Canada’s Wonderland, October 20 2013

I made a final 2013 trip to Canada’s Wonderland on the second last weekend of the season. It’s somewhat of a sad moment as I can’t afford a 2014 season pass. Hopefully the situation will change by next fall so I can grab a 2015 season pass (it’s weird saying that) and use the free visit next fall.

2The park is littered with Halloween and autumn decorations. I did an entire walk around the park including the kids areas and was thoroughly impressed with the amount of details they put into decorating for the fall season. I haven’t visited Halloween Haunt since 2006 when it was still FearFest, but it looks like it’s gotten better as each year passes.

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IMG_20131020_104915The troll by the Medieval Faire drawbridge, perhaps the best placed troll in any Cedar Fair park.

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6The props in the last three pictures were animatronics still running during the day. The kids got either really excited or really spooked.

3 I hadn’t been to the park since the holes started appearing on the mountain. It’s pretty cool that the park can now expand into areas we never really thought about before. Here’s the new entrance built for two new Haunt mazes.

4 The exit for the mazes comes out in the back here next to Vortex’s lift hill. Judging by how nice they finished it, I’m guessing this will end up being the exit for Wonder Mountain’s Guardian.
5I always get scared every winter to think that Sledge Hammer won’t be around for the upcoming season. The ride has a reputation for downtime but it’s now doing pretty well from what I saw. Supposedly the ride runs better when it’s cooler so that might just be it.

I’ll end this with a couple of panorama shots I took just before leaving.
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Wonder Mountain’s Guardian

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Wonder Mountain’s Guardian begins with a perilous climb up the side of Wonder Mountain then plummets into its core traveling through five different layers of this dimensional world. Riders will encounter mythical creatures as they navigate 1,000 feet of coaster track through a desolate forest, underground lake and Draconian City. The quest culminates as riders enter the dragon’s lair for the ultimate battle with a heart stopping finale that will shock thrill seekers of all ages.

https://www.canadaswonderland.com/what-s-new/new-for-2014

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. Like the giga coaster, hyper coaster, and 300′ tower ride, I would not have imagined something like this coming to Wonderland 10 years ago. I think this is a fantastic addition to the park. It’s another unique attraction that anyone can ride so I think 2014 will be a great season for them in terms of numbers (as if that has ever been a problem before).

There have been a lot of complaints that there aren’t many details and artwork with the announcement. As someone who likes to know everything about Wonderland, I totally understand what they’re doing. The best thing that can happen is no one having a clue about the ride going into the mountain on opening day next year.

I do hope they take this opportunity to add some theming to Thunder Run’s queue. I haven’t been to the park in a while, so I hope they haven’t replaced the thumping heartbeat with the queue TVs that play pop songs. Thunder Run’s queue doesn’t move very quickly so I think telling a story in the queue using signs, props, maybe even video would be a great renewal for the ride.

I’m kind of confused how the Guardian will play into Thunder Run though. I would assume it’s the same dragon we’re talking about (Herman) so I don’t know. That’s kinda why I want them to start telling a story over at Thunder Run, to see what they come up with.

I’m also very intrigued by the fact that Wonderland’s own engineering teams will be working on the coaster track for this ride. It really shows how big Wonderland has become, to be able to do things on their own, in house (thankfully keeping my beloved Sledge Hammer alive even since HUSS abandoned them).

It pains me to say, but I’m not so sure I’m going to renew my pass since I never make it out to the park that often anymore. I skipped the 2012 season pass and bought a 2013 pass at the end of the year to get the one free 2012 visit. I will probably do the same thing again.

Banshee @ Kings Island

My first coaster post here, and it’s not even about my home park. Go figure.

After all of the buzz in the past few weeks about what was going on at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, the details of their new coaster was finally revealed tonight at an unconventional press conference. Banshee, the world’s longest inverted roller coaster, will open in April next year. Even though it’s most likely (like 99.9%) I won’t ride it any time soon, I’m still super excited for them. I loved following all of the Paramount Parks as a kid, and I can’t help but continue under Cedar Fair’s care.

I can’t stop telling you how much I love the logo, even though I’m the worst at handling even slightly creepy things.

I was watching a live stream of the announcement and they really praised B&M as a company and for their reliable rides. Even though other parks have said the same, I can’t help but think it’s a jab toward Mondial and their Windseekers. Poor Windseeker.

Despite becoming sort of the cookie cutter entrance for new major rides, I really do like this style Cedar Fair has developed. A large planter with a sign, large plazas, and striking station buildings. Too bad the style didn’t come about in time for Behemoth and Diamondback, which got typical overhead signs at the entrance. I guess the Intimidators are really what got this large dedicated plaza idea going.

At first, I wasn’t too fond of the colors, but after seeing some of the promotional material, it makes a little more sense. The train color still kind of bugs me though.

So yeah, that’s all I’ve got to say on this now. Congrats, Kings Island!