After spending 104 years tucked away in northwest Denver, Elitch Gardens abandoned its home for a more spacious downtown ... More
After spending 104 years tucked away in northwest Denver, Elitch Gardens abandoned its home for a more spacious downtown site, which allowed it to add state-of-the-art rides, such as the free falling Tower of Doom and the Sidewinder. Besides the more than 100 rides, there are numerous shows, shopping outlets and eateries to keep the family entertained. In addition, in the summer you can alternate between the numerous roller coasters and the neighboring mammoth water park. Hours fluctuate throughout the year hence call ahead for the schedule.
Over $200.00 for a family of five to get in the gate.(Oh thats after 12 bucks to park).Rent a small locker? 17 bills(You get 5 Elitch bucks when you return the key but try finding a place to spend 5 bucks )Lunch consisted of hamburgers and fries for 5.(Cost $70).Need a beer? $8.75. Bottled water? S5.00. I don't want to even comment about the arcade game cost. Long lines at the water park. (In a matter of two hours they vacated the wave pool for a so called rest period twice.Even though it was 20 minutes between waves).I loved the old Elitch Gardens been to this local twice since it's opening downtown,but I'd be a fool to go again. A weekend in Glenwood Springs would have been less expensive
If it rains, you have to hope it continues for 90 mins. or they will not give you a rain check. Meanwhile the kids missed out on alot of rides. The place needs a serious facelift. Rusty pipe overhead from the rides drip rust colored water on your white shirt. A little paint and alot more upkeep of their rides is in great need. Tower of Doom for example, they only had one car running as the other cars were out of order. Makes you think about safety. Thus creating huge long lines. We waited 90 mins just to go on the roaring rapids ride and when we were about to board they shut the ride down due to lightning and did nothing to compensate customers who wasted their time. Cost $15 just to park, then $42.99 per person to enter the park, but it gets better. Try to eat a meal in Elitch Gardens for less than $10 bucks. (Does not include a drink that's an additional $5 bucks per drink!) Food Court when your fronting the bill for your family comes out to mega bucks. $4 bucks just for a bottle of water. Everything in this park was very expensive and they gave you half portions for the money to boot. This park attracts alot of seedy kids and gang bangers also. They seemed to have gotten away from maintaining a quality family environment. If you go to Guests Relations to get any compensation, its like pulling teeth, before they throw one of their rules or regulations at you to attempt to supersede your complaint. You have to get very upset before they begin to hear you out. Next time I'm going to Texas for Amusement Park themes. Overall this park is really going to the dogs, and its a shame because a little love into this park could make it very worth while. The rides have an old worn down appearance, the lines are ridiculously long, and the food and gift are terribly expensive. Overall did not enjoy myself in this park. Everything was a hassle. : (
It wasn't fun! Its was an expensive pain in the ass!
I grew up going to Elitches as a child when they were at their original location. Now that they have moved to downtown Denver area, I have been there 1 for the Halloween Haunted Houses and 1 this last wknd for my nephews birthday. Wow so over priced both occasions. The Haunted house I went online and paid $35.00 per person and we loved the main haunted house and decorations, but they when we went to go into the other attractions we were told we had to pay for the additional attractions without even looking at our passes. Needless to say we left unsatisfied. The 2nd time this last wknd we paid $80.00 for 2 tickets and we stood in line to enter at the day opening for over an hr. Then we got inside and the lines for the actual rides was fairly quick, but half the rides were shut down and vendors were shut down as well. Then you pay $4.99 for a drink min and if you want a beer you pay at least $7.99 to $9.99. No seating for people who arent going to swim in the water park area to watch over their youngins. We rode basically 5 rides for that price. Such a sad disappointment to the name. We did love the Log/Water Drop ride. I have been on alot of those and boy do you get soaked no matter where you sit, once you get off "RUN" out of the line or youll get drenched again by the splash zone from the other boat. Will NEVER pay to go into this park again!
I am an employee who is glad to inform you all of the new Elitch Gardens. In January, Herschend Family Entertainment (owners of Silver Dollar City and Dollywood) bought Elitch Gardens. Since then, the park has gone through many changes, especially in the food department. Herschend Family Entertainment is all about the customer and making a great impression so that guests will come back. All employees are trained to always make the guest feel comfortable and happy, if we aren't doing our job properly, we will likely be retrained. For all of you who have had an unpleasant time at Elitch Gardens, I highly reccomend you come back this year to experience all of the changes. Opening day is Saturday May 7th. All the rides have been up and running for two weeks, so none should be down when you visit. I hope that Elitch Gardens can help make this summer unforgetable. (:
there is no shade (unless you dish out $100.00 for a cabana) ...i know this doesn't sound like a big deal but after hours in the sun a tree would be nice....everything is ridiculously priced and served by people that move as slow as they possibly can... the rides are mediocre at best...overall pretty lame park
i really didnt dislike anything because all rides were fun but the only things i wish for is that when the measure the tallness make it a little shorter for short kids but on the other hand ELITCHES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I live in Denver and i find that going to elitch gardens is very fun when you go with your friends. We always eat a whole bunch of food before we go so that we dont have to pay for their overpriced food. but personally, i think that if anyone plans to go there with little money they have to realize that the park has to make their money. i hate when people complain about the look and prices of the place. the rides are fun and if you go on a day when not all of the rides are open, maybe you should call the park before you go and take some time to make sure that ur not going to cause urself to feel so horrible about the place. its stupid for people to take their valubles and act surprised when they're stolen. common sense people, you cant trust ur valubles with anyone, not just this place.
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