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Canada’s Wonderland
Ontario, Canada
Cedar Fair Entertainment

 

 

 

Park News - (3/16/2024) Canada’s Wonderland has posted a video about a large number of construction projects taking place at the park currently, as they are making preparations to open for the 2024 season in May (Passholder Preview in late April).
    The first thing guests will notice for the 2024 season is that the path you take to enter the park will be somewhere new. Instead of just coming up to the main gate plaza from the sides, a new walkway to enter the plaza area will now route guests through the green-space, passing below Leviathan’s far turnaround. Small shade structures are already in place here, which I imagine will serve as a security checkpoint as well.
    On a related note they mention that the Wonderland Store, which is attached to the main gate, is getting a complete renovation that will also see the store “expanded”, along with a new door that will also exit into the front gate plaza. (So I guess you’ll be exiting the park through a gift shop now…) Meanwhile, just next door, it was already previously mentioned that the park’s Extreme Skyflyer (Skycoaster) was coming down. So all together, there is a lot going on right now near the main gate area.
    Elsewhere in the video  they mention that Moosehorn Falls is still expected to open on May 25th when Splashworks opens for the season. They are just waiting on the fiberglass pieces to arrive to begin assembly. The Backlot Cafe restaurant is under-going complete interior refurbishment, new electrical motors for Vikings Rage have been installed and a new Premium Passholder VIP Lounge is being created. Lastly they mention work taking place around Wonder Mountain, that is causing for the demolition of some the buildings in the Alpen area nearby and Tiny Tom’s is being moved elsewhere.  More details about what’s going with some of this construction is expected to be released in early April.

 
    (2/8/2024) Big news from Canada’s Wonderland this week as the park confirmed that after 26 years of service, they are retiring the park’s Xtreme Skyflyer ride, or the upcharge attraction more commonly known as a Skycoaster. Xtreme Skyflyer first opened way back in 1996 and was said to have given 1,179,213 rides by the end of the 2023 season.
    While chatting about the closure, a reader was quick to point out that the removal of the Xtreme Skyflyer would create a very nice open plot of land that could be used as a path for that that crazy “Blast Coaster” concept that the park pitched in a survey last summer.
    If you missed it, we’ve still got the concept art of the Candian Blast Coaster project posted below!

 

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2024 - Moosehorn Falls - (8/12/2023) Canada’s Wonderland has confirmed the addition of Moosehorn Falls for 2024 coming to the Splash Works water park. The new slide will load up to six guests in a large raft and send then down a course of twists and turns before dropping them down at a 42 foot tall half-wall for a moment of weightlessness before they fall backwards down once again and into the splash pool.

 

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icon_STOP2025 - New Attraction - (6/15/2024) A reader sent in some pictures from Canada’s Wonderland this week, where they noticed that construction walls are already in place for the park’s suspected new 2025 attraction. Based on some of those early guest survey concepts (see below), many are really hoping that this may be that B&M Launched Wing coaster concept, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
    Interestingly enough, pieces for a suspected B&M launched Wing coaster have started to arrive at sister park, Kings Dominion, so I’m not sure if CW will get something similar or go in another unique direction for 2025.
    Special thanks to Matt for sending in pictures showing off the teaser walls, and an overhead map showing off their location.

 

???? - Future Roller Coaster Concepts - (2/24/2024) More rumors about Cedar Fair possibly being in talks with a few roller coaster manufacturers about a new project for Canada’s Wonderland are starting to make the rounds. There was that initial rumor about the launched B&M Wing coaster (aka: The Blast Coaster) that would run through Wonder Mountain that came from last year’s guest survey, but now I’m hearing that they may also be in talks with Zamperla about some kind of multi-launch coaster project concept as well.
    Stay tuned of course, though it isn’t unusual for parks to ask for various companies to submit proposals for them to consider when it comes to big new ride ideas and layouts.
 

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    (7/12/2023) Canada’s Wonderland appears to be planning their next big roller coaster and has sent out some concepts in a guest survey for feedback. The first one may seem familiar to Kings Dominion fans, as they call it the “Blast Coaster”. Based on the description and concept artwork, this would be a launched “Winged Coaster” that blasts riders into the caverns inside Wonder Mountain before blasting straight up and out of the top of the mountain. So yeah… this concept seems to be a Canadian version of the former Volcano: The Blast Coaster, but done with a B&M wing coaster. However… one issue with this concept is that I think they would have to remove Wonder Mountain’s Guardian since it already travels through the mountain structure. Built or not, the fact that they even thought this up does not send a good message about the longevity of the Wonder Mountain’s Guardian attraction.
    The second concept is labeled, Eureka Ridge Ghost Town, which would bring a wild themed wooden coaster experience to this section of the park, one that ends with a surprise ‘explosive’ finale in the tunnels of an old abandoned gold mine.
    The last concept is the Concert Coaster, which once again seems to pitch using a launched B&M Wing Coaster ride, but this one is outfitted with an on-board audio system to play on your wild rocking and rolling adventure ride. This last fun is a fun flash-back to an old Paramount Park concept they once pitched in their own past guest surveys. As I recall the concept then was to send the two Outer Limits: Flight of Fear coasters at Kings Dominion and Kings Island to two other parks in the chain (I believe it was Carowinds and Canada’s Wonderland) where they would be rethemed as “Soundwave” or “MTV Soundwave” and given a rock ‘n roll music theme. At the time this was a quick attempt by Paramount Parks to create their own version of Disney’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster concept.
    Given the current timeline, even if one of these is selected, I don’t think we would see anything ready to open until at least 2025.

 

???? - Hyatt Place/Hyatt House - INDEFINITE HOLD - (5/16/21) At this point, it seems Canada’s Wonderland has opted to cancel their long planned hotel addition. This may be a temporary thing, as they failed to start construction during the time limits of the building permits they had. There is a good chance that Cedar Fair could have just opted to shelve the project for the time being until the company gets their financials back on solid legs and we have put the COVID-pandemic behind us. This could also be a reflection of the more strict lockdown rules in Canada, and Ontario in particular, that are keeping the park closed for longer than it’s American cousins who are all opening up this month.
 
    (4/18/20) While Cedar Fair has not issued a new timeline for the hotel, it would seem likely that the closures would push back the ‘late 2020’ planned opening of the hotel until sometime in 2021.
 
    (8/29/18) As we had been hearing for some time now, Cedar Fair will open a new hotel at their Canada’s Wonderland theme park property. Now we have a few more details as posted by BlooLoop. This will be a dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel with 203 rooms that is set to open in late 2020. Construction is expected to begin sometime in the first half of 2019.
   
(4/29/18) Remember those rumored hotel plans for Canada's Wonderland?  They aren't a rumor anymore, as the plans for the new hotel were confirmed in a planning meeting. The new hotel will be 8-stories with 603 rooms and built under the Hyatt Place brand name, to be built on park property on Wonderland Drive near Rutherford Rd and Highway 400. Construction should begin soon actually, but I’m not sure if it will be ready for 2019 or 2020. \

 

 

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Track Record

Canada’s Wonderland
Ontario, Canada
Cedar Fair LP

Abbreviation: CW (was PCW)

Newest Developments:
2023 - Tundra Twister & Snoopy’s Racing Railway

2021 - Beagle Air Brigade & Mountain Bay Cliffs

2019 - Yukon Striker

2018 - Lumberjack & Flying Canoes
 
2017 - Soaring Timbers & Muskoka Plunge

2016 - Skyhawk, Flying Eagles and VR Thunder Run

2015 - Typhoon & Splash Station, Slingshot

2014 - Wonder Mountain’s Guardian

2012 - Leviathan &
Dinosaurs Alive

2011 - Windseeker &
Starlight Spectacular

2010 - Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, Planet Snoopy, Snoopy On Ice

2008 - Behemoth



 

 
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