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For 36-years Colossus remained the tallest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the West, but when it opened in 1978 it was the world's largest roller coaster. This dual-track, racing wooden coaster featured a "double out and back figure-8" layout with fourteen hills, three drops, a double up, double down, speed bump and bunny hop. Colossus was built on 10 acres of land that spans 1,608-feet from end to end. When operating at capacity a total of six trains, three per track were running along the two tracks that together total 8,650-feet in length.

See related: Colossus Pictures and read Colossus Review

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1978 Wood Racing, Double Out and Back International Amusement Devices
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • G-force
  • Ride Time
    3 minutes, 5 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity
    riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    6 - 24 passenger
  • Train Designer
    Morgan Manufacturing

Colossus Facts & History

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.

June 3, 2014 – Six Flags Magic Mountain announces they will close Colossus forever on August 16, 2014.

Opening date: June 29, 1978

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

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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