California's Great America in Santa Clara will open the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California in the spring of 2013. Gold Striker will stand 108 feet tall at its highest point, with a first drop of 103 feet at a 50-degree angle. Riders will careen along 3,197 feet of track at speeds up to 54 miles per hour. The ride experience on Gold Striker will last more than two minutes.
The name Gold Striker was chosen to recognize the pioneering and adventurous spirit of the California gold seekers who rushed the area in 1849. The long-delayed coaster will feature high-speed twists, turns, drops and a station fly-by.
Gold Striker, which is currently under construction, will be located in the Celebration Plaza area of California's Great America and will be the park's eighth roller coaster. The ride will wrap around the park's Star Tower attraction.
Gold Striker is a custom design by Great Coasters International, Inc. (GCII) of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Two trains will accommodate 24 passengers each (four riders per car and six cars per train) with a capacity of 850 riders per hour. Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride.
Those who cannot wait until spring may take a virtual ride on Gold Striker at cagreatamerica.com. Visitors of the website may also access exclusive Gold Striker updates and features, including virtual ride renderings, ride statistics, construction photos and a live construction Web cam.