Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Canada's Wonderland- May 18th, 2016

Here are some photos from our third visit of the 2016 season to Canada's Wonderland! It was a great day to visit the park as it was nearly empty and we were able to ride everything we wanted to, sometimes more than once! We arrived at 9:30am and left at about 4:30pm. I hope you enjoy the following photos from our amazing day!

Like I've said a few times before, this is always the best view to begin your day at Canada's Wonderland!

Since the rides opened a little before 10am, we were able to get one ride on Thunder run and a ride on The Bat before making our way over to Leviathan. Here's a photo of Scott and I in the back seat with our hands up before the 306 foot drop. This photo was taken by our Mom.
Spinovator is a classic that has been operating at Canada's Wonderland since day one, which was Saturday, May 23rd, 1981. It's a very enjoyable Calypso ride manufactured by Mack Rides of Germany. The sign in this photo was created for the 2014 season.

Spinovator is a favourite of Scott and I's. We enjoy riding it together with our hands in the air as we quickly spin around on a slight tilt. On a historical note, Spinovator was originally known as Quixote's Kettles from 1981 to 1996. The cars were themed as buckets with rope like handles.

Here's another Canada's Wonderland classic! The Rage has also been operating since day one. The Rage is a swinging pirate ship ride manufactured by Huss of Germany. The Rage was originally known as Viking's Rage from 1981 to 1996.
As you can see here, the blossoms on these trees are in full bloom since our last visit on May 6th. They're quite beautiful as they line the Antique Carousel, which is also a Canada's Wonderland classic. On another historical note, Antique Carousel is a 1928 PTC Carousel that began its life at Palisades Park in New Jersey. It operated there from 1928 until the park's closure in 1971. It then was purchased by Canada's Wonderland's first owners, Taft Broadcasting and was placed in storage until the construction of the park in late 1979, early-mid 1980.
Here is a photo of one of the newly re-painted horses on Antique Carousel. I'm glad to see the maintenance team take care of this carousel every off season.
Here is a (sideways) photo of the creek nearby Wonder Mountain that leads to Arthur's Bay in Medieval Faire section of the park. My Mom had captured this shot.
Here is a photo of Thunder Run's train. Thunder Run is celebrating 30 years this year! It's a very fun powered coaster manufactured by Mack Rides of Germany. There's more history of Thunder Run to come! One thing I'd like to point out is that the park added the original Canada's Wonderland logo this year on front of Thunder Run's train, which was painted blue for the 2014 season.
Here is a view of The Bat's loop while the train was going forward. The Bat is a very fun boomerang coaster manufactured by Vekoma of the Netherlands. It opened in 1987 and its debuting commercial featured Joe Flaherty as Count Flaherty.
Here is a close-up view of Leviathan. Leviathan has a drop of 306 feet, which makes it the tallest coaster in Canada since 2012! Leviathan was manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) of Switzerland.
Here is a view of The Fly and Shockwave. These are two of the many rides that make up International Festival.
Here is a close-up view of The Fly. You can see the riders hanging on while they zip around the tight corners! 
Here is a photo of Thunder Run's train whizzing into the mountain! Thunder Run originally began it's life at Canada's Wonderland as Blauer Enzian, which sat roughly where The Fly is today. It operated there until the end of the 1985 season. It was relocated into Wonder Mountain as well as being lengthened to open as Thunder Run. So really, some parts of the track and the train are 35 years old.
Here is a photo of Vortex celebrating 25 years at Canada's Wonderland. In this photo you can see the newly re-painted track. The over-banked turn was repainted nearly two weeks ago, but it was today!
Here is a view of Vortex's first drop. The netting is in the way but, it's all for safety measures! You can also see Wonder Mountain's Guardian (opened 2014) above Vortex.
Here is a view of the all-new Skyhawk. In this photo it was broken down, but shortly after it re-opened. Earlier in the morning Scott and I were able to ride Skyhawk. Then, throughout the day, I had gotten three more rides on it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete a full barrel roll but, I was able to get upside down many times. All I need to do now is push myself a little further to do a complete barrel roll. :-)
Here is one of Vortex's trains coming through the helix while it goes over the water.
Here is a different view of Wonder Mountain. The Victoria Falls High Divers will be returning for another season this weekend. On the right of this photo you can see Drop Tower just about to drop its riders.
Here is a photo of our Mom, Scott, and I. This photo was taken by Brian, one of the park's very kind park personnel. A shout out goes to Brian (the man with the top-like hat) for taking time out of his busy work schedule to take this photo for us just as we were leaving for the day.
Here is a shot of another beautiful tree blossoming from alongside the parking lot.

Here is a close-up of Leviathan's turn-around that is located outside the park, in the parking lot.
Here is a blurry shot of Behemoth from the parking lot on our way out.
Here is a shot of Behemoth while driving along Wonderland Drive. Scott was driving at the time, so I was able to capture this photo.

Here is Canada's Wonderland viewed from Rutherford Road on our return trip home. In the end, we had an amazing day, riding everything we wanted to more than once. The temperature was slightly cool at times but, the sun made it warm every so often. The park was pretty much empty except for a few busloads of school kids. I look forward to more less busy days at the park in the near future. Thanks for reading! :-)

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