Goliath (Walibi Holland)

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Goliath
Walibi World Goliath.jpg
Walibi Holland
Coordinates 52°26′19″N 5°45′41″E / 52.43861°N 5.76139°E / 52.43861; 5.76139Coordinates: 52°26′19″N 5°45′41″E / 52.43861°N 5.76139°E / 52.43861; 5.76139
Status Operating
Opening date March 29, 2002 (2002-03-29)
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Lift/launch system Cable lift hill
Height 47.17 m (154.8 ft)
Drop 46.31 m (151.9 ft)
Length 1,214.30 m (3,983.9 ft)
Speed 107.7 km/h (66.9 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:32
Max vertical angle 70°
Height restriction 140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Trains 2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 32 riders per train.
Goliath at RCDB
Pictures of Goliath at RCDB

Goliath is a steel roller coaster located at the Walibi Holland theme park in Biddinghuizen, Dronten in the Netherlands. It is described as "the fastest, highest and longest coaster in the Benelux". It was mainland Europe's second Intamin "Mini Hyper Rollercoaster", so named as the ride is styled on the larger (generally over 61 metres (200 ft)) ride, but with a lower maximum height of 47 metres (154 ft). The train travels at speeds of up to 107 kilometres per hour (66 mph) along 1,214 metres (3,983 ft) of track.[1]

Ride information[edit]

The roller coaster is another collaboration of Swiss manufacturer Intamin and German engineer Werner Stengel. It employs basically the same technology as Expedition GeForce with a cable lift hill, similarly set up trains and is set beside a lake. The ride premiered in the 2002 season.[1]

Ride layout[edit]

After climbing out of the station, the train is released from the catch car at the top of the lift hill and accelerates down the 152-foot (46 m) first drop and runs over a large hill. After dropping for the second time, it ascends a hill called a Stengel Dive, the top being overbanked to around 100° to the right, before dropping down into a 270° downward helix. After medium-sized curved hill, it negotiates a 380° upwards helix and a bend to take the track parallel to the lift hill. Before entering the brake run, riders experience considerable air-time on three bunny hops.[1][2]

Trains[edit]

Goliath has two trains with eight cars each. Each car seats two across in two rows. The trains are made of steel and have stadium-style seating. Restraints are hydraulic lap-bars.[1]

Awards[edit]

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller Coaster[3]
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 16 10 13 11 4 8 8 5 7 No poll 16 18

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Marden, Duane. "Goliath  (Walibi Holland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  2. ^ Alvey, Robb. "Goliath Roller Coaster Front Seat POV Walibi World". Theme Park Review. YouTube. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Steel Roller Coaster Poll 13 Year Results Table (1999–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 

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