Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Final Edition!

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Coors Brewery Tour Pg 18

Postby Pirouettes907 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:41 pm

Your third and final wish to grant is...

Credit whoring at Kiddieland in Pittsburg, KS.

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby chadster » Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:41 pm

On August 20, 2011 I made my way to Denver, Colorado where, amongst other parks, I visited Lakeside Amusement Park located near downtown Denver and close by to the Jack and Grill restaurant featured on Man Vs. Food (which was really good btw)

Lakeside is an Art Deco park that brings you back in time. When I first drive up to the park and had to park in a sandy parking lot I was thinking what in the world did I get myself into. However, I was literally taken back in time and instantly fell in love with the park. As you will see each of the rides, with the exception of the zoom, features an art deco entrance or ride sign that lights up at night with colors of the period. The rides also looked very nice at night with most of the lights actually working, something you sometimes don't see at a major park.

Unfortunately I would be denied two credits. The Dragon I understand has been down for sometime and I was denied a ride on the kiddie coaster which I thought strange as I've ridden plenty of those in the past. However no amount of smooth talking would get me on the ride. But despite that small setback in my coaster counting, I took time to just enjoy the atmosphere. Ride prices were cheap when bought by the ride or you get get a pay one price wristband on the weekend for $19.95. When I figured up the number of rides I went on and their ticket pricing, I came out about even and rode a lot.

While I can see how some might consider the park to be sketchy, I rather enjoyed it and would certainly return next time I'm in Denver.
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hmmm, where am I, looks like a casino down there
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Hey look it's a coaster!
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I MUST be in the right place!
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Sure enough, I'm at Lakeside today!
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Rock on, party hard dude!
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I walked through the tower after paying my $2.50 entry fee and stepped back in time. I was instantly in love.
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The park was clean and full of life.
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In case you didn't know, the coaster out front is the Cyclone. I love the station!
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The signage is art deco which is a matching theme throughout the park. I wonder what these signs look like all lit up at night. And even a bigger question, do they work?
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Can't have a spide sign without a spider! The signs were built to also be used as individual ticket booths at one point in time.
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This is just awesome! It was running full tilt!
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The scrambler was running balls out as well!
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Through the bush shot
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Funny, I have the same rules...
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Speaking of Wild Chipmunk, let's go hop on the Chip.
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Nerd Shot!
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The preceeding nerd shot was brought to you by, the brakeman. Yep, that's right, not many of these exist anymore.
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OMFG! It's gonna fly off the track!
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And a classic overview
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"Hey, quit grinding on me" "Sorry hun, they said we had to sit close together" "It's okay babe, I can't feel it anyway"
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Double coaster train/car shot!
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The ol' girl still stands.
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Outside of the Cyclone, this was simply the best ride station at the park, heck, one of the top ones in the country IMO.
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Here we are at the INN
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Where you can find food at reasonable prices. As far as quality is concerned, I can't speak to that. I was still full from my 7lb burrito
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Next it was time to slay a dragon, so I took a stroll along the backside of the park.
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Closed. I did notice that they have their Cedar Fair trash can ride closed signal down pat. If the inlet is facing you, the ride is closed. If the inlet is facing left or right, the ride is open.
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Oh well, let's take a stroll and see what else they have, like this classic ferris wheel, complete with yup, another art deco sign.
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Snappy Snap Snap Snap Snap Snap
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We will we will whip you. This was mighty tame compared to others I've been on.
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A very brief overview of kiddieland
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and the denied credit :(
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Bumpity Bump Bump Boats, with yet another cool looking sign!
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ACER's be warned.
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So two rides down isn't so bad.
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Darkness was starting to fall and the lights were coming on. This here Matterhorn played no music and really didn't have the fire power I'd expect. Oh, and watch out for the pigeons ;)
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"Worlds Most Exciting Ride"
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The "Zoom" was the only ride without an Art Deco Sign. I was told it's 3 years old and cost them $3million to install. ouch!
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"I think I just peed myself"
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Ahhh, I'm in ahhh, see, ahhhh
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Operator controlled, oh yeah, make him mad, you hang upside down for a while.
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Starting to get really dark at this point with storms brewing to the South, so it was time to see the park all lit up at night.
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Hello Cyclone, not only do you have a nice station, but in the dark, the tunnel leading to the lift hill is quite exciting!
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I love this shot. The ride itself doesn't beat you too bad and there are no seat dividers, so if you get to ride by yourself like me, you get to slide all over the bench!
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These were on the ironwork railings, I thought they were cool.
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Dude looks like an ACEr, certainly not like a lady.
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They didn't even check your belts, you got in, sat down, connected the clip, they asked if you were buckled up, and sent the train. Overall I liked the ride, not too rough and the layout was nice with a 30+ degree bank going into the turnaround. A top 20 woodie for me.
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The line was getting long for the Cyclone, so off for a night ride on the Spider. And the sign works! The spider flashes green, but no good pics of that :(
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I just liked the fact the most all of the lights, except for the entry tower, worked on the rides. I love a good park with working lights, it just gives it a special feel that you don't get in the daytime.
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Flying High, or just High, one or the other
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Rock my world little country girl, oh, sorry, singing again, the Rock-O-Planes needs some lube, lost of squeeling and not a lot of action.
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Even the whip has some cool art deco to it.
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Time for an icee
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Off to skoot a boot
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These bumped and kicked some A$$.
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Life is all fun and games until...
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...its time to go.
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Thanks Lakeside, I enjoyed my stay!
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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby chadster » Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:38 pm

Wish 2 granted. Now for wish three, I might need to take a shower ;)

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby PAL » Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:42 pm

I wished wisely. Wonderful lights and classic architecture. Very nice. Too bad you found toothless old school flats. It saddens me that you missed Knoebels, infinitely better than shore whoring. Quality over crappy quantity sez I. Maybe you're waiting for Flying Turns.

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:59 pm

Considering I'm from Colorado, and about an hour away from the park, I've grown fond of this place. It's a great park that still has that classic feel to it.
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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Coors Brewery Tour Pg 18

Postby chadster » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:15 pm

Pirouettes907 wrote:Your third and final wish to grant is...

Credit whoring at Kiddieland in Pittsburg, KS.

(please.)


Seriously? If so, I'll grant it soon. :wtf:

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:41 am

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Here is the coaster in Kingman.
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^I've never even heard of that place, but apparently it's still open! If you want to be a REAL credit whore, go to Kingman, KS and try to find the kiddie coaster there. It's hidden and I had no clue it even existed.

Anyway, I live in Greeley, CO now so I'm an hour away from Lakeside. As broke college kids, we're planning out things for us to do. Lakeside is one of them :) Super, super cheap. Hell, I remember paying $3.50 for a souvenir cup. Compare that to $13 at Six Flags. Although a bit more pricey, we're going to Elitch's for Fright Fest when the time comes. I love Colorado :)
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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby Stitch_101 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:18 pm

Ok, I'm officially in love with Lakeside's retro look. One more added to my ever growing list of parks I need to visit.

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby sspaz1000 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:56 pm

Just read all your TR's like I said I would. You have some awesome pictures! Can't wait to see more.
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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Photo TR: Lakeside Pg 20

Postby chadster » Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:33 pm

^ :b Thanks for stopping by!

^^^ Checking the road map now, maybe I'll try to sneak up there this weekend!

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