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Living up to the anticipation Yukon Striker claims several world records. It has become the fastest dive coaster, the longest dive coaster, and the tallest dive coaster, including the underground tunnel. It also features floorless trains and the only 360º loop for a dive coaster on the planet. The coaster consists of 107 track sections which weigh a total of 1,213 metric tonnes (1,337 tons). It requires 42 support columns and features floorless trains with stadium- style seating in three rows of eight. “Guests will love Yukon Striker,” promises Pirtovshek,


“because that 90º drop offers up the ultimate thrill, but the rest of the ride comes fast and furious. It reaches 80 mph (129 kph) coming out of that underwater tunnel, and guests are immediately spun through one inversion after another on a wild, but very smooth ride. The reviews so far have been great; Yukon Striker is certainly living up to the anticipation that’s been growing for months.” Riders are taken to the top of the lift hill they pause just


over the summit before dropping 75 metres (245 feet) at a 90º angle into an underwater tunnel, reaching a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph). Straight out of the tunnel riders experience a special flip called an Immelmann, which climbs into a vertical loop, the only one on a dive coaster, then twists away into a partial roll. This twist is so good, Yukon Striker takes riders through two of them. The coaster then dips below grade a second time after the loop into a “mineshaft” before climbing out and into the second Immelmann. To cap off the experience, riders enter a 360º horizontal helix with guests walking on a pathway beneath them just before returning to the station.


Exceptional growth Pirtovshek was one of the first to ride. “I’ve been on Yukon Striker and you can’t beat that 90º drop. It really takes your breath away, especially being in front row, hanging over that summit, high above the park and then when the brakes release you’re going from zero to 80 mph into that underwater tunnel. That was the biggest thrill for me.” “The weather in Canada during the winter doesn’t make


construction projects easy,” recalled Pirtovshek, “but the team pushed through and the ride was complete on time without issue. B&M provides great support from conception throughout the life of a ride and have never failed to deliver


AUGUST 2019


Records Set by Yukon Striker


Tallest Dive Coaster 245 feet (75 m) Fastest Dive Coaster 130 km/h (80 mph) Longest Dive Coaster 3,625 feet (1,105 m)


a ride on time with minimal operational issues. It’s a collaborative effort, which in the end delivers a superior product such as Yukon Striker. And with the position of the trim brake, it runs like a world record-breaking coaster should. Walter and Sophie (Bolliger) along with their team are always a pleasure to work with.” Canada’s Wonderland has experienced exceptional


growth. Since it’s founding in 1981 the population of the Toronto metropolitan area has doubled, now at six million people. As a result, the expansion of Canada’s Wonderland has been remarkable. “The Greater Toronto Area has grown considerably over the years,” confirmed Pirtovshek, “retaining more than half the total number of immigrants that chose Canada as their home. Our diversification in entertainment offerings, such as our unique shows, festivals and events, appeal to a much wider audience. Along with our thrill rides, all this keeps us at the top of the charts.” Canada’s Wonderland is a 300-acre (121-hectare)


theme park with more than 200 attractions including 17 rollercoasters, and is the home to Splash Works, a 20-acre (8-hectare) water park. It also boasts an extensive entertainment lineup of live shows, food festivals and the new holiday event WinterFest this November. Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment.


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