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Wednesday, September 05, 2012 | This article is listed in the sections Magazine and Amusement parks.

Gold Striker`s Coming

 © California's Great America
© California's Great America
Artworks of a gold digger
And again there is an announcement for a new wooden roller coaster built by the US-American manufacturer Great Coasters International. Founded by Mike Boodley and Clair Hain, Jr. in 1994, the company has gained a reputation as a master wooden coaster builder by now. As recently as this year, GCI has once again proven that it designs extremely good ride elements which essentially contribute to its success by introducing 'Wodan Tibur Coaster' at Europa-Park.

The theme park California's Great America, operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, is looking forward to introducing its first GCI's wooden coaster 'Gold Striker' in the upcoming year. Although the ride won't strike 'Wodan' concerning the dimension, it will be the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. The forthcoming attraction will reach 108 ft (33 m) in height. Within two and a half heart-pounding minutes, riders will wind their way around a track of approximately 3,197 ft (975 m) at speeds up to 54 mph (86 km/h).

Less capacity - more patience

Two Millenium Flyer trains will accommodate 24 passengers each, and the maximum capacity is estimated at 850 guests per hour – not as much as 'Wodan' can take, however, longer waiting times may undoubtedly be expected when launching. High-speed twists, drops, turns and station fly-by will be the top features of the ride that will also wrap around the park's observation tower 'Sky Tower'. "Gold Striker reflects our commitment to providing our guests with the best thrills and entertainment value in the region,” California’s Great America Vice-President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg said. "This ride was uniquely designed by melding together the highest performing and most exciting features of the very best wooden roller coasters in the world.”

Great America's eighth roller coaster will reportedly be themed to the Old West recognizing pioneering and adventurous spirit of the California gold-seekers of the mid-19th century, and is custom designed and built for the topography of the location. Visitors may not care that much about the historical background – all artworks and animations published so far give hope for a real head-turner in California.

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