A Paramount Park Closing

Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:29 PM

Paramount Canada's Wonderland has sold their land to a housing company (Mattamy Homes) and will be closing down, possibly as soon as next year. This explains why they have not built any major rides for the past few years. The city of Vaughn has completly grown around PCW over the past few years.

The selling of the land is not a rumor, it has been reported on several media sources in Ontario. The only rumor surrounding this is the possible move of the park to an area close to the U.S., most likely close to Niagra Falls.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:34 PM
That's a shame...I'm heading up there next month to visit a friend in Toronto. I always hate to see any park in trouble.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:34 PM
So, I guess we can start saying that the rumor of the park moving towards Niagra Falls was actually pretty serious? I remember reading that about a year ago and laughing at it. Guess it was true.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:36 PM
Have a link? (other than Screamscape or Coasternet)? If you read it in a paper that doesn't have a site with the article, could you scan and email it to me? Jeff and mods, please don't close this one, it seems interesting.

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*** This post was edited by bigkirby on 4/23/2002. ***

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:37 PM
I can't see them getting too close to the Falls because the land there is really expensive and there is not much of it. An area close to St. Catherines is more realistic.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:41 PM

I have looked for a confirmed anouncement from PCW or Mattamy on the internet, but have come up short. Everyone around the area is well aware of it. I have been told by Mattamy Homes workers that it is a definate deal. Anyone who lives in the Greater Toronto Area knows that it is hot realistate.

If you look on the City of Vaughn website you can see the plans of a new business area right where PCW is.

I will get the link for that.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:43 PM

J_Roberge, yes, I am sorry for sounding a little harsh at first, it just seemed unbelivable at first. I mean to think of a chain park closing down.

Thanks

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:45 PM

Please, do find a link, or some proof.

I have heard plenty of rumours about this, but I have not yet seen one shred of evidence to support it. It seems odd to me that if they're moving, that they would not only add a huge new ride this year, but also redo an entire section of the park, including lots of landscaping and path changes, just to have it ripped up...

I work at the park, and am there every weekend, and have not seen any evidence at all yet.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:50 PM

bigkirby said:
"J_Roberge, yes, I am sorry for sounding a little harsh at first, it just seemed unbelivable at first. I mean to think of a chain park closing down.

Yeah if I heard this I would want a source too so I can see where you are coming from. I have found nothing on the internet. When I talk to people about it they just say "Oh yeah I heard that on the radio the other day." or something like that. I am as curious to confirm this as everyone else, but nothing will come of it until Paramount announces it.

Put the pieces together: No major rides this year, past media stories involving a park near Niagra Falls.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 3:54 PM

Coaster131 said:
So, I guess we can start saying that the rumor of the park moving towards Niagra Falls was actually pretty serious? I remember reading that about a year ago and laughing at it. Guess it was true.

I know this is random, but to go along with the belief of rumors, the same thing happened to me when someone told me they were going to turn Adventure World into Six Flags back in 1997. I didn't believe them until 2 years later!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 4:00 PM
Do you think that the rides or at least some of them will go to Tierra Mitca? This could explain why Tierra Mitca has the possibilty of getting the suspended in its plannings. Mabye Paramount planned to send Vortex over to Tierra Mitca?
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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 4:08 PM
I don't understand why Paramount would want to sell their second most popular and if I had a guess, most profitable park. I don't have any solid information at all on profitability but compared to the cost and attractions they put in compared to population, I think its a good guess. Anyone know anything else? I really hope they do move if this is definite. I would rather see the park go somewhere else instead of having its rides and coasters scattered around.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 4:16 PM
The park really needs a rollercoaster. There is no competition in Ontario in terms of another park which is why they probably haven't.

I would hope they would build a new park. Still looking for a definate media source.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 4:21 PM
If they must close down, i hope most of the rides go to Marineland, like all of the coasters.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 4:27 PM

J_Roberge said:
The park really needs a rollercoaster. There is no competition in Ontario in terms of another park which is why they probably haven't.

I would hope they would build a new park. Still looking for a definate media source.



And that is why I don't see them moving. They just haven't added anything because they don't need to. What seems more plausable from a buisness view:

a) The park stays where it is, and continues to be Paramount's cash cow, as it has North America's 5th largest city all to itself, with almost no competition.

b) The park, for seemingly no reason, decides to move. So they pay for the park to be completely moved, for new land, and moves to, say Niagra Falls (as this seems to be the most common rumour). They move the entire park there. They then have far less of a population to draw off, AND Si Flags Darien Lake, Marineland, and Martin's Fantasy Island to compete with.

or c) The park closes down, and moves all the rides to different parks. Which would leave Toronto without any kind of major amusement park.

Which seems most likely?

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002 6:22 PM
Sorry. Either we need proof with a link or some source.

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