Canada’s Wonderland: Reviews of rides

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Canada’s Wonderland ride reviews: Hi everyone! So this is my first blog in a while because I have been busy in the past week.

With the warm season soon approaching, I thought I’d blog about one of my favourite things to do during the year, which is going to Canada’s Wonderland.

I remember the first year I went to Canada’s Wonderland: 1999. My family and I would regularly go there between 1999 and 2002.

When Paramount owned Canada’s Wonderland, it was a lot different. There were Hanna-Barbera Land and the Flintstones “Bedrock” section of the park. Canada’s Wonderland also named many rides after movies until the park renamed them once Cedar Fair took over in 2007. 

My mother, brother, and me at Canada’s Wonderland in May 1999.

Since then, I went to Canada’s Wonderland several times during the summer of 2005 and once in 2007 for my grade 8 band trip. I never went back there again until 2013. Since 2013, I have gone to Canada’s Wonderland every summer at least once since.

Backlot Stunt Coaster

Backlot Stunt Coaster: Placed in Action Zone. Formerly known as the Italian Job. This is not a top-priority ride for me to go on, but I still love it. This is a dark launch coaster. I went on it for the first time in May 2007.

The ride starts with a super fast launch. You go through helixes, tiny drops, under bridges, and a tunnel at over 60 km/h. The tunnel used to have fire in it, but the park eventually took it out.

I would recommend this ride to any rollercoaster enthusiast that does not want anything over-the-top. Lineups are usually never too long either which is different from when this ride opened in 2005. Rating: 4/5

Behemoth

Behemoth: Located in Action Zone. A classic ride to go on. My second favourite rollercoaster at Canada’s Wonderland. This is an orange and blue hyper coaster with a 230-foot drop.

The lift hill was scary the first time I went on it in June 2013, but I have loved this ride. The hills, the crossbow part, and the helixes also give me amazing feelings in my stomach. Speeds peak at approximately 125 km/h.

I would totally recommend this ride to high-thrill seekers. This ride opened in 2008. Rating: 5/5

Behemoth on Aug. 1, 2018.
Me on Behemoth on July 20, 2016.

Dragon Fire

Dragon Fire: Placed in Medieval Faire. An oldie but a goodie. Formerly known as Dragon Fyre. This is a green and yellow corkscrew coaster with a 78-foot drop. My first time going on this ride was in May 2007.

The loops and helixes aren’t too rough on this ride. The corkscrews are slightly rough but not too bad. Speeds peak at 50 km/h.

I would recommend this ride as a starter for people who want to conquer their fear of upside-down rides. This ride opened in 1981 when Canada’s Wonderland opened. Rating: 4/5

Drop Tower

Drop Tower: Situated in Medieval Faire. Previously known as Drop Zone. Most people I know do not like this ride, but I enjoy it. This is a rainbow freefall tower that goes 230 feet high. The same height as Behemoth. I was scared to go on this ride back in May 2007, but my dad made me go on it, and then I enjoyed it.

Going up can be scary depending on which way you are facing. Whenever I go on this ride with Fast Lane, the operators always seat me on the seat facing Leviathan, which makes this ride less scary when considering that Leviathan is taller. The only scary part of this ride is that the lap bars tend to go up slightly during the drop. The speed goes up to about 100 km/h.

I would recommend this ride for people who don’t mind heights. This ride opened in 1997. Rating: 4/5

Drop Tower on Aug. 1, 2018.
Me on Drop Tower on July 6, 2015.

Klockwerks

Klockwerks: Located in International Festival. This ride used to be at Shockwave’s current site before it replaced the former site of Bayern’s Curve in 2001. This is a swing style ride, except you are in cars and you go sideways back and forth. I first went on this ride some time in 2001.

If there is a smaller ride that I still really enjoy going on, this is it.

I would recommend this ride for families with younger children and starters who want to build up to the bigger rides. This ride opened in 1981 when the park opened. Rating: 3.5/5

Klockwerks on Aug. 1, 2018.

Krachenwagen

Krachenwagen: Placed in International Festival. This is a bumper cars ride. I went on this ride for the first time in August 2005.

You have to drive in a counter-clockwise direction dodging other cars as much as possible. I find that the cars can be difficult to steer, but it is otherwise fun.

I would recommend this ride for families and for those who want to have fun without going on something thrilling. This ride is another original 1981 attraction. Rating: 3.5/5

Krachenwagen on Aug. 1, 2018.

Leviathan: A major thrill-seeking ride

Leviathan: Located in Medieval Faire. My absolute favourite. This is a light blue Giga coaster with a 306-foot drop. The tallest coaster at Canada’s Wonderland. I was nervous when I first rode it in July 2013, but I have always loved it.

The drop and tunnel give me a feeling of excitement. The only thing with this ride is that at one point below a track, your head is barely below it. I find myself ducking my head down every time at this part. The maximum speed is 148 km/h.

I would definitely recommend this ride to anyone who is a high-thrill seeker. Canada’s Wonderland introduced this classic in 2012. Rating: 5/5

Leviathan on Aug. 1, 2018.
Me and my dad on Leviathan on July 6, 2017.

Mighty Canadian Minebuster

Mighty Canadian Minebuster: Situated in Action Zone. This is Canada’s longest wooden coaster and a fun ride as well.

Back in the summer of 2000, I remember attempting to go on this ride and I was unfortunately too small. I think I managed to ride it in 2001, though.

Of the two big wooden coasters, this one is a tad smoother although still fast and bumpy. Going through Splashworks and a tunnel near the end is also fun.

I would recommend this ride, especially for those who like wooden coasters. This ride is another one of the original in 1981.  Rating: 4.5/5

Night Mares

Night Mares: Settled in Medieval Faire. Once known as Wilde Knighte Mares. This is a stand-up enterprise-style ride.

I honestly don’t go on this ride often. The difference between this and the traditional enterprises is that you face the center of the wheel instead of facing the gondola in front of you. I first rode this ride in July 2014.

The height peaks at 49 feet. This ride starts smooth but once the ride peaks, it feels funny. Because of standing up and facing the wheel, getting to the bottom facing up while standing feels rather scary. You must hold onto the gondola bars tight and depend on gravity.

I would not recommend this ride to most people, but for those who want a different gravity experience, this may be the ride for you. Another authentic 1981 ride. Rating: 2.5/5

Psyclone

Psyclone: Settled in Action Zone. My favourite flat-ride at Canada’s Wonderland. This is a spinning-frisbee swing-style ride which goes as high as 75 feet at a 120-degree angle. I first tried this ride in July 2013.

This ride is especially fun because depending on where you sit, you will either be facing up or down the whole time. A lot of people, including myself, tend to aim for the facing-down seats since that is what makes the ride especially thrilling. You also don’t even really feel the swing that much because of the solid lap bars this ride has.

I would recommend this ride for high-thrill seekers. This classic opened in 2002. Rating: 5/5

Psyclone on Aug. 21, 2013.

Shockwave

Shockwave: Located in International Festival. This is a top spin ride which peaks at 75 feet high. This ride is fun yet scary at the same time. Not a ride that I will start the day off going on, but often will go on eventually. I first went on this ride in August 2015.

You sit on seats and go in all directions: Up, forward, backward, down, and upside-down, but never for more than two seconds. The upside-down part is scary, particularly when you are near the trees or the top of The Fly. The red seats are especially scary to go on for some reason.

I would recommend this ride for high thrill-seekers who don’t mind spinning and going upside-down. This ride opened in 2001. Rating: 3/5

Sledge Hammer

Sledge Hammer: Situated in Action Zone. This is a bouncing freefall type of ride where riders spin and suddenly go up and down 80 feet after approximately 15-second intervals. This ride is always enjoyable even when considering that it closes for inspection often. I first rode this unique ride in June 2013.

I would recommend this ride to almost anyone. Just be aware that this attraction will often close at various times of the day. This ride opened in 2003. Rating: 4/5

Sledgehammer on Aug. 1, 2018.

Soaring Timbers

Soaring Timbers: Placed in International Festival. This ride is similar to Shockwave except much slower and you can barely feel the upside-down parts. This ride goes 66 feet high.

I went on this ride once and for the first time in August 2018. Nothing special but still an okay ride.

I would recommend this ride for people who want to get over their fear of upside-down rides as a starter. Canada’s Wonderland introduced this ride in 2017. Rating: 3/5

Spinovator

Spinovator: Located in Medieval Faire. Previously known as Quixote’s Kettles. This is a spinning teacups ride. Not much else but a good family ride which I sometimes will go on as a starter. I first rode this ride in June 2002.

I would recommend this ride to families with younger children and people who want to build up to the bigger rides. This ride is another authentic 1981 attraction. Rating: 3.5/5

Swing of the Century: Placed in Action Zone. This is a swings ride. Another good family attraction. I first rode this ride in late Spring 2001.

See Spinovator for recommendations, ride opening and rating.

The Bat

The Bat: Situated in Medieval Faire. This ride was scary the first time I went on it, and I got a massive headache afterward. After trying it again, I have enjoyed it since, though. I went on this ride for the first time in July 2013.

This is a Boomerang coaster. The drops are 121 feet tall, and the speeds peak at 75 km/h. The ride first goes back up the lift hill, drops and goes along a cobra roll, loop and another hill forward. Then, repeat after the next lift hill, backward.

I would recommend this ride to high-thrill seekers who don’t mind going backwards or upside-down. Also, just to note, because this ride only has one train and there is no Fast Lane, the lineups will often be super long. Another 1981 attraction. Rating: 4/5

The Bat on Aug. 1, 2018.

The Fly

The Fly: Settled in International Festival. A classic wild-mouse coaster.

Here’s a story I have about this ride: I tried this ride in May 1999 on my first Wonderland trip, which is ironically the year this classic opened. Went on it for the first time as a 5.10-year-old. I loved it. Attempted to go on it the second time and I was too small. I lost it.

The drop is 50 feet tall. This ride has interesting side winding turns.

I would recommend this ride to families and people who don’t want to ride overly-extreme rollercoasters. Because this is the most popular rollercoaster for families with younger children, and because there is no Fast Lane, just be aware of long waits for this ride. Rating: 4.5/5

The Fly on Aug. 1, 2018.

The Rage

The Rage: Located in Medieval Faire. A swinging pirate ship ride aimed for families and kids, but I will still enjoy this ride every once in a while when I need to wind down after Leviathan and Drop Tower. I first rode this ride in late Spring 2001.

You basically just swing back and forth but it is slightly more aggressive than the Kidzville/Planet Snoopy swing rides.

This is another 1981 attraction. Rating: 3.5/5

Thunder Run

Thunder Run: Placed in International Festival inside Wonder Mountain. It was initially named Blauer Enzian and took place in a different area of the park. This is a mine coaster aimed for families and kids. I first went on this ride in May 1999 on my first Wonderland trip.

You go through the mountain with a power launch. The dinosaur during the second time going around (I’m not sure if that is still there), the lights, and the arch lights near the end make the ride a unique experience.

I would recommend this ride to almost anyone, particularly families, children, and people who want to build up to bigger rides. This is a 1981 attraction, although it got relocated in 1986. Rating: 3.5/5

Timberwolf Falls

Timberwolf Falls: Located in White Water Canyon. A fun shoot-the-chute water ride suitable for nearly all ages. I first went on this ride some time in the summer of 1999.

You go up a 50 feet lift hill, go down, get wet, get a final blast of water near the end, and then you are sort of done. Afterward, you can go through the exit and stand on a bridge over the end of the drop, and finally, get even more soaked.

I would recommend this ride to people who want to get wet and have loads of fun. This ride opened in 1989. Rating: 4/5

Timberwolf Falls on Aug. 21, 2013.

Vortex

Vortex: Situated in International Festival. A thrilling suspended rollercoaster which goes over Wonder Mountain. I first tried this ride in late Spring 2001, and thought it was scary.

After going on it again in June 2013, I have loved it since.

You go up 98 feet before going down a fairly steep drop. You go fast through helixes barely missing the ponds below. The brake on this ride is at the end is shaky, though.

I would recommend this ride to thrill-seekers and people who don’t want to ride extreme rollercoasters. This ride opened in 1991. Rating: 4.5/5

Vortex on Aug. 1, 2018.

Wild Beast

Wild Beast: Settled in Medieval Faire. The rougher of the two big wooden coasters of the park and my father’s “absolute favourite.” I first rode this ride in the summer of 2001. I have always enjoyed it.

This ride goes 82 feet high and speeds peak at 90 km/h. You shake and go through lots of hills. I will also warn you that the back seat is especially shaky.

I would recommend this ride for wooden-coaster lovers and people who don’t mind shaky rides. This is another 1981 attraction. Rating: 4/5

My dad and Wild Beast on July 6, 2015.

Windseeker

Windseeker: Located in Action Zone. This is a spinning ride that is almost as high as Leviathan at 301 feet tall. I first rode this ride in June 2013. I have always loved it although I do stay extra cautious about restraints on this one.

Speeds peak at 50 km/h while you get a view of the entire park. I especially enjoy this ride at night when all the lights are on.

I would recommend this ride to people who don’t mind heights and want to get a beautiful view of the park. This ride opened in 2011. Rating: 4/5

Windseeker on Aug. 1, 2018.

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian: Situated in Wonder Mountain at International Festival. An interactive family ride where guests can get a 3D-experience inside Wonder Mountain. Kind of like Boo Blasters/former Scooby Doo Haunted Mansion at Planet Snoopy, though strangely not as fun. I first rode this ride in July 2014, the year it opened, and haven’t ridden it since.

The beginning of the ride is a rollercoaster before going into the mountain. You get to compete with your other riders in this Medieval-style ride.

I would recommend this ride for families and for people who don’t mind waiting in extraordinarily long rides because the lineups are always packed. Rating: 2.5/5

Canada’s Wonderland Conclusion

Those are my reviews. A great park overall. There are some rides on here I did not mention because they are for kids or I have not tried yet because they don’t appeal to me. 

Also, I am REALLY looking forward to Yukon Striker! It looks like a major classic!

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One Reply to “Canada’s Wonderland: Reviews of rides”

  1. Great article! I wrote a similar one about my own experience at Wonderland about how I went from riding the kiddie stuff to the high thrills. I think the very first time I went to Wonderland was with you and your brother.

    I love Behemoth and Leviathan, they are always my top priority coasters to ride in the park. Even when I occasionally go to the Halloween Haunt and if the mazes are not scary enough for me, I at least try to make it onto Leviathan and scream my heard out with my arms in the air.

    I’m not a fan of the Drop Tower or any bumper cars, never was my thing as one time when I went onto some bumper cars, I got stuck and couldn’t get out. I lost my favourite hat on Windseeker, haven’t been back on it ever since. Soaring Timbers didn’t faze me either so I prefer Shockwave. It’s more thrilling if you ride on the outer edge of the seats. While Swing of the Century is a very relaxing ride for me. Night Mares is also a helluva lot of fun too!

    Klockwerks is a classic and it is the first ride I always ride the moment I enter the park, as is Thunder Run when the line isn’t too long. I went on Minebuster when I was little and didn’t like it, but then when I got older did I finally learn to enjoy it. Vortex is great and it’s what made me learn to enjoy the high thrills. Sledge Hammer is fun when it doesn’t break down!

    I too can’t wait for Yukon Striker, I’m so hyped! Sorry for the long post, hey maybe we should go to Wonderland together this year! But be warned, I can really scream on the coasters so you might want to consider wearing earplugs!

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