After 36 years of greeting fans as they drive into the Six Flags Magic Mountain parking lot, Colossus will be closing on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
The Magic Mountain website calls it "the granddaddy of all roller coasters, the legendary classic ride". The dual-tracked Colossus opened on June 29, 1978 and was the fastest and the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world at the time. It was the first coaster with two drops exceeding 100 feet. Colossus is one of the world's most enormous wooden roller coasters, taking up 10 acres of land, with 4,325 feet of track on each side.
Colossus has been featured in several movies, including the cult classic, "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" and "National Lampoon's Vacation."
Six Flags Magic Mountain will announce exciting future plans for the park at a later date. Park officials did not comment on why they had decided to shut down the coaster.