|Elitch Gardens - Park Info|
|Location:||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Status:||Operating since 1995|
|Opened:||1995 Operating since 1995|
|Elitch Gardens - Review|
|Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 23-Aug-2004 | Based on 1 visit in 05/04|
Elitch Gardens began life in 1890 when John and Mary Elitch opened their gardens to the public. As the park increased in popularity several more attractions were added including a long running stock theatre and several rides, including the Wildcat roller coaster in 1936. By 1994, the 36-acre site became too small for the expanding park, and as a result it was relocated to a new location in 1995; unfortunately though, several rides and roller coasters were left behind. In 1999, the park became Six Flags Elitch Gardens.
The heritage of Elitch Gardens seems all but lost in the parks new location, since there aren't really any gardens, and it seems quite ironic that the whole purpose for the relocation was to allow expansion, but 10 years later the park seems to be in the same predicament.
I had not heard very good things about this park, mainly because it hardly ever receives any new attractions; however, in the last two or three years they have added two roller coasters so things can't be that bad. My first impressions of the park were above what I expected, but fall somewhere in the land of mediocrity.
This is one of a few Six Flags park that does not have any themed lands, other than the Looney Tunes Movietown area for kids, and the Promenade, which recreates a turn of the century Main Street that is quite adequate but far from original. The general lack of theming throughout the remainder of the park does not really spoil the park package, since there is ample landscaping throughout the park, which helps keep things looking more pleasant.
As for rides, I found nothing at the park worth getting excited about, since the park consists mainly of off-the shelf rides and cloned roller coasters. The addition of Half Pipe in 2004 adds something new and exciting to the park, but once (or if) Half Pipe's start popping up everywhere then that will lose its uniqueness. There are quite a few flat rides dotted around the park, but again, nothing out of the ordinary, and the park also only has two water rides, although there is the Island Kingdom Waterpark included free with admission.
I was not impressed by the park layout since there are several dead-end areas, and at one point you have to walk through some shops to access an area of the park. Crowds also seemed to congregate in and around the Tower of Doom area, although this may have been due to the fact that Half Pipe was new. I visited the park on Memorial Day weekend, and was surprised to find the park only moderately busy. Having said that there were some long lines, including Half Pipe, Mind Eraser (two-train operation) and Twister II, which only operated one train for most of the day.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit to SFEG, but it is not a park I would want to go back to often, as there are many other parks throughout the country that offer a better experience and variety of rides. However, for less traveled individuals, I'm sure that the park provides a good day out, especially for such a relatively theme park and coaster starved area of the country.
|1.||Half Pipe - Review||7.32||28|
|2.||Twister II - Review||6.69||48|
|3.||Sidewinder - Review||6.38||45|
|4.||Mind Eraser - Review||6.14||49|
|5.||Boomerang - Review||5.54||46|
|6.||Cactus Coaster - Review||4.30||10|
|1.||Flying Coaster - Review||5.63||30|