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  • A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

    Just found this article in the Santa Clarita local site.

    Six Flags Magic Mountain To Close Colossus For Good After August 16 | KHTS Radio - Santa Clarita News

    Colossus is apparently currently set to run backwards through June 15, then under normal operation until closing on August 16th.

    The old makes way for the new. Still, it'll take something impressive to replace her.
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    Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

    :-(

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    • #3
      Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

      Maybe the most filmed roller coaster in history.

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      • #4
        Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

        I must go back to Magic Mountain this summer.
        Be Cool Stay in School!
        Next year I'm trying for a summer internship at Stark Industries.

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        • #5
          Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

          This news is beyond sad. My fave roller coaster of all time. So many memories. I'm hoping it will be sold and rebuilt elsewhere.

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          • #6
            Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

            Originally posted by tofubeast View Post
            This news is beyond sad. My fave roller coaster of all time. So many memories. I'm hoping it will be sold and rebuilt elsewhere.
            Many people believe it's going to be remade into a wood/steel hybrid similar to what was done with the Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8p67C9bET4

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            • #7
              Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

              Just heard the news. As Six Flags sinks deeper into it's crappy mire......
              Dumb decision.
              No worries, stay calm, one question. 
Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?

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              • #8
                Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                Originally posted by Disneymike View Post
                Just heard the news. As Six Flags sinks deeper into it's crappy mire......
                Dumb decision.
                As sad as it is, I can't fault the decision. Besides Colossus being an extremely old coaster, it also takes up a ton of space and operates in a rather dead area of the park. Scream! is one of the best coasters in the park, but it's so far removed and not near anything else that it frequently has a walk-on wait no matter the day. You could take that area and put a new coaster in there, and flesh out the area with other rides to make it an area people want to be in.

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                • #9
                  Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                  Waiting for Godot Micechat.com

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                  • #10
                    Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                    Very sad about this. I have only managed to visit Magic Mountain once, but this was one of the few rides I liked there. Just not a huge extreme coaster fan. Hope to visit before it goes away.

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                    • #11
                      Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                      Yeah...I pretty much hate Six Flags right now....your most historic ride gone...one if not the best wooden coast gone....it does take up some space but god its a great ride and will be very missed
                      Happy Halloween!!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                        We took our nieces to Magic Mountain shortly after it opened. They were a year apart and our older niece was tall enough to ride, the younger niece didn't quite measure up. She was brave as her sister and Rick loaded on the ride, but the moment the coaster launched, she started sobbing, helpless uncle by her side.

                        Lots of great memories of the early years of Magic Mountain.
                        "Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Astor together could have
                        raised money enough to buy a quarter share in my little dog."

                        � Ernest Thompson Seton

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                        • #13
                          Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                          Wooden coasters of this size are much more expensive to maintain than steel coasters.

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                          • #14
                            Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                            I was there this week and didn't go on it. I didn't want my last ride on it to be backwards. I am just not a fan of going backwards on any coaster.

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                            • #15
                              Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                              Originally posted by sheetz View Post
                              Many people believe it's going to be remade into a wood/steel hybrid similar to what was done with the Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8p67C9bET4
                              I really hope this is what happens because it is a great roller coaster and this is the closets thing to keeping it.

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                              • #16
                                Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                                Moose out front should have told you (sorry, dumb joke, but of course Colossus was featured in the classic National Lampoon's Vacation).

                                Truly will be missed.
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                                • #17
                                  Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                                  It's sad that it's going to be going away but it's also completely understandable. I can't remember the last time I had to wait more than 10 minutes to go on the ride. I was at the park today and this afternoon I was able to walk right on with only 1 side open. Hopefully they can do something to get people going to that end of the park.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                                    I hope its replacement is smooth, over 300 feet tall (or better yet, how about 470 feet--a world record), and without any loops. Huge coasters will never be "for the whole family," but a ride that doesn't make riders feel physically bad would be nice.

                                    I'd like Magic Mtn./6Flags execs to ride Cedar Point's Magnum and Millennium Force for inspiration, though the lack of a great lake limits the huge contribution that natural beauty adds to those rides--especially Magnum, which often ends with the riders breaking out in spontaneous clapping and cheering.

                                    How about a
                                    Kingda Ka/Accelerator/Top Thrill Dragster launch up a 400+ foot hill followed by a long ride with lots of "air time" from smaller hills. I'll be disappointed if I hear a commercial like, "Hey teens, can you handle the most gut churning, painful, EXTREME coaster . . . ?"
                                    Magic Mountain has had enough of those over the last 20 years.
                                    Last edited by jcruise86; 06-11-2014, 04:32 PM.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                                      There's really no news on what's going to replace it? That's bogus.

                                      I was never fond of the ride but respected it as an icon in the theme park industry. It won't be Six Flags without it :-/

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: A moment of silence for Colossus (1978-2014)

                                        ^Officially, no. But as mentioned in post #6, there's been rumors of a major retracking of the ride for years now.
                                        Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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