The roller coaster is coming to Canada's Wonderland and will go at a speed of 80 mph. The coaster has a drop of 245 feet!
One of the best things about amusement parks is the roller coaster. It is one of the main reasons even adult love going to amusement parks from time to time. It sure does scare the living crap out of you but we just can't get enough of it, can we? The amusement parks are always trying to make their rides better and Canada's Wonderland just wiped out all of its competition. The Yukon Striker is coming to Canada and it surely looks like an absolute thriller! Imagine dropping down from 245 feet high straight into a gaping maw into an underwater tunnel, that's The theme park located in Ontario, Canada has released various graphic and video renderings of the coaster. The park says it will be "the longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster in the world."
The new Yukon Striker is not just a roller coaster it is a dive coaster. So, what is a dive coaster? According to coaster designers Bolliger & Mabillard, a dive coaster has a "straight vertical drop with riders facing down (that) creates a different ride experience." The theme of the coaster goes after its name - the theme of the coaster will be late 1800s gold rush Canada. It is based around the same time when adventurers poured into the northwestern Yukon territory in search of fast wealth.
According to the amusement park's operator, the Yukon Striker is the world's fastest dive coaster. It goes at a speed of 80 mph. It also happens to be the longest in the world at 3,625 feet and the tallest at 245 feet. The ride also consists of an underground section. In total there are three inversions in this crazy ride. The ride is exactly just three minutes and 25 seconds long. Yes, it covers THAT distance in just that much time. To add to it all, the Yukon Striker is also the only dive coaster in the world with a 360-degree loop. Oh, guess what? It doesn't have a floor.
“At its summit, you’ll experience three seconds of complete exhilaration as you stare directly down 245 feet at 90 degrees into an underwater tunnel,” Norm Pirtovshek, general manager of Canada’s Wonderland, said in a news release, as reported by HuffPost. The park opens this Friday for the general public. However, the Yukon Striker will be opened over the weekend for the winners of a charity contest.
Dive coasters are just like a traditional roller coaster but they are filled with dramatic drops every now and then and some of their drops are nearly straight down! This is what makes them so much more exciting than the traditional roller coasters...or any other ride for that matter. While the Yukon Striker is the fastest, longest and tallest for a dive coaster, it’s not the fastest, longest or tallest overall. Those honors go to Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (150 mph), Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land in Japan (8,133 ft.) and Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey (456 feet), respectively, according to Coaster Grotto.
The theme park's website talks about the story behind the Yukon Striker. It reads, "It’s 1897 and a flood of men and women are venturing into the untamed wilderness of northwestern Canada, fueled by little more than rumor of limitless gold. The headwaters of the Yukon spread beyond an unforgiving landscape, tempting newcomers with the promise of riches that lay buried in ice-cold riverbeds throughout the Klondike. Most prospectors are doomed to fail. The journey is treacherous along the Chilkoot Trail, a steep and punishing climb high into the coastal mountain range. The seasons are extreme and the backcountry, for all its raw beauty, is unyielding"
Looking into that tunnel from the drop is crazy! Can't wait to ride.— Khris (@khri5) April 24, 2019
It continues, "Among the lawless boom towns and outposts, only a few will succeed in this quest for glory. A Golden Eagle soars high on the winds watching the perilous hunt. Who will endure the longest journey? Who will conquer the tallest mountain pass, the treacherous terrain and rise worthy of the name YUKON STRIKER…."