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Park News - (3/25/15) This is kinda interesting, though I’m sure many SFMM locals will find it also “groan” worthy, but Capcom has signed a deal with Six Flags that will see the Goliath trains at Magic Mountain given custom skins starting this weekend to look like the “Gore Magala” monster from the “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” game for the Nintendo 3DS. (Which begs the question if anyone tall enough to ride Goliath still plays with a Nintendo 3DS anymore, but that’s a topic for another day…)
Even if you haven’t touched a 3DS in years, the park’s Cyber Cafe will have an assortment of 3DS units on hand to play with, loaded with a demo of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate of course. Goliath will keep the Monster Hunter theme through from March 28 to August 10.
(2/5/15) What can I say? I'm a bit shocked, but sanity prevailed as a California appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of Six Flags Magic Mountain. You may remember the original story about the accident from 2008 as a man by the name of Carlos Ibanez ignored all employee warning and climbed not just one, but two security fences to jump inside the restricted hillside area for the Ninja roller coaster to attempt to retrieve a Dodgers baseball cap.
It goes without saying that Ibanez was struck in the head by the coaster soon afterwards, but unlike where similar accidents have occurred at other parks, the man was not killed or decapitated, but instead survived, but now suffers from traumatic brain injury. Since this is not only California, but also 'Murica, the family tried to sue Six Flags over the injury and actually lost the case. Now that the appeals court has upheld the prior ruling, hopefully this case can be put to rest.
(2/3/15) It looks like Scream is getting painted new colors, as primer has been going up on some sections of the coaster, while a few lower section have been painted to feature sollid blue track and orange rails. Yep... Scream may be painted Florida Gator colors from the look of things. You can see new pictures of it posted to TheCoasterGuy.
2015 - Twisted Colossus - (3/18/15) ParkJourney has posted another construction update from Six Flags Magic Mountain where Twisted Colossus is growing and transforming like mad. Check it out.
(3/9/15) In The Loop has posted a new construction video from Twisted Colossus at Six flags Magic Mountain, with some great views of the newly completed Hi-Five maneuver as well as the crazy looking transition into the first inversion that follows, but keep an eye on the green track which has a very crazy looking bumpy piece of track as it drops out of the turn, which I just don't know what to think about. Very odd looking... almost potentially jarring looking from this angle... you've just got to see it at about the 1:02 mark on the video below. Towards the end they look over Scream... and again I've got to say, "Wow!". Those new Orange and Blue colors are very striking from a distance, and sure to impress any Florida Gators fan.
(3/3/15) The latest photo construction report from Six Flags Magic Mountain is posted to ParkJourney this week, taking a look at Twisted Colossus as well as the bright new colors on Scream which look great. One more thing… a photo posted to Facebook shows off the mountainside around Ninja, which has now seen the complete removal of almost every single tree that used to cover the terrain. This gives you a very revealing look at Ninja’s layout for the first time ever on the hillside, as previously it was mostly hidden by the trees.
A couple of fun new pictures of Twisted Colossus were sent in over the weekend by my friend Mark, who hit up the park on Saturday.
(2/18/15) A fun behind the scenes construction video showing off the Twisted Colossus construction site has been posted by In The Loop, which you can see below. They also have footage of some of the new train cars now on site. They say that there will be four trains total, Orange, Blue, Purple and Green. The plan is to keep 3 trains running on the ride at all times, and the forth train will be used for maintenance rotation.
(2/11/15) The latest Twisted Colossus construction update has been posted to ParkJourney, along with a look at the newly painted section of Scream next door as well.
(1/20/15) Today we have another look at the Twisted Colossus construction site, thanks to our friends at ParkJourney.
(1/12/15) ParkJourney is back with a new Twisted Colossus construction update to enjoy. The new first drop rails (blue and green) are now in place while the crews have begun to chop away at the right side turnaround track section. Plus a silly look at every fire hydrant in the park... you've been warned!
(12/28/14) A new Twisted Colossus construction update has been posted to Park Journey. The dueling drops are now in place and look fantastic, meanwhile crews are busy removing the backside giant turn which will be completely replaced.
(12/16/14) Our friends at In The Loop were invited on-site to the Twisted Colossus construction site the other day to see how things are progressing, as well as hear from park officials more about what is planned for the future of the park’s new ScreamPunk district, including a new total repaint of Scream as well. It is also interesting to note that the green lift hill had to be pushed over by 12 inches to allow for the wider safety envelope of the new trains. It is also worth noting that certain sections of the old Colossus track runs will remain in place, unused, when it reopens as Twisted Colossus, as these sections are needed to remain to help support the structure, even though they wont be used anymore.
(12/12/14) CoasterForce stopped by The Mountain this week to check on the latest Twisted Colossus progress as the new rails are reaching the peak of the lift hill, and looks like they will begin work on the drop next. They also posted a video from the site as well, which you can view below.
(12/2/14) The latest Twisted Colossus construction update comes to us from our friends at In The Loop. Check out the video below to see what all has changed so far, but it’s kind of scary now as the first classic big turn on Colossus has now had the top removed. The far side is still standing for now, but I don’t think that will last much longer.
(11/19/14) In The Loop was on hand at the Rocky Mountain booth at IAAPA to see the unveiling of the first Twisted Colossus coaster car, which is loaded with fantastic steam-punk looking details.
(10/29/14) The latest construction update from Six Flags Magic Mountain can be seen over at ParkJourney.
(10/24/14) A reader went by Magic Mountain on Thursday afternoon and discovered that the work crews appeared to be finally repairing the damage done to Colossus’ lift hill when it caught fire last month.
(10/20/14) ParkJourney posted an interesting tweet on Sunday, showing off concept art of a new “Screampunk District” themed area to serve as the entrance and pathway down to Twisted Colossus and Scream. I have to admit, I kind of like the name.
Speaking of Twisted Colossus, you can see a complete POV video of the entire ride experience (Blue & Green sides) in a new video posted only over at the LA Times.
(10/15/14) In the Loop is back with another video construction update from Magic Mountain showing off the latest progress on Twisted Colossus, searching through the breaks in the shrubbery to peek at that twisted blue track section leading from the station to the lift hill.
(10/13/14) One of our readers send in a couple of great images of Twisted Colossus, as seen from Goliath it seems.
(10/7/14) Our latest peek at Twisted Colossus comes from ParkJourney this week as they appear to be working on rebuilding the lift hill.
(9/30/14) If you carefully watch the Twisted Colossus preview animation and pause it at the right moment, you can catch a peek at some very strange looking track set in place running from the station to the lift hill. A series of crazy little bumpy hills that quite simply don’t look real. It looks like the animation program spit up some kind of twisted error code and just generated some random crazy track… as so I chose to ignore it as an error. After all… the main POV animation opted not to show this slow and dull section of the ride experience on purpose right, maybe cause it was an error…
But it wasn’t an error… and as you can see shown in a couple of anonymous photos posted to TheCoasterGuy, that twisted bumpy crazy track is not only real, but installed already and it looks just nutty as can be. I like it… but unless they are going to add some scenery, maybe they need to stick this track section inside a dark creepy tunnel for some added thrills.
More pictures of the Colossus construction have also been posted to ParkJourney.
(9/24/14) The latest Twisted Colossus update video from In The Loop shows off freshly installed new blue coaster track now installed into the Colossus station and running out towards the lift hill. This answers the question about which side of the old Colossus station will be used for track, as the blue track is running through the old ‘right side’ of the Colossus station, while the left side is simply being demolished and left empty, likely to be re-purposed as increased queue space.
(9/19/14) A video construction update from the Twisted Colossus site was posted by CoasterCrew earlier this week. Check it out.
(9/16/14) The latest Twisted Colossus construction update has been posted to ParkJourney this week. Other than clean-up, it doesn’t look like much was done since the fire last week took out the top of the lift hill, so they are probably trying to figure out the plan to fix the damage and rebuild the lift. There is also some great pictures of the park’s Fright Fest construction as well.
(9/4/14) Coaster Crew has posted a new Twisted Colossus construction update video, showing off where the work crews have been focused on taking down sections of the old ride and rails to make way for the new one.
Meanwhile the first blue and green I-Box track beams have arrived on-site and can be seen here.
(8/28/14) It’s official… TWISTED COLOSSUS is coming! “Wood meets steel when the iconic woodie returns as the new Twisted Colossus — the longest, most innovative hybrid coaster in the world. Still in its landmark location along the perimeter of Six Flags Magic Mountain and nestled inside the tracks of the behemoth coaster, Goliath, Twisted Colossus will remain the coaster monument most recognizable to millions of people who pass by the park each year…but now with an exciting twist.”
It will still feature two different sides of racing action with new interwoven twisted track featuring banks, rolls, spirals and two inversions that may give some of the most incredible views ever as one side rolls upside-down over the top of the other side. The two sides will be represented by different color rails as well… blue and green and the first “High Five” on a Hybrid coaster. And just when you think it is all over, the blue rails will change color to green and you’ll head back up the lift-hill for a second run around Twisted Colossus on the other side of the tracks. 5,000 feet long… and a ride time of just under 4 minutes… this is going to be epic! It’s going to get a little taller too I think, because the first drop is increasing to 128 feet taken at 80º. This ride will become the focal point of a new themed area called Back Alley.
I could go on and on, but you have to just watch the video below to see it in action.
(8/26/14) Coaster-Net did some incredible digging into the official Six Flags website and using their knowledge of Drupal, the content management system Six Flags uses for it, apparently they were able to pull the names for many of the new 2015 attractions to be announced on Thursday.
According to their report the new name for the cyborg/hybrid version of Colossus in 2015 will be Twisted Colossus. Not sure I like that one… Iron Colossus just had a nice ring to it to me. Maybe even paint it black and called Dark Colossus… but Twisted Colossus? Ehhhh… ok… maybe it will grow on me.
I’m hearing an early rumor that the first drop on Twisted Colossus may be a very epic new creation you won’t soon forget. According to the early rumor, the trains may actually roll you over upside-down before taking a damn near vertical drop, where they will continue to twist and roll you around 180º to face forward once again before pulling out. I’m picturing this to be something kind of like the twisted roll-drop you get on Top Thrill Dragster or Kingda Ka, but entering into it like Gatekeeper. Sounds “Twisted” doesn’t it? Ok, maybe the name does fit...
(8/19/14) Updates posted to Twitter on Monday afternoon show (here and here) that the park has wasted no time is setting up a crane and begin working on Colossus.
(6/4/14) Six Flags Magic Mountain has released an official statement regarding the closure of Colossus. “Colossus, the king of wooden coasters, ends its 36-year reign on August 16. Six Flags Magic Mountain will announce exciting future plans for the park we think our Guests will love at a later date. In the meantime, don’t miss your last chance to ride Colossus.”