Yukon Striker Opens at Canada's Wonderland

The World Record-breaking Dive Coaster Thrills Its First Riders!




This week, Canada’s Wonderland unveiled Yukon Striker, the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster. A special event gave riders and select media a preview of the most anticipated attraction coming this year. The park opens to the public for the season on May 3.

The ride on Yukon Striker is absolutely breathtaking,” said Norm Pirtovshek, Canada’s Wonderland General Manager. “Yukon Striker’s 3,625 feet of steel track soars through four dynamic inversions above guests in the newly themed area Frontier Canada. At its summit, you’ll experience three seconds of complete exhilaration as you stare directly down 245 feet at 90 degrees into an underwater tunnel.”

Yukon Striker is the showpiece attraction in the fully immersive area Frontier Canada, themed to the Klondike Gold Rush. The coaster claims several world records:

• The fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph);
• The longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m);
• The tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.
• It also features floorless trains and the only 360-degree loop for a dive coaster on the planet.

Canada’s Wonderland opens to the public on May 3 and this promises to be an exciting season, with Yukon Striker, but also an extensive entertainment lineup of live shows, food festivals and the new holiday event WinterFest this November.

Highlights include:

Splash Works (opens May 25) – A 20-acre waterpark features slides and attractions for all ages, including White Water Bay wave pool, Lazy River, free-fall slide Muskoka Plunge, and Lakeside Lagoon kiddie pool and family slides with interactive spray features.

Celebration Canada (June 29 to July 14) – Celebrate the country’s birthday with spectacular fireworks on July 1, the Flying Frontenacs, live music, authentic Canadian food, street performers and a NEW show “Tundra: A Cirque Experience.” 

KidZfest (July 22 to Aug. 5) – A big party just for kids! Live entertainment, dance parties, the ultimate foam pit and special visits from favourite TV characters such as Thomas & Friends, Toopy & Binoo, ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, Paw Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and MARVEL© Superheroes.

Food and Street Festivals – Treat your taste buds to a NEW Taste of Mexico festival (Aug. 10-11), as well as crowd favourites Brew & BBQ (July 18-21), Taste of Greece (Aug.17-18), Taste of Italy (Aug. 24-25) and Oktoberfest (Sept.14/15 and 21/22). Each event features delicious, specialty foods, live music and entertainment.

World-class, live Touring Shows – Edge of your seat excitement with the Ultimate Thrills Circus and the Chinese Acrobats at International Showplace throughout July and August.

All shows are included with admission.

And for the first time, guests will be treated to WinterFest, an all-new immersive holiday experience taking place in November and December. The park will be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, millions of spectacular lights, ice-skating, live entertainment, sweet and savory treats, crafts and hands-on family activities.

For unlimited access to the park, Splash Works, live shows and events, Season Passes are now available online for as low as $74.99. The new GOLD Season Pass also includes unlimited access to Halloween Haunt and WinterFest. Prices go up May 20. For more ticket information or to see the full event and entertainment schedule, visit canadaswonderland.com.

About Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland, located in Vaughan, Ontario, is a 300-acre theme park with more than 200 attractions including 17 rollercoasters, and is the home to Splash Works, a 20-acre water park. Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

Photo Credit: Canada's Wonderland
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