On the road to 2017… What else is NEW?

Since my last blog post about updates on the Canada’s Wonderland website (which was retweeted by CW on Twitter — Thanks CW!), there’s even more to share! Let’s go through it together.

New Canada’s Wonderland Website

On April 10, both Kings Island and Canada’s Wonderland went public with their refreshed websites. The older websites were not mobile-friendly and generally felt outdated when compared to “modern” websites out there. The focus on a responsive design that adapts well to smartphone screens is apparent.

The site looks fantastic on mobile and great on desktop, but I wish the site would throw everything from paginated lists onto the screen when I’m looking at it on my widescreen monitor. Having to scroll sideways through a list of events one at a time on desktop just feels wrong. That’s just me though.

Special Events Line-Up for 2017

Wonderland came out with the 2017 special events list, and it’s absolutely nuts. In addition to some fantastic returning events, there’s “Celebration Canada 150” which are a bunch of Canada-themed events throughout July. Here’s the complete list:

  • Brew & BBQ
  • Celebration Canada 150
  • Celtic Dancers
  • Chinese Acrobatic Show
  • Earth Rangers
  • Fireworks
  • Food Truck Festival
  • Freestyle Ski Aerials
  • KidZfest
  • Live Music & Traditional Canadian Food
  • Oktoberfest
  • Parkour Freestyle
  • Street Performers
  • Taste of Greece
  • Taste of Italy
  • The Great Canadian Fiddle Show
  • Ultimate Thrill Circus
  • West Coast Lumber Jack Show
  • White Pine Dancers
  • Wonder Jam
  • WoofJocks Canine All Stars – Splash

Arthur’s Baye and the new Celebration Plaza

A lot of the Celebration Canada 150 events will be in Medieval Faire at Arthur’s Baye. They make mention of “Celebration Plaza” so I’m curious to see if there will be any major theming for it in July. Arthur’s Baye itself is a unique stage and has a decent amount of seating and surrounding plaza area. It shouldn’t feel as congested as Action Zone sometimes feels during the special events it hosts.

Live Shows Line-Up for 2017

The live shows list is familiar but it wouldn’t feel right without it!

  • Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers
  • Cirque Canadien (Return of Wonderland Theatre Cirque show)
  • Flying Frontenacs (Rethemed Kinet-X)
  • Peanuts Party in the Plaza
  • Snoopy’s Symphony of Water
  • Starlight – Northern Reflections (Rethemed Starlight Spectacular, part of Celebration Canada 150)
  • Victoria Falls High Dive Show

The “Candy Heist” Thing

I posted about the Candy Heist story that went international, primarily because of the infrared helicopter that was used to locate the kids. I wasn’t sure how to format the post with my own opinion piece in it but since we’re here… I just wanted to say that I am not one of those who believe this was “a waste of taxpayer money”. The story should have focused more on the trespassing than on the candy. You don’t know what three kids running around in an empty dark amusement park are going to do. The helicopter is used in home invasions and the like. I don’t see what the difference is.

760 Vaughan Mills/Wonderland Bus Returns

The YRT’s next set of service updates are happening April 30th, which is Wonderland’s opening day. While there’s no new route navigator up yet, searching for the schedule shows a rather limited schedule on opening day.

The first bus to arrive at the park is at 9:45am and the last bus to leave the park for the day is at 6pm. It’s not early enough for Early Ride Time at Soaring Timbers and not late enough for closing either, but at least it’s a sign they haven’t given up on the route too much. (A lot of bus drivers were commenting on how quiet the Wonderland stop was last year, especially in spring and fall.)

Bank Days

Every year, CW hosts “bank days” where employees of banks can exclusively enjoy the park. These bank days happen before the park officially opens for the season… I’m going to be so jealous of those who post up Soaring Timbers pics while I sit here waiting for opening day.

Here’s the calendar:

  • April 22 – BMO
  • April 23 – Scotiabank
  • April 29 – RBC

Official Sledgehammer POV

CW recently posted an on-ride POV video of Sledgehammer. I’ll end this post with that. Enjoy:

Three Youths Arrested for Stealing Candy from Canada’s Wonderland

 

TIP OF THE DAY – Breaking into a theme park to steal candy is not a sweet idea and can lead to a criminal confection #CaughtByAir2

Three youths have been arrested after they broke into Canada’s Wonderland and stole candy.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, shortly after 10:30 p.m., police were called by Canada’s Wonderland security who had spotted three people within the closed park. The males were seen dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered, entering one of the stores on the property and stealing candy. The males left the store and disappeared into the park.

The York Regional Police helicopter Air2 arrived on scene and a short time later, with the use of the FLIR camera, officers located the suspects hiding beneath a tree. Officers in Air2 directed officers with the Canine Unit to the area where the suspects were hiding and they were taken into custody without further incident.

The males were discovered to be youths, two of them were 16 years old and the third was 15 years old, all from the City of Vaughan. The youths were cooperative with police and were remorseful for their actions. They were each released to the custody of their parents and entered into the Community Referral Program, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Video of this incident captured by Air2 is being released as a deterrent to anyone that is considering trespassing onto private property.

Source – YRP Facebook

Preview and Opening Day Specials, plus Dining Location updates!

(Photo taken last October)

It’s getting down to the final few weeks of the off-season, so tapping refresh at the park’s website may actually give you something new! Over the past few days, I’ve noticed some new information appear on the website. Let’s take a look!

Preview Night Specials

The annual Season Pass Preview Night is on April 28th from 6pm-10pm. In addition to getting to ride the new Soaring Timbers for the first time, here’s what else you have to look forward to that evening:

  • Season Pass Holders can bring up to four friends for $15.99 each.
  • 25% off at True North Gifts on International Street.
  • 50% off arcade games at Crystal Palace arcade in Action Zone and Arcadium arcade in Medieval Faire. (Season Pass holders only.)
  • 50% off Build Your Own Funnel Cake at Med Funnel Cakes.
  • 50% off at the Wonderland Craft Chippery. (There’s more to this one later on in this post!)

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Opening Day Specials

Wonderland officially opens to the public for another season on April 30th at 10am-8pm. Here’s what to look for on Opening Day:

  • Season Pass Exclusive Ride Time in the Planet Snoopy area, and in the new Soaring Timbers area in International Festival. The SP ERT calendar is available here.
  • 25% off at True North Gifts on International Street
  • Buy 2, Get 2 pieces of Homemade Fudge at the Sweet Shoppe on International Street.
  • 50% off arcade games at Crystal Palace arcade in Action Zone and Arcadium arcade in Medieval Faire.
  • Buy one, get one half off funnel cakes at Fighter Town Funnel Cakes in Action Zone.
  • 50% off any Gourmet Mac and Cheese at Alpen Cheesery in International Festival.

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Dining Location Updates

Over on the Dining Locations page, there are a few new entries to take note of:

  • Dockside Grill in Splashworks will serve burgers, hot dogs, and sausages, along with vegetarian options. I think this is a renaming of the Waveside Grill tent that was set up near the Waveside Pizza Pizza. Maybe we’ll see something more permanent this year.
  • Timber’s BBQ Pit in International Festival will serve grilled sausages, hot dogs, turkey legs, and steak sandwiches. I believe this is a renovation of the existing Alpen Top Dog.
  • La Cantina on International Street will serve tacos, burritos, and more. “La Cantina” was an original 1981 park restaurant but was removed in 2005 for Starbucks, so it’s a nice nostalgia hit to see the name back in the park. The park originally listed the International Street Burrito Bar on the website earlier in the off-season but that’s gone now (it’s still on the meal plan list as of this write-up) so I assume they renamed that to La Cantina.
  • Wonderland Craft Chippery in the White Water Canyon area was mentioned earlier in the Preview Night Specials. It sounds like the Chippery has gotten a bit of a rejuvenation with tasty new items like chili cheese chips and pico de gallo chips. The Chippery was originally opened under the Paramount ownership and has served fresh-cut chips mixed with flavourings.
  • International Street Eatery is no longer on the website…

That’s all of the NEW I’ve got for now. Hopefully we’ll see more shortly as we’re still waiting on the 2017 park map, and special events and live entertainment line-up!