Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (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".
(3/6/17) I'm told that the old Body Blast slide at the waterpark area at Canada's Wonderland has been removed, likely to make way for the new Muskoka Plunge.
2017 - Soaring Timbers and Muskoka Plunge - (5/22/17) Potential short-term bad news for Canada's Wonderland, as a guest to the park reported that the new Soaring Timbers ride was down with a problem that could take at least a week or more to fix. Note: the Gearbox area is said to be covered up. Lets hope they get it back up and running quickly.
(5/15/17) A reader reported in that Soaring Timbers opened to guests at Canada's Wonderland on Thursday in the afternoon. It's said that the ride is currently running a more brief temporary program while they break it in, but plan to run a longer ride program once it settles in. They also sent a few quick pictures of the new attraction to share with everyone.
A video of the ride in action was also posted to YouTube, shot during empty test runs about a week ago, but it gives you a good idea of the kind of ride motion it offers.
(5/8/17) While Soaring Timbers has not yet opened at Canada's Wonderland, I'm told that Mondial is preparing to begin testing on it, so it shouldn't be much longer until it is ready to open if all goes well.
(4/26/17) CWMania has posted a video preview of the park for the 2017 season, shot during an on-site visit to the park the other day. Check it out below.
(4/25/17) Canada's Wonderland has posted a few pictures of their new Soaring Timbers attraction, as well as the progress on the Muskoka Plunge slide tower to their Facebook page this week.
(4/18/17) According to a source, an interesting item was discovered about the Muskoka Plunge slide complex coming to Canada’s Wonderland in 2017. It seems that the trap-door 4-slide attraction wont be from one of the normal slide manufacturers (not ProSlide or Whitewater West) but instead will be a new creation from a company called Splashtacular. This will be something they marker as “DrenalineDrop”, and be the company’s first installation in Canada apparently.
Depending on how the parks wants to run it, the attraction offers a fun way to drop the riders out of the pods, offering three different modes. You can either drop all four sliders at once with the touch of a single button, have them drop one at a time in sequence, or play a little game our Roulette where the drop sequence is randomized, creating some great tension in the pods as the riders wont know when it is their time.
(8/29/16) According to a source the new Soaring Timbers ride coming to Canada's Wonderland next season will replace the park's mini-golf area near Vortex and The Fly.
(8/26/16) Canada's Wonderland will add new wet and dry thrills to the park in 2017. The waterpark will add Muskoka Plunge, a 60-foot tall waterslide tower featuring four-speed slides that will start with a near vertical plunge when they drop from inside an AquaPod. This sounds very familiar to what Cedar Point and Knott's Soak City will be adding in 2017, minus the extra pair of tube slides attached.
Meanwhile the main theme park will add Soaring Timbers, a new unique flat ride that will sent guests soaring and tumbling through the sky. Based on the photo this will be a Mondial Inferno with a custom wood theme.
2018 - Lumberjack & Flying Canoes - (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.
???? - B&M Inverted Coaster - Rumor - (8/30/16) The early word is that the next coaster planned for Canada’s Wonderland may be another B&M, likely to happen in 2018 or 2019. Not much talk on what it will be right now, though all the early rumors were pointing to a large scale B&M Inverted coaster along the lines of Banshee at Kings Island. For now we'll have to wait and see, though I've got a hunch another Cedar Fair park may get a B&M in 2018 before CW gets another one.
(5/23/16) This is all just speculation, but I found the information compelling enough to share after a reader shared this with me. The overall thought is that the theme of each of the latest coasters added to the lineup of Canada's Wonderland have been single pieces of a larger themed set of themed apocalypse monsters with biblical origins.
The bible itself (in Job) mentions Behemoth first (Job 40) and then Leviathan (Job 41). Other Jewish based writings about the creatures label Behemoth as a primal monster of the earth and label Leviathan as the primal force of the seas. There is a third creature said to be the primal force of the air and sky named "Ziz". I find it interesting that the rumors surrounding the next big coaster for Canada's Wonderland are focused on either a large scale Inverted coaster design... (or possibly a Flyer) which would fit in perfectly if they were to name it Ziz. Or at least that is a theory that is starting to go around... so stay tuned!
(3/30/16) According to some early rumors going around for Canada's Wonderland and Kings Island, I'm hearing that Canada's Wonderland may have started pre-planning their next big coaster to be a very large B&M Inverted coaster, possibly similar to Banshee at Kings Island. If true, there is always a possibility that the existing Flight Deck inverted coaster (Vekoma SLC) may be removed. While I'm not sure what year this may happen, I'm leaning towards it being a 2018 project for now.