Last night was by far the most fun we as a family can remember having, ever! Elitch Gardens hosted us for their ‘Fright By Night’ and we had so much fun we are still on a high this morning.
If you can make it out for this event in Denver! Go, do it, it’s an absolute must!
We took our five and seven year olds and although we missed the ‘family day’ part as we got there around six thirty at night, it worked out fine.
We didn’t tell them where we were going. I missed the screaming as we arrived as I jumped out for the will call ticket line.
Don’t let the crowds at the gates scare you away. The park is huge, broken down into sections, and did not feel at all crowded to us once inside.
Stop in at Guest Relations. It’s just past the entrance and to the right.
They measure your kiddos and give them hand bands you can show ride operators with their height and also write your phone number on if your kids are like mine and will walk off with strangers.
The kids loved this guy so much they had to say goodbye, he also hands out goody bags with candy and glow sticks. Made their night!
I have no idea how I did NOT know this but Daddy actually gets seasick on rollercoasters.
But in true ‘kids first’ spirit he sucked it up and went on every coaster they ran to. And my daredevil kids started the night out with a bang.
We thought for sure after the Boomerang they would want to go to Kiddy Land.
We were oh so very wrong.
Next was the Star Flyer where my daughter waved her hands in the air and sang ‘Party in the USA’ 17 stories high above Denver.
They gave their flight a big thumbs up!
Remember this is a ‘Fright Fest’ if your kids (or you) don’t wish to have random clowns 🤡 walk up to frighten you there is a ‘no scare band’ for you and the kids at Guest Relations.
My kids found the scary costumed employees hysterical. So we were good. Not going to lie, the clown gave me the chills.
Also, take the time to read some of the tombstones, they are awesome! We couldn’t leave without going on the huge wooden coaster. It’s called Twister II The kids were running to it as soon as they heard it go by! (It is very loud) This is where our VIP bands came in and saved the night. It was the longest line and that purple band meant we could go up the exit ramp for all the major attractions.
If you want to hit all the coasters, this would be worth the price in my opinion. We were grateful for them. They load you very quickly and it saves a ton of time. And the kids loved the coaster! Poor seasick Daddy, not so much!
We rode a few more rides and decided it was time to eat. I was rather impressed with the Food Court. It was efficiently all in one spot and had options for everyone. Even vegetarians! The kids, of course, got Pizza! Which I must say was yummy! We took pity on Daddy after a rather twisty ride and headed to Kiddy Land Jude was a big fan! Sadly though on the none ‘family’ rides; Lenna was highly disappointed. Only seven and she was too tall!Sorry kiddo. Maybe you will thank me when you get a basketball scholarship. We had to end the night when this little stinker jumped on a ride behind our backs right as the park was about to close. The ride operator gave us a yell that Jude had slipped on, so we sent sissy after him, and had a stern talk with our five year old that he couldn’t just jump on a ride without permission.
Huge props to the ride operator for noticing him and flagging us down. We were walking towards a different ride and assumed he was with us!
My overall impression of this park is that you get your money’s worth. It’s clean and has great employees. There was enough going on that any age group could find something they would enjoy. Plus, with so many sections and activities, the crowds were dispersed nicely.
Again, I suggest the Rapid Ride VIP bands if you are wanting to hit all the big coasters. However, you can’t use them for smaller rides so if you are going to be just in Kiddy Land don’t bother.
I love that you can get bracelets to NOT be scared. I also appreciated the bands with the kids heights and our phone number on them if they got lost.
I was impressed with the food options and you can bring in your own water bottles, which will save you a lot of money.
It was a ‘lifetime memory’ kind of night. Thank you Elitch Gardens for the memories. Plus, any place that can wear these two out is worth every penny in my book.
We would definitely go again!
Look into the season passes if you live in the area, I think they would serve your family well and the price seemed very reasonable.