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Park News - (3/17/14) I’m told that Canada’s Wonderland is making some interesting upgrades and changes around the park this season. The list includes repainting the pink train on Wild Beast back to its original blue color, Thunder Run also being repainted back to original blue, Swing of the Century getting upgraded with 2,800 LED lights along with the repainting of the Backlot Stunt Coaster trains, though the cars will keep the same blue, white and red colors as before.
(2/13/14) Guests visiting Canada’s Wonderland with a Platinum Season Pass can also get free unlimited admission into Dinosaurs Alive this season.
(11/19/13) According to a reader who contacted Ontario Place, not only has the Topsy Turvey slide been removed from the site, but they were able to confirm that the slide was auctioned off to a new owner on September 10th.
(11/12/13) Screamscape sources tell us that more waterslide pieces, red this time, have arrived at Canada’s Wonderland. Again, these could be from the Ontario Place slide which also had red section pieces.
(11/1/13) Some strange waterslide parts have arrived at Canada’s Wonderland, but not packaged up like new slide parts. You can find pictures of the slide pieces posted to CWMania. The current working theory is that they believe the parts might be from the Tantrum waterslide built at Ontario Place, which was closed before anyone ever got the chance to ride it. If this is true, the park could be looking to add a new waterslide either for 2014 or 2015.
(10/8/13) Good news from Canada’s Wonderland, it seems the two mazes that were not ready by opening night opened sometime late on Saturday night and were open again on Sunday.
(10/7/13) According to a park guest, Halloween Haunt opened at Canada’s Wonderland the other night, but with only 8 of the park’s 10 haunts ready to go. The two mazes not yet open for guests were unfortunately the new one’s to be built inside Wonder Mountain: The Ruins and Louisiana Scream. So far we have no word on when these two mazes will be ready to open.
(9/11/13) CoasterCrew talked with Canada’s Wonderland about the new Guardian of Wonder Mountain attraction, what we can expect from Haunt this year and more. Catch the episode of In The Loop with the interview here.
2014 - Wonder Mountain’s Guardian - (4/15/14) A teaser video showing off some of the creatures and characters from Wonder Mountain’s Guardian has been added below.
(4/10/14) A new picture showing off the lift hill and start of the curved descent (really not a drop it seems) for Wonder Mountain’s Guardian has been added to Facebook. Sorry, our first report was mistaken and the drop doesn’t go anywhere near ground level either. Meanwhile a great new collection of pictures mostly showing off some of the work that took place INSIDE the mountain can also be found on Facebook.
(4/7/14) A reader who passed by the park over the weekend reports that right after the new lift hill, the track on Wonder Mountain’s Guardian turns to the right and starts to enter into a drop. Looks like there may be some thrills before you enter the dark caverns inside the mountain. Hopefully someone with a good lens may be able to get a picture of this soon.
(4/4/14) The lift hill for the new Wonder Mountan’s Guardian ride has now been installed to the outside of Wonder Mountain, as seen in a new picture on the park’s Facebook page. Interesting to see, as I’m constantly having to remind myself that what I’m expecting to be a mostly be an indoor dark ride experience, will start things off with some roller coaster style thrills as well.
The park has also confirmed that the Starlight Spectacular fountains will also be put to use during the daytime as well this season for a new daytime show called Snoopy’s Symphony of Water.
(3/6/14) Looks like six new pictures for the Wonder Mountain’s Guardian ride install project have been posted to the bottom of the project’s Facebook page. Looks like some close up pictures of sections of the ride vehicle and new interesting steel supports installed outside the mountain.
(2/27/14) Several new pictures taken inside Wonder Mountain showing off progress on the new attraction have been added to the bottom of the park’s Facebook photo page.
(2/13/14) CWMania has added a new picture taken inside Wonder Mountain’s Guardian showing off a section of the ride’s track ending up next to a large curved section of steel on the ground, which almost gives the impression that the attraction may use a turntable at some point to turn the ride cars around backwards.
(1/16/14) Canada’s Wonderland has posted a few construction pictures for the new Wonder Mountain’s Guardian ride to their Facebook page showing off sections of ride track, drive motors and a few peeks at the work going on inside the mountain.
(12/27/13) A reader who questioned Canada’s Wonderland about the possible name change for Wonder Mountain’s Guardian was told that the “Quest For Gold” name is simply the title of this year’s game. The plan is to upgrade and change the interactive game storyline each season, so in 2015 there will be another game and another new subtitle. This makes sense as it was also hinted at IAAPA that they might drop in a zombie themed game for Halloween as well.
(12/24/13) Did Canada’s Wonderland just quietly change the name of Wonder Mountain’s Guardian? According to a season pass email letter that went out a promotional image at the bottom features a new logo and name for the 2014 attraction as Guardian: Quest For Gold.
(11/26/13) During his IAAPA presentation Matt Ouimet shows off some of the characters that will be used in the new Wonder Mountain’s Guardian ride. He also makes a brief comment about how the interactive nature of the ride system will allow them to convert the theme over to zombies for Halloween with just the push of a button. Click here to see the video.
(11/22/13) New details about what is on the way to Wonder Mountain’s Guardian have come to light thanks to a new Coaster Crew interview at IAAPA with the folks from Triotech.
(8/30/13) As rumored… Canada’s Wonderland will build a brand new innovative dark ride INSIDE the park’s mountain for 2014. It will be called “Wonder Mountain’s Guardian”
For more than 30 years, a familiar darkness has surrounded Wonder Mountain at Canada’s Wonderland. Guests and employees alike have suspected a dark mythical presence hidden within this iconic landmark. In May 2014 the park will throw speculation about these myths aside and blast into Wonder Mountain to unveil a thrilling new interactive 4-D dark ride,Wonder Mountain’s Guardian.
“We felt the timing was right to enter the massive caverns of Wonder Mountain and provide our guests with a new dimension of thrills.” said Norm Pirtovshek, General Manager, Canada’s Wonderland. “Thrill seekers from all generations will be amazed by the combination of unique ride thrills and immersive 4-D interactive action as they compete for ride supremacy.”
Wonder Mountain’s Guardian begins with a perilous climb up the side of Wonder Mountain then plummets into its core traveling through five different layers of this dimensional world. Riders will encounter mythical creatures as they navigate 1,000 feet of coaster track through a desolate forest, underground lake and Draconian City. The quest culminates as riders enter the dragon’s lair for the ultimate battle with a heart stopping finale that will shock thrill seekers of all ages.
Montreal based TRIOTECH, a leading manufacturer of multisensory attractions for the amusement industry, has developed the ground breaking technology for Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. This next generation ride will allow guests to experience stunning 3D effects overlaid with 4-D elements: simulating wind, movement and more. Real time graphics and the fastest most accurate targeting system will be installed to create an ultra-immersive interactive experience.
“This new ride at Canada’s Wonderland will be a one of a kind, never seen before attraction.” said Ernest Yale, President and CEO of TRIOTECH. “It will bring the best elements of the physical, virtual and multi-sensory world. All this combined in a fully immersive and interactive experience."
(8/26/13) Lots of new information regarding Wonder Mountain leaked out over the weekend, thanks to questions answered at the ACE event at the park. During the Q&A and session the park did confirm that the 2014 attraction would be built inside the mountain. Locations inside the mountain will also be used right away however to build two new Haunts for this year’s Halloween Haunt.
(8/23/13) A much larger hole has now been spotted in Wonder Mountain, as seen at CWMania. Looks like they need access to either put something IN… or perhaps to get something OUT.
(8/22/13) Another look at Wonder Mountain and the holes appearing in it can be found at CWMania. While the park is expected to make an announcement on August 30th and if the rumors are true, this announcement will also reveal that another attraction will be closing down to make room… so you might want to say goodbye to Thunder Run while you still can.
(8/21/13) Is Canada’s Wonderland planning on adding a new attraction INSIDE Wonder Mountain? According to the latest information sent in the park has begun extensive looking rehab work to the outside of the mountain itself. Adding to this rumor is the fact that there is a small hole now in the mountain, which was addressed by a tweet by the park’s GM earlier, “I'm sure you will all be thrilled to know why there is a hole in the mountain.”
While this could possibly just be work to build a Haunt inside the mountain for Halloween, I’ve got to wonder if this could be related to the latest info from Cedar Point indicating that a new dark ride concept may go into another park before it does into The Point. Cedar Fair has been dropping lots of capital onto Canada’s Wonderland lately, and I’m sure a great dark ride would also be appreciated here, especially one that could possibly be themed to fit inside the park’s Wonder Mountain.
2014/2015 - Waterpark Expansion - Rumor - (11/24/13) A waterslide expansion package is expected to come to Canada’s Wonderland in either 2014 or 2015 from White Water West. This could be similar to the Snake Pit slide package going into Dorney Park in 2014 or the one added to Worlds of Fun in 2013.
2015/2016 - New Coaster - Rumor - (6/28/13) I don’t know much yet, but according to the Screamscape Spy Network Canada’s Wonderland is expected to see yet another large new coaster added to the park for the 2015 season, so keep your ears close to the ground.
(11/14/12) Screamscape sources have let us in on two possible developments to the park’s coaster landscape. For starters, the park is already said to be looking into ideas for it’s next coaster, but don’t expect to see anything go up until at least 2015. The second rumor continues the story we started last week about how Cedar Fair was looking at removing an older coaster from most of their parks over the next several years. Apparently the coaster on the top of the chopping block for CW is SkyRider, the park’s Togo Stand-Up Coaster.