First, there was the Behemoth, arguably the first real powerhouse rollercoaster to be built on Canadian soil. Then came the Levithan, a coaster that reduced the Behemoth to kiddie coaster status by comparison. Now, we have the Yukon Striker at Canada's Wonderland - the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster of its kind in the world.
Footage of the new ride have started popping up all over social media and it looks incredible. In the videos, some of which even have a nailbiting POV angle, the coaster hangs you over the edge of the jaw-dropping peak for several seconds before plunging you into the thrill of a lifetime at 130 km/hour.
Some clips of the coaster also managed to catch the priceless reactions of the lucky few individuals who got to test out the coaster this week. The riders' faces quickly transform from pure joy to pure terror as the Striker whips them around at unbelievably high speeds.
Here are some of the best reactions so far:
The dizzying experience of watching the POV video of the coaster rocketing into an underwater tunnel is a thrill ride in itself so you can only imagine what the real thing is going to feel like:
The Yukon Striker will be fully operational on the opening day of Canada's Wonderland - May 3rd, 2019. The steel dive coaster will be replacing the Skyrider, a roller coaster that was stripped from the park back in 2014. The Striker is set to break more than a few records once it opens. It is the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster ever, and is also the dive coaster with the steepest drop.
The completion of the Yukon Striker has been a long time coming. According to the Toronto Star, the ride took ten months to plan with permits finally being filed for the new coaster back in January of 2018. The long list of permits included the construction of a tunnel which travels under the park's pond.
The massive record-breaking coaster is sure to draw in the crowds this season, and we only have a handful of days left to wait until the season begins!