This was planned to be another short trip, just to check in to see some new things as the season ramps up.
It might also have to do with the fact that one of the buttons on my pants pockets broke off so I couldn’t ride anything exciting today without the almost guarantee I’d lose something. (My new car that’s on the way would have helped here.)
The iconic floral flag has been laid down. Planters around the park are still waiting to receive some flowers.
Sledgehammer was still down. With all of the gondolas rotated to their proper home positions I’d like to think it’s getting there. I hope we’re not too far off.
Splashworks is now open for the season.
The new locker area near the entrance looks superb with another Timberkits covering.
They were doing their finishing touches for Lakeside Lagoon when I checked in while it was still season pass early entry… I forgot to check back later in the day.
This second Timberkits pavilion is a shaded lookout area for Lakeside Lagoon. I’m curious if they’ll renovate the existing Splash Surf Shop building to match them in the coming years.
The pathway around here is in really rough shape with all of the construction activity in the area.
I noticed this long section of new interlock that begins right where there was one prominent marker that was spotted last October. I take it there’s a major electrical connection in this spot.
The highlight of the day was getting to walk that pathway we saw being constructed over the past couple of weeks. It goes along where Skyrider’s queue was, then continues along the edge of the water and turns directly towards the entrance of Splashworks.
It gives you a really close view of Vortex’s helix that we’ve never seen before.
There are construction fences all around blocking the view of the dirt and footers.
Still, there are footers in plain view to admire. Weird how they went through the effort in concealing the footers near Skyhawk but none of these.
For lunch, I had the Southwest burger from Coasters. I’ve got a bunch of notes today, as usual:
- The service at Coasters actually impressed me, particularly “Muhammedali” who was running the window. He was very vocal in putting pressure on the back. That 10 minute wait didn’t feel as long because you could hear the effort in getting people’s food out. Also a quick mention that one of the better food employees I ran into a bunch of times last year was promoted so that was nice to see.
- This burger was better than any I’ve had at Muskoka Burgers. The burger patty was nice and hot, and very hearty and juicy. I love the fried jalapenos and the sauce that makes up the Southwest burger. My only complaint is that the bun and cheese were put on cold. I don’t know what they have against melted cheese.
- I love that the fries for these combos are baskets now instead of cups of fries. The fries have changed for the better this year too. They’re nice and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside like buttery mashed potatoes. Best of all, they’re coming out consistently good so far this season.
- This is definitely one of those go-to meals so I hope the service at Coasters keeps up!