That's totally understable with the name. The first "jr. hyper" from B&M? Looks pretty good to me. From my experience with the Steel Eeel at SWT, I can attest that these smaller guys can pack just as much of a wallop as the big boys. I definitely can't wait to give this a go next summer.
I'm diggin' the custom layout. I'm so happy we're seeing all of these original designs. It's not that clones are bad; it's just great to see something specifically made for the park.
The name "Goliath" used over and over doesn't really bother me for some reason. Maybe it's because "Goliath" is all too appropriate for what will be the largest coaster at La Ronde.
No helix but holy hills! It's just one camelback after another. I love it! I hadn't planned on being this excited over the announcement but for some reason I am. I'm certainly going to make a trip up to Montreal to try out this new ride next summer. :)
I thought that SFOG was claiming a height of 200' for their Goliath? Is that technically not right? Just curious. Doesn't Intamin call their hypers mega coasters as well? I thought that B&M went with "speed coasters". Any case, it looks like an airtime machine and a lot of fun.:)
You're not doing anything wrong. La Ronde's web site is overloaded with traffic. They do not use Six Flags backbone server and web developers (probably because of the French language content and navigation).
Finally, a speed coaster in Canada! And as a bonus, it's close enough for me to visit after work. And with the best capacity at La Ronde, I'll ride it again and again and again... :)
It's in an interesting location, at the back of the park. I bet they will close the rear parking lot and entrance to non-employees.
Nit-picking details: The press release said the coaster would reach the eastern point on the island, but Ilse Ste-Helen is orientated North-South and Goliath will touch the Northern tip. (The writers assumed the St. Lawrence flows East, when in fact it definitely flows North past the island.)
I think I'll drop by this weekend to hook up next years season pass. With a new attraction as big as this, pass processing will be very messy next May.
I went to Montreal for independence day weekend. Great city. I did go to La Ronde but due to time constraints I missed out on 3 coasters and the helicopter tour of the city. This will definitely drag me back up there. I am wondering why they shied away from breaking the 200 ft mark though. Upon checking rcdb.com, Dragon Mountain is taller by 11 feet compared to Goliath. Talk about wrong stats....
This should definately be a sweet addition. It's kind of a disappointment that LaRonde & New England now have a hyper which will diminish the chances of the park inbetween, The Great Escape, of getting a hyper (or mini) for their park.
Sometimes the smaller the hyper, the larger the punch they provide because they're not going after sheer height or speed, but instead the intensity of the turns or in the case of this Goliath, the many hills/bunny hops for the air-time intensity.
It'll definately be a hit & a great signature coaster, but probably won't crack any top 10 records. Doesn't look as good as the Goliath's overseas by Intamin.
Well, technically, aren't both GOLIATHs being built for 2006 'Jr. Hypers'? And the Correct Term, mr. you're not really a coaster geek, is 'Mega Coaster', since it is B&M .
What does the manufacturer have to do with using the term hyper or mega? The term hypercoaster was first used in an ACE publication to denote any coaster over 200 feet in height. It had nothing to do with who manufactured the coaster, or even the style.
*** This post was edited by Jeffrey Seifert 10/26/2005 3:42:41 PM ***