Welcome to the first of which will be many Twisted Colossus updates over the next (hopefully) 9 months. Probably too many. =)
We'll take a look at the work that has been done so far, speculate on a couple of things for the "Back Alley" portion of the site and share a couple of quick thoughts and pictures elsewhere between the two parks.
We'll start off our update with the biggest news to come to the park since ... well, Full Throttle two years ago. But this looks to be a nice well rounded coaster and continuing the trend of making the surrounding area better along with the new ride (think DC Universe and the Full Throttle Zone). If a new major coaster every two years is what it takes to get the park looking great then so be it.
First a couple of Colossus pictures from Hurricane Harbor
Since we're not planning on going back to Hurricane Harbor this season (more on that below) we probably won't get to see this angle of the ride until next May.
Heading into Magic Mountain, some work has been done on the right side of the station. We still have no clue which station is going to be used for Twisted Colossus but seeing that the bridge is still there and the food/store location at the exit would fit better on this side, it would make sense if it was this side.
The sign is still there
Doesn't look like anything has been done on this side, but I'd guess the ride controls have been removed.
They were definitely doing work on the lift today
From the parking lot you can see that the removal of excess wood is already taking place
Moving back in, we'll take a look at the space where the "Back Alley" will be. The bathrooms have been closed for which will hopefully be a much needed refurbishment.
Expect the old Colossus Cookery/Ben and Jerry's to be a food location again next year. I'd personally love it if they renamed it Twisted Colossus Cookery.
This big empty space is ripe for an exit store.
Lots of open space is available for whatever outdoor entertainment they have planned.
Hopefully the re-do will extend all the way to Scream and Scream Plaza (and the Scream queue). I know most people would like this to extend to the area underneath Scream, but honestly, a refurbishment of the queue, plaza and a paint job would be great.
I'm guessing these banners have been hanging here for 11 years and really need to be replaced. A new name that would fit the Colossus Steampunk theme would be nice as well.
Unlike Full Throttle, hopefully they'll still keep some of the natural shade in the area and not turn this into a DJ booth or something.
I'd expect the Cool Zone to remain, but maybe the misters will be back so it would actually be "Cool" again.
Around The Parks
Just a couple of quick notes from around both parks.
Our day started off at Hurricane Harbor and if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter you'll know that it wasn't a very pleasant experience getting inside the park. In fact, it's been like this pretty much all summer.
There simply isn't enough organization in the front area to handle the amount of people who crowd the entry plaza every day. Add to the fact that the Gold Pass lines aren't clearly defined and you have a very unpleasant start to the day.
This is what the entry looked like at about 10:15. This is supposed to be the Gold Line entry but probably 60% of these people are just regular guests. I don't blame the guests (for the most part), most don't know where to go.
I don't expect the park to address this in the next few weeks since Hurricane Harbor will be closing for the season, but we'd REALLY like to see a solid entry plan prior to opening day next May. It really wouldn't be too hard.
Normally we aren't in favor of removing trees and plants, but removing the big planter in the middle of the plaza really would help in this case. When you have so many people trying to get inside both parks and the remaining trying to get their passes processed, some permanent queue area's would be a good thing. Somebody in upper management really should come out and observe this one morning.
Inside Hurricane Harbor, unfortunately some of the great work they did in the lazy river is starting to wear out. Hopefully they'll address this in the offseason.
The Season Pass dining plan is back, it really is a great deal if you eat in the park on a regular basis.
Speaking of eating in the park, the waterfront food area recently got a nice new paint job and a new healthy eating place. It didn't appear to be open however. People ask for healthy choices in pretty much every survey, but they won't last if people don't actually use them.
Fright Fest is coming in just a few short weeks
Not really a whole lot of work being done in publicly accessible area's yet, but now that the park is closed during the week we anticipate the decorations going up rather quickly.
Willoughby's Garden of Darkness
Facade for Willoughby's isn't up yet
This is the location for Fright Feast, we totally recommend this when doing Fright Fest.
Lastly, assuming this will get replaced eventually although maybe they should move it into the queue as a little tribute to the original ride.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll be back at the park in a couple of weeks for another update on Twisted Colossus and probably a bunch of Fright Fest stuff.