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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby thedlr » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:23 am

PATTYCAKES wrote:There is no way you can go on all 17 coasters in one day. The park is only open for 12 hours. You can't get on Taxi Jam without a child.


We visited on Thursday May 30. The park was open from 10-6. We only stayed until 5 (so about 7 hours) and left to visit my cousin in Scarborough to watch game 1 of the NBA Finals with them.

Wonder Mountain was down all day. Other than that and Taxi Jam, we were able to ride the other 15 coasters without Fast Lane. Did Yukon twice and Leviathan three times.

After reading how busy this park can get, we probably got lucky. We didn't even follow any real strategy other than trying Wonder Mountain first and finding it closed. So we headed to Yukon and pretty much just proceeded to the next closest ride each time.

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Johnlloyd » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:13 pm

thedlr wrote:
PATTYCAKES wrote:There is no way you can go on all 17 coasters in one day. The park is only open for 12 hours. You can't get on Taxi Jam without a child.


We visited on Thursday May 30. The park was open from 10-6. We only stayed until 5 (so about 7 hours) and left to visit my cousin in Scarborough to watch game 1 of the NBA Finals with them.

Wonder Mountain was down all day. Other than that and Taxi Jam, we were able to ride the other 15 coasters without Fast Lane. Did Yukon twice and Leviathan three times.

After reading how busy this park can get, we probably got lucky. We didn't even follow any real strategy other than trying Wonder Mountain first and finding it closed. So we headed to Yukon and pretty much just proceeded to the next closest ride each time.


I am glad to hear that you got many rides in during your visit in late May. Weekdays in May and June are the best times to visit as it is just school groups for the most part, which usually clear out by 3:30pm or so.

As others have stated, I agree that it is highly possible to get on many roller coasters and other rides throughout a day at Canada's Wonderland, especially during a weekday in May and June as crowds are minimal. I would recommend anyone visiting from far away to visit this time of year, if possible! :)
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby defrocker » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:13 pm

We made our first trip to CW this past week and here are a few scattered thoughts:

This park is pretty nice, and it was certainly packed. Lines were spilling out into the midways. Granted, we were there on a weekend, but dang.

Leviathan is phenomenal. Really confirms that the butthurt for KI-2020 is much ado about nothing as far as I'm concerned.

Yukon Striker really seems to have some shake to it. I really can't help but think that the new B&M trains have something to do with this. Yukon Striker and Valravn both have a "vibration" that isn't present on the older models, and the same can be said about Banshee. It doesn't really detract from my enjoyment of them, but my wife says that they can give her a slight headache. That being said, Yukon Striker really delivers in the first half of the ride. It really seems to be a hit as the midway around it stayed packed and it kept ~2hrs worth of a wait.

We were told that CW does not offer complimentary water cups. Is this something new or is this unique to CW?

The food service was... bad. There's no way around this. We went to the little food court in front of Flight Deck and this has to be one of the worst setups for a restaurant I've ever seem. Combine that with staff that either didn't know what to do, or didn't really care and this made even moderate lines ridiculously slow. My wife has a food allergy so we had to make a special request for food so we were going in expecting to be patient with this. However, 2 out of 3 times eating here, her meal had to be made 3 times, each time we got food, it burned about 45 minutes out of our day. There was a beer stand in the restaurant (either to provide relief or to capitalize on short fuses, not sure which :lol: .) I can't imagine going to one of the crowded restaurants.

Overall, this is a really good park, and I can really see continued investment in this park being a plus. I'm sure we will be back some day.

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby thirstydeer » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:36 pm

Hey guys, thinking of taking the kids to the park on Sunday for Father's Day, and taking advantage of the early ride time in the kids section (we have season passes). According to the website, the section open early is Kidzville, but only lists 4 rides: Flying Canoes, Flying Eagle, Treeetop Adventure, and Sugar Shack. However, when the Planet Snoopy section opens early on every other Sunday it lists 8 rides.

My question is if it really is just 4 rides they open up an hour early or if more are open... theoretically those 4 rides can be done in 15 minutes or so... so then we wait 45 mins for another ride?
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:36 am

defrocker wrote: My wife has a food allergy so we had to make a special request for food so we were going in expecting to be patient with this. However, 2 out of 3 times eating here, her meal had to be made 3 times, each time we got food, it burned about 45 minutes out of our day.

Why not just pack some food in a cooler to eliminate the hassle?

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Married a Canadian » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:37 am

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."


I would imagine that bringing more people near the park will bring more people into the park, even despite the circumstances


Just my two cents on this, as I am Raptors fan and a coaster fan.
Couple of things work in your favour. The parade time is going start at 10am on the Lakeshore and finish downtown at Nathan Phillips square. The "festivities" are expected to last until around 3pm. So a 10 till 3 window covers the morning at the park.
Also, while the downtown tourist attractions might see a bump in attendance on Monday....that is because they are easily reached from the area. Canada's Wonderland is not. You can't just hop in your car from the downtown and drive there within 20 mins (and certainly not at 3pm!), and getting there on public transit from the centre is not going to be any quicker. Toronto may be a great city, but their public transit is not (it got stuck in the 70s).
There isn't going to be a mass surge in attendance because everyone is leaving the downtown core at the same time.

Lastly....the question to ask yourself is what demographic would be attending the park on Monday? At the moment you have school still in session, people working during the day and now...an NBA title parade in the city. The optics of that scenario say that there is a good chance the park will be pretty quiet on Monday.

The Raptors winning has been one of the biggest sporting events in the city since the Jays won in 93. It has caught the attention of people and folk want to be seen celebrating. Any locals who are Raptor fans are not going to be planning to go to CW on Monday....even less likely if they are Season pass holders as the park will always be there...a title parade will not. I don't think the mentality right now is people thinking "how can I see the Raps and ride Leviathan on Monday". It is one or the other...and I'd guess that most Raps fans who are thinking of going downtown on Monday are just going to stay there and enjoy it. I couldn't think of anything more logistically complicated in Toronto than to get from the Downtown Core to Canada's Wonderland at the time of day we are talking here in a timeframe that would make sense to enjoy the park (if spending a long time there was my goal).

I would say Monday is the more likely day to be quieter. Tuesday....who knows....I don't know how many people who would be coming to the city for a parade would be planning CW on Tuesday. Again though, school is still in session and the 9-5 work crowd who took a sick day to see the Raps will be back earning their coaster money again in the work environment. Wonderland on a weekday before the summer is more likely to be manageable than when the schools break for the holiday (last week of June). I wouldn't envisage it being a zoo on either day.

Good luck with whichever day you pick. I'll be leaving the park to you on the Monday....I fancy a wee jaunt downtown! Have a great day at the park.
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Honorarius » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:46 am

defrocker wrote:We were told that CW does not offer complimentary water cups. Is this something new or is this unique to CW?


It is very much a CW thing... It's been baffling visitors for years...

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby defrocker » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:12 am

prozach626 wrote:
defrocker wrote: My wife has a food allergy so we had to make a special request for food so we were going in expecting to be patient with this. However, 2 out of 3 times eating here, her meal had to be made 3 times, each time we got food, it burned about 45 minutes out of our day.

Why not just pack some food in a cooler to eliminate the hassle?


Two reasons: 1. The restaurant advertises dishes that would be ok for her to eat. We went in expecting to be patient, but we didn't expect how horrendous it was going to be.
2. This allergy has developed over the past 8 or 9 months, which was a fair bit after we purchased our all-season dining plan.

We did take a couple protein bars in, but we at least wanted our 2 meals.

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:07 am

That sucks, man. I'd definitely consider the packed lunch option from now on.

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Stealth1 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:51 pm

Wonderland is my home park and yes the food is pretty bad. The Backlot Cafe I have found to be the best bet for food though that's not saying much.

I have never could figure out why Wonderland is ao different compared to other Parks in the company. Early entry is only on Sundays, platinum passes are never mentioned, and no sit down restaurants. The food festivals don't seem to be much of draw like the Frontier Festival at Cedar Point.

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