Gold Striker’s New Record-Setting Tunnel

Roller Coaster News

Rejoice! California’s Great America is adding their first new large roller coaster since 2000. Gold Striker looks to be an exciting wooden roller coaster from Great Coasters International. The ride’s layout already included a swooping first drop that wraps around the Star Tower. Now, that drop will be completely covered thus producing (queue the superlative!), “the World’s longest covered initial descent tunnel on a wooden coaster.”

Gold Striker Tunnel - Californias Great America - Roller CoasterI’ll give 10 points to someone that can name another covered initial descent on a wooden coaster, besides Knott’s Berry Farms’ Ghostrider. None come to mind for me. I just wonder how long they researched that one just to confirm it was the longest.

Okay. Kidding aside, I like this new element. While some argue that the tunnel might have been a new requirement to reduce noise rather than some new innovative addition, I don’t care. I love tunnels! If I had it my way, there’d be at least one on most rides. Several of my all-time favorite coaster moments have occurred on tunnels. The Beast’s helix/tunnel finale, The Voyage’s insane triple down in the dark, and Hades wall-climbing hysteria come to mind. Plus, Great America has mentioned that they’re working to theme the tunnel to fit the ride and make it look like a mine shaft.Gold Striker - Californias Great America - 2013 Roller Coaster

Read the official press release: Gold Striker Coaster Now Includes Record Tunnel
Listen to an interview with a park representative Gold Striker and the tunnel: Coaster Radio Podcast #719 Gold Striker Upgraded

Also, read more and see a video of California Great America’s Gold Striker

What’s Your Take?
Do you think Goldstriker will be better with the tunnel or not? Leave a comment below. Image 1 courtesy of California’s Great America’s Facebook page.

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    • Sure. I can incorporate your review in a “Early Reviews of Outlaw Run” post that I’ll do in a bit. I’ll do that instead of a full guest review since there’s a chance that I may make it out there myself. But yes! Definitely email me your thoughts. I’m excited to hear what you think!

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