Six Flags Great America announces Goliath roller coaster

Posted Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags says Goliath will be the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world and feature the world's tallest and steepest drop. All totaled, the coaster will tout three world records. The ride will feature two inversions and an 85-degree plunge after Goliath takes riders up a 165-foot lift hill, then plunges them down a record-setting 180 foot drop, Six flags says.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:13 AM

Niiiiiiiice...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:22 AM

She said its called The Goliath. What a great name. Too bad The Viper was taken.

:-)

That last inversion looks like some severe OMG upside-downness.

Last edited by RCMAC, Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:22 AM
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Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:40 AM

The "inverted zero g stall" in the POV made me stop and say "WTF was that?!"

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:54 AM

What an awful press release. It's so filled with superlatives and mis-information.

"tallest"

Well, the drop is the longest, but traditionally "tallest" means the highest point of the ride. Usually this and drop height go hand in hand.

"record-breaking speeds of up to 72 mph"

True, it will be the fastest wooden coaster when it opens, but does it count as record breaking when a wooden coaster went 78 mph over a decade ago? I mean, SOB is gone now but...

"first-of-its-kind"

Looks like it will be a Rocky Mountain Construction project, so Outlaw Run must not exist?

Don't get me wrong, this looks like a great ride. It doesn't need superlatives ad nauseum to make it a great ride.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:02 AM

Who cares about a press release, World Record facts or any facts at all!! its a new THRILL COASTER for 2014!! Yippie!! Lets RIDE!! .. lol ok so I'm excited a little bit, hate me later its my home park!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:03 AM

So here's how the press release should have read:

"This ride is the tits, bitches!"

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 11:17 AM

She said that there were only two others like it, I'm assuming she's talking about Outlaw Run and Hades 360, but isn't there also Iron Rattler at SFFT or is that one considered steel due to it's track construction, or is this another point that she got wrong.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 11:51 AM

I'm probably in the minority, but I was bummed to see Iron Wolf leaving. I guess it's only fair that something equally as intense or better gets planted in it's spot- just like it's only fair that Antique Cars, Splashwater Falls, and the County Fair Stage were replaced by something of a similar intensity.

The first drop on Raging Bull is the best on a steel coaster that I've ridden- Goliath looks like it could be it's wooden counterpart, which would make it a great success even if they decided to design a U-Turn immediately following the drop right into a brake run and the station. Instead, they've packed a bunch of filth and sickness into remaining length of trackage. I really look forward to this.

Six Flags Mexico Rocky Mountained Medusa- that one looks like quite the treat as well. As great as these reimagined (Rocky Mountained) large wooden coasters look- I hope they don't go after Boss in SFStL.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:16 PM

What bothers me is this: I can only do one major trip a year. Between Universal opening up the new Harry Potter area, this in Chicago, and IR and NTG in Texas close to Dallas Stadium (our plans were to go to a game and let me go ride some coasters as well), how do I choose between such awesomeness?! :)

Any thoughts on the NTG rider ejection and conflicts with all the new RMC rides? Especially if the hybrid ones are getting Gerstlauer trains? Obviously Six Flags doesn't have a problem with it, and I don't see a problem either, but I'm curious as to what everyone thinks about the possible publicity issues this could present.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:48 PM

ENUFFZNUFF said:

hate me later

Do I have to wait until later? :)

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 1:56 PM

2014's shaping up to a great year for new coasters. This ride looks incredible!

My only complaint is that I wish the anchor guy was right and the ride was going to be called "Gladiator." The Goliath name really needs to be freaking retired already, it's so overused.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 2:09 PM

ENUFFZNUFF said:

Who cares about a press release, World Record facts or any facts at all!! its a new THRILL COASTER for 2014!! Yippie!! Lets RIDE!! .. lol ok so I'm excited a little bit, hate me later its my home park!

Dude! You complained about the ride constantly after it leaked. Calm down. What happened to too short?

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 2:57 PM

Quit Stalking me! ... lol, hey so the promo "video" is better than the leaked layout, people convert to other religions all the time, i'm on the wagon now!!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 3:06 PM

No way, those red lines on paper were way more exciting than the stupid realistic animated video.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:49 PM

I liked it, but I don't think it will become "best ever" of anything. It looks quite short in length, and though it looks intense, I'm not that impressed. I'd take a Voyage type ride any day over this thing.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:55 PM

That's what she said.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:43 PM

^oh, does she prefer Voyage too?

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:33 PM

These RMC creations are simply amazing. And this ride looks insanely good.

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Friday, August 30, 2013 8:01 AM

Guesses on the restraint type?

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