Scream-O-Meter Chicago

Hold on to your jaws. Six Flags Great America's newest ride, Goliath, provides 180 feet of wooden slopes to make you scream.

It’s got to be the creepy, creaky, groaning sounds of the joints that make a wooden roller coaster that much scarier. Really, is the whole thing going to come crashing down under us? And when we’re talking about the newest stomach-spinner at Six Flags Great America, that would be 180 feet under us, the tallest drop of any wooden coaster. It’s called Goliath and that, it is. Besides its heart-stopping distance, it pushes limits with an 85-degree plunge. Top it off with speeds that reach 72 miles an hour and a zero-G roll and we predict the lines—and screams—will be some of the most impressive the park has experienced in years. General admission $64.99; children under 48” $44.99; discounts online. 1 Great America Pkwy., 847.249.INFO (4636), www.sixflags.com/greatamerica

 

Goliath Roller Coaster
(Courtesy Six Flags Great America)

Goliath by the Numbers:

Height: 165 feet

Drop: 180 feet

Angle of lift: 45 degrees

Angle of drop: 85 degrees

Speed: 72 mph

Length: 3,100 feet

Duration: 1:36

Man-hours to build: 40,000

Total number of bolts: 70,000

Board feet of lumber: 300,000