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Everything posted by ragerunner

  1. I live on the south side of Denver in Castle Rock and I have a season pass.
  2. If they end up adding a DC themed interactive dark ride with all these other changes and additions, they are going to have a great superhero themed 'land' area.
  3. I am glad to see Elitch getting some love. I think the remodel of the kids area with the new rides and theater are a welcomed addition. Plus the new Tantrum will be fun. What I am really looking forward to is the new night time show. If they can improve on Ignight (which was very good until it was reduced do to complaints from residents in the area) from last year, than it should be VERY good. Add in more flowers/landscaping and they are clearly headed in the right direction. Hopefully next year we will see a quality coaster addition with some good theming.
  4. A new alpine coaster has opened in Breckenridge, CO. Here is an article about the new coaster (halfway down the page). I have also found a youtube video of the ride. I hope to get some photos in the next few weeks. http://www.realvail.com/blog/261/New-Breckenridge-alpine-coaster-a-blast-for-the-kids-after-or-during-a-day-on-the-slopes Youtube - This is the second Alpine Coaster in Colorado. The other one is located at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The Caverns also have one wicked Giant Swing that swings out over the Canyon about 1,300 feet in the air. Check both rides out. http://glenwoodcaverns.com/thrill-rides-in-glenwood-springs.html#swing
  5. Dick Kinzel reminds me a lot of Bobby Knight. During a period of time their philosophy and approach put them at the top of their industry, but they refused to adjusted as the industry changed. They finally were unable to produce a product that keep them and their 'team' at the top of the industry.
  6. I was at Elitch Gardens on Sat. and they have put up a new construction fence back by the flying coaster and the plaza area near it. Large construction equipment is already on site and they have started removing the concrete in the plaza area and have some significant digging taking place. It pretty clear this is more than just removing the Flying Coaster. I will try and get pics up next week. So what is it? A lot of talk is either for a Eurofighter type ride or a large family coaster. Anyone know more?
  7. Elitch is actually a very well maintained park. Lots of new paint, nice landscaped grounds, good shows, nice waterpark and a great location. Elitch could use a star coaster, like many have said, but its far from being 'ghetto'.
  8. It really is a great waterpark. I have been to Disney waterparks, Splash'n Safari, and many others. But, this park really is top notch. You could easily spend a day and half or two without any problems.
  9. Thanks for the info. The cable car system always seemed very business and a good way to get up the hill from one side of the park to the other.
  10. Yes, The speed slide with the extra little hump starts slow but really gives a nice pop on the final hill.
  11. It was a weekday and I took most of the pics when the park was closing. It was a lot business earlier in the day. With that said, the crowds were nothing like a weekend or holiday time. I know around the 4th they hit 11,000 on one of the days. That is a lot for a waterpark. RFID bands. Yes, I believe so.
  12. One of North America's largest water parks. This place is huge. Dozens of Slides, a Skyride, themed indoor slides, two wave pools, two lazy rivers, and 3 kids areas. The 3 big slides (Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Storm, Lost River of the Phoroahs) put this park into a unique catagory, are all indoors and very well themed. If you are in the Denver area this park is worth the visit. All important park map. Entry Village. Wave pools. Skyride. The big three. Not a lot of photos since the slides are all indoors. And last but not least, a huge amount of slides and other attractions. Thanks for looking.
  13. Thanks for the pics. The park does look nice with all the new paint. I also agree that LaserRocks is a really good show. It may be the best night show I have seen at any season theme park. Hopefully next year the park will add a new ride to add to all the other improvements they have done over the last few years.
  14. From my understanding, it stays fairly busy in the summer time. They have annual passes and it captures a lot of the Pikes Peak tourist crowd, which is the most visited mountain in the US.
  15. It been around since 1956. What was cool about the park is you felt like you really had went back in time.
  16. No, the park opens in May and remains open until the end of December. To bad more American parks don't stay open longer. This park is about 7,000 to 8,000 feet up and still manages to successfully stay open through early winter. I might add, the park was packed the day we were there.
  17. In December my family and I visited Santa's North Pole Workshop (the park is open until the end of the year). The park is located just outside Colorado Springs on a mountain side along the roadway that goes to the top of Pikes Peak. The park is family owned and is very clean and well maintained. I felt like we had stepped back in time, to an era of small roadside parks. The park also gave me a chance to grab a rare coaster credit with their Candy Cane kids coaster. Hope you enjoy the pics. Entrance Sign Our Crew Main shopping and dining area with a boy's toyshop and a girl's toyshop No visit to the North Pole is complete without a visit with Santa Candy Cane Coaster One really fun slide
  18. Hope PARC management can move the parks forward with quality development. Things are tight for most in the industry, but things must be very tight for PARC since they appear to not be adding any new rides at any of their parks this year. I could be wrong but I don't think they added any new rides last year either (except at Wild Waves).
  19. The entire claim can be found online here: http://www.kccllc.net/documents/8812019/8812019100108000000000008.pdf This could be interesting. It no secret that PARC is having financial problems and is not investing in the parks much. If Six Flags can get it financials in order and invest in their parks more in the future, it could be a postive for Elitch, Darien and others. I also like Six Flags new approach to more themed rides and family attractions.
  20. I was told by Guest Relations that the Observation tower will not open this year. Thunderbolt, Chaos and the Rainbow have not open so far this year as well. With that said, I have enjoyed all my visit to Elitch this year and hope next year will bring a new coaster or ride. Make sure to check out the Survivor Live show, its actually pretty good.
  21. Here are some pics of Disaster Canyon River Rapids Ride at Elitch. It one of the better rapids I have been on. Station
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