Jump to content

McSalsa's Coaster Adventures: Indiana State Fair 2016


Recommended Posts

Disclaimer: Despite my normal TR title, there were zero coasters ridden on this...uhh...trip.


Well, yesterday I went to the Indiana State Fair (something I didn't even think would happen even yesterday) and had a fun time. So, here is a trip report of what I did, ate, etc etc...


Oh and I have added a bit to my scoring system. There are now 3 scores for each ride, from 1-5 based on...

Fun Factor: How fun was it? (Most important) 1 is zero fun, and 5 is super fun
Intensity: How scary/strong forced was it? 1 is super tame, 5 is super intense

Comfort: How comfortable was it? (For a roller coaster this would be roughness), 1 is painful, 5 is super comfy


Upon arriving at the fair, we headed through the horse barn (beautiful horses, but they so stinky :P) and onto the main Miday. While mythe  friends went into the beer/wine festival thing (I don't drink alcohol so I didn't join them) I went and got a hot dog since it was a $2 Tuesday, and I was a bit hungry. It was fairly good and satisfied me enough for that moment, but I was still a bit hungry. After the others came out from the beer festival and we headed off, we eventually stopped at a stand selling "Western" style sodas- I got Orange Cream. It was delicious. We then headed to a stall selling...cooked Bison/Buffalo!?!? My sister insisted I try it, so I did by getting a $2 Bison Quesadila...wow, Bison is shockingly delicious. She also gave me one of her egg rolls (she got 2 and only wanted 1) and that was also delicious, and now I was full. After that, we met up with a group of friends, and headed for the rides midway.


Half the group went off to ride Speed (similar to Cedar Point's old Skyscraper ride) but the line was super long. I saw no line for Mega Drop, so me and my sister went and did that instead.


Ride #1: Mega Drop

Basically a 1/3rd scale version of Drop Tower at Kings Island, minus the spinning. Still a fun ride, but it can't match up to the bigger version KI has- of course.
Fun: 4/5 (Still pretty fun but it's not Drop Tower)

Intensity: 3/5 (Drop Towers need to be much taller to score higher here)

Comfort: 4/5 (This ride was actually pretty comfortable)


After Mega Drop, we headed to Crazy Mouse (which was awesome when we rode it in 2014), but it broke down and never re-opened. <_< So we headed to a old school classic instead...

Ride #2: Tilt-A-Whirl

If you know flat rides, you know what this is.

Fun: 5/5 (WHEE!!! WHY DOES Kings Island NOT HAVE ONE OF THESE!?!?)

Intensity: 4/5 (It spun...a lot. And fast.)
Comfort: 4/5 (Not very painful though later on a re-ride a friend pushed the lapbar into my leg like an idiot and that 2nd ride was a 3/5)


After the awesome fun that was Tilt-A-Whirl (KI ride pickers...grab one of these...) I saw a short line for a ride that looked uber-crazy.


Ride #3: Remix

Basically it's Shake, Rattle, and Roll gone insane is probably how I would describe this one.

Fun: 5/5 (It was as crazy as it looked)
Intensity: 5/5 (Halfway through the ride I didn't know which way was up!)
Comfort: 3/5 (Not painful until later in the 2nd half, but it only lasted a few seconds thankfully)


If KI adds one of those, it would be a thrilling flat ride that isn't huge like Drop Tower. Afterwards, we re-rode the Tilt-A-Whirl which was not as fun as the first ride but still fun, then we headed to...

Ride #4: Thunder Bobs

It spins around and swings the cars, so it reminded me of The Bat/Flight Deck/TOP GUN in a way.

Fun: 3/5 (I was expecting a bit more from this...)

Intensity: 3/5 (Not as intense as I was expecting either)
Comfort: 4/5 (At least it wasn't painful)

After Thunder Bobs, we went and split up even more. I was alone now to ride the Music Express, named "Blizzard" while my sister and her boyfriend rode Gravitron. I didn't wanna ride that one as I got sick on one in the past.


Ride #5: Blizzard (A Music Express ride)
I had never ridden one of these...Kings Island used to have one I think though.

Fun: 4/5 (some decent airtime in spots, though most of it is a little weak, and some HARD laterals)

Intensity: 4/5 (mainly due to laterals)
Comfort: 2/5 (again mainly due to laterals, but also due to how LOUD they were playing the music...my ears hate me now.)


After Blizzard, we re-grouped again and rode the trailer-ed Dark Ride, Tomb of Doom.


Ride #6: Tomb of Doom

A dark ride, in the back of a Semi Truck...

Fun: 2/5 (Boring, but the cheesiness was a bit of a chuckle)

Intensity: 2/5 (No intensity at all here besides a jumpscare or two)
Comfort: 5/5 (But, it was very comfortable at least)


By this point, it was getting late, and I just wanted to ride one more ride- Yo-Yo- before we left. I was expecting it to be similar to the Wave Swinger rides I had ridden...


Ride #7: Yo-Yo

A swing ride.

Fun: 3/5 (Uhh...would have been a 4, but...)
Intensity: 5/5 (I nearly hit the kid in front of me a few times at max speed, did once at low speed, and the speed and forces were much higher than any Wave Swinger I have ever been on, catching me off guard...WindSeeker is far less intense than this!)

Comfort: 4/5 (would have been 5/5, but the ride made me bump into the kid ahead of me while it was stopping)


After the crazy Yo-Yo ride, we headed home. We stopped by a very high-end Kroger on the way back though. I hope you all enjoyed this trip report. McSalsa away! :P (Comments and questions welcome of course)

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Good stuff; glad you were brave enough to try some fairground rides. They look cool, but I get nervous on them. Outside of a "salt-and-pepper-shaker" ride at a local festival, I've only been on a handful of fair rides- a giant Ferris Wheel, a scrambler, chairswings, a kiddie ride that took you up and around, and a portable carousel. Also, I looked up Remix on Youtube and it looks insane.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites


To be honest, a few of these rides (especially Yo-Yo) did make me a little nervous. I am fine with nearly any roller coaster, but some fair rides do still scare me a bit.

Heck that Remix scared me a heck of a lot more than Millennium Force! I was just singing "Fun, Fun..... Fun in the sun"

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...