I am disappointed to have to report that in response to the State’s Executive Order prohibiting the operation of amusement parks due to COVID-19 and undetermined timelines for the easing of such restrictions, we have made the very difficult decision to not open Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park for the 2020 season. To you, our guests, we sincerely apologize that we will not be able to entertain you this season. We truly miss hearing your screams of joy on Mind Eraser and happy splashes in our Commotion Ocean wave pool. We deeply regret not being able to hire our 1,400+ team members this season that become part of our large Elitch Gardens’ family every summer. Although we are sad to have to make this announcement, we are already anticipating seeing everybody’s smiling faces again in 2021.
Even though about 85% of the theme and water parks are open and operating safely around the U.S., and almost all other attractions in our Denver area community and throughout Colorado have been given permission to re-open, Elitch Gardens continues to be denied that opportunity. We have held out hope for so long that our park would be treated fairly as we watched the Denver Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Aquarium, the Museum of Science & Nature open in various stages, the casinos welcome back players, the ski resorts’ summertime attractions go into full swing, and even Red Rocks re-open this month for concerts. Park management has spent months consulting with industry experts and government officials to develop a comprehensive plan, including new sanitation and social distancing protocols, that would allow the Park to operate safely. We have also spent a considerable amount of resources training employees, inspecting rides, filling pools, and sprucing up the property, all in anticipation of opening day. Unfortunately, despite management’s substantial efforts, we have been unable to obtain government approval to open. As a result, Elitch Gardens will remain closed in 2020. We would like to sincerely thank all those that have been patient with us through this challenging time. We all know that there are better days ahead and we will be ready to welcome you back in the spring of 2021.
For those that have already purchased a 2020 Season Pass, we will automatically transfer it to the new 2021 VIP Season Pass. To reward our passholders for their understanding and loyalty, we are automatically upgrading all passholders to this special VIP Pass that will provide you the most benefits and perks when you return for the 2021 season.
VIP PASS INCLUDES: • Unlimited Theme & Water Park Admission for 2021 season (and Dining Plan for those that purchased in 2020) • FREE Parking for 2021 • FREE Souvenir Cup with .99 refills • 3 FREE Friend tickets: date restrictions apply • FREE $10 on EZ-Band for in-park purchases • One FREE Meal Deal: one-time use • One FREE Rapid Ride Pass: one-time use • One ½ off Cabana Rental coupon • Early Ride Time on Select Attractions EXCLUSIVE for season pass holders. One a month in June, July & August 2021. Dates TBD. • Wet ‘N’ Wild Wednesday Nights become EXCLUSIVE Season Pass holder nights. Enjoy private hours on some of your favorite water park attractions on Wednesdays in July from 6pm-8pm VIP PASS VALUE: $500+ see website for more details.
If you purchased a 2020 single day admission ticket, it will now be good through 2021. There is no effort required on your part for this transfer as you will be able to simply redeem the same ticket received when purchased. If you have questions about your 2020 season pass or single day ticket, please email email@example.com and reference your confirmation number. Please be patient as we will work diligently to communicate to everyone that has purchased season passes or tickets for 2020. We are heart-broken that you and your family and friends will not get your fill of thrills this season, but we look forward to helping you create many fond memories at Elitch Gardens in 2021 for our 130th Anniversary Celebration 2.0. Again, your continued support and understanding is greatly appreciated. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.
Sincerely, David Dorman General Manager Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park