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I need to get to Silverwood before all these GIB vanish. I like Boomerangs and Suspended boomerangs so I am sure a larger more intense version will be up my alley 

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1 hour ago, Canobie Coaster said:

And those who have messaged the park have gotten confirmation (not that the map didn't already do so) that Goliath will not operate for 2021 and the ride's future is undetermined.

I wouldn't be surprised if it's removed considering all its downtime.  It's a maintenance nightmare and that ride hates the New England weather.

Has Goliath always been a rough ride; even with the original Vekoma train?

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I really enjoyed Goliath with it's original train. It's horrible now in most rows and since you can't always choose your row it's like playing Russian Roulette. Also, it operated for approximately 6 minutes per season. It's time for it to go.

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^ For a long time the front was considered the best row and I defended the ride, but even the front was an uncomfortable experience in 2019.  It's a shame they replaced the old trains since the ride was a lot of fun with them.

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It's a shame they're going to let it sit there all season, we all know its never going to operate there again.

I'm sure money is super tight for SFNE, but the right park might want to snatch it up for cheap and refurb it a bit. (I'm not saying it should be saved because it was a good ride, but because the park could probably use a little bit of extra money right now).

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I think the writing was on the wall for this one. Not sure what took them so long to remove it (or at least make it SBNO). I have not visited SFNE personally, but I shutter every time I here of the "legendary for all the wrong reasons" Premier trains. What causes them to be so bad? Is it Premier's design, or just a Six Flags thing?

Since Aftershock is now seemingly the only one of it's kind in the US, I wonder if Goliath will become a parts donor? Aftershock runs pretty consistently (when the weather is good), but it doesn't seem that popular at SW. At least the uniqueness, now makes it feel a little less like "just another boomerang".

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Yeah, at the end of the day the coaster is 20 years old and has never worked reliably. The chain had two other ones that were also totally unreliable. The fact that 10 years ago after having 3 of these things run terribly for a decade they decided to ship it all the way across the country (literally pretty much all the way) and expect it to start working for some reason is really stupid. The fact that they put it next to another Boomerang and had it facing the same direction is also really stupid. The fact that they spent a ton of money and about 2 years of their time on a new train to make the ride worse and not make it any more reliable is also really stupid.

Every single thing about this ride's history is really stupid and really weird. Sure, the ride used to be kind-of-good for awhile but it was never worth the aggravation even on it's best day. Now that (in addition to everything I mentioned above) the ride also aggressively sucks just makes me wonder why they didn't do this sooner.

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Guess I'm the only one around here that still really enjoyed the ride, even with the new trains.  I must just have some incredible luck; I've never really gotten a particularly rough ride on it, even in 2019, and it was running every time I made it to the park.

Just a bit frustrating, with SFNE and Lake Compounce being my home parks, to see yet another ride being removed without anything to replace it.

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It still amuses that every time I visited a U.S. park that featured a Giant Inverted Boomerang, the ride was always broken. I had to go all the way to China with TPR to finally ride one. 😆 It was fun, but that one had issues that day, too.

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8 hours ago, Jason Maier said:

Has Goliath always been a rough ride; even with the original Vekoma train?

It used to run amazingly! I rode it was Deja Vu at Magic Mountain. It debuted the same year as X. What a year for SFMM. I then went to college in NYC and took a Greyhound to SFNE to pay homage to the iconic coaster it once was...and was totally disappointed. The new trains are incredibly terrible. It was a fun experience in the front row, but it's not always guaranteed. Such a shame, because the drop and the elements are amazingly fun and thrilling...but with the Vekoma trains. I really hope they put in some work and bring back the old trains, or just remove it altogether and put in something new. 

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Last time I rode Goliath was 2015 and wouldn't say it was smooth, well it wasn't lol but it was not sooo bad, I did enjoy the ride. I thought it was pretty fun! Certainly wasn't rough enough to take away but if it got worse since I could see it really getting into unbearable. Agreed the bigger problem I had was in my three visits to SFNE I do think it was running a cumulative 3 hours lol Im sure regulars had better luck. Always sad when a ride is removed esp now when we cant know when replacements will happen, if at all but I realllly cant blame the park for this one. I mean downtime was famously heinous 

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I loved the front row on this coaster and just the gradual climb up to facing straight at the ground before final dropping and ripping through the station.  After that it was good luck and hope for the best.  Had a few good rides and a whole lot of terrible jack hammering ones as well.  Seems like the right choice to finally remove it but with SFNE not even able to open rides yet I do hope that they'll still commit budget to replace it when it does comes down.  Otherwise that will be a pretty large empty spot in the middle of the park.  Even if it wasn't running it still looked good there at least.

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Nooooo! I was finally going to get here this year to ride this and I was legitimately excited! Forever elusive, like the Jewpacawbra, the GIB shall be for me.

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The fact that you thought that just because you were going to Six Flags New England this year and Goliath is located in that park meant that you were going to get to ride it is actually adorable.

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Nice! I'll still be relatively (ish) near by! Im all for protocols but wow, Mass is no joke..... but hey can't knock em for being safe, guess would rather it go too far than too little, and just like how parks don't cater to us snobby enthusiasts a state government sure as hell won't lol 

Just glad its can reopen! Stoked to go. Curious if Wicked Cyclone really has declined with time as some have said. And yeah I mean, mild shame about Goliath but tbh can't believe it even lasted this long. If anyone wants to meet up between May 10 and 31 Im down (though I'll be out the region from the 13th to 24 so honestly I'll prob be looking to go near park opening or end of month. 

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Wicked Cyclone hasn't declined. Sometimes at the end of the ride it runs slower based on weather / time of day or whatever (all coasters do this of course but it's a pretty noticeable difference with this one) and that's been true since the day it opened but even then I've never had a bad ride on it.

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I wonder if the park will open ASAP. They've been doing employment drives knowing this day would (eventually) come plus they have a couple weeks heads up. May 10th is a Monday so I bet they open Friday the 14th or something.

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36 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

Wicked Cyclone hasn't declined. Sometimes at the end of the ride it runs slower based on weather / time of day or whatever (all coasters do this of course but it's a pretty noticeable difference with this one) and that's been true since the day it opened but even then I've never had a bad ride on it.

Figures. Sigh...I always tell myself dont listen to most enthusiasts, despite all logic they tend to be wrong/no idea what they say most of the time and sure enough
You being a rare exception so kudos XD   And yeah it did run a bit off at one point in the day (I went like opening week) but still kicked ass. Can't wait 

 

Oof...I HOPE the park is ready to open on the 10th. As ya said, it was coming eventually. But yeah deff excited to stop here at least once before I ship out of New England 

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Their dino event is slated to run through May 23.  I suspect the latest they'd reopen the full park would be Memorial Day weekend, but I wouldn't be surprised if they start soft opening some rides for the dino event.

This announcement was paired with Massachusetts relaxing its outdoor mask mandate.  Now masks are only required outdoors if you can't physically social distance.  I strongly suspect Six Flags will make them mandatory inside the park like they've done for their other parks and that would especially make sense given how long it took for them to finally reopen.

1 hour ago, JJLehto said:

Curious if Wicked Cyclone really has declined with time as some have said. And yeah I mean, mild shame about Goliath but tbh can't believe it even lasted this long. If anyone wants to meet up between May 10 and 31 Im down (though I'll be out the region from the 13th to 24 so honestly I'll prob be looking to go near park opening or end of month. 

Wicked Cyclone is a weird one.  It seems to run better in the cold which is the opposite of how most coasters run.  When it runs slow, the ride starts bleeding speed on the final lap.  The ride still gives good airtime, but you'll feel a pause in between the elements.

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Yeah but thats fine. See that's normal. I wish people wouldn't use "decline" that implies its gotten worse with age, opposed to what Id hope most enthusiasts would know that rides can be temperamental. But yeah hopefully they get it open before the end of May. Its not terribly far from me in NJ but also not worth it when others are closer so yeah would love to stop here before I gotta move back! 

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