The structure for the overbank turn of Goliath reached max height of over 120 feet yesterday afternoon. The twist and shout is nearly complete except for a few pieces of track that still needs the top section of the topper track installed. The overbank turn should be completed in the next couple weeks and the construction of the lift, drop, and zero-G stall will begin immediately after. The ride is still on track to open at the start of Memorial Day weekend which is May 24th.
Today, Six Flags Great America released the final concept artwork of their upcoming 3 world record smashing wooden roller coaster, Goliath. The lift hill resembles Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia. This should also mean quicker construction for the lift and drop which should rise within the next month or two. They've also released artwork of how the revamped station and entrance will look. Check out the gallery above.
Work continues to progress each day on the twist and shout structure. Track was installed last week for the exiting section of the twist and shout. Bents for the final portion of it are going up today and we should see more track installed for the twist and shout next week. Also, track for the top of the floater hill and the section of track before the brake run are now installed.
After removing the existing track a couple days ago that was installed back in December, it raised some confusion. However, more track for the overbanked twist and shout element has been installed. Also, work on the footers for the 2nd half of the overbank structure is beginning today.
The structure for the overbank turn is nearing the half way point of being finished. Twisted track for the twist and shout element is being lifted into place today. In other news regarding Goliath, the 2 trains will have different colors. One train will have red fiberglass seats and other train will have orange fiberglass seats. There's still no word on if it will have seat belts or not, but according to park management, it will just have lap bars with shin padding unlike Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City.
The park has released its 2nd edition of the Goliath Insider videos. It shows off the tunnel, the newly assembled over bank structures, as well as the first piece of track that's installed.
Construction for Goliath continues to move forward every single day. The past week and half has been focused on digging out the tunnel where the bottom of the first drop and the bottom of the zero-G stall will be. The construction crew is currently placing the footers at the bottom of the tunnel. More supports are also being assembled and should be on the rise within the next week or so. Once the work is done in the tunnel, supports should start going up quickly over the next couple months.
Due to the extreme temperatures in the midwest the last few days, vertical construction for Goliath has been temporarily delayed. The Goliath construction crew took 12 days off to be with family for the Holidays but when they went to return, the cold hit. Temperatures reached around record lows for the Gurnee area with windchill the last couple days. For the safety of the crew, vertical construction is on pause for now. Once the temperature goes back up, vertical construction for Goliath will resume. Vertical construction can resume as early as tomorrow.
The first piece of track for Goliath was installed around 8:25 AM today. It's the valley in between the overbanked turn and the start of the floater hill. The base of the overbanked turn is also starting to rise. The structure for the floater hill is nearly complete.
The structure for the floater hill of Goliath (3rd drop) has reached the max height of about 60 feet. The floater hill is actually the 2nd smallest part of the ride even though it's towards the beginning. Goliath will race over this hill at high speeds to create a negative-G experience.