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 Review of Goliath @ La Ronde
3 Rating Posted by: sowinski on 9/7/2006 10:03:00 PM
I really enjoyed this coaster. Its not as fast as some other hypers out there. However, it definitely delivers the airtime.
The reduced speed had one added bonus. It seemed that the harness locking position that fit me on this ride was a little looser than other hypers that I have ridden. This fact, coupled with the slower speed, created a unique forward tipping effect as the train crested hills and I would float up and forward and be gently caught by the restraint as the train dropped down the hills. My guess is that the coaster companies may be building the restraints a little looser to accomodate the growing waist lines in North America, which has changed the locking positions of the restraints on newer hypers.
It was a slow evening at the park, so I was able to ride this coaster 7 times in a few different rows and confirm that the lock position was similar and always gave me this same effect. As a result, this is probably the only hyper where I enjoyed riding in the first row the most. Usually, I prefer the extra whip motion in the back row of faster hypers. For giving me a unique ride experience this coaster gets a strong 9 rating, more like a 9.5. Also, the parks urban location on an island in the middle of Montreal, gives riders an awesome view of the skyline of Canadas 2nd most populous city. It is a great night ride.

Review Comments

weaver23 on 7/13/2007 8:35:43 AM said:
Awesome review very descriptive, Just one question. The layout looks a tad bit repetitive do you notice all that much when riding?
sowinski on 7/13/2007 3:20:03 PM said:
You do notice it. However, airtime is what many people are after, so coaster companies oblige. There are many modern steel coasters and some wooden ones as well, that have long straight aways with a similar stretch of peaks and valleys strung together like the layout of this coaster.
ginzo on 7/13/2007 4:54:48 PM said:
Yeah, I always thought that the layout of this coaster looked a bit boring. But, Im still mildly intrigued by it. If the airtime is good, it still might be worth the expedition up to Montreal.
weaver23 on 7/14/2007 9:53:04 AM said:
Im going the last week of July.
Got_it on 7/23/2007 6:26:39 PM said:
That one hill which I can best describe as an inclined "s" bend, how was that? Did it have any kind of air time or was it mostly laterals? It looks interesting from the pictures.
weaver23 on 7/23/2007 6:49:03 PM said:
Towards the end?
Got_it on 7/23/2007 11:14:48 PM said:
Yeah, the only hill with any lateral movement, besides the turn around.
weaver23 on 7/24/2007 1:03:32 PM said:
Oh, from what I remember it provided some good airtime but not as good as the hills before it. It was actually quite fun as well. A unique maneuver.
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