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Park News - (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.
(8/15/14) I’m told that Colossus will be having an exclusive goodbye ERT session for park passholders on Sunday, August 17th. Remember the last day for the general public to ride is on Saturday, August 16th.
(7/24/14) Six Flags Magic Mountain will be throwing a special Farewell Colossus party this Saturday night (July 26) after park hours through a partnership with local radio station ALT 98.7 from 11:00pm to 3:00am. While guests can try to win tickets to the private party through the radio station, tickets to the party will also be on sale to guests for $36. Admission to the party will include all-access to ride Colossus and Scream, live entertainment by ALT 98.7, along with games, prizes and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind Farewell Colossus button. You can buy tickets to the Farewell Colossus party through the park’s website.
Note: Colossus closes down for good on August 16th.
(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.
(6/26/14) I shared this on Twitter and Facebook earlier, but this photo really cracked me up as Six Flags Magic Mountain has set up a huge Moose figure in the park wearing a hard hat with a huge sign around it’s neck saying “Sorry Folks!” along with the official message that Colossus is shutting down.
This was just awesome to see, as any fan of National Lampoon’s Vacation film will agree… because it just isn’t true until the Moose out front tells you.
(6/16/14) A quick reminder from Six Flags Magic Mountain, that your last chance to ride Colossus Backwards and Batman: The Ride Backwards was June 15th.
(5/28/14) In an interesting bit of social marketing a SoCal Honda Dealers group has struck a deal with Six Flags Magic Mountain. On Fridays, starting June 6th through to August 29th, the first 50 Honda drivers will get to enjoy free parking at the park as well as complimentary lockers. Honda drivers will also be treated to early admission into the park and hour for the general public where they will have access to a pair of select rides. (see list below!)
Honda’s “Guys in Blue” will also be roaming the parks with other special offers from free cell phone charging stations, free Bugs Bunny Bucks, misters, complimentary lip balm and more. The early entry rides (subject to change) for each Friday are:
June 6 – Goliath & Lex Luthor’s Drop of Doom
June 13 – X2 and Viper
June 20 – Ninja and Superman
June 27 – Scream and Colossus
July 4 – Full Throttle and Revolution
July 11 – Goliath & Lex Luthor’s Drop of Doom
July 18 – X2 and Viper
July 25 - Ninja and Superman
Aug. 1 - Scream and Colossus
Aug. 8 – Full Throttle and Revolution
Aug. 15 – Goliath & Lex Luthor’s Drop of Doom
Aug. 22 – X2 and Viper
Aug. 29 – Ninja and Superman
(5/26/14) Six Flags Magic Mountain will come across the 40th Anniversary of the park’s famous Revolution coaster in May 2016. The historic coaster was the world’s first modern steel vertical looping coaster and thrills riders for years, serving as the first looping coaster experience for many a coaster enthusaist. Unfortunately, for reasons that were never made public, the park mangled the trains and the entire ride experience by adding brutally hard over the shoulder restraints to the cars that were never intended for them in the 90s.
A fan made video pretty much shares my exact sentiments on the matter rather well, and encourages Six Flags to “Restore Revolution” in time for the 40th anniversary with new lap-bar only trains to restore the ride experience to what it was intended to be… a beautiful and enjoyable thing to share with family and friends. At this point, I’d be ok if they added a seat belt to the mix… just anything to get those god awful shoulder restraints off the trains. After all, Hersheypark did it to Revolution’s sibling, Sooper Dooper Looper after all. What’s Hersheypark got that Magic Mountain doesn’t? Errrr... well besides Magic Mountain’s old Metro trains.
Just watch the video below.
(5/9/14) The latest photo construction update from Magic Mountain can be found at ParkJourney this week.
(4/30/14) ParkJourney updated their Magic Mountain page to show off the opening of Colossus Backwards earlier in April. They point out that Colossus is only running one side backwards, and the regular forward trains are not being used at all, so no forwards/backwards racing action. They also have a second update showing off the latest construction around the park (Speedy Gonzales) as well as the opening of the Full Throttle Sports Bar & Grill.
(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.
(3/14/14) A new photo update from Six Flags Magic Mountain was posted to Theme Park Review this week.
(2/26/14) According to this report from The Coaster Guy, new biometric finger scanners are currently being added to the main gate at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Expect to see them up and running sometime in March.
In other news, new pictures taken at Six Flags Magic Mountain the other day reveal that the black Venom Drop slide at Hurricane Harbor has been removed. You can clearly see it missing from the black tower in one of the pictures, with tape covering the opening where it used to drop off the tower.
(2/21/14) Long time Six Flags Magic Mountain fans… and I’m talking LONG TIME… like those who remember the park before Bugs Bunny moved in, will remember the days back when the park had a train ride. Guess what? One of the park’s former trains is still alive and well… and actually up for sale for $137,000. You can see pictures of the 99 locomotive and five passenger cars, which are for sale with about half a mile of track and signals by clicking here. While the train was removed from Magic Mountain in 1980, it was fully restored in 2001.
(2/15/14) I reached out to Sue Carpenter at Six Flags Magic Mountain this week to find out more about the Mooseburger Lodge project. According to Sue the old Mooseburger is no more. Starting March 22nd, when the park opens for daily operations, the restaurant will reopen as Full Throttle Sports Bar & Grill. The inside will have been completely gutted and renovated with a new sports enthusiast theme, with over 20 HDTV’s added to broadcast sports events to you from every direction.
(2/3/14) We’ve see the pictures from Six Flags Magic Mountain lately, where the Mooseburger Lodge has been closed for weeks for some kind of renovation. According to Screamscape sources the Mooseburger theme will be completely retired and the building transformed into some kind of new Sports Bar / Restaurant concept with a new theme that they can tie in with the Full Throttle coaster next door. Look for this new concept to possibly open by late March or early April.
(1/20/14) A new photo report from Six Flags Magic Mountain showing off the latest construction taking place in the park right now (mostly in Bugs Bunny Land it seems) as well as the confirmed reopening of X2 has been posted to ThemeParkReview.
(1/17/14) Great news this week… Six Flags Magic Mountain has finally confirmed that X2 will reopen this weekend.
(4/12/13) May 8th, 2016 will be the 40th Anniversary of Revolution, the first modern steel coaster with a vertical loop in the world. A nice video has been posted to YouTube urging Six Flags to please celebrate this important anniversary by Restoring Revolution back to the awesome condition it was in when it first opened, including the purchase of all new modern trains for it that would restore the rider experience to one offering just a simple lap-bar only restraint system, increase of the painful over-the-shoulder restraints added to the ride years later.
2014 - Batman Backwards / Colossus Backwards / New Kiddie Coaster / Bonzai Pipelines - (6/16/14) A quick reminder from Six Flags Magic Mountain, that your last chance to ride Colossus Backwards and Batman: The Ride Backwards is June 15th.
(6/4/14) The latest look at the Speedy Gonzales construction site can be found over at ParkJourney this week where we finally have the first track pieces being put into place. Look for this ride to go up very quickly. They also report that Revolution has reopened from a rehab, and for whatever reason, they felt that the ride experience was far less jarring than before, even with the shoulder restraints still on the trains. Seems like some time was spent on fixing something on the trains to improve the ride experience.
(5/22/14) A quick photo update from Six Flags Magic Mountain has been posted to ThemeParkOverload who checks in on how things are shaping up for the new Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers coaster. So far the concrete appears to have been poured for the foundation, but the coaster itself is no where to be found. It’s small and should go up very quickly however, so expect to see it being installed in the very near future if they are going to open it in time for the summer season.
(3/21/14) Six Flags Magic Mountain has confirmed that on Saturday, March 22nd, when the park begins daily operations for the year, they will also open both Batman: Backwards and Colossus: Backwards, for a limited time this Spring only.
(3/18/14) Park Journey is back at Six Flags Magic Mountain, camera in hand, to check out the passholder preview of Batman: Backwards, the progress at Bugs Bunny World and more.
(3/8/14) Six Flags Magic Mountain is kicking off a series of passholder exclusive preview days of Batman: Backwards starting today. Passholder preview days are March 8-9, 15-16, and then Batman: Backwards will open to the public on March 22nd. If you can’t get there right away, Six Flags has issued a preview POV video of what your ride experience will look like, embedded below.
I’m not 100% certain, but I beliee Colossus: Backwards was also set to open at the same time at Batman: Backwards, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they started running it backwards a weekend or so early as well, so keep your eyes open if you visit.
(2/19/14) ParkJourney has returned to Six Flags Magic Mountain this week to check in on the latest construction at Bugs Bunny World, the site of the new Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers coaster and more.
(2/12/14) Six Flags Magic Mountain has announced the name for their newest family coaster as Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers. With the addition of the Speedy Gonzales Hod Rod Racers, this will bring the park’s coaster count up to a staggering 19. While the layout isn’t known, the coaster is supposed to be coming in from Zamperla and is expected to be similar is size to the Roadrunner Express at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
(1/24/14) A fun trip report from Six Flags magic Mountain can be found over at ParkJourney this week, which includes several good shots of the freshly reopened X2 coaster, the park’s missing Scrambler pad, former Barnyard Railway site and more as the refurbishment of Bugs Bunny World begins.
(8/29/13) Six Flags Magic Mountain will introduce a new and interesting attractions to the main park as well as a new slide over at Hurricane Harbor.
Bonzai Pipelines is the new dual-slide experience being added to the waterpark, where riders will climb into aqua pods before the trap-door floor opens up and drops them down into the slide below. The park will also add a new Dive-In Movie experience to the Forgotten Sea Wave Pool on select nights.
Meanwhile inside Magic Mountain the park will run Batman and Colossus backwards for a limited time starting in the Spring 2014. In the Summer the park's Bugs Bunny World will get a makeover, adding a new family-friendly show in the Carrot Club Theater and an all new children's coaster will become the park's 19th roller coaster. With the addition of this new kiddie coaster, the park's kids area will then feature a total of 4 kiddie coasters (Canyon Blaster, Magic Flyer, Road Runner Express), more than any other US park I believe.
2015 - Twisted Colossus - (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.”
(6/3/14) The big news from Magic Mountain today is that new banners were spotted up in the park warning everyone to get their last rides in on Colossus, because after being king of the mountain for 36 years, Colossus will close forever on August 16th. If you’ve been following Screamscape for long enough, you know what this means… that Colossus will be given an I-Box transformation from Rocky Mountain Construction and reopen bigger and meaner as “Iron Colossus” or some other similar sounding name.
This represents an epic development opportunity for Six Flags Magic Mountain, as no one is quite sure just what to expect from RMC getting their hands on one of Six Flag’s massive racing coasters from the 70’s. It certainly will present an entirely different kind of challenge from what they have already succeeded with in transforming New Texas Giant and Iron Rattler. I’ve had a theory, I’ve shared with a VERY small list of individuals as far back as two years ago about what I had suspected Six Flags would be able to do with Colossus. Something big and something that would shatter an old coaster record that has never been broke yet.
I’ve kept this secret very close to the vest for all this time, because I didn’t want anyone to steal it, but with Colossus now confirmed to be closing, I will share it now. If RMC gets a hold of Colossus, it will change everything you ever thought you knew about the coaster. Don’t count on seeing it reopen as a racing creation… in fact, don’t even think about it having two separate tracks anymore. For my plan to work, the two tracks will become one, along with a possible second mid-ride trip up the lift hill, because if they do this thing right, the combined two track lengths would shatter the record for longest roller coaster, both steel and wooden at roughly 8,650 feet. (Each side of Colossus is 4,325 ft)
The longest steel coaster in the world is Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan at 8,133 feet and the longest wooden coaster in the world is The Beast at Kings Island at 7,359 feet. Wood or Steel, no matter how you slice it, a combined Iron Colossus would take the record away for a long LONG time. Or at least until Six Flags opts to take a similar route with American Eagle at Six Flags Great America, but since they are about ready to open Goliath, their own RMC custom coaster, I don’t see that scenario playing out anytime soon.
With the focus on length for the record and knowing they have a second lift hill run in mid-ride to double the ride length, this can free up the designers to bring some crazy ideas to life as the train attempts to follow Colossus’ old rough layout, but in a very different fashion from before, and what aerial tricks they perform during one round, can be changed up for a different concept in the second run. Or another idea, that I kind of like, in a nostalgia kind of way would be to I-Box one side of Colossus… AS IS… leaving the classic ride experience to enjoy during the first run, then follow it up with a very amp’d up next-gen crazy experience during the run on the second track. Maybe a slightly taller lift or LIM lift, near vertical drop, barrel-rolls, inversions and more. Really put you through the blender for the big finally.
Anyway… while this is mostly my own vision of what Iron Colossus COULD be like, the very idea of combining the two tracks into one giant double-length ride did come to me from a trusted source a long time ago. Could plans have changed? Sure… but I hope not because an Iron Colossus could be RMC’s most epic project of all time.
(1/6/14) At this point I’m fairly confident that we’ll see Colossus close sometime in 2014 in order to get transformed and upgraded into a new experience for the 2015 season, but the real question is the timeline. Has anyone heard anything more about when Colossus’ last days will be?
With “Colossus Backwards” promoted as a “limited time” 2014 attraction starting in Spring 2014, it remains to be seen if they will be able to continue to run Colossus throughout the Summer or if it will close down at the end of the backwards run promotion before the start of Summer. Anyone know more?
(4/15/13) According to the latest rumors the Iron Horse treatment for Colossus has been slotted to reopen for 2015, though there is a slight chance it could be pushed back to 2016 if the stars align on another project first. Unlike the quick transformation of Rattler at Fiesta Texas, this is expected to be more of a major overhaul, more along the lines of the lengthy Texas Giant job. This will require the once mighty Colossus to be down for a period of 12-16 months. So for Colossus to be reborn in Spring 2015 it will end up having to close down to begin the project in Late 2013. Stay tuned as we try to keep up to date on what could be the most important new coaster to ever open at ‘The Mountain’ that could create an all time new world record for the park that may never be broken.
(1/10/13) Screamscape sources tell us that management at Six Flags Magic Mountain may have received early confirmation that Colossus will be tapped to be the next Six Flags coaster to get the Iron Horse treatment following the transformation of Rattler to Iron Rattler at Fiesta Texas this year. No word yet on just how much will be changed, but the iconic support structure is expected to remain essentially the same. If true, look for Colossus to go away forever before the end of the year, though it seems like the park may try to promote the final days of Colossus rather than just quietly shut it down, so you may get some early warning.
(2/27/12) During West Coaster Bash Six Flags management did confirm that they were still seriously considering performing a full Rocky Mountain Hybrid transformation job on Colossus in the future. What it is coming down to however is to see if they think that they can get a return on investment for the project… which essentially means that they want to know if they can promote Colossus to the general public as a new coaster experience and lure in the crowds. (It seemed to have worked with X2, and certainly it seems like The Texas Giant was able to hit the target as the ride was reported as being packed all last summer).
(1/30/12) It’s a bit early to lock down this project, but I’m hearing that after The Rattler, Colossus may indeed be the next Six Flags coaster to get a major overhaul from Rocky Mountain Coasters. Look for this in either 2014 or 2015 and I’ll leave you with this little tidbit... if the rumors I’m hearing are true, the name Colossus may mean something to the world once again.
(4/25/11) Screamscape sources indicate that following the successful opening and transformation of the Texas Giant this past weekend, management has now set their eyes upon the next candidate for transformation. We’ve heard it rumored before, but now it seems like a good bet that Colossus at Magic Mountain will be the next woodie to ride the Iron Horse rail system. Much like the transformation of the Texas Giant, I’m told that the ideas they are planning for Colossus will be quite shocking and take it to the next level. Stay tuned!
(6/5/10) I’ve got a soft spot for Colossus at SFMM… after all it was the woodie I rode most as a kid growing up in SoCal. I remembering riding it with the 3-Bench PTC trains in the early years and on the 2-Bench California style Morgan trains that were added in later years. I’ve even ridden it backwards many times using a borrowed B&M train from the Psyclone coaster. That said… I’m hearing that Colossus is due to another revamp sometime in the next few years… as the Morgan trains are coming to the end of their lifespan and need replacing. Facing the aspect of buying some costly new coaster trains, management is hoping to find a way to market this costly expense in their favor and all eyes are keeping careful tabs on the Texas Giant rebuild in progress, as Colossus is said to be a possible candidate for the process as well.
If Colossus does get the green light, it’s said that we could very well see some huge changes made to the ride’s layout in order to spice things up like banking those slow flat turns, and making the hills even more thrilling and full of airtime. Yep… I think it would be a great idea to make remodel Colossus back into the monster coaster it could be once again, so cross your fingers.
???? - Future Attraction Concept Surveys - (4/14/14) Apparently it’s the time of year for Six Flags to begin guests surveys to determine possible future needs and attractions for their parks. Today we were sent word about three possible new attraction concepts being pitched to guests of Six Flags Magic Mountain.
The first one is for a kind of odd concept called You’re In Control, which describes a musical dark ride style experience where you can ride a song. “Pulsing lights, fog and sound srround you as you venture into the hazy darkness” all the while looking for virtual laser light “strings” and musical intruments projected onto fog screens, allowing you to reach out to try and touch them and add your own musical strums to the mix. Every ride experience promises to be different as your group in the car plays out the ride in a new way each time you ride.
The second concept was to kind of take a nod from Wet ‘n Wild Orlando and add a projection fog screen and special effects system to the Tornado slide at Hurricane Harbor, allowing for you to appear to pass through a raging hurricane and into the eye of the storm inside as you drop down into the funnel and rock back and forth. This would involve adding a cap to the top end of funnel, so that the inside of the slide could be kept dark enough for the projection and lighting effects to work.
The third concept was also for Hurricane Harbor, and involves adding a series of “Dive-In Movies” to be shown on a big screen at the park’s wave pool every Thursday night in June and July.
Again… these are just survey concepts about possible future attractions under consideration. There are no promises that you will see any of these added to the park next year, or the year after that… but you never know.