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My sister and husband are planning their first ever trip to CW this summer to ride Yukon Striker (she LOVES dive coasters) and they were looking for lodging suggestions near the park...the closer the better.

 

Just south of Wonderland is the Vaughn Mills mall. On it's south side, there are a few hotels including Aloft and Novotel. To get to Wonderland from there is just a drive across the parking lot and along Canadas Wonderland Drive. I wouldn't want to walk it but one could.

 

It would also depend on what else you want to do while in (or near : ) Toronto, but maybe it is as good a place to stay as any. There are a few suburban chain restaurants nearby. For trips to the city you could drive to the subway, or just drive to where you want to go. From that area, rush hour traffic drives in to town in the morning and back out to Booneyville in the evening.

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While not completely related to the operation of Canada's Wonderland, the park was used in a completely different way earlier this week to keep a tradition alive due to current COVID-19 restrictions i

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I swore that there was a Drury Inn like right across the street from CW, but when I Google "closest hotel to CW" all I get are ones a couple of miles away or more.

 

Did I dream this is or something?

 

My sister and husband are planning their first ever trip to CW this summer to ride Yukon Striker (she LOVES dive coasters) and they were looking for lodging suggestions near the park...the closer the better.

 

I told her that I'd not trust Google and that I had more reliable sources on TPR.

 

Unfortunately, there are no walking distance hotels around Wonderland. The closest are the ones mentioned South of the Mall. I would recommend the group of hotels a little more South that includes a Hilton, Homewood Suites and a Marriott. I would not recommend staying anywhere South of the 401 HWY in that particular area.

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I swore that there was a Drury Inn like right across the street from CW, but when I Google "closest hotel to CW" all I get are ones a couple of miles away or more.

 

 

 

Did I dream this is or something?

 

My sister and husband are planning their first ever trip to CW this summer to ride Yukon Striker (she LOVES dive coasters) and they were looking for lodging suggestions near the park...the closer the better.

 

I told her that I'd not trust Google and that I had more reliable sources on TPR.

 

Unfortunately, there are no walking distance hotels around Wonderland. The closest are the ones mentioned South of the Mall. I would recommend the group of hotels a little more South that includes a Hilton, Homewood Suites and a Marriott. I would not recommend staying anywhere South of the 401 HWY in that particular area.

 

Thanks guys! Very helpful!

 

That resort attached to the park will be a great addition. I wish all parks had an attached hotel(s).

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Canada's Wonderland released a quick video of the park during the off-season yesterday. You can see how Yukon Striker will look as you walk along the path from International Festival to Action Zone, near Wonder Mountain! Be sure to check it out below!

 

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Earlier this month, it was discovered by looking at the 2019 Guest Assistance Guide that some of the rides and attractions within the Medieval Faire section of Canada's Wonderland would receive their original names for the 2019 season. One of those includes the Wild Beast, which will be receiving the original spelling of its name, "Wilde Beast", which was used from 1981 through 1996. Below is its new sign, which was shared on the park's social media accounts today.

 

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Other rides and attractions within Medieval Faire to receive their original names from 1981 will include The Rage (known as Viking's Rage from 1981-1996), Dragon Fire (known as Dragon Fyre from 1981-1996), Nightmares (Wilde Knight Mares from 1981-1996), and Wonderland Theatre (originally known as Canterbury Theatre from 1981-1993).

 

It is great to see these original names come back! The 2019 season will be an exciting one in more ways than one!

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Happy to hear they are reverting back to original names. I hope they do the same with Spinovator (Quixote’s Kettles)

 

Maybe they'll do it in the future. We will just have to wait and see!

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I don't think I've ever seen a thread this amazingly dead in the months leading up to a new 200+ foot coaster opening. Why isn't there more enthusiast hype for this ride? It looks great.

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Enthusiasts can't deal with the vest restraints, or anything that's not RMC, I guess. My theory anyway.

 

I'm really excited for it; this is looking to be the best dive coaster to date, and having it so close to me is another plus 8)

 

I think the other part of it is we just received more winter weather last night so coaster season isn't on our minds just yet. lol. But that's why some of us are going to drive to Virginia this weekend...

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I don't think I've ever seen a thread this amazingly dead in the months leading up to a new 200+ foot coaster opening. Why isn't there more enthusiast hype for this ride? It looks great.

 

 

What else is there to say without the park actually being opened that hasn't already been said?

 

On top of that the only news we are getting in regards to Yukon Stryker has had a falling out with this forum.

 

From what I can tell You, the wooden structure for a station is looking great and there seems to be 2-3 New food stands/shops being erected and the water tower looks beautiful.

As far as people gushing over it I think will have to wait until opening day.

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Having just ridden SheiKra for the first time this past week, I can safely say it's a good bit better than Valravn. Even though Yukon Striker has the vest restraints, the size should give it at least a passable amount of floater airtime on the drop and through the inversions. I'm very excited to see how the opinion of the ride unfolds over the course of this season!

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I don't think I've ever seen a thread this amazingly dead in the months leading up to a new 200+ foot coaster opening. Why isn't there more enthusiast hype for this ride? It looks great.

 

 

Most of us have been outside shovelling snow so much this winter, we haven't had time to pass comment.....we are "almost" thawed out now...so I am sure interest will pick up soon. Even this polar bear has become rather tired of the cold and snow this year! There is definitely "talk" about the ride though in Toronto, and a lot of my work colleagues are "interested".

 

My son is SUPER excited....it will be his first dive coaster, and as we are going to BGW in June, he will also get to go on "Griffon". "Two dive coasters in one year Dad!!!".

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I don't think I've ever seen a thread this amazingly dead in the months leading up to a new 200+ foot coaster opening. Why isn't there more enthusiast hype for this ride? It looks great.

Was that the chain reaction you expected?

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I don't think I've ever seen a thread this amazingly dead in the months leading up to a new 200+ foot coaster opening. Why isn't there more enthusiast hype for this ride? It looks great.

This is one of those rare occasions where for some [whatever] reason, I just really don’t care about this ride. I’m sure it’ll be great fun, but I really just can’t get excited about it.

 

I’m also pretty tired of seeing vest restraints on dive coasters. I’m am enthusiast who actually prefers vest restraints on positive-g focused rides (no complaints about discomfort) but I feel that vest restraints take away from the thrill factor of the first drop - which is the highlight of these coasters, IMO.

 

Thankfully, there is still a whole lot of developments at other parks for me to be excited about this year.

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I don't think I've ever seen a thread this amazingly dead in the months leading up to a new 200+ foot coaster opening. Why isn't there more enthusiast hype for this ride? It looks great.

 

There's all kinds of hype and excitement for it elsewhere. It's something that non-enthusiasts in tbe area are actually talking about too.

 

This thread is sporadic at the best of times.

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This is one of those rare occasions where for some [whatever] reason, I just really don’t care about this ride. I’m sure it’ll be great fun, but I really just can’t get excited about it.

 

I’m also pretty tired of seeing vest restraints on dive coasters. I’m am enthusiast who actually prefers vest restraints on positive-g focused rides (no complaints about discomfort) but I feel that vest restraints take away from the thrill factor of the first drop - which is the highlight of these coasters, IMO.

 

Thankfully, there is still a whole lot of developments at other parks for me to be excited about this year.

 

This literally sums up how I feel about this coaster.

 

I’m not overly impressed by the addition of it. I’m not saying it’s going to be a bad ride. Hell, I’m sure I’ll even enjoy... but I’m not like “OMG!!! I’m so glad they are building this!!”

 

I’m so sick of vest restraints. Being 6’4” the vest restraints really dig into my collarbone and make the ride VERY uncomfortable... and the vest restraints REALLY kill the sensation of the first drop on a Dive Coaster.

 

 

But yes, there are tons of other coasters to be excited for!!!

 

 

All in all.... I’m not like “OMG!!! Must go ride Yukon Striker tomorrow!!” It’s more along the lines of “Ehhh... if we have the chance to visit the park I’d like to ride it... but it’s not worth going out of the way for.”

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Eh, I'm actually pretty excited about this. Only dive coaster I've been on is Valravn, and only in the last 3 years have my girlfriend and I been venturing outside of Cedar Point for our yearly coaster vacation. We actually decided to choose between Canada's Wonderland and Carowinds this year (we went to KD before CP last year) and decided on CW, mainly because of the 1-2 punch of Leviathan and Yukon Striker. Drops are my favorite element on coasters, and i'm pretty sure I rate Valravn much higher than most enthusiasts. So yeah, I'm pumped, and it's basically the reason we are driving from Pittsburgh to Canada this year.

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Eh, I'm actually pretty excited about this. Only dive coaster I've been on is Valravn, and only in the last 3 years have my girlfriend and I been venturing outside of Cedar Point for our yearly coaster vacation. We actually decided to choose between Canada's Wonderland and Carowinds this year (we went to KD before CP last year) and decided on CW, mainly because of the 1-2 punch of Leviathan and Yukon Striker. Drops are my favorite element on coasters, and i'm pretty sure I rate Valravn much higher than most enthusiasts. So yeah, I'm pumped, and it's basically the reason we are driving from Pittsburgh to Canada this year.

 

If you have been on Valravn, then you have already been on Yukon Striker. Exactly the same coaster, just a bit higher drop and a small difference in layout. Basically sister coasters, IMO.

 

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I don't think I've ever seen a thread this amazingly dead in the months leading up to a new 200+ foot coaster opening. Why isn't there more enthusiast hype for this ride? It looks great.

 

There's all kinds of hype and excitement for it elsewhere. It's something that non-enthusiasts in tbe area are actually talking about too.

 

This thread is sporadic at the best of times.

 

A few of my friends in the Boston area have shared stories about the ride to my Facebook page. It's definitely making waves with non-enthusiasts.

 

My issue with dive coasters are the ones that are one trick ponies but this one looks like it gives a full ride.

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