The future of Europe's largest wooden roller coaster does not look rosy.
The largest wooden rollercoaster in Europe has been grounded since July 2016 for urgent maintenance and repair work. Early this year, Heide Park announced that Colossos will remain closed throughout 2017. Many details could not be released, but a spokeswoman from the park could tell us that "It's a replacement of the roller coaster rails, which is a very cumbersome job. An opening date is not known yet, but we keep everyone informed As soon as there is more news,"said the spokeswoman.
Last weekend, a conversation round took place with the fansite "Freizeitpark-Welt" and some Heide-Park managers. In addition, the park came out with an official verdict on the future of Colossos at the end of this year. It was also said that the repair of the roller coaster is accompanied by a repair cost which is below a two-digit million amount, a pepper repair.
The park is now watching with the parent company Merlin Entertainments and their investors what decision they will take. There are currently different scenarios on the table, including breaking down the job to replace him with a brand new attraction.
Imagine if they actually closed Colossos, Imagine the bad publicity Merlin would get...