Canada's Wonderland, Toronto
Paramount Canada's Wonderland is an amusement park just north of the city. Admittedly it is the best one in Canada and the only one on such a massive scale, however it is very expensive and you really need to spend the whole day there to come close to getting your money's worth or to see the whole thing. If you only have a short time or a limited budget for your Toronto trip, you will find a trip to Wonderland saps the life out of both.
Unique Suggestions: Go on the rides a bajillion times. My faves are the Minebuster -- the world's largest wooden roller coaster, and the various suspended roller coasters they have.
If you're going to traipse all the way up to Wonderland, try to work in a visit to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which is nearby.
Fun Alternatives: You could fill a day with half a dozen better things than a trip to Wonderland. Just browse through all of the great VT tips and you will find lots of fun things such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre, CN Tower etc. If amusement parks are your cup of tea, there is a smaller one on Toronto Island called Centreville. It can be covered in half a day and still leave time and money for exploring other things.
Canada's Wonderland offers all the usual amusement park stuff that makes most people want to gag. It's sooo damn expensive just to get in and then you need to pay 80 billion dollars for a bottle of water...if you really want to ride a roller coaster then fine, do what you have to do, but if you are looking for some fun at a reasonable cost then this is not the place to do it.
Not only is it expensive, it's crowded and located north of the city so you have to drive there (and pay a bagillion for parking).
As a kid I'm sure I annoyed the hell out of my parents to go there, but damn, as an adult I just don't get it.
Unique Suggestions: Ride a roller coaster and vomit!
Fun Alternatives: Go go-karting!
The Vortex is one of the many rollercoaster in Wonderland, and the favourite one of my friends. Hahaha, yep, like I said... I am chicken... so I am not a rollercoaster fan! But it great to see them swoop by in high speed, and hear all the screams from the rollercoaster :-)
The best part seems to be this little bit, when the Vortex dives down and seems to go into the water.
It's hard to see in this picture, but this is the drop zone. Hahaha, I was too chicken to go into it, but my friends did... ahhhhhh! Hahaha, but they survived the ride, with a big smile on their faces :-))
It is a high tower, and when you are on top.... it just drops down with an amazing speed... eekkkks! Not for me!
Here are some facts of the Drop Zone :
On Drop Zone, riders sit on a high-speed transport lift that travels over 16 feet per second, 230 feet in the air. At the top of the tower, guests have but moments to take in the panoramic view of the Park before it registers that what goes up must come down. Free falling at more than 100km/h, 23 stories flash by as the ground races up and catches riders in a silent, smooth stop.
We went with a group of almost 20 people, and here are a few of them waiting anciously to get up in the air, and make the big drop :-))
Hahaha, this is how you look when you go to the 7th Portal....But it is worth while though, because it is a great attraction! I thouroughly enjoyed it!!! So don't forget to go here when you are in Wonderland!
Stan Lee's 7th PortalTM is an action adventure 3-D ride simulator in the Action F/X Theatre. In Stan Lee's 7th PortalTM, riders will be a part of the hottest webstrip to hit the net. Stan Lee is the legendary co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
Besides the 7th Portal there is another 3-D ride simulator called " Superstition". But I have to warn you that this one is not nearly as good as the 7th Portal! Still fun though, but I would choose to go to the 7th Portal instead.
Aaaaah.. water!!! Yep, it goes right through it, and everyone gets soaking (and I mean SOAKING!) wet! Hahaha, great to watch though :-)) But don't stand too close to this ride, or you will get wet yourself! Oops... I should have known that before! After it has been through this fountain and goes up again, all the water is splashing around from the attraction into the non-suspecting crowd, hahaha, nice and refreshing though on a warm summer day :-)
And this is how you get here :
Paramount Canada's Wonderland is located just minutes north of Toronto off Highway 400, just 10 minutes north of Highway 401. Exit Rutherford Rd. if heading north or south on Highway 400.
By Public Transit the Wonderland Express "GO" Buses run regularly from Yorkdale and York Mills subway stations. Schedule operates throughout the day and evening through closing.
Yep, this is a tourist trap! Canada's Wonderland, a huge themepark on the northside of Toronto.... but it is a great touristtrap! Lots of attractions for a whole day full of fun!
Paramount Canada's Wonderland has over 200 attractions, more than 60 thrilling rides, North America's greatest variety of roller coasters, and Splash Works, a 20-acre water park.
But.... it is very expensive :-( For example, a bottle of water costs $3.25 arghhh! Hahaha, but I still had a great day out!
More information on : http://www.canadas-wonderland.com/
Adults (ages 7 - 59) $46.99
Child (3 - 6) / Senior (60+) $23.49
Canada's Wonderland is expensive, I won't lie. At almost $60 a person and another $17 to park, it can certainly set a family back. You also aren't allowed to bring your own food (although you can sneak it in, but be aware that they may take it from you at the gate) so you'll be paying for that too. The lines for the rides can be long, as it is the biggest amusement park for miles. Speaking of, if you do decide to go on a hot, sunny day, be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat - they sell them both in the park but they'll be quite expensive.
Unique Suggestions: That said, it can be a really fun day and there are ways to save money! First, buy your tickets online in advance - it'll save you between $10 and $20 a person. Second, try to pick a day that isn't too hot. One of the best days I ever spent there was a cold, rainy day: there were almost no lines for the rides, everything was still open and all I had to do was bring a sweater since it was only drizzling.
Fun Alternatives: Unfortunately there aren't many other options for amusement parks close to Toronto. The EX (the Canadian National Exhibition) is open during the last two weeks of the summer, and although it is less expensive it's no less crowded. If you want the amusement park experience, go to Wonderland (just be prepared for the cost and the lines) and have fun!
Tickets are really expensive, if possible get a family pass, you don't have to be a family.
On cliffhanger, make sure they check the 'seatbelt' and they pull on the fabric part, cause they didn't once and it wasn't put in properly and it came undone, the rest is still holding you in but it's scary when it happens!!