ELITCH GARDENS the original
is the theme park I miss the most and Elitch Gardens
is the traditional park I miss the most. They both met fates that I wish would have been different. Elitch
was a beautiful park and traditional in every sense. The Gardens, The Architecture, The Sights and Sounds and The Rides.
Wild Cat was an out and back wooden coaster that traveled through the double helices of the incredible Mr. Twister. (the Mr. part of the name was shamefully dropped to be politically correct) Mr. Twister was a John Allen creation that when originally built was quite boring so the owners came back to him a couple years later and asked him to redesign it. He kept the twister part and added a couple of great drops before the original double helix and the ride was an instant hit!
The first time I visited Elitch Gardens
I was with a small group of my coaster friends and we were on our way back to California from the RCBI (Roller Coaster Buffs International) convention at Six Flags over Texas.
It was kind of out of the way but we felt Elitch Gardens
was gonna be worth the trip. When we got to the park it was closed. When the few employees that were at the park heard the distance we had come they were nice enough to let us walk all around and under the rides. We really got to see up close those two coasters we wouldn't be able to ride. It sucked to be that close to those coasters and not be able to ride them.
I finally made it back to Elitch
4 years later and finally got to ride Mr. Twister. It was such an awesome ride and the new version, Twister II, doesn't even come close to the greatness of it's namesake.
This update is a little small just because I don't have a lot from the original park. Some press, photos, a couple of brochures and the highlight is a radio commercial for the three coasters. If any of you have anymore on this traditional park I would love to see it as I am sure many others would also. This park was loved not only by enthusiasts but also by Denver-ites. To have missed the original Elitch's
truly was to have missed Denver.
Click here to see more GREAT photos of Wild Cat and Mr. Twister posted at Scott's Amusment Closet
Elitch Gardens Radio Commercial
POV of the original Mr. Twister