At the time of writing this post, Goliath has reopened and has been operating fine. Yes, I apologize, but it is July and I have fallen behind some. Finally, I forgot my memory card at home because I was writing for this very site. Therefore I couldn't take any pictures with my DSLR and had to use my Point and Shoot instead. Thank you for your understanding.
This was a special visit for me, as my brother hadn't been in the park this season and still hasn't ridden Goliath. Well Goliath was out for the count, but we can still enjoy our day. My initial plan was to be recruited for Mission: X-Flight. However they had engine problems and weren't taking any recruits. (There was downtime) So in the mean time, we challenged the Bull and fought off the Joker. We would have soared with Superman, but we don't want to spend an hour in line within half an hour of opening.
I've never seen the Goliath store closed before so it was a little bit concerning to me. For some reason, nobody could wrap their heads around around the new attraction being closed. Afterall it is a machine.
Of course the orange train made little to no progress since I had seen it last. There are two main points I'd like to bring up. In the center picture, it looked as if the Orange Topper Track was missing, revealing some white part. The odd thing is I didn't see it the same way for the rest of the day. On the picture to the right, I saw the old sign. It used to state that Goliath is down for "scheduled maintenance." I'm sorry but once a ride at Six Flags Great America opens, it doesn't close unless absolutely necessary.
Instead of making up stories, the park simply stated that Goliath would not be opening for the day. Still others kept wondering if that meant "not right now" today or "maybe later" today. I will let you know the Six Flags does have signs for when it it temporarily down.
With Goliath closed, and a relative long line for X-Flight I got on three attractions that pretty rarely get lines. These being Demon, Buccaneer Battle, and American Eagle. (In order, from left to right)
I would say that Raging Bull is overall the best way to read crowds. It has decent capacity depending on operations, has a lot of riders, and can still have a decent line. With this being said, visiting on a Sunday probably helped. Anyways, this is past the queue houses and was about a 20 min wait. That's not bad for the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in the park, especially at 4:50 PM.
Even though it wasn't open, I decided to take a ride on the Train from Hometown Square to County Fair. My intentions were to get some pictures of the orange train on the lifthill. However I didn't get any that I consider worthy, so instead I present to you Goliath('s track)
After getting a ride or two on Vertical Velocity, I found an empty station across the midway at Batman.
The main reason for my visit was to take advantage of the ERT that was set to take place that night for two hours after the park closed. I got my wristband by Giant Drop after presenting my Season Pass.
From that point on, nothing was more than a station wait. Of course it was an hour until closing, but I got on everything that was open at least once more before the ERT started.
I got a couple of rides in on Giant Drop being marathoning Raging Bull for the rest of the night. Yes, you read that right, I marathoned it.
By marathoning, I meant reriding without getting up. By the end of the night, the station was empty with the exception of the front row. This would ultimately come back to ruin the night towards the end, as somebody had a little bit too much and hurled. At that point, the ERT ended and we all left. Up until that point, it was very enjoyable.
In Conclusion: Sundays are usually less crowded than Saturdays. Know yourself, if you aren't sure don't ride. It ceases operations and nobody likes that.