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Park News - (12/26/17) Rumor has it the park is working on upgrades and enhancements to Wonder Mountain's Guardian that could possibly see the capacity on the ride increased somehow. We may find out more about this project as the park gets closer to reopening in the Spring.
Meanwhile be sure to scroll down to see the latest on new 2019 and 2020 projects.
(11/3/17) A quick video shot around Canada's Wonderland this week shows off various sites in the park where land survey markings have been found for projects known for 2018, and some that are still a mystery.
2018 - Lumberjack & Flying Canoes - (10/24/17) A series of photos have been posted to Twitter over the weekend showing off some markers and flags in the former Skyrider area. I’m not really sure what those are for though, so does anyone else have an idea? Meanwhile a few other markers were spotted, one by Timberwolf Falls and another were the new Lumberjack ride is supposed to go.
(8/29/17) A fun video update about the three new additions coming to Canada's Wonderland from the crew at CWMania has been posted below, showing off the sites where the various new attractions will be located. They talk about a new kids area coming to the Splash Works waterpark in 2018, as well as going over details about this year's Halloween Haunt that will feature 3 new mazes: Blackout, The Bloody Buccaneer and Forest of Fear. Enjoy!
(8/16/17) Canada’s Wonderland was the first Cedar Fair park to make their 2018 announcement this morning for two new flat rides:
LUMBERJACK - Loop through the sky attached to the a pair of giant flying axes. While I don’t know who is making this, the artwork looks like a Zamperla Hawk 48, and given Zamperla’s excellent reputation for adding custom theming to their creations it would make sense. Plus Zamperla already made a an axe themed single-arm version for Enchanted Village a few years ago.
FLYING CANOES - Described as an interactive ride for the entire family.
2019 - New Park Entrance / Parking Plaza - Rumor - (12/26/17) According to the latest rumors we may see some renewed focus on the expansion and infrastructure of Canada's Wonderland start in late 2018. If the rumors are true, at the end of the 2018 you may see park begin work on building a new modern Front Gate and a new Parking Plaza entry facility that will open in 2019.
I'm guessing this will be similar to what we've seen Cedar Fair build at Carowinds and Cedar Point itself in the past couple years. These projects add vital new infrastructure to park's ticketing and admissions systems, as well as create a new modern sense of arrival. Thing kind of upgrade has sort of been in a slow rollout to many of the old Paramount parks anyway as Kings Island also got a new parking entry plaza and smaller upgrades to the entrance and I believe a major upgrade for the entrance to California's Great America is also being planned for a future rollout.
2019 - New Coaster / B&M Dive Machine - Under Construction - (1/30/18) Things are moving much faster than expected at Canada’s Wonderland for the new coaster it seems. Construction work is already taking place on the site previously indicated to build that underground/underwater tunnel feature. A few supports and track sections from Vortex have been removed to allow access to the site during the off-season, the lake has already been drained in this area, and heavy machinery is on site tearing things up at a rapid pace.
Even more surprising is the fact that a video and screen captures obtained from a drone-cam flying next to the park spotted a small pile of about 4 pieces of very large Dive Machine style brownish B&M track sitting in a back storage area, mostly covered by a large tarp, but with enough of it exposed to clearly make out exactly what it is. Meanwhile the removed pieces of red Vortex track are placed on the ground next to it, making it easy to compare the sizes of the two and identify the new B&M track as being Dive Machine sized, and in a color similar looking to what Cedar Point used on Valravn.
The timing of this all pretty much locks in the new coaster for being ready for the 2019 season, as I’m told that the plan is to get this tunnel dug and fully built with the pieces of track installed inside, along with any nearby footers required, refill the lake and return Vortex to working order in time for the park to open for the 2018 season in late April. At that point they will take a break on things until they are ready to begin the construction of the rest of the attraction at the surface level as Summer 2018 begins to wind-down.
You can catch a peek at the Dive Machine track pieces in the video clip posted below and in the video clip below that you can see the construction taking place in the distance on the actual site. Note: They zoom in tight near the end of the video, so watch all the way or jump ahead to the second-half.
(1/18/19) Plans in the works to add a new coaster to Canada's Wonderland in the near future have been confirmed in the lists of the official meeting agenda notes from the Jan. 12, 2018 meeting of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. According to the meeting notes (click here and scroll down to page 45) Canada's Wonderland has proposed to "alter a waterway to construct in the Regional Storm Floodplain of the Don River in order to facilitate the construction of a by-pass channel and a new roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland located on Part Lot 18-20, Concession 5, 9580 Jane Street, in the City of Vaughan within the Don River Watershed."
The permit issued is for the period of Jan. 12, 2018 to Jan. 11, 2020, which seems to narrow down the timeline for the new coaster to open for the 2019 or 2020 season. According to the notes, the construction will create "a ride tunnel within the pond and regulatory floodplain" along with up to nine support piers within the regulated area.
"A portion of the proposed ride is located within the Regional Storm Floodplain. The proposed site is located at the south end of Canada's Wonderland, within an online pond, north of an existing online stormwater pond. The subject site is currently manicured lawn and an on-line pond."
"We are seeking approval for the full project at this time, however it will be a phased permit. Phase 1 will consist of the in-the-dry low-flow by-pass channel. Phase 2 will consist of the construction of the ride tunnel, piers and associated landscaping."
Based on the approximate location shown, the coaster looks like it will inhabit the empty space between Windseeker and Vortex. While I suppose it could take over the former Skyrider location, I've heard the former Skyrider location was earmarked to be used for future waterpark expansions.
Previous rumors indicated that the park was looking into the idea of a large-scale B&M Inverted coaster design, similar to Banshee at Kings Island.
2020/2021 - Resort Hotel Project - Rumored / Planning - (12/26/17) The rumors for building an on-site resort project keep rolling in, along with similar rumors for sister park, Carowinds. The latest rumor claims that Canada's Wonderland is looking to open this project as early as 2020 and are in talks with design experts regarding the design and construction of the hotel, but Cedar Fair will operate it themselves, just as they do their own resorts at Cedar Point. Location wise, they seemed to have locked into using the back section of the parking lot closest to the Kingswood Theater near the helix on Behemoth, which is the same location we had heard about previously. No word on if they are still hoping to offer a small indoor waterpark section or not, though a small parking structure for the hotel was also mentioned.
(7/30/17) Remember that story about a possible hotel being considered for Canada's Wonderland? According to a Screamscape source one plan being considered would see a 150-room hotel built in the parking lot area near the Kingswood Music Theater that is expected to also include a small indoor waterpark that would keep the resort active as an attraction throughout the winter months.
(7/15/17) An interesting development just came up that would affect Canada's Wonderland and Carowinds and the two biggest up and coming parks in the Cedar Fair chain. According to a new article posted to BNN, an analyst at Wells Fargo sent a report to his clients on what they should expect to hear from Cedar Fair very soon. "Management expects to announce details on branded flagged hotel properties in Toronto and Charlotte by year-end 2017".