It’s 245-feet of “nope.”
This month, Canada’s Wonderland, a theme park located outside Toronto, debuted the Yukon Striker roller coaster, which features the “longest, fastest and tallest” drop in the world.
According to roller coaster designers Bolliger & Mabillard, a dive coaster is marked by a “straight vertical drop with riders facing down (that) creates a different ride experience.”
Named for the Canadian gold rush of the late 1800s, the Striker reaches a maximum speed of 80 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour) along its 3,625 feet (1,105 meters) track — the length of a dozen football fields — and has four inversions including a 360-degree loop.
The coaster offers a full view of the earth below thanks to floorless seats, and takes a three-second pause at the drop’s precipice, giving riders a chance to contemplate the decisions that brought them to the brink of a 90-degree plunge into an underwater tunnel.
“The ride on Yukon Striker is absolutely breathtaking,” says Wonderland general manager Norm Pirtovshek.
Thrill-seekers have been lining up for hours to be one of the first to give this awe-inspiring ride a whirl.
“Okay Yukon Striker is insane,” tweets @CourtneyOzz. “Yes, the 2+ hour wait in line is worth it.”
But not everyone on the internet is anticipating a turn on the world’s steepest coaster.
Says Toronto sports anchor Rob Leth, “No thanks!”
See video below to get a first-person perspective of the heart-stopping ride.
By Hannah Sparks