Canada's Wonderland: Visit #6
By: Kevin Michaels
September 6, 2015

It's going to be another hot day in Canada but here we are for another visit at Canada's Wonderland. Yesterday, security told Danny that there is one hour of ERT on Leviathan but when we tried to go to Leviathan, we were told no ERT. Gee, thanks.

Vortex is up first

First, we headed in the direction of the Wonder Mountain's Guardian but I said let's get a ride in on Vortex. This is a good ride, just short.

Wonder Mountain Guardian, 45 min

We walked over to the Wonder Mountain Guardian and it was a 45 minute wait so we walked away.

Canada's Wonderland: Visit #5
By: Kevin Michaels
September 5, 2015

We didn't get to the park until 11am because I am dragging ass this morning. The parking lot seemed pretty crowded as we entered the park, but it remains to be seen just how crowded the park actually is.

First order of business, Drinks!

We purchased our drink bottles online for a discounted price and printed out the voucher online. We went over to Pizza, Pizza to get our cups. The park is now using Haunt colors for the cups, so we got a purple cup today. A nice change from that blue that Six Flags is now using for 2016!

Canada's Wonderland: Visit #4
By: Kevin Michaels
September 4, 2015

We wandered into the park at 8pm and it was a very cool night. This feels very good compared to the hot days we have been dealing with at home in New Jersey.

First order of business; dinner

We headed over to Pizza, Pizza near the front of the park to get some dinner as we haven't eaten anything since this morning. I got the two pizza combo, if I remember correctly, the pizza here is pretty good. The line was pretty long for the food but we were starving and waited it out. Finally got our food and they gave us a ton of food. Two big slices of pizza cut into two each and three giant breadsticks.

Canada's Wonderland: Visit #3
By: Kevin Michaels
July 12, 2015

Today was our final visit to Canada's Wonderland for this trip and they have Early Entry and Early Ride Time in the Leviathan section of the park. Today's Early Ride Times are Leviathan, Drop Tower, The Rage and Night Mares.

Of course with Leviathan being the best ride and best roller coaster at the park, we spend all of our Early Ride Time at Leviathan. We got 4 rides in on Leviathan before the fury unleashed the swarm of people running into the park!

Trying to buy new cups online...

Prior to coming to the park yesterday, I had purchased souvenir cups online so that we could get free refills on soda for the day. I tried to do the same thing today but there was a problem with their website and my transaction was declined. I tried it again, but it was declined again, however both transactions showed up on my credit card.

Canada's Wonderland: Visit #2
By: Kevin Michaels
July 11, 2015

It's Saturday and we are here for our second visit to Canada's Wonderland of the season! When we came to the park last year, it was extremely crowded. We are hoping that it isn't as bad this year.

They opened up the front gates to the park at 9:30, allowing everyone to choose their starting point. They have "holding points" around different part of the parks because the park doesn't officially open until 10am. There is no early entry for Season Passholders today as they do that on Sundays.

Company Events, Early Entry

We noticed that there were people with green wrist bands that were allowed into the park and there was another group of people with purple wrist bands. These are companies that have rented out the park to get Early Entry into the park. That is fine but the only problem that poses is when all of the other guests see these people going into the park, they have a ton of questions. Why can they go into the park, but we can't??

Canada's Wonderland: Visit #1
By: Kevin Michaels
July 10, 2015

Today was a very brief visit to Canada's Wonderland, but it is our first visit of the season! After a long drive here, we are pretty hungry, so let's go find a place to eat. We had come across a Buffet at the park and had gone in there to see if we could get some kind of discount as an All Season Dining member. At Cedar Point, if you go to the buffet there and have All Season Dining, you don't get in free but it gives you a decent discount. Here at Canada's Wonderland, there was no such discount.

Thrill Burger for Dinner

Because we couldn't eat at the Buffet with a discount, we decided to go over to Thrill Burger. I'm not usually a fan of park burgers, but last year the burgers at the park were really good, so I figured we'd start here. In my opinion, the food was much better last year at the park. It was typical park food today, and the burgers were a little on the dark side.

Canada's Wonderland: Dining at the Park
By: Kevin Michaels

The following is a list of our favorite places to eat at Canada's Wonderland in Ontario, Canada! For a full list of food places available to the All Season Dining, please use the menu above. Again, the dining places featured on this page are included with the All Season Dining only!

All Season Dining

We here at Theme Park Maniacs are Cedar Fair Platinum Passholders and we purchased the All Season Dining pass to go with our Platinum Pass. What that means is our pass will grant us parking, entry and two meals per park visit at all Cedar Fair Parks! My Cedar Fair Platinum Pass with Platinum Dining cost me a total of $293.44 for the entire season!

Canada's Wonderland: Park Planning
By: Kevin Michaels

Are you planning a trip to Canada's Wonderland in Ontario, Canada?! Here are a few tips from the Theme Park Maniacs! I'm not going to sit here and lie and act like I'm some kind of Canada's Wonderland expert, but I am a Theme Park Maniac and we "do what we want" at the parks! In August of 2014, we made three consecutive visits to Canada's Wonderland and I will touch on things that we learned during our three days at the park.

Canada's Wonderland: WindSeeker
Manufactured by: Mondial

The WindSeeker is a Tower Swinger ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Mondial, opening up at the park for the 2011 operating season. WindSeeker is featured at many of the Cedar Fair parks and all have the same specs and operate the same.

Once you climb aboard this swing ride, you will be lifted 301 feet in the air as the ride swings it's way to the top. Once at the top, you'll enjoy one of the best views of the park as you swing at 30 MPH!

Canada's Wonderland: The Rage
Manufactured by: Huss

The Rage is a swinging ship ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Huss and opened up with the park back in 1981! The swinging ship is a classic family ride at theme parks and boardwalks alike. This particular swinging ship does not go upside down.

The ride review

The Rage is an OK swinging ship ride, but we have been on ones better than this particular one.

Canada's Wonderland: Swing of the Century
Manufactured by: Zierer Incorporated

Swing of the Century is the Bavarian Waveswinger ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Zierer Incorporated and opened up with the park in 1981!

This swing ride is a classic family ride and a favorite of many kids around the world. While this ride doesn't bring you very high off the ground, it still provides for a lot of fun as it spins around in a circle.

Canada's Wonderland: Spinovator
Manufactured by: Heinrich Mack GMBH & Co

Spinovator is a flat ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Heinrich Mack GMBH & Co and opened up at the park in 1981! This is a classic family favorite ride that is right up there with the Tea Cups. This ride operates on a slanted platform and the entire platform will spin as each set of buckets will spin as well!

The ride review

This ride is very similar to Calypso from Cedar Point. It has the same concept and operates in the same manner, except the vehicles you sit in are themed differently.

Canada's Wonderland: Sledgehammer
Manufactured by: Huss

Sledgehammer is a unique flat ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Huss and opened up at the park in 2003! Sledgehammer is the world's first and only Giant Jumping Machine; the only place you will find a ride like this is at Canada's Wonderland!

Riders are seated in a 'claw' on Sledgehammer and when the ride is in motion, each individual claw will spin around as the entire structure spins around. After a few seconds of relaxation, your claw will bounce high into the air!

Canada's Wonderland: Shockwave
Manufactured by: Mondial

Shockwave is a unique flat ride known as a Top Scan ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Mondial and opened up at the park in 2001. The actual ride is seated on an angle and it spins around in a circular motion and each individual arm will spin around on every angle you can think of! If you cannot handle intense spinning rides, this is not the ride for you.

Canada's Wonderland: Riptide
Manufactured by: Mondial

Riptide is a top spin ride that was manufactured by Mondial at Canada's Wonderland. This ride opened up at the park in August of 2000 and was originally named Cliffhanger.

At the base of the ride, there is a fountain with water that shoots up during the ride and be warned, YOU WILL GET WET! This isn't one of those water "tease" rides, this is a WATER TOP SPIN RIDE!

Canada's Wonderland: Psyclone
Manufactured by: Mondial

Psyclone is a 75 foot Pendulum ride at Canada's Wonderland that was manufactured by Mondial. Also known as a Frisbee ride, this impressive beast will swing you back and forth like a Pendulum but spin you around as it rocks back and forth!

This Frisbee ride will rock back and forth until it reaches an angle of 120 degrees and a maximum height of 120 feet! Can you handle the rocking and spinning of Psyclone??

Canada's Wonderland: Orbiter
Manufactured by: Huss

Orbiter is a ride that is very similar to Enterprise at other theme parks around the world. This ride was manufactured by Huss and it was opened up with Canada's Wonderland back in 1981. On this ride, you are placed in a "cage" and the ride will begin to spin around in a circle and then it will lift up in the air. As the ride lifts into the air to not quite a 90 degree angle, but close, your cage will swing as the ride is in motion!

Canada's Wonderland: Night Mares
Manufactured by: Huss

Night Mares is a spinning ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Huss and opened with the park in 1981! Once you get on Night Mares, you're bound to have a nightmare as you're lifted 49 feet in the air as you spin around from a horizontal to vertical position!

The ride review

Night Mares is a fun spinning ride that has a little intensity to it! This ride will spin you around in a circle and the entire ride will lift up in the air as it spins!

Canada's Wonderland: Klockwerks
Manufactured by: Huss

Klockwerks is a spinning ride at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Huss and opened up with the park back in 1981! As this ride spins around, your car will bounce outward and up in the air in this family classic ride!

The ride review

We did not ride this particular ride at Canada's Wonderland, but the same exact ride is located at another Cedar Fair Park in Pennsylvania; Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.

Canada's Wonderland: Antique Carousel
Manufactured by: Philadelphia Tobbogan Company

The Antique Carousel is a classic amusement park ride at Canada's Wonderland. This ride was manufactured by the Philadelphia Tobbogan Company back in 1928. This particular Carousel was originally located at Palisades Park in New Jersey.

This ride features 64 hand carved horses and the lead horse's name is Caesar! There are 24 stationary horses, 42 jumping horses and 2 chariots.

Canada's Wonderland: Wonder Mountain's Guardian
Manufactured by: Art Engineering

Wonder Mountain's Guardian is a 4D interactive dark ride/roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland that was manufactured by Art Engineering and opened up at the park during the 2014 operating season! This is another attraction that is interactive with the Wonder Mountain and your train is equipped with a gun so that you can battle your enemies in a 3D experience! The "4D experience" is the added wind during the attraction.

Canada's Wonderland: Wild Beast
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

Wild Beast is a wooden roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland manufactured by Taft Broadcasting, opening up with the park back in 1981.

This wooden coaster will bring you up a chain lift hill to a height of 82 feet and a drop of 78 feet at a top speed of 56 MPH!

Canada's Wonderland: Vortex
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

Vortex is a steel suspended roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland manufactured by Arrow Dynamics and opened up at the park in 1991. The train hangs below the track and sways back and forth as the ride is in motion. This is a very similar ride to "The Bat" at Kings Island and Iron Dragon at Cedar Point.

Vortex will take you up a chain lift hill to a height of 91 feet and an 85 foot drop at a top speed of 55 MPH!

Canada's Wonderland: Time Warp
Manufactured by: Zamperla

Time Warp is a steel flying roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Zamperla and opened up at the park in 2004. This ride originally opened up as Tomb Raider: The Ride but was later renamed to Time Warp after Cedar Fair took the park over from Paramount.

Time Warp will bring you up a spiral lift to a height of 50 feet and a top speed of 25.7 MPH. There are two inversions on this "Stand Up but Lay Down" ride. There is a ride very similar to this at Coney Island in New York.

Canada's Wonderland: Thunder Run
Manufactured by: Mack Rides

Thunder Run is a steel powered roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Mack Rides and opened up at the park in 1986. This particular ride originally opened up with the park in 1981 under a different name, but was since modified and relocated and opened up as Thunder Run in 1986.

This is a family roller coaster that is modeled after a runaway mine train ride. Thunder Run will take you up to a height of 33 feet and a top speed of 40 MPH! Most of this ride is a dark ride experience, but a portion of it is on the outside of Wonder Mountain.

Canada's Wonderland: The Fly
Manufactured by: Mack Rides

The Fly is a steel family roller coaster manufactured by Mack Rides at Canada's Wonderland. This ride opened up at the park in 1999 and is a Wildmouse style roller coaster. This coaster will bring you to a height of 51.8 feet with a 48.8 foot drop at a maximum speed of 35 MPH!

The ride review

This is a Wildmouse roller coaster, themed after a "Fly" -- hence the name "The Fly." This ride operates no differently than any other Wildmouse coaster around the world.

Canada's Wonderland: The Bat
Manufactured by: Vekoma

The Bat is a steel boomerang roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland, manufactured by Vekoma and opened up at the park in 1987! The typical boomerang roller coaster will bring you backwards up a chain lift hill to a height of 116 feet and release you at a top speed of 47 MPH! There are a total of 3 inversions, but since you go through them twice, that makes 6 for the entire ride!

The ride review

The Bat at Canada's Wonderland was one of the best, if not the best boomerang roller coaster I have ever been on. I wound up being seated in row 9 and it was one of the smoothest experiences I have had on this type of ride!

Canada's Wonderland: Taxi Jam
Manufactured by: Miler Coasters Inc.

Taxi Jam is a miniature steel roller coaster that is designed for the little kids. This ride was manufactured by Miler Coasters Inc. and opened up in 1998. It only reaches a maximum height of 8 feet and a top speed of 12 MPH.

The ride review

We did not even attempt to get on this kiddie roller coaster. Chances are, we wouldn't even fit on the ride! This coaster is set up for one adult and one child to be seated side by side.

Canada's Wonderland: Silver Streak
Manufactured by: Vekoma

The Mighty Canadian Minebuster is a wooden roller coaster manufactured by Taft Broadcasting at Canada's Wonderland. This wooden coaster opened up with the park back in 1981 as one of the four original roller coasters for Canada's Wonderland.

The ride review

We did not get on this particular ride at Canada's Wonderland, but went on one very similar to it at Carowinds called Flying Ace Aerial Chase. This is a children's ride and nothing more.

Canada's Wonderland: Mighty Canadian Minebuster
Manufactured by: Taft Broadcasting

The Mighty Canadian Minebuster is a wooden roller coaster manufactured by Taft Broadcasting at Canada's Wonderland. This wooden coaster opened up with the park back in 1981 as one of the four original roller coasters for Canada's Wonderland.

The Minebuster will bring you up a chain lift hill to a height of 90 feet with an 87 foot drop at a top speed of 55.9 MPH!

Canada's Wonderland: Leviathan
Manufactured by: Bolliger & Mabillard

Leviathan is a steel Gigacoaster at Canada's Wonderland that was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard and opened up at the park in 2012! This is the big daddy of Canada because this Gigacoaster will bring you as high as 306 feet with a 306 foot drop at a maximum speed of 92 MPH!

Leviathan is the marquee ride at Canada's Wonderland and this is one that you don't want to miss if you visit the park! This is currently the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada!

Canada's Wonderland: Ghoster Coaster
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

Ghoster Coaster is a junior wooden roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland. This roller coaster was manufactured by Taft Broadcasting and opened up at the park in 1981! Ghoster Coaster is one of the four original roller coasters at Canada's Wonderland.

The ride review

We did not attempt to get on this kiddie roller coaster, so I cannot speak on ride experience but based on the specs, it is a great start for the kids to get their first thrills at Canada's Wonderland!

Canada's Wonderland: Dragon Fire
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

Dragon Fire is a steel roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland that was manufactured by Arrow Dynamics and opened up at the park in 1981. Dragon Fire will bring you up a chain lift hill to a height of 78 feet with a 76 foot drop at a maximum speed of 50 MPH and a total of 4 inversions! Dragon Fire is one of four original roller coasters at Canada's Wonderland!

The ride review

This is a classic loop ride, but just like any other Arrow Dynamics roller coaster now a days, they are a bit painful.

Canada's Wonderland: Flight Deck
Manufactured by: Vekoma

Flight Deck is a steel inverted roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland that was manufactured by Vekoma and opened up at the park in 1995. Flight Deck will bring you up a chain lift hill to a height of 109.3 feet and bring you to a top speed of 49.7 MPH! This steel roller coaster will bring you through 5 inversions before it comes to a stop!

Flight Deck is a typical Vekoma ride, which is not a very good thing. Vekoma rides are often rough and they jerk you around as you take each twist, turn and loop and Flight Deck is no different.

Canada's Wonderland: Behemoth
Manufactured by: Bolliger & Mabillard

Behemoth is a Hypercoaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard at Canada's Wonderland. This Hypercoaster opened up during the 2008 operating season. Behemoth will bring you up a chain lift hill to a height of 230 feet with a 215 foot drop at a maximum speed of 78 MPH!

Behemoth was Canada's tallest and fastest roller coaster up until 2012 when Leviathan was opened up at the park.

Canada's Wonderland: Backlot Stunt Coaster
Manufactured by: Premier Rides

Backlot Stunt Coaster is a steel launched roller coaster manufactured by Premier Rides at Canada's Wonderland. This steel coaster will bring you to a height of 45.2 feet with a 31.2 foot drop at a maximum speed of 40 MPH! Because of the compact design of this ride and the fact that it launches you off from 0 to 40 MPH in just 3 seconds, it feels like a much faster roller coaster.

This roller coaster is themed around the chase scene at the end of the 2003 movie, the Italian Job. There are special effects, audio, visual and flames used on this ride.

Canada's Wonderland: Visit #3
By: Kevin Michaels
August 26, 2014

This was our final visit to Canada's Wonderland this year. Love this place and certainly didn't want to leave when the end of the night came. The park was a lot less crowded today than it was yesterday. Yesterday was Bring a Friend for 20 dollars and perhaps that and the fact that it is the last week for the summer that the park is open, contributed to the amount of people the park had. At the end of the night, it was confirmed that it was the busiest day of the season by security.