Category: CW TR 2017

October 7, 2017 Trip Report

Trip Notes

I got to the park right as it opened for the day. The morning had random periods of rain but no big downpours, thankfully.

My first stop was Leviathan. Not much a wait this morning, unlike past recent visits where it would be a 20 minute wait right off the bat.

Passing through Medieval Faire to get to Leviathan, I saw they put up a couple of tents for a soup station during Halloween Haunt. I always thought soup would be great to have when the night gets cold but I always guessed that sort of thing would end up in Backlot Cafe.

Bistro 81 also has a Haunt menu which looks similar, if not the same, as last year. I don’t see why that poutine can’t be on the meal plan during the season… I haven’t had a Wonderland poutine in a while.

This fence popped up next to Minebuster. It wasn’t there last weekend.

The path is closed between Minebuster and the smoking area outside of Splashworks. I’m guessing it’s for 2018 work in Splashworks or 2019 work in Skyrider’s old land. I’d love for it to be the latter.

Over next to Soaring Timbers where Lumberjack will be next year, it looks like some trees are getting the axe.

I’m still trying to imagine what the area will look like next season. With the way the grassy area has formed, I’m guessing it’ll end up being a small dead-end plaza like Drop Tower.

The fog machine in the Trick or Treat area by Soaring Timbers was still on during the day and guests were having a lot of fun with it. It was cool to see when the fog would keep up long enough to float over onto the Soaring Timbers platform. I wish they’d put fog machines for some of the flat rides like how some of the canivals have it.

Soaring Timbers was actually running decently. It’s nowhere near what it once was but it doesn’t feel like it slows down as much. There was a Skyjack parked behind the ride again so maybe they’ve been doing some work on it during the week.

When I took a seat, I noticed its former self peeking through its new paint.

In past years, it felt like they become a bit careless with the way the park looks during the daytime with ugly Haunt props everywhere that only look good in the dark. I think they’ve done a stellar job this year. These displays are so nice to see as a daytime visitor.

I’m mostly just glad they stopped putting Skeleton Key shipping containers in the middle of plazas.

They didn’t have to do this but they did and it looks fantastic.

Perhaps the only questionable thing is this cable management by Sledgehammer. The cables lead to the scare zone in front of the ride. Last weekend, they had the cable on the ground going across the entrance path, covered by one of those plastic ramp things. I guess it became too much of a tripping hazard, especially with the fog, so they decided to throw the cable over the arch. The black tape looks weird but it looks like they tried to evenly space it out so it sort of blends in.

I rode Behemoth about a dozen times over the day. My favorite seat is on the second car as, for reasons I don’t get, I find the airtime is better than right up front.

I’ve been impressed by the crew here over the course of the season so, after hearing some fun speiling today, I put it in writing at Guest Services. They already earned Crew of the Year but it doesn’t hurt to show appreciation myself.

I do have picks for worst ride crew but I’ll keep that to myself. 😉

5pm seemed to roll around way too fast. Leviathan is always last to its nap before Haunt.

Trip Meals

For lunch, I went with my favorite Backlot Cafe meal: Curried beef on rice. Delicious as always!

For dinner, I had the nuggets and fries from Chicken Shack. Lately, I’ve noticed the nuggets are more “spongey” when you bite them… I’m not sure if it’s the way they’re cooking it or if they’ve changed suppliers or something. Upon a closer look, it looks like a tiny piece of chicken breast put inside of a ball of that Flakes of Chicken stuff you get in a can, which I think is disgusting. I may start getting the chicken tenders instead since I think those are more chicken breast than anything. The higher price of them tips off that they’re probably better quality.

Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt 2017 Opening Night!

Just so you know

I haven’t visited Halloween Haunt since 2006 when it was still FearFest. I just don’t like horror things. But being a Wonderland fan, I couldn’t keep that gap growing any bigger so I took them up on their opening night deal for season pass holders. Tickets were just $9.99. I also got a No Boo Necklace which tells the monsters not to scare with you.

My plan was to catch some night rides and check out all of the shows. I had no intention of doing any of the mazes.

The Night Begins

I had a full 10am-5pm daytime visit before waiting outside until 7pm for the gates of Haunt to open. By the time we were let inside, the fog machines were already going. I immediately went to pick up my No Boo Necklace from the CW Store at the front gate.

I wasn’t sure where to go first so I ended up following everyone to Zombies 4D which is a rethemed Wonder Mountain’s Guardian.

I haven’t ridden WMGuardian since May last year so I was interested to see how the ride was doing. I want to like it. I think the coaster and trains are cool but I feel like it’s lacking with the physical theming and game. Whenever they decide to do a retheme, I’m hopeful it’ll feel more complete.

Again, I haven’t been to Haunt in many years, but the scare zone boundaries seemed more strict and smaller. When I moved from Wonder Mountain’s Guardian into Action Zone, it seemed like any other night at the park with the bubbly FunTV sounds louder than the park audio.

Anyways, once I got here, I was happy to see Sledgehammer open since it was down all day. They set up a fog machine right next to the entrance for the scare zone in front of the ride. Just throwing it out there but I think it would be neat to have extended nights in the summer with fog machines, lights, and techno music.

I didn’t do too many rides since the night seemed to go by very quickly. The rides I did get were great though and the lines weren’t too bad.

I loved the Mountain projections. It was a lightning scene with random spooky scenes in between. It would be cool for it to be an actual scheduled show like Starlight Northern Reflections.

For most of the night, I tried to keep my No Boo Necklace off just to see how things would go. A lot of the time, the monsters were focused on getting the big scares on other groups. I was stared at and followed a few times, and yelled at just once. In future years, I’ll stick with the No Boo anyway, just for the comfort of having it for times when I just want to move between rides in peace.

On With the Shows

Devil’s Circus

My first show of the night was Devil’s Circus which was new this year. This turned out to be my favorite. Great acts and I loved the fire effects on the set.

Shoutout to the guy with the phone who kept moving in front of me with his phone in the air. (Whenever I record things, which is a lot, I try to keep my camera at eye-level or lower unless I’m at the very back.)

The Sentimentalists

I saw a short bit of this show on my way to Sinner’s Lounge. It wasn’t interesting enough to stop me.

Sinner’s Lounge

Being so used to silly raccoon shenanigans in Wonderland Theatre, I was a bit caught off guard by the themes in this show but I know I shouldn’t be. Pole dancing, drunk guy, shirtless dude, and bar fights. It’s a good show with humorous bits in it too. I liked it.

Good Night?

It was a good night, even though I skipped out on the main draw of the event which are the mazes. That said, I’d only go to Haunt if they do this cheap ticket promotion again, but that’s just me.

Thanks for reading!

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.

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