Dive Roller Coaster named ‘Yukon’ Opens in Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland just opened the world’s longest, fastest and tallest Dive Coaster named ‘Yukon’ located in Vaughan, Ontario.
The ‘Yukon’ hits speed of 80 mph, stretches for a staggering 3,625 feet and soars to 245 feet high. Riders will go through four inversions during the three minutes, 25-second ride as well as a 360-degree loop.
Norm Pirtovshek, general manager of Canada’s Wonderland said: “At its summit, you’ll experience three seconds of complete exhilaration as you stare directly down 245 feet at 90 degrees into an underwater tunnel.”
The recently open ride has its own little backstory, which peruses: “It’s 1897 and a surge of people are wandering into the untamed wild of northwestern Canada, filled by minimal more than talk of boundless gold.
“The headwaters of the Yukon spread beyond an unforgiving landscape, tempting newcomers with the promise of riches that lay buried in ice-cold riverbeds throughout the Klondike.
“Most prospectors are doomed to fail. The journey is treacherous along the Chilkoot Trail, a steep and punishing climb high into the coastal mountain range. The seasons are extreme and the back-country, for all its raw beauty, is unyielding”.
“Among the lawless boom towns and outposts, only a few will succeed in this quest for glory. A Golden Eagle soars high on the winds watching the perilous hunt. Who will endure the longest journey? Who will conquer the tallest mountain pass, the treacherous terrain, and rise worthy of the name YUKON STRIKER….” Pirtovshek added
— Canada’s Wonderland (@WonderlandNews) April 25, 2019
It’s here! Our official Yukon Striker POV! pic.twitter.com/DAmnLuwn3d
— Canada’s Wonderland (@WonderlandNews) April 24, 2019
The Yukon Striker opened throughout the end of the week to winners of a charity contest. The park will open to the general public on Friday.
Dive coasters are much like a traditional roller coaster, but with dramatic drops that take riders nearly straight down. While the Yukon Striker is the fastest, longest and tallest for a dive coaster, it’s not the fastest, longest or tallest overall.
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