I arrived at the park just before 7am for the annual Rollercoasters, Eh? event by the American Coaster Enthusiasts. After quickly checking in and hanging around for a bit, the tours began!
I was part of the first tour group. We made our way to the Yukon Striker tunnel where we were able to walk down into it. It was really awesome to see the full length of the drop’s track in one sight.
The tunnel seems small while looking at it from ground level or on the ride but feels huge standing inside of it.
We then made our way to the station where we went through all of the various rooms under the station. Standing directly underneath the station combs was very cool!
The next area was the electrical room with all of the power and control units for the ride.
Passing through the compressor room to the outside, we headed down to where the lift motor is.
Being able to see behind-the-scenes of a ride I’ve been enjoying so much this season was great!
After some waiting around for the other groups to finish the tour, Behemoth and Backlot ERT began!
After morning ERT was over, breakfast was served at Marketplace!
After breakfast, we were given this year’s activity… Basically, there’s a bunch of cropped and rotated images and you had to draw an arrow to show which way is up. After quickly filling up whatever answers we could come up with, we went off to do our own thing.
Winterfest has already taken over the Medieval Funnel Cakes and Fun Shoppe.
They even have a few Winterfest-branded merch items available. They look great!
It was time for lunch at Marketplace! After some time eating, it was announced that the Q&A session with Peter (director, maintenance/construction) and Colin (manager, electrical/tech services) would be held in Canterbury Theatre since our group was so big.
I will have a separate post for the Q&A session later on!
After the Q&A session was over, it was more free time in the park. Time to check out the first day of Oktoberfest!
The first thing I tried today was the Knödel which was something new this year. It’s basically like mashed potatoes made into a ball with some croutons inside. It was pretty good!
The other thing I tried today was the beer and cheddar soup that comes with a pretzel. It was really disappointing. The pretzel was cold and there was not nearly enough of the soup in that cup.
The ACE event included an evening Beavertail. I tried the Skor one this time.
I’m probably going to offend some people when I say I’m not really a fan of Beavertails, especially if you were to ask me to buy one at full price. A plain one is boring but any with flavouring ends up being disgustingly too sweet for me.
But I’d never pass up an offer for a really cheap or free one. 😛
Into the evening was ERT at Yukon Striker, Guardian, Vortex, and Leviathan. It was originally supposed to be the first three and then Leviathan having its own slot at the end of the evening but Yukon had a public line to clear out so they ended up swapping the two. I took a ride on Vortex and got held up waiting in line for Guardian for the rest of this ERT slot. I missed Leviathan ERT for this thing, but I try to give it a ride at least once per season so at least I got it out of the way tonight.
It has switched over to 2D and will run this way through 2020. I thought it was more comfortable for the eyes, partly because I didn’t need to have 3D glasses awkwardly sitting on top of my regular ones. It was running at less than 50% capacity because one side of the projectors were not working. I love the coaster but absolutely despise the video game.
The plus side of not being over at Leviathan is that the group that stuck around on this side of the park had Yukon Striker all to themselves for the first part of the ERT. I’ve already ridden this coaster so much so far this season but this was my first time riding it in pure darkness. The lights in the tunnel were on which had a really cool effect because all you see looking down is an illuminated rectangle in the middle of nothing.
All in all, it was very nice day. While the group has grown to somewhat uncomfortable levels for an awkward person like me, it was great to see many familiar faces and say hi to those I had met last year. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store next year for us! Thank you Wonderland and American Coaster Enthusiasts for hosting another great event!
Check out last year’s RCEh? trip report here.