Six Flags Magic Mountain Makes the Old New Again with Twisted Colossus
May 20, 2015, 2:19 PM ·
Six Flags Magic Mountain this morning unleashed its 19th roller coaster — Twisted Colossus. At nearly 5,000 feet of track and nearly four minutes of ride time, this Iron Horse steel re-track of the park's iconic Colossus wooden coaster sets the record as the longest hybrid coaster in the world.
Twisted Colossus achieves this length by combining both tracks for the former Colossus into a single track. But don't worry — you'll still get to race on this coaster. With three trains in operation, you will climb the blue track on lift hill side-by-side with the train that dispatched ahead of you, and on the second go-around, on the green track, you'll be joined on the hill by the train that dispatched behind you.
For its media preview today, Magic Mountain ran only two trains, which meant racing on only one go-around, but that was enough to tease the visual thrills that await riders as they twist through the track with another train just feet away at times. While Twisted Colossus retains the racing soul of the wooden Colossus, this is a much different ride — consistently faster, with steeper drops, wilder turns, abundant airtime, and, oh yes, multiple inversions.
Twisted Colossus runs twice as long as most coasters, but I felt like I stayed in my seat for about half as much time as I usually do on a coaster. Six Flags' partners at Rocky Mountain Construction made generous use of bunny hops and opposite banking in its track design, creating so many airtime opportunities on the ride that I lost count.
The party starts on that lift hill, though. Forget what you might remember about Colossus and its initial drop. Twisted Colossus shaves the angle of that descent, creating a face-first, nearly vertical, 128-foot plunge that accelerates you to the ride's 57 mph top speed. And if you enjoyed the thrill of that dive the first time, don't worry — you'll soon get to do it again. Let's take a ride:
Twisted Colossus opens to Six Flags Gold Pass members Thursday and Friday and to the general public on Saturday.