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Colossus, Thorpe Park - Review

Colossus - Review

Thorpe Park

Ride Facts and Info

Intamin Steel Looper, the world's first 10 inversion coaster, which was a 2002 world record! Located in the Lost City area of the park, the ride runs along the lakeside with parts of the ride running over water. Colossus is themed after the sun god, and features a temple like station, a themed trench, and a tunnel that dives underneath a gift shop over water. The ride has 2 trains, each with 7 cars contaning 2 rows of 2 seats.


Ride Layout

Upon leaving the station, the train embarks its journey up the 98 foot lift, which speeds up at about the halfway point. The first drop twists to the left, but is not that steep. There then follows a 360 degree Vertical Loop which is built in a small trench over water. Next is a small bunny which dives underneath the Colossus gift shop into a themed tunnel over water.

Next follows the Cobra Roll, after this the train then travels back into the tunnel, and upon exit you enter the first Corkscrew which crosses over the previous bunny hill. A small stretch of straight track leads into another Corkscrew where upon exit you will find the on-ride photo.

There is then a left-hand turnaround before you enter a series of four clockwise heartline twists, with the first one or two positioned just over the water, and another one over part of the midway. There then follows a left-hand turnaround before the final inline twist, this time it is taken anti-clockwise and is frighteningly close to the ground. The train then arrives at the brake run where it comes to a smooth stop before returning to the station.


Ride Evaluation

At first I thought 10 inversions was too much, but after my first ever ride on Colossus I could not believe how awesome the inline twists were, the rest of the ride was okay, but the inline twists make the whole ride. I was totally flying out of my seat, legs and all, and it was simply sensational. The train appears to travel through them slowly, but the speed is perfect as it totally maximizes the airtime, and reduces the intensity. No headbanging or dizziness whatsoever. Other highlights include the bunny hop and dive underneath the gift shop.

Colossus is not the most comfortable of rides since the trains are a little cramped and awkward to get in and out of, and the back of each car is also a little rough, and features some annoying vibrating, but not enough to spoil the ride.

In comparison to B&M; loopers, Colossus is far more intense, but not as smooth, I suppose intensity has a price! However, the inline twists are incredibly smooth, intense, and totally mind-boggling; they are nothing short of airtime heaven. Colossus is now one of my favorite looping roller coasters.

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  • Thorpe Park - Review

    Scoreboard
    Ride Experience:  9/10
    Theming:  7/10
    Landscaping:  7/10
    Queuing Area:  7/10
    Station:  7/10

    Overall: 

    9/10

    Information
    Times Ridden:  12
    Best Seat:  1:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  Inline twists
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  90%
    On-ride Photo:  Yes

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  Medium-High
    Lateral G's:  Low-Medium
    Positive G's:  Medium
    Out of Control:  Low-Medium
    Intensity:  Medium
    Discomfort:  Low-Medium

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