Goliath Debuts at Six Flags Great America

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Visitors anxiously waited out a storm that postponed the grand opening of the Goliath at Six Flags Great America on Wednesday in Gurnee, Illinois.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL

Visitors anxiously waited out a storm that postponed the grand opening of the Goliath at Six Flags Great America on Wednesday in Gurnee, Illinois.

When the rain slowed and the dark sky lightened, visitors quickly made their way to get in line for what the park is calling the "World's tallest, steepest, fastest," roller coaster.

The Goliath takes riders down a 180 foot drop at 72 mph and continues through twists and turns, some leaving the riders upside down, before returning to the platform.

The wooden roller coaster took 10 months to build, including the planning and construction.

The crowd cheered as the lap bars came down and the ride began to slowly climb it's way to the first and highest drop.

Each click of the roller coaster brought the riders to the moment they had been waiting for all morning.

Screams could be heard as the roller coaster began it's descent and those who waited in line watched and waited for their turn at the Goliath.


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