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World’s Tallest, Fastest and Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster Being Built in Illinois [Photo Gallery]

It’s one thing to set out an break a world record. It’s another thing to break three at the same time. That’s exactly what’s being planned for a new wooden roller coaster being built at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. The coaster, Goliath, is under construction now. Six Flags claims that when it opens, it will be the tallest, fastest, and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world!

Goliath is the most extreme coaster of its kind and provides adrenaline rush like no other. Riders will elevate up to touch the sky atop the 165-foot lift hill. Then, you’ll whip over the peak and conquer the world’s tallest and steepest heart-racing drop, at an unbelievable 180 feet and a near-vertical 85 degrees. You’ll reach the bottom of this gut-wrenching slope before you even have time to scream.” –

The coaster is expected to reach a top speed of 72 milers-per-hour. Construction on Goliath began in August. It is scheduled to open this spring in the County Fair section of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, off I-94 (between Chicago and Milwaukee).

“Six Flags Great America is known for introducing record-breaking and first-of-its-kind roller coasters,” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. “Goliath will be unmatched – setting not only one, but three world records and featuring two inversions. All of the ride elements, including an 85 degree plunge down the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster, make Goliath the most extreme wooden roller coaster in the world. We are thrilled to bring this record-smashing coaster to our guests for the 2014 season.”

Facts on Goliath:

Fastest wooden roller coaster – 72 miles-per-hour
Tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster – 180 feet
Steepest drop on a roller coaster – 85 degrees

For those that have never visited Six Flags Great America, a couple of other marquee attractions include Raging Bull, a 208 foot steel roller coaster and X Flight, a revolutionary coaster that allows riders to sit on either side of the track, much like riding on the wings of an airplane.

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