Saturday was a big day for me, after getting my ACE membership about 1/2 a year ago, I finally exercised it, and attended my first ACE event at my home park of Canada’s Wonderland. It started out with a really early rise, and a trip in the car, only to arrive at the park to find that us, along with 20 other cars of coaster geeks, were locked out of the parking lot. Luckily for me, we’d arrived just a few minutes before park security came out to let us in. For those wondering, here is the back of the lanyard, with the schedule for the day:
After registering and getting out loot packages, we proceeded to do our Behemoth walk-back tour.
It was early, and the location of the park meant that I’d be getting lots of sun in my photos.
But that wasn’t all we got, we also got the obligatory station tour, as well as access to another backstage area.
After the backstage tour was done, we have about an hour and a half of ERT, and as many of you might know about ERT, you’re rushing around from ride to ride trying to cram is as much as you can in your time period, so there aren’t many photos from the morning or night ERT sessions, sorry.
So fast-forward a few hours, and we had our breakfast and rather uneventful management Q&A. Then, Assistant Regional Rep Jordan May pulled the wraps off of his scavenger hunt, full of odd questions about the park. So, a few ACE buddies and I spent the next few hours running around the park finding answers and snapping pictures for required questions.
Mondial plaque #1? (Riptide) Check!
Dragon Fire train 1? Check!
Dragon Fire train 2? Check!
Mondial plaque #2? (Shockwave) Check! (Have you figured out the first two questions yet?)
Waterfall not on Wonder Mountain? Check!
Random Vortex photo? Check! (Not an actual question….)
Mondial plaque #3? (Windseeker) Check!
Mondial plaque #4? (Psyclone) Check, question complete! Believe it or not this was the hardest to find, as we scoured the ride and platform, only to find it’s right next to the entrance sign!
Second waterfall not on Wonder Mountain? Check!
Two random park photos?
Dragon Fire train #3? Check! (It was taken off of Dragon Fire when The Bat opened because Dragon Fire supposedly never needed the capacity.)
Can you guess where we headed next?
And with lunch, comes a load of awesome Leviathan pics!
After lunch, and taking the group photo, we went about to enjoy the rest of our days. Me of course, met up with some coaster enthusiasts I’d never met and ended up chatting with park PR rep Dineen Beaven for, like, and hour, then splitting from them after realizing they all had Fast Lane+ and I didn’t 😦 To be honest my afternoon was pretty uneventful, except for my first ride ever on the park’s Top Scan Shockwave.
As I’m sure those who have ridden similar rides know, these things are frickin fun! The unpredictability of them, and the tossing and turning is just, to me, the most fun you’ll have on a flat ride. (Consider the debate started…)
Now, if you know the park’s layout, you might have guessed where I’d be heading next based on it’s notable absence from the TR, until now. I was eager to peek around the back side of the mountain, to see what I could of Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. This particular hole is right near/under Vortex’s first drop, and is right at ground level. (Prime location for an entrance if you ask me.)
This hole, is a good ways up the side of the mountain, and is supposedly where the ride vehicles would re-enter the mountain from after making a 60ft climb outside.
For locals, this one should look familiar, it’s right next to the Wonder Mountain bathrooms, another prime location for an entrance……
There is in fact another hole being blown out at ground level, closer to the front of the mountain. However, it’s behind the faux rock work railing of the former Wonder Mountain pathway, and I was unable to get any photos, (and sorry for the blurriness of this one.) But essentially, it says something I’m on the fence about; in front of all of the ground level holes, has been these green tarps with signs saying that all of the work is in preparation for Haunt. Whether I believe it or not, is another question, but it has been confirmed that SOMETHING at Haunt will be in the mountain this Fall, we’ll just have to wait and see what is going where.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy some general park photos from the entrance.
At about 7 o’clock, we were all called in for funnel cake, and the announcement of the scavenger hunt winners! I ended up tying for second place, (not too shabby!) The prize pack included a Wonderland mug, shirt, and a Leviathan lanyard.
The back has stats on the ride.
Now back to the park!
Then as day turned to dusk, turned to night, we got our taste of night-time ERT on Thunder Run, The Fly, Vortex, and of course Leviathan. I got two laps in on all of the former, and too many to count on the latter. Vortex above all stood out for me, as it appeared to be running ridiculously fast that night, with everyone on the train agreeing with me.
Again, since I was on such a high during the ERT session, I don’t have many pictures to show, sorry.
And such concludes our trip report. Thanks for sticking with me on this super-long post, and be sure to check back here on PureCoaster for more info-as-we-get-it on Wonder Mountain’s Guardian! See ya later!