As a Presidents Day treat we were invited up to Six Flags Magic Mountain to get another backstage tour of Twisted Colossus.
It's safe to say we were pretty excited for Twisted Colossus before. It's even more safe to say that we are even more excited after getting an up close and personal look at the ride.
This promises to be a treat and something that people are going to want to put at the top of their "must ride" lists for Summer 2015 and beyond. But enough talk, lets get to the good stuff.
Photos by CoasterMatt / Words by Gregg Condon
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The theater has yet to receive any work, although we did notice them doing some wood work as we were leaving.
Within the next two weeks, this area will be demolished to make way for the new entry area and Screampunk District sign.
The bathrooms were actually open for the workers. That's nice of them. =)
Work is going on outside of the new sandwich shop
There will be a stairway from the main walkway up to the new restaurant.
The Colossus sign is now gone. I don't have it even though I asked them for it. =)
Some signs for the old ride are still up. Nothing too cosmetic has been done to the station building. That will for sure be coming.
Transfer track and final brake run.
Supports for the drive tires will be added soon.
Not sure if this is going to be overflow queue, but hopefully something.
Lets head in and take a closer look at the ride.
That's one cool looking pair of lift hills.
Lots of motors
There are quite a few containers on site for various construction needs, and microwaves. =)
Hmmm, what could be lurking under there?
Hey, we saw this at IAAPA ... although there were less people around it today which means awesome pictures.
Non-Front car. The coaster will have a lap bar. ankle bar, seat belt and there is a handle on each side. But this is gonna be a hands-up ride for sure!!!
Nerd porn ...
It's enabled ... lets ride!!
That's a nice looking train. Other trains will be Blue, Green and Purple. They are going to look very nice on the track.
I think most of us thought our tour was over at this point, we were so wrong.
Yeah, can't see this from the parking lot. =)
Stairs and elements galore!!
The lowest part of the ride
They were working more on the lift hill structure during our tour
Want some wood?
If there's a better looking first drop out there we'd sure love to see it. This is going to be awesome, and we'll get to do it twice!!
Lots of twisty track is ready to go up.
More stuff for the high five was going up as well
We also got to take a look at the new paint for Scream
I wasn't convinced of the new colors, but they really do "pop".
They are painting the ride with brushes and rollers (no spray guns) and are applying a primer first. In this shot you can see the old color (lower left), primer (lighter orange) and the final coat (darker orange). Hopefully this will insure the paint lasts awhile.
As for the parking lot, the park assured us we are going to have our very own parking spot when they re-paint the lot prior to the ride opening.
But seriously people, when you are down there, you can't see the lot at all. It's pretty much faded at this point. While sure, some landscaping or even some gravel would be nice I think there are more pressing issues that they are certainly addressing.
That's going to wrap it up for this update.
We want to thank Six Flags Magic Mountain for having us out. The fact that we are the "newest" website that was there today is by no means lost on us. It just makes these events that much more special.
Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed the update.
Welcome to another Twisted Colossus update. We are still a good 3-4 months from the ride opening and already we are on our 16th update. Crazy how much time has gone by and how much work they've done on the ride the past few weeks.
We have a lot of pictures to get to today so we'll get right to the good stuff.
Pictures and Words by Gregg Condon
Just this one element of Twisted Colossus is more airtime than what is in the rest of the park. And it doesn't go right into a brake run. (just kidding SFMM ... kind of). =)
But seriously, that's gonna be a fun little pop of air before heading into the first turnaround and the high five element that they are currently putting up supports for.
If you look closely, you can see some blue track ready to be put into place.
The hole has all new supports in it
In just a few months we'll have an all new "holy grail" of coaster shots to try and get. Both trains of Twisted Colossus, Goliath, Superman and Lex Luthor all in one shot. Think it'll ever happen?
Moving down to the other end, the brake run heading into the station looks to be finished as well as the transition from the blue to green track. You can see the brake run MUCH better from Goliath, but of course, we won't take pictures from other rides. =)
You can pretty much get the idea here and see the connection of the green and blue track.
While we're down here, lets take a look at the new pretty colors for Scream. it looks all shiny.
The orange will look very nice when it's all done.
I'd guess the drop will be fully painted within the next week.
Moving back down to Colossus, you can certainly see Goliath much more now.
From this angle you can see just how much work they've done over the past couple of weeks.
Inside, still waiting for artwork on the wall which we're told should be up within the next week.
A bit of a better shot of the shiny new loop for Scream.
Elsewhere in the park, Scream isn't the only coaster getting some offseason love, Road Runner Express is getting a new paint job as well.
Nice and shiny red. Hopefully this one will last a bit longer than the previous paint job.
Only the lift and drop are left but you can see the difference between old and new. They must be doing the painting during the week because the ride was open during our visit.
The geese are back, hanging out on the roof watching Full Throttle.
Nerdy Tweety, creepy Rastafarian Banana and at first I thought that was the frog from New Zoo Revue. (google it kids)
We can't emphasize enough to start in the back of the park. In about 60 minutes we managed to get solo front row rides on Goliath, were the first riders on Riddlers Revenge (twice) and rode Ninja and Revolution with no waits. We could have gotten more rides on Batman, etc as well. And that was in addition to taking update pictures.
There seemed to be a LOT of markings on concrete between Bugs Bunny World and Lex Luthor that usually indicates some kind of work about to be done. This is something that isn't going to bring in anybody but it's sure nice to see stuff like this getting done.
Speaking of nice to see, the handicapped area of the first lot is getting new paving. This isn't new paint and slurry like it received a few years ago, but entirely new pavement.
This is the only area that's being paved for now, but that's the area that needs it most. Hopefully the rest of the lot will progressively get new pavement.
Lastly, if you are going to do a race (5k in this case) at a theme park, and choose to use their lots for part of the race, and tape arrows on the ground ... general courtesy is that you remove those arrow's after the race, ESPECIALLY when the park has specifically asked you to.
These arrows are from a race held in December, and there are still a few left in various spots. While sure, the park eventually needs to remove them, they shouldn't have to.
This is why we can't have nice things.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We will have another Twisted Colossus update next week and hopefully have some really special things to share with you. Don't you love a good mystery?
Stay Tuned ...