Highest and fastest 'dive' coaster coming to Canada's Wonderland (VIDEOS)

Aug 15 2018, 11:51 am

Things are getting higher and faster at Canada’s Wonderland.

The giant Ontario theme park has unveiled its latest ride, set to open in the 2019 season. The park’s skyline will be changing with the new Yukon Striker, known as the longest, fastest, and tallest dive roller coaster in the world.

According to Canada’s Wonderland, the new Yukon Striker will be situated in the newly themed area Frontier Canada, and will be the country’s first dive coaster and the park’s 17th coaster, placing Canada’s Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters.

“This is the largest capital investment we’ve made in our park since opening,” said Norm Pirtovshek, Canada’s Wonderland General Manager. “We’re excited to offer world-class thrills and a truly unique experience for our guests next year. Yukon Striker will be the centerpiece of our new themed area Frontier Canada, delivering exhilarating and record-breaking coaster elements like no other in the world.”

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 park says that 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.

Canada’s Wonderland also adds the Yukon Striker will claim several world records including the fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph), the longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m), and the tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.

Located in Vaughan, Wonderland is a 300-acre theme park with more than 200 attractions including 16 rollercoasters (17 in 2019), and is the home to Splash Works, a 20-acre water park.

And now, it is going to be home to a record-breaking coaster.

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