Indiana Beach

A sign welcomes patrons to Indiana Beach at the entrance to the footbridge over Honey Creek.

Indiana Beach has posted 2020 season ticket prices on its website at www.indianabeach.com/daily-tickets.

It includes lower prices for White County residents who buy at the gate with proof of residency.

Normally, full-day admission will be $39.99 for adults taller than 48 inches, $29.99 for children shorter than 48 inches and $19.99 for people 60 years and older.

For White County residents, adult tickets are $29.99 and child tickets are $24.99, but tickets for people 60 and older remain at $19.99

All children two years of age and younger will be admitted for free. Season passes for 2020 will cost $54.99.

The amusement park will officially open with a VIP Grand Reopening on June 26 and for the general public on June 27, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

The VIP gathering is for people who purchase a paver brick as a fundraiser. To be part of this year’s VIP opening, people need to buy a paver brick for the Road to 100 Years Project. A 4-by-8 inch brick is $75 without the VIP package or $169 with the package, and for an extra $30, the park will provide “an exact duplicate of the brick that you are purchasing,” according to an email the park sent out. The VIP package includes two tickets to the event, the chance to see the park before anyone else, live entertainment and music, the ability to go on the rides and more. There will also be an 8-by-8 inch paver available for businesses, and that comes with four tickets.

“All proceeds from this initiative will go directly to infrastructure improvements throughout the amusement park, as well as the campgrounds,” the email stated.

The Road to 100 Years refers to the approaching anniversary of the park.

Indiana Beach’s Facebook page has also announced that Eisele’s Pronto Pup, which has been at the Beach since 1947, will return.

The new owners, Indiana Beach Holdings LLC, and its CEO Gene Staples, have been slowly announcing returning or new vendors inside the amusement park since they closed on the park around April 23. In mid-May, they announced that the Taco Shoppe, a long-time favorite, will return to the park. It had been in the park about 30 years, but the owners, the Johnson family, announced in July 2018 that the shop would leave (and eventually settle in a downtown Monticello location) after 2018 season ended.

Other businesses that have signed with Indiana Beach Holdings include Kona Ice of Midwest Indiana (a shaved ice confectionery) and Monticello ice cream store An Udder Sensation.

Indiana Beach’s own campground, which is different from the K.O.A. campground nearby, re-opened May 24.

According to the park’s Facebook page, the Shafer Queen is getting repainted, Old Crow is back and the Fascination game is ready to roll.

The amusement park traditionally opened on Memorial Day weekend. However, it was not supposed to open at all this year until Staples and his group bought the park.

On Feb. 18. the previous owner — Apex Parks Group of Aliso Viejo, California — announced that Indiana Beach wouldn’t open and that Apex had no progress finding a buyer for the park.

During its ownership, Apex had made changes that weren’t popular with local residents, such as restricting boat access and not allowing people to dine on the boardwalk without paying for admission.

Apex bought the park in Sept. 1, 2015, from the previous owner, Morgan RV LLC, which bought the park from its founders, the Spackman family, in February 2008.

The Spackman family opened it as Ideal Beach in 1926 as a beach resort on the newly-formed Lake Freeman, created by one of the hydroelectric dams that utility company NIPSCO put along the Tippecanoe River.

The family added the first amusement ride in 1927, and the park continued to grow with amusement rides and carnival attractions.

The park’s new owners will accept the 2020 season passes that Apex sold last year.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

Twitter @JamesDWolfJr

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

Twitter @JamesDWolfJr

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