They’ve done it again. They’ve built another beast to be slain by thrill seekers across the globe. The beast is appropriately named Goliath, and it is one badass rollercoaster. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, opened the ride for all to enjoy yesterday, the 19th. The event will go down in history, as the day everybody peed their pants.
Those who dare to dance with the devil and ride the Goliath, will be slowly dragged up to her 180 foot peak, which makes it the tallest wooden rollercoaster in the world. They will then be struck downward at an 85° angle, straight into the belly of Hell, which makes it the steepest wooden rollercoaster in the world. And you will be falling at a maxed out speed of 72mph, which makes Goliath the fastest wooden rollercoaster in the world.
Do you have what it takes? Can you adventure through gravity defying thrills? Of course you can. The only hard part is telling yourself to get in the car, once in, it’s not like you can go anywhere. For all of the loops and spins and drops of rollercoasters, you don’t control any of it. All you have to do is walk up and sit down. That being said, it’s easy to understand why so many people are afraid of rollercoasters. To ride a rollercoaster is to have it made abundantly clear that at that moment, you have no control over your fate. And even more, people hate wooden rollercoasters because they believe the damn thing is going to fall down (also some of those wooden rollercoasters really jerk you around and get brutal on your groin area). Of course there are people like me who get off on that sort of thing (not the ball slapping, the lack of control part).
I personally freak people out who ride with me because I cannot stop laughing the whole ride. While others are screaming for their very lives, I’m downright giddy. I can understand how this can be be a little eerie, a little irksome, but I can’t help it. I love G-force, I love the thrill. As Ricky Bobby would say, “I wanna go fast.”