VALENCIA (CBSLA.com) — The world’s longest hybrid roller coaster opened to the public Saturday in Valencia.
Twisted Colossus, the technologically evolved expansion of the legendary wooden coaster Colossus, features the combination of the original wooden structure and a nearly 5,000-foot steel Iron Horse Track.
The track provides a ride experience never previously seen on wooden coasters, including over-banked turns and inversions, Six Flags Magic Mountain Park President Bonnie Rabjohn suggests.
The ride, which lasts four minutes, also features a “Top Gun Stall”, which is an inversion where the train slows down while being upside down. Another feature is the “Zero G Roll”, in which the track twists 360 degrees. There are also two lift hills, a 116-foot, 80-degree drop, and the first “High Five” in the Western Hemisphere, where two trains pass through an overbanked turn with the illusion that riders can reach out and “high five” one another.
The ride was opened at 10 a.m., with Six Flags Magic Mountain planning to open the gates earlier than normal to accommodate the opening day crowd.
The original Colossus opened on June 29, 1978, and was closed on August 17 of 2014. Twisted Colossus is the focal point of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s newly themed Screampunk District, which includes entertainment and new food and shopping areas.
“With a broad appeal, Twisted Colossus will usher in the next generation of thrill seekers whose parents grew up riding the iconic original Colossus, keeping the coaster relevant and thriving for many generations to come,” Rabjohn said.
“And, I can promis you, this isn’t your daddy’s Colossus.”
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