Friday, 30 June 2017

Canada's Wonderland- June 22nd, 2017

So, after a three week hiatus we made it back to Canada's Wonderland for our fifth visit of the season. My brother Scott and our Mom accompanied me on our visit. The visit to Canada's Wonderland sure upped my spirits as college was bogging me down for a while. Everyone deserves fun in life every so often, so I managed to squeeze another visit into my schedule! Below are some awesome photos from our day. Enjoy!

We entered the park shortly after 9:30am and were greeted by many Canada 150 celebration decorations and of course, Snoopy!
If you didn't already know, Canada is celebrating 150 years as a country this year! 
As we were waiting for the rides to open for the day at 10am, I captured this interesting and beautiful photo of the flowers at the base of the globe in Action Zone.
Here are some more beautiful flower arrangements in front of the Backlot Cafe in Action Zone.
Here is Flight Deck testing before it opened for the day. It was neat watching the slightly closed restraints completely close by the time the train went through the roll over
After catching many morning rides on the rides located within Action Zone and International Festival, as well as a ride on White Water Canyon, it began to rain. We ventured on our way over to Coasters Diner in Action Zone to get a bite to eat. After getting a bite to eat, we headed to the arcades to play some games as the rain passed.
Here is a close up shot of the flowers located in front of Shockwave.
Even well after the rainfall, there was still a lot of drying up to do. Here is a maintenance crew member drying off the track from Kidzville Station. Scott and I were headed over to Ghoster Coaster when I captured this photo.
Here are some young riders taking in a ride on the fun Flying Eagles.
Here are some riders going 300 feet into the air on Slingshot. After this photo, Scott and I flung sky high for another enjoyable ride on Slingshot! Season Pass holders can now receive $5 off when they present their season pass when purchasing tickets for a ride on Slingshot.
Here are some more beautiful red and white flower arrangements celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary!
My Mom and I took a spin on the Antique Carousel. There was a slight delay before we got on so, while we waited I managed to capture a photo of this carved horse on this beautiful 1928 PTC carousel.
Here is another photo of Antique Carousel, this time one of the chariots.
While my Mom and I took a ride on the Antique Carousel, Scott sat in the shade and watched as we enjoyed a relaxing ride.
Here is one of many garbage cans which display the park's original logo.
Work was being done on the diving platform in Arthur's Bay located in Medieval Faire as there will be Canada 150 celebrations taking place all throughout July.
We decided to call it a day after 4pm. Here is Scott, our Mom, and I after a fun and enjoyable day at Canada's Wonderland!

I thank you for taking your time to look at another one of our great trips to Canada's Wonderland! Stayed tuned throughout the summer for more!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Canada's Wonderland- May 30th, 2017

Scott and our Mom had came along for another day of thrills and excitement as we made our fourth visit of the season to Canada's Wonderland. The morning was beautiful and warm but the afternoon saw the appearance of an ongoing lightning storm. Despite the afternoon being a slight washout due to severe brief lightning storms, we still managed to have fun as we occupied ourselves at the park's arcades. Take a look at the photos below to see the amazing day we had!

Our day definitely started out beautiful as it was warm and sunny as we ventured down International Street.
We waited at the Medieval Faire entrance for the rides to open. Here is the Wonderland Theatre.
Here is a view of Leviathan testing before opening for the day as seen from the Medieval Faire entrance.
Such a simple, but decorative piece added to the park's beautiful landscaping. These dragon-like handles have adorned the Medieval Faire Entrance walls since opening day back on May 23rd, 1981.
After getting on many rides throughout the park and our first ride of the season on White Water Canyon in the morning, we took a small break from riding rides before the storm rolled in. Here is a shot of the classic Orbiter, North America's last Huss Giant Enterprise which has been operating since 1981.
Here are some beautiful red and white flowers in front of Shockwave located in International Festival.
The storm began to roll in just as we ventured over to the Arcadium in Medieval Faire to play some classic arcade games. We spent our time here during the first and second storms of the afternoon. My arms sure got a work out playing skeeball, the basketball game, and air hockey!
The rain was just pouring down after the lightning show was over for the time being.
People were seeking refuge where they safely could as the first round of the storm passed through.
After playing the basketball game, skeeball, and air hockey in the Arcadium for about half an hour, we began to venture around the park before the second round of lighting rolled in. 
A second lightning storm rolled through and so did a third before it finally cleared. Briefly during a clearing between the second and third round of storm, we managed to get a ride on Swing of the Century which was open for a short time before the third round of lightning rolled in.
The rain sure caused some flooding within the park. During the third storm, we took refuge in the Sweet Shop on International Street. Here is The Rage, which was down after a downpour that occurred throughout the afternoon.
Here is The Bat sitting idle after being battered by an afternoon of rain and lighting. Just after this, Wild Beast opened so, I took another ride, as I had earlier in the day. The train sure flew over the track after all the rain we received.
After a very thrilling morning, a fun afternoon in the arcade, and a few more rides between the storm, we decided it was time to head out for the day.
Just before we left, I happened to look at the maple leaf on the floral Canadian flag on International Street and noticed the park's landscapers had added the number 150 in the center of the maple leaf. This is in dedication of Canada's 150th anniversary. I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos of our 4th visit of the season! :-)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Canada's Wonderland- May 15th, 2017

May 15th marked my third visit of the season to Canada's Wonderland. My brother Scott and our Mom had tagged along for the visit. It was a beautiful day as the weather was warm and sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky. As usual, we arrived at the park before opening time and rode everything we wanted to multiple times during our visit as the crowds were light as there were mostly school kids there on field trips. I had also experienced the all-new for 2017 Soaring Timbers three times during my visit. Be sure to check out photos of it below and a video of it in operation! Now, let's get on with those photos!

We arrived at Canada's Wonderland shortly before 9:30am and entered the park around 9:40am. Here is a beautiful Spring morning view of the Royal Fountains and Wonder Mountain.
While  we were waiting for the rides opening at 10am, we happened to notice to geese atop Wonder Mountain close to where the Victoria Falls High Divers dive. Here is one of the geese standing tall in the morning sun.
Here is Thunder Run completing a test run just minutes before opening for the day.
After riding many rides during our first hour and a half of of visit, we decided to head over to Action Zone and get a bite to eat. On our way over from Medieval Faire, I had captured this view of the Royal Fountains in mid rise.
A nice painted mural was put up above the Pizza Pizza location on International Street.
After eating lunch at the Chicken Shack, I decided to get my first of many photos of the pink blossoms which can be found around Canada's Wonderland in the Springtime.
Here is a train of passengers descending down the first hill on Behemoth.
Here is the great jumping machine, SledgeHammer in mid-jump!
Here is a view of Muskoka Plunge under construction. Since our last visit they have added a roof and many more slide pieces.
Here is a closer view of Muskoka Plunge under construction in Splash Works. Muskoka Plunge is a drop floor body slide manufactured by Splashtacular which operates out of the state of Kansas. Muskoka Plunge had replaced Body Blast, which had operated from 1992 until 2016.
While walking alongside Splash Works (which opens for the season on May 27th), I managed to capture this photo of one of Vortex's trains swooping over the water below! 
In White Water Canyon, we spotted some beautiful creeping myrtle sprawling alongside the path nearby TimberWolf Falls. 
Here are some afternoon exposure photos of the all-new for 2017 Soaring Timbers. Here is waiting for another load of passengers to board.
Here is a group of passengers getting restrained (and tightly squeezed!) on Soaring Timbers. Interestingly enough, Soaring Timbers was manufactured in 1995 by Mondial and is an Inferno ride model, which is a predecessor of the Top Scan (Shockwave). Prior to arriving at Canada's Wonderland, it had operated on the European fair circuit as 'Nightfly'. Cedar Fair (Canada's Wonderland's current owner) had acquired the Nightfly during a 2015 European ride search for classic amusement rides. Prior to arriving at Canada's Wonderland, it received a complete refurbishment in order to successfully operate for many years to come.
They're ready for take off! Below is a video I had captured of Soaring Timbers in operation.
Soaring Timbers definitely does have some amazing landscaping! Now, I will give my opinion of Soaring Timbers since I had rode it three times so far. During my first ride, my brother Scott and I had sat in the last row of the far gondola. Nearing the end of the ride, the gondola had dived towards the ground, giving the ultimate experience. During my second and third rides of the day, the gondolas had just turned and swayed throughout the ride, not going upside down. Soaring Timbers is a fun ride but, not intense as I had hoped.
Here is a beautiful shot of Vortex looking through a branch of pink blossoms.
Here are some more beautiful pink blossoms against the blue sky near the entrance to Planet Snoopy.
For all the White Water Canyon and TimberWolf Falls fans out there, both attraction open for another season on May 19th!
Here is another close-up shot of Muskoka Plunge under construction. They are definitely working hard in order to get it completed as Splash Works opens for the season on May 27th.
Here is Orbiter tilting high into the clear blue sky on this beautiful Spring day.
Here are some passengers catching the amazing amounts of airtime on Behemoth!
Here are some passengers enjoying the airtime on the wonderful Mighty Canadian Minebuster! I had my hands up during my morning ride on it as well, just like any coaster I ride that has airtime!
The carp were greatly enjoying a leisurely swim along the stream nearby Mighty Canadian Minebuster in Action Zone.
After taking a spin on Antique Carouse with my mom, I decided to capture this stunning photo of the Antique Carousel and these beautiful pink blossoms.
Here is Psyclone swinging higher and higher into the bright blue sky!
Okay, so anyone who truly knows me will know about the hate for Wild Beast I've had since my first and only ride back in August of 2010. I've avoided it during every visit ever since. It was rough, horrible, and completely painful. Since then I've been riding Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Ghoster Coaster, and other wooden roller coasters at other amusement parks I have visited. Well, this visit changed my opinion of Wild Beast. Before we get into details of  my new opinion for Wild Beast, let's go into a little bit of detail in regards of the work that has been done to Wild Beast over the past couple of years. During the 2014/2015 off-season, Wild Beast's first drop was retracked. During the 2015/2016 off-season,  a huge section of Wild Beast's track was retracked. I watch and listened for reviews to see how smooth and rideable it was during the 2016 season. After some good reviews, I decided it was time to re-ride the Wild Beast after six years and nine months since my last ride. I found it to be actually fun and enjoyable as it provided a relatively smooth experience. It was not the same Wild Beast I had experienced nearly seven years ago. I was completely amazed by the re-tracking so much so that I rode it three times in the second car of the purple train during my visit. During my second ride on Wild Beast of the day, Scott decided to ride to see what I was talking about. He also agreed that it was much smoother and enjoyable than what we had experienced six years and nine months ago! I am glad to see that the park had greatly improved Wild Beast and continue to do so as the years progress.
After my third and final ride on Wild Beast for the day, we had noticed this ground hog seeking refuge under the bridge that connects Medieval Faire to International Festival. At this time, he was looking at the children who had stopped to see what he was doing.
For Canada's 150th anniversary, Canada's Wonderland will be holding a Canada 150 event show throughout the month of July in Arthur's Baye located in Medieval Faire. They repainted the Arthur's Baye diving structure for the occasion.
After another fun and exciting day at Caanda's Wonderland we decided it was time to head home shortly after 4:20pm. Here is a photo of me, Scott, and our Mom standing in front of the Royal Fountains on International Street.

I thank you for taking the time to look at the photos and video of our third visit of the season to Canada's Wonderland! Be sure to stay tuned for more visits to Canada's Wonderland!