Goliath – Under Construction
There's now an update to the delayed opening, from the Chicago Tribune:
Weather is to blame for the delay of the long-awaited Goliath roller coaster, billed as the fastest and steepest wooden coaster in the world, according to officials at Six Flags Great America.
"Thanks to Mother Nature’s freezing temperatures this winter and unseasonably cool and rainy spring, the final touches on Goliath have been delayed," the Gurnee theme park said in a statement this morning.
Six Flags is to announce a new opening date later this week. Dwyer says it will be closer to Father's Day weekend, while a source from a roller coaster club says it will be next Friday.
Yesterday during Ditch Day we got to sneak a peek at the under construction wooden coaster, Goliath, at Six Flags Great America.
It’s official. Coming in 2014, Six Flags Great America will introduce a brand new triple-record-breaking wooden coaster that will be the new staple of the park’s skyline. This giant new beast will feature impressive heights, astonishing speeds, and stomach-tightening inversions: Goliath will be the world’s fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet and rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour.
Holding three world records, Goliath is the most extreme coaster of its kind and provides adrenaline rush like no other. Riders will elevate up to touch the sky atop the 165-foot lift hill. Then, you’ll whip over the peak and conquer the world’s tallest and steepest heart-racing drop, at an unbelievable 180 feet and a near-vertical 85 degrees. You’ll reach the bottom of this gut-wrenching slope before you even have time to scream.
I found an updated video shot from a drone copter showing that the top hill is in place. Seems like it still has a ways to go, but take a look at that first drop!!
Here are the pictures I took from Ditch Day a couple weeks ago.