Since it’s opening in 1981, Canada’s Wonderland has been a cherished summer destination for family and friends. The amusement park opened for it’s 42nd season this past May and promises all the rides, summer fun, and adventure that park goers have come to expect from every trip to Wonderland.
Of course, thrilling rides are probably the first thing that comes to mind when considering a day at the park. Wonderland features 18 roller coasters like Yukon Striker, Leviathan and Behemoth, but also has other attractions like Drop Tower, Krachenwagen bumper cars, and dozens more.
“For families with young children, we recommend trying the brand-new roller coaster, Snoopy’s Racing Railway,” explains Grace Peacock, Wonderland’s Director of Communication. “For bigger guests looking for a new thrill, Tundra Twister just opened. This is our giant swinging pendulum ride in Frontier Canada that takes guests 360 degrees upside-down, 47 metres high and up to speeds of 75 km/h!”
There’s also the 20 acre waterpark, SplashWorks. Guests can try cliff jumping from a variety of heights at Mountain Bay Cliffs, enjoy the drop-launch chamber of Muskoka Plunge, a free-fall ‘dive’ from 60 feet, or just relax at the Lakeside Lagoon where less adventurous water lovers can swim and slide too.
“We also have a full summer lineup of events and entertainment including Ultimate Thrills Circus, Woofjocks Canine All Stars, and three food festivals in August: Taste of Portugal, Brazil and The Caribbean,” says Peacock.
One event that might be of particular interest to families looking for outings in July is KidZfest. Running from July 15–30, KidZfest will feature dance parties, live shows, street performers and, of course, all the favourite rides and attractions in the park.
“It’s a two-week long party for our youngest guests,” says Peacock. “Guests will even have a chance to do meet n’ greets with Treehouse TV characters and Marvel superheroes!!”
The complete list of Treehouse characters that will be appearing includes Thomas the Tank Engine, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Max & Ruby, Bluey & Bingo, Blue’s Clues, Sesame Street (Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Kaddaby), and the Care Bears. Fans of Marvel can expect to meet Iron Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Star Lord.
Newer park goers should probably do a bit of research on the park’s website before visiting. It’s good to decide what attractions are priority and to plan out what kind of breaks for eating and recharging one might need to do.
“We recommend downloading our mobile app to store your digital passes or tickets, to access a digital map with ride wait times and showtimes to help navigate during your visit,” adds Peacock.
The park also has various meal and drink plan options that may save guests money in the long run. If one is planning multiple visits over the summer, the Season Pass costs less than two regular admissions and includes unlimited visits all season long.
Also, for added safety and security, the park is now cashless. All contactless methods of payment are welcomed, but if you do bring cash there are kiosks where guests can transfer it onto a prepaid debit card.
Canada’s Wonderland is open daily through August and on weekends through October.
KidZfest runs from July 15-30.