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Goliath (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)

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Goliath
Goliath Fiesta Texas.jpg
Status Operating
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Inverted Coaster - Batman[1]
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 105 ft (32 m)
Drop 80 ft (24 m)
Length 2,693 ft (821 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 5
Duration 2:00
Capacity 1400 riders per hour
G-force 4
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.
Flash Pass Available
Goliath at RCDB
Pictures of Goliath at RCDB

Goliath is a inverted roller coaster located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, a Swiss manufacture and Werner Stengel. Since 2008, Goliath has trilled visitors as way back to 1995 in Japan.

The roller coaster that is located at the front of the park that towers the entrance, rises to a height of 105 feet (32 m) and reaches top speeds of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) through multiple inversions.

History[edit]

Goliath in New Orleans after Katrina

Goliath originally opened in 1995 at Thrill Valley, a former theme park in Japan. The roller coaster operated as Gambit until the ride closed on May 6, 2002, along with the park.[2] Six Flags at that time bought several rides from the closed park and transported them to several of their parks. Gambit was one of the rides and went into Six Flags newest acquired theme park in eastern New Orleans.[3] With Six Flags commitment to enhance the former Jazzland amusement park, they expanded the park with an area where Goliath would be placed themed to DC Comics. To fit with the theme and surrounding attractions, Goliath was named Batman: The Ride and the roller coaster opened on April 12, 2003.[4]

A Category 5 hurricane entered the Gulf of Mexico and was heading towards Louisiana. For precaution Six Flags closed down the New Orleans theme park during mid-season to prepare for the storm. Due to substantial flooding, many of the park's rides were damaged beyond repair causing the park to remain closed until the floods retrieved.[5] Many of the park rides were destroyed as the park's drainage system failed and were flooded and being submerged in water for a long period of time, long after the Hurricane. Anything found in the park that was found still in good used was removed and moved to other parks in the company as Six Flags had no plans on reopening the theme park.[6] Batman: The Ride was one of serval rides that survived, many reasons especially for the roller coaster was because of its elevated station and corrosion-resistant support structure, which caused it to make it through Hurricane Katrina relatively unscathed.

Goliath was announced at its new home in San Antonio on September 27, 2007. Goliath was transported to the park and got a complete make over with a whole new color scheme to provide a colorful and visually striking landmark as guests enter the park.[7] Goliath opened on April 18, 2008.

Ride experience[edit]

Goliath at Six Flags New Orleans

After departing from the station, the train immediately begins to climb the 105-foot (32 m) chain lift hill.[1] Once at the top, the train makes a sharp 80-foot (24 m)[1] downward right turn into the roller coasters first element, a vertical loop, reaching a top speed of approximately 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).[1] After exiting the loop, the train then goes through a zero-g roll before entering a second loop. The train then goes up a rightward helix before backing a downward left turn into a corkscrew. After a sharp left turn, the train enters another corkscrew. Upon exiting the corkscrew, the train makes a right turn into the brake run which leads directly back to the station where the current riders unload and the next load.[1][8] One cycle of the ride lasts about 2 minutes.[1]

Track[edit]

Goliath has a track length of about 2,693 feet (821 m) and reaches a top height of 105-foot (32 m).[1][4][2] The track colours of the roller coaster when it was known as Gambit at Thrill Valley are not known. When it was known as Batman: The Ride at Six Flags News Orleans the track featured black and orange track with grey supports. Today, at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the ride has blue track and yellow supports. Friction brakes are used to control the speed of the train at the end of the ride.[8] The track was manufactured by Clermont Steel Fabricators located in Batavia, Ohio.[9]

Goliath is a clone after the Bolliger & Mabillard's Batman model. The original was introduced 1992 and became a huge success where multiple parks introduced the same model to their lineup. The Batman model can be found all over the world. Goliath is different then the rest as the roller coaster mirrored from the other clones.[10] Goliath is not the only Batman model in San Antonio as SeaWorld had introduced one first in 1997.[11]

Trains[edit]

Goliath operates with two generic steel and fiberglass trains with seven cars each. Each car seats four riders in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.[1] The supports for the seats are orange, the actual seats are black with a yellow over-the-shoulder restraint connected to each one, and the coverings for the wheels are orange, blue, and yellow.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Marden, Duane. "Goliath  (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Gambit  (Thrill Valley)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Six Flags to Fly Over The Crescent City in 2003" (Press release). Roller Coaster Database. November 14, 2002. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Batman: The Ride  (Six Flags New Orleans)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Six Flags, silenced by Katrina, creates uproar in New Orleans". USA Today. May 31, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "New Orleans: Six Flags New Orleans". Six Flags. Archived from the original on 27 March 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Goliath Soars into Six Flags Fiesta Texas Bringing Major Park Coaster Count to Eight" (Press release). Roller Coaster Database. September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Goliath Front Seat on-ride HD POV Six Flags Fiesta Texas". wwwCOASTERFORCEcom. February 8, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Guido, Anna (November 7, 2005). "Steel plant's business on fast track". Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on January 7, 2006. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Batman (Model)". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Great White  (SeaWorld San Antonio)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Goliath Train  (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 

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