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Park News - (9/11/14) Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain will be here soon, and this year the park is offering two new mazes: Red’s Revenge and Vault 666, which will be joining last year’s new offerings: Aftermath and Willoughby’s. You’ll find Red’s Revenge behind the Full Throttle sports bar, featuring a twisted fairy tale theme (Red as in, Red Riding Hood), and Vault 666 is nearby behind the Full Throttle Plaza area themed to a genetics research lab where the experiments have gone wrong.
(9/9/14) The top of the Colossus lift hill caught fire on Monday afternoon, likely to have been caused by accident by cutting torches from the work crews removing the old track and lift system from the classic coaster as part of the transformation into Twisted Colossus for 2015.
The blaze atop the lift could be seen from a good distance and actually did enough damage to cause the top of the lift hill to completely collapse as firefighters hosed it down, as you can see in the video below.
The good news is that this will affect nothing, as the ride will still return as Twisted Colossus in 2015, as scheduled. If anything… maybe this will give them a reason to make the lift hill even taller when they rebuild it.
(8/19/14) Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain is now closed forever. A collection of pictures taken throughout the final day of operation, including shots of the protesters out front, can be found over at ThemeParkReview.
While Colossus is expected to return in a new bigger/meaner form for 2015, via an announcement on August 28th, the original Colossus will always hold a special place in my heart. As I’ve mentioned in my bio, I was afraid of coasters as a kid, and by the time I was 12 and started to enjoy normal coasters, it was Revolution and Colossus at Magic Mountain that still filled my heart with fear, especially Colossus… it was just so darn big.
This all changed for me a couple years later when my dad took me to the park on a Father-Son trip where I finally managed to ride Revolution, Freefall and ended it all with the big bad Colossus itself. I’ll never forget that first ride, as we took it late at night just before closing, back when the park used to have a stadium area set up next door where Hurricane Harbor is now. Right as we left the station a big fireworks show started over there, and the wind carried all the smoke over engulf Colossus. Riding through the smoke, fireworks high in the sky and the rushing wind in my face was just a perfect moment, and I became hooked on coasters ever since. So thank you Colossus… you will be missed.
Speaking of Colossus... work crews have already begin taking it apart.
(7/22/14) Good news for Six Flags Magic Mountain, as the park reopened Ninja over the weekend after the state completed their inspection. Green Lantern reopened sometime last week as well.
(7/18/14) You knew it had to be coming… guests involved in the accident last week where a tree branch fell into the path of Ninja at Six Flags Magic Mountain have now filed a lawsuit against the park. While those who were injured will likely get some kind of compensation, I don’t see the accident as being the fault of the park since it was an act of nature that caused it. However, their lawyer has a different take on it, claiming that the park never should have been built on a hillside weaving in and out through the trees in the first place… despite the fact that this was the whole point of this unique coaster design. I’m hoping that the judge will agree, as an area should never have to be completely deforested of trees before you an run any kind of coaster or amusement ride nearby.
Can you imagine what theme parks across the nation would look like if they required every tree anywhere near a ride to be removed? They would all look like giant parking lot carnivals… pretty much the way that Scream Looks now I guess. Just imagine what Magic Mountain would look like if they had to remove every tree from the “mountain” just to get them away from Revolution, Tatsu, Ninja, Gold Rusher, Full Throttle, Superman and more. How sad…
(7/9/14) Screamscape checked in with Sue Carpenter at Six Flags Magic Mountain to get the park’s official statement regarding the Ninja accident, as well as to check on the status of Green Lantern following the death of a rider on a similar coaster in Spain on Monday.
Regarding Ninja: “Of the 22 guests safely evacuated from the Ninja roller coaster, four were transported for precaution measures – all have been treated and released. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution, the ride will remain closed until a thorough inspection of the area is complete.”
Regarding Green Lantern: “We are saddened to hear of the accident in Spain. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution we have temporarily closed a similar ride for a thorough inspection.”
(7/8/14) A train full of riders became stuck in mid-ride on Ninja at Six Flags Magic Mountain, with either 2 or 4 reported as being injured in this breaking news story. Firefighters are on site to remove the riders from the stalled train. While the report I’ve linked to didn’t mention what caused the accident, a comment from the Los Angeles County Fire Department did confirm that the Ninja struck a tree branch, which must have fallen into the path of the coaster during the day. If you follow the link or watch the video below, you can see how the front of the train appears to have actually derailed from the tracks while the rescue crews are working to secure it in place. Best wishes to everyone involved that they all walk away from this without serious injury.
(4/9/14) Six Flags Magic Mountain announced earlier today that the park would hold their first ever annual winter holiday event this year called Holiday in the Park.
It will run at Magic Mountain from November 28, 2014 through to January 4th, 2015 as several areas will be transformed with winter wonderland themes and lit-up with one million holiday lights.
2015 - Twisted Colossus - (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.”