Six Flags Magic Mountain officials today unveiled plans to turn its original iconic wooden Colossus into a hybrid coaster that will turn it into a faster, longer ride.
Renamed “Twisted Colossus,” the new ride will combine the wooden structure with an iron-horse steel track to give it speed.
“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,” said park president Bonnie Rabjohn in a statement. “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.”
The ride will include “Top Gun Stall” — an inversion where the train slows while upside down — and a “High Five” that has two trains passing through an overbanked turn facing each other and providing the illusion that riders can reach out and “hive five” one another.
Twisted Colossus will feature 5,000 feet of track.
With its cross-hatched wooden frame, slow rhythmic ascent, dramatic pause at its 100-foot peak and 62 mph dive, Colossus was once billed as the fastest and tallest coaster in the world. The wooden attraction opened in 1978 featuring two identical side-by-side tracks.