It's a common trope among people who grew up in Colorado to express their preference for Lakeside Amusement Park over Elitch Gardens. Which is fine: Your preference is your preference, however misguided. What really rankles my ankles, however, is when snarky Denverites try to argue that Lakeside is better than Elitch's. Unless they have a vastly different conception of what the word "better" means, Elitch Gardens is the superior theme park by every metric that matters. I'm utterly convinced that Lakeside defenders are either clouded by nostalgia for a pre-new-Elitch era or are possessed of the knee-jerk contrarianism Coloradans sometimes develop around tourist attractions.
Now that I've sufficiently trolled a healthy portion of the Westword readership, allow me to explain why I prefer Elitch Gardens, which opened for the season last week with the debut of a brand-new ride.More »