At nearly 20 stories high, Goliath is one giant of a ride, and this roller coaster would intimidate most even if it didn't reach 65 miles per hour and feature a 19-story vertical drop. This "suspended looping boomerang coaster" is set to debut in late spring 2012, and according to a release, it "will leave guests wondering which way is up!"
Watch this 30-second preview video, and you'll discover what sets Goliath apart from the other thrilling coasters in Six Flags New England's collection. According to Six Flags New England park president Jason Freeman, "This ride delivers pure adrenaline from start to finish." The park's 10th roller coaster, Gotham City Gauntlet, debuted just a year ago, so it's spectacular news for scream seekers that the park has another new coaster to conquer.
In his 2012 Roller Coaster Guide, my colleague Arthur Levine, About.com's Theme Parks Guide, cautions enthusiasts not to confuse this new development on the Six Flags New England skyline with coasters named "Goliath" at other Six Flags parks. Unlike namesake coasters, the New England version features chairs suspended from the track above, so riders will feel nothing beneath their feet as they rocket along loops and twists, including a 110-foot-tall butterfly turn.
As excitement builds for the new coaster's opening, these month-by-month photos provide a look at the progress of construction.
Also New at Six Flags New England for 2012...
Thanks to a new partnership with 7-Eleven, Inc., Slurpee is now the Official Frozen Carbonated Beverage of Six Flags New England and its fellow Six Flags theme parks. It's the first time in history this cooling beverage has been widely sold outside 7-Eleven stores. On special nights, 7-Eleven and Six Flags will offer giveaways, games and other activities during exclusive ride-time events at 7:11 p.m. Buy a refillable, 32-ounce Slurpee souvenir cup at Six Flags New England beginning Memorial Day weekend, and you'll be able to refill it at 7-Eleven stores for just 99 cents.
Before you visit Six Flags New England this year, visit the park's Meal Deals page to see if you can save money on dining by pre-paying for park food and printing a voucher. Meals and other expenses at the park can add up--especially if you have a large family--but you can shave your costs if you plan in advance.