If you like fast and tall rollercoasters then you will love the new Yukon Striker.
The new ride is due to open in May and will become the world’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster, being a staggering 245-foot vertical drop ride.
The roller coaster will open at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario in May and will break several world records when it opens.
The ride starts out with a gradual climb up the huge vertical ramp, allowing passengers to fully acknowledge the sheer height of the fall. Upon reaching the zenith, 223 feet above the ground, the ride hangs over the edge for three seconds, allowing passengers to brace themselves for the huge drop.
The ride then dives into the ground, reaching a record-breaking speed of 80mph. In next to no time, riders will realize where the extra 22 feet of the drop come from, as they drop through an underwater mining shaft.
With the fastest and tallest records out of the way, there’s also another record left for the world’s longest roller coaster, as the ride will last a total of three minutes and 25 seconds while covering 3,625 feet of belly twisting track.
The ride was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, who also built the current fastest, longest and tallest rollercoaster, the Valravn, at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio, which reaches speeds of 75mph and a height of 214 feet and is 3,415 feet long.
Canada’s Wonderland website has a description of the ride which reads, “It’s 1897 and a flood of men and women are venturing into the untamed wilderness of northwestern Canada, fuelled by little more than rumour 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 back country, for all its raw beauty, is unyielding.”
“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….”
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