Question about Mr. Twister at Elitches

Saturday, December 7, 2002 11:35 AM
I recently viewed some picyures of the Mr Twister @ the old Elitch gardens, and noticed that even in the years follwing up to it's demise it looked as though the ride was in really bad shape. Is this correct or did my eyes deceive me?

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Saturday, December 7, 2002 12:14 PM

Well, I'm sure someone from the Denver area will have a better answer, but when I rode it in the 80s it was (and still is) the most frightening coaster I have ever encountered. Unlike well-maintained senior woodies like the ones at Kennywood, you could really feel it's age. With every turn, twist, and dip, I could swear the train was going to fly off the track. There was plenty of horrifying airtime, extreme laterals, and very rough patches. It was actually so scary that I wouldn't ride it more than once, not that I wasn't thrilled by the experience.


I seem to recall it looking like it was in desperate need of a paint job, so it may have seemed worse that it actually was. If Mr. Twister was actually designed to safely give riders such extreme feelings of impending doom, than I'd have to say it certainly delivered. Few modern coasters, steel or wood, can match the terror evoked by that classic.

Sunday, December 8, 2002 6:41 AM

There are very few pictures on the net of this coaster. The best page I have found right here-

This gives a couple dozen pictures of on-ride photos. As you can see, the ride did need a new paint job. It also probably needed some new tracking as well(I never got a chance to ride it). But Elitch's had started talking about moving in the 80's and I am sure they figured that there was no reason to put money into a coaster they planned to abandon.


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