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Sidewinder (Elitch Gardens)

Sidewinder (Elitch Gardens)

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roller coaster
Elitch Gardens
Location Denver, Colorado, USA
Status Operating since May 27, 1995
Cost $300,000 USD (1980)
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Model / product Launched Loop
Riders per train 24
Height56 feet
Drop47 feet
Top speed45 mph
Length635 feet
Inversions1 (Riders experience 2)

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 & Crystal Falls. It is one of three Launched Loop roller coasters still operating.

Design[edit | edit source]

Overview of Sidewinder in 2012.

For the 2010 season, the ride was repainted lime green. Previously, it was a darker shade of green.

Trains[edit | edit source]

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.