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Twisted Colossus Delivers Huge Thrills at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Twisted_Colossus_2134On June 29, 1978, Magic Mountain debuted the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster; a wooden behemoth aptly named Colossus. For decades to come, it would serve as an icon to the thrill ride industry and would go on to be featured in more movies and television shows than any other coaster in history, most notably National Lampoon’s Vacation.

While Colossus was fairly well maintained over the years, with some modifications along the way, roller coasters at Magic Mountain as well as around the world got bigger, faster and more thrilling – including wooden coasters. The question always loomed in the back of fans’ minds – how much longer would Six Flags Magic Mountain want to maintain Colossus, and what would its ultimate destiny be?

The answer began to reveal itself last year, when Magic Mountain announced that the famed wooden coaster would close permanently on August 16, 2014. The news created huge buzz throughout the fan community as well as themed entertainment industry. What would become of the legendary Colossus? Would it be destroyed to make room for new rides or a new, modern roller coaster? One rumor that seemed to prevail, was that the coaster would be converted into a hybrid – steel track built on top of the original structure of Colossus. That rumor seemed to make a lot of sense; there are no other hybrid coasters on the West Coast, and one would lend itself nicely to Magic Mountain’s huge selection as the coaster capital of the world. Additionally, it would be cheaper to convert Colossus into a hybrid than demolishing the entire structure and then building something from scratch on its huge footprint. Like everyone else, we waited with great anticipation to see what would take place.

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Twisted Colossus Final Construction Tour and Opening Date

Twisted-Colossus-Final-Tour-Magic-Mountain (23)Arguably, the most highly-anticipated ride opening this year in Southern California is Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The massive hybrid coaster (wooden structure/steel tracking) has been under construction at Magic Mountain for the past months, with the park offering media tours throughout the process to keep fans updated about its progress.

On Wednesday, April 29th, bloggers and members of the media were invited to take one final tour of the Twisted Colossus construction site at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The weather was fairly nasty – close to 95 degrees, as we put on our hard hats and followed Construction Manager Bruce Thompson one more time onto the site for some very up-close and personal shots of the massive coaster.

This week, Magic Mountain began testing one of the Twisted Colossus trains. Unfortunately, the park had wanted to cycle the train while we were all there – but work needed to be done with track and brake adjustments, so it simply wasn’t in the cards for our tour. The trains are all on the tracks, however – and they look fantastic.

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Twisted Colossus Construction Tour at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Twisted-Colossus-Construction (58)On Monday afternoon under a balmy February sun here in Southern California, Theme Park Adventure visited Six Flags Magic Mountain, and were treated to a hardhat construction zone tour of Twisted Colossus. Twisted Colossus is the new metal monster from Rocky Mountain Construction, being built on the skeleton of Colossus, the famous wooden roller coaster that has been an icon since it opened in 1978.

Last year, Magic Mountain closed Colossus, promising a brand new attraction would rise in its place. This caused a lot of discussion throughout fan communities. As stated, Colossus had become a Southern California icon for generations of visitors and locals at the amusement park in Valencia, and was featured in numerous movies and television shows, including National Lampoon’s Vacation.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Unveils Twisted Colossus 2015

TwistedColossus03_11x17_300dpiSix Flags Magic Mountain, the “Thrill Capital of the World,” and voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park, today unveiled plans for the highly anticipated, world-record-breaking hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus, an unprecedented, awe-inspiring four-minute journey through nearly 5,000 feet of track and two lift hills.

Twisted Colossus, the next generation of the beloved wooden roller coaster that thrilled millions of guests in its 36-year reign at the park, will be a unique technological marvel combining an iconic wooden structure with state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track. The advanced technology, available exclusively at Six Flags, provides ride experiences never before possible on wooden coasters, such as over-banked turns and inversions. Twisted Colossus will feature numerous exciting components including a “Top Gun” element, the western hemisphere’s first “High Five” element, and a Zero G Roll.

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