Hailed as the tallest, fastest and steepest wooden coaster in existence as of 2014, Goliath is the second record-breaking woodie built by Rocky Mountain Construction to open in two consecutive years. (Outlaw Run was the first.) This massive structure features 3100 feet of track contained within a fairly compact area. Consisting of six cars seating two across in rows of two for a total capacity of 24 riders, the train makes a left turn from the loading station and ascends a 45-degree, 165-foot lift hill. It then drops 180 feet at an 85-degree angle into a tunnel, reaching its maximum speed of 72 mph, goes up into an overbanked turn and drops again. This is followed by a dive loop and zero-g stall. The track is full of twists and turns and during the latter part of the ride the train travels through a second tunnel.
The ride experience is nothing short of amazing. The first drop is spectacular, the dive loop insanely good and the zero-g stall awesome. This is the first wooden coaster to feature a dive loop and zero-g stall. It’s the second one from Rocky Mountain Construction to feature inversions without an overhead harness. The restraints consist of a combination lap bar and shin guard, with nothing to hold onto, contributing to the sense of vulnerability. I loved the restraints and everything else about this coaster. Goliath is a marvel of engineering and an absolute delight. 5 out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at Six Flags Great America, visit www.sixflags.com/greatamerica