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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby SbSteveZ » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:06 am

^ where there’s a will there’s a way. I’ve done it twice without fast lane! (Once in 2016 and 2018)
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Postby thirstydeer » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:22 pm

Sure you can get them done in one day (taxi jam) not included. Get to the park before 10am and go to the ones not on the fast lane first, like fly, thunder run. Wonder mountain guardian, silver streak and ghost coaster.
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Postby cloudeleven » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:36 pm

I booked my trip to Toronto last week, and not following the NBA at all, I had no idea Toronto was in the NBA Finals. Well, they won tonight! :) We arrive in Toronto on Sunday, June 16 and leave for Niagara Falls on Wed. June 19. The victory parade is Monday June 17 10 AM downtown, will probably last until 1 or 2 PM. I mean, there's probably going to be a million+ people in downtown Toronto for that. We aren't going to the parade. Would Monday afternoon/evening probably be a good time to go to Canada's Wonderland in terms of low crowds? Or would Tuesday probably be better?

It would be kinda nice to change the dates of my trip now, but the flight is non-refundable, and now the hotel room is non-refundable (too close to arrival date).

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Postby PATTYCAKES » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:24 am

cloudeleven wrote:I booked my trip to Toronto last week, and not following the NBA at all, I had no idea Toronto was in the NBA Finals. Well, they won tonight! :) We arrive in Toronto on Sunday, June 16 and leave for Niagara Falls on Wed. June 19. The victory parade is Monday June 17 10 AM downtown, will probably last until 1 or 2 PM. I mean, there's probably going to be a million+ people in downtown Toronto for that. We aren't going to the parade. Would Monday afternoon/evening probably be a good time to go to Canada's Wonderland in terms of low crowds? Or would Tuesday probably be better?

It would be kinda nice to change the dates of my trip now, but the flight is non-refundable, and now the hotel room is non-refundable (too close to arrival date).


I just checked the weather for Monday and Tuesday. Hot and Sunny both days. Good luck, but I have a season pass and I wouldn't go on those days. I wish you luck, but just enjoy the rides and coasters you are able to get on. :mickey:

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby BlahBlahson » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:09 am

I have to laugh a little at the "can't be done" comments coming in after my visit. My final Ride Count from Canada's Wonderland on Tuesday, with Fastlane Plus. I had ridden the 16 adults-allowed coasters by 3PM. Still could have done all without Fastlane just fewer laps on the big three.

Backlot Stunt Coaster: 1x
Behemoth: 6x
Dragon Fyre: 1x
Flight Deck: 1x
Ghoster Coaster: 1x
Leviathan: 6x
Mighty Canadian Minebuster: 2x
Silver Streak: 1x
The Bat 1x
The Fly: 1x
Thunder Run: 1x
Time Warp: 1x
Vortex: 3x
Wilde Beast: 1x
Wonder Mountain's Guardian: 1x
Yukon Striker: 5x
Drop Tower: 2x
Lumberjack: 1x
Psyclone: 1x
Riptide: 1x
Shockwave: 1x
Skyhawk: 1x
Sledge Hammer: 2x
Wilde Knight Mares: 1x
White Water Canyon: 1x
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill: 2x

Total Ride Laps (10 hours): 45

Did not get on Taxi Jam. Soaring Timbers broke down both times I was in the area, so I had to pass on it.

Overall impressions: Very nice, large park that benefits majorly from the additions of the last 10 years of actual good coasters. Really, the park has 4 great coasters (Vortex is a winner too!) and 13 mediocre to downright awful ones. The best strategy far and away is to purchase Fastlane + and then concentrate on hitting all the non-Fastlane coasters immediately when the park opens. I was able to ride Wonder Mountain Guardian (first rider of the day), Thunder Run, The Fly, The Bat, Wilde Beast, Boo Blasters, Ghoster Coaster, and Silver Streak in the first 70 minutes of park operation.

I really really appreciated all the fresh paint and maintenance that is done in this park. Every coaster was running max trains on a Tuesday in June, the only place ops ever slowed was on flat rides with odd loading patterns. Wonder Mountain looked amazing, hosts and clientele were very friendly and international, and policies were clearly posted and followed throughout the park.

I can say that All-Day Dining is kind of a fail at this park, as most of the time I would have rather just bought food from restaurants that were not on the deal, the side choice was pretty much just fries and chips, and the 90 minute redemption/drinks not included are both a downgrade from Seaworld parks. I saw two places that had a nice "line skip" lane for ADD, but I would not purchase this again from any Cedar Fair park after my experience overall. It did save me money as I used it 4x.

The next big addition I would make to this park if I ran it would no doubt be a big, multi-looping Mack Launching coaster like Carowinds received. The only launch coaster on the menu here is Backlot, something more powerful and larger would bring a new dynamic. I would also consider a straight-up removal of Flight Deck, Time Warp, and Wilde Beast. All three are horrible.

I also personally believe that Wonder Mountain's Guardian needs some work. The interior and station just looks like a big black box, there is no real explanation of the story before you ride and on the ride you just start shooting without notice or Audio cue. I would spend some dollars plus-sing up the experience on this ride, especially since it's one of the longest waits in the park and should be there for a while. Overall it is a different type of ride for the park and the drop element is effective.

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:04 am

Glad you enjoyed it! Soaring Timbers was a royal pain for me to get on as well. It broke down the first few times I tried riding it.

Unless it has changed from 2016, I thought Guardian was really good for a regional park dark ride.
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:08 am

I appreciate the weirdness of Soaring Timbers and I appreciate how cool it looks but objectively it's kind of stupid. You didn't miss much.

Also, it's nice to see Vortex getting some love. People love to talk about the three B&M's and write off everything else but Vortex can hold it's own with any of them. It's an outstanding ride.

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Married a Canadian » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:15 am

I booked my trip to Toronto last week, and not following the NBA at all, I had no idea Toronto was in the NBA Finals. Well, they won tonight! We arrive in Toronto on Sunday, June 16 and leave for Niagara Falls on Wed. June 19. The victory parade is Monday June 17 10 AM downtown, will probably last until 1 or 2 PM. I mean, there's probably going to be a million+ people in downtown Toronto for that. We aren't going to the parade. Would Monday afternoon/evening probably be a good time to go to Canada's Wonderland in terms of low crowds? Or would Tuesday probably be better?


So yes there is going to be a parade on Monday, and plus the schools are still "in" right now. Those optics alone probably mean that Monday would be a pretty good day to visit CW. The city has been pretty caught up in Raptor fever the last two months, and a championship parade "may" be a once in a lifetime for people.
Good weather plus the age dynamic will draw a lot of people to the downtown (ask yourself who is most likely to be visiting CW during the day on a Monday?....not the 9-5 work crowd, not the "in school" crowd and not the raptors fanbase who will be taking the day off work/school anyway which they wouldn't be for a park visit.

You never can know what a crowd level will be like...but I would say as a Raps fan myself....more people are going to be excited about a parade than riding Yukon Striker on Monday.
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby cloudeleven » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:54 am

Married a Canadian wrote:You never can know what a crowd level will be like...but I would say as a Raps fan myself....more people are going to be excited about a parade than riding Yukon Striker on Monday.


Yeah, but I was thinking people might decide to go to CW after the parade since they took the day off anyway. Or a lot of out of town folks coming to Toronto for the parade might go to CW on Tuesday maybe. I fully expect every other tourist attraction like the CN Tower to be super-packed now. Then I think "do people want to go to an amusement park after standing at a parade for 2-3 hours? Probably not...so Monday seems better than Tuesday."

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:00 am

I would imagine that bringing more people near the park will bring more people into the park, even despite the circumstances. ALTHOUGH, supposedly KK is pretty dead during the derby, but KK is never really all that busy anyway.

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