Gold Striker construction image

California's Great America has released a new video that shows off the full ride experience of Gold Striker, the new wooden roller coaster that will debut at the park in May 2013.

Manufactured by Great Coasters International, Gold Striker will stand at 108-feet-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 circuit will feature a series of banked turns and "airtime" hills, as well as the "world's longest covered initial descent tunnel on a wooden coaster". The tunnel is clearly visible in the computer-generated video, embedded below:

Gold Striker is based on plans that were originally put forward several years ago before being dropped. The initial designs for the coaster released by California's Great America did not include the tunnel, which has seemingly negated a feature that was billed as one of the ride's unique elements when it was first announced - the first drop that will wrap around the 200-foot Star Tower observation tower.

The "First Rider" day for Gold Striker is tentatively scheduled for May 1, 2013. A full opening to the public should take place shortly thereafter.

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