A Retro Wonderland

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A Retro Wonderland

Post by BrotherJay » 31 May 2012, 19:37

A look back in history to the opening of the park. Stumbled across this the other day, thought some of you might appreciate the read.

http://www.thegridto.com/city/places/re ... in-canada/

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Post by mess98 » 31 May 2012, 20:03

That's kind of cool... considering the first time I went to Wonderland, "Days of Thunder" was still playing. I specifically remember my dad making me watch that at least 3 times...

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Post by Dom497 » 31 May 2012, 20:53

Thanks for sharing! :yes:

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Post by BrotherJay » 31 May 2012, 21:16

Make sure you also click on the various highlighted links through the article.. some great additional stuff beyond the initial story.

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Post by canadaswonderlandguy » 31 May 2012, 22:15

This link discusses the timeline of amusement parks in the Toronto area and I learned that someone drowned in front of wonder mountain in 1988. This person tried to retrieve a Frisbee. It is also the only amusement park death in Ontario's history. http://www.thegridto.com/city/places/a- ... y-madness/

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Post by Wilde Beast » 11 Jul 2012, 23:37

Speaking of "retro", I found these awesome Wonderland construction photos, including whats claimed to be the "first test run" of Dragon Fyre. Click the below link and scroll through...lots of pics of World Exposition/Wonder Mountain. Not sure if these have been linked to before...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocturnals ... otostream/

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Post by BrotherJay » 18 Jul 2012, 17:35

I have to admit, I really love looking at these 'naked' shots of the park When the land was bare and filling in the blanks was something that trees would need 20-30 years to do. With that last pic I am sure that no-one of the day would have ever assumed DF would live in the shadow of something far larger.

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Post by bratman » 16 Feb 2013, 17:44

found this on the Vintage Toronto facebook page today. A look at the original stunt show in
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Post by BrotherJay » 01 Apr 2013, 03:42

nice find!

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Post by Johnlloyd » 18 Apr 2013, 13:31

It's interesting on what you may find on certain websites about Canada's Wonderland in it's early days. I found a video for Racing Rivers at Canada's Wonderland. It was manufactured by Bailey Rides.http://www.amusementridesbybailey.com/aquaskoot.wmv
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Post by kunpc1 » 21 Apr 2013, 02:14

^One of the most terrifying rides I've ever ridden! Haha. I remember seeing a good number of wipeouts. It was hilarious watching people get angry over getting soaked.
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Post by sheldonmans14 » 21 Apr 2013, 17:38

Racing Rivers looks like it is just begging people to hurt themselves. I'm not surprised it was removed.
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Post by jetscreamlover » 21 Apr 2013, 21:19

kunpc1 wrote:^One of the most terrifying rides I've ever ridden! Haha. I remember seeing a good number of wipeouts. It was hilarious watching people get angry over getting soaked.
I, unfortunately, was one of those riders who wiped out while riding Pharoah's Falls back in 1992. I was not holding onto the handles properly and my sled turned sideways and I fell into the water.

Its a shame Racing Rivers was removed as it was a water ride I actually liked riding. At one time it was rumoured that they were going to move the ride into Splashworks but I assume the cost and condition of the ride (10 years after it opened) was not worth it.

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Post by kunpc1 » 22 Apr 2013, 22:08

I know there are a few water parks around that have similar rides. The capacity for both Watersnake and Pharoah's Falls was horrible so I can see why that along with cost of relocation resulted in them being removed completely.
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Post by Johnlloyd » 24 Apr 2013, 10:47

kunpc1 wrote:^One of the most terrifying rides I've ever ridden! Haha. I remember seeing a good number of wipeouts. It was hilarious watching people get angry over getting soaked.
But if you click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-IOCPn9N9A you will see everyone having fun and enjoying the ride. (The video title says 1987 but it was actually advertised 1988 because it came out 1988. I also believe that it was shot at Kings Dominion because of the amount of lanes and different trees in the background). :D
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