late finding this as the park is closing.

A map of Beech Bend park, a little late finding this as the park is closing.

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The park was emptying out, but we still had an hour of ERT on Kentucky Rumbler waiting for us.

Ahh Rumbler at twilight.

Ahh Rumbler at twilight.

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Incredible fun ride!

Before I go any further this ERT session was incredible! Easily one of the highlights of the trip. I got to stay on without getting off for about 14 cycles! There was a thunderstorm raging in the distance that provided quite the light show and a little bit of rain for our ERT, but we didn’t stop we kept on going! This would never happen at a corporate park they would of shut the ride down and cut our ERT short at the first sign of lightning but not Beech Bend, they really pulled out all the stops. The lightning was far enough in the distance that we were never in any real danger but still provided quite the unique experience. We also had a few fun and games during our ERT such as the coaster chain which I’ll explain in a picture farther down. Overall though this was a great fun ride and an awesome ERT to wrap up an action packed day in Kentucky!

Only one guy checking restraints, and he was still faster than six employees at a Six Flags park. :P haha

Only one guy checking restraints, and he was still faster than six employees at a Six Flags park. 😛 haha

Paul Blick seemed to be having just as much fun as us operating the ride. Each cycle he'd ask us trivia on the Kentucky Rumbler.

Paul Blick seemed to be having just as much fun as us operating the ride. Each cycle he’d ask us trivia on the Kentucky Rumbler.

Luckily I knew one of the trivia questions answers because I read the article from Amusement Today inside the gift shop after one of the rides.

Luckily I knew one of the trivia questions answers because I read the article from Amusement Today inside the gift shop after one of the rides.

Enjoying our night time ERT on Kentucky Rumbler!

Enjoying our night time ERT on Kentucky Rumbler!

This is the coaster chain, awesome and fun idea that Paul Blick told us to do. Basically the concept is hold the hand of the person in front and behind you and don't let go for the entire ride. We all succeeded, no one let go. This is another thing you'd only be able to do in an ERT session full of coaster nerds. :P Awesome fun!

This is the coaster chain, awesome and fun idea that Paul Blick told us to do. Basically the concept is hold the hand of the person in front and behind you and don’t let go for the entire ride. We all succeeded, no one let go. This is another thing you’d only be able to do in an ERT session full of coaster nerds. 😛 Awesome fun!

Splash Lagoon lifeguards even joined us for a few rides during our ERT session.

Splash Lagoon lifeguard supervisors even joined us for a few rides during our ERT session.

 

So that concludes our awesome night ERT on Kentucky Rumbler. I didn’t expect much from Beech Bend but they treated us like VIPs which definitely made the night incredible. They really pulled out all the stops, but that’s probably what you get when you have the former ACE Events Director running the show. He knows what we coaster nerds like and enjoy and really put on an awesome evening at Beech Bend, one that I’ll definitely never forget!

So after our long day of traveling and visiting two different amusement parks we all fell asleep for a little bit on the bus. We were headed to Santa’s Lodge which is the closest hotel to Holiday World our next stop, or so we thought. We were woken up to Elissa telling us that apparently Santa’s Lodge which she renamed Satan’s Lodge had a big goof up and released all our rooms. So they didn’t have space for us that night. So after frantically searching Elissa found a Days Inn on the border of Kentucky and Southern Indiana that could accommodate us. However some of us would have to pair up with a room of 3 or so to make sure everyone had a place to sleep. It was quite the adventure and I ended up in a room of three people with my friend Paul and Dan. We however somehow hit the jackpot and had either the Honeymoon suite or the staff room of the Days Inn. It was a huge room, with two sections and also very interesting just check out these pictures.

Two identical pictures of Chicago on the wall?

Two identical pictures of Chicago on the wall?

Almost a full kitchen.

Almost a full kitchen.

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Plenty of lamps haha.

Even a safe.

Even a safe.

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A nice Christmas tree for you know Christmas in July?

Standard bathroom though. :( haha

Standard bathroom though. 😦 haha

Days Inn also pulled out all the stops and gave us every room they had available. Guess they were really happy to get the huge increase in revenue that night. Anyway we got some good sleep in our huge room while everyone else was cramped in standard Days Inn hotel rooms. It’s nice to get lucky sometimes. 😛

Next up Holiday World!!!!

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