Category: Canada’s Wonderland

August 11, 2018 Trip Report – Taste of Asia

Trip Notes

I got to the park just before it opened.

After the usual rides on Behemoth and Sledge Hammer, I went to take a look by the construction site. Today would be the last day I’d see this sight without knowing the details of what they’re building…

I don’t really like “snooping” around fences so that’s why I haven’t really bothered going over to the staging area in the parking lot where all of the supports and track pieces are. That’s also why this is the first picture I have of any of the track for this new coaster. It’s exciting to see track go in!

Thunder Run is still down.

This weekend, there’s a number of new pieces of wood support beams so I’m curious about how much more work there’s left to do before they can reopen it.

It was confirmed last week that Dinosaurs Alive would be closing on October 28. They’re currently doing a 50% off sale in the exit gift shop, Dinostore. I gotta remember to go back and get me a mug before they’re all gone!

In Celebration Plaza, Taste of Asia debuts for the first time!

It’s ironic how the sign has sushi but it’s not a food option. I guess that would be too expensive to do but it would have made a good cooking demo like they do during Taste of Italy.

While I wasn’t in the mood for the amount of food you get from the passport (4 dishes), it’s great to see so many options. Many are on the dining plan too!

For food details and pricing, check out CPFoodBlog.

The entertainment was great as well. The morning/afternoon entertainment was by¬†Folklorico Filipino Canada. I didn’t stay long enough to see the evening entertainment.

I like the music they’re playing in the area and the live entertainment, but I felt like there could have been more, particularly the shows out in the Plaza which I got used to during Celebration Canada. It also would have been nice to have some more decorations. (I was fully expecting Chinese lanterns everywhere.)

Even with these suggestions, I think it’s a great event and I’d still rank it above other food festivals the park hosts.

All in all, I had a great day at the park.

Meals

I decided on the green chicken curry from the Thai station. It had a really nice flavour and I liked all the veggies that came with it. The rice was fluffy and fresh, though a bit soggy from the juices of the curry.

Trip Video

August 5 & 6, 2018 Trip Reports – Where’s Those Cornerstones?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Trip Notes

I got to the park around 9:20am to get in on some ERT at Leviathan. It was roughly a 10 minute wait. I managed to get the back row.

After Leviathan, I went back to the routine into Action Zone to find Sledge Hammer down with a couple maintenance guys around an open hatch.

With Sledge Hammer down, I continued walking to Behemoth. I’m not sure why, but I find the attendants lately have been pushing rather hard while checking restraints here. This morning, the attendant pushed on my restraint, paused for a second, and then pushed again with all of her weight. I thought that was completely unnecessary and it made me upset. That ended up being the tone for the day with generally rude and poor service all around for some reason. It’s normally not like that.

After some test cycles, Sledge Hammer opened and I hopped on for the first public cycle of the day. It was running well for the rest of the day from what I could tell.

As usual, several rides and the pathway leading to Minebuster and Splashworks were closing early due to the Civic Holiday fireworks that night.

The 8.15 announcement banners have been changed again with the background now an eagle eye. Earth Rangers in 2019 confirmed!

The park is holding their annual duck drive in support of SickKids Hospital.

Each duck costs $5. Looks like a nice amount of money has been raised just from one weekend alone!

When I had a meal at Backlot Cafe, I was surprised to see that there was no one looking over the dining area even though the food area seemed overstaffed since it wasn’t very busy at the time. There were even two people at the cash register, even though only one lane was open. Generally, Backlot has always been very clean and I’ve even had times where staff have offered to take away plates I’m finished with while I’m still sitting down.

I caught Cirque Canadien again today. The crowd was really into the show which I always like to hear. For the first time in my many viewings of the show, there was a crowd reaction to the raccoons running out in Habs jerseys. I loved that!

On my way out, I noticed they brought out the popcorn cart onto International Street for the fireworks in the evening.

When I was exiting the parking lot, I saw that they installed a new gate at the north end as you’re exiting the lot.

My guess is that they were installed because people were driving the wrong way down this one way street to get into the guest lot for free.

You have to stop and wait for it to fully close and reopen as each car goes through. When I’ve gone through, I’ve only had one car in front of me so it didn’t take very long to get through but I could see it being a real bottleneck on busier exits. I’m guessing they’re left open when the park closes for the night.

Meals

For lunch, I had the fish and chips from Coasters. It was good.

For my second meal, I had the Enright Beef Burger from Backlot Cafe. It was great and they even offered to put bacon on it (which I gladly said yes to).

Monday, August 6, 2018

Trip Notes

I got to the park a little bit after opening. It was a quick day since there were going to be storms later and I’d be bored if I stayed home all day. All I wanted to do was get some rides on Behemoth and Sledge Hammer and any others I felt like, and have something to eat. Unfortunately, Sledge Hammer didn’t move during my few hours at the park. I did get some rides on Behemoth and a few others like Shockwave and Dragon Fire.

I also thought that I’d be able to have some positive encounters with employees today after yesterday. For the most part today it was good, but I witnessed one employee who made a comment about a guest that I felt was so out of line.

I think it’s the heat getting to people.

Meals

I had the chicken burger from Chicken Shack. I was disappointed to see a round generic chicken patty as opposed to the big crispy fried chicken breast this used to be.

July 28 & 29 Trip Reports – Low Batt

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Trip Notes

I arrived at the gates at around 10:30am. I came with the intention of staying all day so I could play around with my camera… so, of course, it was at this point I realized I forgot my extra camera batteries at home.

As usual, I made my way to Sledge Hammer only to find it was in a post e-stop position. (You can tell by the angle the gondolas are sitting at.) After some test cycling, it opened!

When I was riding Sledge Hammer later on in the day, my cycle ended with an e-stop. The ride was able to home all of the gondolas but the tower kept on rotating a few times more until it e-stopped. After a test cycle, the ride went back up. Aside from the odd instances like that, I’d still say the downtime has been noticeably reduced when compared to previous years.

I caught the Chicago Boyz show at the International Showplace.

The show is so high energy for the entire duration. I loved every minute of it!

As I was leaving International Showplace, something caught my eye on the Vortex hill. From some Googling, it looks like it was a¬†Eastern Gartersnake. I’ve never seen one in the wild before so that was cool.

Over in Kidzville, they are hosting KidZfest which is full of meet-and-greets with movie and TV show characters like Spiderman and Barney. There are also special live shows during the event. I think street performers like this juggler (who has appeared at other events before) should be a regular thing for the entire summer.

Dinosaurs Alive will be closing for good on October 28.

There are two of these posters that I know of in the park and they’re both in front of women’s washrooms. There were too many people around the first one but I was able to get a picture of the second one just because there happened to be no one hanging around the area. I wish they would have just put it somewhere at the Dinosaurs Alive entrance instead. It’s making me more awkward than I already am.

The 2019 announcement date banners have been replaced with new ones that have a different background.

As the sun started to disappear and the light came on, I was ready to play with my camera… except that it was already telling me low battery while taking pictures of the first ride on my list.

For regular night shots, my Galaxy S9+ doesn’t do bad at all.

In general, I’m still having problems getting the light trails the way I want them.

Psyclone is my favourite to shoot because it seems to work out most of the time.

Meals

I had the chicken tender wrap from Chicken Shack. Originally, I ordered the chicken burger but was told they were out so they offered the wrap. I was amused at how they ended up packing the wrap as if it were a burger with it formed into a square.

For my second meal, I decided to try the Enright Beef Burger with Chips at Backlot Cafe, which was recently added to the Canadian menu a week or so ago. Backlot’s kitchen never disappoints as this burger was cooked well. (Better than my experience at Muskoka Craft Burgers.) The chips were just ok. I would have preferred fries (which they were serving with it on Sunday).

The app still has the deal for half off Cookiewiches from Mountainside Bakery and Cafe so I decided to get one. Sugar overload…

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Trip Notes

I was really indecisive on whether or not I should make the trip out to the park again but the sun was out and I know I’d regret if I didn’t.

I did the usual through Action Zone, hitting up Sledge Hammer and Behemoth first. From Behemoth, I saw they had a small crane and forklift taking out catwalk pieces from a shipping container where all the 2019 coaster pieces are sitting in the parking lot.

As I was walking under Vortex’s lift hill, I noticed this huge boom lift.

Turns out they were installing some wood beams on one of the cross beams. Thunder Run was closed yesterday and I didn’t think much of it so it was satisfying to find out way today.

One of the reasons I convinced myself to go to the park today was to catch Cirque Canadien because I kept missing every showtime yesterday.

There were a few modifications to the show again. The catching the strawberry bit at the beginning returned after going missing the last time I saw the show. The contortionist was replaced by a juggler today.

A fun half-day at the park to make the most of the weekend… I’m pooped.

Meals

I had the naked beef burrito bowl from Backlot Cafe.