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The Grande World Exposition of 1890 is one of the original four themed areas of Wonderland. That same mountain is obviously a standing icon for the park, serving as a focal point much like the Eiffel Tower itself. [3] The restaurants and washrooms were formerly true to the exposition theme. A 18-metre-tall (60 ft) waterslide complex featuring four "trap-door" style speed slides. During the Halloween season, it is re-themed as the "Haunted" Thunder Run, with a darker tunnel and more strobe lights, fog machines, and black-light lit scenes featuring the "skeletons" of miners.[18]. One of the original rides from when the park opened in 1981. The children's area started out as "The Happyland of Hanna-Barbera", with three main areas including Yogi's Woods, Bedrock and Scoobyville (Yogi's Woods was converted to Smurf's Village in 1984). The park removed this show as it became very expensive to produce due to using liquid propane for large flame effects with minimal smoke. Opened in 1992, Splash Works is an 8-hectare (20-acre) water park. Prior to that, none of the Paramount-owned parks included Paramount in the name. Some imperfections to the transparent coating. In 2019, the park split Action Zone into two sections, with its eastern portion of Action Zone reverting its theme and name to The Grande Exposition of 1890. I just saw a tweet about someone considering getting a season's pass for Canada's Wonderland. [25][26] The park also announced the addition of the Starlight Spectacular show, which started on 25 June 2011 and ended on Labour Day, 3 September 2011. [10], In 1983, Canada's Wonderland added the Kingswood Music Theatre, a 15,000 seat amphitheatre that has hosted many concerts. This is the Canada's Wonderland I remember (click to embiggen): Smurf Forest, Hanna Barbera Land.... that's what I'm talking about. Canada's Wonderland shock and awed for the very first time on May 23, 1981. That said, it would be near impossible for them to ever match that wonder-full launch in the summer of 1981. On opening day, then-Premier Bill Davis opined on the majesty of great Canadian entertainment, Wayne Gretzky helped raise the Canadian flag, and guests including Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera mingled with mascots of their cartoon creations. CBS stated that amusement parks did not fit the company's new strategy. One of the KidZville rides, and originally a Kids Kingdom ride, Jumbo Bumps, was removed to make way for these three rides and the new section. [64] The area is themed after a boom town found during the time of the Klondike Gold Rush, with most of its inspiration coming from Dawson City, Yukon, and its surrounding area. On 14 August 2019, Canada's Wonderland announced the addition of two new attractions for the 2020 season. Toronto had previously hosted three amusement parks which had roller coasters. From left, Fred Flinstone visits workers atop the mountain; Dragon Fire was one of four original coasters built for the park's opening; Swing of the Century (then known as Swing of Siam) and laying stonework in Medieval Faire outside Wonderland Theatre (then known as Canturbury Theatre). The two original roller coasters, Wilde Beast and Dragon Fyre, use pseudo-Elizabethan English spellings before being renamed using modern spelling (Wild Beast and Dragon Fire) from 1998 to 2018. When Canada's Wonderland was planned, the region lacked a seasonal amusement park. The attraction will be similar to the version at sister park Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, which share the same name. [17], In 2005, the park introduced Fearfest, a Halloween event featuring various haunted house attractions in different themed areas. There are special events throughout the season, including various food festivals, as well as "Celebration Canada", a month-long Canada Day festival, among others. The park holds Halloween Haunt, a Halloween-themed event, each autumn until the last weekend of October at midnight. [6], When Canada's Wonderland was planned, the region lacked a seasonal amusement park. It is one of the four roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981, and is one of three wooden coasters at Canada's Wonderland modelled after a roller coaster at. Taft was concerned about opposition and flew a group of opponents and regional councillors to Mason, Ohio (near Cincinnati) to show them the positive impact of one of its theme parks on the local community. As opening day approached, an ad blitz was planned for a 200-mile radius of Toronto. To counter the criticism, Taft planned to open Frontier Canada, a part of the park devoted to Canada's history. Loblaws issued "Wonder dollars" based on customers' purchases, which were redeemable at Canada's Wonderland at par with the Canadian dollar on weekdays. Moved from, Two partially enclosed tube slides with funnels located where Wipe Out was once located. In 1993, the Smurf area transitioned to Kids Kingdom, which became KidZville in 1998. Other groups that fought the building of Wonderland included a Vaughan residential association called SAVE, which thought the increased traffic would reduce property values. I haven't been to Canada's Wonderland since the mid-80s. It includes rides and midway games and a mild Alpen theme. Formerly known as. [58] The five original sections include International Street, Medieval Faire, Grande World Exposition of 1890 (renamed Action Zone; Grande World Exposition of 1890 returned in 2019 by renaming a portion of Action Zone), International Festival, and the Happyland of Hanna-Barbera (divided into more than one children's area since 1998). In 2009, the entire Grande Exposition section was incorporated in Action Zone, an area of the park that formerly operated as a themed subsection of the Grande Exposition. A kid's splash area featuring a zero depth pool, new children's slides and a Canadian theme. Pumps within the mountain push the water over at the rate of 35,000 gallons a minute. The park has several themed areas. Load The park, from its opening in 1981, was known as Canada's Wonderland. International Festival is located in the northeast section of the park. [3][4] The park, currently owned by Cedar Fair, has been the most visited seasonal amusement park in North America for several consecutive years until its temporary closure in 2020.[5]. [12][dubious – discuss], Concerns were also raised about the cultural implications of allowing an American theme park to open in Canada. A dozen construction companies began building Canada’s Wonderland in April of 1979 and they completed it 2 years later. Boarding pass for guests with disabilities, Toronto mainly because of the seasonal climate, Children's attractions at Canada's Wonderland, first ride accident in the park's history, "Norm Pirtovshek has a need for speed – and he has the perfect job as VP and GM of Canada's Wonderland", "TEA/AECOM 2019 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report", "A Theme Park Called Wonderland Opens Near Toronto", "Canada's Wonderland Rated The Most Popular Seasonal Park in North America! The Zoom Zoom subsection of KidZville was created in 2001 with the debut of Silver Streak; it also contains the small rides Blast Off and Jumpin' Jet. In the southwestern quadrant, an 8 hectares (20 acres) waterpark called Splash Works has over 7,570,000 litres (2,000,000 US gal) of heated water, Canada's largest outdoor wave pool, measuring 3,300 square metres (36,000 sq ft), a lazy river, and 16 water slides. The obverse of the coin featured Wonder Mountain, while the reverse featured the Loblaws logo. [26] While the show took place at the front of the park (International Street), the highlight was on Wonder Mountain, with many 3D images and colours. Canterbury Theatre hosted ice shows from 2006 to 2011 and hosted Cirque Ambiente in mid-2012 and mid-2013. International Street has hosted to a number of shows presented at the park, including: Action Zone was created as a subsection within the Grande World Exposition of 1890 section of the park in 2002. Oct 31, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Canada's Wonderland. The theme park Canada's Wonderland hosted innumerable soap events in the late 1980s. The ride was the first new attraction added to the park after its initial opening in 1981. It is one of the four roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981. After the Budweiser Stage (then known as Molson Amphitheatre) opened on the grounds of Ontario Place in 1995, itself replacing The Forum, cultural festivals at the theatre became less prominent. The hype was so great that expected attendance on day one was in the ballpark of 40,000 people. It is bounded by Highway 400 to the west, Jane Street to the east, Major Mackenzie Drive to the north and an access road approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) north of Rutherford Road to the south. Some nicks and light scratches on the surface. Available to riders for an additional upcharge fee, the experience is co-developed with Mack Rides, a German amusement ride company. View our Reopening Protocols A river rapids style water ride. One of 3 wooden roller coasters at the park and one of the original five roller coasters that were at the park when it opened in 1981. There was initial outrage that the Americans were using this big shiny theme park as a Trojan horse for coarse American culture, but that soon gave way to the more vocal crowd who wanted giant roller coasters and didn't care any about their geo-pedigree. Canada's Wonderland also announced Winterfest, an immersive holiday-themed event. The date on the image can be different from the year selected. The spectacular opening ceremony included 10,000 helium balloons, 13 parachutists, 350 white doves, and a pipe band. The stores, midway games and restaurants follow the medieval theme, as does the castle theatre (Canterbury Theatre, renamed Paramount Theatre during Paramount's ownership, and Wonderland Theatre until 2019) and a pirate show (originally opened with the park as Sea Sceptre and later replaced with Kinet-X Dive Show) in the middle of Arthur's Baye. [48], On 14 February 2021, it was reported that Canada's Wonderland would serve as a drive-in mass COVID-19 vaccination site before its reopening of the rides and other attractions to the general public;[49][50] the drive-in site opened on March 29, 2021.[51]. [34][35] SkyRider was removed at the end of the 2014 season and relocated to Cavallino Matto in Tuscany, Italy, as Freestyle in 2015. The children's areas in Canada's Wonderland originally were themed as The Happyland of Hanna-Barbera. Here is a large format 80's Canada's Wonderland Pin with Fred Flinstone on it. Formerly known as, A wooden roller coaster. [16] In 2002, the park unveiled Action Zone, a new themed area replacing the Exposition of 1890, which at the time contained already existing rides and added the Psyclone ride. [26][27] It was a nightly 'light and sound show' designed to celebrate the park's 30th anniversary; it was shown at 10 pm EST every night on International Street. your own Pins on Pinterest. Many of the original names of some the attractions have reverted to their pseudo-Elizabethan spelling, such as Dragon Fyre, Wilde Beast, Wilde KnightMares, Viking's Rage, and Canterbury Theatre. Taft also proposed including a steam passenger train. The 134-hectare (330-acre) park includes an 8-hectare (20-acre) water park named Splash Works. During WinterFest, five million energy-efficient LED lights were strung on 800 trees, the buildings, the décor, and on Wonder Mountain. Families could also explore Medieval Faire, International Street, or walk to the very top of Wonder Mountain (sadly closed after a fatality in the early 1990s).When asked to comment on what made Canada's Wonderland different from the perennial favourite, the CNE, Wonderland's General Manager Howard Tate commented "we're different kinds of places but I'll say that this is a like a 1982 Cadillac. Halloween Haunt runs in the late evenings on October weekends. Wonder Mountain (listed on park maps in International Festival), Canada's first inverted roller coaster and the ninth coaster added to the park. Lazy River is the only attraction in Splash Works that accepts boarding passes. Flying Canoes is an interactive family ride that allows riders to control their journey of flight in two-person canoes that rotate speedily around a circuit. Was originally known as, A wooden roller coaster. Top Rated Seller. While Frontier Canada was not brought up as an idea until 2019, several original themes remain in the area. [10], The first ride accident in the park's history occurred on 23 August 2003, when the Jimmy Neutron Brainwasher (later renamed Woodstock Whirlybirds due to Cedar Fair's contract with Peanuts) fell apart. She was with another friend too and together they had 4 children (each w 2). Here are the pictures from Canada's Wonderland. In addition, the park will introduce Mountain Bay Cliffs to Splash Works, a cliff-jumping style attraction featuring multiple platforms of varying heights, the highest of which is 7.5 metres (25 ft). Its creation also resulted in infrastructure improvements, kick-starting more regional development. However, rides such as Drop Tower: Scream Zone and Speed City Raceway have no medieval theme. The queue line was reduced with the introduction of Flying Canoes in 2018. The gross food hit-of-the-midway was deep fried broccoli, certainly a stimulating thing to eat before setting out on a corkscrew rollercoaster. A Gerstlauer Sky Roller. In 1986, the ride was relocated to Wonder Mountain. Riders plunge down a 15-metre (50 ft) drop into a pool of water that soaks riders. The show was introduced to the park for the 2011 season as well to celebrate Canada's Wonderland's 30th birthday. 1981 – June 8 – View of Canada’s Wonderland main entrance. Wonder Mountain is a steel structure, its meshing covered in autumn 1980 with three layers of gunnite, a special type of cement that was later roughened to make it look like rock. There are presently two children's areas at Canada's Wonderland, KidZville, and Planet Snoopy. A steel custom looping roller coaster, featuring four inversions. There is also an arcade area (Crystal Palace Arcade) within this section of the park. [45] Both Beagle Brigade Airfield and Mountain Bay Cliffs had their opening years pushed back to the 2021 season. A bowl ride slide that leads into the Lazy River. [7][29] Norm Pirtovshek, general manager of Canada's Wonderland, said that the Leviathan as a new attraction would help to spread out visitors. On International Street, the lake had been frozen into a skating rink called Snow Flake Lake. Oct 31, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Canada's Wonderland. In addition to these two attractions, the park announced an expansion to the Splash Island pool (located in Splash Works), which would double the size of the pool and include new interactive water features and children's slides. [46][47], On 28 January 2021, the park announced plans to reopen to the general public on 14 May 2021, pending approvals from various governments and public health authorities. The Wonderland promoters were able to convince the province to amend the planning policy for the region, and the park secured infrastructure improvements, including a highway overpass and sewage systems, that were expanded and built out to the site. Summers. A "shoot the chutes" flume-style water ride. Instead, the park's designers chose to build a massive mountain, known as Wonder Mountain, situated at the top of International Street. Starting in 2004, Zoom Zone was no longer shown on park maps as an independent section. These guests enter either at the ride's exit or get a time from the associate at the beginning of the ride, such as Wonder Mountain's Guardian, Leviathan, Behemoth, and Yukon Striker. A canoe-themed interactive family ride based on. In 2019, the park introduced a new themed area, "Frontier Canada", a gold-rush themed section originally planned for the park's original opening in 1981, but was postponed until 2019 due to financial issues. The attraction is a 4-D interactive dark ride/ roller coaster with animations from Montreal-based Triotech. The 2007 season was a transition year throughout the park and included renaming the movie-themed rides since Cedar Fair did not hold the rights to Paramount film properties. In 2018, it was the most-visited seasonal amusement park in North America as well as the second-most-visited Cedar Fair amusement park, behind Knott's Berry Farm in California, with an estimated 3.79 million visitors. Riders traverse through a wooded forest with rapids, drops, waterfalls and other water effects. The park also announced a Splash Works expansion for 2017 in the form of Muskoka Plunge, a 18-metre (60 ft) tall waterslide complex featuring four "trap-door" speed slides. Wonder Mountain featured a huge waterfall and interior pathways that led visitors to a look-out point. Oct 31, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Canada's Wonderland. People in the region were concerned that the new park would be similar in aesthetics to a carnival or midway. A pay-per-use slingshot launching riders nearly 91.5 m (300 ft) in the air. In addition, S… It is the first ride of its kind in North America. Lumberjack is a thrill ride that takes guests to heights of 23 metres (75 ft) on two swinging axe-themed pendulums, propelling them into a looping 360-degree experience. Though the section for smaller children was closed off, the park continued running many of the thrill rides during the event, such as the Thunder Run, in which patrons ride a mining type train through a mountain. [79] The park encompasses eight themed areas on 134 hectares (330 acres) of land, with an artificial mountain as the central feature. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 edition of Toronto's original Santa Claus Parade – which is normally held on the streets in Downtown Toronto in previous years – was pre-recorded from Canada's Wonderland with no spectators on site and was broadcast on prime time on 5 December 2020. Frontier Canada is the newest themed section of the park, debuting for the 2019 season. Canada's Wonderland is situated in Maple, a neighbourhood of Vaughan, Ontario. WinterFest is a holiday event. My kids have gone, but not with me. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Guests with these disabilities receive paper boarding passes in which ride operators mark the designated times these guests can enter a ride without queuing if one has a cast or other issues. It is included with the price of admission to Canada's Wonderland and is open from late May to early September. Following Cedar Fair's purchase of the park in 2006, "Paramount" was dropped from the name. your own Pins on Pinterest. Canada's Wonderland is a 330-acre (130 ha) theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, a suburb directly north of Toronto and owned by Cedar Fair. [16] In August 2007, Cedar Fair announced that Fearfest would become Halloween Haunt to remain consistent with most other Cedar Fair parks,[18] and that Spooktacular would become Camp Spooky. Canada's Wonderland Medieval Fountain 1981 Original 35mm Slide. [19] Fearfest got renamed to Halloween Haunt and Spooktacular to Camp Spooky. After Viacom bought Paramount in 1994, a successful attempt was made to bring families back to the park by attracting children with original Nickelodeon cartoon characters that were familiar to a new generation. It was located in a different section of the park when the park first opened in 1981. In 1994, when Paramount Pictures (later Viacom) purchased the property, the name of the park changed to include the word Paramount, a practice Paramount Parks implemented with all of its parks in 1993. Unlike the use of replica Eiffel Towers at Kings Island and Kings Dominion, Wonder Mountain, the park's centrepiece, appears at the end of the street. Action Theatre is a large stationary theatre, Previously and Originally Opening with Days Of Thunder (DOT), Action Theatre Continued to present 4D Shows until 2012 when it was replaced with The Dinosaurs 4D movie becoming an uncharged attraction. Three new attractions were built in that area: Silver Streak (a family roller coaster), Blast Off (a "frog hopper"), and Jumpin' Jet. +C $11.50 shipping. Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky also appeared as a special guest, helping to raise the Canadian flag. I hear it's changed a little. Vintage 1980 Canadas Wonderland Fred Flinstone Spoon By Hanna Barbera Production When Canada's Wonderland first opened in 1981 under Kings Entertainment Company ownership, there were 26 attractions. It currently one of last known operating rides of its kind in the world. I remember how amazing Wonderland was then because you could see that mountain from pretty far away when you were coming up the 400 from the south. [Collected via e-mail, August 2011] Friend of Ana’s went to Wonderland yesterday. vintage flintstones mug canadas wonderland 1980 in excellent condition $10.00 call email or text 519-791-6289 serious inquiries only viewing in south windsor delivery available for a fee ($5.00) if located in windsor $10.00 minimum purchase for delivery ***shipping considered but must pay shipping fee via etransfer *** check out my other ads many items for sale [12] The park's former connection to Hanna-Barbera Productions lessened after Paramount Pictures raised its stake from 20% to full ownership of the park in 1993 and renamed it Paramount Canada's Wonderland. would be closing on 28 October 2018. Splash Works also received its third and most current upgrade, with the addition of a child water playground area called Splash Island and the removal of Pipeline. Moved from. Planet Snoopy is a section of the park themed after the comic strip Peanuts. While Wonderland's first summer season successfully wound up, plans for the next year began to take shape, including the filming of an episode of CTV's enormously popular series The Littlest Hobo on the grounds of the park. On 15 August 2018, Canada's Wonderland announced Yukon Striker, a B&M Dive Coaster which opened to the public on 3 May 2019. Construction of the mountain alone involved a dozen local companies under Cincinnati engineer Curtis D. When the park originally opened, its surroundings were largely rural; however, the suburban sprawl since the mid-2000s has resulted in it being surrounded by housing and shopping plazas on all sides. In 2003, Viacom updated the logo of Paramount Parks, and all its theme parks, including Wonderland, to include an updated Paramount logo, even though the logo for Paramount Pictures, the film studio, remained unchanged. Nothing beat the Mighty Canadian Mine Buster. Near the close of the 2015 season, Canada's Wonderland announced that two new flat rides would be added in 2016: Skyhawk (a Gerstlauer Sky Roller) and Flying Eagles (a Larson International Flying Scooters). You can unsubscribe anytime or. Sunnyside Amusement Park closed in the 1950s to make room for the Gardiner Expressway. 12,000 guests were welcomed into the park for the first time. The section operated as a part of Action Zone until 2019, when the eastern portion of Action Zone reverted to its original name and world fair theming. The provincial government wanted to increase residential and commercial development to the east of Toronto in the Regional Municipality of Durham, which includes Pickering and Oshawa, while keeping the lands to the north of Toronto agricultural, as a Greenbelt. Here are more archival shots of Canada's Wonderland's earliest days: Join the conversation For those who were there when it opened, Wonderland was an utterly magical, indescribable place to visit: the CNE and Ontario Place would never be the same again, and the era of low key amusement parks such as Crystal Beach were effectively over. walk-through dinosaur exhibit. A nighttime pyrotechnic show with 12 metres (40 ft) flames smoke ash geysers and even more special effects. A wave of giddy publicity crested as Canada swooned for its first ever theme park—a 370-acre nirvana of wild rides, colourful fancies and family entertainment located in Vaughan. In 1998, the park expanded by adding KidZville, which was mainly designed for infants and children. Was originally known as, A Mondial Splashover Top Spin. Given out around opening of Canada's Wonderland, May 23, 1981. It is one of the five roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981, and is one of three wooden coasters at Canada's Wonderland, modelled after a ride at, A steel custom looping roller coaster manufactured by, A wooden roller coaster. Wonderland had arrived in grand style. 2020 season passes were extended to include the 2021 season and refunds were not offered. It is one of the five roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981. In 2001, a new themed area called Zoom Zone was added within the KidZville section. The event included children's rides, costume contests and a treasure hunt. [31], On 30 August 2013, Canada's Wonderland announced that Wonder Mountain's Guardian would open inside Wonder Mountain in May 2014. The CNE is a 1959 Ford.". However, since Cedar Fair's acquisition, each of the three rides are depicted in Zoom Zone, and park signage continues to use the name. [78], Today, Canada's Wonderland has over 200 attractions (including games), with over 60 thrill rides. The area was renamed to Lakeside Lagoon following these upgrades. Three children were sent to hospital as a precautionary measure. [15], Kings Entertainment Company operated the park during the 1980s and early 1990s. Upon opening, the ride became the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in the world and features four inversions, more than any other dive coaster, including the first vertical loop on a Dive Coaster. One of the most notable shows on International Street besides Starlight Spectacular, the "new version" of eruption using modern day technology now available. As a seasonal park, Canada's Wonderland is open daily from May to Labour Day, with weekend openings in late April and after Labour Day until the end of October. The VR headgear is a type of head-mounted display that animates the entire field of vision to produce a 360-degree 3D experience.[39][40]. From United States. 1 dollar 1980. Since the mid 1980s, the brake fins have been located between the wheel assemblies on the top of the cars. Unsubscribe anytime or, Sign up for our free email newsletter so you’re always in the know. The park was known as Paramount Canada's Wonderland when it was owned by National Amusements via Paramount Parks from 1993 to 2006. It was made to resemble a late 19th century world's fair with expositions from different countries with a particular focus on African and Asian themes. The first, Beagle Brigade Airfield, will be a new children's ride to be located in Planet Snoopy. On the north side of the park, there is a small bus terminal, which serves a seasonal bus route operated by York Region Transit. In actuality, only 12,000 showed up. A three-seater raft ride featuring free-fall plunges in three drops totalling 15.3 metres (50 ft). Today, there are 69, including the attractions inside Splash Works, a water park adjacent to the main theme park. Using a format borrowed from sister parks Kings Island and Kings Dominion, both sides of the street are lined with shops, including souvenir shops, clothing stores, restaurants, and candy stores. Walt Disney also considered the idea before choosing Florida for Walt Disney World, rejecting Toronto mainly because of the seasonal climate, which would make the operating season too short to be profitable.[11]. The park has since added metal detectors at the front gate, with additional security. It contains a pair counter-clockwise corkscrews, the only currently operating coaster from, Riders are lifted 15 metres (49 ft) in the air while spinning from a horizontal to vertical position, giving riders a mix of weightlessness and high g-forces.

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