Canada's Wonderland announces Yukon Striker, a B&M dive roller coaster

Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:40 PM | Contributed by jonnytips

From the official site:

Be exhilarated by Yukon Striker's epic journey high above the park's skyline where you'll hang over a 90-degree drop for three breathtaking seconds, staring 245 feet down into an underwater tunnel. Then suddenly you dive, reaching speeds of 130 km/h and soaring through four dynamic inversions, including a complete 360-degree loop – the only one of its kind for a dive coaster. Be prepared for the ride of a lifetime beginning in 2019!

Official details on Yukon Striker

From the official site:

As well, Canada’s Wonderland will officially open Frontier Canada – which is arguably, the most historically significant event to take place.

To understand the importance of this ‘new’ gold-rush themed section, we’ve got to travel back in time more than 37 years. Back to a time when Maple, Ontario was still farmland, Wonder Mountain didn’t exist and Canada’s Wonderland was merely a fantastic concept waiting to be realized.

Official details on Frontier Canada

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:58 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

I've been having issues on Gatekeeper (and every wing coaster I've ridden) and Valravn myself. I think it's the bounce or vibration at the bottom of each element that is noticeable on outside seats on Valravn or the entire car on Gatekeeper. There's just a little bit of flex and it doesn't make me feel very good. Maybe it's the sustained G's and the vests. Maybe it's the vibration giving my head a knock. I don't know...

I've never noticed an issue on any of the other dive coasters I've ridden...

Last edited by eightdotthree, Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:59 AM
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Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:05 AM

None of the rides make me nauseas. Raptor at Cedar Point makes me dizzy but I don't consider that a problem.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:21 AM

I notice that if I have a seat near the center on Valravn I am good, but if I have an end seat I will feel just a slight twinge of queasy during the hang time inversion. Gatekeeper is most every time, although it is not nearly as bad at night. Keep in mind it's not bad enough on either ride to stop me from riding, but it is enough to be noticeable.

Raptor gets me with the sheer "old school B&M" intensity but doesn't make me queasy. Although I definitely can't marathon it like I could when I was younger. But I could sit on Banshee, Talon or Great Bear all day without a problem.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 11:06 AM

They just announced Winterfest for 2019 as well. Big year for this park!

Official Details on Winterfest

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:29 PM

Kings Island just announced Antique Cars returning to Coney Mall in 2019, and that is all.
I’m glad I was standing by the doors.

Last edited by RCMAC, Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:31 PM
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Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:01 PM
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Why? So you could laugh at all the people leaving and pissing and moaning? Or because that's where the beer cart is?


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:03 PM

I wasn’t sticking around for the riot.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:32 AM

I've ridden the ones you mention - but too much time passes between rides. To make a true comparison, they'd need to be ridden one after the other. Clearly, that's impossible. :)

I will get a passport card at some point before the new CW dive coaster opens, it's about time I got to that park. The new Yukon Striker has just given me a good reason to make the effort.

If anyone's got accommodation recommendations, I'd be happy to hear about them.

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