Record-breaking roller coaster Yukon Striker opening at Canada’s Wonderland
Yukon Striker at Canada’s Wonderland, proclaimed to be the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster, opened last week to a few lucky riders.
The Striker bills itself the fastest dive coaster, reaching speeds of 80 mph; the longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet; and the tallest dive coaster, dropping 245 feet.
The dive is quite a drop — straight down — as seen in a video posted by the park of the coaster’s initial ride.
The winners of a charity drawing took the first ride on the coaster last week. The roller coaster, and the park, open to everyone on Friday.
The ride features floorless, stadium-style seating, with cars of three rows of eight seats. Total ride time is listed at 3 minutes, 25 seconds (though the video is shorter), according to the park.
The Yukon Striker is the centerpiece of Frontier Canada, a gold rush-themed attraction area at the park.
Canada’s Wonderland, which spans 300-acre theme park and has more than 200 attractions including 17 rollercoasters, is located on Vaughan, Ontario, near Toronto. It’s about a five-hour drive from Pittsburgh and Western Pa.
The park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which also operates Cedar Fair in Sandusky, Ohio, and Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.