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Goliath is the most awesome roller coaster.
Way better than Superman Ride Of Steel at SFA in Landover MD.
Oh boy thisw coaster is very fast 70 MPH. I also like that Goliath has 2 17-story drops. You can get lots of airtime on Goliath. Much more airtime than Superman Ride Of Steel.
It's worth the wait in the line to ride Goliath.
And if you have not ridden Goliath at SFOG. This coaster is a must ride. Rate 10+.
Goliath is one of the best rides ever. I like beacuse the first drop is a big one. This ride is really really fun.
In late 2005, the legend of Goliath was first kindled. Boasting impressive concept art, an extremely unique twister/conventional hybrid layout, and a killer-looking helix, I sat dumbfounded staring at my computer screen the day it was announced. I knew I had to ride it someday.
Unfortunately SFOG was over 8 hours away from my humble abode in Richmond, VA and the drive seemed all but insurmountable. I yearned more than anything to plant myself in the backrow of this monstrosity. As the rave reviews filtered in one by one as Goliath served its inaugural riders seemingly epic doses of airtime, my desire to get myself to SFOG only grew more. The thought of a B&M mega even more generous with its airtime than Apollo'..s Chariot was bewildering, and my expectations throbbed with anticipation.
Thanks to a bit of luck and hard work, I was able to purchase a car this past spring, and SFOG instantly became my primary target for the summer. I am extremely happy to report that my expectations were not only met, but surpassed. Goliath is a world-class hyper-coaster worthy of legendary status. It easily scorched past Apollo'..s Chariot as my favorite B&M mega to date and drove itself deep into my Top 10, sitting at #6 currently ( August 6th, 2008 ), beating out Superman Ride of Steel and Thunderbolt along the way. Boulder Dash clung to #5, however that might change as I mull over it a bit more.
Regardless, the thing I was impressed with the most about Goliath was the sheer force of airtime it delivers. Apollo'..s Chariot'..s floater air is graceful, placidly enjoyable, and generous yet timid. In stark contrast, Goliath has stiff floater/ejector airtime on each hill-crest. Even with the moderate stapling I endured, the airtime was startlingly good.
What'..s more, the downward helix is out of this world. Sure Nitro'..s helix is good and one of the best, but Goliath takes it one step further, IMO. What a rush. Even climbing the hill prior to the helix provides a nice jolt of air, which was very unexpected. The trims located as the train rounds out the helix are somewhat of a bummer, but they do little to take a way from the stupendous airtime hill and hammerhead turn that follow. I even enjoyed Goliath'..s intense and compact hammerhead turn more than Nitro'..s drawn-out, elegant one.
The final series of bunnyhills are also fantastic...Top notch floater airtime on each and every hill. The final turn and sudden jolt of airtime finish the ride off strong.
All in all, Goliath provides the intensity and forcefulness I crave in a hyper, while retaining the grace, aesthetic beauty, and re-rideability that B&M is so famous for. My only complaints were that the SFOG ride ops seemed intent on stapling, and the park itself was a painful disappointment. Operations were horrendous on pretty much every coaster save Goliath and Mind Bender. It made our day extremely aggravating and even stressful. It'..s sad that Goliath is at a park I'..ll be very unlikely to go out of my way to visit again without some very large incentive, such as a brand new plug-n-play Intamin woodie. As it stands, however, Goliath was easily the highlight of the trip and made the 8-hour journey home well-worth it.
Goliath was very, very good. Unfortunitely I went with a non-enthusiast who didn'.t want to run to Goliath first, so I only got one ride on it. But I still had enough fun to pronounce it as better than Apollo'..s Chariot and Nitro. The air is much more consistant. It comes early, late and in the middle. The helix was good, but not quite as explosive as Nitro'..s. The ride was smooth as silk, like all these B&M hypers seem to be, and gets bonus points from me for having no MCBR. As I said, the air was more consistant, especially in the first half, but I think AC is pretty close to it in the second half. All in all Goliath was great, and I thought the best ride at SFOG.
Easily the best ride in the park and my solid second favorite coaster. All of the hills gave really good ejector air in the back, especially the first and second hill. The helix also was very fast and thrilling as well.
Date Ridden : Last summer and this summer. Times Ridden : 25 total in every seat imaginable.
I was surprised the best ride at my home park only had a few reviews. With the number of "time travels" I have taken on Goliath I feel very comfortable in being able to give an accurate depiction of this ride. Despite the corny theme (time travels and funky music on a ride named Goliath - A Giant Among Coasters? I really dont get it) the ride experience itself more than makes up for anything lacking in that area. Goliath is a ride that we dont have anything like down here in the south. To the best of my knowledge the only other hyper coasters that are even close would be Apollos Chariot in Virginia and Titan out in Texas. Thats it. Florida has some great rides but no hypers. I was so happy when they started building this ride that I went out and bought a season pass for the first time ever. Its worth it to me to just drive down there and ride it couple of times and come home. I find the front seat to be the best ride although you can get a good experience from virtually any seat. I think the front seat far right offers the best ride as you feel like you are about to fall out of the train on the overbanked turnaround as you head back to the station. This seems to me to be the best element of the ride. I even like it better than Nitros hammerhead which is so large it doesnt seem as forceful as this much shorter and much more intense turn. You actually feel that you are going to fall 150 feet out of the train and to the ground below. Floater airtime is abundant on virtually every hill, the trains are smooth and comfortable and the view of the city is at least ok. I like coasters that have a great view and there is only so much to see surrounding SFOG. The park is also so close to the airport that 200 feet is the ceiling for any rides there. So far the ride has run smoothly with very few problems. It is always running when the park opens and the line moves quickly. I like the fact that there is normally a ride op at the top of the stairs counting people off and stopping them after so many have entered the station. You can still ride whatever seat you want but they keep people from packing the station full which I absolutely despise. I personally feel that B and M have improved their designs on each hyper they have built and Goliath is the best so far. They are all so close as to each rate a 9 in my book but Goliath seems a little more intense with a bit more air than its predecessors. Its a great addition to SFOG and makes the park a must visit for enthusiasts. Please let me know when youll be there and Ill meet you with a tour!
UPDATE: 6-14-2008 Ride is still great. I made it on Opening and we rode it 50 (thats right, 50) times putting my lap count with a few other trips to an even 80. Goliath is still smooth with an abundant amount of floater airtime.
A master piece! The greatest time you can possibly hav on a roller coaster with no loops. The air time on the last foothills is my highlight of the ride. The line will take a while but it is so worth it once your on top of the GOLIATH
This is without a doubt the best B&M hyper to date. It gives great air time, nice gs on the helix, and a smooth ride with a great view of Atlanta from the top of the hill. I rode twice when I went and both rides were from the back row since I wanted nothing but airtime. I got what I wished for. At the top of the lift hill, you get pulled into the drop by the front of the train, and after that its nothing but smooth air time. SFOG hit this one out of the park and should stick with B&M from now on.
A must ride for every coaster enthusiast.
Wow..... After so many years of waiting, we finally have a "signature coaster" that my home park severely lacked. From the dramatic steepness of the lift hill, to the sweet airtime one gets at the crest of its many peaks, this is a coaster that never lets up. I highly recommend riding in the front at least once. Gives you a real sense of this monsters speed (not to mention the rush of having the wind in your face at 60+ mph). The back is also a fun experience if you love "airtime". I have traveled around and ridden many great coasters, but after riding this one 25+ times in its inaugural season, it still holds its appeal. I have never seen so much "coaster love" coming from the people who are seated on the incoming trains (clapping, high fives, etc.). Do not miss this one, especially after dark (but thats another story).
Id like to thank Walter and Claude for designing this gem of a coaster. Thanks also go out to Six Flags for paying for it. The layout is not earth shattering: an L-shaped out and back hypercoaster that uses a helix to turn itself around for the return run. This ride, however, delivers some of the best floater airtime to be found anywhere. There isnt a single dead hill. With many hills my ass wouldnt return to my seat until well past the bottom of that hill. There is excellent airtime in all seats, even in the dreaded middle of the train. The back seat is obviously the most forceful through the drops, especially with the first drop. But, I think the front seat delivers the best overall ride experience. The helix is OK as far as helices go. But, Im no huge fan of them. Turning into the helix is probably the most enjoyable part of it. I did notice a trim brake after the helix, but a very mild one indeed. I called it a "novelty trim", because it seemed to have no effect on the train. Goliath, of course, uses the excellent B&M hyper trains, which are easily my favorite trains ever. Having your legs dangle enhances the sensation of the floater airtime. I did not notice any ejector style airtime on Goliath, but the floating airtime is quite intense and prolonged. The bunny hops at the end wrap up the ride with a final fix for your inner airtime junky.
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