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Colossos, Heide Park - Review

Colossos - Review

Heide Park

Ride Facts and Info

Intamin L-shaped out-and-back woodie, built with prefabricated track. The ride has 2 Intamin trains, each with 5 cars containing 3 rows of 2 seats. Restraints consit of a t-shaped lapbar and seatbelts.


Ride Layout

The ride begins with a steep lifthill out of the station, after the lift follows a left-hand turnaround that leads to the first drop. The first drop is angled at 61 degrees and travels to ground level before rising back up into another large hill. Two more large hills follow, with the drop off the fourth hill twisting to the right as it turns about 200 degrees banked at an angle of 66.6 degrees. The track then climbs back up and makes a left turn at the crest of the hill so that it is adjacent to the previous section of track.

Next is one large drop, followed by a gentle climb into a small bunny hill, the train then climbs back up and enters an anticlockwise downward spiral. Three bunny hills follow, before a banked right-hand fan turn that leads to the brake run.


Ride Evaluation

Colossos simply blew me away! This is one of the smoothest wooden coasters I have ever ridden, which considering its size is quite an amazing feat. While smoothness doesn't necessarily make a good ride, it certainly contributes to a more pleasant one, however, extreme airtime and negative g's do make a good ride, and Colossos is packed full of them.

The first drop is awesome and features some great airtime in the back seat, and a great view on the way down in the front; the positive g's are also quite strong in the valley of the first drop. The forceful airtime continues into the following three hills, with the turnaround drop providing some good lateral air.

The hill after the turnaround drop has a small amount of floating air, as does the following bunny hill, and the crest of the hill before the spiral. This part of the ride was a little weak in comparison to the previous part and the final part, but it is still incredibly smooth, and offers more variety of airtime.

The spiral has some reasonable lateral forces, and picks up more and more speed as it progresses through the element. The three bunny hills that follow are just airtime heaven no matter where you are sitting, but I found them more powerful in the front car.

The front car provides the most intense ride, closely followed by the back car, which has the added bonus of airtime on the first drop. The other 3 cars all provide a great ride, but not as intense, and I thought that the second and fourth cars were a little noisy; in fact, the whole train makes a weird noise as it crests the hills, but I didn't notice this on the ride other than in cars 2 and 4.

Colossos is a great wooden coaster, but runs more like a steel Hypercoaster than a wooden coaster as it is so smooth and doesn't have that out of control feeling, but for airtime it is colossal and comparable to Six Flags New England's Superman - Ride of Steel.

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    Scoreboard
    Ride Experience:  9/10
    Theming:  5/10
    Landscaping:  6/10
    Queuing Area:  2/10
    Station:  7/10

    Overall: 

    9/10

    Information
    Times Ridden:  23
    Best Seat:  1:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  All
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  95%
    On-ride Photo:  Yes

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

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