Canadas Wonderlands Starlight Stectacular

Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:31 AM

A fellow CBer put this on their FB page today and I finally got around to watching. Amazing show - definitely hearkens to Disney. Couldn't happen to a better park...keep this stuff up, CF. Not everyone wants to ride the rollie-coasters, but "children of all ages" absolutely love this kind of show! (Maybe I shouldn't post that on a coaster forum, LOL). ;)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 1:52 PM

lol - yeah, that would be me - I'd have commented earlier but I couldn't quite find the words to describe how smashing it was - very impressive indeed :)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:20 PM

^Hehe, I didn't want to "call you out", but since you volunteered....thanks Jim!

I'm absolutely "chuffed"... :) ;)

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:37 PM

^^^ Wonderland is easily the best park for children that I have ever been to. So many decent rides for kids of all ages. 5 coasters aimed to please the little ones is rare.

Does anyone know anything about the 2012 project yet? The only source I have is the local fan site which is full of people pretending they know stuff they don't. The amount of Rebar on site suggests something massive but who knows. Dragon Fyre looks 50/50 on being removed, and the Go Carts 95/5 on being removed. Anyone know anything?

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 2:38 PM

Oh no worries - I'm chuffed that you're chuffed! :)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:08 PM

First off this is one of those things that is actually better in person. I think everyone has low expectations that it's caught everyone off guard.

A few things:

1) The show was produced by a local firm, tantrum designs, so I'm not sure where Cedar Faire (Corporate) ends and that firm begins.

2) Towards the end of the show when the bass drops and projected images seem low-key, the mountain actually becomes secondary. The fountain and trees burst into light and pulse with the music. The crowd looses it at that point, the street turns into a rave-ish scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuIR9yvb2kE&feature=related

3) The pre-show begins is a pretty lame water show to Owl City's "Fireflies." They've changed the lights in the fountain so they could time it to the music but that's it: the jets are still all over the place and this ain't no Bellagio! However everyone likes that song and sings along. Start this clip at 1:10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro2610islDI&feature=related

The lameness is deliberate: You get people into one mindset (ooooooo! lame lights, everybody sing along!) and then broadside them with something cool; just heightens the effect.

The show is rumored at $1,000,000 to produce which seems huge, but fireworks for that number of nights would have easily exceeded that.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:53 PM

The lighting on the Frontier Trail at CP cost about the same, so that's a reasonable expense.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:23 PM

One negative about this show is that the fountains make a good view of the montain harder to come by than it otherwise would be. No biggie though.

Footers are being poured all over the place. Kind of thinking Intamin

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