Colossus (Thorpe Park)
View of Colossus
|Park section||Lost City|
|Opening date||March 22, 2002|
|Designer||Werner Stengel and John Wardley|
|Model||Multi Inversion Coaster|
|Track layout||Intamin Tri Track|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||98 ft (30 m)|
|Drop||97 ft (30 m)|
|Length||2,789 ft (850 m)|
|Speed||45 mph (72 km/h)|
|Capacity||1,200 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||55 in (140 cm)|
|Trains||2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.|
|Restraints||Over the shoulder restraints|
|Colossus at RCDB
Pictures of Colossus at RCDB
Colossus is a roller coaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, and the park's first major attraction. It was built by Swiss manufacturers Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel as an adaptation of Monte Makaya in Brazil. Tussauds designer John Wardley adapted the project to include an extra two inversions as well as reducing its height. Colossus was the world's first roller coaster with ten inversions; an exact replica, called the Tenth Ring Roller Coaster, was later built at Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou, China. It retained its title of having the most inversions on any other roller coaster in the world until The Smiler at Alton Towers took the record in 2013.
Manufacturers Intamin used a similar train style to their Hyper Coaster models which are exposed by removing the sides of the train. This caused problems as riders could lift their legs outside of the train whilst it was in motion. For a brief period in 2002 and 2003 the ride was equipped with metal bars on the sides of the train to prevent this. During 2003 the trains were fitted with new style restraints to prevent riders from doing this and the metal plates were removed.
The roller coaster is located in the Lost City area, in the south-east of the park. The ride is formed of a vertical loop, a cobra roll, two corkscrews and five heartline rolls. The ride's rough theme is the ruins of a recently unearthed Atlantean civilisation. The music for the ride and surrounding area was composed by Ian Habgood and is shared with the roller coaster Colossos in Heide Park, Germany. During planning and construction Colossus was known as Project Odyssey; both names allude to Ancient Greece, albeit in different ways. In 2009, the ride's lift hill chain was replaced and station area was cleaned of rust. In 2010, Colossus's signs and station were repainted.
|2||Part 1 of Cobra Roll|
|3||Part 2 of Cobra Roll|
The train is dispatched from the station and immediately begins to ascend the lift hill, pulling up from the Lost City undergrowth to leave riders fairly exposed at 98 ft. Disengaging from the chain at this point, (and making a loud, unique 'rattling' sound) the train sweeps around a descending twist of track to the left - performing a fairly rapid banked drop - and passes through a vertical loop left. The train then briefly traverses an elongated airtime hill that drops beneath the ride exit and gift shop to grant riders the experience of a headchopper effect, before pulling sharply upwards into a fairly intense cobra roll situated in a partially flooded pit (so as to allow other guests to observe the element and generate a more engaging visual spectacle to surround the attraction).
Upon exiting the cobra roll, the second phase of the circuit begins: snaking slightly to the left, the train is quickly pulled through two corkscrew elements; the first inverting riders over the airtime hill and the second encompassing a pathway leading to the ride entrance. Though a fairly brief portion of the ride experience, the speed of the train (approaching 50 mph) and the proximity to the ground when executing the corkscrews can create quite an exhilarating moment. Riders' photographs are also taken as the train levels after the second corkscrew. Here, the train loses speed as it coasts up a loose ascending curve, once again facing riders in the direction they were travelling after the first drop, to be confronted by four consecutive clockwise heartline rolls that pass only 10 ft above the area's pathway. A final bend round to the left is completed as the train slowly approaches the station, before an unexpected final inversion (a counter-clockwise heartline roll) thrusts guests close to the surrounding foliage. The train then slows into the final brake run, stopping for a moment before the exit.
Although Colossus was a highly successful ride when it first opened, in its more recent years, it has developed a mixed reputation. There have been numerous incidents where Facebook users have commented on Thorpe Park's social media posts about Colossus, complaining about roughness, headbanging, and how the track's colour has faded and should have a repaint. Online reviews about the ride have also stated these issues. As of April 2015, Colossus retains its original trains (with the 2003 restraints) and the track has not yet been repainted.
While the ride has become considerably bumpier since its opening, many guests still find Colossus an enjoyable experience. Very little roughness can be experienced in the front row of the train.
Colossus remains one of Thorpe Park's most popular rides with queues often exceeding an hour in length at peak times.
- "10 Inversion Roller Coaster (Chimelong Paradise)". Retrieved 2007-09-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Colossus (Thorpe Park).|
- Official site for Thorpe Park
- Colossus on Theme Park Junkies
- Colossus on Thorpe Park Insider
- Colossus at Total Thorpe Park
- Colossus on Thorpe Park Mania
- Colossus at ThemeParks-UK
|First Roller Coaster With 10 Inversions
March 2002–May 2013