This morning Canada's Wodnerland announced their biggest investment in the parks history featuring the all new Yukon Striker, an all new themed area and WinterFest.
We've got lots of great pictures and videos to share below as well as all of the information you could ever want on the new ride!!
We'll also have more from the park later this evening as Jeff and Nick were at the park today getting interviews, more information and footage. So be sure to check back later!!
Biggest capital investment in park’s history promises the fastest, longest, tallest dive coaster,
an immersive holiday event and the opening of a new themed area
(VAUGHAN, ON): Aug. 15, 2018 – When Canada’s Wonderland opens its gates for the 2019 season, the park’s skyline will be forever transformed by Yukon Striker – the longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster in the world. Situated in the newly themed area Frontier Canada, Yukon Striker will be the country’s first dive coaster and the park’s 17th coaster, placing Canada’s Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters.
Yukon Striker promises an exhilarating journey along its 3,625 feet of mountainous track where guests will be treated to a spectacular view stretching to the Toronto skyline. The coaster features a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally be hanging on the edge of their seats, on one of three wide, floorless trains, breathlessly awaiting the 90-degree, 245-foot drop. Once released, the coaster dives from zero to 130 kilometres per hour straight down into an underwater tunnel before soaring up over steel track, propelling riders through four dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Yukon Striker will claim several world records:
• The fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph);
• The longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m);
• The tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.
Frontier Canada’s arrival at Canada’s Wonderland is more than 37 years in the making, as it was originally planned and designed as one of five themed sections to be developed for the park’s opening in 1981. The area will represent the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1890s. Yukon Striker will join rides Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Soaring Timbers, Timberwolf Falls, and White Water Canyon as the signature attractions in this newly themed section of the park.
WinterFest offers a new season of holiday fun in 2019, when guests at Canada’s Wonderland will be treated to an all-new immersive holiday experience taking place in late November and December. During WinterFest, the park will be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, dozens of Christmas trees, millions of spectacular lights, ice-skating, live entertainment, savory treats, crafts and hands-on family activities.
The park’s fountain on International Street will become Snowflake Lake where guests can enjoy ice skating amid brilliant holiday lights. Each night, singers and dancers will set the stage for the celebratory lighting ceremony of a 70-foot-tall (21 m) Christmas tree featuring more than 40,000 sparkling ornaments. WinterFest visitors can feast on savory treats and holiday favourites like turkey, gourmet hot chocolate and peppermint fudge, and then catch one of a dozen live holiday-themed shows like Cool Yule Christmas and Jingle Jazz. Children can help elves mail letters to Santa, decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, and meet classic Peanuts characters or special WinterFest entertainers like Jack Frost, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane.
“This is the largest capital investment we’ve made in our park since opening,” said Norm Pirtovshek, Canada’s Wonderland General Manager. “We’re excited to offer world-class thrills and a truly unique experience for our guests next year. Yukon Striker will be the centerpiece of our new themed area Frontier Canada, delivering exhilarating and record-breaking coaster elements like no other in the world. And to cap off our 2019 season, WinterFest will be a holiday event unique to Canada as our park transforms into a winter wonderland. You can expect magical holiday fun for guests of all ages.”
The Best Deals on Season Pass Available Now
When guests purchase their 2019 Season Pass* now they not only get unlimited visits next year, but also unlimited visits for the remainder of 2018 – all for just $72.99 or 12 easy online payments of $6.08.
Canada’s Wonderland is also introducing an all-new Gold Pass in 2019 that includes all the benefits of a Season Pass, plus free admission to WinterFest and Halloween Haunt – all for $99.99 or 12 easy online payments of $8.33. Both deals are available only for a limited time.
*Does not include Halloween Haunt or Winterfest.
For more park information including events, tickets and hours of operation, visit http://www.canadaswonderland.com/
About Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland, located in Vaughan, Ontario (just outside Toronto), is a 300-acre theme park with more than 200 attractions including 16 rollercoasters (17 in 2019), and is the home to Splash Works, a 20-acre water park. Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.
Yesterday was Media Day for the amazing new ride RailBlazer at California's Great America. I'm still trying to wrap my head around what an amazing event it was. Thanks to California's Great America not only for inviting us out, but for building RailBlazer.
I'm also still trying to wrap my head around how much I absolutely LOVED RailBlazer. Because I really did love it. It's just a very fun and unique ride.
Written by Gregg Condon
First let's start off with some videos, the first being me making a fool out of myself on the Reverse POV.
Note: We also took some Reverse POV in the back row but are having some issues (old SD card). Going to try and recover it but it's not looking good. Stay Tuned!!
And of course, the actual RailBlazer POV!!
Lastly, some of the most amazing B-Roll footage I've seen from any park on any ride. It's seriously amazing and you should all watch this. Like a lot. =)
Let's get on with the Media Day Festivities!!
Good Morning CGA!!
Why Hello There!!
It was a perfect morning
Some pics of the ride in motion, be sure to click through the slide show
Test Seat!! I didn't have any issues with the leg room. The shoulders are a bit snug, but not too bad.
More pics of the ride in motion. Honestly enjoyed taking pics of this ride so much!!
As you can see, those in attendance were having a blast!
It's just beautiful to look at
Oh yeah, they fed us, and fed us well. Sausage Wrapped in Funnel Cake Batter was a favorite.
The new stage looks great, food festivals in this area are going to be awesome.
Berserker and Whitewater Falls also got some new signs and landscaping!!
Merchandising, Merchandising, Merchandising!!
RailBlazer the T-shirt. RailBlazer the Water Bottle. RailBlazer the Hat. RailBlazer the Teddy Bear.
RailBlazer the Magnet. RailBlazer the Keychain.
Quick shout out to Flight Deck. Happy 25th!!
Now back to our regularly scheduled ride pics!!
And of course, the opening ceremonies complete with fireworks!!!
We had such a great time at the park, RailBlazer is amazing. I think we were all happy with it and almost kind of shocked at how much we totally loved the ride. It's probably in my top 20. It's THAT good.
Hope you all enjoyed!!
Over the weekend we headed down to Knott's Berry Farm to check out Ghost Town Alive 2018. Now in it's third year this event is bigger and better than ever.
Follow along with the continuing story of this great event.
Written by Gregg Condon
First, let's check out some awesome video of the event!
Welcome to Ghost Town
Happy Founder's Day!!
The citizens of Calico are out and about
Roger Rabbit Yell!!!
Of course, we couldn't go to Knott's without spending some HangTime ...
This years event is really amazing yet again, we really do need to just go down on a day we don't have to work the next day and take it all in.