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Magic Mountain Announces ‘Twisted’ Plans for Iconic Colossus Roller Coaster

A little more than a week after the iconic Colossus roller coaster took thrill seekers on a final high-speed adventure, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced plans on Thursday to transform the classic wooden ride into a “record-breaking” hybrid coaster dubbed Twisted Colossus.

A preview image of Twisted Colossus provided by Six Flags Magic Mountain.

A preview image of Twisted Colossus provided by Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Construction was already underway on the new coaster, which will take riders on a four-minute journey over nearly 5,000 feet of track, making it the longest hybrid coaster in the world, according to a Six Flags Magic Mountain news release.

The new edition of Colossus is expected to combine an iconic wooden structure with what was described as state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track.

Twisted Colossus will feature a 128-foot drop, a “High Five” — where two trains pass through a turn facing each other with the illusion that riders can reach out and “high five” each other, and a “Top Gun Stall” — where the train slows down while upside down.

The original Colossus opened at the theme park in Valencia on June 29, 1978 and offered its final run more than 36 years later on Aug. 17, 2014.

Twisted Colossus was expected to open in 2015.

A preview image of Twisted Colossus provided by Six Flags Magic Mountain.

A preview image of Twisted Colossus provided by Six Flags Magic Mountain.