I'm not exactly a brave person. Can I handle the rides at Canada's Wonderland? Read on to find out! (Updated 2022).
What was I doing at an Amusement Park?
Legendary motion-sickness, a well-deserved reputation as a chicken – what on earth was I doing at a theme park? And how is it possible that I enjoyed it?
This summer, I was part of a TBEX press trip with Central Counties Tourism that included a stop at Canada’s Wonderland, one of the premier amusement parks in North America. They boast incredible roller coasters and amazing rides – none of which I had the least intention of going on. I’ve neither the stomach nor the nerves for such wild times – but I still had a ton of fun! Read on to find out what I loved.
There's fun for the young - and the young at heart
Wonderland is well laid out, separating the main thrill areas from those better suited for younger children, which would be a bonus for parents looking to keep their family organized. Regrettably, the water park area was still closed as it was early in the season. (I am awesomely brave at waterparks and love them!)
Like all amusement parks big and small, there’s no shortage of opportunities to spend more money once you are past the front gate, but I still had great fun just soaking in the festive atmosphere and seeing everyone else having an amazing time.
My absolute favourite area was the new dinosaur exhibit – it really brought out the kid in me, as I’ve loved dinosaurs ever since I was a child.
The realistic, life size dinos are motion activated and it was a treat to watch them “come to life”. I think this is one area where kids and adults would have an equally great time. It was an amazing spot to get fun photos and I loved that the park was not just about rides, rides, ride.
The Verdict: Carbs Seal the Deal!
A gigantic funnel cake was the perfect ending to our visit – deep fried carbs are all the thrills I need in life! For those who love amusement parks, it plays to plan in advance. Tickets are less expensive with advance purchases and, starting at $39, they represent a good value for someone who loves amusement parks and would plan to be there all day. Beware extra costs – parking, food, snacks, souvenirs, photos, and games of chance – this is where you can easily spend $100 or more.
(*2022 Update: Advanced tickets are STILL just $39!)
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Are you an amusement park fan?
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Disclaimer: The park entry was paid for on the press trip, but all reviews are honest, and my own.
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