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Re: Heide Park

Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:06 pm

My reaction to this is as follows:

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Re: Heide Park

Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:18 pm

Jack wrote:
My reaction to this is as follows:



Perfect :lol
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Re: Heide Park

Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:02 am

Lots of the flat rides from the park have appeared on private showmans advertising groups on Facebook. So it looks as though Merlin is having one of its flat ride culls in the near future.

Oh and we’re due to find out what’s happening to Colossos within the next week, so that’ll be fun seeing them explain how they let an easy to maintain wooden coaster get so bad they’ll probably need to either RMC it, completely rebuild it or demolish it.
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Re: Heide Park

Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:38 am

Colossos will reopen in 2019!
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Re: Heide Park

Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:50 am

Official announcement from the park (German only):
https://www.facebook.com/HeideParkResor ... 872106629/

To summarise: Ride will return in 2019 with some new additions and tweaks (to be revealed over the course of 2018), but it's not going to be a hybrid even though they thought about it.
 
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Re: Heide Park

Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:33 pm

A pleasant surprise!

Hopefully they take better care of it this time.
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Re: Heide Park

Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:57 pm

Ermagerh!
Trip to Heide = Now on the cards!
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Re: Heide Park

Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:38 am

I am so incredibly relieved by this! I ended up missing the Colossos credit during a 2016 Halloween visit - I enjoyed my time there, but it was definitely a dampener on the experience. Honestly, when I heard it was remaining shut in 2017 and 2018 I was pretty worried. Luckily, Merlin seem to have decided to not be terrible and keep this awesome ride! 
 
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Re: Heide Park

Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:00 pm

Hooray, I'm relieved too as it's currently one of my favourite woodies :)
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Re: Heide Park

Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:32 pm

Heide Park have released a video on their Facebook page providing an update on the refurbishment to Colossos, which is due to reopen next year.

The below images are screen grabs from the video posted on the Theme Park Worldwide Facebook page.

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Re: Heide Park

Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:46 pm

It seems an EU trademark has recently been filed for "Colossos Kampf Der Giganten" (i.e. Colossos Battle of the Giants) with Lane IP, Merlin's go-to IP law firm, currently both the registered representative and owner... The logo appears to suggest a wood and fire theme - wonder where they got that idea from...

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Re: Heide Park

Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:11 pm

Here are some photos from the CoasterFriends Forum, showing the large theming structure that's being constructed.

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Re: Heide Park

Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:21 pm

Concept images for Colossus have been posted on the park's Instagram page. Let's say is it Wicker Man V2.

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A DARK POWER THREATENS TO DESTROY COLOSSUS. ONLY YOUR CRIES AND THE ENERGY OF COLOSSOS CAN TAME THEM.

COLOSSOS COMES BACK AND A GIGANTIC FIGHT BETWEEN FIRE AND WOOD BEGINS!

ARE YOU READY?
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Re: Heide Park

Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:35 pm

As much as it is very much looking similar to Wicker Man, it is good to see that the park are going to some lengths to re-launch the ride and have spent the time and money to fix it and arguably significantly re-theme it. (Although you could argue Merlin should never have let Colossos get into such a state of disrepair anyway)

Merlin do have a habit of reusing themes and/or names. Oblivion: The Black Hole at Gardaland springs to mind too. I guess the majority of guests wouldn't even make the connection with two coasters in different countries - it's only people like ourselves that will notice the obvious similarities.
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Re: Heide Park

Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:36 pm

Heide Park have also updated their website, which has an additional visual. While it's good to see that Merlin know when they've hit upon a good concept, I feel as though practically replicating it cheapens it in some way.

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