Opinions of Elitch Gardens?

Tuesday, April 24, 2001 7:43 PM
I'm visiting Colorado this summer and I figure I'll go to SFEG, but I just looked on the website and the park looks...well...boring. All their rides are at another park, including their signature coaster. Is it a good park or should I plan to ride everything once and leave?

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http://www.bolliger-mabillard.com
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Tuesday, April 24, 2001 7:48 PM
I can't believe they abandoned one of the top-rated wooden coasters in the World. I'm glad I'll be visiting Knoeble's this summer and I don't mind the fact I won't be going to Colorado in the next few years. The park does look boring. Especially with a hang-n-bang. boomerang, and poorly rated wood coaster. I think this could be the first SF to go if they had to. Not much room to expand and not many who care. Sad.

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PKI-Wooden, Helix, and Kiddie Coaster Capital of the World!
The First and Only Gigabuzzer bigger than Millie, rising Faster than Maggie, and pulls more BS than MS ever will!!!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2001 9:22 PM
The current park is a typical formula park. It's not a bad place, just nothing really noteworthy. The original park while small had a lot of character, not to mention the aforementioned coasters (RIP). They have gone from one landlocked location to a larger landlocked location. If you are going to be in the Denver area, yes go there. Then go to Lakeside and see what it used to be like.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2001 9:44 PM
My brother went there and left after 3 hours (having ridden all the big rides) and went to Lakeside. He called it "Clone Gardens". There's the Boomerang, the Hang and Bang, the Arrow shuttle, and a poor copy of Mr. Twister. I think it's sad, because my dad said that Mr. Twister was WONDERFUL, while Twister II is just poor at best.

A serious question: Why on earth did they move from a REALLY small landlocked area to a less small landlocked place? (Rather than moving to a large plot of land outside the city) I've seen recent aerial shots, and it looks like they have NO room left!

Bottom line, after using his SF season pass, my brother's verdict was it was well worth the $7 he paid to park. If I was in Denver I would be sure to go, but not to expect anything to write home about.
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- Peabody
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Tuesday, April 24, 2001 11:38 PM
whats the point of having SFEG if they have no room at all for a rollercoaster(dats what people have said) it will never be changed unless SF buys more land
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 5:04 AM
I live 45 minutes away from SFEG. Don't go there, go to Lakeside! The Cyclone and The Wild Chipmunk are great! I would only go to SFEG if you have a season pass and if you just feel like getting some coasters in your track record. You could spend a half day at each.
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Parks For 2001: PKD, BGW, Funtown USA
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 7:52 AM
Haven't been in a few years, but they did have some good coasters.

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It's still not tall enough!!!!!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 8:34 AM
The Twister two is nothing but a mockery of the original Mr. Twister. The best coaster at SFEG is Sidewinder, the only reason is the airtime in the front seat. I live in Denver and my advice to you is go to Lakeside, its cheap, empty, and has a great vintage feeling and an ACE coaster classic.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 10:14 AM
Man it has been a few years. Mr. Twister is gone?

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Get it all here... www.defleppard.com
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 10:19 AM
If you have ridden more than 10 coasters in your life, then SFEG will be an utter disappointment. My wife and I take a group of students to SFEG every year (I only go because my admission is free). Even the kids who have never been to a non-Colorado thrill park are generally bored by mid-afternoon. There aren't enough interesting rides, and there is no center-piece coaster to make the trip worthwhile. Minderaser is the worst inverted coaster I've ever ridden, and the only other non-shuttle coaster is Twister II, whose reputation is well-known.

If you are bent on going, you may want a second ride on Twister II, to try to straighten out your back from your first ride. Other than that, you'll be ready to leave after one circuit... which you will likely complete not long after lunch.

As others have said, go to Lakeside. If you're still in need of thrills, use your SFEG money to but a tank of gas and go drive some mountain roads.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 10:25 AM

PT300 said:
"I live 45 minutes away from SFEG. Don't go there, go to Lakeside! The Cyclone and The Wild Chipmunk are great! I would only go to SFEG if you have a season pass and if you just feel like getting some coasters in your track record. You could spend a half day at each.


I planned on hitting both...guess I should get a local SF season pass. Anyone know how far the next-closest park is to Denver? I'm thinking somewhere in Texas?

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http://www.bolliger-mabillard.com
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 10:31 AM
SFEG, Close that park and let it burn to the ground!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 12:44 PM
It sucks
CP lover in CO
where the coasters are few
and the few coasters are
LAME
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Saturday, April 28, 2001 6:56 AM

B&M Webmaster said:
"I planned on hitting both...guess I should get a local SF season pass. Anyone know how far the next-closest park is to Denver?"


Be sure to post in the meeting calendar before you come! The closest big parks to Denver are probably in Texas. They are still not very close though.
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11 coasters named Batman, 8 named Superman and 22 named Boomerang. Batman and Superman: The Ultimate Chiller Knight Flight Krypton Escape Ride.
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