Goliath, a new roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, has officially opened. The roller coaster is reportedly a triple record-breaking roller coaster, according to an ABC News report on Thursday. The ride is now the world’s fastest, tallest, and steepest ride. Goliath travels at 72 miles per hour at a vertical angle of approximately 85 degrees. All this is what the rider experiences while the ride plunges down 180 feet while twisting and turning.
Goliath took nine months to be constructed. Rocky Mountain Construction is the firm that planned and built the new ride. In its construction, Rocky Mountain Construction used an innovative track system to help give the riders a very smooth riding experience, says Kay Enrique who is a spokesperson for Six Flags. Enrique, herself, has taken rides on Goliath – more than 20 times. Others who previewed Goliath prior to the official opening agree that Goliath gives the smoothest roller coaster ride they have ever experienced.
Persons who were first in line on Thursday to take the ride say that Goliath has definitely lived up to all the hype. One rider referred to the experience of riding Goliath as an adrenaline rush. It was called a “ton of thrills” with element after element.
Six Flags Great America delayed the grand opening for two weeks, according to CBS. The construction was slowed due to a severely harsh winter in the Chicago area. Fred Grubb, the owner of Rocky Mountain Construction, who came up with Goliath was as excited as anyone over the roller coaster’s debut. He told CBS that he began his career by building houses and offices – and then discovered there we was more to life than simple 90-degree angles. He said that he has a knack for building different things and that building something like Goliath is much more fun than building a square building.
Six Flags Great America is a Six Flags theme park in the Chicago metropolitan area, located north of Chicago in the town of Gurnee, Illinois. The park first opened as Marriott’s Great America in 1976.