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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:02 pm
by prozach626
We just sent in our paperwork so we can go to CW. I know we're missing out on a lot worldwide, but there's also still so much we want to do in the US. We're in our early/mid 30's. I have no doubt we'll make it overseas several times in our lives. When it happens we'll do a package tour like we contemplated when planning our summer. I have no interest in going to Mexico, so a few days in Canada is our baby step.

Speaking of which, how long does it take you to get through a border crossing? We'll be heading from NYC to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls. Also, how much earlier should we get to the airport when taking our flight back home from Toronto?

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:05 pm
by SharkTums
^We're lucky that we live in such a large, diverse country with lots to do for sure! (But you should still go see the rest of the world!) =)

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:46 pm
by thesman
Not gonna lie I usually hate on dive coasters. This one seems insane

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:25 pm
by Married a Canadian
Speaking of which, how long does it take you to get through a border crossing? We'll be heading from NYC to the Canadian side of Niagra Falls. Also, how much earlier should we get to the airport when taking our flight back home from Toronto?


Crossing into Canada at a land border is pretty straightforward, and if you arrive at a good time of day...you can be through within 10-20 mins tops. Obviously depends on traffic....but I have found as a rule of thumb, anytime from mid morning to mid afternoon is OK when driving (and I have a British Passport with Canadian residency/Nexus card).
If you are flying back from YYZ, they do US preborder clearance (customs) AT the airport, and the line ups do get pretty long. They recommend arriving at least 2 1/2 to 3 hours before a US flight simply because of the wait time in customs. I would not disagree with that. Again it does depend on your flight time...but the busiest times at YYZ are from 6am till 10am, then anytime from 2pm onwards (I work as an Air traffic controller at Toronto).....not much flexibility for arriving a bit "later" for your flight if you are travelling to the US.
It was the wait times that made us as a family apply for "NEXUS" which is Canadian/US preclearance...and means you get to skip the lines (FASTLANE/FASTPASS for airports!). Worth looking into from the US side of things as it makes border security a LOT easier. I think they call it "Global Entry" in the US...but NEXUS will also come up on any search you do. It is as good as theme park fast pass schemes and makes the airport experience a lot less "stressful".

The only plus point of customs in YYZ is when you arrive back in NYC...you arrive as a domestic passenger and don't have to line up again in security.

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:32 pm
by pproteinc
SharkTums wrote:
bluestreak wrote:Yeah I think it's time to finally get a passport.


Please note - I'm not singling you out here specifically...

but...

American's need to get passports, get passports early in life, and travel!!! I realize we're making progress. It's currently estimated that 42% of American's now have one up from 4% in 1990!!!! This is still far behind most other civilized countries though. :(



This is factual! Got mine back in 2000 but do you need for Canada? I thought the new Real ID took place of that for travel with North America? Or am I wrong

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:57 pm
by Mike240SX
Nope, Real ID is only for domestic (within US and its territories) flights. Fun fact: Despite being passed in 2005, it still isn't required. Many states haven't even implemented issuing compliant licenses.

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:45 pm
by rollin_n_coastin
Yesterday, TPR was at Canada’s Wonderland to preview Yukon Striker, the world’s tallest, fastest and longest Dive Coaster, designed by B&M. With a 245 ft drop, the ride is a fantastic complement to the park skyline, along with its distant relatives, Behemoth and Leviathan.

72 lucky raffle winners, who participated in a fundraiser for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, were the first of the public to ride. The fundraiser raised $34,000 in support of children’s medical research, education and building a new hospital. Judging from the reactions and huge number or re-rides, Yukon Striker is already a hit. Congratulations to Sick Kids and Canada’s Wonderland on this fundraising initiative. I'll post separately about this event.

Yukon Striker, and its Yukon goldrush theme, is the anchor to a new themed area of the park, Frontier Canada, which was originally planned to be built in the early 1980s. It goes to show that it’s never too late to follow through on great ideas. From the food selection, theming, rides, characters and more, it’s a very refreshing and distinct area to enjoy while walking through the park. There’s no shortage of theming details to check out.

As for Frontier Canada’s halo attraction, Sophie Bolliger, Vice President & Head of Sales at B&M, explained to TPR what makes Yukon Striker so unique. In addition to having the first loop ever on a dive coaster, Ms. Bolliger highlighted the dive through Vortex in a 200ft length underwater tunnel, a dive through a second tunnel, two Immelmanns, a zero-g roll and a dynamic spiral as a surprise ending. “I think what is also very unique about Yukon Striker, is that it was custom designed for Canada’s Wonderland. It has a great variety of elements”.

After riding twice, once in the middle and once in the front, it is both familiar and unique. For anyone who has been on a dive coaster, the dive, impressive look of the ride, width of the trains, smooth ride, relative short length and re-rideability, will all be familiar. It’ll be instantly unique once seeing the breathtaking view looking over Vortex and down into the underwater tunnel. Yukon Striker is special in its use of the terrain, combined with riding through the course of a ride so massive in scale, when you consider the track gauge, train width and how high the inversions are. All of the inversions, in particular the zero g roll, are fantastic and above all, super smooth. Sure, the park has lots of inversions, but these are a first—Smooth ones! Yukon Striker is a great addition to the classic loopers at the park. Guests are going to love it. There’s no doubt that this ride will be an instant landmark and hit.

Enjoy the pictures below. Be sure to check out TPR's YouTube and Twitter channels for video. More video coming soon.

Park Information:
This Friday, April 26, is Season Passholder Preview Night, from 5:30pm to 10pm.
The park opens for the 2019 season on Friday, May 3.


Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:52 pm
by bluestreak
Wonderful pics! Looks like a great ride!

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:31 pm
by coasterbill
pproteinc wrote:
SharkTums wrote:
bluestreak wrote:Yeah I think it's time to finally get a passport.


Please note - I'm not singling you out here specifically...

but...

American's need to get passports, get passports early in life, and travel!!! I realize we're making progress. It's currently estimated that 42% of American's now have one up from 4% in 1990!!!! This is still far behind most other civilized countries though. :(



This is factual! Got mine back in 2000 but do you need for Canada? I thought the new Real ID took place of that for travel with North America? Or am I wrong


Real ID is not enough for entry into Canada but some states offer enhanced licenses that meet the Real ID standards and also serve as passport cards. A passport card or enhanced license allows for travel by land or sea (but not air) to Canada, Mexico and a few countries in the Caribbean.

Real ID is just a way for states to charge you extra for something that should be standard and act like they’re doing you a favor by allowing you to pay extra for a state ID that’s not so useless that the TSA refuses to let you on a plane.

If you don’t have a passport, enhanced license or passport card you could also just show up at the border looking sad and offer them timbits.

Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:12 pm
by JJLehto
Superb pics! Just wonderful!
That drop is just bonkers.