After a minor fire on the Colossus lift hill on Monday we wanted to make it a priority to get back up to the park this weekend to bring you the following update.
If you missed our first Twisted Colossus update just click the link.
We'll also take a look at Fright Fest preparations that have been going on now that the park is closed during the week.
Before we get started, we wanted to send out a much deserved congratulations to friend of the site and all around good guy Neal Thurman who was just promoted to President of Six Flags Fiesta Texas. We'll certainly miss him at Magic Mountain but it's so great to see Neal's years of hard work pay off with this well deserved promotion. We look forward to seeing you in Texas next year. Don't forget about us out here!! =)
After Monday's brief fire a good portion of the lift hill and drop is no more.
Once again, kudos go out to the LA Fire Dept and the park for acting so quickly to make sure the damage wasn't worse.
Some more track is now on-site and can be seen from the parking lot
Some close ups of the lift/drop. Burnt Ends ... good on BBQ not so much on wooden coasters.
A wider shot shows just how big the gap is
We haven't heard specifically if this is going to delay construction. As soon as we hear anything we'll let you know.
Inside, nothing much has changed.
Sign is still there. I want one of those "Excuse Our Mess" signs for my sons bedroom door. =)
A look at the lift from inside the park, you can see just how they were removing the lift hill track and how the fire happened.
Peeking in at the exit, nothing to see here.
Just in the 5 or so minutes I was walking through the area I saw at least 3 or 4 people try to go into the restrooms here. They really need to put a sign directing people to Fort Le John or the Gotham restrooms.
Walking back out to the car, it's amazing what you can see when you look at things from a different perspective.
No Spider for Fright Fest. Maybe it will be back next year?
It looks like the fire caused them to remove about 1/4 of the drop. Maybe a little less.
Crane is sitting near the old break run/double dip. I'm guessing this will be the focus of work this week.
Lots of metal connector thingies are sitting around waiting to be placed on the structure.
It looks like the palm tree that was here has been removed.
A zoom shot, not sure what if anything can be seen here. Looks like some piles of wood but I think they've been there for awhile.
Fright Fest preparations are kicking into overdrive as the event is just two short weeks away.
Magic Moments Theater is promoting Fright Fest, this will also be where the Total Darkness maze will be
The Wrist-Band counter is back in front of Flags.
The facade for Willoughby's is back. They really should just keep this up all year.
Lots of spiderwebs
The entrance to El Chupacabra
Lots of awesome Jack-O-Lanterns
The entrance to Aftermath.
More Scare Zone preparations
Lots of places for the talent to hide
Things even up in the trees
Spiders under Superman
And of course, Spider Webs on Buccaneer and Swashbuckler. Lots of smoke from the nearby BBQ place.
Lots of lights are starting to show up on various buildings throughout the park. Not sure if this is for Holiday In the Park, Fright Fest ... or perhaps both.
The entire DC Universe Archway is covered in lights. These are LED and can hopefully change colors, so maybe they have multiple uses.
Pretty much every building in DC Universe was covered in lights. I didn't check if Green Lantern was because I didn't want to. =)
A few already on Flags as well. Will be interesting to see if there are more next week.
Around The Park
Not much else going on around the park. Yesterday was Hallelujah Jubilee, typically one of the busiest days of the year. It didn't seem that bad to me but I only rode Single Rider on Viper and a round trip on the Orient Express.
Lex Luthor was closed. Not sure if it's for rehab, but this is the time of year where rides will be closing down for offseason work. Superman was open however.
Jet Stream had a sign out that it was "Temporarily Closed" so I figured it had just broken down or something.
Certainly doesn't look temporary to me.
In fact, they were working on the flume, in 102 degree heat, on a Saturday when the park is closed all week.
Also heard from The Coaster Guy that the park is hiring somebody to do some fiberglass work, maybe this is a precursor to a much needed extensive rehab during the offseason. Just would have been nice if we could have made it through the September heat that is typical for the area before they closed it.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll be back at the park next week, that's more of a "fun with out of town friends" type visit, but we'll still have an update nonetheless.
Coming up this week:
Going to be a busy few weeks for us. We hope you'll enjoy everything that's coming.