Specific Type: Wood
Goliath may be one of the most used names for a roller coaster, but there is nothing common about Goliath at Six Flags Great America. After one ride on this colossal structure you will see that there is simply no better way to describe this ride. On paper the layout of Goliath is simple. The train travels away from the station, races back, flies out once more, and returns to the brake run. But for where Goliath lacks in twists and turns, it makes up for in its impressive size and speed. This ride is big, and it is fast.
At the time of its debut, Goliath boasted three world records for wooden coasters. Goliathopened breaking the record for longest and steepest drop as well as being the fastest wooden coaster on the planet. To accomplish this, Six Flags Great America turned to renowned roller coaster developers Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC). RMC had been responsible for the refurbishment of Texas Giant and Iron Rattler. Goliath is the second coaster RMC has put together from the ground up. Its first, Outlaw Run, made its debut in 2013 at Silver Dollar Cityand RMC pushed the envelope with its design. RMC has once again pushed wooden structures to the next level with Goliath.
Goliath stands at the former location of Iron Wolf which was removed after the 2011 season. The new ride recycles both the station and queues of Iron Wolf, and it is a much welcomed addition to the County Fair section of the park.
As Goliath creeps out of the station, riders are given a brief moment to take in the entire layout before ascending the 165 foot lift hill. Riders are thrown overboard nearly vertical at 85 degrees 180 feet into a tunnel taking them 15 feet below ground. The train reaches its peak speed of 72 miles per hour and rockets back 125 feet into the air leading to an over-banked turn around. The 1 minute 30 second ride will also include an air time hill, dive loop, a second over-banked turn, and an element called a zero gravity stall, where the train is suspended upside-down as it crowns over a hill.
Goliath will operate with two trains also manufactured by RMC. Each train will be made up of six cars, with riders being arranged in two rows of two for a total of 24 riders per train. Riders will be restrained through the use of an individual lap bar and seatbelt.
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