Silverwood Theme Park, Idaho Panhandle

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A highly landscaped entrance

The Idaho Panhandle offers a wide array of recreational activities, Including Silverwood Theme Park. This park is built alongside an abandoned runway, and because of this the park is rarely more than 100 meters wide. The park is beautifully landscaped and the architecture maintains a Victorian era. The train ride takes a scenic four mile route past a buffalo preserve all the way around the runway. An interesting rollercoaster is here, called Corkscrew. It is the original Corkscrew, relocated from Knotts Berry Farm. I've now had the opportunity to ride it at both locations. They go to great lengths to point out they have a piece of rollercoaster history, but have no interest in staffing it. One operator ran the whole thing. The train would come in and park, she would open the gates, check all the bars, then sit back in the distpatch booth and send the train.

The train is coming in Main Street
So don't expect to get on in a timely manner. You can check out the video I posted. Their new steel rollercoaster is also used, called Aftershock, which was formerly known as Deja Vu at Six Flags over Georgia. Ironically I was there the October before, but the line for Deja Vu was so long I passed it up, but was able to ride it here. they also have two wooden rollercoasters, Tremors and Timber Terror, and go to great lengths to advertise how great they are, and the biggest rollercoasters in the Pacific Northwest. You'd think with all that money, they would design the rides to run a second train, and train the employees to get the trains out of the station in a timely manner. In many of these parks, they don't seem to get the idea that the people waiting in line want to get on the ride.
Corkscrew
And all  these rides have gift shops at the exit selling shirt and mugs and photos. You'd think they'd realize that if more people got on and off the ride, more would buy those photos and t-shirts, that's the whole idea. And this was something I noticed everywhere I went. Their car ride was staffed by one teenager who gave every rider a long winded safety spiel, which made the line even longer. This park also has a waterpark area, and an ice show. Across the street from the park is a farm, and around the middle of the day the wind picked up and blew dirt over into the park. At the end of the day I was ready for a hotel. The first one I went to was full, so the desk clerk called another hotel and got me a room, but it wasn't cheap. However, when you're tired, it's better to get the quickest room, instead of driving around all night for one that's not that much less. This was the last time I spent the night in a hotel for the trip, and the only hotel room since Missouri.

http://www.silverwoodthemepark.com/

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A highly landscaped entrance
A highly landscaped entrance
The train is coming in Main Street
The train is coming in Main Street
Corkscrew
Silverwood at night
Silverwood at night
Lake Coeur dAlene
Lake Coeur d'Alene
Idaho Panhandle
Idaho Panhandle
An example of their landscaping
An example of their landscaping
A big lawn and fancy restaurant, t…
A big lawn and fancy restaurant, …
Trestle
Trestle
The only theme park with a snowplow
The only theme park with a snowplow
Tremors
Tremors
An unusual sign
An unusual sign
Timber Terrors has several tunnels…
Timber Terrors has several tunnel…
Aftershock
Aftershock
sunset
sunset
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photo by: penxor