Category: CW TR 2018

May 12, 2018 Trip Report

Trip Notes

The forecast earlier in the week had heavy rain but changed by the time Saturday rolled around. I got to the park at about 12:30pm.

My first stop was to check up on Sledgehammer. There were a three guys around on the platform working on pieces of the gondolas. It was a bit funny to see one of the guys exit through the back and hop over to Psyclone because it had gone down.

By the looks of things, they’re really treating the ride to a full refurbishment. They’re in the process of connecting what I’d guess is new wiring. In addition to pieces of the seats being taken off, they also took off the coverings that cover the teeth that engage with the gondola motors, which I’ve never seen before.

They had a cherry picker and skyjack parked on the platform. I didn’t see them in use as whatever they were working on today was accessible with just a ladder.

Over by Vortex, they laid new sod all over the hill and there are “keep off” signs along the path. Of course, there were a few guests who felt that it didn’t apply to them.

Lumberjack also got some new sod put down. I still can’t get over how pretty the area looks.

The usual places for flowers around the park look like they are prepped to receive plants soon.

I get put off really easily by Leviathan’s queue once it gets any longer than a few of the switchbacks in the back. Today, I didn’t see it get much longer than the first switch so I got a couple of rides in.

The grouper at Leviathan was pretty good but the ones at Behemoth were something else… They didn’t pay any attention to what was happening in the rows as there was train after train with multiple empty seats, sometimes even in rows next to each other.┬áThat’s fine when trains are flying out of the station and there’s not enough time to group people together before they load the next train but they were stacking trains like I have never seen at Behemoth. When I finally got on, the attendant pushed unnecessarily hard on my restraint. I’m disappointed because the crew at Behemoth last year was my favourite and had even won Crew of the Year.

Over at Skyhawk, the scoreboard wasn’t working so I don’t have proof but I heard “63” when the op was calling out my number of flips. That sets my new personal best on this ride, which is one flip more than last year… which was one flip more than the year before that. Maybe I’ll get 64 next year?

The Woofjocks show is back at the tent-less International Showplace. It has a summer camp theme which was kind of cute.

Two new Timberkits structures are going up in Splashworks. I’d guess they’re for lockers but I also want to guess that the one pictured is a new Splashworks entrance because I don’t really see the path between Minebuster and Timberwolf Falls connecting anymore with the construction happening.

Despite the few hiccups and many ill-mannered people I came across (Line-jumping even in food lines? Really?), today was an excellent day! My appetite for riding is back after getting more rides in this time. It’ll be perfect once Sledgehammer opens back up, hopefully for the upcoming long weekend!

Lunch & Dinner

My first meal was the chicken mac and cheese from Alpen Cheesery. I was originally excited to get the butter chicken version (listed on the website) but was told they didn’t have that. The Poutinerie next door has a butter chicken item so I guess that’s where that is.

But anyways, it’s nothing fancy but it was a good meal. My only wish is that it would be served hotter.

For my second meal, I got the vegetarian lasagna from Backlot Cafe. I went in with the intention of getting the meat lasagna but they were sold out of it. The veggie version is still nice, though, because I like the creamy sauce. I sometimes even get it over the meat because it’s a quality dish. (I didn’t snap any pictures of it worth sharing.)

May 5, 2018 Trip Report

Trip Notes

After spending the early morning at work, I got to the park around 12:30pm.

I went to get a ride on Behemoth before getting something to eat. I saw that they installed the slew bearing on Sledgehammer that had been sitting on the platform last week. There are still cables hanging down from the gondolas so, while I’m optimistic that they could have it running by next weekend, I wouldn’t really be surprised if it took them another week longer.

Psyclone, which was down last weekend, is up and running for the season!

Riptide, which was also down last weekend, has opened up for the season and was running wet cycles!

There was a major wind storm that blew through the area the day before and knocked over a bunch of trees around the park. They did a really good job cleaning up. The worst looking part was at International Showplace with caution tape blocking the entrance with a few visible tree stumps and cut up trees just inside.

A short list of rides were down today, possibly due to the heavy winds they experienced. Soaring Timbers was missing the green cover over the cross motor area so I assume its an issue there.

Time Warp was down. No tears were shed.

The Bat, which valleyed between the loop and cobra roll the day before, was down in the morning but began test cycling sometime in the afternoon. I’m not sure if it reopened later in the day.

Windseeker kept going down because of some windy periods.

Not pictured is a closed Skyhawk, which is unfortunate because of how the wind gusts help people flip and I’m sure people would have taken advantage.

Lumberjack is still a lot of fun! I managed to get an end seat again.

Something I noticed were sap buckets they put on a bunch of trees behind Lumberjack. I’m impressed by how well they’re detailing this area. The area is so well developed already at this point that I’m sure it won’t be very long before they give it an official name.

Flying Canoes, which was being worked on last weekend, opened up this week.

There was a constant line for it and everyone looked like they were enjoying the ride. It’s a cute little ride and a great addition to the area and park.

The ride is quite loud while it’s running with all of the pneumatic cylinders going at once. It sounds cool but it would be even cooler if they masked it with a theme song or sound effects.

A few small updates over by the construction site. There’s a new tarp covering this end of the tunnel. The old one was prone to blowing around and was actually punctured by some metal framing inside of the tunnel.

They added some jagged wood planks around the tunnel entrance in the water. I was a little surprised to see details like that added so early.

And that’s it for this one!

Lunch & Dinner

For lunch, I had the Bombay butter chicken from Backlot Cafe, which I was happy to see was still on the dining plan. It was delicious!

For my second meal, I had the new honey garlic chicken tenders from Roadside Chicken opposite Flying Canoes. I liked the sauce but I’m wondering if the way they’re using it ends up cooling the chicken tenders down or if these were just sitting around for a bit. They were borderline room temperature. I still enjoyed the meal enough. I’ll definitely have this again sometime!

They addressed my concerns in my previous trip report about the confusing unmarked windows at this location. It now has those small signs that say “Order here” and “Pick up here”. They also added an express queue for those with prepaid dining.

Flying Canoes Video

April 29, 2018 Trip Report – Opening Day!

Trip Notes

A new season has finally arrived and there’s so much to see at the park!

The very first change you’ll notice is brand new paint all over the entrance building. I’m still getting used to the bright teal colour they used but I like the red and green color accents.

I got to the park just before 9am because it was ERT in the Lumberjack and Kidzville areas.

My first ride of the season was Vortex because Lumberjack wasn’t quite ready yet. I love the new paint job on the trains!

After riding Vortex, I saw Lumberjack had opened so I got in line and we boarded. After sitting in our seats for a few minutes, the ride went down. There’s still some fine-tuning being done as a man presumably from Zamperla was with the operators checking out the ride.

Since I couldn’t get a ride on Lumberjack, I decided to take a short walk and check out another new ride for the season, Flying Canoes. There was lots of activity at the ride as they work to get it open. I saw it rotate a few times throughout the day.

The tiny Canyon Trader stall was replaced by this fantastic olde tyme style store. It’s beautifully decorated inside with a rustic feeling.

There’s some nice apparel and sweet candy waiting inside.

After a short time browsing, I noticed Lumberjack was running again so I made my way back and was able to get on.

I have a few thoughts about this ride but basically… it’s a winner. It’s beautifully themed and the ride itself is really fun!

  • The ride experience is thrilling because of the hangtime, not so much the positive g-forces I was expecting. It doesn’t feel as strong as something like Psyclone. You can sort of feel and hear the ride controlling how fast the down swing goes.
  • I had three rides on Lumberjack. Two of the rides were on the far ends and one in one of the middle rows. The experience on the ends is really cool as you zip past the other gondola and because you’re free to kick your legs out in the air and not into the legs of someone sitting in front of you. I loved how a lot of people were having fun yelling hi and waving at the people in the other gondola as we past each other upside down.
  • The only one minor issue I had was people from the opposite pre-load area filling seats on our side. I’m glad they don’t assign seats (because it irritates me more when people don’t go where they’re supposed to) but I would have liked to see some kind of way to divide the two groups loading on the platform.

It was time to check out what else is new at the park… There are so many pictures of this out there now so I might as well throw mine into the mix.

It was interesting to hear what people had to say as they walked by the construction and tunnels. There were some that had the lingo going while others were just excited about a new roller coaster and the construction in general.

Vortex is going to be so fun when the new coaster is built up. The fly by so close to the opening just seems unreal.

Other new things around the park include a refreshed snacks stall in Kidzville called School House Snacks.

There’s also the expanded Roadside Chicken and combination of Muskoka Craft Burger & Beer and the Craft Chippery. It was a little confusing at first because the round Muskoka sign is where the unlabeled Roadside Chicken pickup window is.

This incredible new billboard sits on the roof. I think it used to be a vintage-style Coca-Cola ad.

On the topic of food, there were a few new things to note around the park. There’s this new express line at Ristorante/International Street Pizza Pizza for people with any type of prepaid dining.

Expo Snacks, which was a combination of Pizza Pizza, Hot Dog, and Hot Potato is now just Pizza Pizza.

The Hot Potato in International Festival was made into one of the new Poutinerie locations.

I spotted these new drink fountains at Thrill Burger in Medieval Faire.

Merchandise has really stepped up their game with things I’d actually wear.

They have a full line-up of different coloured tees for rides like Behemoth, Lumberjack, Soaring Timbers, and The Bat.

All the Rage was hosting another “Last Ride” sale which is basically a clearance sale. I got this Vortex magnet and a Behemoth magnet for $1 in total. You can’t go wrong with that!

Unfortunately, the $7.99 opening day tee was sold out by the time I went to get one at Thrills are Wonderland. Oh well.

Some rides have these new large Funpix logos so people can spot them in the park.

The “modern” fountains were doing some things all day. I couldn’t tell if it was playing parts of one of the shows but it was really pleasant to watch even with no music to go along with it.

Psyclone was down for the day.

Sledgehammer was down as well.

It appears as though the ride is getting some exceptional service with this sitting on the platform and wires dangling from the gondolas. I take it they’re giving it a thorough look through so it’ll be happily jumping this season.

And that’s it! This opening day felt a lot like a preview for the season as I mostly focused on the new things and some of my favourite rides were closed. I’m excited to get back to the park as things straighten out for the summer.

Lunch & Dinner

For lunch, I had the “award-winning” burger from Muskoka Craft Burger.

Before I go any further, I just want to put it out there that I understand that it’s opening day and that they fell behind preparing for the season due to an ice storm a few weeks ago. A lot of the staff around the park were still being trained and were very new to their jobs so I let things go.

The menu is surprisingly vague with only pictures and the names on it. It’s hard to distinguish the difference between the two burgers that have really generic names (“Award Winning” and “Hand Crafted”). The old Muskoka Craft Burger menu listed every major ingredient in the burgers.

This meal took a very long time to be prepared, like more than half an hour long. Once they gave it to me, I took a peek inside to discover… they didn’t put the burger patty in it. After returning and being apologized to profusely, I was on my way with this meal.

I’ve had a lot of good burgers at the park. If we’re being honest, this one was not one to remember, though the service may have something to do with it. I love that these Muskoka Craft meals come with the Chippery chips though so I’ll return at some point in the season to try the other burgers and hopefully have a better experience.

For my second meal, I had the crispy chicken burger from Thrill Burger in Medieval Faire. You actually get a big portion of fries in a basket now rather than in one of those small cups. It’s a nice improvement!

The chicken burger had a different sauce than what was used last season. It’s more of a mild buffalo sauce. I enjoyed it.

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