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.