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Great America's New All Wooden Roller Coaster Opens

Move over Giant Dipper, you're not the only wooden coaster in town



    RAW VIDEO: GoPro View of New Gold Striker Roller Coaste (Published Saturday, June 1, 2013)

    Just in time for summer, Great America has opened its newest roller coaster.

    This coaster's claim to fame is the fact that it is made of wood.

    The first public rides happened Saturday and came with fireworks.

    "Gold Striker" has the longest initial decent tunnel on any wooden coaster and is the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in Northern California.

    RAW VIDEO: Gold Striker's First Run

    [BAY] RAW VIDEO: Gold Striker's First Run
    This is video provided by Great America that shows the first run of the all wooden roller coaster. There were literal fireworks.
    (Published Saturday, June 1, 2013)

    It is located in the shadow of the new 49er stadium in Santa Clara. Once you are in the park, it's in the Celebration Plaza area and wraps around the Star Tower attraction. (Just follow the crowd).  

    It is the park’s eighth roller coaster and guarantees to bring two minutes of thrill to those on board.
    The roller coaster stands 108 feet high and has a 103 foot 50-degree drop at speeds at 54 miles per hour.

    "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. Everyone who enjoys the thrills of riding a roller coaster will want to experience Gold Striker.”

    Great America Goes Old School With New Coaster

    [BAY] Great America Goes Old School With New Coaster
    The new San Francisco 49ers stadium is not the only thing under construction in Santa Clara these days. 49er neighbor Great America announced Wednesday it will debut its eighth roller coaster.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012)

    Below is point of view video from a test run:


    Below is a virtual ride.