La Ronde announces Goliath

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:08 PM | Contributed by Jeff

La Ronde has announced Goliath, a 175-foot tall B&M speed coaster that will reach 68 mph over more than 4,000 feet of track.

Read more from La Ronde and the press release.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:20 PM
I'm so gonna hate this.

They cloned the name!

So, uh, Six Flags Canada, eh? All in due time...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:26 PM
They cloned the name, but I can't really think of another name that works better, as it has the same meaning in both french and english. That's very important in Quebec.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:29 PM
175 feet tall, eh?

I was always trying to figger out how tall a hyper would be after factoring in the exchange rate! :)


Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:31 PM
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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:40 PM
C'est magnifique!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 12:50 PM
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 ;).
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:14 PM
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. :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:17 PM
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.:)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:23 PM
I can't watch the video. What am I doing wrong? The window is popping up and then it just sits there.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:27 PM
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).
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:33 PM
Looks awesome! I want to be in Montreal :(
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:48 PM
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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:58 PM
When will you visit greatwhitenorth? I'm also hitting the park on sunday for season passes. You're totally right when you say pass processing will be a mess!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:10 PM
It will only have the highest capacity in the park if it runs both trains... I'd like to see how much THAT happens ;)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:10 PM
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, Dragon Mountain is taller by 11 feet compared to Goliath. Talk about wrong stats....
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:16 PM
Maybe they meant tallest coaster in Quebec?

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:19 PM

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 ***

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:30 PM
I was always under the impression that B&M referred to their rides as "speed coasters".
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 2:36 PM
Again, Mega Coaster is a product name*, not a "reaching a certain height" nickname*.

* used by B&M and Intamin
* hypercoaster (200ft.), gigacoaster (300ft.) and stratacoaster (400ft.) are


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