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Elitch Gardens roller coaster has a new name

The original Mr. Twister roller coaster opened in 1964 at the previous Elitch Gardens location.
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DENVER — The wooden roller coaster at Denver's biggest amusement park has a new look and new name.

Elitch Gardens announced its "Twister II" wooden roller coaster is now known as "Twister III: Storm Chaser."

The park said it has refurbished and reimagined the roller coaster for the 2023 summer season.

The 10-story Twister III: Storm Chaser features a 90-foot drop and a 100-foot, pitch-black tunnel that features the sights, sounds and winds of a real tornado.

"Reimagining this awesome wooden roller coaster is a great opportunity for us to re-introduce one of the most thrilling rides in the park and also offer a new and exciting experience at the same time," said Elitch Gardens General Manager David Dorman.

Twister II and Twister III: Storm Chaser are both longer and taller versions of the original Mr. Twister roller coaster that opened at Elitch Gardens' previous Denver location in 1964.

"The new name, Twister III: Storm Chaser, pays homage to the different versions of this ride's lifetime. We believe this updated experience will excite long-time fans and usher in a whole new generation of Twister enthusiasts," Dorman said.

Elitch Gardens opens for season pass holders on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23. The park officially opens for the season Saturday, April 29.

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