Six Flags’ Goliath Opens Thursday

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

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.

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 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."

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.

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