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Photo TR: Canada's Wonderland Media Day

Postby cwcoasterboy » Sun May 08, 2011 7:58 am

Saturday May 7 was Media Day at Canada's Wonderland, just a day before the public opening of the park. Kunpc1 and I got a chance to check things out and bring you this update with tons of pictures of the new stuff happening around the park.

- New food, new shows, and new coats of paint
- Windseeker Testing
- Sledgehammer being worked on still
- Retro Wonderland
- Project 2012 appears to have begun

Here's a couple videos to go with the report:


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When you first enter the park, this is the amazing view
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Work begins covering the buildings on International Street with LED's for this years Starlight Spectacular
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The fountains have been re-fitted with a new LED package as well
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Lights being added to all the trees as well
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Corndogs and Turkey Legs have a new home near the main entrance
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One of my favorite spots in the whole park, the Cookie Cafe, got a bit of love. Mmmmm... Cookiewich!
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New Gourmet Popcorn spot on International Street, it's right beside the Italian Gelato stand that was added last year
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All the flavours in one spot... Honey Mustard? Really?
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I see you Windseeker!
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Looking good, all the parts are put together at least
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They were hard at work on Windseeker all day and Night. It looks they should be able to begin full testing soon.
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Water Dummies aren't just for coasters...
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What can you see inside? Not much of anything...
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While we were there today, the ride began some early testing. The gondola rose up off the ground and spun around at varying speeds. See the video at the top of this post for a short clip.
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Not too much queue space... will probably need an overflow area at least for this year
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We'll leave the workers at Windseeker so than keep working hard to get it up and running
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On to another area of the park that is surrounded by workers - Sledgehammer!
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Looks like this ride won't be up and running anytime soon
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Yikes... jacks to hold up the arms... interesting
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On to some other stuff around the park - almost all the food stands have new screens installed showing off their menus - looks great!
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Backlot Cafe got new signs too
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And some new menu items...
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We ate here... and it was excellent!
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A new game has appeared on the Thunder Run midway - and man was it popular!
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The Three Point game has it's home in American parks, but wasn't ever all that busy here. I'm guessing this Hockey version is exactly what will get Canadian's attention! See the video above
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Some new paint...
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Some more new paint...
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And now what you've been really waiting for...
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The area between Drop Zone and Dragon fire has been blocked off by this fence...
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... and behind it the land is being prepped
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Markers on the grass heading towards Dragon Fire
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Markers under Dragon Fire itself...
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From the midway...
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Drop Zone's queue was significantly shortened as well, making more room in this area.
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Wonderlands original logo has made an appearance this year as the park celebrates 30 years
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Lots of merch with the old logo
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All thee wooden coasters, original to the park from 1981 - are sporting the retro-logo. A nice touch in my opinion.
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Re: Photo TR: Canada's Wonderland Media Day

Postby imawesome1124 » Sun May 08, 2011 8:08 am

I love that hockey shootout game. Too bad American parks don't have them.

I wonder what the land clearing means. It probably won't be an Intimidator, maybe some kind of family oriented coaster.

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Re: Photo TR: Canada's Wonderland Media Day

Postby Philrad71 » Sun May 08, 2011 8:19 am

Thanks for sharing! I am definitely excited about the new addition!

I agree...that hockey shoot-out might even be a game I would play, although I probably wouldn't stand to hit the targets any more than I would drain a three pointer in the basketball shoot-out! :lol: Hope more parks get these in the future.

That's too bad about SledgeHammer's long history of being such a broken down piece of crap. I'm glad it was actually open and I got to ride it when I was there a couple of years ago. While it wasn't the most thrilling, it did have some nice stomach drop elements to it.

Now that I have the Platinum Pass, I might go back up this year although I would have to visit on a weekend and the crowds would probably be horrific. Perhaps a couple rides on Behemoth and hit the water park for a few hours.
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Re: Photo TR: Canada's Wonderland Media Day

Postby osm » Sun May 08, 2011 8:22 am

I'm thinking maybe the park's first Intamin?
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Postby Carnage » Sun May 08, 2011 8:23 am

Those better be huge burritos for $10. ;)
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Re: Photo TR: Canada's Wonderland Media Day

Postby 1pizza14 » Sun May 08, 2011 8:25 am

Great TR. Seems very interesting about the land clearing I wonder what they are doing. If theres stakes all the way under Dragon Fire could this mean the end for that ride? Also how has the Drop Tower queue changed? It looks the same

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Postby Carnage » Sun May 08, 2011 8:29 am

osm wrote:I'm thinking maybe the park's first Intamin?


Drop Tower is an Intamin. ;)
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Postby beatle11 » Sun May 08, 2011 9:35 am

Definitely looking forward to seeing what they are doing for next year. Some stakes are running right under Dragon Fire. I wonder if this may be it's last year.
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Postby robbalvey » Sun May 08, 2011 10:12 am

This would have been a great update for the TPR Front Page had the images been uploaded to the site. Oh well, maybe next time...

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Re: Photo TR: Canada's Wonderland Media Day

Postby mandy_Reeves » Mon May 09, 2011 9:34 am

Suppose I was planning on vactioning in Canada....is Toronto pretty far from the US borders? This looks like a pretty fun place if I was ever to get up that way. Is it a destination type park? Like big enough to make a trip around say like in terms of a WDW or Universal?

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