Canada's Wonderland

Coordinates: 43°50′30″N 79°32′35″W / 43.84167°N 79.54306°W / 43.84167; -79.54306
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Canada's Wonderland
Previously known as Paramount Canada's Wonderland (1993–2006)
Canada's Wonderland logo (2017).svg
LocationVaughan, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°50′30″N 79°32′35″W / 43.84167°N 79.54306°W / 43.84167; -79.54306
Opened23 May 1981; 42 years ago (1981-05-23)
OwnerCedar Fair
Former owners
General managerNorm Pirtovshek[1]
SloganIt's Amazing in Here
Operating seasonMay–December
Attendance587,000 (2021)[2]
Area134 hectares (330 acres)
Roller coasters18
Water rides2

Canada's Wonderland, formerly known as Paramount Canada's Wonderland, is a 134-hectare (330-acre) amusement park located in Vaughan, Ontario, a municipality within the Greater Toronto Area. Opened in 1981 by the Taft Broadcasting Company and the Great-West Life Assurance Company, it was the first major theme park in Canada and remains the country's largest.[3][4] Cedar Fair purchased the park from Paramount Parks in 2006, and they have owned and operated the park since then. In 2019, it was the most-visited seasonal amusement park in North America with an estimated 3.9 million guests.

Canada's Wonderland normally operates from late April or early May to Labour Day, and then on weekends until late October or early November. Special events are held throughout the season, including Halloween Haunt and various festivals such as Celebration Canada, a month-long Canada Day festival. Beginning in 2019, the park also hosts WinterFest, a holiday-themed event that extends the park's operating season to late December or early January.

With eighteen roller coasters, Canada's Wonderland has the second most of any theme park, behind Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, which has twenty. Eight hectares (20 acres) of the park houses a water park named Splash Works.

Park history[edit]


When Canada's Wonderland was planned, the Greater Toronto Area lacked a seasonal amusement park. Toronto had previously hosted three amusement parks that had roller coasters. Sunnyside Amusement Park closed in the 1950s to make room for the Gardiner Expressway.[5] The Scarboro Beach and Hanlan's Point amusement parks both closed in the 1920s.[6]


In 1972, the Taft Broadcasting Company, headed by Kelly Robinson, first proposed building a 134-hectare (330-acre)[7] theme park in the then small village of Maple, part of Vaughan, Ontario. Several other possible locations in Ontario were considered, including Niagara Falls, Cambridge, and Milton, but Maple was finally selected because of its proximity to the City of Toronto and the 400-series of highways.[8]

Others had seriously considered the Greater Toronto Area as a spot to build a theme park, among them the Conklin family (whose Conklin Shows ran various midways around North America, including Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition midway). Walt Disney also considered the idea before choosing Florida for the Walt Disney World Resort, rejecting Toronto mainly because of the city's seasonal climate, which would make the operating season too short to be profitable.[9]

Construction of the park was opposed on multiple fronts. Many cultural institutions in Toronto – such as Ontario Place, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the operators of the Canadian National Exhibition – felt that the Toronto market was not large enough to support more competition. Other groups that fought the building of Wonderland included a Vaughan residential association called SAVE, which thought the increased traffic would reduce property values. People in the region were concerned that the new park would be similar in aesthetics to a carnival or midway.[10][dubious ] Some of the concessions the company made included a landscaped berm around the park to reduce noise and modifying the appearance of the large parking lot. Taft Broadcasting was concerned about opposition and flew a group of opponents and regional councillors to Mason, Ohio (near Cincinnati) to show them the positive impact of one of its theme parks on the local community.

Canada's Wonderland was also responsible for changing the master development plan for the province of Ontario. The provincial government wanted to increase residential and commercial development to the east of Toronto in the Regional Municipality of Durham, which includes Pickering and Oshawa, while keeping the lands to the north of Toronto agricultural, as a Greenbelt. The Wonderland promoters were able to convince the province to amend the planning policy for the region, and the park secured infrastructure improvements, including a highway overpass and sewage systems, that were expanded and built out to the site. This infrastructure paved the way for increased development throughout the region.[10][dubious ]

During the park's development, it was decided that Wonder Mountain would serve as its centrepiece, as opposed to the replica Eiffel Towers found in its sister parks.

Concerns were also raised about the cultural implications of allowing an American theme park to open in Canada. Many felt that it would be a "Trojan Horse" for American culture. To counter the criticism, Taft planned to open Frontier Canada, a part of the park devoted to Canada's history. Early park maps show the area encompassing what is now Splash Works, White Water Canyon, the Action Theatre and the southern part of Kidzville. Taft also proposed including a steam passenger train. While Frontier Canada was not brought up as an idea until 2019 by a different owner, several original themes remain in the area. Unlike its sister parks, Kings Island and Kings Dominion, it was decided early that the centrepiece of the park would not be a replica of Paris's famous Eiffel Tower. Instead, the park's designers chose to build a massive mountain, known as Wonder Mountain, situated at the top of International Street. Wonder Mountain featured a huge waterfall and interior pathways that led visitors to a look-out point. The interior pathways have been closed since and have remained closed. Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Vaughan at Canada's Wonderland, a hotel, was being built during the first half of 2019 and was set to open in late 2020, though the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its opening to mid-2021, but is in limbo.[11]

Construction and opening[edit]

On 13 June 1979, Ontario Premier Bill Davis depressed the plunger on an electronic detonating device at St. Lawrence Hall in downtown Toronto, triggering an explosion on the site. Construction began immediately and continued on to early 1981. Canadian companies were partners on the preliminary design and engineering of the project. Construction of the mountain alone involved a dozen local companies under Cincinnati engineer Curtis D. Summers.[12]

Canada's Wonderland was opened to the public in May 1981.

Two years later on 23 May 1981, Davis and Taft Broadcasting President Dudley S. Taft Sr. officially opened Canada's Wonderland to the public. The spectacular opening ceremony included 10,000 helium balloons, 13 parachutists, 350 white doves, and a pipe band. Four children, representing the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions of Canada, each poured a vial of water from their home regions into the park's fountain. Hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky also appeared as a special guest, helping to raise the Canadian flag. 12,000 guests were welcomed into the park for the first time.[10] The park cost $120 million ($343 million in 2021 dollars) to build.[3]

Kings Entertainment and Paramount era[edit]

During the 1980s, Canada's Wonderland and the Loblaws supermarket chain mounted a cross-marketing campaign. Loblaws issued "Wonder dollars" based on customers' purchases, which were redeemable at Canada's Wonderland at par with the Canadian dollar on weekdays. The obverse of the coin featured Wonder Mountain, while the reverse featured the Loblaws logo.[13]

Kings Entertainment Company operated the park during the 1980s and early 1990s.[10] The park's former connection to Hanna-Barbera Productions lessened after Paramount Pictures raised its stake from 20 percent to full ownership of the park in 1993 and renamed it Paramount Canada's Wonderland. After Viacom bought Paramount in 1994, a successful attempt was made to bring families back to the park by attracting children with original Nickelodeon cartoon characters that were familiar to a new generation.[10]

The Black Hole is a water slide built during the first expansion of Splash Works in 1996.

Many changes occurred in the next decade. In 1996, Splash Works expanded, with a new water slide, a wave pool and a new child-friendly water playground (The Black Hole, White Water Bay and The Pump House). In 1998, the park expanded by adding KidZville, which was mainly designed for infants and children. In 1999, Splash Works expanded for the second time, with the addition of raft rides: The Plunge and Super Soaker.[14]

In 2001, a new themed area called Zoom Zone was added within the KidZville section. Three new attractions were built in that area: Silver Streak (a family roller coaster), Blast Off (a "frog hopper"), and Jumpin' Jet.[14] In 2002, the park unveiled Action Zone, a new themed area replacing the Exposition of 1890, which at the time contained already existing rides and added the Psyclone ride.

Splash Works also received its third and most current upgrade, with the addition of a child water playground area called Splash Island and the removal of Pipeline.[14]

On 11 May 2003, with the park packed with people for Mother's Day, two guests were involved in a fight at the front gates of the park, which led to a shooting death. It was thought to have followed a prior dispute involving the two over a drug exchange, according to York Regional Police. The park has since added metal detectors at the front gate, with additional security.[15]

In 2005, the park introduced Fearfest, a Halloween-themed event featuring haunted house attractions.

In 2005, the park introduced Fearfest, a Halloween event featuring various haunted house attractions in different themed areas. Though the section for smaller children was closed off, the park continued running many of the thrill rides during the event, such as the Thunder Run, in which patrons ride a mining type train through a mountain. During the Halloween season, it is re-themed as the "Haunted" Thunder Run, with a darker tunnel and more strobe lights, fog machines, and black-light lit scenes featuring the "skeletons" of miners.[16]

In 2006, the park introduced Spooktacular, a child-oriented Halloween event. The event included children's rides, costume contests and a treasure hunt. Spooktacular was open on weekends during the daytime, while Fearfest remained open at night.[17] Fearfest got renamed to Halloween Haunt and Spooktacular to Camp Spooky.

Cedar Fair era[edit]

On 14 May 2006, Cedar Fair announced it was interested in acquiring the five Paramount theme parks from CBS Corporation (successor of the original Viacom), including Canada's Wonderland. CBS stated that amusement parks did not fit the company's new strategy. The acquisition was completed on 30 June 2006.[18]

After the sale, Cedar Fair began to drop the name "Paramount" from all of the former Paramount properties it acquired, as a result, the park has reverted to its original name of Canada's Wonderland in January 2007. The 2007 season was a transition year throughout the park and included renaming the movie-themed rides since Cedar Fair did not hold the rights to Paramount film properties. By the start of the 2008 season, all Paramount logos and similar references had been removed.[14] In August 2007, Cedar Fair announced that Fearfest would become Halloween Haunt to remain consistent with most other Cedar Fair parks,[16] and that Spooktacular would become Camp Spooky. The park extended its regular operating season until the last weekend in October. Halloween Haunt runs in the late evenings on October weekends.

Entrance to the park featuring its original name. The park reverted to its original name in 2007, after it was acquired by Cedar Fair.

On May 4, 2008, Canada's Wonderland opened a Bolliger & Mabillard hypercoaster called Behemoth, which held the record for the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada at the time of its opening, standing at 70 metres (230 ft) and reaching speeds of 124 kilometres per hour (77 mph).[19][20][21]

On July 19, 2009, stunt performer Nik Wallenda walked on a tight rope from the pond area of Medieval Faire to Wonder Mountain.[22]

For the 2010 season, Planet Snoopy opened to the public, which was a retheme of both "The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera" & "Nickelodeon Central" areas of the park to align Canada's Wonderland with the rest of the Cedar Fair chain. The area consisted of a retheme of all of the rides and facilities of both areas into one cohesive section themed to the Peanuts comics (both Ghoster Coaster & Swan Lake remained unchanged following the change), along with the addition of three new rides for children and families from Zamperla; Lucy's Tugboat, PEANUTS 500, & Snoopy's Revolution.

In 2011, Canada's Wonderland opened WindSeeker, a 91.8-metre-tall (301 ft) tower-swing ride, making it the tallest ride in the park until Leviathan opened in 2012.[23][24] The park also announced the addition of the Starlight Spectacular show, which started on 25 June 2011 and ended on Labour Day, 3 September 2011.[24][25] It was a nightly 'light and sound show' designed to celebrate the park's 30th anniversary; it was shown at 10 pm EST every night on International Street.[24] Canada's Wonderland stated that the total cost for the show was approximately $1 million,[26] with 16 million different colours and 300,000 LED lights.[24] While the show took place at the front of the park (International Street), the highlight was on Wonder Mountain, with many 3D images and colours.[26]

In 2012, Leviathan, a Bolliger & Mabillard Hypercoaster (also classified as a giga coaster), opened, surpassing the Canadian records set by Behemoth in 2008, becoming the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada.[5][27] Norm Pirtovshek, general manager of Canada's Wonderland, said that the Leviathan as a new attraction would help to spread out visitors. It was also described as part of a "roller coaster renaissance" where theme parks distinguished itself by introducing bigger and faster rides to attract guests. In addition to Leviathan, Canada's Wonderland also opened the Dinosaurs Alive! walk-through dinosaur exhibit, which was located in Planet Snoopy.[28]

The tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada, Leviathan, was opened at the park in 2012.

On 27 May 2012, for the first time in the park's history, Canada's Wonderland in partnership with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association hosted the Run For Vaughan, a one-kilometre, 5-kilometre, and 10-kilometre run to raise money for the planned Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital (then known as Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital) that will be built on land once owned by Canada's Wonderland north of Major Mackenzie Drive.[29]

On 30 August 2013, Canada's Wonderland announced that Wonder Mountain's Guardian would open inside Wonder Mountain in May 2014. The attraction is a 4-D interactive dark ride/ roller coaster with animations from Montreal-based Triotech.[30] Park management also announced that SkyRider would close Labour Day, 2014.[31]

In October 2014, a man was fatally stabbed at Halloween Haunt.[32][33] SkyRider was removed at the end of the 2014 season and relocated to Cavallino Matto in Tuscany, Italy, as Freestyle in 2015.

For the 2015 season, Splash Works opened two new attractions, which marked the first expansion to the waterpark since 2002. Both attractions were relocated from Ontario Place, however they never opened in their original locations and were sent to Splash Works. Typhoon is a set of two partially enclosed tube slides with funnels, and was formerly known as Topsy Turvy. Splash Station is an interactive children's play structure similar to the adjacent Pump House, featuring two slides, numerous water features, and a tipping bucket. Though not announced prior to its opening, SlingShot also for the 2015 season in the dry park. This upcharge attraction catapults riders nearly 91.5 m (300 ft) in the air, and reaches speeds approaching 100 km/h (60 mph).

Near the close of the 2015 season, Canada's Wonderland announced that two new flat rides would be added in 2016: Skyhawk (a Gerstlauer Sky Roller) and Flying Eagles (a Larson International Flying Scooters).[34][35][36] Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimett also confirmed in December 2015 that virtual reality (VR) headsets would be added to Thunder Run in 2016. Available to riders for an additional upcharge fee, the experience is co-developed with Mack Rides, a German amusement ride company. The VR headgear is a type of head-mounted display that animates the entire field of vision to produce a 360-degree 3D experience.[37][38]

On 26 August 2016, Canada's Wonderland announced that a new flat ride would be added in the 2017 season: Soaring Timbers (a Mondial Inferno). The ride is stated to be the first of its kind in North America. The park also announced a Splash Works expansion for 2017 in the form of Muskoka Plunge, a 18-metre (60 ft) tall waterslide complex featuring four "trap-door" speed slides.

On 16 August 2017, Canada's Wonderland announced the addition of Flying Canoes for the 2018 season. Flying Canoes is an interactive family ride that allows riders to control their journey of flight in two-person canoes that rotate speedily around a circuit. They also announced the addition of Lumberjack for 2018. Lumberjack is a thrill ride that takes guests to heights of 23 metres (75 ft) on two swinging axe-themed pendulums, propelling them into a looping 360-degree experience. In addition to these two attractions, the park announced an expansion to the Splash Island pool (located in Splash Works), which doubled the size of the pool and included new interactive water features and children's slides, along with shaded seating areas for families to relax. The area was renamed to Lakeside Lagoon following these upgrades.

Yukon Striker under construction in October 2018

On 15 August 2018, Canada's Wonderland announced Yukon Striker, a B&M Dive Coaster which opened to the public on 3 May 2019. The ride features a 75-metre-tall (245 ft) drop into an underwater tunnel in the centre of the Vortex helix, which has a top speed of 130 km/h. Upon opening, the ride became the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in the world and features four inversions, more than any other dive coaster, including the first vertical loop on a Dive Coaster.[39] They also announced the opening of Frontier Canada, a gold-rush-themed attraction area that includes Yukon Striker, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Lumberjack, Soaring Timbers, Flying Canoes, Vortex, Timberwolf Falls and White Water Canyon. Canada's Wonderland also announced Winterfest, an immersive holiday-themed event.[40] In addition, Wonderland announced that Dinosaurs Alive! would be closing on 28 October 2018.

On 4 February 2019, the park announced that Orbiter would not be opening for the 2019 season. Since the announcement, the attraction has been removed from the park and the area surrounding it was replaced with a pathway connecting Action Zone and Frontier Canada.

On 14 August 2019, Canada's Wonderland announced the addition of two new attractions for the 2020 season. The first, Beagle Brigade Airfield, is a new children's ride located in Planet Snoopy. The attraction is mostly identical to the version at sister park Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, which share the same name, but Wonderland's version is partially covered. In addition, the park announced Mountain Bay Cliffs for Splash Works, which is a cliff-jumping style attraction featuring multiple platforms of varying heights, the highest of which is 7.5 metres (25 ft).[41] Both of these attractions opened in 2021.

On 22 November 2019, WinterFest debuted at Canada's Wonderland. WinterFest is a holiday event. During WinterFest, five million energy-efficient LED lights were strung on 800 trees, the buildings, the décor, and on Wonder Mountain. On International Street, the lake had been frozen into a skating rink called Snow Flake Lake. There were eight themed areas.[42]

On 16 June 2022, Canada's Wonderland announced Lazy Bear Lodge (marketed as Lazy Bear Lodge: Wood Fire Grille), which became the park's largest dining facility to date. The restaurant is located on the hillside beside Vortex's first drop, overlooking Yukon Striker and the rest of Frontier Canada, and features seating for over 500 guests, an indoor and outdoor bar, two floors, a multi-level outdoor patio, and numerous fire pits for guests to relax by. The menu is a Canadian-inspired rustic-grill BBQ, featuring local ingredients and two meat smokers. The restaurant opened to the public on 17 September 2022, with the indoor bar opening a week prior.[43]

On 11 August 2022, Canada's Wonderland announced two new attractions for the 2023 season. Tundra Twister: a first-of-its-kind flat ride from Mondial that will be placed in Frontier Canada next to Yukon Striker's zero-g winder inversion. The ride will feature rotating gondola arms that freely rotate, while the ride's base will spin 360 degrees at heights of 47 metres (154 Feet) and speeds of 75 km/h (around 47 mph).

In addition, Snoopy's Racing Railway, the park's 18th roller coaster, was announced for Planet Snoopy for 2023. Manufactured by ART Engineering, Snoopy's Racing Railway is a family launch coaster, accelerating guests to 50 km/h (around 31 mph) and featuring various twists and small drops.[44] The coaster opened to the public on 18 May, 2023.

COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

Restrictions placed by the Government of Ontario to combat the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the park remaining closed for the 2020 season. This also led to the cancellations of that season's Halloween Haunt and Winterfest events. Canada's Wonderland posted a series of four horror vignettes Oct 30, 2020 titled Nighttime Walk to celebrate Haunt featuring the empty park. The park attempted to reopen in May 2021, but it was postponed to July of the same year.[45] An online reservation system was required for guests to book the date and time of their visit during the shortened 2021 season.[46] As a result, 2020 and 2021 season passes were extended to partially include the 2022 season and refunds were not officially offered.[47][48][45] Both Beagle Brigade Airfield and Mountain Bay Cliffs had their opening years pushed back to the 2021 season.

Also due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 editions of Toronto's original Santa Claus Parade – normally held on the streets in Downtown Toronto in previous years – was pre-recorded from Canada's Wonderland with no spectators on site and was broadcast on Eastern Standard Time's prime time on 5 December 2020 and 4 December 2021, respectively.[49][50][51][52] From 29 March 2021 until summer 2021, Canada's Wonderland served as a drive-in mass COVID-19 vaccination site.[53]


Thrill rating (out of 5)
  1 (low)   2 (mild)   3 (moderate)   4 (high)   5 (aggressive)

Roller coasters[edit]

Name Year opened Manufacturer Location Description Thrill rating
Backlot Stunt Coaster 2005 Premier Rides Action Zone A family LIM-launched roller coaster based on the chase sequence of the 2003 film remake of The Italian Job. Formerly known as The Italian Job: Stunt Track (2005–2007). 4
Behemoth 2008 Bolliger & Mabillard Action Zone A steel hypercoaster that opened in 2008. It has a maximum height of 70 metres (230 feet) and a maximum speed of 124 km/h (77 mph). Rather than four seats across in straight rows, a setup common in many B&M roller coasters, Behemoth debuted a new seating arrangement that has four seats arranged in a "V" formation. 5
Dragon Fyre 1981 Arrow Dynamics Medieval Faire A steel custom looping roller coaster that, along with five other roller coasters, debuted with the park's grand opening in 1981. It contains a pair of counter-clockwise corkscrews, a unique element among Arrow coasters. Formerly known as Dragon Fire (1997–2018). 5
Flight Deck 1995 Vekoma Grande World Exposition of 1890 Canada's first inverted roller coaster and the ninth coaster added to the park. Formerly known as Top Gun (1995–2007), named after the 1986 film. 5
Ghoster Coaster 1981 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Planet Snoopy A junior version of the Wild Beast and one of three wooden roller coasters at the park. It is also one of the original five coasters that debuted at the park's grand opening in 1981. Formerly known as Scooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster (1981–2009). 4
Leviathan 2012 Bolliger & Mabillard Medieval Faire First giga coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard, which is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada, and ranks high among the tallest and fastest in the world. 5
Mighty Canadian Minebuster 1981 Canada's Wonderland Frontier Canada A wooden roller coaster that is one of five roller coasters that debuted with the park's grand opening in 1981. It is modelled after a former ride, The Shooting Star, that was once located at Coney Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio. 5
Silver Streak 2001 Vekoma KidZville Silver Streak is a family inverted roller coaster and one of the first of its kind from Vekoma. 4
Snoopy’s Racing Railway 2023 ART Engineering Planet Snoopy A family launched roller coaster located on part of the land previously occupied by Dinosaurs Alive. Trains accelerate to 50 km/h (31 mph) and feature various twists and small drops. 4
Taxi Jam 1998 E&F Miler Industries KidZville A kiddie roller coaster that debuted with KidZville, an area of the park that opened in 1998. It makes two passes along its short track and is themed after the freeways of the Greater Toronto Area. 2
The Bat 1987 Vekoma Medieval Faire A Boomerang roller coaster model from Vekoma.[54] 5
The Fly 1999 Mack Rides International Festival A Wild Mouse roller coaster featuring single cars that travel up to 56 km/h (35 mph).[55] 4
Thunder Run 1981 Mack Rides International Festival A partially-enclosed steel roller coaster that was one of the five coasters to debut at the park's grand opening in 1981. It is powered by a drive motor with a rubber wheel at the front of the train to propel the train around the track.[56] Thunder Run makes two passes and contains multiple special effects such as strobe lighting.[57] It was relocated to the Wonder Mountain area of the park in 1986. Formerly named Blauer Enzian (1981–1985). 4
Time Warp 2004 Zamperla Grande World Exposition of 1890 A steel flying roller coaster where riders lie flat traveling head-first. It features two heartline rolls and was formerly known as Tomb Raider: The Ride (2004–2007), named after the 2001 film adaptation of the Tomb Raider video game series. 5
Vortex 1991 Arrow Dynamics Frontier Canada A suspended roller coaster with a terrain layout similar to The Bat at Kings Island. It shares Wonder Mountain with both Thunder Run and Wonder Mountain's Guardian for its lift and first drop, with the majority of the ride taking place over open water behind the mountain.[58] 4
Wilde Beast 1981 Curtis D. Summers /
Taft Broadcasting
Medieval Faire A wooden roller coaster that was one of the five roller coasters to debut at the park's grand opening in 1981. It is modelled after the Wildcat coaster at Coney Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Formerly known as Wild Beast (1997–2018). 4
Wonder Mountain's Guardian 2014 Triotech /
ART Engineering
International Festival A 4D interactive dark ride roller coaster located inside Wonder Mountain that contains one of the largest drop tracks in the world.[59] 4
Yukon Striker 2019 Bolliger & Mabillard Frontier Canada A dive coaster that opened as the tallest, fastest, and longest of its kind in the world, breaking the records previously held by Valravn at Cedar Point. 5


Aerial view of the park in May 2011. The park is surrounded by urban development.

Canada's Wonderland is situated in Maple, a neighbourhood of Vaughan, Ontario. The park is east of Highway 400 between Rutherford Road (Exit 33) and Major Mackenzie Drive (Exit 35), 13 km (8.1 mi) north of Highway 401, 6 km (3.7 mi) north of Highway 407 and 64 km (40 mi) south of Barrie. It is bounded by Highway 400 to the west, Jane Street to the east, Major Mackenzie Drive to the north and an access road approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) north of Rutherford Road to the south. When the park originally opened, its surroundings were largely rural; however, the suburban sprawl since the mid-2000s has resulted in it being surrounded by housing and shopping plazas on all sides.

Canada's Wonderland is located 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) north of Vaughan Mills and 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station of Line 1 Yonge–University of the Toronto subway system. Prior to the opening of the subway station in December 2017, it was served by the 165 Weston Road North bus operating from York Mills station via Wilson station. The park has two public entrances and one entrance for staff, deliveries, and buses. On the north side of the park, there is a small bus terminal, which serves a seasonal bus route operated by York Region Transit. A new, larger bus terminal is currently under construction that is intended for year-round use.


The park has several themed areas.[60] The five original sections include International Street, Medieval Faire, Grande World Exposition of 1890 (renamed Action Zone; Grande World Exposition of 1890 returned in 2019 by renaming a portion of Action Zone), International Festival, and the Happyland of Hanna-Barbera (divided into more than one children's area since 1998).[3] The current areas include the original sections stated above, Splash Works (1992), Action Zone (2002), and two children's areas: Kidzville (1998), and Planet Snoopy (2010). In 2019, the park introduced a new themed area, "Frontier Canada", a gold-rush themed section originally planned for the park's original opening in 1981, but was postponed until 2019 due to financial issues.[61]

Action Zone[edit]

Action Zone was created as a subsection within the Grande World Exposition of 1890 section of the park in 2002.[14] However, the entire Grande Exposition section was renamed Action Zone in 2009. In 2019, the park split Action Zone into two sections, with its eastern portion of Action Zone reverting its theme and name to The Grande Exposition of 1890.

Behemoth is a large steel hypercoaster located in Action Zone.
Situated in the Action Zone, the Sledge Hammer is the only ride of its kind presently operating in the world.
Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Backlot Stunt Coaster 2005 Premier Rides A family LIM-launched roller coaster based on the chase sequence of the 2003 remake of The Italian Job. Riders launch into a parking garage, dodge police cars, and are attacked by a helicopter, which ignites fire all around riders before hitting a second launch section, sending riders into pitch black darkness. Was originally known as The Italian Job: Stunt Track (2005–2007).
Behemoth 2008 Bolliger & Mabillard A steel hypercoaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard, and the park's fifteenth roller coaster, beginning operation in May 2008. It is currently the second tallest and second fastest roller coaster in Canada, with a maximum height of 70 metres (230 feet) and a maximum speed of 124 km/h (77 mph). Rather than the standard, four-seat-across setup common in most B&M roller coasters, Behemoth features a new, "prototype" seating arrangement that has four seats arranged in a "V" formation.
Psyclone 2002 Mondial The 1-minute and 54-second ride features 40 seats facing outwards that rotate from a central pendulum as the ride reaches its maximum arc angle of 120 degrees.
Skyhawk 2016 Gerstlauer A Gerstlauer Sky Roller. Riders control their flight as their car spins in a circle 41 m (135 ft) in the air. It is the first ride of its kind in North America.
Sledge Hammer 2003 HUSS A HUSS Giant Jumper prototype. Currently the only ride of its kind in the world.
SlingShot[62] 2015 Funtime A pay-per-use slingshot launching riders nearly 91.5 m (300 ft) in the air.
WindSeeker 2011 Mondial A swing ride featuring two-person swings that slowly rotate and ascend the 91.8-metre (301 ft) tower until reaching the top where speeds increase up to 48 kilometres per hour (30 mph).[63]

Frontier Canada[edit]

Frontier Canada is the newest themed section of the park, debuting for the 2019 season. The section consolidates most of the park's Canadian themed rides; as well as an area of the park formerly known as White Water Canyon, which operated from 1984 to 2018.[64] The area is themed after a boom town found during the time of the Klondike Gold Rush, with most of its inspiration coming from Dawson City, Yukon, and its surrounding area.

White Water Canyon is a river rapids ride located in Frontier Canada.
Vortex is a suspended roller coaster located in Frontier Canada.
Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Flying Canoes 2018 Preston & Barbieri A canoe-themed interactive family ride based on La Chasse-galerie. Riders control their journey of flight in two-person flying canoes. The ride replaced Launch Pad, an upcharge attraction that consisted of a set of trampolines.
Lumberjack 2018 Zamperla A Hawk 48 that is located beside Soaring Timbers. The ride takes guests on two opposing swinging pendulums that rotate 360 degrees, reaching heights of 23 metres (75 ft). The ride vehicles are themed to axes, and features a hand-carved wooden statue of a lumberjack besides the ride's marquee sign.
Mighty Canadian Minebuster 1981 Curtis D. Summers/Taft Broadcasting A wooden roller coaster. It is one of the five roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981, and is one of three wooden coasters at Canada's Wonderland modelled after a roller coaster at Coney Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio (The Shooting Star). It is also the longest single-tracked wooden coaster in Canada, with a track length of 1,166.8 metres (3,828 ft).
Soaring Timbers 2017 Mondial A Mondial Inferno located across from Vortex.[65] The ride is stated as being the first of its kind in North America. Soaring Timbers features two free-rotating gondolas that rotate at a 45-degree angle, reaching heights of 20 metres (65 ft).
Timberwolf Falls 1989 Hopkins Rides A "shoot the chutes" flume-style water ride. Riders plunge down a 15-metre (50 ft) drop into a pool of water that soaks riders.
Tundra Twister 2023 Mondial A Mondial Avalanche that will be first of its kind in the world. The ride will be placed next to Yukon Striker's zero-g winder inversion. Tundra Twister will feature two rotating gondola arms that freely rotate, while the rides base will spin 360-degrees at heights of 47 metres (154 Feet) and speeds of 75 km/h (around 47 mph).
Vortex[65] 1991 Arrow Dynamics A steel suspended roller coaster, similar to The Bat (formerly Flight Deck) at Kings Island (not to be confused with Wonderland's The Bat, which is of a different design). It was Canada's first suspended roller coaster when opened, and was the eighth roller coaster added to Canada's Wonderland. It shares Wonder Mountain with both Thunder Run and Wonder Mountain's Guardian for its lift and first drop, but the majority of the ride takes place over the open water behind the mountain, classifying the ride as a terrain roller coaster. It is also the tallest and fastest currently operating suspended coaster in the world, sharing its speed record with Ninja (Six Flags Magic Mountain).
White Water Canyon 1984 Intamin A river rapids style water ride. Riders traverse through a wooded forest with rapids, drops, waterfalls and other water effects. The ride was the first new attraction added to the park after its initial opening in 1981. One of three Intamin rides in Canada's Wonderland.
Yukon Striker 2019 Bolliger & Mabillard A B&M Dive Coaster that has four inversions, a height of 68 metres (225 ft) with a drop height of 75 metres (245 ft), a top speed of 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph), and a track length of 1,105 metres (3,625 ft), making it the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in the world. The ride also features the first vertical loop for a dive coaster.

Grande World Exposition of 1890[edit]

Grande World Exposition of 1890 is an area themed to resemble a 19th-century world's fair.
Swing of the Century is a swing ride located in the Grande World Exposition.

The Grande World Exposition of 1890 is one of the original four themed areas of Wonderland. It was made to resemble a late 19th century world's fair with expositions from different countries with a particular focus on African and Asian themes.[3] The restaurants and washrooms were formerly true to the exposition theme. One of the restaurants was called Ginza Gardens (now The Backlot Cafe) and had a Japanese theme and a Japanese façade. There is also an arcade area (Crystal Palace Arcade) within this section of the park.

In 2009, the entire Grande Exposition section was incorporated in Action Zone, an area of the park that formerly operated as a themed subsection of the Grande Exposition. The section operated as a part of Action Zone until 2019, when the eastern portion of Action Zone reverted to its original name and world fair theming.

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Antique Carrousel 1981 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters A carousel that was originally located in Palisades Park, New Jersey. The ride features 64 original hand-carved horses; the lead horse's name is Caesar. The carousel model number is PTC #84.[66]
Flight Deck 1995 Vekoma Canada's first inverted roller coaster and the ninth coaster added to the park. Was originally known as Top Gun (1995–2007).
Swing of the Century 1981 Zierer A Zierer Wave Swinger 36 model swing ride that rotates with a wave motion lifting riders up to 9 metres (30 ft) in the air. Was originally known as Swing of Siam (1981–1989).
Time Warp 2004 Zamperla A steel flying roller coaster. It was the thirteenth roller coaster added to the park, and Canada's first "Flying Coaster." Riders lie flat on their stomachs in a car suspended from overhead, in order to take in the experience face-first. The ride has two heartline rolls but no vertical inversions. Was originally known as Tomb Raider: The Ride (2004–2007).
Xtreme Skyflyer 1996 Skycoaster, Inc. Pay-per-use Double Skycoaster with a dive of 46.7 metres (153 ft). Currently Canada's largest free-fall swing.

International Festival[edit]

International Festival includes rides and midway games.

International Festival is located in the northeast section of the park. It includes rides, midway games and a mild Alpen theme.

Shockwave is a Top Scan ride in the International Festival section.
Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Klockwerks[67] 1981 HUSS One of the original rides from when the park opened in 1981. Moved to its current location in 2001 after the introduction of Shockwave. Was originally known as Klockwurker (1981–1991).
Krachenwagen[68] 1981 Lusse Bros. A traditional bumper-car ride. Model: Auto Skooter.
Shockwave[69] 2001 Mondial A Mondial Top Scan that is located on the former site of Klockwerks before the attraction was relocated within the park. The ride spins around on an angle while guests (restrained on the seats) are spun around at almost every possible angle the ride operates on.
The Fly[70] 1999 Mack Rides A Wild Mouse roller coaster added as the eleventh roller coaster in the park. The ride begins with a 15 m (49 ft) drop, then returns up followed by a series of sharp turns, drops, then brakes.
Thunder Run[71] 1981 Mack Rides A powered Mack Rides roller coaster that was located in a different section of the park when the park first opened in 1981 and featured a different layout. In 1986, the ride was relocated to Wonder Mountain and the name changed to its current title, along with a slight change to the coaster's layout. The ride uses a drive motor with a rubber wheel in the front of the train to drive it around the track, rather than a traditional lift.[56] Thunder Run makes two passes through Wonder Mountain at the centre of the park. It is one of the five original roller coasters that opened with the park.
Wonder Mountain's Guardian[72] 2014 Triotech/ART Engineering A 4D interactive dark ride roller coaster located inside Wonder Mountain. The ride features the largest freefall drop track element in the world at around 9 meters (30 ft).

International Street[edit]

International Street, Canada's Wonderland entry area, is lined with shops and restaurants.

International Street is the park's entry area, similar to the Main Street, U.S.A. sections of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Using a format borrowed from sister parks Kings Island and Kings Dominion, both sides of the street are lined with shops, including souvenir shops, clothing stores, restaurants, and candy stores. Unlike the use of replica Eiffel Towers at Kings Island and Kings Dominion, Wonder Mountain, the park's centrepiece, appears at the end of the street. In the early decades of the park's history, stores sold high-quality imported goods themed to the buildings, and restaurants sold food and beverages from non-North American culinary traditions, such as shrimp, paella, and smoked sausage.[73] The buildings are named the Latin, Scandinavian, Mediterranean, and Alpine Buildings.[3]

International Street has hosted to a number of shows presented at the park, including:

International Street's fountain, and Wonder Mountain behind it. The fountain and mountain host shows presented at the park.
Shows presented on International Street, 1981–present
Show Year opened Year closed Description
Snoopy's Symphony of Water 2014 N/A On an hourly/semi-hourly basis Snoopy Conducts the royal fountain in a dazzling spectacle. The park uses the dancing fountain from the nighttime spectacular Starlight Spectacular.
Victoria Falls High Divers 1981 N/A Professional divers perform acrobatic dives off a 18 metres (60 ft) platform from Wonder Mountain's Victoria Falls into the pool below .
Starlight Spectacular 2011 N/A This nightly light and sound show that takes place on Canada's Wonderland's International Street at approximately 10:00 pm EST. The show was introduced to the park for the 2011 season as well to celebrate Canada's Wonderland's 30th birthday. Now known as "Starlight: Northern Reflections".
The Eruption 1998 2001 A nighttime pyrotechnic show with 12 metres (40 ft) flames smoke ash geysers and even more special effects. The park removed this show as it became very expensive to produce due to using liquid propane for large flame effects with minimal smoke. The show consisted of three 5–10 minute segments in a 20-30 minute show. While the show lasted it drew large crowds to the front of the park. One of the most notable shows on International Street besides Starlight Spectacular, the "new version" of eruption using modern day technology now available
Electric Circus (annual) 1998 2001 Electric Circus (also known as EC) was a Canadian live dance music television program that aired on MuchMusic and Citytv from 16 September 1988 to 12 December 2003. The name originated from a nightclub that once existed at Citytv's first studio at 99 Queen Street East in Toronto. The show came to the park annually until 2001 when MuchMusic discontinued their partnership with Canada's Wonderland and transitioned to pop culture programming for youth.

Medieval Faire[edit]

The Medieval Faire's setting, and most of its rides, are medieval-themed.

The Medieval Faire section of the park has a medieval European theme in both the setting and the rides. The two original roller coasters, Wilde Beast and Dragon Fyre, use pseudo-Elizabethan English spellings before being renamed using modern spelling (Wild Beast and Dragon Fire) from 1998 to 2018. Many of the original names of some the attractions have reverted to their pseudo-Elizabethan spelling, such as Dragon Fyre, Wilde Beast, Wilde KnightMares, Viking's Rage, and Canterbury Theatre. These renames occurred prior to the beginning of the 2019 season.

A restaurant with a medieval-themed facade at the Medieval Faire

The stores, midway games and restaurants follow the medieval theme, as does the castle theatre (Canterbury Theatre, renamed Paramount Theatre during Paramount's ownership, and Wonderland Theatre until 2019) and a pirate show (originally opened with the park as Sea Sceptre and later replaced with Kinet-X Dive Show) in the middle of Arthur's Baye. However, rides such as Drop Tower, Riptide, Spinovator, and Speed City Raceway have no medieval theme.

Canterbury Theatre hosted ice shows from 2006 to 2011 and hosted Cirque Ambiente in mid-2012 and mid-2013.

Entrance to the Leviathan, a giga coaster in the Medieval Faire
Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Dragon Fyre 1981 Arrow Dynamics A steel custom looping roller coaster, featuring four inversions. It is one of the five roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981. It contains a pair counter-clockwise corkscrews, the only currently operating coaster from Arrow Dynamics to feature this element. One of the three original trains is now used for The Bat. Was once known as Dragon Fire (1997-2018) before reverting to its original name in 2019.
Drop Tower 1997 Intamin A drop tower ride. All the former Paramount Parks have a ride similar to this with different heights. Was originally known as 'Drop Zone: Stunt Tower' (1997–2007). One of three Intamin rides in Canada's Wonderland.
Leviathan 2012 Bolliger & Mabillard Bolliger & Mabillard's first installation of a giga coaster, Leviathan, is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada. It became the park's sixteenth roller coaster and ranks high among the tallest roller coasters in the world.
Riptide 2000 Mondial A Mondial Splashover Top Spin. Was originally known as Cliffhanger (2000–2007).
Speed City Raceway 1997 J&J Amusements Go karts; pay-per-use
Spinovator 1981 Heinrich Mack GMBH & Co A Mack Calypso Teacups ride. Was originally known as Quixote's Kettles (1981–1997).
The Bat 1987 Vekoma A Vekoma Boomerang roller coaster. It was the seventh roller coaster added to the park. The Bat's train was originally from the park's Dragon Fire coaster. During the 2008 season The Bat's supports were painted orange.[74] The coaster returned to its original colour scheme (Red Track and Black Supports) in celebration for its 30th anniversary during the 2017 season.
Viking's Rage 1981 HUSS A HUSS swinging ship ride set in Arthur's Baye. Was once known as The Rage (1997-2018), before reverting to its original name in 2019.
Wilde Beast 1981 Curtis D. Summers/Taft Broadcasting A wooden roller coaster. It is one of the five roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981. It is modelled after the Wildcat coaster at Coney Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Was originally known as Wilde Beaste (1981–1996) and Wild Beast (1997-2018) before going by its current name in 2019.
Wilde Knight Mares 1981 HUSS Riders are lifted 15 metres (49 ft) in the air while spinning from a horizontal to vertical position, giving riders a mix of weightlessness and high g-forces. It currently one of last known operating rides of its kind in the world. Was once named Night Mares (1997-2018), before reverting to its original name in 2019.

Children's areas[edit]

One of the entrances to Planet Snoopy, a children's area themed after the Peanuts comic strip.

There are presently two children's areas at Canada's Wonderland, KidZville, and Planet Snoopy. A third themed area known as Zoom Zone also exists as a part of KidZville section.

The children's areas in Canada's Wonderland originally were themed as The Happyland of Hanna-Barbera. The three areas were themed as Yogi's Woods, Scoobyville, and Bedrock; the first was converted to Smurf Village in 1984 and the last also had a marine mammal show held at the Bedrock Aquarium. In 1993, the Smurf area transitioned to Kids Kingdom, which became KidZville in 1998. In 2003, Bedrock became Nickelodeon Central; Bedrock Aquarium and its marine mammal show closed down as well. The park replaced Nickelodeon Central with Planet Snoopy for the 2010 season, standardizing the park with the rest of the Cedar Fair chain. Planet Snoopy is a section of the park themed after the comic strip Peanuts.

A Peanuts character at the Playhouse Theatre in KidZville, one of two children's areas at the park

The Zoom Zone subsection of KidZville was created in 2001 with the debut of Silver Streak; it also contains the small rides Blast Off and Jumpin' Jet. One of the KidZville rides, and originally a Kids Kingdom ride, Jumbo Bumps, was removed to make way for these three rides and the new section. Starting in 2004, Zoom Zone was no longer shown on park maps as an independent section. However, since Cedar Fair's acquisition, each of the three rides are depicted in Zoom Zone, and park signage continues to use the name.[8]

The first ride accident in the park's history occurred on 23 August 2003, when the Jimmy Neutron Brainwasher (later renamed Woodstock Whirlybirds due to Cedar Fair's contract with Peanuts) fell apart. Three children were sent to hospital as a precautionary measure.[75]

Rides located within these children's areas include:[76]

Entrance to Ghoster Coaster, a children's roller coaster that debuted at Wonderland in 1981
Ride Manufacturer Location Year opened
Blast Off! S&S Worldwide KidZville 2001
Flying Eagles Larson International KidZville 2016
Frequent Flyers Bradley & Kaye KidZville 1981
Jokey's Jalopies Bradley & Kaye KidZville 1981
Jumpin' Jet Zamperla KidZville 2001
KidZville Station Mack Rides KidZville 1981
Maple Park Treehouse (formerly Candy Factory and Kids Kingdom) KidZville 1993
Silver Streak Vekoma KidZville 2001
Sugar Shack (formerly Flavourator) Zamperla KidZville 1998
Swing Time Zamperla KidZville 1998
Taxi Jam E&F Miler Industries KidZville 1998
Treetop Adventure (formerly Chopper Chase) Caripro Amusement Technology KidZville 1998
Beagle Brigade Airfield Zamperla Planet Snoopy 2021
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Sally Corporation Planet Snoopy 2000
Character Carrousel Chance Rides Planet Snoopy 1981
Ghoster Coaster Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Planet Snoopy 1981
Joe Cool's Dodgem School Lusse Brothers Incorporated Planet Snoopy 1981
Lucy's Tugboat Zamperla Planet Snoopy 2010
Peanuts 500 Zamperla Planet Snoopy 2010
The Pumpkin Patch SBF Visa Group Planet Snoopy 2003
Sally's Love Buggies Preston & Barbieri Planet Snoopy 2003
Snoopy vs Red Baron Bradley & Kaye Planet Snoopy 1981
Snoopy's Racing Railway ART Engineering Planet Snoopy 2023
Snoopy's Revolution Zamperla Planet Snoopy 2010
Snoopy's Space Race Intamin Planet Snoopy 1981
Swan Lake Bradley & Kaye Planet Snoopy 1981
Woodstock Whirlybirds SBF Visa Group Planet Snoopy 2003

Splash Works[edit]

Opened in 1992, Splash Works is an 8-hectare (20-acre) water park located within Canada's Wonderland.

Opened in 1992, Splash Works is an 8-hectare (20-acre) water park. The water park is home to Whitewater Bay, the largest outdoor wave pool in Canada,[77] and 16 water slides. It is included with the price of admission to Canada's Wonderland and is open from late May to early September.

Ride Year opened Manufacturer Description
Barracuda Blaster 2002 ProSlide Technology A bowl ride slide that leads into the Lazy River.
Lakeside Lagoon 2018 N/A A kid's splash area featuring a zero depth pool, new children's slides and a Canadian theme. Replaced the Splash Island Kid's Pool.
Lazy River 1992 Water Technology A 400 metres (1,310 ft) lazy river.
Mountain Bay Cliffs 2021 A cliff-jumping style attraction, featuring platforms of various heights, the highest of which being 7.5 metres (25 ft).
Muskoka Plunge 2017 SplashTacular A 18-metre-tall (60 ft) waterslide complex featuring four "trap-door" style speed slides.
Riptide Racer 2002 ProSlide Technology Multi-lane racer water slide
Splash Island Waterways ProSlide Technology A tube slide for adults and children.
Splash Station 2015 A children's interactive play area that features two serpentine water slides, jet sprays, a large tipping bucket, and water guns. Moved from Ontario Place.
Super Soaker 1999 ProSlide Technology A family raft water slide.
The Black Hole 1996 ProSlide Technology Two four-story enclosed water slides.
The Plunge 1999 ProSlide Technology A three-seater raft ride featuring free-fall plunges in three drops totalling 15.3 metres (50 ft).
The Pump House 1999 Specialized Component Supply Co. A children's play area.
Typhoon 2015 ProSlide Technology Two partially enclosed tube slides with funnels located where Wipe Out was once located. Moved from Ontario Place.
Whirl Winds 1992 ProSlide Technology Two open-air water slides.
White Water Bay 1996 Aquatic Amusements Associates Ltd. A wave pool. The largest outdoor wave pool in Canada.

Priority queuing[edit]

Fast Lane is Canada's Wonderland's two-line system since 2012, which is also implemented at other Cedar Fair parks. For an additional cost (in addition to normal admission charges), visitors receive a wrist band that enables them to bypass the 'normal-wait' line and enter the Fast Lane. Opting for this benefit essentially allows purchasers to cut in at the front of the line on 21 of the most popular attractions without waiting. In 2013, the park introduced Fast Lane Plus, which allowed purchasers to bypass the lines of two additional attractions (later four with the addition of Yukon Striker in 2019, and Tundra Twister in 2023) that standard Fast Lane users would otherwise not have access to. An unspecified limited amount of both types of passes are sold each day.[78]

Boarding pass for guests with disabilities[edit]

Similar accommodations are given to guests with restricted mobility issues and guests with cognitive impairments. Guests with these disabilities receive paper boarding passes in which ride operators provide wait times equal to those in the queue. These guests enter at the ride's exit. Boarding passes are not valid at any upcharge attraction (Xtreme Skyflyer, SlingShot & Speed City Raceway). Lazy River is the only attraction in Splash Works that accepts boarding passes.[79]


Today, Canada's Wonderland has over 200 attractions (including games), with over 60 thrill rides. The park holds a number of Canadian records, among them the most roller coasters, with 17.[80] The park encompasses eight themed areas on 134 hectares (330 acres) of land, with an artificial mountain as the central feature. In the southwestern quadrant, an 8 hectares (20 acres) waterpark called Splash Works has over 7,570,000 litres (2,000,000 US gal) of heated water, Canada's largest outdoor wave pool, measuring 3,300 square metres (36,000 sq ft), a lazy river, and 16 water slides.[8]

In 1983, Canada's Wonderland added the Kingswood Music Theatre, a 15,000 seat amphitheatre that has hosted many concerts. After the Budweiser Stage (then known as Molson Amphitheatre) opened on the grounds of Ontario Place in 1995, itself replacing The Forum, cultural festivals at the theatre became less prominent.[8]

Major attractions by year[edit]

Current name in (parentheses) *Additions to Splash Works are italicized

  • 1981: Park opens with:
Antique Carrousel, Balloon Race (Frequent Flyers), Bayern's Curve, Bedrock Dock "then operated at Carowinds as "Snoopy's Yacht Club" until its closure in 2017, Blauer Enzian (Thunder Run-Opened in Wonder Mountain 1986), Dragon Fyre, Flintstone's Flyboys, Ghoster Coaster, Great Whale of China "now operates at Carowinds as "PEANUTS Pirates", Happy Landing (Swan Lake), Hot Rock Raceway, Klockwerks, Krachenwagen, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Pharaoh's Eye, Wilde Beast, Quixote's Kettles (Spinovator), Scooby Choo (KidZville Station), Shiva's Fury (The Fury), Sol-Loco (Orbiter), Swings of the Century, Wilde Knightmares (Night Mares), Viking's Rage, Wonder Tour, and Zumba Flume.
  • 1991: Vortex
  • 1992: Splash Works: Whirl Winds, Body Blast, Splash Island Kiddy Slides
  • 1993: Kid's Kingdom play area (later renovated and renamed Maple Park Treehouse)
  • 1994: "Days of Thunder" – Motion Simulator Movie Ride (Action Theatre)
  • 1995: Top Gun (Flight Deck)
  • 1996: Xtreme Skyflyer, Speed City Raceway; Splash Works: Wave Pool (White Water Bay), The Pump House, Black Hole
  • 1997: Drop Zone: Stunt Tower (later renamed Drop Tower: Scream Zone)
  • 1998: KidZville, James Bond – "License To Thrill" (feature at Action Theatre), Taxi Jam, The Edge Climbing Wall
  • 1999: The Fly; Splash Works: Super Soaker and The Plunge; "Dino Island II: Escape from Dino Island 3D" (feature at Action Theatre)
  • 2000: Cliffhanger (Later renamed Riptide), Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion (Boo Blasters on Boo Hill)
  • 2001: Shockwave; Zoom Zone (new kids area) including: Silver Streak, Blast Off and Jumpin' Jet; "Stan Lee's 7th Portal 3D" (feature at the Action Theatre)
  • 2002: Psyclone; Splash Works: Riptide Racer, Barracuda Blaster and Kids Sprayground
  • 2003: Sledge Hammer, Nickelodeon Central (replacing Bedrock), "Warrior of the Dawn" (in Action Theatre), "SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D" (feature in Action Theatre), Launch Pad (trampolines; requires separate fee)
  • 2004: Tomb Raider: The Ride (later renamed Time Warp); The return of "Days of Thunder" (feature at Action Theatre)
  • 2005: Italian Job: Stunt Track (later renamed Backlot Stunt Coaster)
  • 2006: "The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera" (feature at the Action Theatre), Nickelodeon Celebration Parade, Hollywood Stunt Spectacular
  • 2007: Coasters 50s Diner, International Marketplace Buffet, Picnic Pavilion
  • 2008: Behemoth
  • 2010: Planet Snoopy
  • 2011: WindSeeker, Starlight Spectacular
  • 2012: Leviathan, Dinosaurs Alive!,[28] Starlight Spectacular, "Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D" (feature at the Action Theatre),[81] Fast Lane
  • 2013: "Monsters of the Deep 3D" (feature at the Action Theatre)[82]
  • 2014: Wonder Mountain's Guardian[83]
  • 2015: SlingShot, Splash Works: Typhoon and Splash Station, VIP Cabanas
  • 2016: Flying Eagles and Skyhawk, "Robinson Crusoe 3D" (feature at the Action Theatre), "Stars of the Peking Acrobats" (show at Wonderland Theatre), VR on Thunder Run
  • 2017: Soaring Timbers, "Our Canada" (feature at the Action Theatre), Cirque Canadien (show at Canterbury Theatre), Splash Works: Muskoka Plunge
  • 2018: Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Splash Works: Lakeside Lagoon
  • 2019: Yukon Striker, Frontier Canada and Winterfest, Peanut's Putt Putt removed for Beagle Brigade Airfield
  • 2021: Beagle Brigade Airfield, Splash Works: Mountain Bay Cliffs
  • 2022: Lazy Bear Lodge (Multi-level rustic lodge-restaurant), International Food Festivals
  • 2023: Tundra Twister, Snoopy's Racing Railway


The park, from its opening in 1981, was known as Canada's Wonderland. In 1994, when Paramount Pictures (later Viacom) purchased the property, the name of the park changed to include the word Paramount, a practice Paramount Parks implemented with all of its parks in 1993. Prior to that, none of the Paramount-owned parks included Paramount in the name.

In 2003, Viacom updated the logo of Paramount Parks, and all its theme parks, including Wonderland, to include an updated Paramount logo, even though the logo for Paramount Pictures, the film studio, remained unchanged.

In 2006, CBS Corporation (split from Viacom in 2005) sold all of its theme park properties to Cedar Fair, which in turn, dropped the Paramount prefixes from all five parks (and thus reverted to their original names), and adopted a Cedar Fair logo and typeface.

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