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Cap'n Crow's Bumper Boats will make a splash at Indiana Beach this Summer

Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort Announces New Looping Coaster

Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort Undergoing Transformation

Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort Announces Giant Wheel Renovation

Indiana Beach Amusement Resort Is the Newest Member of Apex Parks Group

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Cap'n Crow's Bumper Boats Will Make a Splash at Indiana Beach this Summer


Monticello, IN - May 10, 2016 Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort is excited to announce the addition of Cap’n Crow’s Bumper Boats for the 90th Anniversary season. The bumper boat attraction will replace the former “Splash Battle” ride on the Boardwalk Funway. 

The colorful and fun Cap’n Crow’s Bumper Boats will allow guests to be the captain of their own boat as they cruise the waters searching for others to bump. Each boat is outfitted with a water sprayer that can soak an opponent from 10 feet away. Up to 12 bumper boats at a time will battle each other for a thrilling guest experience. 

“Indiana Beach is thrilled to add Cap’n Crows Bumper Boats as another fun and exciting ride for our guests to enjoy,” said John Collins, Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resorts General Manager. “Many improvements and upgrades have been completed throughout the park for Indiana Beach’s 90th anniversary season. Adding Cap’n Crow’s Bumper Boats shows our commitment in providing our guests more fun and more value.” 

Cap’n Crow’s Bumper Boats were manufactured by J&J Amusements, the industry’s largest manufacturer of bumper boats. Cap’n Crow’s Bumper Boats will be located on the south island on Indiana Beach’s and utilize an existing water ride pond area formerly occupied by Splash Battle.

Indiana Beach opens for the 2016 season on Friday, May 27. For park hours and other information, visit www.indianabeach.com

About Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort
Indiana Beach is located in Monticello, Indiana on Lake Shafer. The resort was founded in 1926 and purchased by Apex Parks Group in September 2015. The resort features a Boardwalk Funway, seven roller coasters, 45 rides, the Shafer Queen Paddlewheel boat, two campgrounds, rental accommodations, and an on-property hotel. Ideal Beach, the water park, includes the original swimming pool with sand beach, water slides, an action river, and kid’s spray area. For more information, please visit www.indianabeach.com.
 

About Apex Parks Group
Apex is a privately held company based in Aliso Viejo, California with 13 Family Entertainment Centers, 2 Water Parks, and 1 Amusement Park Resort in California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Indiana. Apex Parks Group is currently one of the largest owners of Family Entertainment Centers in the United States. Apex Parks was founded in 2014 to acquire and operate best-in-class out-of-home entertainment assets and is committed to excellence, to the communities they serve, and to delivering value that exceeds expectation. For more information, please visit www.apexparksgroup.com


Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort Announces New Looping Coaster


Monticello, IN – April 12, 2016 Indiana Beach, Indiana’s Favorite Boardwalk Resort, will kick off its upcoming 90th Anniversary season with the addition of a looping-reversing coaster called Zero G.

Manufactured by Texas-based Larson International, the single loop coaster stands 5 stories high and can accommodate 20 riders at one time. Zero G will be placed on Indiana Beach’s classic Boardwalk Funway.

“Indiana Beach is excited to have this new ride added to our line-up of six rollercoasters and other thrill attractions”, said John Collins Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resorts General Manager. “With all the park improvements and upgrades being completed in preparation for Indiana Beach’s 90th anniversary season, adding a ride as thrilling as Zero G is icing on the cake” Collins stated.

The “Larson Loop” coaster builds riders’ anticipation as it rocks back and forth before looping 360 degrees, pausing briefly to suspend riders upside down. The ride is scheduled to be open at the start of the 2016 season. 

About Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort
Indiana Beach is located in Monticello, Indiana on Lake Shafer. The resort was founded in 1926 and purchased by Apex Parks Group in September 2015. The resort features a Boardwalk Funway, seven roller coasters, 45 rides, the Shafer Queen Paddlewheel boat, two campgrounds, rental accommodations, and an on-property hotel. Ideal Beach, the water park, includes the original swimming pool with sand beach, water slides, an action river, and kid’s spray area. For more information, please visit www.indianabeach.com.

About Apex Parks Group
Apex is a privately held company based in Aliso Viejo, California with 13 Family Entertainment Centers, 2 Water Parks, and 1 Amusement Park Resort in California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Indiana. Apex Parks Group is currently one of the largest owners of Family Entertainment Centers in the United States. Apex Parks was founded in 2014 to acquire and operate best-in-class out-of-home entertainment assets and is committed to excellence, to the communities they serve, and to delivering value that exceeds expectation. For more information, please visit www.apexparksgroup.com.


Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort Undergoing Transformation

Monticello, IN – February 26, 2016 Indiana Beach, Indiana’s Favorite Boardwalk Resort, is making renovations at an aggressive pace in preparation for the start of the 90th anniversary season.

A long list of upgrades and renovations have been ongoing since new resort owner, Apex Parks Group, purchased the resort in September 2015. From a new main gate to the campground ferryboat landing, improvements are unfolding throughout the resort. “We cannot wait for the Indiana Beach fans and Monticello locals to come out and see their favorite park looking like it did back in the glory days,” said park General Manager John Collins. “There will be a few other surprises along the way, too.”

The Giant Wheel, an iconic Indiana Beach ride, was dismantled in November and sent to the ride’s manufacturer, Chance Rides of Wichita, Kansas. The massive refurbishment is in the final stages of completion and the ride is expected to be reinstalled at the park by spring.

The Shafer Queen paddle wheel boat, is receiving a makeover from bow to stern. Resort guests will see fresh paint, improved seating, and new lighting as the Shafer Queen continues to proudly cruise the waters of Lake Shafer for many years to come. 

An Indiana Beach favorite, the Tig’rr Rollercoaster is undergoing track and passenger car renovations for the 2016 season. The Tig’rr will be painted in a colorful theme to match the name of this classic rollercoaster.

All entrance, ride, and concession signage will be upgraded to reflect a brighter and cleaner look for guests. The park is receiving fresh paint, upgraded lighting, updated boardwalk, plus many other improvements. The VIP parking lot will be enhanced and there will be renovations to the lodging area.  Additionally, many concession stands will have new and improved menus to allow for easier, guest-friendly ordering.

Many food favorites such as Beach Tacos, Pronto Pups, and Elephant Ears will once again be available for guests to enjoy. Additionally, Pepsi-Cola is now the official soft drink provider at all Indiana Beach concession stands.

Ideal Beach RV Resort will debut in 2016 as “IB Crow Campground, a Family RV Resort” and will be the second home of the iconic mascot, IB Crow. The campground will not only have a new name, but will also undergo facility improvements and upgrades.

Apex CEO Al Weber adds, “We are so excited to be a part of updating and upgrading this iconic Indiana resort. With respect for the past and an eye on the future, these important changes at Indiana Beach should not only improve the guest experience but give guests reason to come back time and again. The Park team is so excited to have everyone come out and see the New Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort.”

2016 Season passes are on sale for 2 for $90.00 in honor of the park’s 90th anniversary (best price anywhere and anytime) and there are special discounts on lodging accommodations; a value for early booking. Go to the park website for more information.

About Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort
Indiana Beach is located in Monticello, Indiana on Lake Shafer. The resort was founded in 1926 and purchased by Apex Parks Group in September 2015. The resort features a Boardwalk Funway, six roller coasters, 41 rides, the Shafer Queen Paddlewheel boat, two campgrounds, rental accommodations, and an on-property hotel. Ideal Beach, the water park, includes the original swimming pool with sand beach, water slides, an action river, and kid’s spray area. For more information, please visit www.indianabeach.com.

About Apex Parks Group
Apex is a privately held company based in Aliso Viejo, California with 13 Family Entertainment Centers, 2 Water Parks, and 1 Amusement Park Resort in California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Indiana. Apex Parks Group is currently one of the largest owners of Family Entertainment Centers in the United States. Apex Parks was founded in 2014 to acquire and operate best-in-class out-of-home entertainment assets and is committed to excellence, to the communities they serve, and to delivering value that exceeds expectation. For more information, please visit www.apexparksgroup.com.


Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort Announces Giant Wheel Renovation

Monticello, IN – November 5, 2015 Indiana Beach, Indiana’s Favorite Boardwalk Resort, has begun a major renovation project on the Giant Gondola Wheel in preparation for the park’s 90th anniversary in 2016.

The Giant Wheel, an iconic Indiana Beach ride, will be dismantled in November and sent to the ride’s manufacturer, Chance Rides of Wichita, Kansas. The refurbishment will be completed over a 4-month period at their off-site facility. Chance Rides is an amusement industry leader in refurbishing and manufacturing of rides and attractions.

“The Giant Wheel refurbishment is just one project of many that will be completed before next season,” stated John Collins, General Manager of Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort. “This off-season promises to be an exciting and busy one under the new ownership of Apex Parks Group. Watch for additional announcements in the near future as we prepare for the upcoming 2016 season.”

This is the first time the Giant Wheel has undergone a complete updating since it was erected on the historic Indiana Beach boardwalk in 1989. The Giant Wheel has 20 gondolas and can accommodate up to 120 riders at one time. It stands over 90 feet tall and can be seen throughout the park and along the shores of Lake Shafer.

The Giant Gondola Wheel is one the most photographed rides by Indiana Beach guests and has been featured in several Indiana Beach TV commercials and area tourism marketing campaigns.

About Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort
Indiana Beach is located in Monticello, Indiana on Lake Shafer. The resort was founded in 1926 and purchased by Apex Parks Group in September 2015. The resort features a Boardwalk Funway, six roller coasters, 41 rides, the Shafer Queen Paddlewheel boat, two campgrounds, rental accommodations, and an on-property hotel. Ideal Beach, the water park, includes the original swimming pool with sand beach, water slides, an action river, and kid’s spray area. For more information, please visit www.indianabeach.com.

About Apex Parks Group
Apex is a privately held company based in Aliso Viejo, California with 13 Family Entertainment Centers, 2 Water Parks, and 1 Amusement Park Resort in California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Indiana. Apex Parks Group is currently one of the largest owners of Family Entertainment Centers in the United States. Apex Parks was founded in 2014 to acquire and operate best-in-class out-of-home entertainment assets and is committed to excellence, to the communities they serve, and to delivering value that exceeds expectation. For more information, please visit www.apexparksgroup.com.


Indiana Beach Amusement Resort Is the Newest Member of Apex Parks Group

Aliso Viejo, CA – September 1, 2015 California-based Apex Parks Group (“Apex Parks”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort (“Indiana Beach”). This is the second significant addition to the company since its founding less than a year ago.

Indiana Beach is located on the banks of Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana. 2016 will mark the 90th anniversary of the park which has established itself as a true family vacation destination, spanning a total of 376 acres. The amusement park boasts a broad array of family entertainment and thrills; including one of the top wooden roller coasters and steepest drop steel roller coasters in North America. The theme park boasts children’s rides, zip lines, a waterpark, an arcade, miniature golf, traditional amusement park games and much more. Indiana Beach also offers more than 1200 accommodation alternatives, including 42 in-park motel rooms, 114 cabins, cottages & townhomes, over 1180 campsites, and 100 boat docks.

Apex Parks Group CEO, Al Weber, Jr. explains: “Indiana Beach is a fabulous addition for us. We are pleased to work with the park team and local community to grow this jewel of a resort in mid-state Indiana. We look forward to building upon the 90 year heritage of this park and providing families with a life time of great memories.”

The General Manager of Indiana Beach, John Collins, is optimistic about the future of the park. “This is a very big and meaningful step for Indiana Beach. In our 90-year history, Indiana Beach has developed a loyal following of family visitors. We believe the resources that Apex Parks brings to Indiana Beach will provide us opportunity for expansion and improved infrastructure. We're very confident that, as part of Apex Parks Group, we will take this great property and take it to the next level.”

“Over the past 8 seasons we have prided ourselves in keeping the history and nostalgia of Indiana Beach while investing in the future of the resort by upgrading and adding amenities, accommodations and attractions.  This is an exciting time for Indiana Beach," said Bob Moser, former owner of Indiana Beach. “With the decades of experience Apex Parks brings, we are certain they are committed to providing a high quality experience for our guests for years to come.”

Al Weber adds, “Our management team and investor group led by Broad Sky Partners and the Edgewater Funds Group are committed to building Apex into a valuable out-of-home entertainment business. The addition of Indiana Beach is a leap toward achieving this goal.”

Indiana Beach will continue to operate the remainder of its regular 2015 schedule and will be open September 4 – 7 for Labor Day weekend, and September 12, 13, and 19. For park information and operating hours, please visit www.indianabeach.com

About Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
Indiana Beach is located in Monticello, Indiana on Lake Shafer. The amusement resort was founded in 1926 and features a Boardwalk Funway, six roller coasters, 41 rides, a one-of-a-kind zipline over Lake Shafer, an aerial ropes course, Kiddyland, the Shafer Queen sightseeing paddlewheel boat, two campgrounds, rental accommodations, and an on-property hotel. Indiana Beach’s current water park, Ideal Beach, includes the original swimming pool with sand beach, water slides, an action river, and kid’s spray area. For more information, please visit www.indianabeach.com.

About Apex Parks Group
Apex is a privately held company based in Aliso Viejo, California with 13 Family Entertainment Centers and 2 Water Parks in California, Texas, Florida, and New Jersey. Apex Parks Group is currently one of the largest owners of Family Entertainment Centers in the United States. Apex Parks was founded in 2014 to acquire and operate best-in-class out-of-home entertainment assets and is committed to excellence, to the communities we serve, and to delivering value that exceeds expectation. For more information, please visit www.apexparksgroup.com.

About Broad Sky Partners
Broad Sky Partners is a sector-focused, middle market private equity firm that invests in companies in the Media, Communications & Business Services (MCBS) and Consumer Products & Services sectors.  Broad Sky partners with outstanding managers to create sustainable value in companies with strategic importance.  With a focus on driving organic growth, Broad Sky leverages a deep bench of Operating Executives and the significant industry-specific experience of its Founding Partners and professionals to help companies realize their maximum potential. Additional information can be found at www.broadskypartners.com.

About The Edgewater Funds
The Edgewater Funds is a Chicago-based private equity firm with $1.4 billion in committed capital. Edgewater partners with management to help accelerate growth in their businesses. Edgewater focuses on funding high quality middle market companies to add substantial value through capital and experience. Edgewater leverages the experience of its Partners and the Executive Advisory Board who have distinguished themselves as successful CEOs and business leaders. For more information, please visit www.edgewaterfunds.com.