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Roller coaster with world’s ‘longest, fastest and tallest’ drop opens

It’s 245 feet of “nope.” This month, Canada’s Wonderland, a theme park outside Toronto, debuted the Yukon Striker roller coaster, which features the “longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster” 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 (130 kilometers) per hour along its 3,625 feet (1,105 meters) of 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 ground below thanks t ...