Wild Weather at Canada?s Wonderland -June 15, 2002

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Monday, June 17, 2002 6:11 AM
What a day. My daughter (56") and I decided we would celebrate the near ending of school with a Saturday at our home park... PCW. We usually go a couple times later in the year to take in the sights and sounds, but this year we thought we would try a weekend.

Crowds weren't too bad... except for the longest and slowest moving line EVER on The Bat (Boomerang). Sheesh, the rides not that good? but I guess when it is the tallest and worst capacity coaster in the park, that's what you get!

The park instantly came to a stop in the early afternoon when an extremely loud thunder boom roared across the park. EVERYBODY jumped. During this time, we decided to go and check out Superstars in the Paramount Theatre. It is a great show with amazing singers. Kudos to all of the "Superstars". The dancing was superb, the sound was perfect and the whole performance was well polished. I'll let you all know if it is still this great by the end of the summer. We loved the show so much we saw it again in the late afternoon.

I won't go into a detailed report about all of the rides we went on, but we nearly hit all of the majors with a tossup of our favourite going to Psyclone and Shockwave for flat rides, and Vortex, The Fly and Wild Beast for coaster. Cliffhanger would be better... except not everyone wants to get drenched. The swings are also a classic.

Vortex is way too much fun, but it lacks the airtime that both my daughter and I enjoy. The operators there were pretty fast compared to those on Top Gun who were painfully slow.

We ended the night riding Wild Beast for the last hour. We were drenched as it was a torrential downpour until about 9:30. The ride operators were having fun asking us if we liked our ride on Wild Water Canyon and the guy asked over the speaker for the other operator to do a rain dance on the platform for the rain to stop.

Well, another great day at Wonderland. We are definitely coming back to hit the water park which looks amazing. Too bad it was such wacky weather on Saturday. Can't wait to come back and see Superstars again. I can't stress it enough. If you go to Wonderland, this is a must see. Take a half hour break and sit in air conditioning and relax. And don't worry about sitting at the front; they don't do any silly audience participation during the show.

Cheers.

*** This post was edited by Karin_PCW on 6/17/2002. ***

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Monday, June 17, 2002 12:39 PM

I was working that day, and yes, the weather was quite odd.

I was checking restraints at Shockwave at the time of that huge boom of thunder, and it made the whole booth shake.

But that downpour at the end was pretty funny, as I was at Vortex, and we were sending out trains with 5-10 people, but it was the same 5-10 people over and over. I would have been one of them if I wasn't working :)

With that being said, I think yesterday was the ideal day to go. It threatened rain all day, but never did, which kept crowds almost non-existant.

NO, I repeat, NO lines anywhere. Re-rides on everything all day (well, coasters at least)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2002 4:49 AM
I could not agree more with you. Saturday was a fantastic day to visit the park. Streams of people left the park during the first rainstorm. And even more left when it started pouring around 8:00.

Vortex was running slick and great on Saturday too. The staff operating it and the Wild Beast seemed to be hustling when we were there. Kudos to your crew too!

I would not go quite as far saying no lines all day, but by 8 it was re-ride and re-ride on anything we wanted.

Wonderland is so underrated. They have some great coasters and amazing flat rides ranging from tame to insane. (Hey? that should be there new marketing pitch :)) You heard it here first.

Maybe we will see you in a couple weeks VortexGuy. You work more then one ride?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2002 9:02 AM

Well, when I mentioned the re-rides, I was referring to Sunday, as all day there were no lines, but that doesn't matter :) (for example, in the last half hour or so, we were only using one arm on Shockwave, as there were never more than 5 people on the ride)

I work Vortex and Shockwave, just ask for Dave (or keep an eye out for the guy with the blue and gold Oakley sunglasses, they're pretty hard to miss :) )

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