Combining its unique wooden structure with state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track, Six Flags Magic Mountain revealed plans Thursday to convert the 36-year-old classic roller coaster Colossus, into a world-record-breaking hybrid coaster named Twisted Colossus.
Featuring nearly 5,000 feet of track to make it the longest hybrid coaster in the world, Twisted Colossus will include ride experiences that would have otherwise been impossible to include in any wooden coaster; such as over-banked turns and inversions. Along with these experiences, Twisted Colossus will include thrilling components such as a “Top Gun” element, a Zero G roll, and the western hemisphere’s first “high five” element.
“At Six Flags, innovation is in our DNA and with Twisted Colossus, innovation will go to an extreme level with record-breaking elements, faster speeds and steeper banks. This cutting-edge technology marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs. It is definitely a twist on a traditional wooden coaster experience,” said park president Bonnie Rabjohn in a press release.
Grace Garcia, a COC student, is delighted to see that the classic Colossus isn’t completely disappearing.
“I really liked the old Colossus, so it makes me happy that it’s getting this treatment. Hopefully I get to ride it on the first day.”
Sporting four minutes of thrills, Twisted Colossus will be a longer ride experience than its predecessor, which ran for two minutes and 30 seconds.
Announced in its official news release, Twisted Colossus will feature:
- “Top Gun Stall” – an inversion where the train slows down upside down
- Western Hemisphere’s first “High Five” – where two trains pass through an overbanked turn facing each other with the illusion that riders can reach out and “high five” each other
- Zero G Roll where track twists 360 degrees
- A staggering 128-foot drop at an amazing 80-degrees
- 18 airtime hills
- Two lift hills
- Four minutes of thrills on nearly 5,000 feet of track – longest hybrid coaster in the world
Felipe Arango, another COC student, says this ride is a must for those seeking thrills.
“This ride will definitely pump up your adrenaline. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, riding Twisted Colossus is a must. I’ve been going to Six Flags since 2002 and I haven’t been this excited since Tatsu.”
Twisted Colossus will be the focal point of a newly themed area, Back Alley, where guests can expect the unexpected through whimsical experiences in entertainment, food and retail.
With construction already underway, the newly revised Colossus is scheduled for a spring 2015 opening.