List of former and renamed Canada's Wonderland attractions

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This is a list of former and renamed attractions at Canada's Wonderland, an amusement park located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, which opened in 1981. More than 45 attractions (including rides, stores and restaurants) have been replaced, removed or renamed over the years  including the park itself, which was formerly known as "Paramount Canada's Wonderland" for several years.[1]

Former attractions[edit]

The following are attractions which have been removed or replaced:

Former Attractions At Canada's Wonderland
Years Operated Description/Fate
Wonder Mountain Walkway 1981–1984 Prior to the construction of Vortex, visitors could walk a pathway that led to an observation deck on the top of the mountain. It was closed to make way for relocated mechanical equipment which was taken from the inside of the 'mountain' and placed in the public areas. Another portion of the walkway, which went behind Victoria Falls, remained open for a number of years afterwards, being closed in the mid-1990s.
Pharaoh's Eye 1981–1987 Pharaoh's Eye Round Up (ride) was removed to make way for the Racing Rivers water-slide attraction, which currently is the site where Psyclone and Sledge Hammer are located. Swing of the Century was also located in that area at the time when it was known as the Swing of Siam, but it was moved to its current location to make way for the Racing Rivers.
Zumba Flume 1981–1994 Zumba Flume was a classic log flume ride. It was removed to make way for Flight Deck (Top Gun).
Bayern's Curve 1981–2000 Bayern's Curve was a 16-car attraction manufactured by Schwarzkopf which ran in a circle many times, situated next to Wonder Mountain. It closed at season's end in 2000. This ride was most famous for the massive horn as part of the set, and the blast the horn sounded as the ride reached its maximum speed. Klockwerks replaced Bayern's Curve, as it was moved 'across the street' to accommodate Shockwave the next year.
Bedrock Aquarium 1981–2002 Originally called "Saltwater Circus", this marine show tent was closed for 2003 when Nickelodeon Central replaced the northern section of Hanna Barbara Land. In 2002 it was renamed the "Bedrock Event Tent", but was shut down after the last of the Flintstones-themed elements were eliminated from the park. After 9 years of being in a state of disrepair, the Aquarium was finally demolished in September 2011 to make way for Dinosaurs Alive!.
HotRock Raceway 1981–2002 HotRock Raceway was closed in 2002 due to difficulty in maintaining the ride and increasing downtime.
Bedrock Dock 1981–2002 Bedrock Dock was a small boat ride, removed in 2002 to make way for Scooby Doo's Haunted Mansion, as well as the ongoing removal of everything Flintstones-related from the park. It is now located at Carowinds as Snoopy's Yacht Club (Formally Little Bill's Cruisers until end of season 2009).
Flintstones Flyboys 1981–2002 Flintstones FlyBoys was rider-controlled round ride, similar to Aerofield, removed in 2002 along with the ongoing removal of everything Flintstones-related from the park.
The Fury 1981–2003 The Fury (Originally Shiva's Fury 1981-2001) was removed at the end of the 2003 season to make way for Time Warp (Tomb Raider: The Ride). It now sits in pieces behind Splashworks.
The Great Whale of China 1981–2003 The Great Whale of China was removed at the end of the 2003 season to make way for Time Warp (Tomb Raider: The Ride). It was in storage behind Kingswood before being relocated to Carowinds where it is now known as Peanuts Pirates (Formally Revenge of the Flying Dutchman until end of season 2009).
Smurf Cave 1984–1992 A funhouse-like cave building that featured scenes of Smurfs in their "natural" habitat. This attraction was actually converted from Yogi's Cave in Yogi's Forest (1981–1983) before the area was changed to Smurf Forest for the 1984 season. Also featured near the end of the cave was a section of Gargamel's house where Gargamel would be playing his organ. Gargamel's house was formerly the Ranger's Cabin during its use in Yogi's Cave. Smurf Village was removed and replaced by an arcade until 1998 where it housed Meet-and-Greets with the Rugrats. Currently it functions as a gift shop and mini-arcade in the Zoom Zone area.
Pharaoh's Falls 1988–2000 Two of the Racing Rivers water slides that had riders sitting on platic runners(sleds) and descended at a very steep angle starting at 30 feet, it was removed for an unknown reason however the loading tower remained standing until its removal at the end of the 2001 season for Psyclone.
Watersnake 1988–2001 The other two Racing Rivers water slides that were tubular, enclosed, and twisted, and had riders sitting on inner-tubes, it was removed at the end of the 2001 season for Psyclone.
Wipe Out 1992–2004 Wipe Out (originally Drop Zone(1992-1996)) was a large near vertical waterslide known internally as the "70" for being 70 feet (21 m) tall, was closed by the end of the 2004 season.
Pipeline 1992–2001 Pipeline was a short criss-crossing covered waterslide, was removed to make way for Riptide Racer.
Jumbo Bumps 1993–2000 Jumbo Bumbs was a large slide located in the Kid's Kingdom playground, now known as The Candy Factory, it was removed to make way for the new Zoom Zone area including Silver Streak, Blast Off, and Jumpin' Jet.
Jet Scream 1990–2010 Jet Scream was a looping star ship ride Manufactured by Intamin, which spun riders in a 360-degree rotation 10 stories high. It was removed to make way for the new WindSeeker ride at the end of the 2010 season.

Former shows[edit]

Former Shows At Canada's Wonderland
Years Operated Description
School of Rock 2005–2006 The show was based on the 2003 Jack Black movie School of Rock, featuring live music and dancing.
Hollywood's Stunt Spectacular 2006 The show was an action show with explosions, weapons and vehicular stunts. The show was located in the park's parking lot.

Former restaurants and shops[edit]

Former Restaurants and Shops At Canada's Wonderland
Description
New York Fries The New York Fries at the park became Hot Potato.
Mr. Sub Mr. Sub was replaced by Subway in 2012
Bubble Tease The Bubble Tease behind Wonder Mountain was converted back to Cookie Cafe.
You Go Grill You Go Grill was replaced by Chicken Shack for the 2013 season.

Renamed attractions, restaurants, and shops[edit]

A number of rides and attractions have been renamed to correspond with area theme changes.

Renamed Attractions At Canada's Wonderland
Description/Former Name/Reason For Name Change
Spinovator Spinovator in Medieval Faire was originally called Quixote's Kettles. It was renamed during the 1998 season.
Klockwerks Klockwerks in International Festival was originally called Klockwurker. It was renamed in 1992.
Nightmares Nightmares in Medieval Faire was originally called Wilde Night Mares. It was renamed during the 1998 season.
The Rage The Rage in Medieval Faire was originally called Viking's Rage. It was renamed during the 1998 season.
The Orbiter The Orbiter in the Grand World Exposition of 1890 was originally called Sol Loco. It was renamed in 2002. During the 2006 season, the ride was slated to be dismantled and relocated to another park. After Cedar Fair Entertainment Company acquired the Paramount Parks chain, the decision was reversed. The ride was rebuilt and re-opened later that year.
Wild Beast Wild Beast in Medieval Faire was originally called Wilde Beast. It was renamed during the 1998 season.
Dragon Fire Dragon Fire in Medieval Faire was originally called Dragon Fyre. It was renamed during the 1998 season.
Splash Island Waterways Splash Island Waterways in Splashworks was called Scooby Splash Island. It was renamed during the 2003 season during the phase-out of Hanna-Barbara characters.
Swing of the Century Swing of the Century was known as Swing of Siam and was located where Psyclone and Sledge Hammer are today with a different theme. It was relocated to its current location for the 1988 season.
The Fury The Fury was known as Shiva's Fury until 1997. In 2003, the ride was demolished.
Thunder Run Thunder Run in the International Festival was called Blauer Enzian, and was located roughly where The Fly is currently located. It was moved into Wonder Mountain, extended, and renamed Thunder Run in 1986.
Courtyard The Courtyard group catering facility in Medieval Faire was called The King's Courtyarde. The exact date of the name change is unknown but it was around the time Cedar Fair bought the park.
Wonderland Theatre The Wonderland Theatre in Medieval Faire was called The Paramount Theatre prior to the sale of Canada's Wonderland to Cedar Fair. It was originally called The Canterbury Theatre when it was built. The date of the name change was during the 2008 season. The original name was changed at an unknown date.
Jokey's Jalopies Jokey's Jalopies in Kidzville was originally called Wonder Tour.
Kidzville Station Kidzville Station in Kidzville was originally called Scooby Choo.
Frequent Flyers Frequent Flyers in Kidzville was originally called Balloon Race.
Swan Lake Swan Lake in Hanna-Barbera Land was originally called Happy Landing.
The Backlot Cafe The Backlot Cafe restaurant in the Grand World Exposition of 1890 was formerly called Southside Grille. Southside Grille was renovated in 2006 and was re-opened as The Backlot Cafe, featuring large screen TVs, gourmet food stations and an improved decor. As a result of the name change, the Wonderland staff cafeteria (which used to be called The Backlot Cafe. The Staff Cafeteria was also once called "The Lemon Lounge") was renamed Oscar's. Oscar's was then renamed Cornerstone's Cafe after the new company, Cedar Fair's com

mitments to its cornerstone philosophy in 2007. Also, before Southside Grille, it was called Ginza Gardens, which explains the former Japanese façade it had.

Traveler's Roadside Cafe Traveler's Roadside Cafe restaurant between the Vortex and White Water Canyon used to be Tucker's Roadside Cafe. The name was changed in 1997 to prevent confusion due the opening of the Tucker's Marketplace buffet restaurants across Ontario.
International Street Pizza Pizza International Street Pizza Pizza used to be called Ristorante, an Italian-themed restaurant. Wonderland Food Services stopped serving its own pizza and Italian food after the introduction of Pizza Pizza into the park.
International Street Starbucks International Street Starbucks used to be La Cantina, a Mexican-themed restaurant which closed in 2005.
International Marketplace International Marketplace was once Arthur's Pizza Pizza which was also Arthur's Pub & Grille.
SuperStar Recording Studios SuperStar Recording Studios were removed from the park at the end of the 2004 season due to removal of the concession from the park. The video studio in Expo was replaced with a Hot Press tee-shirt stand, and then in 2007 by the new Coasters restaurant, and the audio recording studio in International Festival was renovated and replaced with a "Multi-Faith Space" prayer room.
Backlot Stunt Coaster Backlot Stunt Coaster was called Italian Job: Stunt Track until after the 2007 season, due to Viacom's sale of the park to Cedar Fair.
Flight Deck Flight Deck was called Top Gun until after the 2007 season due to Viacom's sale of the park to Cedar Fair.
Riptide Riptide was called Cliffhanger until after the 2007 season due to Viacom's sale of the park to Cedar Fair.
Time Warp Time Warp was called Tomb Raider: The Ride until after the 2007 season due to Viacom's sale of the park to Cedar Fair.
Drop Tower Drop Tower was called Drop Zone until after the 2007 season due to Viacom's sale of the park to Cedar Fair.
Scooby's Snacks Scooby's Snacks in the Scoobyville section of Hanna-Barbera Land was originally called Granny's Sweets before it was renamed in July 2008.
Nachos/Tacos A Mexican/Mayan themed restaurant located in Grande World Exposition Of 1890 (Now Action Zone) from 1981-early 2000s. It is believed that it was located in the same building as Coasters restaurant or on the same site or possibly in Subway in Action Zone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cowan, Chris. "Theme Park Timelines: Paramount Canada's Wonderland". Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-05-22.