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 ...