Welcome to our sixth Twisted Colossus update. Wow, six updates in just under two months. I can't imagine how many we'll have by the time this ride opens next Spring/Summer.
Today we'll look at the track that continues to head up the lift hill, we'll also take a look at Apocalypse which had an incident on Friday. We actually have EXCLUSIVE video to share with you.
We'll wrap up the update with a couple of notes about the rest of the park and our thought's on #Peptocopter ... Intrigued, well read on!! =)
Since our last update, track has continued to move up the lift hill making it's way almost to the top of the post-fire structure.
I know a lot of people don't like the Green and Blue track, but it does really look good up against the white.
Some more wood or steel or steel that looks like wood has been stacked up.
Looks like these pieces have been configured to go on the lift, possibly replacing the parts that burned?
Speaking of the fire, does anybody else think it's odd that they haven't cleaned up some of this, painted it or replaced some of it? Maybe that's coming?
Moving inside the park, a close up of one of the track supports. As you can see, things have yet to be tightened which will happen once the entire track is complete.
A close up of two track pieces. If you can count, you can build a coaster. Ok, it's not quite that simple. =)
The chain at the exit was down ... while tempted (because those pictures would be awesome) we resisted going back here. We did let the park know and we assume there is a chain here now. They probably should put more up during construction.
A look at the lift from inside the park
A close up of the lift ... not sure if this is soot from the fire, but you'd think they'd clean up 36 years of dirt and grime before installing new track. Maybe some rain this offseason will take care of it. We could sure use it here.
Unfortunately, Colossus isn't the only wooden coaster we need to talk about in this update. Apocalypse "Valleyed" on Friday afternoon and apparently caused some damage to the track.
Reader Antonio sent us the following video and this was a minute or so after the initial incident as the coaster was still coming to it's final resting place.
While we don't expect the park to put up a "the ride broke" sign, something other than "Annual Maintenance" would be nice, as it's obviously not that.
That said, hopefully this incident will allow them to give the ride a nice rehab because it surely needs it.
Once we hear anything about a reopening date for the ride, we'll let you know.
Around The Park
A few things going on around the rest of the park, some good, some not so good.
But let's start off with some good. We saw this new food offering near Full Throttle. Looks like it's just around for Fright Fest. I would have tried it, but I was solo and since I'm starting my training for the LA Marathon, I'm not sure eating this all by myself would have been the best idea. =)
Some readers on our Facebook page were VERY quick to point out the Pepto Bismol ad at the bottom of the sign, which is probably needed after eating this.
Which made this sign near Jet Stream very funny.
While we get the need to do ads in the park, having people think of getting sick in an amusement park is probably not the best idea.
It's not quite as bad as this ad from 2012 for Payday/Car Title loans though.
Speaking of Jet Stream, we have to give some kudos to the park as they actually have been doing flume work on Jet Stream during the week over the past month or so.
While it's not all done yet, you can certainly tell the difference while riding, and see the difference in that there aren't as many leaks in the flume these days.
Now they just need to systematically take the boats for a complete refurb as they are still VERY bumpy, and kind of ugly. The wheel's are in desperate need of replacing on all of the boats. Too bad we can't just get a new fleet of boats.
Lastly a couple of pet peeve's ... first, this is how the trash cans in the parking lot looked upon our arrival at about 2:30pm on Saturday. Obviously this isn't all from Saturday and probably isn't even all from Friday (which wasn't very busy). Which probably means the trash, at least some of it, had been sitting out since last weekend.
Sadly this isn't the first time we've seen this, and with the bee problem they have in both parks you'd think they'd address this.
That said, we did see the trash crew coming and emptying the trash cans ... although isn't that something that should be done after the park closes or before the park opens rather than at 2:30pm on a busy Saturday?
We'd like to do our part to keep the park clean, but if there is nowhere to put it, it's kind of hard.
Lastly, the drink stand between Tatsu and Roaring Rapids. This is probably the most narrow portion of the "main" walkway around the park, and probably one of the busiest, especially on hot days.
A) Would it hurt the park to actually think ahead and put up a queue for the drink stand? This happens pretty much every weekend. They've got plenty of temporary queue fences as they use them for Fright Fest. Although this particular location could use a permanent one.
B) Would it hurt these guests to think "Hey, I'm blocking up the main walkway, maybe we should take it upon ourselves to move out of the way".
Either way, it needs to be fixed.
That's going to wrap it up for this update, I know we keep saying we don't know when our next update will be, but I really don't know when it's going to be. I've been at SFMM each of the last 4 or 5 weekends, so I'm thinking a break may be in order next weekend.
Of course, if there are major changes on Colossus that could change those plans. =)
Be sure to check back tomorrow as we'll have a full update from Universal Studios Hollywood including Wizarding World, Springfield and Fast and Furious. We'll also have our look at the LA Haunted Hayride on Wednesday.
Thanks for reading ... Gregg
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