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It remains the tallest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the West, but when Colossus opened in 1978, it was the world's largest roller coaster. This dual-track, racing wooden coaster features a "double out and back" layout with fourteen hills, three drops, a double up, double down, speed bump and bunny hop. Colossus crosses over 10 acres of land is 1,608 feet long from end to end. When operating at capacity a total of six trains, three per track will be running along the two tracks that together total 8,650 feet in length.

See related: Colossus Pictures and Colossus Review

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1978 Wood Racing, Double Out and Back International Amusement Devices

Roller Coaster Stats

Drop: 115 feet G-force: 3.23 G's
Height: 125 feet Length: 4,325 feet
Trains: 6 - 24 passenger Ride Time: 3 minutes, 5 seconds
Top Speed: 62 mph Train Mfg: Morgan Manufacturing

Colossus Facts

Designers: Don Russer, William L. Cobb, Curtis D. Summers

1979 - The speed hill between the second drop and double-up was reprofiled after a tragic accident. Seat belts were also added to the trains.

Early 80's - Magic Mountain reverses the trains on one side of Colossus so riders can ride facing backwards.

1988 - The six PTC trains were replaced with Morgan "California" style fiberglass trains

1991 - The double down was removed and replaced with a mid-course block brake

1998 - Two trains were borrowed from Psyclone for Fright Fest, so Colossus could once again run one side with the trains facing backwards.

Opening date: June 29, 1978

Train has six cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Ride capacity: 2,600 passengers per hour

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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