California's Great America announces Gold Striker wood roller coaster

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff

California's Great America has announced Gold Striker, a new wooden roller coaster by Great Coasters International. It features 3,197 feet of track and will reach a speed of 53.7 mph.

Visi the official California's Great America Gold Striker Web site.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:02 PM

RideMan said:

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The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:07 PM

Gilroy Gardens is a very nice park. Despite the Cedar Fair connection it seems to be left to its own devices in terms of being a quiet little park full of trees and general pleasantness.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:59 PM

Looks like a great wooden coaster...similar to Thunderhead at Dollywood. I'm very happy for guests of Great America. Hopefully this is the start of many new attractions the park has been lacking over the last 5 years or so. This park needs a water park slide expansion in 2014 and a hyper coaster in 2015, and it will be back on the map.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 9:02 PM

^^ CF does not own Gilroy Gardens, it merely manages them

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:07 PM

Great America posted a POV
Gold Striker's First Run 4.16.13

Last edited by cpubradley, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:08 PM
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:17 PM

^That's crazy fast for a first run! It seems like it maintains a Prowler-like pace. (I haven't been on Prowler myself, just judging from vids.) I guess they will finish boxing in the tunnel soon? The ride really looks great! I'm sure it will be a big hit for them.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:30 PM
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It didn't finish very strong... that's what I'd expect for a first run. I imagine that's going to be a fairly insane ride once it has broken in a little.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:53 PM
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This is literally less than a mile from my brother's place and sadly, this is the summer that we're taking a trip together instead of visiting them in CA. It looks like an awesome ride and the best part? That super long covered first drop. ;)

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:53 PM

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:02 AM
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I stayed directly across the street from Great America a month ago. Saw the Gold Striker construction progress (as well as the 49ers new stadium, which was even more impressive). Unfortunately my company axed my whole department the very next week so I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to visit the Bay Area again anytime soon.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:47 AM

Looks like a really nice ride. I love the visual going up the lift of the tunnel mouth just waiting for you...

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:27 PM

If you login to facebook they just posted another video shot from the Star Tower -- makes it look like a little model flying around the track.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:33 PM

Yeah, it looks good. It is a gci, and I've ridden a wood coaster made by them.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:41 PM

Some additional off-ride footage (after the same on-ride video)

Friday, May 3, 2013 12:05 AM

and another slightly different POV from the chassis - perspective under the train

Last edited by cpubradley, Friday, May 3, 2013 12:06 AM

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