June 26--Some visitors to Six Flags Magic Mountain might smell a wabbit this summer.
They also may think they see a puddy tat.
That's because a new roller coaster launched Wednesday inside the revitalized Bugs Bunny World at Magic Mountain, where all the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters gathered for the grand opening of Speedy Gonzales' Hot Rod Racers. Children were greeted by Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny and the star of the show, Speedy.
Hot Rod Racers is the fourth children's roller coaster at the park, and the 19th overall. That's the most roller coasters for any theme park worldwide, said Magic Mountain spokeswoman Sue Carpenter.
"It's a great theme and a great addition to our park," she said.
Children from various summer camps lined up to take their turns on the shiny new red cars. The new children's roller coaster comes just as Magic Mountain officials announced "That's all Folks" for park classic Colossus. The gigantic coaster, with its grand height and dips, makes its final curtain call on Aug. 16.
Park officials won't officially discuss what's next for the majestic ride, but some visitors on Wednesday said they would make the most of their passes to sit on Colossus as many times as they could this summer.
"I love that roller coaster," said Missy Walters, who was visiting from Sacramento. "I'm staying in the area for a month, and I'm going to ride it as much as I can."
Magic Mountain officials have gone all out to market Colossus' closure. A replica of the station wagon from the 1983 comedy "National Lampoon's Vacation" has been parked at the Colossus entrance. The coaster can be seen by viewers as part of Walley World, the fictional amusement park that became the obsessive quest of Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase.
Chad Reisser of Calabasas laughed when he saw the station wagon. He noted that he and wife Erica, son Zion, 8, and daughter Ella, 11, kind of fit the composition of the family in the "Vacation" movie.
It was the first visit for his children, but he and Erica said they will miss Colossus.
"I sent out a tweet today that said, We're going to Walley World," Reisser said.
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