Although the park does not have any marquee rides one can easily spend a full day there if they take in everything at a leisurely pace. Half Pipe and Hollywood and Vine are both good rides, but probably not as much fun if you indulge in the great beer selection (and Margaritas) at the park. The park also features a nice indoor food court with a variety of options. The park has a variety of flat rides with quite a few classics. The kids rides are clustered in one area, but since the park in not very big there are not far from all the other rides.
Has anyone heard or experienced a very hard stop on the Twister 2? This happened to me last summer. My arms were in the air so I hit my ribs on the handle bar, injuring them. I had to go to the emergency room and was bed ridden for a week, in severe pain. Since that time several people have reported the same experience. This is really bad practice!
For the traveling enthusiast, Elitch Gardens has little to offer, but as a local's park it's just fine. The park does have a good collection of flat rides, but their coaster collection is subpar with nothing above average; Twister II is fun but the rest of the coasters are stock models. The park does have good employees, however, with reasonable operations on most attractions, and the park is in pretty decent shape. The park definitely feels like a small Six Flags park, but with some investment it could easily improve.
Elitch Gardens was not what I expected it to be. I have never looked into the park or even knew what it looked like until I got there. I have never seen a "major" amusement park in the downtown area of a huge city. To start, the park is very small and everything seems to be on top of each other. The coasters were very painful and everyone of them gave me a headache. On the other hand, the flats are good, but some of them are portable models and are not very eye appealing. The waterpark was good, but it was so small, it might as well not be there. At the end of the day, I was happy to leave and I will never go back again.
Elitch is nothing too special, it is however well kept and vibrant and has a decent staff. The rides are run of the mill with the woodie being the best of the coasters. The flat ride selection is ok, but overall the parks lacks that one thing to draw you in.
Their shooting dark ride is decent but I would stay away from the splash boats. Discounts available thru ClubTPR, I wouldn't pay full price.
It's a pretty average park, but I just don't like how there's not really anything unique there. Everything is pretty much an off-the-shelf ride, and the one semi-unique coaster (Twister II) is really forceless and pretty tame. From what I've heard about the old Elitch's and the original Mr. Twister, I think part of the park's pride and joy was stripped from the move to downtown Denver.
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