California's Great America has confirmed that it will open a major new wooden roller coaster in 2013, with the ride's name revealed as Gold Striker.
Manufactured by Great Coasters International, the park's new addition will stand at 108 foot tall and will hit a top speed of 53.7 miles per hour at the base of its 103-foot first drop. The ride's 3,197-foot circuit will feature a series of banked turns and "airtime" hills, with the design being based on plans that were originally put forward several years ago before being dropped.
An official preview video for Gold Striker is embedded below:
As can be seen in the video, the first drop of Gold Striker will be wrapped around the 200-foot Star Tower observation tower. The tower will now be housed within the coaster's circuit, adding a new visual element for riders.
Cedar Fair announced in September 2011 that it would sell California's Great America to real estate investment group JMA Ventures for $70 million. However, the prospective new owner subsequently pulled out of the deal, leaving Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet to proclaim that it would "build the park’s customer base through new marketing initiatives and capital investments."
The addition of Gold Striker would seem to be the first of the promised investments, with the park having now settled a legal dispute with the San Francisco 49ers football team that had previously held back future expenditure.
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