2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath
Published: December 31, 2009 at 2:05 PM
This Giovanola Mega coaster opened February 11, 2000. Its then-record 255-foot drop was soon topped by Cedar Point's Millennium Force, when that Intamin Giga opened in May of that year.
With a top speed of 85 miles per hour, Goliath is all about speed... and Gs. After that initial record-setting drop, Goliath flies through its turns, culminating in a high-G helix, which is either loved or loathed, depending upon whom you ask.
The helix element on Goliath is so extreme, some riders have reported blacking out on that section of the ride. Others love it for the body-crushing rush it provides at the end of a high-speed adventure.
This is the only coaster is this year's tournament from Giovanola, a Swiss manufacturer that went defunct in the mid-2000s. The other Mega coaster from Giovanola is Titan at Six Flags Over Texas. Will Goliath's fans vote the coaster to a first-round upset, or will the helix haters come out for whatever ride Goliath faces? We'll find out in March, when voting begins in the Best Theme Park Attraction tournament. In the meantime, let's hear your thoughts about Goliath and Titan, in the comments.