Goliath coaster lives up to its name

Goliath, Six Flags New England's newest coaster, opened to the public last week but not before those at Reminder Publications took a chance on the thrill ride!
Reminder Publications photo by Katelyn Gendron
May 28, 2012

By Katelyn Gendron

katelyn@thereminder.com

AGAWAM — When Six Flags New England's Park President John Winkler told me that the new Goliath roller coaster was "intense" and not for the faint of heart, I was reluctant to believe the hype. I figured, "Hey, I'm in my 20s, I can handle this, right?" Wrong.

As I was strapped into the coaster, dangling at a 90-degree angle staring down at the world 20 stories below, I began to think I'd underestimated the Goliath, turned to my colleague and screamed, "Why are we in the front seat? We shouldn't have gotten in the front seat!" My screams were in vain, however, as we'd been catapulted 65 mph into the throngs of world's tallest inverted boomerang (which means that once you think you're free and clear, you ride through the track again, backwards).

Suffice it to say, the aforementioned experience will leave you struggling to regain your equilibrium once you step off the ride.

The Goliath, which was unveiled to the media on May 23, is the park's 11th coaster. The ride certainly lives up to its name touting a 102-foot-tall vertical loop and 110-foot-tall butterfly turn. It's a magnanimous feat of engineering with 1,204 feet of track, weighing in at three million pounds of steel and 10 million pounds of concrete. It took more than 1,440 man-hours and 390 gallons of paint to cover the ride.

The fun won't stop at Six Flags in the foreseeable future, according to Winkler, who took the media event to announce that the park will "create something new for the next five consecutive years."

When asked what he has in store, Winkler replied with a smile, "I've got to keep some things a secret."

Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen and the actor portraying the "mayor of Crack Axle Canyon" — the portion of the park where Goliath is located — joined Winkler at the coaster's unveiling.

"This is a great day not only for Six Flags and for Agawam but for the region because we're kicking off the newest attraction that will excite those young and old, Goliath," Cohen said.

The coaster officially opened to the public on May 25 and will be open to thrill-seekers who are at least 54 inches tall. The ride will close in the event of stormy weather, however.

My advice: the ride is worth the hour or two you'll surely have to wait, just make sure that you're ready to scream loudly and wet your pants (a little).



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