Thursday, September 20, 2018

Canada's Wonderland Shares New Photos of Yukon Striker Lift Hill Going Up

© Canada's Wonderland / Chris Robart
One of the largest new coasters announced thus far for the 2019 season, Yukon Striker at Canada's Wonderland is making steady progress as it heads toward the sky.

The theme park has shared some new photos of the ride's construction, where the focus continues to be on the ride's lift hill.  The top photo is from a bit further back when the lift hill was not yet started.  The angle of it does nicely show off the station and transfer area, so it was worth including.

© Canada's Wonderland / Chris Robart
Taken more recently, the next two photos show Yukon Striker's lift hill starting to go up.  As the ride's animation videos show, there is a quick turn out of the station and then the trains will immediately start up the steep lift hill.  I like how in this photo you can really get a feel for the green color used on the supports - it looks great in the bright sunlight!

© Canada's Wonderland / Chris Robart
Panning out quite a bit, this photo shows the first large lift hill segment in place.  At the top of the lift the trains will turn to the right, pause, then head down a vertical drop of 245 feet hitting a top speed of 80 miles per hour.  The rest of Yukon Striker's layout includes 4 inversions spread over 3,625 feet of track.

While these photos are pretty recent, the park has made even more progress on the lift in recent days.  This video from Amusement Insiders shows that the next section of lift is already in place!