Thursday, May 4, 2000 6:12 AM
2000, Giovanola Hypercoaster
The trains are extremely comfortable. Reminded me of Gerstlauer trains on Twisted Sisters but with deeper seat wells and better restraints. Five coaches (3x2 seating) articulated. The track is reminiscent of B&M track. The layout, IMHO, is quite short. How can a 250'+ tall coaster be less than 5000' long? I've been on longer coasters that are half as high. However, Goliath packs quite a whallop in a short distance. The lift hill is quite noisy. With the sound of those anti-rollbacks, you know that you're on a big coaster. The lift is also starting to show that it is indeed in a Six Flags park; it's starting to slow at the crest. Doesn't matter. As soon as you crest, you see the pinhole. What's the pinhole? That's the size of the tunnel opening from the top of the lift. Is this train I'm strapped in to going to fit into that space? You betcha! A few moments later the train speeds down the first drop heading right for the pinhole. As you get closer the pinhole gets larger and larger. Once you're in it, you see that it's quite large. After you exit the tunnel, you enter the turn above Colossus. When you complete the turn, you dive towards the ground again only to pull out and enter the long airtime hill. It's a long low parabolic hill. However, I found that the airtime on this hill isn't as strong as on Shivering Timbers or Raging Bull. This is probably due to the fact that Goliath's hill isn't as steep. On the plus side, big airtime is big airtime. After the airtime hill you turn left and rise into the oh so necessary block/trim brakes. As all who have ridden have said, "I'm glad those brakes are there". You'll see why. After the blocks, the train dives down and left into what can only be described as the best set of turns I've ever seen on a coaster. A hard right followed by a breather followed by the strongest helix I've ever encountered on steel. 540 degrees of high banked G's. 吀栀攀 栀攀氀椀砀 椀猀 昀漀氀氀漀眀攀搀 戀礀 愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 爀椀最栀琀 琀甀爀渀 愀渀搀 愀 搀椀瘀攀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 猀琀爀甀挀琀甀爀攀 昀漀爀 猀漀洀攀 最漀漀搀 栀攀愀搀挀栀漀瀀瀀攀爀猀 昀漀氀氀漀眀攀搀 戀礀 愀 爀椀最栀琀 琀甀爀渀 爀椀猀攀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 戀爀愀欀攀猀⸀ 䜀漀氀椀愀琀栀✀猀 昀椀渀椀猀栀 椀猀 瘀攀爀礀 猀琀爀漀渀最Ⰰ 瀀爀漀戀愀戀氀礀 漀渀攀 琀栀攀 戀攀猀琀 䤀✀瘀攀 栀愀搀 漀渀 愀 猀琀攀攀氀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀ 䤀琀✀猀 瀀漀眀攀爀昀甀氀 愀渀搀 焀甀椀挀欀 昀爀漀洀 氀椀昀琀 琀漀 戀爀愀欀攀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀愀琀✀猀 眀椀琀栀 愀 猀琀爀漀渀最 琀爀椀洀 椀渀 琀栀攀 洀椀搀搀氀攀⸀ 䄀猀 氀漀挀愀氀 氀攀最攀渀搀 最漀攀猀Ⰰ 攀瘀攀爀礀 攀渀琀栀甀猀椀愀猀琀猀 眀栀漀 栀愀瘀攀 爀椀搀搀攀渀 椀琀Ⰰ 椀渀挀氀甀搀椀渀最 洀礀猀攀氀昀Ⰰ 栀愀猀 戀攀攀渀 栀攀愀爀搀 琀漀 猀愀礀 ∀䤀✀搀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 氀椀欀攀 琀漀 琀爀礀 琀栀愀琀 漀渀挀攀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 戀爀愀欀攀猀 漀昀昀∀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䐀甀攀 琀漀 愀 䐀椀猀挀漀瘀攀爀礀 䌀栀愀渀渀攀氀 昀椀氀洀 挀爀攀眀 昀椀氀洀椀渀最 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 攀愀爀氀礀 琀栀愀琀 洀漀爀渀椀渀最Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 愀戀氀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 愀戀漀甀琀 猀椀砀 爀椀搀攀猀Ⰰ 洀漀猀琀 椀渀 琀栀攀 昀爀漀渀琀 爀椀最栀琀 猀攀愀琀⸀ 䤀 眀愀猀 愀戀氀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 愀 爀椀搀攀 椀渀 琀栀攀 瘀攀爀礀 戀愀挀欀⸀ 䈀椀最 愀椀爀 漀昀昀 琀栀攀 氀椀昀琀⸀ 匀琀爀漀渀最 䜀✀猀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀漀甀琀⸀ 圀椀猀栀 䤀 挀漀甀氀搀 栀愀瘀攀 戀攀攀渀 戀愀挀欀 琀栀攀爀攀 愀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 洀漀爀攀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀匀唀倀䔀刀䴀䄀一㨀 吀䠀䔀 䔀匀䌀䄀倀䔀㰀戀爀㸀㤀㤀㜀㼀 䤀渀琀愀洀椀渀 刀攀瘀攀爀猀攀 䘀爀攀攀昀愀氀氀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䤀猀 椀琀 漀爀 椀猀渀✀琀 椀琀㼀 䤀 猀愀礀 椀琀 椀猀⸀ 䤀昀 礀漀甀 挀漀甀渀琀 愀渀礀 猀栀甀琀琀氀攀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 ⠀戀漀漀洀攀爀愀渀最Ⰰ 匀挀栀眀愀爀稀欀漀瀀昀Ⰰ 倀爀攀洀椀攀爀Ⰰ 攀琀挀⤀Ⰰ 礀漀甀 最漀琀琀愀 挀漀甀渀琀 匀㨀吀䔀 愀猀 愀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀ 吀栀攀 漀渀氀礀 搀椀昀昀攀爀攀渀挀攀 椀猀 琀栀愀琀 匀㨀吀䔀 搀漀攀猀渀✀琀 栀愀瘀攀 愀渀礀 椀渀瘀攀爀猀椀漀渀猀⸀ 一漀眀 琀栀愀琀✀猀 搀漀渀攀 愀渀搀 猀愀椀搀 栀漀眀 椀猀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀㼀 吀栀攀 氀愀甀渀挀栀 椀猀渀✀琀 愀猀 猀琀爀漀渀最 愀猀 䤀 琀栀漀甀最栀琀 椀琀 眀愀猀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 戀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 椀琀 椀猀 氀漀渀最⸀ 夀漀甀 搀漀 最攀琀 焀甀椀琀攀 愀 瀀漀瀀 漀甀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀 猀琀愀琀椀漀渀 戀甀琀 椀琀 琀愀欀攀猀 愀 氀漀渀最 琀椀洀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 甀瀀 琀漀 洀瀀栀⸀ 吀栀攀 挀愀爀 愀挀挀攀氀攀爀愀琀攀猀 愀氀氀 琀栀攀 眀愀礀 甀瀀 琀漀 琀栀攀 瀀甀氀氀漀甀琀 眀栀攀爀攀 礀漀甀 猀琀愀爀琀 琀栀攀 挀氀椀洀戀 琀漀 洀攀攀琀 琀栀攀 䴀愀渀 漀昀 匀琀攀攀氀 㐀 ✀ 愀戀漀瘀攀 最爀漀甀渀搀⸀ 䄀猀 栀攀 最攀琀猀 挀氀漀猀攀爀Ⰰ 礀漀甀 昀攀攀氀 氀椀最栀琀攀爀 愀渀搀 猀琀愀爀琀 琀漀 昀氀漀愀琀⸀ 一漀眀 琀栀愀琀✀猀 愀椀爀琀椀洀攀℀ 䤀昀 漀渀氀礀 眀攀 搀椀搀渀✀琀 栀愀瘀攀 琀栀攀猀攀 搀愀爀渀 爀攀猀琀爀愀椀渀琀猀⸀ 䄀昀琀攀爀 琀栀攀 昀氀漀愀琀愀最攀 琀栀攀 挀愀爀 瀀氀甀洀洀攀琀猀 搀漀眀渀 戀愀挀欀 琀漀眀愀爀搀猀 攀愀爀琀栀Ⰰ 栀椀琀猀 琀栀攀 瀀甀氀氀漀甀琀 愀渀搀 猀琀愀爀琀猀 琀漀 猀氀漀眀 搀甀攀 琀漀 琀栀攀 䰀匀䴀猀 愀挀琀椀渀最 愀猀 戀爀愀欀攀猀⸀ 夀攀猀Ⰰ 琀栀椀猀 椀猀 愀 漀渀攀 琀爀椀挀欀 瀀漀渀礀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 眀栀愀琀 愀 瀀漀渀礀 椀琀 椀猀⸀ 䄀 瘀攀爀礀 最漀漀搀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 最漀漀搀 昀漀爀 愀 昀攀眀 爀椀搀攀猀 愀 搀愀礀⸀ 䠀漀眀攀瘀攀爀 椀琀✀猀 瘀攀爀礀 爀攀爀椀搀愀戀氀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀刀䤀䐀䐀䰀䔀刀✀匀 刀䔀嘀䔀一䜀䔀㰀戀爀㸀㤀㤀㠀 䈀☀䴀 匀琀愀渀搀甀瀀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䤀✀瘀攀 爀椀搀搀攀渀 䴀愀渀琀椀猀⸀ 䤀✀瘀攀 爀椀搀搀攀渀 䌀栀愀渀最⸀ 一漀眀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 渀攀眀 挀栀愀洀瀀⸀ 䘀椀爀猀琀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 瘀攀爀琀椀挀愀氀 愀搀樀甀猀琀 漀渀 琀栀攀 琀爀愀椀渀猀 椀猀 瘀攀爀礀 琀椀最栀琀⸀ 䤀 栀愀搀 琀爀漀甀戀氀攀 最攀琀琀椀渀最 琀栀攀 position I usually like so I rode one higher than comfortable. As for the ride, RR is probably my favorite standup. It's smooth, fast, and has nice pacing. The two opposite dive loops in succession is interesting, as is the few spots of airtime. The one thing I miss on this ride are the quick low s-turns on Mantis.
198? Arrow Suspended
A very good suspended. Not to strong like PKI's Top Gun or PCWo's Vortex, but way better than CP's Iron Dragon. Lot's of turns and quick dives buried in trees and above a log ride. A nice fun ride.
1977? Wooden Racer
Although I'm from Michigan, I call the Ohio parks my home, so I know how to recognize a good wooden coaster being tamed yet neglected. This was also my first Morgan wood coaster trains. Fiberglass should not be running on wood (see a later TR from this trip for a rebuttal :) )
198? Intamin Space Diver
The legend is true. Looks interesting, rides like a Michigan dirt road. Needs help. Rode it for the credit. Ching.
1971 Arrow Mine Train
Arrow finally got a mine train right with this one. Of the first generation mine trains, this one is probably my favorite. Great headchoppers, quick turns, good helix finish. Being built on the side of a hill doesn't hurt either.
199? Miler Junior
Yet another kiddie with a violent ending. Ching.
1976 Schwarzkopf Looper
Probably the one coaster in the park I was looking forward to the most (thank you very much _Rollercoaster_). Despite the butchered trains, the first half of the ride was very good. It was fast, had airtime, very fun. Then we hit the loop approach. After a hard trim the train dives toward the loop which is still very strong. After the loop the train turns around the hill and en攀爀猀 琀栀攀 琀甀渀渀攀氀⸀ 刀椀最栀琀 愀琀 琀栀攀 攀砀椀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀 琀甀渀渀攀氀 愀爀攀 瀀爀漀戀愀戀氀礀 琀栀攀 眀漀爀猀琀 猀攀琀 漀昀 戀爀愀欀攀猀 䤀✀瘀攀 攀瘀攀爀 攀渀挀漀甀渀琀攀爀攀搀⸀ 吀栀攀礀✀爀攀 猀漀 戀愀搀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀 琀爀愀椀渀 愀氀洀漀猀琀 猀琀漀瀀猀 漀渀 愀 栀椀氀氀 戀攀昀漀爀攀 琀栀攀 搀攀愀琀栀 猀挀攀渀攀 栀攀氀椀砀⸀ 匀琀椀氀氀 挀愀渀 戀攀 愀 最漀漀搀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 瘀攀爀礀 猀愀搀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀嘀䤀倀䔀刀㰀戀爀㸀㤀㤀 䄀爀爀漀眀 䰀漀漀瀀攀爀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䜀漀漀搀 搀爀漀瀀Ⰰ 昀椀爀猀琀 栀愀氀昀 瘀攀爀礀 最漀漀搀 猀椀渀挀攀 椀琀 眀愀猀 甀渀戀爀愀欀攀搀⸀ 匀攀挀漀渀搀 栀愀氀昀 愀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 猀氀漀眀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀 挀漀爀欀猀挀爀攀眀猀 愀渀搀 戀漀漀洀攀爀愀渀最⸀ 䘀甀渀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 吀栀攀 吀爀椀氀漀最礀 椀猀 渀漀眀 挀漀洀瀀氀攀琀攀 ⠀嘀椀瀀攀爀Ⰰ 䜀䄀匀䴀Ⰰ 匀栀漀挀欀眀愀瘀攀⤀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀倀匀夀䌀䰀伀一䔀㰀戀爀㸀㤀㤀㼀 圀漀漀搀攀渀 吀眀椀猀琀攀爀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䐀䐀䴀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䈀䄀吀䴀䄀一㨀 吀䠀䔀 刀䤀䐀䔀㰀戀爀㸀㤀㤀㐀㼀 䈀☀䴀 䤀渀瘀攀爀琀攀搀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䐀椀搀渀✀琀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 刀漀搀攀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 挀氀漀渀攀猀Ⰰ 昀椀爀猀琀 漀渀 氀椀猀琀 琀漀 猀愀挀爀椀昀椀挀攀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀伀嘀䔀刀䄀䰀䰀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀匀䘀䴀䴀 眀愀猀渀✀琀 愀渀礀琀栀椀渀最 氀椀欀攀 䤀 攀砀瀀攀挀琀攀搀⸀ 吀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 椀猀 戀椀最⸀ 吀栀攀 栀椀氀氀 椀猀 愀 欀椀氀氀攀爀 琀漀 挀氀椀洀戀⸀ 吀栀攀 爀椀搀攀猀 愀爀攀 猀瀀爀攀愀搀 漀甀琀 昀愀椀爀氀礀 眀攀氀氀⸀ 一椀挀攀 瘀愀爀椀攀琀礀⸀ 䠀漀眀攀瘀攀爀Ⰰ 漀渀 愀 戀甀猀礀 搀愀礀 椀渀 猀甀洀洀攀爀 䤀 挀愀渀 猀攀攀 栀漀眀 椀琀 挀愀渀 最攀琀 甀最氀礀 瘀攀爀礀 焀甀椀挀欀氀礀⸀ 吀栀攀 洀椀搀眀愀礀猀 愀爀攀 愀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 挀爀愀洀瀀攀搀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䴀礀 搀愀礀 愀琀 匀椀砀 䘀氀愀最猀 䴀愀最椀挀 䴀漀甀渀琀愀椀渀 眀愀猀 瘀攀爀礀 攀渀樀漀礀愀戀氀攀 愀渀搀 渀攀砀琀 琀椀洀攀 䤀✀洀 椀渀 䰀䄀Ⰰ 䤀✀氀氀 戀攀 猀甀爀攀 琀漀 爀攀瘀椀猀椀琀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀ⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀ㰀戀爀㸀匀挀漀琀琀 圀⸀ 匀栀漀爀琀㰀戀爀㸀猀猀栀漀爀琀䀀洀攀搀椀愀漀渀攀⸀渀攀琀㰀戀爀㸀栀琀琀瀀㨀⼀⼀眀攀氀挀漀洀攀⸀琀漀⼀洀椀搀眀攀猀琀挀漀愀猀琀攀爀挀攀渀琀爀愀氀
Wednesday, May 10, 2000 12:17 AM
Leaving for Cali on Thursday morning. Cant wait to experience this park.
Wednesday, May 10, 2000 11:03 AM
I'll be there on Saturday and Sunday, and Knott's on Friday, hope you have a wonderful time. Goliath is a blast! But get there early, the line can get up to about 2 hours long!