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Latest News and Events

Welcome to The Newsroom. The latest press releases issued by Canada's Wonderland and details on upcoming events are all here. Working members of the media are welcome to contact the park with inquiries.

Canada’s Wonderland announces exhilarating cliff jumping water park attraction and kids’ airplane ride for 2020

Canada’s Wonderland announces exhilarating cliff jumping water park attraction and kids’ airplane ride for 2020

August 14, 2019

Canada’s Wonderland is taking guest adventures to new heights in 2020 with the addition of Mountain Bay Cliffs, a multi-level cliff jumping attraction in the water park and Beagle Brigade Airfield, an exciting airplane ride for children in Planet Snoopy.

Yukon Striker

World Record-breaking Dive Coaster Thrills Its First Riders

April 25, 2019

At Canada’s Wonderland this week, the winners of a charity draw took the first ride on Yukon Striker, the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster.

Canada's Wonderland Completes Construction of Record-breaking Dive Roller Coaster Yukon Strike

Canada's Wonderland Completes Construction of Record-breaking Dive Roller Coaster Yukon Striker

February 4, 2019

The last piece of roller coaster track for Yukon Striker was just installed at Canada’s Wonderland, marking the completion of what will be the fastest, tallest and longest dive roller coaster in the world.

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Media Contacts

The Canada’s Wonderland Public Relations Department welcomes inquiries and visits from credentialed members of the news media for the production of high quality news features and programs about the Park.

Please direct media inquiries to: 
Canada’s Wonderland Public Relations Department
9580 Jane Street 
Vaughan, ON, L6A 1S6

MEDIA CONTACT
Grace Peacock, Director of Communications
Email: grace.peacock@canadaswonderland.com
Office: 905-832-7480 (Media Calls Only)

High resolution images, logos and B-roll are available upon request.

Blogger and influencer contact:
Nicoleta Micle, Digital Marketing Manager
Email: nicoleta.micle@canadaswonderland.com
Office: 905-832-7482

Advertising contact:
Dwayne McMulkin, Director of Consumer Demand Marketing
Email: dwayne.mcmulkin@canadaswonderland.com
Office: 905-832-7484

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Media Ticket Requests

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and our postponed park opening, we are unable to host Media Day in 2020. Once we are open, our media ticket request program will return and members of the media can request up to (4) complimentary tickets for one day during the remainder of the regular operating season. 

Please visit this page again at that time for the request form.

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Blogger and Influencer Program

Are you a Blogger, Influencer or YouTuber with a strong following and a knack for storytelling and sharing experiences? We'd love to hear from you!

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Broadcast Policies

The following guidelines are to be observed at all times. These guidelines have been established for the safety of our guests and associates. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • All media representatives with photo, radio, video and/or TV equipment must be accompanied by an assigned Public Relations and/or Canada’s Wonderland escort at all times while on park property.
  • All photo/radio/video/TV media representatives are to remain on midway areas only, and are not allowed in any restricted areas except by special permission from Public Relations.
  • Taping, filming and photographing inside show venues during performances is not allowed, except by special permission from Public Relations and the performers involved. Even with this permission, no show can ever be recorded in its entirety.
  • Media representatives and all associated production activities are not allowed to inconvenience park guests in any way.
  • Photo/Video/TV cameras, tape recorders and cellular phones are not allowed on any ride or attraction except by special permission from Public Relations. The park maintains a complete library of B-roll footage and still photos of all major rides, shows and attractions, which is available by request.
  • Media representatives may interview guests only with the explicit consent of that guest and Public Relations.

Media Events

From time to time, Canada’s Wonderland will host events for select media at the park. To assist us in keeping our media contact lists current, please send information to: grace.peacock@canadaswonderland.com.

Access to media events is restricted and by invitation only. Invitations are usually non-transferable and specific criteria may apply. Canada’s Wonderland reserves the right to refuse access at our discretion.

Non-Working Media Events

For the last many years, the park has hosted an annual Media Day. This is an exclusive, highly anticipated event. Select members of the media are invited to visit the park as guests with their immediate families to review the features of the coming season. The event is usually held pre-season. Working crews are not accommodated on this event.

Access to this event is restricted. During the early spring, we review our media lists and create an invitation list that reflects the editorial agenda for the coming season. From year to year, our invitation list varies. Though we would like to invite a great many members of the media, the list is restricted to working editorial and executive media in the GTA, with a focus on news and entertainment. 

Working Media Events

On occasion, the park will host working media events of various designs and formats. These may be occasions where we will offer exclusive access to an attraction or event for the purpose of developing a news or entertainment story. We carefully review these opportunities to ensure that they are newsworthy. Further, we will ensure that we meet your needs in developing a comprehensive and informed piece by providing whatever support you require (i.e. technical support, press materials, interview opportunities, shot recommendations, etc.).

Drone Policy

All drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are prohibited at (in) all Cedar Fair parks, including Canada's Wonderland, with the sole exception of the company’s certified Pilot-In-Command listed on the park's Special Flight Operations Certificate. Any unauthorized drone(s) observed over Canada's Wonderland will be reported to Transport Canada and local law enforcement, regardless of its point of origin or operation. According to Transport Canada, drones must fly at least 30 metres away from vehicles and the public (if weighing more than 250g up to 1kg) or at least 75 metres away from vehicles and the public (if weighing more than 1 kg up to 35 kg). If it’s believed any drone flying near Canada’s Wonderland property poses a risk to public safety, the safety of staff and/or violates Transport Canada guidelines, it will be reported to the relevant authorities. 

Park History

The Park, that entertains millions annually, first opened for guests in 1981. 

Following an extensive site selection process by the park’s developers, Taft Broadcasting Company and the Great West Life Assurance Company, Maple (Vaughan) was finally chosen as the ideal location, due to its close proximity to Toronto and 400 series highways.

Initial construction of the park commenced in April, 1979. During construction, Canadian companies partnered on the preliminary design and engineering of this massive project that involved 12 architectural and engineering firms and more than 700 trades people. 

Two years later, Canada’s Wonderland was officially opened on May 23, 1981 by then Premier of Ontario, William Davis, during a spectacular ceremony that included 10,000 helium balloons, 13 parachutists, 350 white doves, a pipe band and four children representing the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions of Canada.

In 1993, Canada's Wonderland was acquired by Paramount Communications Inc., becoming part of its Paramount Parks division. Shortly thereafter, Canada's Wonderland became Paramount Canada's Wonderland, reflecting the park's new association with Paramount Parks. 

On May 14, 2006, it was announced that Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. was interested in acquiring Canada's Wonderland. The acquisition was completed on June 30, 2006. As a result, in early January 2007 the park reverted back to its original name, "Canada's Wonderland.” 

Cedar Fair's dedication to providing the best in family entertainment and guest service has kept guests coming back year after year. Today, with 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, an indoor water park and resort accommodations, Cedar Fair is one of the largest and most successful amusement park operators in the world. 

Each season, Canada's Wonderland has introduced new attractions and features, investing an additional $250 million since the park first opened. 

In 1983, Wonderland built the Kingswood Music Theatre, a state-of-the-art 15,000 seat amphitheatre that has played host to many of the music industry’s major artists. 

In 1992, Canada's Wonderland became two-parks-in-one with the addition of Splash Works, a 20-acre water park. Splash Works boasts Canada’s largest outdoor wave pool and, as of 2020, holds more than 7.9 million litres (2.1 million US gallons) of water across its attractions, including 11 slides, two splash stations, a lazy river and the new cliff jumping attraction, Mountain Bay Cliffs. 

And most notably, throughout the park’s first quarter century of operation, Wonderland introduced some of North America’s most popular ride attractions, including such favourites as Flight Deck, The Fly, Drop Tower, The Bat, Skyrider (1985-2014), Vortex, Psyclone and Silver Streak. Behemoth premiered in 2008 and set the stage for big coaster thrills with a climb to a height of 230 feet (70.1m), followed by an adrenaline pumping 75-degree drop with speeds reaching 125 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and a track length of over 5,300 feet (1,616m). 

In 2012, the park premiered Dinosaurs Alive - a seven-acre dinosaur park, with more than 40 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. The attraction saw its last season in 2018.  

In 2012, the park also unveiled Leviathan, one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Riders climb to an astonishing 306 feet (97.7m) followed by an exhilarating 80-degree drop, reaching speeds of 148 km/h. 

2014 set the stage for a thrilling new interactive 4-D dark ride inside the depths of Wonder Mountain, with the introduction of Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. Riders experience stunning 3D effects overlaid with 4-D elements, encountering mythical creatures on a quest that culminates in an ultimate battle with a heart stopping finale that will shock thrill seekers of all ages! 

In 2016, Canada’s Wonderland took guests to new heights with the introduction of Skyhawk and Flying Eagles. Skyhawk riders take control of their own cockpit, showcasing their flying abilities as they maneuver through 360 degree turns, and challenge themselves to engage in multiple inversions 135 feet up in the air. Little pilots can have their own interactive adventure on Flying Eagles as they glide 28 feet above the ground.

Canada’s Wonderland brought two unique and adrenaline-pumping attractions to its park in 2017. Muskoka Plunge, a 60 ft. (18 m) tall waterslide complex featuring four speed slides, had riders feeling the adrenaline rush by stepping into an enclosed launch chamber and plummeting into a high-speed free-fall through S-curves and 360° loops at speeds of approximately 40 km/h. Canada’s Wonderland also introduced Soaring Timbers, a unique ride experience that sends guests spiraling through the sky on two massive rotating and sweeping gondolas. 

The 2018 season saw the addition of two new rides and Lakeside Lagoon, an expansion area in the water park. Lumberjack took guests for a thrilling ride on two swinging axe pendulums, propelling them into the sky with their feet dangling through 360 degree loops. Flying Canoes is an interactive family ride that allows riders to control their journey of flight with the push of a button. And in Lakeside Lagoon, children enjoy a kiddie pool with interactive spray features and family slides. 

The 2019 season brought the largest capital investment in the park’s history since opening, with the addition of Yukon Striker and WinterFest. Featuring a 90-degree drop into an underwater tunnel, Yukon Striker is the world’s longest (3,625ft/ 1,105m), tallest (245ft/ 75m) and fastest dive coaster (130km/h or 80mph). It became the flagship attraction in the new themed section of the park, Frontier Canada – which was a section that was originally planned to be park of the park when it opened, but just never came to be. 

WinterFest debuted in November 2019 and Canada’s Wonderland officially became a four-season amusement park. The immersive, holiday event featured more than five million holiday lights, a skating rink on International Street, more than a dozen live shows and entertainment. 

New for 2020 is an attraction called Mountain Bay Cliffs where guests can experience the exhilaration of cliff jumping from a variety of heights into the water below, with the ultimate challenge of conquering the highest peak at seven-and-a-half metres (25 feet). Also coming is Beagle Brigade Airfield, an exciting plane ride for kids. 

Canada’s Wonderland will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2021. With more than 200 attractions across approximately 300 acres, including 77 rides, 17 roller coasters, Splash Works, world-class entertainment and special events, Canada's Wonderland is the country’s premier amusement park. 
 

Attractions Timeline

  • 1981 - Park Opens
  • 1982 - Kings Courtyard
  • 1983 - Kingswood Music Theatre
  • 1984 - White Water Canyon
  • 1985 - Skyrider
  • 1986 - Thunder Run
  • 1987 - The Bat
  • 1988 - Racing Rivers
  • 1989 - Timberwolf Falls
  • 1990 - Jet Scream
  • 1991 - Vortex
  • 1992 - Splash Works
  • 1993 - Kid's Kingdom
  • 1994 - Action Theatre featuring Days Of Thunder
  • 1995 - Flight Deck
  • 1996 - Xtreme Skyflyer and Splash Works Expansion with White Water Bay, Pump House & Black Hole
  • 1997 - Drop Tower and Speed City Raceway
  • 1998 - KidZville, The Edge Climbing Wall, and James Bond - License To Thrill inside Action Theatre
  • 1999 - The Fly, Escape from Dino Island 3D inside Action Theatre, and Splash Works Expansion with Super Soaker & The Plunge
  • 2000 - Riptide and Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
  • 2001 - Shockwave, 7th Portal inside Action Theatre, and Zoom Zone with Silver Streak, Blast Off! and Jumpin' Jet
  • 2002 - Psyclone and Splash Works Expansion with Barracuda Blaster & Riptide Racer
  • 2003 - Sledge Hammer, Nickelodeon Central, and Launch Pad
  • 2004 - Time Warp
  • 2005 - Backlot Stunt Coaster and Halloween Haunt
  • 2006 - Hollywood Stunt Spectacular
  • 2007 - Endless Summer on Ice
  • 2008 - Behemoth
  • 2010 - Planet Snoopy
  • 2011 - WindSeeker and Starlight Spectacular
  • 2012 - Leviathan and Dinosaurs Alive!
  • 2014 - Wonder Mountain's Guardian 
  • 2015 - Splash Works Expansion with Typhoon & Splash Station
  • 2016 - Skyhawk & Flying Eagles
  • 2017 - Soaring Timbers & Muskoka Plunge
  • 2018 - LumberJack, Flying Canoes and Splash Island Expansion 'Lakeside Lagoon'
  • 2019 - Yukon Striker, WinterFest
  • 2020 - Mountain Bay Cliffs, Beagle Brigade Airfield

Fun Facts

FOOD

  • More than 50,000 pounds of bulk candy are sold in a season. That’s the average size of 5 adult elephants!
  • International Street’s Pizza Pizza sells more pizza slices that any other Pizza Pizza location in Ontario, even though we are only open for 130 days a year!
  • More than 120,000 foot long hotdogs are consumed in a season, equivalent to the length of 23 Behemoths!
  • If you stacked all of the 135,957 whole pizzas sold in the Park during the 2017 season on top of each other, they would equal the height of Skyhawk 66 times!
  • In the 2019 season, the Park sold more than 290,000 Funnel Cakes! That recipe with the classic strawberry sauce and vanilla ice cream has been the park’s signature recipe since Canada’s Wonderland opened in 1981.

MERCHANDISE/GAMES

  • Half a million stuffed toys are won at the Park each season.

GENERAL PARK

  • The park is situated on 300 acres, with more than 200 attractions including 17 roller coasters, two children's areas and a 20-acre water park Splash Works. 
  • The Park’s landscape features approximately 6,000 trees and 75,000 shrubs.
  • The Park’s parking lot is over 3 million square feet with 10,300 parking spaces. It would be able to hold over 50 cruise ships!
  • The Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday and Labour Day Weekend firework celebrations use in excess of 6,000 fireworks hitting heights of over 600 feet (183m).
  • During the Park’s Opening Ceremonies on May 23, 1981, Wayne Gretzky made a special guest appearance to raise the Canadian flag.

WONDER MOUNTAIN

  • Wonder Mountain originally had a red beacon at the top peak to alert planes of the structure. This was due to the Maple Airport that was once located on the other side of Jane Street near Major Mackenzie.
  • 30,000 gallons (113,562 litres) of water flows over Victoria Falls every minute. The 60-foot high waterfall also acts as a cooling tower for the park’s air conditioning. As the water cascades off the mountain, it’s cooled and then distributed to various buildings through an underground utility system. Impressive and energy efficient!

RIDES

  • Canada’s Wonderland has the third most roller coasters among all amusement parks in the world with 17 in the park.
  • It would take more than 15.8 million bottles of water to fill Splash Works. Total water volume in Splash Works is 7,949,365 liters (2.1M US gallons).
  • Leviathan is the tallest roller coaster in the park, with a summit that reaches 93.3 metres high. Its lift hill features a whopping 430 steps!
  • Yukon Striker is the world’s longest (1,105 metres or 3,625 feet), tallest (75 metres or 245 feet) and fastest dive coaster (130 km/h or 80 mph). 
  • The Behemoth roller coaster summit is 70.1m high and features 322 steps on its lift hill.
  • Longest roller coaster in the Park: Leviathan at 5,486 feet long (1,672m)
  • Shortest roller coaster in the Park is Taxi Jam at 205 feet long (62m)
  • Fastest roller coaster in the Park – Leviathan 148km/h and one of the top 10 fastest in the world.
  • Fastest non-coaster ride in the Park – Drop Tower 100km/h, straight down!
  • Before its departure after the 1994 season, Zumba Flume gave over 14,000,000 rides (14,398,530)
  • Sledge Hammer is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ attraction with no other similar ride ever built.
  • Dragon Fyre was originally built to operate with three trains. During testing it was discovered that it only allowed 22 seconds to unload/load each train. The third train was eventually modified and used on The Bat.
  • Canada’s Wonderland is home to 2 unique carousels, with 106 horses to ride.
  • Canada’s Wonderland’s WindSeeker was the first of its kind to open in the world.
  • The ride that saw the highest ridership in 2019 was Leviathan, at 1,675,372 rides.
  • In 2019, the non-coaster ride to give the most rides was Vikings Rage at 977,550.
  • In its inaugural year in 2019, Yukon Striker gave 1,367,423 rides. 
  • From opening in 1981 to the end of the 2019 season, total ridership at Canada’s Wonderland clocked in at approximately 882 million rides.