The Goliath roller coaster located in the Six Flags Over Georgia was built and finished for the media and VIP to try early in 2005, going forward a few years, after painting and slight adjustments it debuted to the public on April 1st, 2006! The Goliath roller coaster was built in place of the Great Gasp attraction at the theme park and since then it has been a great success. The Goliath was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, these guys have built roller coasters for the past 70 years all around the world so you can be sure that this coast has been built well and with passion!
The Goliath is a Mega Coaster and made of Steel, since it was made of steel the price tag on this machine was not cheap, it cost a cool $20,000,000 from start to finish, this includes all the design work and all the structure that was built and put together at the park. The Goliath is the third of five other roller coasters that share the same name, that’s the only thing they do share though, each and every Goliath in each Six Flags theme park is very much unique, each coaster is unique in the way it’s designed, the speed it goes and of course the whole track layout.
This coaster has the name Goliath for a very good reason, it reaches a total height of 200 feet or 61 meters, from which you can see the entire theme park and miles beyond it. It also has a maximum drop of 175 feet or 53 meters with a evil angle of 59°. With a height that this coaster can reach and a drop at this angle the coaster can reach a maximum G-force of 4.1 which is somewhat more than most high performance cars will give you. When it reaches these high G-forces you will be traveling at a whopping speed of 70mp/h or 110km/h.
The Goliath will also travel a total distance of 4480 feet or for those that don’t understand the length “feet” its 1370 meters, so at the speed it goes and the distance it travels we are looking at a ride time of 2:45, that’s from start to finish. While riding this monster of a coaster you will sit in trains that have no sides designed to make you feel unsafe when you actually are! There are a total of 2 trains, each seating area allows 4 people across and has 9 rows giving us a total of 36 seats, if my math is correct you will find that this coaster will operate at about 1220 riders per hour.
The Goliath roller coaster begins as the coaster leaves the station and turns left to start up the 200-foot (61 m) lift hill. Upon reaching the top, it drops 170 feet (52 m) to the midway below. The roller coaster angles to the left slightly as it climbs the second hill, crossing over the Georgia Scorcher roller coaster and two other attractions in a single bound. The second drop, the tallest on the ride at 175 feet (53 m), travels down towards the park’s entrance road and out of the park grounds. At the bottom of the hill, the roller coaster makes another left turn above a pond and climbs again. The third hill leads to a 129-foot (39 m) drop, also over water.
Goliath starts its return trip by climbing to the top of a 540-degree spiral, making a full circle and half of another as it descends. After another hill, the roller coaster then enters a sharply-banked right turn, returning to the station via a series of smaller hills. Goliath’s on-ride camera takes the riders’ photographs before the train makes a final left-hand turn with a short hop onto the brakes, ending the ride.
Overall this coaster is an awesome choice if your looking for some “off the hook” fun!
The Goliath won the Golden Ticket Awards in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 which makes this coaster a bit more of an attraction!
Type: Steel Opened: Operating since April 1, 2006 Designer:Bolliger & Mabillard Features: N/A Height: 200 ft (61 m) Max Drop: 175 ft (53 m) Max Speed: 70 mph (110 km/h) Length: 4,480 ft (1,370 m) Max G-Force: 4.1 Inversions: 0 Duration: 2:45 Trains: 2 Capacity: 1220 riders per hour