Canada's Wonderland just built the tallest dive roller coaster in the world
Adrenaline seekers, get ready for a world-class ride right here in our home and native land: Canada's Wonderland just finished building the tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster in the world.
One last piece of track was just installed for the highly-anticipated Yukon Striker, according to Wonderland, after more than a year of intense construction.
The Vaughan, Ontario amusement park announced on Monday that, with the closure of the coaster's 360-degree loop, workers can now move on to installing trains, building a loading station and completing landscaping.
After that, the coaster will be tested hundreds of times with water dummies, which are used to simulate the weight of real humans.
All should be good to go by opening day, which has yet to be officially announced but usually falls sometime in late April or early May.
Either way, those interested in trying the ride will be diving at 90 degrees, 75 metres down, through 1,100 metres of track that include an underwater tunnel at top speeds of 130 km/h.
Expect "floorless trains" with stadium-style seating in three rows of eight.
"Our talented team has worked for more than a year to bring this complex project to completion," said Wonderland's Director of Construction and Maitenence, Peter Switzer, in a release announcing the news today.
"At times it’s like solving a puzzle as we integrate a massive roller coaster into the park’s landscape with our existing rides, park utilities and underground infrastructure."
Designed by Swiss roller coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, the Yukon Striker is reported to weigh 1,213 metric tonnes in track alone and requires 42 support columns to stand in place.
It'll take a total of 3 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the ride, but leave yourself extra time for the line. You will most certainly need a lot of it.
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