Canada's Wonderland has a new rollercoaster this year. It's called Leviathon and it's the tallest, fastest and steepest coaster in the country.
The coaster climbs 93 metres high and roars at 149 km/h -- the same speed as hurricane strength winds. There is an 80 degree drop and hammer-head turns, all on a track that's more than 1600 metres long. Leviathan is one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world.
Riders will experience extreme coaster thrills that includes a series of giant camelback hills reaching heights of up to 54.9 metres.
Leviathon is the Park's 16th coaster, and helps position Canada's Wonderland as one of the top three rollercoaster destinations in the world. It will go higher, longer and faster than anything they have ever launched before.
Like many rollercoasters, Leviathon is weather sensitive. "High winds and any other kind of extreme weather do affect the rides," says public relations representative Deenen Beavan. "So we do have a wind maximum that we need to watch certain rides, and we do stay within those parameters obviously to make sure we are running safely."
This time of year, those winds are cold but some ride warriors braved the cold winds and tried out the daring ride.
In January 2012, Canada's Wonderland launched a "First Rider Auction'' in which people from anywhere in the world could bid to be one of the first public riders on Leviathon. There were 96 seats available and those who won were granted the first public ride on April 27, 2012. Over $40,000 was raised with the money going to the Hospital for Sick Children.
The park officially opens the gates on May 6, 2012.