Six Flags' Goliath Opens Thursday

The ride is expected to be the world's fastest wooden coaster

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    We challenged our intern, Ericka Wilson, to ride Six Flags Great America's new roller coaster, Goliath. The ride is touted as the world's fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet at a near-vertical 85 degrees. (Published Thursday, Jun 19, 2014)

    Goliath, the highly-anticipated new roller coaster at Six Flags Great America, will make its official amusement park debut Thursday.

    "We are incredibly excited to be so close to debuting this triple world record breaking ride to the public," Six Flags Great America spokeswoman Katy Enrique said in a statement.

    Six Flags Goliath Prepares for Opening Ride

    [CHI] Six Flags Goliath Prepares for Opening Ride
    Goliath, the highly-anticipated new roller coaster at Six Flags Great America, will make it's official amusement park debut Thursday. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter takes a look. (Published Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014)

    The ride is expected to be the world's fastest wooden coaster with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders down 180 feet at a near-vertical 85 degrees. It will reach speeds of 72 mph.

    Coaster Enthusiasts Get Glimpse of New Ride

    [CHI] Coaster Enthusiasts Get Glimpse of New Ride
    The upcoming "Goliath" at Six Flags Great America will go 72 miles an hour and features a 165 foot lift and 180 foot plunge. LeeAnn Trotter reports (Published Thursday, Aug 29, 2013)

    Goliath was scheduled to open last month, but the rollout was postponed due to "delays in the final touches."

    "The world’s tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster, Goliath, is coming soon," the amusement park said in a statement. "Thanks to Mother Nature’s freezing temperatures this winter and unseasonably cool and rainy spring, the final touches on Goliath have been delayed."

    Caught on Camera: Small Fire at Six Flags Great America

    Caught on Camera: Small Fire at Six Flags Great America
    Gerry Vazquez took this footage of a roller coaster station on fire near Six Flags Great America's new roller coaster, Goliath. The small fire was quickly contained and no injuries were reported. (Published Friday, Jun 6, 2014)

    Earlier this month, a small fire was reported at a roller coaster station near the ride.

    The fire was quickly contained and no injuries were reported.