The arrival of spring brings promise of new rides and fun thrills. The record-setting Yukon Striker at Canada’s Wonderland (Vaughan, Ontario) is one such installation. This dive coaster from B&M will break speed records for this genre by exceeding 80 mph, not to mention the most inversions on a B&M diver with four. The 3,625 feet of track will also take the record held by its cousin, Valravn at Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio). Opening date for this much-anticipated ride is May 3.
The dive coaster was introduced in 1998 with Oblivion at Alton Towers (Staffordshire, England). After a mirror image was manufactured two years later, the genre seemed to go dormant until the Busch Gardens parks in the United States revived the concept in 2005 beginning with ShieKra (Tampa, Florida). After two installations in America, other projects began to trickle along around the globe, but new such coasters became quiet again in North America. Valravn once again spurred interest in 2016, and now parent company Cedar Fair has ordered the biggest drop yet at 245 feet. Yukon Striker will be the 16th coaster at Canada’s Wonderland.
To read all the details of Yukon Striker, as well as a description the new section of the park ("Frontier Canada"), click here.
To read ACE News' complete coverage of Yukon Striker's opening, with lots of great photos of the new coaster, click here.