Area amusement park fans will have a couple of new attractions to choose from next year.
Six Flags Great America, north of Chicago, says it will have the world’s fastest and steepest wooden coaster. Construction will start this fall on the Goliath, which will reach top speeds of 72 miles an hour, and includes a 180-foot drop at an 85-degree angle. It opens in 2014.
And Six Flags St. Louis is also adding a new ride, although one that will be considerably slower. The Tsunami Soaker will let riders shoot water cannons at each other on a spinning “teacup”-style ride. It will also open next spring.