Just a few days ago, Six Flags announced their capital expansions for the year of 2015. Among the lineup were thrill rides, waterslides, and some dark rides. But the attractions that stood out were Twisted Colossus and Wicked Cyclone: two older wooden coasters that are going to be remade with a steel track and a more twisted layout. They are both very similar, both featuring multiple inversions, built and designed by the same company, Rocky Mountain Construction, and are both going to be a hit for 2015. The rivalry started a few days ago . . . and will probably never die - so now I ask you - Which do you think will deliver a better ride?
Wicked Cyclone: Storming in with an 78-degree drop, three inversions, fourteen weightless moments, and extreme banking is Wicked Cyclone. A few months ago, Six Flags New England's wooden Cyclone closed forever, but will now take on a more powerful and thrilling form, with steel track. Rocky Mountain Construction will be utilizing Cyclone's existing frame, and amping up the thrill factor with a compact layout that will pack an exciting punch! I'm really looking forward to the ridiculous inversions, and a section where the train takes you inside of the structure for some banked turns and airtime hills, as the overhead beams will provide "headchopper" effects. Rocky Mountain Construction and Six Flags look like they have a real winner on their hands, and this looks like one of their best creations yet!
Twisted Colossus: All I can say is wow. Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus will undergo a transformation into a steel wonder. I would be shocked if this doesn't end up as the top coaster for 2015 - it totally deserves that rank based off of the artist's renderings of this ride and video footage. The real thrill is sure to be found in the dueling component that sets this ride apart from its competitors - the interaction between the two sides while racing will be visually stunning. From a High Five maneuver where the two trains bank towards each other simultaneously, to a Zero - G Stall with the other side's track running beneath the stall, the competitiveness of racing the other train will make the ride. Wait, there's more, though. Just as you think the ride is over, the train will be sent on the other side of Twisted Colossus to experience the thrills that the other track has in store. So, that will be essentially two coasters, two races, and two adrenaline rushes wraped up into one ride. Yes. It's that good - and it's built by Rocky Mountain construction so we know the ride will be smooth, action-packed, and of course, fun!
They are two similar, but different rides. Both built similarly, but they provide different experiences. Wicked Cyclone will be a more traditional Rocky Mountain Coaster that will have a long ride time, lots of thrills, and twisted inversions. Twisted Colossus is a new innovation, and will actually duel the other side, which adds another layer to the ride experience. If I had to give the edge to one, I would go with Twisted Colossus. I really think the racing aspect as well as an action packed layout will make a world-class coaster, but it's still your decision. Which will you choose?
I'll leave it to a poll, so please vote below.
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