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Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Goliath
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Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Status Operating since February 11, 2000
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Giovanola
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Hyper
Model / product Mega Coaster
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height235 feet
Drop255 feet
Top speed85 mph
Length4500 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop61°
Duration3:00
G-force4.5 g
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Goliath is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA. It opened on February 11, 2000, and was the fastest complete-circuit coaster in the world. That record, however, was quickly eclipsed by Millennium Force.

The ride is one of three coasters designed and manufactured by Giovanola. The other two are Titan at Six Flags Over Texas and Anaconda at Gold Reef City. It is almost identical to Titan, which opened a year after Goliath. However, Titan has an extra helix prior to the mid-course brake run and thus has a longer track length.

History[edit | edit source]

The ride opened on February 11, 2000.[1]

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 gap.Citation needed

Incident[edit | edit source]

On June 2, 2001 a woman died after suffering brain damage while riding Goliath. While the ride was initially closed, it reopened later that day after an inspection. The following day an autopsy failed to find a pre-existing condition and Goliath was once again closed for investigation.[2] The ride was reopened on June 14 after OSHA investigators deemed the ride safe to operate.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

Fastest complete circuit roller coaster
February 2000 - May 2000
Preceded by
Fujiyama
Fastest complete circuit roller coaster
February 2000 - May 2000
Succeeded by
Millennium Force