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It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

August 21, 2014

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After 36 years, a Southern California icon, and a (literally) big part of my childhood no longer stands. As of August 16, 2014 Colossus, also known as “the granddaddy of all roller coasters”, closed down.

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Colossus was one of the very few wooded coasters left in California.  There is a great deal of nostalgia associated with this ride.  I remember coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain year after year as a kid. Colossus was always the first ride I got on for the day. It kind of set the tone and got me ready for thrills and excitement. It was also one if the rides I remember riding with my childhood crush in the summer. During the fall they would reverse the cars and you could ride Colossus backwards! That was so bananas (b-a-n-a-n-a-s)!  Then, and the end of your day at Magic Mountain, it was Colossus that bordered the parking lot and was lit up with multicolored lights as if to be a grand farewell.

Colossus Facts
Opened: 1978
Made of: Douglas fir and long leaf yellow pine
Height: about 13 stories
Top Speed: 62 mph
Tallest Drop: 115 ft
Where you Might Have Seen Colossus: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Step by Step, and more

There is another wooden roller coaster at Magic Mountan, but I honestly have never been a fan if it. Colossus will always have a special place in my memories.

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