World's Fastest Wooden Coaster to Open Thursday

Goliath was expected to debut last month, but the ride's rollout was pushed back because of "delays in the final touches"

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    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)

    Six Flags Great America announced Saturday that the amusement park's newest roller coaster Goliath, which is being hailed as the world's fastest wooden coaster, will open 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.

    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)

    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.

    Goliath was expected to debut last month, but the ride's rollout was pushed back because of "delays in the final touches," Enrique said.

    "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."