Paramount Canada's Wonderland - Most Visited Seasonal Park.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 4:56 PM
According to Amusement Business PCW is now the most visited seasonal theme park in North America. Attendance is up 7% to 3.7M visitors.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:59 PM
no way
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:16 PM
IJ:ST must've been a great pull up there.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:26 PM
That park continues to thrive. Good for them. It's one of the best parks I've ever been to.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:08 PM
Didn't someone mention a very dry summer up there?
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:32 PM
The weather was really great this summer in the northeast. There were very few days when it rained as opposed to last year where it really felt like every other day.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:34 PM
That's amazing. I would have never guessed.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:51 PM
But 3.7 million Canadians is only 2.9 million Americans under the current exchange rate. :)
(Just being a smart***)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 11:33 PM
^ Sweet! :)

Not to mention that parking and admission such, after exchange rates, was a pleasant surprise...and their park is awesome... :)

That, to me, is what SFMM should be shooting for... ;)

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:34 AM
When I go to the park I can normally be out of their in a couple of hours because the lines are so long for such rough rides. The only thing good at that park is Psyclone and maybe a couple of other flat rides. But don’t forget about the funnel cakes they have the best
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 1:42 AM
Without a B&M or yet alone any coaster over 116' feet tall (The tallest is a Boomerang) the park is doing quite well. This year it was far from dry attendance wise, it seems this park only continues to grow. My best guess would probably be because of the amazing customer service, the beautiful mountain/landscaping, a waterpark free with admission, lot's of flats & kiddie rides. Also the introduction of Fear Fest and IJ:ST could also have helped with those attendance figures. Yeah the coasters might no be B&M's or Hypers but we do have 14 coasters which usually always have a full queue and the lines actually move fast (Very rarely do ANY of PCW's Coasters operate with 1 train and very rarely have i ever see them broken down).
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:30 AM
Very fast? The capacity of some of those rides is terrible. Tomb Raider? The worst was SkyRider.

The lines were terrible when I went, none of the coasters blew me away, BUT I still really liked the park. Great atmosphere (minus the RAMPANT line jumping) and a solid ride lineup.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:24 AM
Did anyone notice that Paramounts Kings Island came in as the #2 seasonal park in North America!
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:50 AM
Good for PCW!!! Lots of people have dissed the park, but I love it!

It is a great park that has alot going for it. They have a huge kids area in the back of the park. They have really good coasters. Granted none are B&M, but who could argue with 14 coasters?? The themeing and scenery are all awesome. The new flats they added in the past 6 years are all amazing. Add that in with the fact that it is the only amusement park near the largest city in all of Canada, and you have a recipie for sucess. Not to mention huge poplulation within 100 miles of the park. Paramount seems to be doing it right. Now all they need is a hypercoaster, and maybee some type of mega-looper and they would be all set.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:15 AM
PCW is a great park to avoid on hot summer days. It definitely has capacity issues. On cool days in the spring or fall, you can have a great time without the crowds, especially since PCW has possibly the best mix of flat rides anywhere in North America. (The least crowded visit I had was on a cool Mothers Day.)

PCW also brings in lots of groups for organized events that dominate the park. Toronto is one of the most ethnically mixed cities in North America (45% of the population was born outside Canada), and PCW goes out of its way to cater to this population. I remember accidentally arriving on a day dedicated to Puerto Rico. Paths throughout the park were lined with displays and booths run by community groups highlighting traditional food, clothing, and dancing. Plus, there were thousands of Puerto Rican's out having a good time. The next Saturday was dedicated to the Punjabi community and there were events for groups from africa, the carribean, and several different asian groups scheduled throughout the summer. I estimate these types of events boost attendance by 30% on summer weekends.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:23 AM
You know, those "community days" sound really interesting!

Certainly more interesting than Kennywood's "Eastern European Community du jour" days: Carpatho-Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Byzantine, Slovene, Polish, and Croation days all highlight the Kenny-calendar.

(Of course, there are also Irish, Scottish, Italian, and Jewish days, too, so it's not all perogies--there are knisches, too!)

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 1:11 PM
This park seems to have rentained its theming better than the other Paramount parks although Paramount has tried to ruin that with the last few installations. Theming=atmosphere=nice place to be. They also have retained their flat rides better than the other Paramount parks it seems.
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 1:55 PM
Brian,

As someone whose earliest park experiences were of various ethnic days, I just have to ask...

Do I have to send some baba out there to kick your dupa? Although I'll grant you that "Byzantine" is not an ethnicity. Yeah, I rolled my eyes when I saw that one too, but I keep saying I've got to make it out to Kennywood for that day.

Anyway, you should be glad they keep all those groups separated. They could start fighting over whose church makes the best pirogies. :)

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:13 PM
It has to be noted that Canada's Wonderland, unlike next highest Kings Island, offers a non-rider, general admission ticket and ride tickets, in addition to a POP plan.
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