We arrived in Montreal on day 3 of our trip and explored this amazing city for a day. Old Montreal is very beautiful, with lots of great shops and restaurants. We headed to Casino Montreal and into the heart of downtown as well. We had a great time.
Day 4 though brought is to a park I had visited once before, but wanted to check out again while in the city:
La Ronde - A member of the Six Flags Family
Ile Ste. Helene, Montreal, Canada
June 7, 2011
Having been to this park before I knew the layout and the rides pretty well, but it had been a few years and I was anxious to check things out again. The park was absolutely slammed from well before opening. Although the website said the park was open 11 to 7, as we walked up towards the main gate at 10:30 it was clear that the rides were open and running and they had started letting guests into the park some time before.
Seeing the massive crowds swarming the gates and the rides already running with full trains, we made the natural decision to get a Flash Pass. After waiting in line at the Flash Pass office for about 30 mins (yikes!) we were out into the park to explore. By the way, the park sold out of Flash Passes that day, so it was good to be there early even if we didn't quite make it for opening!
The park has a great collection of rides as you'll see below, but it is long overdue for some love. I was really taken aback at the parks general condition - it needs a coat of paint, some gardeners and they have a very serious issue with graffiti. You'll see in the report below.
Next stop... The Great Escape and Six Flags Lodge!
Welcome to La Ronde
For inquiring minds...
La Ronde is of course named after this - The Giant Wheel
We took a ride up the Pizza Pizza Tower to get some aerial shots of the park - you'll see them with each ride
Ah... Goliath! A very good mini-Hyper coaster from B and M. Run's two trains that they stacked every cycle, but it was running really well and delivered some excellent air time!
Here's a shot of it from above - pretty simple, but it's a great ride!
Next up is Ednor - the newly placed Hang and Bang
Why is such a horrible ride so photogenic?
Looks like they built a cement pad in the lake, doesn't look like very deep water under the ride
The track comes up into the midway pretty far. In fact the transfer track is in the shed on the midway actually.
Way to aim high! They were running 1 train that day, and even with a gold Flash Pass we waited over 30 minutes to ride.
I did like this though, using the safety belt to hold the flip-flops
Not much to see here, Dragon is an indoor roller coaster - family style. It's a decent ride and all the lights and themeing were working
Toboggan Nordique is the parks mouse - not too many trims makes for a fast a furious ride!
Le Monstre is the parks dual track wooden coaster. They had both sides open, but only running one train on each. It was a pretty slow moving line...
... even though we by-passed most of it using our Gold Bot!
It was running well, and we had a really good ride on it
Vampire is a mirror-image clone of the other Batman coasters at Six Flags. A great, intense ride!
Maybe some landscaping? Though I guess it's better than parking lines on asphalt
Vampire and Cobra - Cobra was closed for the day
You can see the Vekoma Corkscrew, Boomerang and the Splash Boats here...
Ever wonder what happens to log when they can't be used on the flume anymore? Ta Da!
Never seen those before - didn't get to ride, but they looked cool!
Disco-Ronde plays actual disco music while riding!
I saved a few shots for the end to demonstrate how the park needs a bit of attention - I think this may have been an actual garden once
Not sure what this used to be, but it doesn't look good at all
The entrance to the S and S tower with a smoking area to the side of it...
The 'Flash Pass' Entrance at the Boomerang (for real!)
The exit from the Boomerang
Just one example of the graffiti in the park - a big issue that I hope they deal with
But on a happy note - we left with a chicken hat! Oh wait... sorry, Un Chapeau du Poulet!