Canada’s Wonderland Installs Final Pieces Of Yukon Striker Dive Coaster
Construction of the track for Yukon Striker, the world’s tallest dive coaster, was completed last Friday. The final pieces of track consisted of the top portion of the vertical loop. Now with the track completed, work can now begin on the installation of the machinery that makes up the iconic coaster.
Yukon Striker promises an exhilarating journey along its 3,625 feet of mountainous track where guests will be treated to a spectacular view stretching to the Toronto skyline. The coaster features a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally be hanging on the edge of their seats, on one of three wide, floorless trains, breathlessly awaiting the 90-degree, 245-foot drop. Once released, the coaster dives from zero to 130 kilometres per hour straight down into an underwater tunnel before soaring up over steel track, propelling riders through four dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Yukon Striker will claim several world records:
- The fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph);
- The longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m);
- The tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.
Furthermore, additional details about the new attraction have been released by the park. Dave Phillips, Vice President of Canada’s Wonderland, tweeted out an image of one of the trains of the new ride. The same train was featured in promotional animations released by the park.
Yukon Striker is not the only expansion to Canada’s Wonderland opening this year! On opening day, guests will be amazed by the all new section: Frontier Canada! Frontier Canada’s arrival at Canada’s Wonderland is more than 37 years in the making, as it was originally planned and designed as one of five themed sections to be developed for the park’s opening in 1981. The area will represent the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1890s. Yukon Striker will join rides Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Soaring Timbers, Timberwolf Falls, and White Water Canyon as the signature attractions in this newly themed section of the park.
To see more of the construction process, click here.
Guests can experience both Yukon Striker and Frontier Canada when the park opens for the 2019 season on Friday, May 3rd. For tickets and more information, visit the official Canada’s Wonderland website by clicking here.
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