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The park is passing out numbered goliath boarding passes that must be redeeme in order at the station to prevent line jumping. Someone on sfgamworld at 10:45 reported a 2hr expected wait and someone more recently said the line is 4 hours.

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The park is passing out numbered goliath boarding passes that must be redeeme in order at the station to prevent line jumping. Someone on sfgamworld at 10:45 reported a 2hr expected wait and someone more recently said the line is 4 hours.

 

Yup, same as Full Thrott!e. They even had permanent signage regarding the boarding passes in the main queue. This is something we'll be dealing with for quite a long time. The amount of line jumping signage they had up was really good, too. I wonder if that phone number you call for line jumping can be used for every ride? I have the worst time dealing with line jumpers and I've been in many arguments trying to stop people from cutting 15-20 minutes ahead of everyone. In many cases the people waiting around me support the line jumpers which gets very annoying.

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Exactly what we experienced this morning. It's a free for all. It helped to be 1st at security.

 

Great news for taller riders. The shin bars are much more accommodating.

 

Yeah, thanks to getting there an hour early, we got to be at the front of security and were on the ride 10 minutes after the park opened! We are currently going around and riding all the other rides since the waits are small.

 

Goliath is definitely the best ride in the park. Even though it's short, all the elements are unique and thrilling. It's one of those rides that would be amazing to marathon over and over again. It's extremely smooth, sounds like a wood coaster but feels like a steel coaster I'd say.

 

On my way out, I saw Alan Schilke which was really surreal. I shook his hand and told him the ride was awesome but I didn't have time to get a picture or anything with him since we were in the exiting path way and there were people behind us.

 

It's been an awesome day to say the least!

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Just got back from riding Goliath, and it is an amazing coaster. Definitely my #1 or 2 woodie against the Voyage, though they are so different it is tough to compare. It is short, but very intense and fast. The drop is every bit of 85 degrees, the airtime hill is definitely ejector air, and the zero G stall is a very neat element. I was smiling the entire ride. Alan Schilke was on the ride platform when we got to the station.

 

We got in line at 10:36, six minutes after chain drop, and still had to wait 2 hours, 15 minutes. The line is not 4 hours, as it was a bit shorter as we exited than when we got in line. Dispatch intervals were around 2:30, so the line moved slowly. They checked all seatbelts first, then the lap restraints could be lowered, and they checked those. I am 6 feet tall and found the trains very comfortable. I did not notice the shin restraints at all.

 

Definitely a great addition to my home park, and my new favorite ride here.

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I Loved Goliath and I think it is a great addition to the park, I think it will be a favorite to many people.

 

I just want to point out that Outlaw Runs Trains received the new upgraded shin guards in the off season. Much more comfortable for us taller riders, the old round bars that were on it last year hurt quite a bitt. I had absolutely not problems with Outlaw Runs trains this year, and Goliath's yesterday.

 

 

A huge thanks to the Six Flags Great America for letting us participate in the Media day

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Unforgiving restraints? How would it compare to Intamin t-bars in terms of unfriendliness to large riders?

 

There is friendliness on Outlaw Run and Goliath vs Intamin T-Bars. My cousin always struggles to go on MF or Top Thill, he didn't on Outlaw Run. The lap bars are designed more to form to your leg where the T-Bars seam to be flatter. I hope this helps you!

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I noticed the shin bars on Goliath/Medusa are different than Outlaw Runs. Seems there is a cut out on Goliath/Medusas and Outlaws just has a bar which looks more painful. Anyone know the reason as to why theres a difference, or did they update Outlaws with the cutout?

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I noticed the shin bars on Goliath/Medusa are different than Outlaw Runs. Seems there is a cut out on Goliath/Medusas and Outlaws just has a bar which looks more painful. Anyone know the reason as to why theres a difference, or did they update Outlaws with the cutout?

 

Did you bother to read my post 2 above yours!!!!

I was on Outlaw Run last season and this season, They are the same as the shin guards that are on Goliath

 

I just want to point out that Outlaw Runs Trains received the new upgraded shin guards in the off season. Much more comfortable for us taller riders, the old round bars that were on it last year hurt quite a bitt. I had absolutely not problems with Outlaw Runs trains this year,

 

Here it is!

 

I'm not trying to be mean, but you need to read peoples post's first.

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New Shin Bars.

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Old Shin Bars.

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Ha! I remember this image. That's Sherry Herschend (one of SDC's co-founders) on the right after her first ride, I think.

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I rode this coaster after a 2 hour wait through the long, winding line. Surprised that they brought us all the way towards the train, but that's beside the point. Goliath was a very great ride, filled with airtime. Best part has to be the zero-g roll. Have never experienced anything like it on a roller coaster. Did anyone else happen to notice a bit of mist while in the tunnels? I felt a lot of it and it was quite surprising aha. Oh, and whatever happened to the water and mist effects on X-Flight? I miss those features

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I'm glad to hear the good reviews about Goliath. How would you guys who have ridden it stack it up to other really good woodies like Voyage or El Toro? And was it running one or two trains for opening day?

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I'm glad to hear the good reviews about Goliath. How would you guys who have ridden it stack it up to other really good woodies like Voyage or El Toro? And was it running one or two trains for opening day?
It was running 2 trains today. Obviously, the Voyage is a lot longer than Goliath, but Goliath packs more of a punch than Voyage. El Toro seems to be the same thing, but the air time on Goliath is 10x better than El Toro.
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Rode Goliath 6 times today in just over 2 hours. THANKS, SINGLE RIDER LINE! More rides/parks need this system, it works great! Here's me riding with Alan Schilke yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuzvBZNwbKU

 

You know when they show people on discovery channel specials for roller coasters who have been on a specific ride a thousant times? You are going to be that person for Goliath.

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Rode Goliath 6 times today in just over 2 hours. THANKS, SINGLE RIDER LINE! More rides/parks need this system, it works great! Here's me riding with Alan Schilke yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuzvBZNwbKU

 

Wait a minute, how are they running the single rider line? Is it functioning basically as the fast pass lane does?

 

They're using the same line for both.

 

Life just got a whole lot sweeter.

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We managed one afternoon ride through the single rider line. We had to wait through the extended queue until we reached the Flashpass queue. It took 40 minutes rather than 90-120.

 

Someone said Goliath has more air than El Toro. No, just no. Air isn't Goliath's best trait. Phoenix has more. It is spectacular however. Taste is personal; I'd rather ride Goliath than Voyage, Ravine Flier, or Boulder Dash.

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Here's my review of Goliath from yesterday. Apologies for some grammar errors and run on sentences. I was typing as quickly as I could as a severe storm was hitting.

 

It was a very foggy morning upon entering the park, yet you could see a very faint darkness looming far behind the Columbia Carousel from the parking lot. The giant was finally ready to take on its challengers after almost 10 months of land clearing and construction. They let us into the park around 10:00, which is 30 minutes before the park actually opens, to head into County Fair to the entrance of Goliath. We stood outside the entrance for a little bit, but then they let us in to fill the queue. As we entered, they gave each of us a boarding pass that was required to ride. This is likely to prevent people from sneaking into the queue line further up since most of the queue line is exposed from the main path since the station is almost right off the midway.

 

They sent the first train out right at 10:30 when the park officially opened. I only waited about 15 minutes to get on the ride. The cars were very comfortable and were slightly better than Rocky Mountain Construction's other roller coaster, Outlaw Run, as the lap bars and shin bars were formed to fit better. I chose the 2nd to last car since the back is usually the best for airtime compared to the cars towards the front. They checked all the seat belts first and then came around a 2nd time the other direction to check all the lap bars. We were ready to ride!

 

The ride starts off by making a sharp left turn that gave you a little whip action that reminded me of Raging Bull's turn out of the station when sitting in the back car, just without the slight bank. You immediately ascend the 165 foot lift hill at a steep 45 degree angle after the turn. We reached the top of the ride pretty quickly (you can actually see the Chicago skyline from the top on a clear day, but it's kind of hard to turn around to look behind you) but we were soon heading down. The 180 foot plunge into a 15 foot tunnel was over in a blink of an eye and we sky-rocketed into a 120 foot overbank turn. You get a nice pop of air when exiting the overbank turn and immediately get some more brief seconds of air on the airtime hill that follows. You then ascend into the wooden dive loop that wasn't quite as intense as I imagined it would be.

 

The next element is perhaps the biggest attention grabber of the ride. After exiting the dive loop, you enter the world's first Zero-G stall inversion. It's the strangest feeling inversion you can experience. You would think it would feel like you're going to fall out of your seat, but you sort of just float in the air while suspended completely upside down. There's really no words to describe this element, you just have to ride it for yourself. The ride finishes off with an overbank twist & shout turn and another pop of air while entering the brake run. You can finally breathe and try to get your heart rate back to normal as you enter the station.

 

Overall, it's by far the best roller coaster that has ever come to Six Flags Great America in my opinion. Between the awesome airtime and insane inversions, it has everything you could want on a roller coaster. It cracks my top 5 roller coaster I've ever been on and while not quite as good as its older sister Outlaw Run, it's not far behind. That's a huge compliment considering how amazing Outlaw Run is. For the limited space that the park had to work with, Six Flags Great America and RMC did a fantastic job with Goliath! It's a must ride attraction. Now, here are a few photos I took while in line for the ride...

 

Waiting for them to let us into the queue a few minutes after 10.

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Got my boarding pass! I'm rider #172.

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Glad I got here somewhat early and didn't have to wait in this line.

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Let's play "Who Can Spot Alan Schilke in This Pic?".

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Nice theming for the entrance... for a Six Flags attraction.

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Definitely a must ride coaster!

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My Review and Photos

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Alright... I still need to get on goliath and need to figure out time to go now. Now that more people have gone. Larger riders... If I cleared Top Thrill and MF yesterday can I get on Goliath? Or should I wait and diet. I am losing weight either way. I don't want to waste a drive. Sometimes I think I am 25 and can drive 4 hrs to a park go all day and then drive 4 hrs home, but I can't anymore. 34 is different, I feel young and ready to go, but at the end of the day I am done and need to get a hotel I found out.

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Alright... I still need to get on goliath and need to figure out time to go now. Now that more people have gone. Larger riders... If I cleared Top Thrill and MF yesterday can I get on Goliath? Or should I wait and diet. I am losing weight either way. I don't want to waste a drive. Sometimes I think I am 25 and can drive 4 hrs to a park go all day and then drive 4 hrs home, but I can't anymore. 34 is different, I feel young and ready to go, but at the end of the day I am done and need to get a hotel I found out.

 

The seatbelt on Millennium Force was very tight on me when I went 3 years ago. I think I've actually gained a little more since then (although I've also gotten a tad taller) and made it on both Outlaw Run and Goliath with room to spare this year. I can't make any guarantees, but I saw some very heavy people ride Goliath yesterday.

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