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Six Flags announces new opening for Goliath wooden roller coaster

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  • Courtesy of Six Flags Great AmericaThe long-awaited Goliath wooden roller coaster will make its debut June 19.

      Courtesy of Six Flags Great AmericaThe long-awaited Goliath wooden roller coaster will make its debut June 19.

  • Video: Video preview of Goliath

 
Daily Herald report

After weather-related delays, Six Flags Great America's Goliath wooden roller coaster will make its debut this week.

The Gurnee amusement park announced a new opening date of June 19, Six Flags spokeswoman Katy Enrique said in an email Saturday.

Billed as the world's fastest, steepest and tallest wooden roller coaster, Goliath was previously scheduled to open to the media May 29.

But freezing temperatures and an unseasonably cool and rainy spring delayed the finishing touches on Goliath, according to Enrique.

A small fire on the roof of the Goliath station earlier this month did not affect its opening or operation, Enrique wrote. The roof sustained minor damage, and there were no injuries.

It's the park's fourth wooden roller coaster, with speeds of up to 72 mph along a 3,100-foot-long track.

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