Highly anticipated Goliath will open a week late at Six Flags Great America

Posted Monday, May 5, 2014 8:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A harsh winter has resulted in a later arrival for Goliath, as Six Flags Great America officials confirmed on Saturday that the new wooden roller coaster will open about a week later than its previously projected Memorial Day-weekend debut.

Read more from The News-Sun.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 10:11 AM

Got to check this thing out in person yesterday, and all I can say is wow. Admittedly we (I guess everyone) had a horrendous winter, so I can understand why they'd be late to open. And there's still a good amount of the lift/stall that needs to be erected.

But when this thing gets finished, it's going to look incredible. Already, the turn-arounds and inversions look very strange and impractical, but in a very good way. Gone are the days of transitions as smooth and gradual as you can get them. Cannot wait to see Goliath in operation.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 2:06 PM

Oh Jeez! This could not be worse. Although I swore I'd never plan another trip around the projected opening of a roller coaster, I purchased a nonrefundable airfare to Chicago after the folks at SFGA assured me that Goliath would open Memorial Day weekend. It would cost me about $200 to change my itinerary and I can't afford that. Also, I used points from a credit card to book a free hotel room that weekend and now have to contact Choice Privileges to see whether I can get my points back.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 3:00 PM

Welp. I guess you probably should have thought that one through. Wakka Wakka.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 3:33 PM

The sad trombone sound is just funny. I laugh every time. I'm going to request it is played at my funeral.

Well everyone, Gonch is dead. (womp womp womp womp)

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Monday, May 5, 2014 4:11 PM

That and the Price is Right failure sound. Kills me every time.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 9:46 PM

Yes! Love the Price is Right failure sound!

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Monday, May 5, 2014 9:54 PM

I volleyed back and forth between the 2 sounds, and eventually settled on the trombone. It was a tough call

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:05 AM

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 4:15 PM

Vater said:

That and the Price is Right failure sound. Kills me every time.

The original Let's Make a Deal failure sound was better:

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6:43 PM

I disagree. There's something about a silly little ditty played on a tuba punctuated by a descending dissonant mess of trombones that's hilarious. And fitting, when someone fails miserably.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 8:05 PM

Honestly opening only a week late at this point seems unrealistic. They are still building the ride, correct? They basically have 30 days to finish the structure, commission from the manufacturer, get licensed, and train a crew?

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:49 PM

Fun, stop trying to derail this topic.

Yes, it's the out of tune trio of trombones that make the TPIR fail my favorite. The Zonk one is okay, but it's too professional, especially that guy that's trying to break it down there at the end.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:37 PM

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Friday, May 9, 2014 12:50 PM

OK, you have a point with the tuba. But this is the best version:

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 8:07 PM

This article makes me think they are not going to make that "week later" time frame.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/grayslake_gurnee_r...0115.story

As others have stated, providing a time frame for a ride opening can be a tricky (unless you're opening a B&M).

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