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  1. Link: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/blog/media-center/2023/canadas-wonderland-announces-giant-boomerang-water-slide-for-2024
  2. Yesterday I had visited Canada's Wonderland for the first time in three weeks as I had visited Six Flags Great America, Six Flags St. Louis, and Indiana Beach two weeks ago. Since my last visit to Canada's Wonderland, they had changed the opening times for White Water Canyon and Timberwolf Falls from 11am on weekdays to 12pm on weekdays, with the opening of both rides at 11am on the weekends. It was a bit of a surprise for me and some other guests yesterday as they both opened at 11am for many years. I am wondering if a staffing issue has caused the new hours of operation for White Water Canyon and Timberwolf Falls as it's not like the park isn't busy during the summer months. Hopefully this change doesn't last for too long as it can be quite hot outside by 11am this time of year. White Water Canyon's new opening time: Timberwolf Falls new opening time:
  3. I know these are just ideas right now, but I honestly hope they don't ever touch Wonder Mountain like they propose in the first concept. Maintaining the iconic look of Wonder Mountain is something I prefer. As for the second concept, it sounds interesting and something they could put in the old Action Theatre area. I was finally able to ride Mystic Timbers at Kings Island back in April and really enjoyed it. So a wooden coaster like that in Frontier Canada would be a great idea. As for the third concept, it seems like an odd choice, but would make great use of the Kingswood Music Theatre. Lol The next few years at Canada's Wonderland could be interesting.
  4. I am glad to hear it reopened today. Unfortunately it was closed the last two days, which were the two days I was at the park for my very first time. Maybe I will be able to ride Whizzer in the future. Just a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to ride this classic and rare coaster. But I still had a great time at Six Flags Great America regardless of Whizzer being closed both days!
  5. The limited number of dining locations on weekdays in May and June has been a common occurrence this year. I was a bit surprised to see Backlot Cafe closed the last time I was at the park. It has some of the better options for food. As for Tundra Twister, I find it to be a really fun ride. Depending on the ride cycle, it can provide some intense head dives towards the ground and some awesome hangtime. You will definitely need to ride it a few times as each ride cycle provides a slightly different experience. The crew on Sledge Hammer have been very interactive with the riders this year and last year! It definitely adds to the experience!
  6. If you're looking to purchase Fast Lane, I would probably recommend getting it for the Sunday as weekends are usually very busy at Canada's Wonderland unless there is inclement weather, such as rain. As for the Monday, the park shouldn't be too busy as local schools are still in session and many schools do go to Canada's Wonderland for field trips, but they usually leave by 4:30pm at the latest. When going on the Monday, just be aware that many food locations may be closed as that has been a common occurrence for the month of May and the early part of June (as of last week) as it isn't peak season yet. As a regular visitor and having Canada's Wonderland as my home park, I would definitely recommend getting on Shockwave, Sledge Hammer, Wilde Knight Mares, and the new Tundra Twister is you're looking for some unique flat rides. For more classic flat rides I would recommend Spinovator (Mack Calypso), Klockwerks (Huss Swing Around), and Swing of the Century (Zierer Wave Swinger). There are many other flat rides to check out too that I did not mention! One last thing, if possible, get there before opening (park opens at 10am, front gate opens around 9:30am) as there can be quite the crowd at the entrance. Also, be sure to have fun!
  7. Tundra Twister opened on Saturday, June 3rd, with its official grand opening on Wednesday, June 7th. Below are some photos of this first-of-a-kind new ride by Mondial Rides during my visit to Canada's Wonderland on Wednesday! I found Tundra Twister to be a really fun and insane ride as the gondolas rock back and forth and flip as the giant arm swings back and forth before going all the way over the top, allowing the passengers to experience some head diving towards the ground! I also really enjoyed how the gondola rotates horizontally throughout the duration of the ride, making for a somewhat disorienting ride! I was able to ride it four times on Wednesday and found every ride to be a bit different. It is a solid addition to the park and one that all thrill-seekers should try!
  8. Snoopy's Racing Railway opened last Thursday (May 18th). Canada's Wonderland released an official POV of Snoopy's Racing Railway today! It looks like a great addition to Planet Snoopy!
  9. Canada's Wonderland released a video today of Tundra Twister testing!
  10. I beleive it will open mid to late May. So it probably won't be open this weekend as the rides' fences weren't complete. Tundra Twister should be amazing once it does open!
  11. On Saturday, May 6th I made my first visit of the 2023 season to Canada's Wonderland! For being Opening Weekend, it wasn't nearly quite as busy as I would have expected with the weather being as beautiful as it was, especially after almost two weeks of rain! While Tundra Twister and Snoopy's Racing Railway weren't quite ready yet, I did manage to get some photos of them. They should be open and operational by mid to late May! I also managed to get some photos of other improvements made around the park during the off-season including the removal of the trees around Swing of the Century, a new fence along the path by Shockwave, the repainting of Vortex, and the replacement of the Whac-A-Mole game with Peach Basket in Grande World Exposition of 1890. Enjoy the photos below! Tundra Twister: Swing of the Century (without trees): Snoopy's Racing Railway (was testing!): Vortex (with a fresh coat of paint): New Peach Basket Game in Grande World Exposition of 1890: New fence in International Festival next to Shockwave:
  12. On Saturday, April 15th, my brother and I visited Kings Island for its opening day! While there, I did manage to take some photos of the construction happening in the new Adventure Port section that will be opening this Summer. It looks like there is quite a ways to go before Cargo Loco and Sol Spin are operational! More photos of my recent visit to Kings Island can be found on my blog in the link of my signature. Banner promoting the new Adventure Port coming this summer: View of Adventure Port from the Eiffel Tower: Sol Spin's plot: Cargo Loco's plot:
  13. Yesterday, Canada's Wonderland released this short animation of how Tundra Twister will look and operate near Yukon Striker (across from Splash Works) in Frontier Canada!
  14. More Tundra Twister pieces have arrived at the park recently! I love the wood-like detail added to the ride! I can't wait to try it when it opens this Spring!
  15. Here's another update for Snoopy's Racing Railway and Tundra Twister shared by the park yesterday! Only 50 days until opening day!
  16. The train for Snoopy's Racing Railway had arrived at Canada's Wonderland yesterday!
  17. Canada's Wonderland just posted a new blog post on their website, showcasing updates on the two new-for-2023 attractions, Tundra Twister and Snoopy's Racing Railway! The train for Snoopy's Racing Railway looks very nice and the wood print design for Tundra Twister looks great too! Photos in the link below! https://www.canadaswonderland.com/blog/2023/february/building-tundra-twister-and-snoopys-racing-railway-at-canadas-wonderland
  18. Vortex at Canada's Wonderland on October 31st at 12:02am! I was on the final train of the night and of the 2022 season!
  19. It had been about a month since my last visit to Canada's Wonderland, so I went to the park on Saturday. During my visit, I had taken some exterior shots of the Lazy Bear Lodge which had opened last month. It looks amazing from the outside and fits in well with the area! On another note, The Bat had recently reopened after being down for a good portion of the season due to hydraulic issues. It seemed to have been riding better on Saturday than it had earlier in the season. Also, no work has begun on the land for the new Tundra Twister (Mondial Avalanche) coming to Frontier Canada next year. I would expect to see some work begin once the regular season ends at the end of October. I didn't get a chance to see the area where Snoopy's Racing Railway will be going in Planet Snoopy when at the park on Saturday, so I don't know if much work has begun yet. I'll try to take a look next time I am at the park.
  20. It has been awhile since I gave an update on the new dining facility known as Lazy Bear Lodge, so here are a couple of photos that I took yesterday, during my fifth visit of the season! It is really looking great! Also during my visit yesterday, I noticed that the waterfalls on White Water Canyon were operating again! I hadn't seen them work in about four or five years!
  21. The Galaxy Orbiter at Galaxyland in the West Edmonton Mall on Monday! It is a great Gerstlauer Spinning coaster with a lot of spinning!
  22. Yesterday on May 19th, I made my second visit of the 2022 season. Since my first visit of the season nearly three weeks ago, a lot of progress has been made on the new dining facility! With a roof and walls, it looks extremely massive than it had before! The construction crews were hard at work building it yesterday. It will definitely look amazing once it is completed! Be sure to check out some photos I took of it while at the park.
  23. Dragon Fyre at Canada's Wonderland during Opening Day on Saturday, April 30th was the last coaster I rode.
  24. My brother and I made our first visit of the 2022 season to Canada's Wonderland on April 30th, which was Opening Day. Below are some photos of the new facilities that have been built over the off-season, as well as the new large dining facility that is still well under construction, and some other changes around the park. Here is a look at the new dining facility under construction. It will be themed to a mountain lodge and will be able to seat many people when it opens. Here's a side view of the new dining facility. It looks to be massive from the ground and above! Nearby the new dining facility behind Wonder Mountain a new Coca-Cola Refresh station was constructed during the off-season. It is tucked away off the path and looks like it has always been there despite being brand new. In order to make room for the new dining facility behind Wonder Mountain, the Mountainside Bakery (formerly Cookie Café prior to 2016) was demolished. Instead of removing it completely, the park constructed a new building across the path which will be home to the new Cookie Café. Across the Windseeker in Action Zone, a new structure was built across from Windseeker. It replaced an older structure which was home to Fast Lane sales. I believe this new structure will serve the same purpose and possibly more! For the 2022 season, Dairy Queen is no longer at the park. The locations have been replaced with park-ran ice cream shops serving soft-serve ice cream and sundaes. Pictured above is the Swiss Dip shop on International Street. Below is Arthur's Sundaes & Cones in Medieval Faire. Also new this season, The International Marketplace Buffet in Medieval Faire has been retransformed to the All's Well Hall, which it was known as in the 1980s. I love seeing the park continuing to revert rides, attractions, and facilities to their original names over the past few years! Also, the Tim Horton's location in Kidzville has been replaced with Tree Top Café. It will now serve Starbucks. More photos from opening day can be found on my blog, Amusement Views.
  25. Canada's Wonderland does play the Canadian National Anthem around the time the park does open, but it may not always be heard depending on noise and if the speakers at the front gate are working properly. The flags displayed on the entrance represent the 13 provinces and territories in Canada. The other flags at the entrance to the Grande World Exposition of 1890 section off of International Street are replica flags of countries from a long time ago based on the ones that attended World Expositions around that time. Sure, the park could erect an American flag, but they never have in the 41 years of operation despite being owned by American companies throughout its whole existence. Many people know it is and has always been American owned, so having a flag or not having a flag makes no real difference in my opinion.
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