I’ve been going to Canada’s Wonderland for as long as I remember. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from there and I’ve been taking my kids there for the past three summers (yes, my oldest is only four). A fellow blogger, Jenn Perry, from That Jenn Perry, and her family recently went to a blogger event at Wonderland on my behalf. Here’s her thoughts on their experience
As a kid, I was totally a thrill seeker. I grew up spending every summer with my family going to water parks and theme parks, convincing my dad at each one to go on the most frightening rollercoasters and rides. I knew when I had kids of my own, I would totally be THAT mom who stood in line with my kids, secretly excited to go on each ride.
One of my favourite parks has always been Canada’s Wonderland. Growing up in the Toronto/GTA area, CW was a staple activity of summer. Our parents would drop us off at the gate in the AM and off we would run to our favourite rides. I remember in my teens when Drop Zone opened, my friends and I stood in line for 3 hours to be one of the first to ride opening weekend! After our amazing drop from what seemed like the clouds, we said the wait was “Totally worth it” (in a 90’s teenager voice).
Wonderland has grown tremendously since then, however my favourite ride still is and probably will always be The Bat. Something about doing that track both frontwards and backwards has always been a huge thrill to me. I still scream just as loud now as I ever did as a kid.
Last week, I was thrilled when Mayahood Blog invited me and my family to attend a Canada’s Wonderland event on her behalf. My husband couldn’t make it so I had my 9 year old son invite one of his best friend’s to join us for the day so he could have a ride-buddy. My son isn’t quite 54 inches yet so he couldn’t go on every ride but they were thrilled to see the long list of rides they were tall enough for. My daughter is 5 and I knew would be more excited for Planet Snoopy and Kidzville.
When we arrived, we were given exclusive access to their newest ride, Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. I honestly had no idea what to expect but my son had read all about it online and was very excited. This ride is amazing! It incorporated not only the fun of a traditional rollercoaster but 3D graphics, an interactive game, rotating coaster cars and a thrilling surprise that I won’t spoil for you (let’s just say you won’t be expecting it at all your first time through but it will be “totally worth it”). My son and his buddy couldn’t get enough of this new ride and I definitely had a blast on it! My daughter even braved it – and while she did find it to be quite terrifying, she somehow managed to get the highest score out of 8 people on the interactive portion!
Next we headed to Kidzville where we were surprised to find something for every member of our group. My daughter had a blast riding Blast Off and the Jumpin Jet while my son and his friend headed over to the Silver Streak which we felt was definitely a moderately thrilling hidden gem of a coaster. They went on several times and really enjoyed it. Kidzville also had The Candy Factory park area which turned out to be a fantastic place to take the kids when mom needed a little break. Lots of benches to sit on while the kids ran around on the play equipment.
After a quick snack break, it was time for the park to open. The boys went off on their own to check out the thrilling coasters while my daughter and I headed to Planet Snoopy. There I learned that my daughter definitely inherited a little of the thrill-seeker gene as she fell in love with the Ghoster Coaster and bumper cars.
At lunch time, we were a little worried about what my son would eat. He has a gluten intolerance and this can become a bit complicated at times. I was so relieved to find out that Canada’s Wonderland has a huge selection of Gluten-Free items available throughout the park. He was one happy kid!
The afternoon was quite hot so the kids were itching to check out SplashWorks. One of my favourite parts about Canada’s Wonderland is that it is truly like two parks in one. SplashWorks is HUGE. Water slides, kiddie-pool and of course The Pump House which was a blast for the kids. The favourite area for our entire group though was definitely the giant wave pool. I loved that they have life jackets so those swimmers who aren’t strong enough on their own yet can still go in and have fun.
We spent a total of 12 hours at Canada’s Wonderland. Yep, 12 hours! Everyone was having so much fun that we just couldn’t get enough. The boys did look longingly at Leviathan and Behemoth towering over the park and I assured my son that the moment he grows that last inch, we will return. He kept a map and has marked our route, challenging me to go on every single roller coaster with him in one day. That’s quite the goal but I’m definitely willing to have a blast trying!