Goliath (Six Flags New England)

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Goliath
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Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags New England
Location Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
Status Defunct
Operated May 25, 2012 to 2021
Replaced Shipwreck Falls (Six Flags New England)
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Name Déjà Vu
Location Valencia, California, USA
Operated August 25, 2001 to October 16, 2011
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer / calculations Stefan Holtman
Type Steel - Inverted - Shuttle
Product Giant Inverted Boomerang
Hourly capacity 870
Propulsion Catch car vertical lift
Height 194 feet
Drop 177 feet
Top speed 65.6 mph
Length 1204 feet
Track inversions 3
Rider inversions 6
Drop angle 90°
Duration 1:32
G-Force 4.5
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Vekoma (2001-2012)
Premier Rides (2013-2019)
Riders per train 32
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Goliath was a steel inverted roller coaster located at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA. The ride was one of six Giant Inverted Boomerangs built by Vekoma. The design is similar to Vekoma's Boomerang design, but riders instead hang from below the track, and there are vertical lifts on both ends. The ride opened August 25, 2001 at Six Flags Magic Mountain as Déjà Vu.

History

The ride originally opened on August 25, 2001 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California under the name "Déjà Vu".[1]

In 2011, Six Flags New England announced they were adding Goliath, a boomerang type coaster. The only Déjà Vu left at a Six Flags park was at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

After ten years of operation, Déjà Vu closed on October 16, 2011 and was dismantled.

Déjà Vu was relocated to Six Flags New England, where it opened on May 25, 2012 as Goliath. The ride never seemed to fit in, as it was located right across from Flashback, a standard Vekoma boomerang model.

After moving to Six Flags New England, Goliath faced many maintenance issues and mechanical issues. It could not operate in the rain or in temperatures below 60° and suffered from constant downtime.[2] Moreover, the ride received mixed reviews, as some praised the intensity and unique experience, but others disliked the new Premier Rides trains. These trains were added shortly after Goliath moved to Six Flags New England, and many said the new trains made the attraction much rougher and less comfortable.[3]

Goliath closed after the 2019 season. It did not operate in the 2020 or 2021 season.

In 2021, Six Flags New England removed Goliath from their map, and a representative of the park confirmed it would not operate for the rest of the 2021 season.[4]

In October 2021, the ride's removal begun.[5][6]

Design

Elements

Goliath featured the standard Giant Inverted Boomerang layout, with two vertical towers, a cobra roll, and a vertical loop. The train moved out of the station backward, up one vertical spike, then went through the layout forwards. A second tower then dropped riders backwards through the layout. Finally, riders ascended the first vertical spike halfway, before being slowly lowered back into the station.

Color scheme

Light green track and blue supports.

Trains

Single train with 8 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 32 riders per train.

When Goliath was relocated to Six Flags New England, it sported the original Vekoma trains.[7] However, the trains were soon swapped with trains made by Premier Rides. This was to increase rider capacity and to make boarding less complicated.[8] They sat four riders per row as opposed to the traditional staggered-seating trains built by Vekoma.

Photo Gallery

References

External links

  • Goliath on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


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