Goliath stands as Six Flags Great America's fourth wooden roller coaster, and now Great America holds the record for the most wooden coaster track in one park, because of Goliath. It is the third wooden roller coaster to turn riders upside-down, and Goliath features two inversions, a dive loop and a zero - G stall, along its 3,100 foot course. There are also many over banked turns that give the feeling of being inverted, creating thrills throughout all of the coaster's length. Goliath's drop is an eighty-five degree plunge, that descends fifteen feet below ground level and spans 185 feet in height from top to bottom, which sets two records: steepest and tallest drop. The top speed is seventy-two miles per hour, and sets this coaster above the competition, as it is the third world record for this coaster, making a menacing triple threat for Goliath. Goliath is designed and built by Rocky Mountain Construction, who also built Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Missouri.
Six Flags New England's Cyclone will be closing very soon, and July 20th will be the last chance to ride this classic wooden coaster. Cyclone originally opened as Riverside Cyclone, and was designed by William Cobb Associates. Riverside Cyclone opened in 1983 at Riverside Park, but now resides at Six Flags New England and goes by the name, Cyclone. This coaster has become rougher and rougher over the years, and generally has a negative reception with coaster fans and park goers alike. The closing of this coaster begs the question: What will this be replaced by? Or will it be replaced?
The New Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, now owned by Ed Hart, opened about a month ago after being closed for many years. The park is divided up into two sections, a "wet" side and a "dry" side, with a road crossing through the sections. The dry side features Lightning Run as well as King Louie's Playground, a children's section, and some thrill rides. Hurricane Bay is the main draw in the wet section, but two of Kentucky Kingdom's roller coasters are located in that section as well.
Kings Island, located in Mason, Ohio, is an action-packed park filled with many great rides and attractions. This past weekend, I visited the park, as an annual "Roller Coaster Road Trip" that we do with our cousin. The trip was filled with many great rides, even rides in the woods after dark, and I had a great time.
Goliath at Six Flags Great America had its media day today (6-18-14). I was very excited to have the opportunity to ride this triple record-breaking wooden coaster after all of the hype over this coaster, and countless hours spent looking at the construction site to see what was going on. Goliath did not disappoint. It was worth the early wake up time at 2:45 am to get a chance to finally ride this coaster after the long wait. On with the report!
A few weeks ago, I did a poll questioning if this site needs a new header photo. The results were unanimously yes. So, I am going to do another poll with the "candidates" for this site's header photo that you will see at the top of every page on this site. The two candidates for the header photo will be Lightning Run and Vortex (Kings Island) You can click "read more" to vote in the poll that will determine the new header photo.
Goliath at Six Flags Great America has begun the testing phase. Over the weekend, the construction crew completed the construction and tweaks to the coaster, as well as some successful test runs. The crew actually tested the coaster out for themselves, and rode Goliath. At the end of their ride, when they were on the brake run, one of them gave Goliath a big thumbs up. Goliath is scheduled for Media Day on Wednesday, June 18, and I expect them to make that date, after the successful test runs.
Since the creation of Journey Through Coasters, the classic Lightning Racer in the night photo has been featured at the top of each page as a header photo. Since it has been a few months and the picture has remained the same, I was thinking of changing the photo to give my site a fresh header picture that you will see at the top of each page. I know this is a small thing, but I will leave it down to a vote, where majority wins.
May 24th, 2014 marked an important day for Kentucky Kingdom: opening day. The original owner of Kentucky Kingdom, Ed Hart, sold the park to Six Flags, ending his run at the park. Under Six Flag's ownership, the park began to fail, and Six Flags filed the park for bankruptcy. After the failed Six Flags park shuttered its doors, Ed wanted the park back. Over the winter, Kentucky Kingdom went through a long restoration process to get the park back on its feet. Ed decided to double the size of the water park (Hurricane Bay), add a new coaster (Lightning Run), and install more attractions to the Kentucky Kingdom section of the park. Over the past few weeks, rave reviews about Kentucky Kingdom, and Lightning Run appeared on many coaster enthusiast forums and websites.
Much has been done at Goliath's construction site to prepare the coaster for the testing phase. During my visit, the construction crew checked the coaster's clearances to make sure riders will be safe as they ride Goliath. The first official test run was made on May 31st, which is a sign that Goliath should be open soon. However, due to the spring rain and thunderstorms, the coaster has been delayed once more from its June 6th date. Also, the midnight premiere event has been canceled, as the park is focusing on getting this coaster open to the general public. If you purchased a Goliath-themed shirt to get into the midnight event, you can mail your ticket to Six Flags, and they will send you back two front-of-the-line passes good for one use. I think that is a fair trade off, as this coaster could clock some long lines in the summer. Patience is the key, as good things come to those who wait, and Goliath should definitely be worth the wait!
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.