Yesterday, Six Flags Great America opened for its 40th season of operation. To open the new season, Six Flags held a dedication ceremony where last year's new coaster, Goliath was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the fastest, steepest, and having the longest first drop of any wood coaster in the world. The event was attended by various media and coaster enthusiast clubs.
Goliath was officially measured by the Guinness Book and was awarded the three records in the wood coaster category. The first drop of the coaster was awarded the new crown for longest drop at 180 feet. It is still not the tallest wood coaster in the world which is held by T Express at Everland in South Korea. The tunnel that the coaster dives into though allows the ride to beat out previous record holder El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure. The second record for steepness was officially measured at 85.13 degrees. The third record for speed was officially measured at 71.89 mph once again beating out the previous record holder, El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure.