|© California's Great America|
The park was happy to announce that their new wooden roller coaster, a design from Great Coasters International and their first new coaster in over a decade, has opened to guests starting today. A grand opening ceremony was held this morning, and soon after many had their first experience on the ride.
Promotional video from the park.
Gold Striker features a fully covered first drop from a lift height of 108 feet. The unique first drop levels out and then plunges down further amid a swooping curve. From there the trains blast past the ride's station and continue to make their way through the twisted layout, hitting a maximum speed of almost 54 miles per hour.
Riders will be pleased by the coaster's speed, tight turns, and banking - up to 80 degrees on the "midway curve" as the park calls it. Congratulations to the park on their new ride, I can't wait to hear more reviews now that the public can take a spin!