Lakeside must have been quite an impressive site in its day, but now it seems like a person in their forties who still thinks they are in high school. Cyclone is a nice classic coaster and the Whip provides a bit of action. Many of the older flats and Art Deco buildings provide some charm but others need a makeover. It is really hard to complain about not getting value since the entry price is set so low. The park smartly only operates at night, however, that low admission price puts the park in a difficult fiscal situation.
Lakeside Amusement Park doesn't have the latest and greatest thrill rides, but they make up for it with a collection of old-school rides seldom found in modern amusement parks. From the Whip to the Roll-O-Plane, there is a flat ride here for everyone, quite possibly one you've never seen before. For coasters, the park has Cyclone, one of only two Vettel woodies remaining (and easily the better of the two) and Wild Chipmunk, a 1950s wild mouse with no trims at all. Add in the pleasant atmosphere, the friendly employees, the outstanding operations, and the very reasonable prices, and you've got a park definitely worthy of a stop if you visit Denver.
Lakeside Amusement Park is a park that is, for better or worse, stuck in the era that it was built in. The park is home to a great classic wooden coaster, the world's oldest operating Wild Mouse coaster and other attractions. However, it seems as though the staff members there aren't the most enthusiastic about their jobs. Also, ride entrances are not clearly marked at all - for example, the Zoom drop tower has a very huge sign, but when you walk under it you're actually going to the ride's exit and not the entrance and the actual entrance isn't the easiest thing to find! All in all, Lakeside is definitely worth the top for a few hours, especially considering that as of 2013 it's only open for four hours on weeknights.
Being from Tulsa, I appreciate Art Deco when I see it, and I instantly fell in love with this park. At night the art deco is accented by the neon lights on rides like the Cyclone or the Whip. The scrambler is run all out and the rock-o-plane is insane.
While the park my look ghetto from the outside, on the inside it's pure fun.
This place is like stepping into a time machine back to the Art Deco days. Great classic attractions such as the Whip, Matterhorn, Wild Chipmunk, Tilt-a-Whirl, Spider, and Scrambler, along with more contemporary style rides like Zoom.
Cyclone is best in the front car because of the insane airtime in those seats (You're 6 inches off the seat!). An oldie, but a goodie.
My only complaint is that it's not in the best location.
Cyclone is one old coaster but it's still a great ride. You get thrown around but in a comfortable sort of way and it has plenty of lateral g's and airtime to make you happy. Lakeside Park is located right next to a lake...maybe that's how it got its name! Plus you can see Cyclone from the road so you really can't miss it.
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