Amusement parks have an ever-increasing arms race when it comes to roller coasters. All amusement parks want to have the biggest, fastest, and most terrifying coaster. It's the best way to sell tickets, even if it means that attendees will be throwing up their funnel cakes after each ride. Canada’s Wonderland, located just outside Toronto, Ontario– that’s in Canada, in case the name wasn’t a giveaway, will be home to one of the world’s largest roller coasters starting in 2019, that will also acquire several world records.
The rollercoaster is called the Yukon Striker, which should give you all the information you need about the theme. Just in case it doesn't, the coaster will be located in the newly opened Frontier Canada section of the park. Frontier Canada's is designed to mimic the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s. In terms of the specs of the coaster, Yukon Striker is going to be 3,625 feet long and has a 90-degree, 245-foot drop. That’s two world records right there for the longest drop roller coaster and the longest drop.
It takes a full minute to climb up to the very first drop, and once you’re there the coaster will actually hang there for a few seconds to allow the anticipating (and terror) to build to ridiculous levels. Then you fall for a solid 5 seconds, diving through an underwater tunnel, and reaching initial velocities of 80 miles per hour. That’s record number three: fastest dive roller coaster in the world.
The team of Bolliger & Mabillard are the designers of the epic ride. The team has been doing a lot of work in China in recent years, but they returned to North America to make their latest and greatest creation.
Yukon Striker will join other such Gold Rush-themed rides as Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Soaring Timbers, Timberwolf Falls, and White Water Canyon. Wonderland will also be holding their first WinterFest, which sees the park remain open for the winter months of November and December.
You’d have to be suicidal to want to be blasted by 80 mph winds in the cold, but this is Canada, after all.