Coaster Competition: Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain) vs. Diamondback
Coaster Competitions are pretty much the same as the Coaster Critic’s Coaster Showdowns (I get a lot of ideas from his site). I will compare and contrast two coasters that are alike in one way or another. Today’s Coaster Showdown is between the two massive hypercoasters Goliath and Diamondback.
Neither one of these rides has much theming. Goliath’s line is themed to a jungle. There is drum music playing in the station and mist in the middle of the trees in the line. The tunnel at the bottom of the first hill has some large boulders around it and sometimes mist. Other than this there is pretty much no theming at all. Diamondback has a nice line with some frontier theming. The station is also themed a little bit. The winner of this round is Goliath.
Diamondback’s track ventures out into the woods and back. This means that you cannot see some of the track during the ride. It also has a lake that the ride dives through to create two rooster tails behind the train. Goliath is situated on a flat section of concrete. The winner of this round is definitely Diamondback.
Goliath’s layout contains a 235 foot lift hill, a turn, a hill, another turn, a brake run, another turn, another turn, a helix, and yet another turn. So that was 5 turns and 1 hill that provides airtime, any hypercoaster that has more turns than it does hills is not going to get a plus in my book. Diamondback consists of a lift hill that is 230 feet tall, a hill, another hill, an overbanked turn, another hill, a helix, another hill, another hill, another helix, and a splashdown (the jump up to the brake run also provides a small pop of airtime). That is 6 airtime moments and two helixes, any hypercoaster that has more hills than it does turns gets a plus in my book. The winner here is Diamondback by a mile (maybe more).
So the winner is Diamondback!
You can read my Diamondback review here.
You can read my Goliath review here.
What do you think? Should Goliath have won? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂
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