Mighty Canadian Minebuster

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Mighty Canadian Minebuster
Mighty Canadian Minebuster going up to its lift hill
Canada's Wonderland
Park sectionFrontier Canada
Coordinates43°50′21″N 79°32′31″W / 43.83917°N 79.54194°W / 43.83917; -79.54194Coordinates: 43°50′21″N 79°32′31″W / 43.83917°N 79.54194°W / 43.83917; -79.54194
Opening date1981
Cost$1.2M est.
General statistics
ManufacturerCanada's Wonderland
DesignerCurtis D. Summers
Track layoutOut and Back
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height27.4 m (90 ft)
Drop26.5 m (87 ft)
Length1,166.8 m (3,828 ft)
Speed89.9 km/h (55.9 mph)
Height restriction122 cm (4 ft 0 in)
Trains2 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Mighty Canadian Minebuster at RCDB
Pictures of Mighty Canadian Minebuster at RCDB

The Mighty Canadian Minebuster (often shortened to just Minebuster) is one of the four roller coasters that debuted with Canada's Wonderland, an amusement park located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, in 1981, and is still operational today. It is one of two wooden roller coasters at the park that are modelled after rides that existed at Coney Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio (specifically, the Shooting Star); Wild Beast is the other. Minebuster was originally intended to be the centrepiece of the never-built Frontier Canada section of the park.[1]

Minebuster is an out and back roller coaster, and uses two trains, with five cars holding six riders (in rows of two) each. The ride was designed by Curtis D. Summers and built in-house. The coaster was not built by PTC despite a plaque at the operator's booth and several published reports that claim it was. PTC stopped building coasters in 1979.[2] It is likely however, that the construction crew consisted of workers who had previously built coasters for PTC. The two 30-passenger trains were supplied by the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters. Canada's Wonderland's water park, Splash Works, has two sets of slides that pass over the Mighty Canadian Minebuster.[3]

The coaster in recent years has been hampered with some roughness, along with being modified several times for incoming Water Park additions, where some of the four hills have been joined together making them much longer with less of a peak therefore significantly reducing the amount of negative G's experienced.

Ride layout[edit]

Minebuster will be familiar to most coaster riders as a modified out and back wooden coaster, specifically with the addition of an upward spiraling helix at the end as the most obvious modification to the traditional out and back layout. The riders make an immediate U-turn to the left after leaving the station, past the storage depot and head up the chain lift hill. At the crest of the lift, the train makes a very small drop and turns right for the big drop. Riders then go through two negative-G hills and pass under a waterslide before climbing up a larger hill and making a turnaround to the right. The ride then drops down and rushes over three smaller hills before entering a banked turn to the left. For a finale, riders roar through a helix inside a tunnel before entering the brake run which stops the train.


  1. ^ Minebuster Archived 2011-10-07 at the Wayback Machine., CW Mainia
  2. ^ Rutherford, Scott. The American Roller Coaster, MBI Publishing, 2000, p. 12
  3. ^ http://www.pcwjunkies.com/pcw/pcwmap.htm

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