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  1. Canada's Wonderland shared a construction photo of Yukon Striker on Facebook. The Immlemann inversion is now complete. The zero-g roll is up next! Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook
  2. Here is an updated list of the North American wooden coasters that I have been on so far. Luckily I was able to visit five new-to-me parks this year, which gave me an opportunity to ride more awesome wooden roller coasters. -Ghoster Coaster at Canada's Wonderland -Wild Beast at Canada's Wonderland -Mighty Canadian Minebuster at Canada's Wonderland -The Racer at Kings Island -Woodstock Express at Kings Island -Thunderhawk at Dorney Park -The Beast at Kings Island -Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze -Silver Comet at Fantasy Island -Monstre at La Ronde -Comet at Great Escape -Thunderbolt at Six Flags New England -El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure -Phoenix at Knoebels -Twister at Knoebels My North American wooden roller coaster count is now up to 15 roller coasters! Let's see what 2019 brings!
  3. Here are a few photos of Canada's Wonderland in the snow on November 16th, 2018. Photo credit: Grace Peacock via Twitter Photo credit: Grace Peacock via Twitter Photo credit: Grace Peacock via Twitter
  4. I highly agree! It was nice to see a piece of the defunct Rolling Thunder while walking along the way to Zumanjaro Drop of Doom during my first visit to the park this past July. I also enjoyed looking at all the historical plaques and the historical "hidden gems" during my visit.
  5. Here is a piece of Canada's Wonderland history that Grace Peacock, Director of Communications shared on Twitter today. It is quite neat to see photos like this!
  6. Vortex is indeed open for the remainder of the season. But the water below is drained.
  7. Canada's Wonderland has Behemoth which is a Hyper and Leviathan which is a giga coaster. Both do provide different experiences as Behemoth is about the airtime and Leviathan is about the speed. As I have visited Kings Island a couple of times during the past four years, I feel a giga would be a perfect fit for the park and compliment their already awesome roller coaster collection. I really need to get back sometime soon to ride Mystic Timbers as it was under construction the last time I was there!
  8. The first drop on Yukon Striker at Canada's Wonderland is now complete! Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook
  9. If it makes you feel any better Bill, the previous coaster before that (a little more than a month ago) was Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland.
  10. Looney Lagoon at the Erin Fall Fair in Erin, Ontario! It is a very small but fun spinning coaster by Wisdom Rides! This unit of Looney Lagoon is owned by Robertson Amusements of Orangeville, Ontario.
  11. I hope it isn't Firehawk either. I just love that flying coaster as it is quite an adrenaline rush! As for the other coasters rumoured for removal, I would be sad to see them go too as I greatly enjoyed all of them during my July 2014 and June 2016 visits. Unfortunately nothing lasts forever, but thankfully I do have some wonderful photos and memories riding the coasters rumoured for removal at Kings Island during my two visits to the park.
  12. Here's my updated list for the top 10 longest coasters I've been on: -The Beast (Kings Island) -7,359 ft -Steel Force (Dorney Park) -5,600 ft -Leviathan (Canada's Wonderland) -5,486 ft -Behemoth (Canada's Wonderland) -5,318 ft -Diamondback (Kings Island) -5,282 ft -Banshee (Kings Island) -4,124 ft -Mighty Canadian Minebuster (Canada's Wonderland) -3,828 ft -Vortex (Kings Island) -3,800 ft -The Racer (Kings Island) -3,415 ft -Firehawk (Kings Island) -3,340 ft It may slightly change next year depending on where I go! Here is an updated list of the one I had created a little over two years ago: 1. The Beast (Kings Island)- 7,359 ft 2. Steel Force (Dorney Park)- 5,600 ft 3. Leviathan (Canada's Wonderland)- 5,486 ft 4. Superman the Ride (Six Flags New England) and Ride of Steel (Darien Lake)- 5,400 ft 5. Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure)- 5,394 ft 6. Behemoth (Canada's Wonderland)- 5,318 ft 7. Diamondback (Kings Island)- 5,282 ft 8. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure)- 4,400 ft 9.Comet (Great Escape)- 4,197 ft 10.Green Lantern (Six Flags Great Adventure)- 4,155 ft The list will probably change again somewhat next year like it had within the past two years.
  13. Here is my updated list: A- Adventure Express B- Behemoth C- Comet (Great Escape) D- Diamondback (Kings Island) E- El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure) F- Firehawk G- Goliath (La Ronde) H- Hydra The Revenge I-Invertigo J- Jack Rabbit (Seabreeze) K- Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure) L- Leviathan M- Mighty Canadian Minebuster N- Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure) O- N/A P- Phoenix (Knoebels) Q- N/A R- Racer (Kings Island) S- Silver Comet (Fantasy Island) T- Talon U-N/A V- Vortex (Canada's Wonderland) W- Wicked Cyclone (Six Flags New England) X- N/A Y- N/A Z- N/A 20 out of 26 is not bad! Next year I should be able to a "Y" coaster onto the list!
  14. Here is an update for the tallest steel and wooden roller coasters I have been on to date: Tallest Steel Roller Coaster: Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure (July 2018) Tallest Wooden Roller Coaster: El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure (July 2018) Now to only conquer the World's tallest wooden roller coaster, I will need to do a bit of travelling.
  15. Keeping with the tradition of not including my home park, another ride I have been on during its debut season is the Time Machine at Seabreeze Amusement Park during my first visit to the park last week on my three day WNY park trip. The Time Machine is a custom designed Super Miami model ride. It gave a great ride and the restraints were very comfortable. Here is an update: 2015: -Cedar Creek Flyers at Dorney Park 2017: -Time Machine at Seabreeze 2018: -Tourbillon at La Ronde -Pandemonium at The Great Escape -Cyborg Cyber Spin at Six Flags Great Adventure That is my list for now!
  16. Wow. So generally speaking, when is a good time of year for a first timer to visit? We'll probably get FL+ regardless, but I just want to get a good idea for planning our trip next year. As a park regular, I would say visit anytime during the month of May or June on weekdays as those are the least busiest days at the park. Even though the hours are reduced those days (10am-6pm in May and 10am-8pm for the greater part of June) you can get everything in that you want to ride during the early season.
  17. I think the Six Flags SkyScreamer would be best placed near the entrance of the park to fill the void of land near the Slingshot. It would make the skyline more eye appealing and photogenic. It'll be interesting to see where they actually construct it.
  18. This Funtime Star Flyer is a wonderful addition for Darien Lake. They are a fun and enjoyable ride for people of all ages, so this will be greatly received. Also, I feel the name Six Flags SkyScreamer (even though generic and used at other Six Flags parks (especially the Sky Screamer part)) is a perfect fit for the new ride and the park as it emphasizes the re-branding of the park. I look forward to visiting Darien Lake next year to ride one of my favourite swing tower rides ever designed!
  19. They could have a tram system like Six Flags New England has for people who do not wish to walk along the path from the parking lot to the front entrance. It worked quite well in my opinion and is a nice touch of the overall experience. While not the best photo due to heavy rainfall, below is a photo I had captured of the trams at Six Flags New England during my first visit back in early July. Photo credit: John Brooks via Amusement Views
  20. I had made another visit to the park today. Here are some Yukon Striker photos that I had captured. The construction of Yukon Striker is coming along quite nicely. Here is a view of what will be the station platform, as seen from the Mighty Canadian Minebuster entrance. Here is another look at the curved drop out right out of the station. This is another view of the station platform in its current state as seen from the path near Windseeker in Action Zone. Construction crews were busy at work today piecing Yukon Striker together, even in all the heat and humidity. They are doing a wonderful job!
  21. I had visited Darien Lake for the first time during late August 2017. I will admit that the back section of the park is confusing for a first timer as it felt as if you weren't "suppose to be there", mostly due to the park being empty and the odd placement of a park gate on the other side of Motocoaster. That being said, it made it somewhat difficult to navigate and locate the queue for the Motocoaster. Maybe Six Flags will try to fix the awkwardness and confusion of the path at the back of the park and make it more straight forward and easily accessible by removing the fence that blocks off the MotoCoaster near the unusable covered bridge so that way visitors to the park will not have to walk all the way around to enter the Motocoaster. This would still allow park-only visitors to access Beaver Brother's Lakeside Cafe as a path does run alongside the building from the Motocoaster area (if I recall correctly).
  22. Yukon Striker looks like a very good addition to the park. I am glad they went with the theming and name for the coaster that they did decide upon, as it has now allowed them to re-brand the whole White water Canyon section in to Frontier Canada, which was originally planned for the park back in 1981. I look forward to riding this record-breaker of a dive coaster in 2019!
  23. I agree about low capacity rides first. Thunder run is a Zierer powered coaster built into the mountain. be sure to look for the dragon in the middle. The fly is a fun wild mouse coaster that gets crowded due to low capacity. The ghoster coaster is a kids wooden coaster but fun. I think it is a clone of the one at kings dominion. Make sure to ride vortexx in the back, it is a really nice ride, and one of the best of the arrow suspended coaster style. At the back you get pulled through the hills and helixes. It is also a clone of the one at kings island but set onto the mountain and with helixes over the river. You can see the tunnel for the new coaster in the middle. I have come to like Behemoth better than Leviathan, I like riding in the back of the bus to get pulled over the airtime hills. I have also found that the 4th car back second row gives you a nice floater air over every hill. The magic seat. Leviathan also nice but has sneaky hidden lineup behind which can be long. (it is well shaded though). Lately i have enjoyed this at twilight, maybe 8:30-9:30pm. It is an awesome experience. Some of the nice flats don't tend to have too much lineup: Klockwerks is a huss swing around, Orbiter, one of the last Huss Giant enterprises, Sledge Hammer is very rare, maybe only 2 in the world? the Gerstlauer flying ride is fun and not very common too. Wonder mountain guardian has it's entire lineup inside the mountain so you cannot tell how crowded it is. You can go in the hottest part of the day to get out of the sun. It is Ok and unique but not something i go on very often. The older coasters tend to draw less lines: Dragon fyre (arrow looper) is fun. Wooden coasters: Wilde Beast and Minebuster are not bad and have had some new track in the last years though still a bit rough especially minebuster. For some reason the Bat (Vekoma boomerang) tends to be busy. it is not bad if not too much of a line. They can't seem to get all of the wheels to touch the track at the same time on the SLC headbanger Flight Deck. I don't tend to ever eat in the park and sometimes walk across the parking lot to the wing place. have fun. If you get on Thunder Run (Mack Rides Powered Coaster in Wonder Mountain), The Bat, Wonder Mountain's Guardian, and The Fly after opening time during your visit you should be fine. But other than those roller coasters, most rides and roller coasters at Canada's Wonderland have a high capacity. SledgeHammer is the only HUSS Jump 2 in the World. It has had steadier operation since its major overhaul done a few years ago. If it does go down during the day, it is usually back up and operating shortly thereafter.
  24. Yes, I had picked up on the change of the signs at Canada's Wonderland. At first they were showing a rock wall, now they are showing an eagle's eye. Below is a photo of the new sign that I had captured while at the park yesterday. Photo credit: John Brooks via Amusement Views.
  25. Canada's Wonderland does have the highest level of attendance than any other seasonal park in North America with over 3.7 million visitors annually. It is quite an impressive achievement when you think about it for a park that only operates approximately 130 days each season.
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