Sometimes the term “roller coaster” just doesn’t cover it. Goliath is so fast they call this metal monster a “hypercoaster,” and within seconds you’ll know why. Hike in through the stony ruins of an ancient civilization – a time when great mythical beasts like the Goliath were feared. You may not find it so mythical as you’re getting dragged up that impossibly tall first hill, lifting you higher and higher. About halfway up this ridiculous height, even the toughest riders realize there’s no way out except to battle the beast. When you crest the top of that first hill, wave to the legendary Twisted Colossus – way down below you.
And now onto serious business – a staggering 255 foot drop which you’ll take at 85 mph, making this one of the longest and fastest drops in the world. But wait a second, isn’t this ride only 235 feet tall? That’s right, the first drop takes you down below the dirt into a dark underground tunnel! Goliath then serves up another quick drop of 185 feet.
As you shoot up and over the next hill, enjoy a moment of pure weightlessness, taking some serious airtime before gravity yanks you down into your chair. Prepare to repeat this experience several more times as a series of drops and rises wreak havoc with your sense of gravity along 4,500ft./1,371.6m of track.
Speaking of gravity, brace yourself for the unbelievable second half of this journey into steel madness. It’s pure twister territory, twisting sideways, hugging the ground, and then diving into a helix you’ll take in excess of 4.5 G’s. When you pull back into the station, this can’t-miss speed monster will have basically contorted your cheeks into a huge perma-grin. Don’t worry, it’ll wear off the next time you face Goliath.