Surely the Griswold family was in tears when Six Flags Magic Mountain’s mega wooden coaster, Colossus, closed in mid-August. So we can only imagine the heartache they experienced this Monday when they find out their “Wally World” dream coaster collapsed after a fire started on its lift hill.
Shortly after the ride closed in August workers began adding steel parts to the attraction to build a hybrid coaster for a 2015 reopen. During the early stages of the reformation, a fire reportedly sparked from a welder’s torch leading to the collapse of a portion of the roller coaster.
This leads us to our point. It’s old. It’s outdated and needed an overhaul…a major one. Colossus was the world’s fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster after opening in 1978. Yes, in 1978 – 36 years ago!