Record Breaking GOLIATH Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags Great America in 2014

As the summer season wraps up and amusement parks shut down daily operations, it’s time to get fans excited for new attractions coming in 2014.  Gurnee, Illinois’ Six Flags Great America, between Chicago and Milwaukee, announced plans for the tallest, steepest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the world.  GOLIATH roller coaster will stand at 165 feet, drop riders nearly straight down (85 degrees) 180 feet at over 70 miles per hour.  In addition to setting three world records, GOLIATH will also feature two inversions – no small feat for a wooden roller coaster.  Continue reading for all the details, images, and virtual ride video from Six Flags Great America’s press release.

Update May 17, 2014

Final piece in place for GOLIATH, the triple world-record breaking roller coaster coming to Six Flags Great America.  Watch the VIDEO below to get a view looking down from the top of GOLIATH’s lift hill.

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Original post from August 29, 2013 follows below…

Goliath Six Flags Great America

Goliath at Six Flags Great America © 2013 Six Flags. All rights reserved.

From Six Flags Great America press release

Get ready for the new GIANT in the world of wooden roller coasters!  Six Flags Great America announced plans for the next addition to its arsenal of world-class rides with an all-new wooden roller coaster.  New for 2014, Goliath will be the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world and feature the world’s tallest and steepest drop.  All total, this wooden marvel will tout three world records making it the most extreme coaster of its kind on the planet!

Goliath at Six Flags Great America

Goliath at Six Flags Great America © 2013 Six Flags. All rights reserved.


“Six Flags Great America is known for introducing record-breaking and first-of-its-kind roller coasters,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president.  “Goliath will be unmatched – setting not only one, but three world records and featuring two inversions.  All of the ride elements, including an 85 degree plunge down the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster, make Goliath the most extreme wooden roller coaster in the world.  We are thrilled to bring this record-smashing coaster to our guests for the 2014 season.”

Goliath takes riders up a mammoth 165 foot lift hill, then plunges them down a record-setting 180 foot, 85 degree drop, crowning it the tallest and steepest drop on a wooden roller coaster in the world.  Riders will gain record-breaking speeds of up to 72 miles-per-hour and blast into jaw-dropping maneuvers including three over-banked turns, a 180 degree zero G roll, an inverted drop and an inverted zero G stall.  Goliath completely annihilates the wooden roller coaster competition.

Record Breaking Facts

  • Fastest wooden roller coaster – 72 miles-per-hour
  • Tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster – 180 feet
  • Steepest drop on a roller coaster – 85 degrees

Goliath will make its home in the County Fair section of the park.  Construction begins this fall and Goliath roller coaster is scheduled to open spring of 2014.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.