Specific Type: Wooden Out and Back
When traveling to the Mile High City, one place coaster enthusiasts should not miss is Lakeside Amusement Park. The name says it all as the park lies adjacent to a beautiful pristine lake. The park offers a little slice of thrill for every member of the family. One of the main thrills at the park has been around since the 1940s and is still going strong today. Cyclone is a classic out and back coaster that has been recognized by ACE as a wooden roller coaster classic. Cyclone was built in 1940 after owner Ben Krasner saw a roller coaster he loved in New Orleans. Krasner found out who the builder was and contracted the T.M. Harton company and the coaster was designed and built by Edward A. Vettel. There are some unique elements not attributed to the normal out and back coaster on this ride. You will want to read the POV to find out all about it.
One of the main focal points of the ride is the beautiful station that houses the trains. The station was built in an Art-Deco style and the bright lights illuminate and lure in suspecting riders. The coaster train has five cars and two rows per car. The cars seats two guests abreast. The train is a piece of art as well. She is painted blue with white trim and the best thing is that the wood trim along the sides is still there.
As guests enter the beautiful station, the train pulls up to the brakes and you are ready to ride. You sit in the old fashioned seats and pull down the lap-bar securely in place. The train leaves the station and enters a covered wooden tunnel. The train slowly glides around an S turn and then reaches daylight. As the train leaves the tunnel, the chain picks it up to lift it a height of 80 feet. At the top, the train begins to drop as it veers to the left. The trains continues at its top speed of 55mph as it races around a helix and up into an airtime hill. The train circles and prepares for another drop and up to the turnaround of the coaster. The train slowly goes on an angled left turn and then down once more. The train then travels through the wooden white structure as it follows the path going out. The train then turns around once again with the lake in view and heads for the home stretch. The run finishes with two air time hills and veer to the right as she hits the brakes inside of a stretch tunnel. The train returns to the starting line and you have just ridden a classic 70 year old coaster.
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