|The stage has been set up for opening ceremonies.|
So what is there to say about Gold Striker? Well, it is definitely a star attraction for the park! What was originally an abandoned/neglected walkway/plaza toward the defunct Pictorium is now full of life! Well, the Pictorium still remains dormant to this day with the exception of it being used for Haunt. Anyway, back to Gold Striker! Let's take a look at an offride POV of the coaster.
There's been nothing but smiles on rider's faces during the ride and coming off. You know when a coaster is done right when you hear cheering and clapping as the train pulls into the brake run and again into the station. This is definitely one of those rides that will never go old and this is after taking in close to 60 rides. On Saturday, the first 9,000 riders got free rally towels branded with the Gold Striker logo.
|One of the early riders shows off his free towel.|
|The park has not seen lines this long in years.|
|Gold Striker looms over the park entrance.|
|A view from inside the station. Note the sound-dampening walls|
recently installed on the inside of the turn.
|An evening photo of the banked turn exiting the first drop.|
|Crowds anxiously wait for Gold Striker to open.|
|Gold Striker Gifts - Gold Striker riders exit through the gift shop where they|
can purchase Gold Striker souvenirs as well as their onride photos.
|A friendly reminder not to take loose articles on the ride, and secure anything|
you may have brought onboard with you.
|A train full of happy riders return to the station after an exciting ride!|
|A train full of happy riders coming out the first drop.|
|The train dives under its structure, one of many quick bursts of airtime, especially|
in the back seat!
|The mine cart is ready to take on some of its first riders of the general public.|
|In case you forgot where the entrance was for the coaster :)|
|Another moment of zero-gravity before entering the midway turn!|
|Gold Striker received more walls along the bottom of the drop as well|
as infill between the ties.
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