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April 27, 2017 - CANADA'S WONDERLAND IS GOING BIG WITH TWO NEW ATTRACTIONS AND CANADA 150 CELEBRATION
CANADA'S WONDERLAND IS GOING BIG WITH TWO NEW ATTRACTIONS AND CANADA 150 CELEBRATION
Exciting New Season Starts This Sunday, April 30th
Vaughan, Ontario (April 27, 2017) – Canada’s premier amusement park is getting ready to open its gates to a season of big time thrills and family fun with two new exciting attractions and an extensive entertainment line-up that includes a special celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
To kick off the 2017 season, Canada’s Wonderland will be introducing Soaring Timbers, the only ride of its kind in North America. Riders will be sent spiraling through the sky on two massive gondolas while sweeping through 360 degree rotations. For guests looking to cool off this summer, Muskoka Plunge, a towering 60-foot (18.3 M) tall waterslide complex will be the new addition to Splash Works when it opens on May 27th. Riders will feel the ultimate adrenaline rush as they enter an enclosed launch chamber and anxiously wait until they suddenly plummet into a high-speed slide experience that includes a series of s-curves and a 360° loop.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canada’s Wonderland will be showcasing one of its biggest entertainment programs in history throughout the month of July. Celebration Canada 150 will be highlighted with non-stop live entertainment, that includes Free-Style Ski Aerials into Arthur’s Baye, West Coast Lumberjacks, Live Canadian Bands, White Pine Dancers, Northern Reflections Laser, Light and Sound Spectacular, Cirque Canadian and so much more!
Rounding out this season’s entertainment line-up at the park are exciting special events and street festivals featuring delicious food, live music and entertainment. Returning for the 2017 season are the Ultimate Thrills Circus, Chinese Acrobats, Brew & BBQ Festival, Taste of Greece , Taste of Italy, Foodtruck Festival, Oktoberfest, and a family favourite - KidZfest.
“Each year, we strive to provide our guests with fun-filled memories and unique thrilling attractions. For our 2017 season, we wanted to capture the Canadian spirit with a full entertainment experience that embraces the excitement of thrills, live shows and family fun for guests of all ages.” – Norm Pirtovshek, Vice President and General Manager.
For access to the park all-season with unlimited visits, Season Passes are available for as low as $69.99 at canadaswonderland.com. Prices go up on May 22.
About Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Canda’s Wonderland, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, two water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.
For more information:
Manager, Communications & PR
The Canada’s Wonderland Public Relations Department welcomes inquiries and visits from credentialed members of the news media for the production of high quality news features and programs about Canada’s Wonderland.
9580 Jane Street
Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6
Office: 905-832-7482 (Media Calls Only)
Cell: 416-317-6100 (Media Calls Only)
High resolution images and logos are available upon request.
Media Pass Policy
All requests for park access must be made 3-5 business days in advance.
Canada's Wonderland will issue a complimentary park admission ticket to any reporter or photographer working on assignment (all working media visits are escorted). In addition, the park will issue four complimentary tickets to the full-time media personnel listed below who want to visit the park for leisure during the operating season. These passes are limited to four per person for one visit during the season. Complimentary passes will not be issued for Cultural Festivals, Kingswood Music Theatre concerts, Halloween Haunt or other special events that require a paid admission ticket. Only news department employees are eligible for these passes.
NEWSPAPERS - Senior Executives, Publisher, Full-Time Reporters, Assignment Editors, and Editors.
RADIO STATIONS - Senior Executives, Program Director, News Reporters, News Directors, Assignment Editors, Producers, and Full-Time On-Air Personnel.
TELEVISION STATIONS - Senior Executives, News Reporters, Key Producers, News Director, Assistant News Director, Full-Time On-Air Personnel, Program Director, and Assignment Editors.
* Some restrictions apply
To apply for the Media Complimentary tickets, please email from your work email account to email@example.com. In the email, please state the date you would like to visit the Park, your name, and job title. We will contact you to confirm your visit.** Once your visit is confirmed, media should bring photo identification and a business card on the day of their visit to the Guest Services office at the Front Gate entrance to receive the complimentary tickets.
** Please note we will not accept last minute requests or requests made for the weekend after noon on Friday.
We thank you for your interest. Requests received from the GTA media will be prioritized over requests from other parts of Ontario.
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The following guidelines are to be observed at all times. These guidelines have been established for the safety of our guests and associates. Thank you for your cooperation.
All media representatives with photo, radio, video and/or TV equipment MUST be accompanied by an assigned Public Relations and/or Canada’s Wonderland escort AT ALL TIMES while on Park property.
All photo/radio/video/TV media representatives are to remain on midway areas only, and are never allowed in any restricted areas except by special permission from Public Relations.
Taping, filming and photographing inside show venues during performances is not allowed, except by special permission from Public Relations and the performers involved. Even with this permission, no show can ever be recorded in its entirety.
Media representatives and all associated production activities are not allowed to inconvenience park guests in any way.
Photo/Video/TV cameras, tape recorders and cellular phones are not allowed on any ride or attraction except by special permission from Public Relations. Media Services maintains a complete library of B-roll footage and still photos of all major rides, shows and attractions.
Media representatives may interview guests only with the explicit consent of that guest and Public Relations.
Media representatives are allotted a maximum time of four (4) hours to complete their assignment. Time extensions require permission from a Public Relations representative.
High Resolution Images
High resolution images of Canada's Wonderland's rides and attractions are available for accredited news media outlets by contacting the Park's Public Relations Department. Canada's Wonderland rides and shows, Dinosaurs Alive!, Splash Works Waterpark, Halloween Haunt and Camp Spooky logos are also available.
Manager, Communications & PR
From time to time, Canada’s Wonderland will host events for the media at the park. To assist us in keeping our media contact lists current, please send information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to media events is restricted and by invitation only. Invitations are usually non-transferable and specific criteria may apply. Canada’s Wonderland reserves the right to refuse access at our discretion.
Non-Working Media Events
For the last many years, the park has hosted an annual Media Day. This is an exclusive, highly anticipated event. Select members of the media are invited to visit the park as guests with their immediate families to review the features of the coming season. The event is usually held pre-season. Working crews are not accommodated on this event.
Access to this event is restricted. During the early spring, we review our media lists and create an invitation list that reflects the editorial agenda for the coming season. From year to year, our invitation list varies. Though we would like to invite a great many members of the media, the list is restricted to working editorial and executive media in the GTA, with a focus on news and entertainment.
Working Media Events
On occasion, the park will host working media events of various designs and formats. These may be occasions where we will offer exclusive access to an attraction or event for the purpose of developing a news or entertainment story. We carefully review these opportunities to ensure that they are newsworthy. Further, we will ensure that we meet your needs in developing a comprehensive and informed piece by providing whatever support you require (i.e. technical support, press materials, interview opportunities, shot recommendations, etc.).
The Park, that entertains millions annually, first opened for guests in 1981.
Following an extensive site selection process by the Park’s developers, Maple (Vaughan) was finally chosen as the ideal location, due to its close proximity to Toronto and 400 series highways.
Initial construction of the Park commenced in April, 1979. During construction, Canadian companies partnered on the preliminary design and engineering of this massive project that involved 12 architectural and engineering firms and over 700 trades people. The Park sits on a 379 acre plot, 300 of which are currently developed.
Two years later, on May 23, 1981, Canada’s Wonderland was officially opened by then Premier of Ontario, William Davis, during a spectacular ceremony that included 10,000 helium balloons, 13 parachutists, 350 white doves, a pipe band and 4 children representing the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions of Canada.
In 1993, Canada's Wonderland was acquired by Paramount Communications Inc., becoming part of its Paramount Parks division. Shortly thereafter, Canada's Wonderland became Paramount Canada's Wonderland, reflecting the Park's new association with Paramount Parks.
On 14 May 2006, it was announced that Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. was interested in acquiring Canada's Wonderland. The acquisition was completed on 30 June 2006. As a result, in early January 2007 the Park referred back to its original name, "Canada's Wonderland".
Cedar Fair's dedication to providing the best in family entertainment and guest service has kept guests coming back year after year. Today, with eleven amusement parks, four water parks, and one indoor water park, Cedar Fair is one of the largest and most successful amusement park operators in the world.
Each season, Canada's Wonderland has introduced new attractions and features, investing an additional $250 million since the Park first opened.
In 1983, Wonderland built the Kingswood Music Theatre, a state of the art 15,000 seat amphitheatre that has played host to many of music’s major artists. Currently, Kingswood hosts multiple Cultural Festivals throughout the season, featuring world renowned acts from across the globe.
In 1992, Canada's Wonderland became two parks in one with the addition of Splash Works, a 20 acre water park. Splash Works boasts Canada’s largest outdoor wavepool and over two million gallons of heated water attractions, including 18 speed slides and interactive water features.
And most notably, throughout the Park’s first quarter century of operation, Wonderland has introduced some of North America’s most popular ride attractions, including such favourites as Flight Deck, The Fly, Drop Tower, The Bat, Skyrider, Vortex, Psyclone and Silver Streak. Behemoth, which premiered in 2008, set the stage for thrills with a climb to a height of 230 feet (70.1M), followed by an adrenaline pumping 75 degree drop with speeds reaching 125 kilometers per hour in 3.9 seconds, and a track length of over 5,300 feet (1,616M).
In 2012, the park premiered Dinosaurs Alive - a seven acre dinosaur park, with more than 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. The Jurassic themed environment features fun and educational exhibits including an interactive dig site! The park also unveiled Leviathan, one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Riders climb to a record breaking 306 feet (97.7M) followed by an exhilarating 80 degree drop, reaching speeds of 148 kilometers per hour. Leviathan is the park's 16th coaster and positions Canada's Wonderland as one of the top coaster destinations in the world!
2014 set the stage for a thrilling new interactive 4-D dark ride inside the depths of Wonder Mountain, with the introduction of Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. Riders experience stunning 3D effects overlaid with 4-D elements, encountering mythical creatures on a quest that culminates in an ultimate battle with a heart stopping finale that will shock thrill seekers of all ages!
In 2015, park launched the most extensive special event line-ups in park history. Alongside new attractions in Splash Works, Typhoon and Splash Station, the 2015 season was filled with extreme thrills and great family entertainment.
In 2016, Canada’s Wonderland took guests to new heights with the addition of two new rides that captured the imagination of both families, and thrill-seekers, as they took flight in an interactive flying experience with Skyhawk and Flying Eagles. Skyhawk riders take control of their own cockpit, showcasing their flying abilities as they maneuver through 360 degree turns, and challenge themselves to engage in multiple inversions at 135 feet in the air. Flying Eagles thrills little pilots and will quickly become a family favourite for parents and children alike. These two-person planes will glide 28 feet above the ground and allow each rider to control their flight and ride experience.
For the 2017 season, Canada’s Wonderland will be showcasing two new unique and adrenaline-pumping attractions with the addition of towering water slides in Splash Works and a new thrill ride that will be the first of its kind in North America. Muskoka Plunge, a 60 ft. (18 m) tall waterslide complex featuring four speed slides, will have riders feeling the adrenaline rush when they step into an enclosed launch chamber and suddenly plummet into a high-speed free fall through S-curves and 360° loops at speeds of approximately 40 km/h. For thrill-seekers that prefer to stay dry, Canada’s Wonderland will be adding to its arsenal of world-class thrill rides with Soaring Timbers. This unique ride experience will send guests spiraling through the sky on two massive rotating gondolas that swing riders through sweeping arcs while rotating 360 degrees.
With over 200 attractions, 69 rides, Splash Works, great live shows and more, Canada's Wonderland is the perfect summer destination!
- 1981 - Park Opens
- 1982 - Kings Courtyard
- 1983 - Kingswood Music Theatre
- 1984 - White Water Canyon
- 1985 - Skyrider
- 1986 - Thunder Run
- 1987 - The Bat
- 1988 - Racing Rivers
- 1989 - Timberwolf Falls
- 1990 - Jet Scream
- 1991 - Vortex
- 1992 - Splash Works
- 1993 - Kid's Kingdom
- 1994 - Action Theatre featuring Days Of Thunder
- 1995 - Flight Deck
- 1996 - Xtreme Skyflyer and Splash Works Expansion with White Water Bay, Pump House & Black Hole
- 1997 - Drop Tower and Speed City Raceway
- 1998 - KidZville, The Edge Climbing Wall, and James Bond - License To Thrill inside Action Theatre
- 1999 - The Fly, Escape from Dino Island 3D inside Action Theatre, and Splash Works Expansion with Super Soaker & The Plunge
- 2000 - Riptide and Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
- 2001 - Shockwave, 7th Portal inside Action Theatre, and Zoom Zone with Silver Streak, Blast Off! and Jumpin' Jet
- 2002 - Psyclone and Splash Works Expansion with Barracuda Blaster & Riptide Racer
- 2003 - Sledge Hammer, Nickelodeon Central, and Launch Pad
- 2004 - Time Warp
- 2005 - Backlot Stunt Coaster and Halloween Haunt
- 2006 - Hollywood Stunt Spectacular
- 2007 - Endless Summer on Ice
- 2008 - Behemoth
- 2010 - Planet Snoopy
- 2011 - WindSeeker and Starlight Spectacular
- 2012 - Leviathan and Dinosaurs Alive!
- 2014 - Wonder Mountain's Guardian
- 2015 - Splash Works Expansion with Typhoon & Splash Station
- 2016 - Skyhawk & Flying Eagles
- 2017 - Soaring Timbers & Muskoka Plunge
- Over 50,000 pounds of bulk candy are sold in a season. That’s the average size of 5 adult elephants!
- International Street’s Pizza Pizza sells more pizza slices that any other Pizza Pizza location in Ontario, even though we are only open for 130 days a year!
- Over 120,000 foot long hotdogs are consumed in a season, equivalent to the length of more than 333 Canadian football fields or 36.5km (36,500m).
- If you piled all of the 92,000 pizzas sold in the Park during the 2013 season on top of each other, they would equal the height of Windseeker 25 times!
- In the 2016 season the Park sold over 238,000 Funnel Cakes!
- Half a million stuffed toys are won at the Park each season.
- The Park has close to 6,000 trees and 75,000 shrubs.
- The Park’s parking lot is over 3 million square feet with 10,300 parking spaces. It would be able to hold over 50 cruise ships!
- Both the Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Labour Day Weekend firework celebrations use in excess of 6,000 fireworks hitting heights of over 600 feet (183m).
- Canada’s Wonderland has over 780,000 fans on Facebook!
- During the Park’s Opening Ceremonies on May 23, 1981, Wayne Gretzky made a special guest appearance to raise the Canadian flag!
- Wonder Mountain originally had a red beacon at the top peak to alert planes of the structure. This was due to the Maple Airport that was once located on the other side of Jane Street near Major Mackenzie.
- 30,000 gallons of water flows over Victoria Falls every minute.
- It would take 154,567,128 bottles of water to fill Splash Works.
- Number of stairs up Leviathan lift hill – 430.
- Number of stairs up Behemoth lift hill – 322.
- Longest roller coaster in the Park – Leviathan at 5486 feet long (1,672m)
- Shortest roller coaster in the Park is Taxi Jam at 205 feet long (62m)
- Fastest roller coaster in the Park – Leviathan 148km/h
- Fastest non-coaster in the Park – Drop Tower 100km/h.
- Before its departure after the 1994 season, Zumba Flume gave over 14,000,000 rides (14,398,530)
- Sledge Hammer is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ attraction with no other similar ride ever built.
- Dragon Fire was originally built to operate with three trains. During testing it was discovered that it only allowed 22 seconds to unload/load each train. The third train was eventually modified and used on The Bat.
- Canada’s Wonderland is home to 2 unique carousels, with 106 horses to ride.
- Canada’s Wonderland’s WindSeeker was the first to open in the world.
- 2016: WindSeeker has seen over 4 million riders since it opened in 2011.
- 2016: Skyhawk had 552,277 riders for its inaugural season
- 2016: Flying Eagles had 262,429 riders for its inaugural season
- 2016: Highest ridership on a particular ride for the 2016 Season – Leviathan 1,575,660
- 2016: Total rides given since Park open (not including Splash Works) on all rides that ever existed – 800,106,080
- 2016: Highest ridership on any ride (since 1981) – Dragon Fire 40,737,787