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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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. 😛