May 27, 2018 Trip Report – Get In, Get Out.

Trip Notes

This was planned to be another short trip, just to check in to see some new things as the season ramps up.

It might also have to do with the fact that one of the buttons on my pants pockets broke off so I couldn’t ride anything exciting today without the almost guarantee I’d lose something. (My new car that’s on the way would have helped here.)

The iconic floral flag has been laid down. Planters around the park are still waiting to receive some flowers.

Sledgehammer was still down. With all of the gondolas rotated to their proper home positions I’d like to think it’s getting there. I hope we’re not too far off.

Splashworks is now open for the season.

The new locker area near the entrance looks superb with another Timberkits covering.

They were doing their finishing touches for Lakeside Lagoon when I checked in while it was still season pass early entry… I forgot to check back later in the day.

This second Timberkits pavilion is a shaded lookout area for Lakeside Lagoon. I’m curious if they’ll renovate the existing Splash Surf Shop building to match them in the coming years.

The pathway around here is in really rough shape with all of the construction activity in the area.

I noticed this long section of new interlock that begins right where there was one prominent marker that was spotted last October. I take it there’s a major electrical connection in this spot.

The highlight of the day was getting to walk that pathway we saw being constructed over the past couple of weeks. It goes along where Skyrider’s queue was, then continues along the edge of the water and turns directly towards the entrance of Splashworks.

It gives you a really close view of Vortex’s helix that we’ve never seen before.

There are construction fences all around blocking the view of the dirt and footers.

Still, there are footers in plain view to admire. Weird how they went through the effort in concealing the footers near Skyhawk but none of these.

Lunch

For lunch, I had the Southwest burger from Coasters. I’ve got a bunch of notes today, as usual:

  • The service at Coasters actually impressed me, particularly “Muhammedali” who was running the window. He was very vocal in putting pressure on the back. That 10 minute wait didn’t feel as long because you could hear the effort in getting people’s food out. Also a quick mention that one of the better food employees I ran into a bunch of times last year was promoted so that was nice to see.
  • This burger was better than any I’ve had at Muskoka Burgers. The burger patty was nice and hot, and very hearty and juicy. I love the fried jalapenos and the sauce that makes up the Southwest burger. My only complaint is that the bun and cheese were put on cold. I don’t know what they have against melted cheese.
  • I love that the fries for these combos are baskets now instead of cups of fries. The fries have changed for the better this year too. They’re nice and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside like buttery mashed potatoes. Best of all, they’re coming out consistently good so far this season.
  • This is definitely one of those go-to meals so I hope the service at Coasters keeps up!

May 19 & 21, 2018 Trip Report – Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Trip Notes

The weather did not look good for the day so of course I’d make an effort to get to the park. Although these weather conditions tire me out pretty quickly, I can’t miss the opportunity for walk-on lines!

Trees are filling in around the park. Planters are still bare around the park but those should be filled in soon!

The Action Zone Poutinerie has pulled up next to Flight Deck. It’s the park’s food truck rebranded with the Poutinerie logo and menus covering the Bistro logos.

Sledgehammer was still down for the count this weekend. I was hoping I’d at least see some test cycles today. One of the hatches was opened midday so I had to try taking a peek… All I could see was a ladder.

The fog was a real highlight for me. It’s exciting as you climb the lift of Leviathan and then everything other than the ride itself turns just white.

The rain and gloomy conditions scared off a lot of people, combined with the fact that most will visit Sunday anyway for the fireworks. This meant really short lines, including a one cycle wait for Thunder Run. This ride is identical to my memories of it in the 90’s, aside from the missing heartbeat sound effect in the station. I love it.

Over at the construction site, they’re forming a path (interlock going in) that goes from Skyrider’s former entrance to Splashworks. Work is also happening in Splashworks since the waterpark opens in a few days.

This poster popped up earlier this week outside of the Canyon Trader store near Flying Canoes…

Lunch & Dinner

For lunch, I decided to have the black bean veggie burger from Thrill Burger. I like the veggie burgers for being a lighter meal, even though the delightful basket of fries counters it. This burger today was a bit mushy but still alright.

For my second meal, I had the chicken tenders from Chicken Shack. This is the first time having the plain tenders this season and I was excited to see what they’d be like with their push for fresher and higher quality foods. These did not disappoint. The breading is a nice herb blend, though it did need ketchup to give it more taste as it wasn’t as salty as I was expecting (which is still fine and may even be preferable for some). Definitely a go-to meal.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Trip Notes

Unlike Saturday, Monday was a hot picture-perfect day. My intention was to pop in for just a few hours.

The main reason for visiting was to check out the festivities for the park’s 37th birthday celebration. The park’s actual birthday is May 23 but they’ve been celebrating on Victoria Day Monday for the past few years now.

The only rides I got were a couple on Behemoth. I also happened to run into some of the Amusement Insiders guys. It was an interesting short visit.

It was a party on International Street. Everyone’s favourite towering Mountie was back this year!

Something new this year was a juggling performer on a unicycle. It’s always great to see more talent being brought in for these events!

The dance party went on in front of the Royal Fountains with the Peanuts gang.

After all that dancing, it was time for cake!

Lunch

For lunch, I decided to give the “award winning” burger at Muskoka Burgers another shot after the not-so-good experience on Opening Day.

Long story short, they did not redeem themselves.

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.)