We were invited up to Six Flags Magic Mountain on Saturday night for the first of their "Farewell Colossus" events. This one being put on by the all-new AMP 98.7, which I guess is a new format for this station. Included was the new morning show host, Woody. Get it, Woody, wooden coaster, woody/coaster party?
Since the event didn't start until 11pm we decided to head up to the park a bit early for a few rides.
We arrived at the park around 6:00pm and decided to head up to Ninja first.
It's always good to see this at the front of the park. Apparently they have been using it more.
Hercules contest, you can win a big ol' TV. Good thing is, actually seeing the movie isn't a part of the deal. =)
MmmHmm ... "Routine Annual Maintenance". =)
But seriously, no surprise that the ride is only running 1 train, and it's nice that they are letting people know.
The line was moving VERY slow due to a lot of Flash Pass holders so we decided to come back later in the evening. If a ride is only operating 1 train I really don't think it should have Flash Pass, but that's only my opinion.
It was a very busy day (no surprise) and quite warm (also no surprise). This was the line for Roaring Rapids.
Speaking of warm, the upcoming Biggest Loser race that was to be held at the park on August 10 has been moved to November 23. Apparently somebody finally looked at the weather for that time of the year in Valencia.
If you'd like more info on the race, you can check out their facebook page. They should probably update the date on their cover photo as well (seen below).
For those of you who don't know, California is in the midst of a SEVERE drought including water restrictions. Not sure how well you can see it, but this part of jet stream is leaking like a waterfall. Hopefully this is something that will get addressed at the end of the summer. It would be a shame if they closed it now.
Walking down the hill, we decided to take a look at all of the trees that have been cleared around Ninja.
As you can see, they've cut quite a lot.
The area is much more open, but it doesn't seem to impact either ride. They totally have enough room for another Kiddie coaster in this spot now!!! =)
From the Jet Stream line
The third train is still sitting over in the transfer track to the left
You can pretty much see all of the Ninja track now, which is probably the point.
Jet Stream is still fun and everybody seems to love it.
Moving on, we decided to ride Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth in honor of the new Wonder Woman design that was announced at Comic Con.
I mean seriously, how awesome is that?
Superman was running both sides and Lex Luthor was running very well so it was a good time to get both in action from DC Universe.
Batman at sunset
We decided to head out and grab some dinner at Red Robin with The Coaster Guy before heading back to the Colossus party.
Once back in the park it was nice to be able to take some pictures of stuff without a lot of people.
Misty Full Throttle
Now on to the Colossus party
The chance to ride Colossus with pretty much an exclusive ERT session all night is great. And Scream was open too, so anybody who wanted to could pretty much sit on either ride all night and have a great time.
This was the description of the event:
Guests will receive all access to Colossus and Scream, entertainment provided by ALT 98.7, hourly contests with prizes in addition to a one-of-a-kind Farewell Colossus button.
This was the ALT 98.7 entertainment.
Also, this booth was set up near the "Cool Zone" which really isn't near the ride. It should have been set up in the plaza between Colossus and Scream and maybe had some cool lights, etc to make it more of a "party" atmosphere.
In addition, for a radio contest, there was no food or drinks. You had to purchase them at normal park prices.
But the star of the night was Colossus, and we had fun riding in the front, back, middle, wherever for a few hours. But at one point it seemed more people were sitting in the Scream plaza than actually riding Colossus.
Just a couple of minor tweaks would have turned this from a "we can ride as much as we want event" into a "Wow, this is a can't-miss event".
This sign was added a few weeks ago ... makes you wonder if both sides may be open for the final weekend? Or if this side is permanently closed. We'll just have to wait and see.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. Thanks to the park for having us out, we really did have a GREAT time and any opportunity we have to get some final rides on Colossus we are definitely going to take.
We also did grab an extra Colossus button, so make sure you comment below and we'll select a winner at random.