Gold Striker

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Gold Striker
Gold Striker (CGA) Logo.jpg
Great America 26 2013-07-15.jpg
California's Great America
Park sectionCelebration Plaza
Coordinates37°23′46″N 121°58′31″W / 37.396186°N 121.975227°W / 37.396186; -121.975227Coordinates: 37°23′46″N 121°58′31″W / 37.396186°N 121.975227°W / 37.396186; -121.975227
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateApril 30, 2013
Opening dateJune 1, 2013
General statistics
TypeWood
ManufacturerGreat Coasters International
Height108 ft (33 m)
Drop103 ft (31 m)
Length3,197 ft (974 m)
Speed54 mph (87 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration2:30
Max vertical angle50°
Capacity850 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains2 trains with 12 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Gold Striker at RCDB
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Gold Striker
Gold Striker (CGA) Logo.jpg
Great America 26 2013-07-15.jpg
California's Great America
Park sectionCelebration Plaza
Coordinates37°23′46″N 121°58′31″W / 37.396186°N 121.975227°W / 37.396186; -121.975227Coordinates: 37°23′46″N 121°58′31″W / 37.396186°N 121.975227°W / 37.396186; -121.975227
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateApril 30, 2013
Opening dateJune 1, 2013
General statistics
TypeWood
ManufacturerGreat Coasters International
Height108 ft (33 m)
Drop103 ft (31 m)
Length3,197 ft (974 m)
Speed54 mph (87 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration2:30
Max vertical angle50°
Capacity850 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains2 trains with 12 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Gold Striker at RCDB
Pictures of Gold Striker at RCDB

Gold Striker is a wooden roller coaster built by Great Coasters International that is operating at California's Great America. It opened on June 1, 2013.[1] The roller coaster is the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in northern California.

History[edit]

The coaster, built by Great Coasters International was originally planned to be built for 2009 but issues led to the project being cancelled.[2] A permit was sent in for the coaster in early 2012, stating that it will be built in the northern half of the park. The permit was approved about two months later.[3] A permit was filed on May 2, 2012 to begin early ground work for the coaster. It was also stated no structures will be demolished for the coaster.[4] Construction started in early May with the first pieces of lumber being delivered in early June.[5][6] The first pieces of Gold Striker went vertical in late July.[7] On July 25, 2012, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company filed a trademark for the name Gold Striker.[8] Gold Striker was officially announced on August 29, 2012 as being the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California.[1] Representatives of the San Francisco 49ers were on hand at the ceremony as the ride is themed and named after the Gold Rush.[9] On January 30, 2013, one of the milestones took place as the ride's lift hill was topped off.[10] On February 20, 2013, California's Great America announced the first drop will be fully enclosed setting the record for world's longest initial drop tunnel on a wooden coaster.[11] On March 6, the park announced they would be holding a first rider auction for Gold Striker. The park was auctioning off the first six trains through April 28. The event for the first riders is TBD. However, members of the general public were able to take some early rides in from April 30, 2013 during a promotional shoot the park was doing.[12] Gold Striker soft opened on Friday, May 31, 2013 and had an official opening ceremony on June 1, 2013.

Testing begun on April 16, 2013.

Ride experience[edit]

Layout[edit]

After departing the station, the train makes a slight turn to the right followed by another turn to the right then the train turns left onto the 108-foot (33 m) lift hill. After the train crests the hill, it enters a tunnel, then drops 50 degrees to the right, followed by another slight drop, reaching a top speed of approx. 54 miles per hour (87 km/h). The coaster's first drop will wrap around the park's signature Star Tower attraction. Then the train turns to the left into bunny hop, passing by the station and lift hill. It then makes a turn-around to the right followed by an 80 degree banked turn. After the turn, the train passes back under the track into a "Midway turn" being another 80-degree turn facing the park's Celebration Plaza. Passing again back under the track, it goes through the final flat turnaround before making way to the brake run.[13]

Track[edit]

The wooden track of Gold Striker is 3,197 feet (974 m) long in length with the height of the lift being approximately 108 feet (33 m).[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Great America Goes Old School with New Coaster". NBC. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ MacDonald, Brady (February 15, 2012). "California's Great America revives plans for wooden coaster". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Case Number: PLN2012-09049". City of Santa Clara. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Case Number: BLD2012-28507". City of Santa Clara. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hart, Lance. "CGA - Woodie". Screamscape. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "California Great America (CGA) Discussion Thread - Page 495". Theme Park Review. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hart, Lance. "CGA - Woodie". Screamscape. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gold Striker". United States Patents and Trademarks Office. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Harrington, Jim (August 31, 2012). "Great America announces new Gold Striker wooden roller coaster for 2013". Mercury News. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ Haugh, Robert (February 6, 2013). "Great America Celebrates New Coaster’s Topping Off". Santa Clara Weekly. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gold Striker Coaster Now Includes Record Tunnel". Yahoo!. February 20, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Great America & 49ers Foundation Team Up On First Rider Program". PR Newswire. March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Gold Striker POV". Theme Park Review. YouTube. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 

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