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!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Canada's Wonderland- May 5th, 2017

We made our second trip to Canada's Wonderland on this cool rainy day! But, that didn't scare us away or dampen our day as we were well prepared. We managed to get on many rides, including the most intense rides that Canada's Wonderland has to offer! Going on a rainy day definitely creates for an interesting time! Take a look at the photos below of the great time we had!

We arrived at the park on this drizzly morning shortly before opening as usual. As you can tell, it sure was coming down! Once the rides opened at 10am, we made our way to Medieval Faire and ventured throughout the rest of the park throughout the day.
After a couple of hours of riding many rides in the rain and playing a few games in the arcade, we decided it as  time to eat. We stopped in at Coasters Diner in Action Zone. It was good food and service as usual. After eating, we began catching some rides again. Here is a view of Action Zone looking from Coasters Diner.
Here is a quick view of SWing of the Century giving some school kids a ride. The park was very empty today as it was just a few groups of school kids and us having fun in the rain!
My Mom and I decided to capture a ride on the beautiful Antique Carousel. We thought it would have been a must ride on a rainy day, but we were the only ones when this photo was taken.
Here is a lone passenger riding Backlot Stunt Coaster in the drizzle. I had taken a ride on it before I captured this photo. It was good and not as rough as usual. I guess the rain helped provide such a ride. All the coasters we rode during our visit were 'flying' due to the rain on the track!
Here is Mighty Canadian Minebuster's lift hill. Scott and and I rode it in the morning and then I rode it once again in the afternoon. It rode very well both times and the re-tracked helix definitely provides a better experience as we had discovered during Season Pass Sneak Preview Night.
After riding quite a few more rides, we decided to walk around the park a little more.
During our visit, Soaring Timbers was being extensively worked on despite the great amount of rainfall. Canada's Wonderland is working very hard to get this all-new for 2017 ride operating as soon as possible. While Scott and I were on Drop Tower earlier in the day, we saw Soaring Timbers testing. It looked awesome! I can't wait for it to open!
Here is another view of Soaring Timbers. You can see the lights that are located on each end of the gondolas. It will definitely be a sight to see at night!
Here is one of Vortex's trains speeding through the rain. Scott and I had rode it in the morning as it rained. We were getting pelted in the face as it traveled at speeds up to 90 km/h!
Here is another deserted view of the park in Action Zone, looking towards the Kingswood Music Theatre entrance.
Here are a few remaining park visitors capturing a ride on Swing of the Century. It gave a great ride as usual!  
Here is one of Flight Deck's trains completing the roll-over inversion. I had rode Flight Deck and Time Warp during my visit and found them to provide relatively tolerable ride experiences, unlike previous experiences. I guess the rain on the tracks and the cooler weather helped provide a good ride experience.
Here is one last look at the puddled International Street prior before we left for the day.
After six hours of fun in the rain, it was time to leave for the day as the park was closing at 4pm due to the inclement weather. Here is Scott, our mom, and I standing in front of the Royal Fountains just before the park closed for the day! Despite the rainy weather, we managed to have a wonderful time as you can never have a bad day at Canada's Wonderland!

I thank you for reading about our second visit of the season to Canada's Wonderland! In the near future, I will have off-ride footage and photos of Soaring Timbers in action once it does open! So, be on the lookout for them!