The massive Colossus roller coaster, with a 100-foot drop and speeds up to 60 mph, has evoked screams of terror and joy for 36 years.
But 15-year-old Madi Giordano climbed off the venerable wood coaster this week feeling sad and nostalgic. Her grandfather, she said, helped grade the Valencia property beneath the ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
“You can get a piece of history by riding Colossus,” Giordano said over the clank, clank, clank of another coaster car climbing the first incline.
Colossus will close Saturday, ending an era for what once was the nation’s tallest and fastest wood roller coaster. Now, the ride doesn’t even rank in the Top 10 in either category.
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