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Goliath
Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain (first drop).jpg
Goliath's first drop
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park section Goliath Plaza
Coordinates 34°25′37″N 118°35′49″W / 34.42694°N 118.59694°W / 34.42694; -118.59694Coordinates: 34°25′37″N 118°35′49″W / 34.42694°N 118.59694°W / 34.42694; -118.59694
Status Operating
Opening date February 11, 2000 (2000-02-11)
Cost $30 million
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Giovanola
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Mega Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 235 ft (72 m)
Drop 255 ft (78 m)
Length 4,500 ft (1,400 m)
Speed 85 mph (137 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 3:00
Max vertical angle 61°
Capacity 1600 riders per hour
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Goliath at RCDB
Pictures of Goliath at RCDB

Goliath is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park in Valencia, California. Manufactured by Giovanola of Switzerland, the hypercoaster is located in the Goliath Plaza section of the park and opened to the public on February 11, 2000. Its sub-tropical theme is characterized by ancient ruins of the Mayan civilization. The ride is nearly identical to Titan at Six Flags Over Texas, but it lacks a 540-degree upward helix prior to the mid-course brake run and features a slightly shorter track layout.

For a brief period, Goliath was widely recognized for having the longest drop at 255 feet (78 m) and the fastest speed of 85 mph (137 km/h) among all closed-circuit roller coasters in the world. Millennium Force at Cedar Point eclipsed both records several months later when it debuted on May 13, 2000, with a drop of 300 feet (91 m) and a maximum speed of 93 mph (150 km/h).

History

On January 29, 1999, Giovanola roller coaster track arrived at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It was then confirmed that the new attraction would be a hypercoaster.

On November 11, 1999, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that the new coaster would be named Goliath. The ride officially opened on February 11, 2000.

In November 2013, seat belts were added to Goliath and Full Throttle.

Ride experience

Leaving the station, the train makes a nearly 180 degree right turn. The train then ascends the chain lift hill, reaching a height of 235 ft (72 m). Ascent slows toward the top of the chain lift hill, a safety feature that reduces stress on the chain; it is also an attempt to reduce positive g-forces and increases rider anticipation. The train begins accelerating down the initial 255 ft (78 m) drop, into an underground tunnel, reaching a speed of 85 miles per hour (137 km/h). Upon exiting the tunnel, the train heads upwards into a banked right turn that towers above Twisted Colossus. After completing the turn, the train heads down another drop, flattening out to pass by the onride camera. An airtime hill and banked left turn (rather than a helix on "Titan") follows into the mid-course brake run. The train is decelerated quickly and makes a hard left turn out of the brake section. Another 180 degree banked turn directs the train into a 585 degree, descending helix. Then, the track turns upwards and banks left. After an ascending right turn, the train reaches the final brake run.

Photos

Goliath riders pov
A view from the coaster entering its first drop.
Goliath from the Queue
Goliath on 02-22-2019
Goliath from the Whistlestop Park section.

Operation

  • 120-foot (37 m) long tunnel at the bottom of the first drop.
  • Ride capacity: 1,600 passengers per hour.
  • Three five-car 30-passenger trains, with two abreast seating.
  • A small error was made while the ride's parts were being manufactured by Giovanola. The very last track piece before the final brake run was about 6 inches (150 mm) too short. The mistake was found while the final piece was being bolted to the ride, and a supplementary track piece had to be made to fill the 6-inch (150 mm) gap.
  • Appeared as “The Scream Monster” in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.
  • Appeared as “Aquaman: The Ride” in Entourage (Season 3 Episode 3 "Dominated").
  • Appeared in the Zoey 101 episode "Roller Coaster".
  • Appeared in James Corden's Carpool Karaoke video with Selena Gomez

Awards

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 18 14 14 18 18 20 24 30 33 29 40 (tie) 41 41


Preceded by
Fujiyama
World's fastest complete circuit roller coaster
February 2000 – May 2000
Succeeded by
Millennium Force
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