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Night Rides at Lakeside Amusement Park

by Karol on June 21, 2011

I just got back from Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, CO. The “adult” rides don’t open until around 7pm so I headed there around 8 when the sun was setting.

There was only one coaster on my list today, the Cyclone. It’s a classic wooden coaster that has been around since 1940. I paid my $2.50 admission, bought an unlimited ride wristband for $11.25, and headed for the line. Although my back is still tender I figured I’d go on Cyclone a couple times and maybe a few other rides. (Can you sense the foreshadowing?)

I got one of the front seats and we were off. There’s not much to say about Cyclone. It’s a fun and really bumpy wooden coaster and it definitely tenderized my back a little more. I’m expecting this to be the case for a while. Although my back feels a lot better the muscles (or whatever) haven’t fully healed yet.

Based on a recommendation from Trey, who works at Lakeside, I headed to Wild Chipmunk. To be honest, to me it’s much like any other “Wild Cat” type ride although the car is smaller (2 person). It had the added fun of making me feel like I’d fall off the track at any given moment. :) By this time it was getting dark and the neon lights were shining. There’s something romantic about a carnival atmosphere at night. (Although I was at the park solo! haha)

Next I went on Zoom, also recommended by Trey. It’s a drop tower. And it was fun. Great views of Denver.

And I finished it up with another ride on Cyclone, this time with the sun completely down. Because I’d been on it once before I knew a little better where to brace myself so my back didn’t get too much more jacked up.

Lots of photos from Lakeside Amusement Park here. (I took almost all the photos before I rode anything since it was getting dark.)

Tomorrow I head to Elitch Gardens (also in Denver) with my friend Kristin.

See ya!

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Kristin June 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Woot Woot! Loving reading through the archives. You are, most certainly, an expert in riding and documenting roller coaster experiences. Can’t wait to dominate Elitch tomorrow.

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Karol June 22, 2011 at 12:28 am

You know it. :)

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