Canada's Wonderland says it is building longest, fastest, highest roller-coaster of its type for 2019
Yukon Striker promises top speeds of 130 km/h and a 75-metre drop
There was Behemoth, then Leviathan. And next year, there will be Yukon Striker — the longest, fastest and highest roller-coaster of its type, according to Canada's Wonderland, which will debut at the Toronto-area amusement park in April.
The park in Vaughan, Ont., around 35 kilometres north of the city, unveiled plans for the new ride, which will feature a 1.1-kilometre track, on Wednesday.
The dive roller-coaster will lift riders up a 75-metre track and pause for three seconds before the first descent — forcing them to look directly down.
Riders will then drop straight down, hitting 130 km/h.
"I think the drop is going to be the real draw for people," said Peter Switzer, the park's director of construction and maintenance.
"Most people will put their hands down for fear."
At the bottom, the floorless train will follow the orange steel track through a narrow hole in a man-made pond and into an underground tunnel.
"I think when you're up at that height, looking down, [the pond] will be a small postage stamp and a lot of people will be wondering how we're going to fit our train through that," Switzer said.
On the other side, the Gold Rush-themed ride will go back uphill into a series of inverted twists and turns.
Each train seats eight riders across, in three rows.
The straight vertical plunge is the signature of dive coasters, according to manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard. The Swiss firm has built 115 roller-coasters around the world, but this will be the first dive coaster in Canada.
"Riders facing down creates a different ride experience," the firm's website said.
Canada's Wonderland is known for its 16 roller-coasters. Its recent additions include Behemoth, in 2008, and Leviathan four years later.
Yukon Striker will be the world's longest, fastest and highest dive roller-coaster, though other types of coasters around the world have even more impressive stats.
- Tallest: Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. has a 139-metre drop.
- Fastest: Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates travels 240 km/h.
- Longest: Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land in Nagashima, Japan extends 2.48 kilometres.
(Source: Roller Coaster DataBase)
Work on Yukon Striker is 70 per cent complete, Switzer told CBC Toronto.
Crews started construction in January after 10 months of planning, he explained
The park says Yukon Striker is the "largest capital investment" it has undertaken in its 37 years of operation, but said it couldn't put a price on it because construction is ongoing.