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Park News - (2/8/2024) Big news from Canada’s Wonderland this week as the park confirmed that after 26 years of service, they are retiring the park’s Xtreme Skyflyer ride, or the upcharge attraction more commonly known as a Skycoaster. Xtreme Skyflyer first opened way back in 1996 and was said to have given 1,179,213 rides by the end of the 2023 season.
While chatting about the closure, a reader was quick to point out that the removal of the Xtreme Skyflyer would create a very nice open plot of land that could be used as a path for that that crazy “Blast Coaster” concept that the park pitched in a survey last summer.
If you missed it, we’ve still got the concept art of the Candian Blast Coaster project posted below!
(9/27/2023) Canada’s Wonderland suffered a small incident on Saturday night as riders taking a spin on the Lumberjack ride got more than they bargained for. According to a USA Today news article, the ride’s twin spinning arms both came to a stop in mid-aid around 10:40pm. Unfortunately this trapped all the riders upside-down for about 25 minutes before the park’s maintenance team could get the arms to lower back to the ground once again. Fortunately it sounds like no one was hurt, though a pair of riders reported chest pain and were checked out at the park’s “health center” before being released back into the park with no need for further medical attention. As I understand it, the Lumberjack ride has remained closed while the park determines what happened.
(9/11/2023) Halloween Haunt will return to Canada’s Wonderland on select nights starting on Sept. 22. This will be the 18th year of the Haunt at the park, which will feature three brand new mazes this year: The Dark Ride, Necropolis and Trick or Treat Street.
All together Halloween Haunt will feature a total of seven mazes, five scare zones and an assortment of live acts performing throughout the park.
2024 - Moosehorn Falls - (8/12/2023) Canada’s Wonderland has confirmed the addition of Moosehorn Falls for 2024 coming to the Splash Works water park. The new slide will load up to six guests in a large raft and send then down a course of twists and turns before dropping them down at a 42 foot tall half-wall for a moment of weightlessness before they fall backwards down once again and into the splash pool.
???? - Future Roller Coaster Concepts - (2/24/2024) More rumors about Cedar Fair possibly being in talks with a few roller coaster manufacturers about a new project for Canada’s Wonderland are starting to make the rounds. There was that initial rumor about the launched B&M Wing coaster (aka: The Blast Coaster) that would run through Wonder Mountain that came from last year’s guest survey, but now I’m hearing that they may also be in talks with Zamperla about some kind of multi-launch coaster project concept as well.
(7/12/2023) Canada’s Wonderland appears to be planning their next big roller coaster and has sent out some concepts in a guest survey for feedback. The first one may seem familiar to Kings Dominion fans, as they call it the “Blast Coaster”. Based on the description and concept artwork, this would be a launched “Winged Coaster” that blasts riders into the caverns inside Wonder Mountain before blasting straight up and out of the top of the mountain. So yeah… this concept seems to be a Canadian version of the former Volcano: The Blast Coaster, but done with a B&M wing coaster. However… one issue with this concept is that I think they would have to remove Wonder Mountain’s Guardian since it already travels through the mountain structure. Built or not, the fact that they even thought this up does not send a good message about the longevity of the Wonder Mountain’s Guardian attraction.
Stay tuned of course, though it isn’t unusual for parks to ask for various companies to submit proposals for them to consider when it comes to big new ride ideas and layouts.
The second concept is labeled, Eureka Ridge Ghost Town, which would bring a wild themed wooden coaster experience to this section of the park, one that ends with a surprise ‘explosive’ finale in the tunnels of an old abandoned gold mine.
The last concept is the Concert Coaster, which once again seems to pitch using a launched B&M Wing Coaster ride, but this one is outfitted with an on-board audio system to play on your wild rocking and rolling adventure ride. This last fun is a fun flash-back to an old Paramount Park concept they once pitched in their own past guest surveys. As I recall the concept then was to send the two Outer Limits: Flight of Fear coasters at Kings Dominion and Kings Island to two other parks in the chain (I believe it was Carowinds and Canada’s Wonderland) where they would be rethemed as “Soundwave” or “MTV Soundwave” and given a rock ‘n roll music theme. At the time this was a quick attempt by Paramount Parks to create their own version of Disney’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster concept.
Given the current timeline, even if one of these is selected, I don’t think we would see anything ready to open until at least 2025.
???? - Hyatt Place/Hyatt House - INDEFINITE HOLD - (5/16/21) At this point, it seems Canada’s Wonderland has opted to cancel their long planned hotel addition. This may be a temporary thing, as they failed to start construction during the time limits of the building permits they had. There is a good chance that Cedar Fair could have just opted to shelve the project for the time being until the company gets their financials back on solid legs and we have put the COVID-pandemic behind us. This could also be a reflection of the more strict lockdown rules in Canada, and Ontario in particular, that are keeping the park closed for longer than it’s American cousins who are all opening up this month.
(4/18/20) While Cedar Fair has not issued a new timeline for the hotel, it would seem likely that the closures would push back the ‘late 2020’ planned opening of the hotel until sometime in 2021.
(8/29/18) As we had been hearing for some time now, Cedar Fair will open a new hotel at their Canada’s Wonderland theme park property. Now we have a few more details as posted by BlooLoop. This will be a dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel with 203 rooms that is set to open in late 2020. Construction is expected to begin sometime in the first half of 2019.
(4/29/18) Remember those rumored hotel plans for Canada's Wonderland? They aren't a rumor anymore, as the plans for the new hotel were confirmed in a planning meeting. The new hotel will be 8-stories with 603 rooms and built under the Hyatt Place brand name, to be built on park property on Wonderland Drive near Rutherford Rd and Highway 400. Construction should begin soon actually, but I’m not sure if it will be ready for 2019 or 2020. \