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|Type||Steel - Launched - Shuttle|
|Riders per train||24|
|Top speed||45 mph|
Sidewinder is a steel launched shuttle roller coaster located at Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado, USA. Built by Arrow Dynamics, the ride was opened in 1980 at Magic Springs. It is one of three Launched Loop roller coasters still operating.
The ride debuted in 1980 as Roaring Tornado at Magic Springs in Arkansas. It closed in 1989 and was sent to Elitch Gardens, where it reopened in 1990 as Sidewinder. Sidewinder was dismantled and rebuilt when Elitch Gardens moved to a new location for the 1995 season.
The ride has a single vertical loop. For the 2010 season, the ride was repainted lime green. Previously, it was a darker shade of green.
Single train with 6 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. The train is launched down a hill and into a vertical loop. It then rises up a hill into a flat section opposite the station. The train is then launched backwards, through the loop and into the station.
- "Family fun park begins third season at Hot Springs", Baxter Bulletin.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Elitch GardensArticles on|
|Present||Blazin' Buckaroo • Boomerang • Half Pipe • Mind Eraser • Sidewinder • Twister II|
|Former||Current location: Cactus Coaster • Flying Coaster • Runaway Train|
Original location: Mr. Twister • Sidewinder • Toboggan Slide • Wild Mouse • Wildcat