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Re: Elitch Gardens closing for good...

Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:11 am

I really hate to see any park close. But I am generally OK with getting rid of older coasters for newer ones unless they're legitimate classics.

Basically, I feel like coasters can be replaced, and pretty much have to be unless the park can realistically maintain them. And even then, if you can afford incredible, effective maintenance, why not give people a modern coaster with a fresh track design that's new (again, unless its a legitimate classic)?

But parks are a different animal entirely. Its so hard to start a new park from the ground up. Major parks aren't ordinarily build overnight, they evolve over time, and usually have a historic aspect to them. If we're not seeing parks going up, and we're taking parks out, eventually through attrition we'll have fewer and fewer left. We can replace older, under-performing coasters, but generally removed parks aren't just naturally replenished.

Even small family parks stay open gives hope that there will be major investment to them and maybe someday they'll make the big time. I think that Elitch Gardens could potentially have become a major park with the growth of Denver and with how its becoming such a haven for young, educated professionals. And with the legal pot industry, I think that a lot of tourists would have liked the idea of smoking and getting "extra special" visits to the park. If a chain like Cedar Fair came in, I think that they could have made it great.

Re: Elitch Gardens closing for good...

Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:37 am

At first I was bummed at this news. Elitch was a very uninspired park with weak rides, but the location was awesome and I always held out hope that it would be revitalized. I love how easy it is to hop on a train from the airport and be at Elitch in an hour or less (assuming you like a bit of walking like me). I had a lot of fun exploring Denver this summer, and Elitch was a highlight even if I was unimpressed in the rides. It was such a whimsical, fun addition to an amazing downtown area.

However, the more I think about it, the more I think this COULD be an amazing opportunity for Denver to finally get a decent park (no disrespect to Lakeside). Obviously a lot of flat rides will be transferred, but I imagine the third generation of Elitch will include a new headline roller coaster, presumably Mr. Twister the third. That's all Elitch really needed - a strong headliner, and more room to grow.

I just hope they don't drop the ball and let this opportunity slip through the cracks. Elitch seemed to be well attended even though the locals weren't that impressed either. They just need a decent location.

Re: Elitch Gardens closing for good...

Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:54 am

Shavethewhales wrote:At first I was bummed at this news. Elitch was a very uninspired park with weak rides, but the location was awesome and I always held out hope that it would be revitalized. I love how easy it is to hop on a train from the airport and be at Elitch in an hour or less (assuming you like a bit of walking like me). I had a lot of fun exploring Denver this summer, and Elitch was a highlight even if I was unimpressed in the rides. It was such a whimsical, fun addition to an amazing downtown area.

However, the more I think about it, the more I think this COULD be an amazing opportunity for Denver to finally get a decent park (no disrespect to Lakeside). Obviously a lot of flat rides will be transferred, but I imagine the third generation of Elitch will include a new headline roller coaster, presumably Mr. Twister the third. That's all Elitch really needed - a strong headliner, and more room to grow.

I just hope they don't drop the ball and let this opportunity slip through the cracks. Elitch seemed to be well attended even though the locals weren't that impressed either. They just need a decent location.


If they do find a new home for the park, then that's great. I think that the downtown location is ideal, but I'd rather there be a home for it rather than nothing. I don't really care at all about the crappy flat rides and pathetic coasters, I just care about keeping the continuity of the park and keeping the potential open for the park to make a run at something. As I was saying before, once a park is gone, its gone. And generally, you don't see start-up parks very often. Big time parks generally evolve from existing small, family parks. I think its just a business proposition that relies on a lot of start-up capital, strong word of mouth, and available space close enough to a city that isn't already being used for something.

Re: Elitch Gardens to add Meow Wolf's Kaleidoscape in 2019

Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:53 pm

I love this conversion

https://denverite.com/2019/04/12/take-a-trip-through-meow-wolfs-new-ride-kaleidoscape/

Take a trip through Meow Wolf’s new ride at Elitch Gardens
Denverite Kevin Beaty

The art collective remade an Elitch Gardens attraction to keep Denver satisfied until their big show opens in 2020, a move that will, hopefully, be mutually beneficial.

Elitch Gardens and the art collective Meow Wolf have joined forces to bring a weird new world to Denver’s center city amusement park: Kaleidoscape, a slow-moving tour of a trippy art space. The new attraction, a revamp of the Scooby-Doo-styled Ghost Blasters, is officially ready for Elitch’s first guests of the season.

Ghost Blasters’ track, cars and space are all still the same, but the environment has been dramatically changed into an odd, glowing universe befitting Meow Wolf’s flagship Santa Fe exhibit.

On the way in, there’s a robot and video explainer that sets Kaleidoscape in the realm of some kind of (doughnut-shaped) quantum multiverse situation. There’s something about a “cosmic egg” and “q-particles” that you can shoot with laser guns – it’s enough to set the stage, but I’ll leave it up to you to determine what the story is, exactly.

Matt King, a Meow Wolf co-founder and co-lead on the ride’s development, said he and his colleagues have been wanting to make a “dark ride” for a long while. But while the look and feel fits well within their stylistic canon, he said the concept behind this attraction is new for them. The meandering car on the track was an opportunity to play in a new immersive medium.

“What we typically do is create environments that are free for exploration, so there are no maps, there’s no one telling you what to do, how to experience it,” he said. “A dark ride is the complete opposite. You’re in, and we have your attention to really take you through a linear story.”

Reanna Reynolds and her family won a chance to sneak-preview Kaleidoscape through Denver’s KS 107.5 FM, and got to ride it a couple times in a row. Everyone enjoyed the weird trip. She rated it a “12 out of 10.”

The 14-year-old said she’d heard of Meow Wolf before, but only knew a little bit about it. Her experience Friday sealed the deal: She likes what the art collective is all about, and now she’s pretty excited for their full-scale arrival in 2020.

Kaleidoscape, for sure, is a new canvas for the artists to fill. But King said young Reynold’s reaction also demonstrates one of this installation’s goals: suck more people into the Meow Wolf orbit. He hopes the ride will help amp people up for the Denver exhibit’s opening and lure them down to Santa Fe.

The ride’s novelty could be a draw for Elitch’s, too. Spokeswoman Jolie DuBois said the park’s stakeholders are hoping Meow Wolf’s presence will broaden their audience this summer, which usually hits about 1 million people per season but is mostly marketed toward families.

It’s already making some waves, she said. Folks at the park were proud that Kaleidoscape made the LA Times’ top 10 list of new attractions, recognized alongside massive rollercoasters and the likes of Star Wars and Mickey Mouse.
Last edited by larrygator on Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:05 pm.

Re: Elitch Gardens to add Meow Wolf's Kaleidoscape in 2019

Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:20 pm

^ That's amazing! What a great dark ride concept Or several, actually. :smile:

Re: Elitch Gardens to add Meow Wolf's Kaleidoscape in 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:00 am

This ride is even trippier than "Nights in White Satin: The Trip" at Hard Rock Park.

Re: Elitch Gardens to add Meow Wolf's Kaleidoscape in 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:42 am

Oh man, I just saw the video attached to that article.

That is WAY better than a ride in a park like Elitch Gardens has any right to be. I hope that they can keep the effects running.

Re: Elitch Gardens to add Meow Wolf's Kaleidoscape in 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:05 pm

Watched the video and I must say, I love it. I can see a lot of people walking out of the ride in a daze, not knowing what just happened. It looks too fun. Trippy and so far beyond what a park would normally ever think of doing. Looks like a winner.

Re: Elitch Gardens to add Meow Wolf's Kaleidoscape in 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:44 pm

Wow.. that was so trippy! This ride alone makes me want to go to Elitch Gardens

Re: Elitch Gardens Discussion Thread

Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:02 pm

This makes the Dr. Strange Mirror Dimension look like child's play compared to this acid trip. This looks great!

Did they convert this into a non-shooter, but reuse the old Ghost Blasters cars? I thought I saw the guns briefly in one shot.
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