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After 592 days of waiting, I was finally able to visit Canada's Wonderland once again on July 6th! During my visit, I had noticed many small improvements made throughout the park in addition to the new attractions that were finally able to open this year, along with the rest of the park, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! Below are some photos of the small improvements made, along with the new attraction in Planet Snoopy, Beagle Brigade Airfield.

 

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The Fun Shoppe across from The Bat in Medieval Faire was renamed Jester's Courtyard Toy & Souvenir Marketplace, allowing for this souvenir shop to fit in with the section a bit better than it had in the past. Also the funnel cake shop next door received a new hanging sign. I'll try to get a photo of it next time I visit the park.

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While the park was closed in 2020, the peeling billboard signage for Backlot Stunt Coaster was removed. Now the trains just "crash" through a metal wall. It looks odd, but much better than the peeling signage that was there.

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Here is a look at the new for 2021 (originally slated to open in 2020) ride in Planet Snoopy, Beagle Brigade Airfield. It replaced the aging Peanuts Putt Putt mini golf course that closed at the end of the 2019 season. Children visiting the park seemed to be enjoying this new ride! The other new attraction is the Mountain Bay Cliffs in Splash Works. I was unfortunately unable to capture a photo of it as Splash Works does not open until mid-July.

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One of the major noticeable improvements made on International Street during the extended off-season was the replacement of the shingles on one of the buildings on International Street. It is always great to see the park taking care of its infrastructure! 

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Also within the past year while the park was closed, Riptide received new, bright blue seats! Things like this just help keep rides looking brand new, even when they are over 20 years old like Riptide! 

 

Overall, my visit on Tuesday, July 6th was great despite being very hot and humid. I managed to get on 13 rides during my 8 and a half hour visit with the current COVID-19 safety protocols put in place. For more photos of my visit, check them out on my blog:)

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5 minutes ago, SharkTums said:

^Happy that our friendly neighbors to the north can finally get some parks in!

Yes, it definitely is great that residents of Ontario can finally enjoy Canada's Wonderland again! :)

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14 minutes ago, Haymaker said:

Are masks required there or optional?

Sometimes, according to the website.

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Remember to bring your face covering with you. It will be required in all indoor spaces, on rides, and outdoors where 2 metres physical distance cannot be maintained (with limited exceptions, including Splash Works and water attractions). Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and not have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape. 

 

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A few days ago, Canada's Wonderland announced on their Reservation page that Season Pass Holders will not need to make reservations for Fall daytime visits in September and October starting September 11th. But reservations for Pass Holders wishing to visit during Halloween Haunt at night will be required. This will make visiting the park in the Fall during the daytime a bit easier than it has been this summer! :)

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They don't give you the glasses and have changed it to a 2d video... It's been that way since at least part way through 2019...

I prefer it, as the 3D glasses don't fit over my regular glasses that well... 

And without the 3D blur, the video is still fairly low quality...

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25 minutes ago, Honorarius said:

They don't give you the glasses and have changed it to a 2d video... It's been that way since at least part way through 2019...

I prefer it, as the 3D glasses don't fit over my regular glasses that well... 

And without the 3D blur, the video is still fairly low quality...

They probably made that change cause of Covid19.  Although I think it's great how the park has made use of the mountain the ride itself for me is blah and overrated, particularly for the low ride capacity and long line.  First time I went on it I didn't know about that drop at the end so I took my then 9 year old son on it.  Lets just say he's 12 now and I just got him to go on Ghoster Coaster again.

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A few days ago Canada's Wonderland released their operating calendar for the 2022 season. They have opening day set for Saturday,  April 30th! Looking at the months of July and August, it looks like they will be bringing back regular operating hours of 10am to 10pm daily! The calendar can be viewed on the park's website:)image.thumb.png.f4149b04ffb4b9e134f2a0ae002debd1.png

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1 hour ago, thirstydeer said:

So have you heard about the unsolicited bid from Sea World to buy Cedar Fairs?

https://www.cinemablend.com/movies/the-seaworld-buy-out-of-cedar-fair-just-took-an-interesting-turn

What do you think about it?  How do you think it'll affect Canada's Wonderland?  Is it good for us or not?

See the in depth discussion we already had here.

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They are doing a pass member preview the Sunday prior to opening week, April 24. Usually I couldn't care less because usually it's just a partial day thing, but they are actually open all day. Provided the border isn't having issues, I may end up going and suffer all the break downs lol.

https://www.canadaswonderland.com/events/season-passholder-sneak-preview

I'm hoping they still do FL+ for the preview day, so I can get use out of that sweet sweet all season fast lane that got extended.

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The World's of Fun thread has officially had more activity since 2021, and their big announcement for 2022 is much needed track work on their newest roller coaster.

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As far as crossing the border goes, I believe the rules are as follows for guests crossing from the US into Canada:

- As of April 1, a negative COVID test is no longer required for land crossings

- visitor must download the "ArriveCAN" app to their mobile device

- visitor MUST be "fully vaccinated" (both doses of Pfizer or Moderna, single J&J, or other which can be found on the CBP website)

- vaccination card must be scanned and uploaded to ArriveCAN app to be presented at the border 

- date of visit must be entered and at what border crossing the visitor will be using (this may have changed, but I tried the other day and it still asks both questions)

- visitor may be randomly selected to take a COVID test at the border 

I'm hoping to get up there in May as it has been 6 years since my last visit to the park.  Being fully vaxxed and double boosted, I am hoping it will be a smooth trip north!

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We will be flying in early on June 16th to do a day and a half (or maybe a day and 2/3rds depending on how fast we get through customs) as a warm up, so to speak, to CoasterCon which is at CedarPoint and having a pre-con day at Waldameer. Fully vaxxed and boosted so no worries flying in and glad to see that we don't need to test coming in. Hopefully it stays that way. I have no objection to getting tested, just a hassle. There is now a direct flight from STL to Toronto although it is on a little 48 seat CRJ, which I think will be the smallest plane I've ever been on! 

We are then driving a rental car across the border to Waldameer, and then on to Cedarpoint and Kennywood for Con, and flying home from Pittsburgh which also means we don't have to test to re enter the US because we are doing a land crossing instead of a flight. Not sure of the reasoning behind that other than we aren't spending time in crowded airports and planes but whatever, I'll take it.

Looking forward to the visit, we've wanted to get to up to the park for a long time now.

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Excited for pass preview day in 2 days! They finally confirmed my all season FL+ will be available to redeem so I'm definitely there. The weather is going to be perfect and I suspect it's going to be really busy. Just curious if a lot of rides won't be ready due to the terrible and cold weather this week.

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Thought for sure some major rides would be closed due to weather this past week but alas queue times are posted for their park buyout special event today.

Looks like the 2 water rides, drop tower, riptide, soaring timbers, and windseeker are the only major rides closed. :classic_cool:

Unfortunately Time Warp is open and still in existence.

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