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A front-car view of the new Goliath roller coaster

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  • This Six Flags Great America video shows the new Goliath roller coaster from the front car of the ride.

    This Six Flags Great America video shows the new Goliath roller coaster from the front car of the ride.
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Thrill-seekers waiting for of Six Flags Great America's new Goliath roller coaster to open can get a preview of the ride on a new YouTube video being released by the Gurnee theme park.

The first-person, first-car video gives viewers an up-close look as the new coaster makes its way through the track's high-bank turns and inverted flips.

Katy Enrique, communications manager of Great America, said the video was shot Thursday during a test run for the new roller coaster. A camera was mounted in the first car to give people the feel of riding the coaster.

The 1-minute, 50-second video was released exclusively to the Daily Herald on Friday. It will be available to the public Sunday.

"There's been a lot of anticipation building for Goliath's debut," she said. "The testing of the roller coaster train means that we are getting that much closer to the grand opening."

The coaster will be unveiled during a special media day June 18, Enrique said. No date has been set for it to open to the public, she said.

Poor weather has delayed the opening of Great America's newest roller coaster by about three weeks. Media Day was originally slated for May 29 but was canceled about a week before.

Enrique said in a previous statement that freezing temperatures and an unseasonably cool and rainy spring caused construction delays on the final touches of Goliath.

It is billed by park officials as the "fastest, steepest and tallest wooden roller coaster in the world." Goliath is the park's fourth wooden roller coaster, and it will allow riders to reach speeds of up to 72 mph along the 3,100-foot-long track. The coaster is 165 feet tall.

People will be able to view the video on the theme park's YouTube channel Sunday.

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