By Britt Bickel
It’s a bittersweet weekend for the iconic wooden roller coaster Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain, as coaster enthusiasts and thriller seekers take their final rides before it closes its double race tracks for good on Saturday.
The iconic wooden coaster has been a fixture at the park for the past 36 years after opening on June 29, 1978, when it once held the title of being the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in the world. With a 100-foot drop and speeds exceeding 60 mph, Colossus has made riders’ stomachs drop and roused plenty of screams in its 36-year tenure at the park.
The coaster not only became a must-ride attraction at Six Flags, but it also became a pop culture icon after being notably being featured the comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation (where it was called the Screemy Meemy). The coaster was also featured in the opening sequence of the ’90s sitcom Step-By-Step as the roller coaster the Lambert-Foster families ride, as well as other movies and TV shows.
In honor of its final weekend carting riders up its side-by-side identical tracks (and all the high-fives that were exchanged between the rival trains) we dug up a Flashback video from Colossus’ opening press day in 1978.
This montage video by YouTube user Bob z features local LA news reports on the coaster’s opening day from ABC 7, NBC 4 and CBS 2 and even some ride-alongs with the reporters themselves.
Watch the nostalgic video below.