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 Review of Goliath @ La Ronde
-3 Rating Posted by: swweeeet on 10/17/2006 11:13:00 AM
Goliath - Currently Canadas tallest and fastest roller coaster. This is actually kind of a depressing statement really, as this coaster isnt really all that fast or tall. In fact at only 175 feet tall and 68 mph, it doesnt even achieve hypercoaster status. B&M, the designers of this ride, created a coaster by the same name for Six Flags over Georgia, which opened a month earlier than this in April 2006. This southern version of Goliath is what its Canadian cousin should have been - a hypercoaster with speeds of 70 mph, and more interesting design elements such as larger drops, a 540 degree helix and a horseshoe. In fact the Georgian version was awarded the ninth-best steel roller coaster in the world award at the 2006 Golden Ticket awards .. but I digress. The point being, this version of Goliath at La Ronde is more of a grown up version of a kiddie coaster. It begins with an unsatisfying initial first drop due to it only being 170 feet. Before riding this I didnt think I would be able to notice that the drop was a bit shorter, but you really do notice that missing 30 or 35 feet compared to similiar steel coasters. This one however doesnt deliver any adrenaline. Following the initial drop the ride is mostly just a series of increasingly smaller and smaller drops, with a few uninspired twists toward the end. I will conclude however, by saying a few positive things about the ride. B&M did do a good job with airtime and smoothness of the ride. There are a few of the hills where I was reminded of Apollos Chariot, as I crested over the top and felt a few seconds of weightlessness. And given that the ride is only a few months old its not that suprising that it is very smooth. So all in all, by all means come see Canadas tallest and fastest - but probably not its best.

Review Comments

Animan1 on 10/17/2006 9:44:01 PM said:
Excellent review. Nice job backing up your position and giving us some interesting background to boot. Great work. :thumbsup:
coasterf42 on 10/18/2006 1:43:14 PM said:
I seriously doubt that 2 extra mph would do anything.
swweeeet on 10/18/2006 3:50:13 PM said:
Agreed, this ride is in need of much more than an extra 2 mph. As discussed in my review, B&M seems to have provided La Ronde with a coaster that is watered down, and greatly simplified as compared to the Goliath it delivered to Six Flags over Georgia at the same time. These differences have resulted in one version of the coaster being a Golden Ticket award winner, and the other being a virtual unknown in the coaster world. Lets be honest, despite this ride being the tallest and fastest in Canada, it has only inspired two reviews on this site, despite six months of operation!
coasterf42 on 10/19/2006 10:03:27 AM said:
Canada being the key word there. It doesnt matter weather the coaster is "known" or "unknown," this is a site based in the USA, and thus Canadian rides dont get a lot of reviews.

Also, I hate to burst your bubble, but you say that the first drop was "unsatisfying" at "only 170 feet," well SFOGs Goliaths first drop is the same legnth!

Im not claiming I dont believe your assesment of the ride, its just Im not buying your arguments.
Animan1 on 10/19/2006 3:46:15 PM said:
I believe that swweeet was more or less comparing Goliaths 170-foot first drop to the other B&M hyper designs (sans the other Goliath, as you mentioned), as well of some of Intamins hypers.
Got_it on 12/12/2006 11:10:10 PM said:
I have a question. Why is this ride painted in the Superman Colours, but not named Superman. Or better yet why would they paint it red, blue, and yellow. If they were going to name Goliath?
sowinski on 12/13/2006 11:43:33 AM said:
Although, 6 Flags is licensed to use the Superman name and image, it is not necessary for every single red, blue, and yellow coaster at a 6 Flags park to be called Superman. One reason for not using the Superman name, in the case of 6F Over Georgia, is that they already have a Superman themed ride: Superman Ultimate Flight. At La Ronde they could have called it Superman, since they have no other Superman themed ride. This review is well written, although I dont entirely share the reviewers opinion of the ride. When I rode it, I was on a 10 day theme park road trip where I went on highly regarded steel coasters like: Storm runner, Steel Force, Apollos Chariot, Nitro, and Superman in New England. Compared to this decent list of coasters, I rank it near the middle. However, I think it is worth a ride on any of the Goliaths to see for yourself. It is the best steel coaster that I have ridden in Canada. Also, their Batman called Vampire is the best of the Batmans that I have ridden and the second best coaster that I have ridden in Canada.
Got_it on 2/9/2007 5:44:53 PM said:
I know I mean why even paint it those colours if you arent going to use the name so many people associate them with.
weaver23 on 7/24/2007 8:44:51 PM said:
I think the colors are very appealing of course there is the idea that they wanted to keep the superhero type theme out of la ronde since it has an extensive history dating back to expo 67. Goliath has nothing to do with cheesy super heros but is merely a nice name for a coaster and they still wanted the superman colors.
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