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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Married a Canadian » Mon May 06, 2019 8:54 am

Any recommendations on getting from the Toronto Pearson Airport to CW? I have an 8 hours layover and was probably going to Uber/Lyft but it seems like renting a car a week before is super cheap. Any other ways such as trains or buses? I'm not to familiar with the area so any help would be appreciated


Uber/Lyft would be quicker than car hire as you don't have to worry about filling out forms and the like, and on return you can get dropped off at the terminal rather than going to the car rental garage.
Uber is now allowed to pick up at YYZ, so it is quick and convenient.
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Postby PATTYCAKES » Mon May 06, 2019 9:44 am

It has been a while since I have posted, but this has been bothering me. After giving the rides in Med Faire, their original names back, why did they not do it to Spinovator? Spinovator's original name was Quixote's Kettles, a much more fitting name in a "new" Medieval Faire. Spinovator will stick out like a sore thumb to me. I won't be able to look at that name. It no longer fits in Med Faire. What do you all think?
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I also want to ask everyone if you think they will have a Pin Trading Program this year. Most other Cedar Fair parks have pins to buy. Canada's Wonderland has not sold pins for years.

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Postby Honorarius » Mon May 06, 2019 10:23 am

I did notice more pins for sale this year, and an increase in merch variety in general. Coffee mugs/shot glasses/keychains/magnets/pins all have more selection than they did last year... It's not as good as the selection at some of the other park sin the chain, but it's still an improvement, as in some of those categories the merch has been non existent in the last few years... Also, t-shirt selection got better last year, and is only getting better... Couple years ago, shirts came with 1 of 3 subjects, Canadas Wonderland, Behemoth, Leviathan. Now I've seen shirts for Skyhawk, Lumberjack, Soaring Timbers, Flight Deck, Minebuster, Dragon Fyre, the Bat and Timberwolf Falls...

It never understood that when per capita spending is mentioned on every quarterly conference call, why the selection has been so poor... Nice to see a change...

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby AndrewA86 » Mon May 06, 2019 3:01 pm

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AndrewA86 wrote:Ok so 401 to 400 north. Looks easy enough. Thanks!


Good timing would be to get to the 401/ airport area after 9:30am. By then the early morning rush hour would be less. (it is a busy highway and has traffic no matter when). This would get you to wonderland around the 10:00AM opening time. google maps says it takes 3:24 to get from ambassador bridge to YYZ so It might mean leaving at a stupid early time of day. I might be inclined to buy a fastpass for an extra 2 hours of sleep...

Otherwise use your favourite map app and ask for no tolls and see what it says. HWY 407, sometimes called ETR Electronic Toll Road is the one to avoid.


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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby thedlr » Mon May 06, 2019 5:48 pm

Question for the locals: Anything happening on May 30/31 that would cause these days to be busy?

I'm looking at https://queue-times.com/parks/58/calendar. I have no idea how they come up with their estimates. And I'm fully prepared to buy FL+. I'm just curious.

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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby Johnlloyd » Tue May 07, 2019 6:27 am

thedlr wrote:Question for the locals: Anything happening on May 30/31 that would cause these days to be busy?

I'm looking at https://queue-times.com/parks/58/calendar. I have no idea how they come up with their estimates. And I'm fully prepared to buy FL+. I'm just curious.



I have no idea how they come up with their estimates either. From being a constant park-goer, Canada's Wonderland should not be busy on the Thursday as it will still only be mostly school groups that will be there. They typically leave around 4pm or earlier after doing their musical performances or physics day activities. Considering the park closes at 6pm on May 30th, you could possibly have the chance to re-ride some of the larger coasters during that 2 hour period. As for Friday, May 31st, it may be a tad busier, but not busy as in a late July through August visit as the park is only scheduled to be open until 8pm that night.

Also, weather is another factor to consider as many people (for some odd reason) do not enjoy visiting on slightly rainy days. I hope this gives you some insight on how busy it will probably be visiting on those dates. :)
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue May 07, 2019 6:28 am

I love Queue Times for current wait time information but that calendar seems useless.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue May 07, 2019 7:37 am

^ Agreed. I also like Queue Times to see the historical data (particularly which rides get the longest queues).

But I don't trust their crowd calendars one bit. I've seen a random weekday listed as busy but a holiday weekend listed as light.
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby loop-de-loop » Tue May 07, 2019 9:44 pm

I love the view of the park you get right before the drop. Only missing Behemoth from the skyline.
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Re: Canada's Wonderland Discussion Thread

Postby PATTYCAKES » Wed May 08, 2019 1:35 pm

Honorarius wrote:I did notice more pins for sale this year, and an increase in merch variety in general. Coffee mugs/shot glasses/keychains/magnets/pins all have more selection than they did last year... It's not as good as the selection at some of the other park sin the chain, but it's still an improvement, as in some of those categories the merch has been non existent in the last few years... Also, t-shirt selection got better last year, and is only getting better... Couple years ago, shirts came with 1 of 3 subjects, Canadas Wonderland, Behemoth, Leviathan. Now I've seen shirts for Skyhawk, Lumberjack, Soaring Timbers, Flight Deck, Minebuster, Dragon Fyre, the Bat and Timberwolf Falls...

It never understood that when per capita spending is mentioned on every quarterly conference call, why the selection has been so poor... Nice to see a change...


I don't suppose you remember what pins you saw. Yukon Striker or other rides?
In what shop did you see them?
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