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.
Twisted Colossus is one of the newest hybrid roller coasters by Rocky Mountain Construction; it is currently the world’s longest wood/metal monster, and will clock in at approximately 4 minutes, making it an extremely long coaster experience that is sure to thrill everyone. Fans are already going nuts waiting for Twisted Colossus to open; thankfully, that wait is almost over.
Magic Mountain has announced that Twisted Colossus will open to the public on Saturday, May 23, 2015! The next few weeks are going to be painfully long for coaster enthusiasts, as everyone is raring to ride this mean machine!
Once seated, Twisted Colossus riders will experience:
- An 80-degree, 116-foot drop
- A Zero G Roll (track twists 360 degrees)
- 2 lift hills
- A Top Gun Stall, which is an inversion where the train slows down while traveling upside down
- The first High Five element in the Western Hemisphere, where two trains pass through an over-banked turn, facing each other so closely that riders lifting their hands have the illusion of almost being able to touch fingertips with those on the opposing train
- Nearly 5,000 feet of twisted blue and green track
Riders will need to be 48″ or taller to ride Twisted Colossus.
Twisted Colossus is the gem of a re-themed area of Magic Mountain that has been named The District. The District will feature a steampunk theme, offering new food and beverage locations, along with fresh landscaping and merchandise options.
Colossus was originally opened in 1978, as Magic Mountain’s massive, racing wooden roller coaster. It became iconic, and was featured in movies and television shows throughout the years, including National Lampoon’s Vacation. Fans were saddened to learn that the park was closing the beloved coaster, but were then thrilled to learn that Rocky Mountain Construction would use much of Colossus wooden structure to be the base of the West Coast’s first hybrid. It’s really cool that the spirit – and famous white beams – of Colossus will live on at Magic Mountain for generations to come. When all is said and done, Twisted Colossus will be a win-win for all fans, while Magic Mountain retains some of its important industry history.
A very special thanks to the team at Magic Mountain for having TPA out for one final construction tour – this has been a very exciting attraction to follow, and it’s been great seeing fellow fans and sites included as well; the more, the merrier when it comes to the community.
Theme Park Adventure will be on hand for the media opening of Twisted Colossus in just a few weeks! We cannot wait to share our thoughts and more images with you – and most of all, we can’t wait for you to ride this beauty and share your thoughts with us as part of the TPA community!
It’s almost time – hands up!
– Rick West