Category: Canada’s Wonderland

The Light at the End of the Tunnel (Future Coaster News!)

Off-Season Detective Work

I’ll admit that, while I’m crazy for the park, I find it far too boring to weed through city documents for clues or drag my butt near a closed amusement park to snoop around. Luckily, there are people more dedicated than I.

American Coaster Enthusiasts Canada posted a link to a document from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority that gives us major clues about what’s about to happen. A direct link to the document is here and the pages we are interested in are 45 and 46. Here are a few interesting quotes from the document:

The permit will be issued for the period of January 12, 2018 to January 11, 2020 in accordance
with the following documents and plans which form part of this permit

The permit is already valid and remains valid until 2020. My assumption is that these permits are issued in yearly intervals and that the construction would be wrapped up way before January 2020… like April 2019.

The proposal is to alter a waterway and construct in the Regional Storm Floodplain of a tributary
of the Don River in order to facilitate the construction of a new roller coaster at Canada’s
Wonderland. A low-flow by-pass channel is proposed around a current on-line pond to facilitate
the construction of a ride tunnel within the pond and regulatory floodplain. In addition, nine
support piers are proposed within the regulated area.

Here’s the juiciest part of what we care about. The document confirms an actual roller coaster with a tunnel within a pond and that the area will see 9 support columns.

The proposed site is located at the south end of Canada’s Wonderland, within an online pond, north of an existing online stormwater pond. The subject site is currently manicured lawn and an on-line pond.

This part pinpoints the site in the park, although I am a bit confused by some of the wording. I’m understanding the “existing online stormwater pond” would be the one that Behemoth is next to so north of that would be the pond Vortex sits on. It also states that the subject site includes a manicured lawn, which would be the one next to Vortex. Here’s a graphic I made to illustrate:

The location of the makers we saw before the 2017 season ended and the construction we’ve seen documented over on the canadaswonderlandfan Instagram page would also confirm this to be the spot, even if I may have confused certain things referred to in the document…

It’s exciting times to be a Wonderland fan with all of the construction happening! Shoutout to ACE and canadaswonderlandfan on Instagram for all of the information!

What’s new on the Wonderland website? Important dates, plus meal plan updates!

As a crazy Wonderland fan, I tend to find myself on the Canada’s Wonderland website more frequently than the next person, especially over the off-season when I have nothing better to do. Today, I’m happy to report that there’s new exciting information to be found for the upcoming season!

📅 Season Pass Sneak Preview Night

The annual Season Pass Sneak Preview Night will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6pm-10pm! Catch up with your favourite rides and meet our new friends: Lumberjack and Flying Canoes!

📅 Opening Day 2018

Canada’s Wonderland officially opens to the public on Sunday, April 29, 2018! The park will be open from 10am-8pm.

📅  2018 Operating Calendar

The 2018 operating calendar for Wonderland and Splashworks is now online! Start planning your trips!

🤤 Updated Meal Plan Menu

The meal plan menu hasn’t been updated on the website for quite some time. The list looks different so we can assume that this is what the new menu will look like. Below is the full listing on the website at the time of this post. Occasional notes in brackets were added by me. Additional notes await you at the end of the list!

Backlot Café

  • Greek Gyro Wrap with Greek Rice
  • Chicken Souvlaki Wrap with Greek Rice
  • Vegetarian Lasagna with Garlic Toast
  • Meat Lasagna with Garlic Toast
  • Cheese Tortellini with Garlic Toast (Previously $2 upgrade)
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs with Garlic Toast (Previously $2 upgrade)
  • Gluten Free Chicken Fingers and Fries (Listed last year but was never offered at Backlot. Would be a new item at Backot if they have it this year!)
  • Vegan Potato Curry with Rice

Chicken Shack

  • Crispy Chicken Wrap with Fries
  • Chicken Fingers with Fries
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Fries

Coasters

  • Coasters Burger with Fries
  • Coasters Cheeseburger with Fries
  • Veggie Burger with Fries
  • Open Face Fried Chicken Sandwich with Fries (New to the park!)
  • Sloppy Joe Sandwich with Fries (New to the park!)
  • Foot Long Hot Dog with Fries (New to Coasters)
  • Coasters Southwest Burger with Fries
  • Coasters Chicken Burger with Fries
  • One (1) Piece Fish & Chips with Fries

Expo Snacks

  • One (1) Pepperoni Pizza slice with Fries
  • One (1) Cheese Pizza slice with Fries

Alpen Cheesery

  • Traditional Mac & Cheese with Garlic Toast
  • Traditional Mac & Cheese with Diced Chicken and Garlic Toast (Previously described as “Grilled Chicken”. Not sure if it’s the same thing.)
  • Traditional Mac & Cheese with Butter Chicken and Garlic Toast (New topping!)
  • Traditional Mac & Cheese with Peameal Bacon and Garlic Toast (New topping!)
  • Traditional Mac & Cheese with Chili and Garlic Toast
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fries (New to Cheesery)
  • Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich with Fries (New to Cheesery)
  • Peameal Back Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fries (New item to the park! (May have been at Bistro81 at one point, not sure))

Timbers BBQ

  • Foot Long Hot Dog with Chips
  • Foot Long Sausage with Chips

International Street Hot Dog

  • Foot Long Hot Dog with Chips
  • Foot Long Sausage with Chips

La Cantina

  • Two (2) Mexican Beef Tacos with Nacho Chips
  • Two (2) Mexican Chicken Tacos with Nacho Chips
  • Two (2) Vegetarian Tacos with Nacho Chips
  • Mexican Beef Burrito Bowl with Nacho Chips
  • Mexican Chicken Burrito Bowl with Nacho Chips
  • Mexican Vegetarian Burrito Bowl with Nacho Chips
  • Mexican Beef Burrito with Nacho Chips (Burritos are new to La Cantina… more on this later.)
  • Mexican Chicken Burrito with Nacho Chips
  • Vegetarian Burrito with Nacho Chips

Manchu Wok

  • One (1) Item with Noodles Lomein
  • One (1) Item with Fried Rice
  • One (1) Item with Kung Pao Chicken
  • One (1) Item with BBQ Pork
  • One (1) Item with Pepper Steak

Pizza Pizza – Ristorante

  • One (1) Pepperoni Pizza slice with Fries
  • One (1) Cheese Pizza slice with Fries
  • Creamy Garlic Chicken Wrap with Fries

Pizza Pizza – KidZville

  • One (1) Pepperoni Pizza slice with Chips
  • One (1) Cheese Pizza slice with Chips

Subway – KidZville

  • 6 Inch Veggie Sub with Chips
  • 6 Inch Pizza Sub with Chips
  • 6 Inch Ham Sub with Chips

Marketplace International Buffet

  • 2018 All Season Dining Plan holders can enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet meal during the 2018 season for only $5.00 (plus tax)
  • 2018 All Day Dining Plan holders can enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet meal during the 2018 season for only $10.00 (plus tax)

Thrill Burger

  • Hamburger with Fries
  • Cheesburger with Fries
  • Chicken Fingers with Fries
  • Halal Chicken Fingers with Fries
  • Halal Burger with Fries
  • Halal Cheeseburger with Fries

Pizza Pizza – Planet Snoopy

  • One (1) Pepperoni Pizza slice with Fries
  • One (1) Cheese Pizza slice with Fries
  • Chicken Bites with Fries

Snoopy’s Suppertime

  • Halal Hot Dog with choice of Fries or Apple Slices
  • Halal Chicken Fingers with choice of Fries or Apple Slices
  • Kids Chicken Wrap with choice of Fries or Apple Slices
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich with choise of Fries or Apple Slices
  • Mac N Cheese with Garlic Toast

Riverside Snacks

  • Hot Dog 7″ with Fries
  • Chicken Fingers and Fries
  • Crispy Chicken Wrap with Fries
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Fries
  • Creamy Garlic Chicken Wrap with Fries

Dockside Grill

  • Foot Long Hot Dog with Chips
  • Foot Long Sausage with Chips

Pizza Pizza – Waveside

  • One (1) Pepperoni Pizza slice with Chips
  • One (1) Cheese Pizza slice with Chips

Muskoka Craft Burger and Beer

  • Muskoka Tom Craft All Beef Burger with Fries (New to the meal plan!)

Roadside Chicken

  • Crispy Chicken Wrap with Fries
  • Chicken Fingers and Fries
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Fries

So what do we all think about this latest menu? I’ve got some notes:

  • Keep in mind that the meal plan menu can be updated without notice.
  • There are no more additional fee upgrades which was introduced last season.
  • My two favourite meals are no longer on the list, those being the curried beef at Backlot Cafe and the chicken nuggets at Chicken Shack. I hope that they’ll be added back onto the menu by the time the park opens for the season.
  • Backlot Cafe has also dropped the Mexican station from the meal plan. This is something I can understand since that station consistently has a line. La Cantina now offers burritos which makes me feel like they’re trying to shift some of the crowd over there. I was impressed by the quality at La Cantina so I have no issue with this.
  • I like that Alpen Cheesery is expanding with new toppings (butter chicken!!) and sandwiches with fries. I hope this brings more people to it as I found there was never much of a line at it which I’d assume caused it to remain closed for periods during the past season.
  • The pizza combo is back down to a single slice, though that’s what they had listed at the beginning of last year but it remained at two slices in the park. I hope the case is the same for 2018.
  • With hot dogs now at Coasters but not on the plan at Expo Snacks, I’m curious if there’s any changes to the menu going on at Expo Snacks…
  • It’s nice to see a burger from Muskoka Craft Burger and Beer on the meal plan, though I wish it would come with chips from the Chippery instead. Those were delicious the last time I tried them!
  • On the topic of food (and half avoiding the political topic of raising minimum wage), I’m hoping that this year will be the one where they start bringing more technology to food service. I think there’s a lot of potential in the app where it could see things like up-to-date menu availability, food location operating times, and mobile ordering.

👋 That’s it for now!

Thanks for visiting the blog! Be sure to check by as more gets discovered on the Wonderland website which will bring us into the new season of trip reports, eventually. See you later!

Preparing for Our Future Enjoyment for 2018 and Beyond!

Little Flags Scream Big Things Coming

After the first weekend of October, the path stretching between Minebuster’s entrance and the smoking area near the Splashworks entrance has been closed to guests. This weekend, we actually saw signs of something to come.

The majority of the fencing that bordered the grassy area where Skyrider once stood has been taken down with yellow tape now bordering it. Utility flags noting buried electrical mark certain spots in the grass.

What makes it even more interesting is that the flags cross Vortex and onto the hill on the other side.

There are a few stakes as well, including on Skyrider’s land.

Over on the path that runs next to Timberwolf Falls is this stake with an additional painted marking on the ground.

There are stakes leading from a shed immediately next to Timberwolf Falls out to the path.

So, with all that laid out, let’s get into some speculation which will probably sound either really cool or really dumb in hindsight when we know what’s happening.

I’m assuming these are signs for a 2019 rollercoaster with construction to begin probably immediately after the season ends. The purpose for these kinds of markers are to note where to avoid digging so you don’t damage existing infrastructure. If that’s the case, the placement of all of these markers would mean construction would be happening around them, which says something about the large scale of this project considering the flags are all around Vortex and Timberwolf Falls. I expect the entire area basically around Vortex will be wall-ed off when we return in 2018.

When it was announced that Skyrider was being removed, they kept saying something to the effect of its area being a great place in the center of the park between Splashworks and Wonder Mountain. That’s always been a big tip-off that the next thing to come in that area will be big and will cross Vortex. Dare I say it may also interact with the Mountain somehow? Either way, it looks like whatever they were hinting at is finally coming.

Winterfest is Coming in 2018!

In an article with information from Cedar Fair’s current CEO, Matt Ouimet, he confirmed that Canada’s Wonderland will be getting Winterfest in 2018!

Extending the park season

Another Ouimet initiative: WinterFest, the holiday-themed festival, with rides and entertainment, which debuted last year at California’s Great America. This year, WinterFest will expand to three more parks, including Kings Island near Cincinnati.

And next year, look for it at Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario.

Sourcehttp://www.cleveland.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/10/outgoing_incoming_cedar_fair_c.html

I am so excited to see how this works out and what rides would be open. I would expect them to bring in many external vendors and entertainment which I believe helps them put together well-rounded events.

I’m EXCITED.

Looking at the future of Canada’s Wonderland and really that area of Vaughan is so exciting to think about. Transit options are being upgraded for people coming to the park with the subway extension from Toronto coming up to Vaughan with the terminal a short bus ride away from Wonderland. This opens later this year. There’s the hospital being built across the street from the park which is slated to open in 2020. Then we have Wonderland doing things like Winterfest in 2018, a coaster in 2019, and a hotel at some point (did we forget about that already?).

I’m excited.