It’s 8/15. Let’s recap!
Yukon Striker – A Record-Breaking Dive Coaster
Designed by: Bolliger & Mabillard
Coaster type: Dive
Height of drop: 245 feet (75 metres) *includes underground tunnel
Top Speed: 130 km/h (80 mph)
Length: 3,625 feet (1,105 metres)
Duration: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
Riders per Train: 24
The ride begins with a 223′ climb up a lift hill, aimed north. At the top, the train makes a right turn to face Wonder Mountain, and then down toward the centre of Vortex’s helix. The train drops 245′ to the bottom of the tunnel, reaching a top speed of 130km/h. The track goes from inversion to inversion, starting with a large immelmann and then into a zero-g winder. The ride moves alongside Timberwolf Falls where you’ll go through a vertical loop and down into a trench before climbing out through another immelmann. After a mid-course brake run, the track dips and then goes into a downward helix and into the final brake run.
Yukon Striker headlines a new park area, Frontier Canada. Frontier Canada was a planned area for the park when it was being built but never became an official area until now. Read more about the story of Frontier Canada: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/blog/august-2018/canada%E2%80%99s-wonderland-to-officially-open-frontier-canada-in-2019
Winterfest – A New Holiday Tradition
Canada’s Wonderland extends its operations now into the winter season with Winterfest in 2019! There will be lots to see and do, with plenty of activities, lights, and even certain rides operating.
See all of the details: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/play/winterfest
Gold Season Pass – A New Season Pass Option
With the new Wonderland Gold Season Pass, enjoy all of the benefits of a season pass you know and love, as well as admission into Halloween Haunt and Winterfest starting in 2019!
New season passholders will get unlimited visits in both 2018 and 2019. (Previously, new passholders would only get one visit if purchased in the previous season.) Haunt and Winterfest are not included. If you purchase before August 19, you’ll also get a free fall Fast Lane Plus wristband. Renewing passholders will get the Fast Lane Plus wristband, as well as a free Bring-A-Friend ticket. Pricing at the time of this post is $72.99 for both new and renewing passholders.
Those getting in on the new Gold pass will receive similar benefits. New Gold passholders will get unlimited visits in both 2018 and 2019, as well as a free Fast Lane Plus wristband if purchased before August 19. In addition, new Gold passholders will be able to get 2018 Haunt tickets for $19.99. Those renewing into the Gold pass get a Bring-A-Friend ticket in addition to the new passholder benefits. Pricing at the time of this post is $99.99 for both new and renewing passholders. Note that there is Gold-tier season parking and dining because those are valid during Haunt and Winterfest while they are not for regular season passholders.
Platinum passholder benefits align the exact same as the Gold passholder benefits. Pricing at the time of this post is $195 for new Platinum passholders and $190 for renewing.
Get your pass today: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/tickets-passes/season-passes
Announcement Day Press Release
World Record Roller Coaster and WinterFest Holiday Event Coming to Canada’s Wonderland in 2019
(VAUGHAN, ON) Aug. 15, 2018 – When Canada’s Wonderland opens its gates for the 2019 season, the park’s skyline will be forever transformed by Yukon Striker – the longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster in the world. Situated in the newly themed area Frontier Canada, Yukon Striker will be the country’s first dive coaster and the park’s 17th coaster, placing Canada’s Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters.
Yukon Striker promises an exhilarating journey along its 3,625 feet of mountainous track where guests will be treated to a spectacular view stretching to the Toronto skyline. The coaster features a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally be hanging on the edge of their seats, on one of three wide, floorless trains, breathlessly awaiting the 90-degree, 245-foot drop. Once released, the coaster dives from zero to 130 kilometres per hour straight down into an underwater tunnel before soaring up over steel track, propelling riders through four dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Yukon Striker will claim several world records:
- The fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph);
- The longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m);
- The tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.
Frontier Canada’s arrival at Canada’s Wonderland is more than 37 years in the making, as it was originally planned and designed as one of five themed sections to be developed for the park’s opening in 1981. The area will represent the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1890s. Yukon Striker will join rides Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Soaring Timbers, Timberwolf Falls, and White Water Canyon as the signature attractions in this newly themed section of the park.
WinterFest offers a new season of holiday fun in 2019, when guests at Canada’s Wonderland will be treated to an all-new immersive holiday experience taking place in late November and December. During WinterFest, the park will be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, dozens of Christmas trees, millions of spectacular lights, ice-skating, live entertainment, savory treats, crafts and hands-on family activities.
The park’s fountain on International Street will become Snowflake Lake where guests can enjoy ice skating amid brilliant holiday lights. Each night, singers and dancers will set the stage for the celebratory lighting ceremony of a 70-foot-tall (21 m) Christmas tree featuring more than 40,000 sparkling ornaments. WinterFest visitors can feast on savory treats and holiday favourites like turkey, gourmet hot chocolate and peppermint fudge, and then catch one of a dozen live holiday-themed shows like Cool Yule Christmas and Jingle Jazz. Children can help elves mail letters to Santa, decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, and meet classic Peanuts characters or special WinterFest entertainers like Jack Frost, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane.
“This is the largest capital investment we’ve made in our park since opening,” said Norm Pirtovshek, Canada’s Wonderland General Manager. “We’re excited to offer world-class thrills and a truly unique experience for our guests next year. Yukon Striker will be the centerpiece of our new themed area Frontier Canada, delivering exhilarating and record-breaking coaster elements like no other in the world. And to cap off our 2019 season, WinterFest will be a holiday event unique to Canada as our park transforms into a winter wonderland. You can expect magical holiday fun for guests of all ages.”
The Best Deals on Season Pass Available Now
When guests purchase their 2019 Season Pass* now they not only get unlimited visits next year, but also unlimited visits for the remainder of 2018 – all for just $72.99 or 12 easy online payments of $6.08.
Canada’s Wonderland is also introducing an all-new Gold Pass in 2019 that includes all the benefits of a Season Pass, plus free admission to WinterFest and Halloween Haunt – all for $99.99 or 12 easy online payments of $8.33. Both deals are available only for a limited time.
*Does not include Halloween Haunt or Winterfest.
For more park information including events, tickets and hours of operation, visit http://www.canadaswonderland.com/
About Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland, located in Vaughan, Ontario (just outside Toronto), is a 300-acre theme park with more than 200 attractions including 16 rollercoasters (17 in 2019), and is the home to Splash Works, a 20-acre water park. Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.