And we’ve arrived at Canada’s Wonderland! First international amusement park that I’ve ever been to.
Leviathan sure looks massive standing over the entrance area and stretching into the parking lot.
Very nice entrance area reminds me of the Kings Island/Dominion parks but instead of an Eifel Tower at the end of the fountains they have a mountain! And this mountain is massive, three different rides enter the mountain.
It wouldn’t be a Cedar Fair park without a dinosaur at the entrance trying to sell you tickets to Dinosaurs Alive.
Oh look Starbucks, these are popping up more and more inside amusement parks and personally I think it’s great! Snoopy also apparently says hi. 😛
Entering the Medieval Fare section of the park heading for the first coaster we’ve ever ridden in a different country!
And there it is, the closer and closer we get to it, the more massive it starts to look.
First of the very impressive entrance areas that Cedar Fair has started to do for all of their new rides. The sign is huge and the fountain is a very nice touch too.
A train is dispatched right above our heads. How cool!
Riders ready to climb the 305′ lift hill. Now the equivalent of that in meters is… well couldn’t tell ya. 😛
Train coming back into the station, we’ll be on soon!
This ride was actually really good. Not quite to the level of the Intamin Giga coasters, but still superb. The beginning of the ride and small hops and turns are amazing at high speed. The second half isn’t too bad either, but the ride does a bad tease at the end you enter what appears to be a midcourse brake run and think of it’s going to do a signature B&M last dip before the end. Nope, you go from brake run to another….. wait for it… slanted brake run… sigh…
We’re here a little too early in the season to see the Victoria Falls high divers. Looks like we’ll have to come back!
Next up a search for beer, since our friend Johnny was not able to get into the park for free even though he’s an employee of Cedar Fair?!? So we walked all around the park and ventured past a Togo death machine!
A Vekoma SLC?!? There’s gotta be beer nearby for all the headaches that ride causes.
And we got our beer! It wouldn’t be Canada if we weren’t drinking Labatt.
Meanwhile Johnny isn’t too happy that his American Budweiser has Canadian language on it.
After a few drinks, time to brave Time Warp the weirdest coaster I’ve ever seen.
There is no chain lift or magnetic lift on this coaster instead it is what we called a mixer that pushes the cars up the track. Very unique.
The cars are also weird looking. It is a flyer but it’s not as much freedom to extend your arms like on a Vekoma or B&M flyer.
The restraint system is very different too. You walk up to the car while it’s still moving stand in place and a ride host shuts the cage behind you. That’s it no seat belts or vests to check at all. This ride host was a little short and had to jump up every time to reach the cage to pull it down. As for the ride experience actually very cool. A little bumpy but there is two in-line twists and they go opposite directions so the second one catches you by surprise as you were not expecting to flip that way. Very fun and compact ride!
Now time for our first Canadian woodie! The Angry Canadian as we decided to call it, even though officially it’s the Mighty Canadian Minebuster.
Behemoth lurking in the background. We will get to you later.
Station for the Angry Canadian, with classic PTC trains. Ride experience was surprisingly very good and smooth. It had the traditional out and back layout of a wooden coaster but then a helix finale that went through a tunnel and did not disappoint.
Time for the Togo! Only my second Togo coaster and I find it very weird that it has air-time for a stand-up coaster.
Actually a fairly good stand-up, really enjoyed the section of the track where it tilted our bodies outward. Very smart element for a stand-up coaster.
Stay back from the water? What water? Do they mean trees? huh?
This park still has payphones all over! It’s like we traveled back in time.
Now entering kidZville!!!
A kids playground with slides and themed to candy apparently.
Silver Streak time for another credit!
Roberts says hey let’s ride the yellow airplane. Maybe next time maybe next time. 😛
A detailed station for Silver Streak. It’s your typical Vekoma family coaster, nothing too exciting but pretty fun.
The only credit I’m going to miss out on. Need a child to ride. 😦
Entering Planet Snoopy. This is more like Cedar Fair now.
Ghoster Coaster, a kid friendly wooden roller coaster. Credit!
Is this where they got the idea for Banshee theming?
Canadian flag at the top of the lift!
Very tiny wooden roller coaster cars, but we still fit.
We got to ride twice and this picture was to priceless not to buy!
Boo Blasters! Since Wonder Mountain Guardian isn’t open yet we can get our theme park shooting on.
New cars for this year with new guns! They all work, and the guns even make a noise when fired and a successful hit.
I see you T-Rex.
I think they’re saying don’t shoot me!
This dude doesn’t want to be bothered while he’s playing the organ.
Vortex looming, looking very big for an Arrow Suspended.
Sigh… Wonder Mountain isn’t ready yet, we heard them working on it in there. Hopefully it’ll be open soon!
Apparently they are called washrooms here and not restrooms.
Not sure if it’s a coaster or a dark ride or what but it sure does have a decent lift hill. Also notice the worker who has to stand there all day and tell people it’s not ready yet.
Time for a Wonder Mountain waterfall pic!
Holly needed one too!
Looking back toward the entrance over the fountains.
Another look at just how big Leviathan really is.
While we were waiting to ride Thunder Run a raccoon apparently climbed down the mountain and went toward a girl waiting at the exit. She jumped the fence to get away then it climbed farther down the mountain. The ride itself was a fun mine train that went through the mountain and completed two laps.
Umm hello? We have a raccoon situation up here.
Next up a Mack wild mouse! Love the tight turns on these and another great ride.
What the heck is this thing?
Oh it’s a Wild Beast, that makes sense.
Another Canadian woodie!
PTC trains again. What else would you have on a wooden roller coaster?
Everyone got out of line right away because it went “down”. It was back up withing 2 minutes, apparently a hand signal was misunderstood and nothing was wrong. As for the ride well it could use some serious retracking, very bumpy compared to the Angry Canadian, but that’s the charm of wooden roller coasters.
Alright we’ve waited long enough, time to try out Behemoth!
Another very impressive looking entrance area. Notice the umbrella, yeah it started raining as we got to Behemoth. The good news no line!
Seat belts are now being installed on B&M hypers of this seating style. No seat belts on Leviathan yet, though that uses the four across style.
Behemoth was great! The ending really is the star of the ride, much better in contrast to Leviathan’s ending.
Hey look the Mini Coopers in Canada have a two tone interior. 😛
Time for the Backlot Stunt coaster credit. This was very bumpy compared to the others, no fire effects and the lights were on for the indoor dark finale. They did however have water in the splash down pool at the end.
After that back for another ride on Behemoth! Train climbing the 230′ lift hill.
Behemoth has a setting right on the water that definitely adds to the experience.
Vortex is waiting!
A train comes back from it’s journey.
We’ll be on soon! The ride is probably my favorite Arrow Suspended. The ride just keeps picking up speed the whole way as it keeps dipping and dipping to get to the final break run. No mid course run, indeed awesome!
Time for the last three credits. Save the best for last? Not quite.
Not a bad boomerang but not a good one either. Very generic just like all the others.
A dragon is guarding this coaster. Though I’m not sure he needs to.
Totally 80’s looking ride sign. Like the attempted castle theme for the station. Interesting ride in that the corkscrews go counter clockwise instead of clockwise which we are used to. Other than that pretty forgettable corkscrew coaster.
Dad to daughter: “Don’t pay attention to this ride, now that over there, that’s a real coaster.” 😛
One more credit before we’re done!
Oh yuck it’s an SLC.
I wanna ride the Fanta coaster. Where’s that?
There were a group of kids riding it over and over, if they can do it so can we. Roberts looks so excited for this ride he can’t contain it.
And here’s my review of Flight Deck.
International section of the park. After those last three headache inducing rides time to head to the hotel for the night.
We’re back for day two at Canada’s Wonderland and it’s much better weather today!
Ready for some more Canadian coasters!
Leviathan navigating the turnaround that goes over the parking lot.
Visit Dinosaurs Alive or I will eat you!
Ready for some more Leviathan action! Still love the entrance area to this ride.
The load procedure is different than anything else I’ve ever been on. They have a countdown clock that counts down from 45 seconds for each train to be dispatched by that time. The crew really hustles and they almost always make that time. Impressive and hearing the control booth op count down from 10 builds the anticipation that much more.
Angry Leviathan eyes on the front of each train.
Nice blueprint display for the ride in the Leviathan gift shop.
Time to try out the Drop Tower it doesn’t look that high.
The tower was higher than we thought at 227′ and at the top they had speakers and counted down till the drop. Very cool effect and needed for other drop towers in my opinion.
Very fun Huss Top Spin, love the water effects as you face down toward the ground.
Leviathan apparently went down, and there’s Maintenance climbing the 305′ lift.
Decided to ride the Wild Beast again even though it is in need of retracking.
Krachenwagen! or the crotch wagon as some called it.
Bumper cars that packed a punch. You could only go one way around the circle though. 😦
Time to get another ride in on the Fly!
It’s 19 degrees?!? That’s why it feels a little chilly. 😛
We just missed Victoria weekend.
A look out from the station of the Fly at the classic cars track.
Next up Shockwave. Now what the heck am I getting myself into?
Instantly regretting my decision upon sitting down.
Wow it was actually a lot of fun! A few intense parts but it really feels like you’re being tossed around like a rag doll. I’ve never been on anything else like it!
Other side of the rainbow bridge, apparently it’s another entrance to Planet Snoopy.
We made our own lip balm since Holly insisted on it.
Time for a 3D movie in the old action theater. Showing today the Lost World 3D!
Dinosaurs are still lurking. The movie itself was pretty entertaining and a nice break in the middle of the day.
They’re mopping the river getting their water park Splash Works ready to open. Notice don’t distract the lifeguards. 😛
One more go at the Angry Canadian since it’s the best woodie in the park.
Behemoth plummeting down that first drop.
Before heading home we had to ride the weird contraption known as Time Warp again. Here’s another look at the mixer lift.
Time Warp doing an inline twist in the middle of the ride.
These signs are everywhere all throughout the park. Not sure who they’re for or if they are just fun facts. Possible theory was maybe for high school physics days at the park?
Well that’s it for now Canada’s Wonderland. We’ll be back later in the season for Wonder Mountain Guardian and Splash Works!