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Goliath Media Day at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

It has been a busy year so I'd like to apologize for finally getting to this trip report as late in the season as I have.  I write in the order that I visit the parks and with visiting nine different parks in three weeks time over the end of May and early June it took me a while to get to this one.

This visit to Six Flags Great America to be the first to ride Goliath was not a late one, but an early one as we had to arrive at the park around 4 am to check in for Goliath's Media Day.

Goliath Media Day at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Needless to say some of us, like Brian (also known as "Waterboy" on the Negative-G Forums) were awake with adrenaline surging through their blood stream ready to tackle a new extreme coaster like Bond and I were.

The New for 2014 Goliath Rollerciaster - Goliath Media Day at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Speaking about myself the adrenaline kicked in at about six pm the previous evening when Bond and I left home to journey from remote rural Illinois up to the Chicago suburbs many hours away. We headed to a friends house with the goal of maybe getting four hours of sleep before heading to the park.  Like a kid on Christmas Eve sleep was something that I was unable to get as I was ready to speed to the park and give Goliath a ride.

Goliath Media Day at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Here is John (aka: Johnny.Ink) and Billy (aka: CoasterDemon) getting ready to challenge Goliath.

Goliath Media Day at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

Pulling back a little bit you can get a great view as to why I was unable to sleep at all.  This coaster like the previous Rocky Mountain Coasters built wooden coaster; Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, pushes the limits of what a wooden coaster can do.  I mean can you blame me for being more than a little excited about this ride?



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