Month: July 2017

Celebration Canada 150 Recap!

Wonderland did it big for Canada’s 150th!

The month of July was filled with so much Canadian-themed entertainment, you couldn’t help but clap your hands for the performers and athletes, tap your feet to the sound of live bands, and stuff your face with delicious Canadian food! With Celebration Canada 150 “over”, let’s take a look back at some of the FUN.

Canadian Eats

Every week, new food items were available in Celebration Plaza. It included delicious famous foods from across the country, such as lobster rolls (pictured), bison burgers, peameal bacon sandwiches, and poutines.

A meal wouldn’t be complete without some dessert! Look at how cute this house made apple pie is!

Live Music & Local Bands

Live bands were filling Celebration Plaza with wonderful music. Some familiar local bands were invited out, including the Rolling Stronz (pictured) and Stacey Renee (both made appearances during this year’s Brew & BBQ and other previous events).

The Great Canadian Fiddle show was, well, great!

This talented band went spreading around their music, occasionally spotted on International Street, in front of Wonderland Theater, and, of course, in Celebration Plaza.

Freestyle Ski Aerials

Athletes on skis, kayaks, and mini sleds sped down a 30′ ramp set up on Arthur’s Baye and performed tricks and flips for the audience.

Earth Rangers

OK, so this picture might seem more American than anything but the Earth Rangers were a hit with guests in Celebration Plaza!

Cirque Canadien

Cirque Canadien is my favourite show at the park this season. The combination of awesome acrobatics with the silly humour of the raccoons makes it a super fun show. Lucky for us, the show runs until Labour Day.

And that’s a wrap! Well, not really.

Even though July and half of the season is past us, there’s still plenty to look forward to with the rest of the season ahead.

Celebrating Canada Continues on!

As with Cirque Canadien, other shows like Starlight Northern Reflections and the Flying Frontenacs Dive Show (pictured) also run until Labour Day.

International Showplace is still rockin’!

There’s still new shows happening at International Showplace like Parkour Freestyle (runs until Aug 15) and the Chinese Acrobatic Show (Aug 17 – Sep 4).

Get ready to eat!

Don’t forget the food festivals! We’ve got Taste of Greece (Aug 19/20) and Taste of Italy (Aug 26/27), along with the Food Truck Festival (Sep 2/3) and Oktoberfest (Sep 16-24).

Look up at the fireworks!

After the Victoria Day fireworks show got cancelled due to poor weather conditions, they have scheduled a make-up performance for this long Civic Holiday weekend on Sunday, August 6. Can’t make it then? There’s another fireworks presentation for Labour Day on Sunday, September 3. They both begin at 10pm, weather permitting.

July 23, 2017 Trip Report

Trip Notes

I arrived at the park just after opening. The weather was overcast with one or two short periods of drizzle during the day.

I never really noticed the show guides available at the front gate this season until today. A couple new things I took note of: Taste of Italy and Greece events will be at Arthur’s Baye instead of Action Zone where they’ve been in the past. The other thing is that Oktoberfest will be on two September weekends (16/17, 23/24) instead of just one.

The Freestyle Ski Aerials show seems more like a “filler” show than anything else, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It felt like it was over very quickly, but it’s a fun little event to stop for a bit and watch.

The Great Canadian Fiddle Show fills Celebration Plaza with great music!

Here is the menu for the Celebration Plaza food stalls for the rest of the month. I haven’t purchased any meals in Celebration Plaza so far since I’ve got the meal plan.

Riptide is back up and running. I rode it for the first time in years today since it was running a dry cycle. I don’t know why I don’t ride it more often. I thought it was pretty fun.

With my ride on Riptide, I realized I had ridden all five Mondial Rides at the park. (Since I’ve skipped Riptide for years, I can’t say that very often.) Here’s my ranking as of today:

  1. Shockwave (Top Scan)
  2. Psyclone (Revolution)
  3. Riptide (Splashover)
  4. Windseeker (Windseeker)
  5. Soaring Timbers (Inferno)

It’s a bit unsettling that earlier this season I had Soaring Timbers over Shockwave. Maybe I was just excited about a new Mondial at the park.

Sledgehammer seemed to be having one of those days.

It felt like a short visit (even though it was about six hours) but it was fun. Thanks for reading!

Trip Meals

I had the curried beef from Backlot Cafe. It still remains my favorite meal at the park because it’s been consistently good. Today’s serving was easily the best with a generous serving of curry and a slight peppery kick to it because it shared a pan with the spicy potato curry.

I didn’t stay long enough for dinner.

Trip Video

July 16, 2017 Trip Report

Trip Notes

I arrived at the park about 15 minutes before opening. There was Behemoth ERT so I headed there first and got a couple of rides in.

Sledgehammer is a lot of fun and I’m glad others still enjoy it as well!

I made my way over to Soaring Timbers. It was a walk-on when I got to it. I was surprised to see them loading every other row, bringing the capacity down to just under half. I’m not sure what the reason is but I don’t like it, especially since it’s still running that boring cycle.

I find myself hopping over to Shockwave after Soaring Timbers. It’s running very well.

Over at Arthur’s Baye, they set up the ramp for the Freestyle Ski Aerials show for Celebration Canada 150. Today was its debut but I never caught the show.

I guess the best place to view the landing is from the Marketplace Buffet patio at the back, if it’s open for non-eating guests.

The Earth Rangers were nearby with animals on display.

I took a ride on Thunder Run. I love the view from the queue, although the trees block it for most of it. I remember these used to become famous gum trees.

Thunder Run is such a nostalgia trip for me as it’s one of those rides that I stuck with growing up with the park. Although there are changes in the station and the VR thing, the inside of the mountain is more or less the same. Somehow, the string lights at the end of the ride are the most memorable thing from the 90’s.

I hadn’t ridden Time Warp in over a decade and I was thinking about giving it another try so I finally did it today. Boy, was that a mistake.

From beginning to end, the car was vibrating and knocking my head harder than any other ride at the park… and its neighbor is an SLC! I wore my glasses on it and, by the end of it, the nosepads were bent out of shape and my head, nose, shoulders, and back were aching. For more than half of the ride, I was holding my face because of how loose it had knocked my glasses. It’s the worst experience I’ve had on a ride in recent memory, because the last memory was the last time I rode this piece of garbage.

I seriously don’t understand how a ride like this could have lasted so long. It’s not even just the ride experience. You’ve got a super bored op doing nothing but confirming with the load attendant that the next car is ready. Then you’ve got the lone exhausted load attendant walking back and forth all day, closing the cages. I hope this ride is on its way out sooner than later.

After the ride on Time Warp that got me actually angry because it exists, I went straight to Leviathan which had a line just a little longer than the staircase. It went down as I got in line but it started loading riders again about fives minutes later. I got a seat in the back row which gives such an excellent ejection as you leave the lift.

There’s a security camera in the station. I’m not sure if it’s new, but the sign for it is definitely new. It hangs above the exits gates and says that the area is being monitored. I’m curious about the reasoning.

A few more notes with no pictures:

  • Backlot Cafe no longer has bison burgers and the veggie burger now has the upgrade fee on the meal plan.
  • Bistro 81 is no longer on the meal plan.
  • Vortex won a capacity contest with the Bat crew at Kings Island. I didn’t spot any other of those signs at the rides I rode today.

Thanks for reading!

Lunch/Dinner

For lunch, I was taking too long to decide so I ended up with my favorite chicken nuggets and fries from Chicken Shack. Great as always.

For dinner, I had the meat lasagne from Backlot Cafe. It was a bit of a let down with it being burnt all around and super salty, but it somehow was not the worst meal I’ve had at the park before.