Photo TR: Elitch Gardens

Gay Day 2008 6/23/08
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Photo TR: Elitch Gardens

Postby jtizzle » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:57 pm

What up, JT here. This is my first Photo TR and what better way is there to start than with one of my home parks...
Elitch Gardens: Gay Day 2008

The day was awesome and the weather was very nice since there was overcast to cover up the heat of the sun. I went with my friend Adam, my boyfriend was absent from the trip due to being out of town, but we saw some people we knew and were able to "guy watch". Oh yeah, the gays had taken over the park today for Pride 2008. So there was a very "family" friendly vibe all day. ;)

Elitch's seems to be doing good now that the evil flags have been taken down. The new management hasn't changed much but the operations seemed to be friendlier (big kudos). It was nice to see that a sense of the parks roots and history were coming back after so many years of being one of Six Flags' red headed step-kids.

The Flying Coaster is no more, well it's still there but closed down and fenced off. I was very happy about this being that I always hated that thing. The new Ghost Blasters dark ride has got a long way to go until opening, but it seems like it will be a nice addition (I only have one pic of construction, sorry).

Anyhoo onto my photos... they are in order of how I took them. Some of my night shots are kinda blah because of my unsteady hand.[/code]
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The Tower leaving the park. Thanks for checking out my first TR.
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The entry pavillion at night. Tried so hard to get a good shot, but this is the best I could do.
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The very lovely horses and chariot on the very lovely original PTC carousel... !nostalgia!
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This is a sign above one of the shops in the main street area. I just liked how it looked...!nostalgia!
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Sign on main street wall. Didn't know what it was looking at though?!?!
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It was gay day! They were selling rainbow stuff in a lot of places. These guys were... well being homos!
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This is my effort at an "artistic shot". Looks fine by me.
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The Trocadero Theater (to the left)...!nostalgia!
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Blurry...but pretty.
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Tea Cups. No spin-n-puke for me though.
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Vekoma at night looks even worse. But Sling Shot looks sexy with them legs up in the air.
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AHH! Madonna at the Pespi Center November 11th. Yes I'm going!
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Carnaval de Fuego set in the Elitch Arena. Cool show, sexy fire throwers/ spinners (Guys and girls) and like the title says... there was lots of fire.
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The Flying Coaster (closed, hahaha) behind the Carnaval de Fuego set. That piece of junk isn't even on the park map anymore.
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The Spider and Sidewinder (love) in an effort of artistic value... looks fine by me.
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The H had blinked off in time for me to take this picture since none of the kidos at the park knew how to pronounce it.
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I peeked under Chaos' kilt.
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Waiting to load.
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Sidewinder station; train returning... the ops here were fun! Kept joking with the riders.
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Disaster Canyon from Sidewinder stairs. Didn't ride, gross water.
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Nice tree coverage. Boomerang, Tower of Doom, Shipwreck Falls from the stairs of Sidewinder.
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Lovely shot of Twister II.
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Sidewinder shuns The Flying Coaster.
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While waiting in line for Sidewinder, I took some nice pics around the park. That is the Mind Eraser and a bit more of the park from under the station.
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A show we watched with different performers. Don't remember much besides hot guys (big bulges) and a hoola hooper.
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On the Troika...!nostalgia! very relaxing ride.
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This is me on the right not looking my best and my friend Adam (yes he killed his hair and yes he thinks it looks good blonde) on the left. Were on the Troika.
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Boomerang. It made a boom and it rang.
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It was gay day...!
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So the best ride line ever was for the Mind Eraser. Music was blasting in the queue and when the Perculator (I think thats the name of the song if you know what I'm talking about) came on most of the line was dancing to it... it was gay day so what do you expect. Pic is from the queue into the front of the station...note the hotties.
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Only construction photo of Ghost Blasters. Looked like they have a ways to go.
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Why change the name to Dragonwing, it makes no sense? Looks like a spider web though... cue No Doubt song.
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Mind Eraser train... best queue experience ever...story few pics below.
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Long line for this loud Vekoma copy, but like a lot of others say, "it looks so good."
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First off...!nostalgia!... the Rainbow always brings back childhood memories of the old park. Glad to see it back this year. Secondly... you'd expect the line to be huge on gay day for this... but it wasn't.
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The Tilt-A-Whirl was re-themed back into a Tilt-A-Whirl this year instead of cow randomness and was moved near Shipwreck Falls and Twister II...!nostalgia!
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Splash! Shipwreck falls was very fun to watch earlier in the day when it was warmer with all the hotties going shirtless. And these were guys you want to see shirtless. mmmmhhhmmm
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Twister II station dispatching a train. This was the first ride of the day for Adam and I. We started at the back of the park and worked our way forward. This is my favorite cause it's the most original of the park's coasters. It was running nicely today.
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This is the picture of the original Mister Twister, in the queue for Twister II, at the old Elitch's. I kick myself for being too scared to ride it when it was open...!nostalgia!
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Sidewinder. I really think this ride is quite fun for being simple. We rode later in the day though...!nostalgia!
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Mind Eraser going through the heart/pretzel whatever. This also shows the new location of the Sling Shot.
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Big Wheel with original floral clock (now working). I miss the old park because it had many childhood memories for me. Photos that bring back warm memories of the old park will be noted with...!nostalgia!
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This is the main street shop area after the entry pavillion. I think it kinda sets the mood of the Elitch experience.

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Postby RenegadeFan » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:00 pm

Great "Gay" TR! :lol:

I'm going to Colorado on Thursday, but I don't have the time or money to stop there. I rather spend my money on something else. Elitch doesn't have any unique coasters!

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Postby jtizzle » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:02 pm

Sorry the pics are backwards. Please forgive me... it's my first TR. :(

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Postby RenegadeFan » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:03 pm

^That's okay. I did it too.

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Postby mcjaco » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:14 pm

jtizzle wrote:Sorry the pics are backwards. Please forgive me... it's my first TR. :(

It's a typical noobie mistake. Whenever you "preview" your post, it reverses the pics, even though you put them in the order you want them. Upon posting it after review (and not changing anything) they will post in the order you uploaded them in.

No worries! I visited Denver a dozen times, and never made it over to EG. Silly me.

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Postby Corkscrew » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:39 pm

CTU Agent wrote:I really liked SFEG when I visited it a few years ago (back when it was still Six Flags). Although it was by no means my favorite Six Flags, it was certainly much better than SFFT. Oh, and when did they close Flying Coaster? When I went it had opened recently and seemed to be fairly popular. Painful, but popular.

I know it closed last year, but I can't find a specific date. I'm not really sure why they closed it... despite the Volares apparently being painful, people really ate up the flying gimmick and it was one of the more popular rides. The only coasters Elitch Gardens could replace it with would be a Wild Mouse or a compact family coaster. Maybe a dark ride could be in store for the area where flying coaster is.

Good job on the trip report... Elitch Gardens seems like a nice park.

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Postby RenegadeFan » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:40 pm

There isn't a reason, it used to be run by Six Flags! According to RCDB and the Park:
The "Flying Coaster" is
moving to a new home and
will be closed for the 2008

Elitch Gardens is making room
for another new and
exciting family attraction.

Now we wait to see which PARC managed park gets it.

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Postby DBru » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:43 pm

Great TR!

So did the Slingshot here come from SFKK?

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Postby btp1 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:36 pm

Nice report! The last photos I saw of EG made the park look pretty bad (this was several years ago - back when SF was the manager) but it looks like the new management has cleaned up its act! The park really needs some new original coasters/thrill rides however. Most everything seems to be a copy (except Twister II, of course).

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:47 pm

Some cool pics, especially the spider and sidewinder shot.

Disaster Canyon from Sidewinder stairs. Didn't ride, gross water.
So it's not just a clever name, eh? :P

Yay for rapids shot anyway, and thank you. You done good!


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