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.


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.


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.

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.

Wonderland Halloween Haunt Scare Zones 2017

In case I didn’t say it enough in my Haunt trip report, I don’t like horror things. I was too afraid to do the mazes, especially being there by myself, but I tried to go through all of the scare zones without wearing my No Boo lanyard. I ended up enjoying it.

The Scare Zones

Here’s all of the scare zones with images I have from the evening and the park’s description of each:

Bloody Buccaneers

A wrecked ship was discovered recently after going missing in the Caribbean Sea decades ago. The entire crew was found dead. Rough waters are to blame for this grisly discovery. It has been said the fear were still on the faces of these pirates, as their decrepit bodies showed signs of distress and struggle, arms outreached, fighting to take their last breaths. If you dare to hop aboard this demolished ship, the evil souls of these pirates will return to punish all those who deserted them on the rough ocean.


The carnival has come to town, promising a show like you have never experienced before. Mayhem takes over everything and everyone, as the freak show’s wicked clowns scour the streets beckoning you to join the carnival. The spectacle is hard to stomach, with a terrifying and grim performance as the main attraction. Beware, if you make eye contact, you just might fall for this act. Maniacal laughter rings through the air and all you can do is hope the joke isn’t on you.

Ghostly Pines

The villagers who once peacefully inhabited the forest are long since dead. They’ve been haunting the forest for years, searching for new souls to add to their ghoulish ranks. They now live among the pines, terrorizing any mortal who dares to enter these woods.

The Graveyard

Beware the monsters lurking in the night. They feast on humans and search for souls who dare to enter their haunting grounds. Watch your back, because there is always a reason to be scared of the dark.

The Plague

Once upon a time there was a peaceful village surrounding a grand castle. That is, until it was infected with a virus so horrible it ripped the town apart. The plague has since destroyed townspeople and left them rotting in the streets. Plague doctors now stalk the living, trying to stop the disease from spreading but it may be too late.

Trick or Treat

“Trick or Treat”, the happy refrain heard across the country on Halloween night usually causes front doors to open and children’s laughter. For this little town however, it’s met with deadbolts and chains. Every October night the residents lock themselves indoors when the sun sets as monsters from an evil curse come out to dance and play in the streets. They may look like trick-or-treating children, but these creepy kids are not out for candy. Anyone caught outside quickly learns just how mean tricks can be. Trick or Treat, Move your feet, Or you’re gonna be dead meat.

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