Rumor: Updated Fountains at Canada’s Wonderland

In a recent video featuring the Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet and VP of Planning and Design Rob Decker, at the Clermont Steel Fabricators plant, where Gatekeeper’s track and keyhole elements are fabricated. They talk about the process of creating Gatekeeper, and you also get to see some great shots of B&M track in fabrication.

At 3:19, Matt Ouimet mentions some enhancements to the entrance fountains at Canada’s Wonderland.IMG_0982

We’re going to do some work, as an example on our fountains that are at the Kings parks, Canada’s Wonderland we’re going to start with…

This leads me to think, what are they going to do with the fountains, and will it be for this season? Right now the fountains are stationary, going off at sequenced intervals, but I can see some moving fountains like in World of Color at Disney California Adventure. Think about it, Matt Ouimet has his focus on family attractions, so it would only make sense to make the fountains into something a family can really enjoy, and maybe turn it into a night-time show. Who knows, maybe this is correlated with the Mamba trademark? Probably not, but since we don’t have anything confirmed for it yet, it was worth a shot.

Here’s one of my favourite videos of World of Color, as shot from a fixed-wing aircraft above the park. Maybe we’ll see something like this at a Cedar Fair park near you in the future.

Gold Striker Construction Update

Guess who got Gold Striker construction pics? WE DID!

A PureCoaster reader sent us a set of construction pics showing off the latest on this new GCI beauty.

Now, as someone who finds trip reports of twister coasters VERY confusing, especially if it’s at a park I’ve never been to, so I’ve made a chart that hopefully helps to clear up exactly what the photos are showing.

  • Orange; dueling turns
  • Green; double overbanked turns
  • Red; showcase turn, (because it looks really showy)

Overlooking the park entrance from the Star Tower, with the new 49ers Standium in the back.

Flight Deck invert on the side, got to love the greenery in the park.

Onto Gold Striker!

An older image, with construction focussing on the now complete double overbanked turns.

The two overlapping turns appear to be finished, (view from behind)

The inside view of the double overlapping turns.

Work continues outwards.

More footers, maybe for the “showcase turn (labelled red)”

Well that’s it for Gold Striker construction pics, we hope to get some more pics soon to show you guys. Thanks again to CoasterMech for sending us the pics.

Windseekers Temporarily Down at all Cedar Fair Parks

In response to recent mechanical failures of the Knotts Berry Farm version, and previously the Carowinds version of the Windseeker tower swing ride, Cedar Fair has closed all 6 versions of the attraction

After building four prototype versions of the ride in 2011, problems arose quickly, as the opening of all versions was delayed by weeks, and for the Knotts attraction, months. The rides continue to be plagued by mechanical failures, and Windseeker downtime became an all too familiar sight at Cedar Fair parks.

The causes of these failures vary, as the Knotts closure was caused by inaccurate electrical switch readings, and previous failures have been caused by safety brake sensors, forcing activation of ride safety measures.

Although the Carowinds and Knotts failures have been the only ones to make recent headlines, there have been numerous other instances like this with the Cedar Point, Canada’s Wonderland, Kings Dominion, but supposedly not at Kings Island, says the a park spokesperson.

It is unknown when Windseeker tower rides will reopen, but currently, the Knotts version is under heavy investigation.