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Park News - (8/15/14) For those wondering what will become of SkyRider, I’m told that a local radio station reported that some of the pieces will be donated to the Roller Coaster Museum project. So don’t look for SkyRider to rise again somewhere else. As for the 2015 Announcement... Click Here.
If there was ever any doubt, the waterslide pieces that have been reported as being on site at Canada’s Wonderland were photographed this past weekend by a reader who spotted them behind the Minebuster. The colors and basic shapes do seem to perfectly match the old Topsy Turvey slide removed from Ontario Place before it was ever put to use.
(8/8/14) According to the local news, Canada’s Wonderland spoke briefly about why SkyRider was leaving. They say that the ride sits on prime land between the waterpark and mountain that they want to redevelop over the next few years.
“We like to space out (our ideas) over time and we always want to be innovative and leading the industry,” Phillips said. “Guests still like it and it’s a great attraction, but you have to look within the park to understand what’s best for the future.”
(8/7/14) Canada’s Wonderland confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the park will be removing SkyRider, their Togo Stand-Up Coaster on September 1st. It is impressive to note that since the park opened in 1981, Canada’s Wonderland has not had to remove a single rollercoaster from the park until now, a very impressive record.
(5/14/14) Canada’s Wonderland will celebrate Victoria Day Weekend with fireworks at the park on May 18, 2014. This year’s custom-designed show will be set to a movie themed soundtrack, and will consist of over 5,000 colourful explosions and exclusive effects created just for the park! Fireworks will begin at approximately 10:00pm.
(5/6/14) A new video showing off the park on Opening Day has been posted by Coaster Crew. Check it out below!
(5/5/14) Good news has come in from Canada’s Wonderland… as the park has stopped performing the two stage loading progress they were testing when the belts were first added and are now checking everything as they lower the lapbar. So far they have not added the belts to Leviathan yet, but I figure it is only a matter of time now.
(5/3/14) Today we have some good news regarding the new added seat-belts Cedar Fair put on Intimidator (Carowinds) and Diamondback (Kings Island). According to reports from both parks, the new seat belts seem to be having a minimal impact on the load times this week, and the two-stage loading process that was reported as being used at Canada’s Wonderland on Behemoth is not being used on Intimidator or Diamondback at all. Even better, the belts are not detracting at all from the ride experience, or the sensation of airtime. Hopefully we will have similar come in from Canada’s Wonderland over the weekend as well.
(4/29/14) According to a rumor sent in, a local radio station is running an ad for Canada’s Wonderland that mentions a new “triple drop” waterslide was coming to the park this season. Can anyone else confirm?
Now for some bad news, according to guests who visited Canada’s Wonderland, seat belts have been added to Behemoth. Belts have also been added to sister rides: Diamonback at Kings Island and Intimidator at Carowinds. The addition is said to have really had an impact on the loading, as the guests are seated and then have their belts checked byt the ride ops. Once all the belts are checked, they are then lowering the lap bars and re-checking every seat a second time. I’m told that even with only two trains on Behemoth, they were stacking the second train out on the brake run for a prolonged period of time.
(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.
2014 - Wonder Mountain’s Guardian - Now Open - (6/13/14) It isn’t the best quality video… and honestly it’s just ok… but you can get a semi blurry facing backwards peek at the action that goes on inside Wonder Mountain’s Guardian in the video clip below…. Spoilers and all, so you’ve been warned.
(5/26/14) Wonder Mountain’s Guardian has opened at last, and Coaster Crew has a new video from the opening day and features an on-site interview with Ernest Yale, President and CEO of Triotech. They confirm that the content of the ride will indeed change out for the Halloween season, which is great news.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any on-ride footage yet to give us a clue as to what the actual final experience is like. It will surface eventually I’m sure, but according to this video at least, there is some kind of surprise to be found inside the ride.
(5/20/14) A new video on CWMania showing off Wonder Mountain’s Guardian testing can be found here. It you watch towards the end you can see a canvas “door” close behind the trains after they enter to make sure it is dark inside.
(5/12/14) A few new pictures showing off the latest progress where Wonder Mountain’s Guardian will enter and exit the mountain, as well as what seems to be the queue entrance into the mountain can be found at CWMania. Also, a somewhat shaky video showing off one of the trains making a test flight on the track was posted to Facebook.
(5/5/14) Video footage of the cars on the track for Wonder Mountain’s Guardian was posted by CoasterCrew this week.
(4/30/14) According to posts at CWMania, previous plans to host a media day even for Wonder Mountain’s Guardian have been cancelled because it is just not ready yet. There is also a couple of pictures (click here) showing off a pair of cars on the track as well that gives us a good look at the unique ride vehicle.
(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.
2015 - Waterpark Expansion - Rumor - (8/15/14) Canada’s Wonderland has confirmed their new additions for 2015 will be in the waterpark. Typhoon is coming, a new slide that will feature a pair of mini Tornado funnels along the way down. Also new to Splash Works will be Splash Station, a new children’s interactive play area.
(8/7/14) CWMania reports that there are many ground markings in the waterpark where Wipeout once stood. Looks like those planned new waterslides will be making an appearance in 2015 if I had to guess.
(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.
2016 - New Coaster - Rumor - (8/7/14) It’ s just guesswork at this point, but I’m willing to bet that with SkyRider being removed this year, and a possible waterpark expansion on deck for 2015, that 2016 may possible see the next coaster added to the park. At that point it will have been four years since Leviathan opened in 2012, so it would likely be time for another big coaster of some kind.
(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.