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.

Leviathan Previews

Canada’s Wonderland’s newest coaster Leviathan held its previews on Friday April 27th, and the folks from PureCoaster were there to check it out! With the addition of Leviathan, Canada’s Wonderland is now that much better of a park.

Leviathan dominates the park, especially the entrance. The hammerhead turn takes up that whole little park in front of the entrance. Plus, the lift hill is visible from anywhere, and when you’re driving to the park, it’s the first thing you’ll see on the horizon.

The trains do in fact feature those cool zero car add-ons with snake head theming like on Diamondback, and it should be noted that this coaster is using classic style four across cars instead of stadium seating like on Behemoth.

As for theming, I’m glad Wonderland continued the Medieval theming, and not only on the station, but in the former Cyber Central arcade building. It used to look really out of place with a large futuristic metal facade, but in the off season, the completely redid it, and in the photo on the right, you can see everything fits together seamlessly.

My thoughts on Leviathan:

Leviathan is an absolutely fantastic ride. You pull amazing g’s on the drop, and you maintain high speeds throughout the ride. The high speed curve is surprisingly fun, and yes you do pull a little airtime on it! Each element is executed with speed and elegance, Leviathan is a coaster that should be on an enthusiast’s bucket list! if you ever have a chance to come up to Canada’s Wonderland,  take it!

And if you’re just dying to ride this thing, but sadly you can’t make it to the park, CWMania shot a great POV of the ride on preview night!

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April 2012 Recap

The month of April has come and gone, and as we progress into the year 2012, the attractions the public anticipates finally open their gates. As for the rest, they are all checking the last things off their check-lists, and getting ready for openings in the near future. Lets take a look at what happened at theme parks this month;

Leviathan Preview

Canada’s Wonderland unveiled their beast-of-a-coaster Leviathan at the end of April, and the folks from PureCoaster were there!!!! I’ll have a full photo update on the site real soon, (sorry for the delay.)

Oziris Opening

B&M inverts have become coaster classics, and Oziris looks like it can live up to the legacy left by coasters like Nemesis and Katun. Sporting Egyptian theming, and Montu style track and trains, this looks like a winner.

www.rollercoasterevolution.eu

Nemesis Sub-Terra

“Your worst nightmare underground,” opened at Alton Towers and just by the fact that this is the only attraction to ever get an an age rating by the British Board of Film Classification, this is not for the easily frightened!

www.themeparktourist.com

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Disney Dreams Premiere

Now this is a show that lives up to the name “night-time spectacular!” Disneyland Paris’ Disney Dreams is  a castle show, and with water fountains, digital projection, lasers, and plenty of pyro, Disney Dreams has to be seen to be believed!

www.insidethemagic.net

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories Previews

Disney Dreams isn’t the only new night-time show for 2012, Universal has begun showing their new night-time show that features numerous water effects, and of course fireworks.

www.attractionsmagazine.com

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Transformers Sneak Peek

Even though it’s not set to open for another month, Transformers is already in “Technical Rehearsals!” After all the hype this attraction has received since the announcement, this is looking REALLY good.

www.micechat.com

TurtleTrek Opening

Dubbed as the first 360 degree 3D attraction, TurtleTrek’s opening is the first of one of three attractions SeaWorld has planned for the next two years.

www.attractionsmagazine.com

Windseekers Openings

Continuing on the success from last year’s four Windseekers, Cedar Fair opened another two incarnations of this 301ft tower swing at Kings Dominion and Carowinds.

Carowinds @ www.thecoastercritic.com

Kings Dominion @ www.behindthethrills.com

Stinger Opening

Even though this is Dorney Park’s second relocated shuttle coaster, there’s something about this ride that makes me happy to see it open. Brought in from the almost sold California’s Great America, it’s a great fit at Dorney Park.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

X-Flight Testing

The remaining “New for 2012” B&M wing coaster began testing this month. Think about it, it will only be a few weeks until we’ll be able to ride this epic coaster!

Shambhala Testing

Leviathan and Skyrush aren’t the only mega coasters opening this year, Shambhala has not only completed it’s track this month, but it’s begun testing as well!

www.park-logic.com

Verbolten Testing

We’re all one step closer to “Braving the Black Forest,” as Verbotlen is testing as well!

Mammoth Testing

Holiday World has beaten their own record for World’s Longest Water Coaster with Mammoth. Sitting next to it’s predecessor Wildebeest, Mammoth not only looks like a great ride, but it fits in with the Splashin’ Safari theme too!

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Apocalypse Track Completion

After virtually no updates from the park, Six Flags America’s hand me down Apocalypse has completed it’s track this month. Additionally, they have started re-painting the supports to match this coaster’s hot new black and orange paint job.

www.themeparkreview.com

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Divertical Track Completion

Mirabilandia’s Intamin Hypersplash/coaster combo with multiple splash-downs and coaster segments has it’s circuit complete. We can expect to see water dummy testing soon!

www.coastercommunity.altervista.org

Sky Screamers Topped Off

Even though Cedar Fair has beaten Six Flags on getting their tower swings running, Six Flags’ Sky Screamers were all topped off this month.

SFGAd @ www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

SGFT @ www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

La Ronde @ Facebook

And please, if I have missed anything, comment it!

March 2012 Recap

As we get further into 2012, all of the highly anticipated attractions open, and those that aren’t quite there check more things off of their construction lists. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few surprises. Lets take a look at what’s happened at theme parks this month:

The Swarm Opening

One of the first “New for 2012” roller coasters to open was Thorpe Park’s The Swarm. This heavily themed wingrider opened mid-month and is a fantastic addition to Thorpe Park.

Check out the full scoop at www.coasterforce.com

Wild Eagle Opening

Right on schedule, Dollywood opened Wild Eagle, the third wingrider by B&M. Not only is this a great coaster, but it has been accompanied by a metal eagle sculpture. Between this, Thunderhead and Mystery Mine, Dollywood is now a must-visit park.

Read a full update at www.themeparkreview.com

Storybook Circus Opening

The Magic Kingdom got a little more magical this month as the first phase in the Fantasyland expansion opened to guests. Storybook Circus, taking the place of the old Toontown Fair, features the classic Dumbo attraction, and a re-themed Barnstormer roller coaster.

A great update can be found at www.insidethemagic.net

Wodan  Timbur Coaster Opening

In recent news, Europa Park’s Wodan had its media event. This GCI Woody interacts with rides like Atlantica Supersplash and Blue Fire. Additionally, the park kept with tradition and added a fair amount of theming in the queue as well as around the attraction.

The folks from www.themeparkreview.com were there, and have lots of photos to prove it.

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Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast Announcement

Six Flags always seems to have something up their sleeve, and a little while back, they announced that their Mr. Freeze launch coasters, would be re-worked to launch trains backwards starting this summer.

Check out my post here: www.purecoaster.wordpress.com

Leviathan Testing

Another milestone was reached at Canada’s Wonderland as the much anticipated Leviathan began testing with water dummies.

I posted about it here: www.purecoaster.wordpress.com

X-Flight Track Completion

The final wingrider to open this season is not to be left out, as X-Flight’s track was completed at Six Flags Great America.

A bunch of pictures of the completed track are at www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

Manta Track Completion

Seaworld San Diego’s Manta launch coaster also completed its track this month, and work has shifted to the aquarium and theming.

A massive gallery can be found at www.darkbeer.smugmug.com

Skyrush Track Completion

Additionally, the last piece of Hershey Park’s Skyrush was put in place, as the park nears its 2012 season opening.

www.keystonethrills.wordpress.com has a great photo update.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and in the next few months, as the rest of the attractions for this year open, I’ll post a few more of these to cover everything at a glance.

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Leviathan Update: March 19

Things are really looking good for Leviathan as Canada’s Wonderland continues to check things off of Leviathan’s to-do list. Today, the park released a POV of a Leviathan test run. As things continue to show up online, I’m getting more and more pumped for the opening of this monster coaster. Additionally, if you look closely in the video, during the airtime hills you can clearly see the water dummies rise up against the restraints! Behemoth has some serious competition.

In addition to the video, Leviathan’s official blog has a new entry and the main gallery has a bunch of new photos of the trains and station building.

Leviathan: Yay or Nay

When Wonderland opened for the 2011 season, a fence appeared near Speed City Raceway, and immediately the speculation on what Wonderland had up their sleeve began. But in August, it was released that in 2012, a new B&M Giga would be premiering at the park.

Featuring a whopper 306ft lift hill, a top speed of 148km/h, and a bunch of classic elements, it is quite the coaster.

If you want to see a little more check out the official site, and my recent Leviathan Update

Now I will admit, I wasn’t thrilled when the ride was announced back in August. I was actually a little upset, (I really wanted a B&M floorless,) but as I’ve seen it rise, now I’m really looking forward to riding it, and personally I think it is an excellent addition to the park.

So what do you think?

Leviathan Update: Feb 26

Leviathan’s track is finally complete, and I went up to that park yesterday and I took so many photos that if I posted them all in this post, it would run on for a ridiculously long length. So, I’ve posted the highlights here, and you can see the whole gallery on the PureCoaster’s new Flickr account.

To be honest, this is one of those rides where photos don’t do it justice, personally, I can’t wait to see it action.