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Canada's Wonderland
Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Vaughan
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located just North of Toronto, Canada’s Wonderland features 70 rides, including 16 roller coasters, 2 children areas, a 20 acre water park and world class entertainment and special events. Each fall brings the return of Camp Spooky for kids and families by day, and Halloween Haunt's spooky attractions by night.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 26, 2011

We had a great time at Canada's Wonderland. There were lots of rides for our kids aged 2 and 4 and we all had a blast at the water park. The park was kept nice and clean. The park is fairly expensive and they charge for everything.Parking $12, Locker $12 Water $3 or $4 i can't remember. They had strollers to rent which was awesome for us, but it cost us $20 for a two seater (they also has one seaters for $15 and wheel chairs not sure of the price)

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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We've been attending the paramoount park for several years now. This year has absolutely been one of the best. Very clean and friendly staff. The Buffet where we ate for lunch was super delicious. Extremely clean and pleasent to be a part of. Looking forward going again sometime this year..

Thank marjoejulien
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

My last visit to Wonderland was probably 17 years ago. While most of the rides have changed or been updated, and there are certainly many new sights, I have to say that Wonderland is not the place I remember...

The pros: The children's area is a great add-on, and very well laid-out.
The grounds are organized well, and you don't have to trek forever to get from one area to another.

The cons: Food options are vey limited and the prices are crazy, even for amusement park standards.
Service is pretty awful as well, as the park seems to be run by a large group of gossiping 15-year olds.

Tips: avoid weekends at all cost if your child is older than 8. The lineups are up to 60 minutes on the popular rides. For the little ones (5 and under) weekends are brutal, but not as bad.
Bring a cooler and eat at you car.

Thank BigPl8Man
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

We visited Canada's Wonderland on Wed. July 20th and had a great time. Unfortunately the weather was extremely humid and we couldn't find any air-conditioned restaurants or rest spots to cool off, even our 5 year old daughter was bothered by the heat so we left early to cool off. We mainly stayed in the 'Planet Snoopy' area and Kidzville and the rides were great for our daughter. There were barely any line-ups for the rides, at most we waited five minutes to get on each ride. It was busy but not overcrowded and compared to Ontario Place it's definitely a better bet for a 5 year old.

Thank Mya171
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

One guidebook had billed this as Canada's answer to Disney. Well, we've been to Disney several times and if you expect something like Disney,, you will be sorely disappointed. It's more like a Six Flags park, and a lot of the rides did not appeal to my children. Are children are ages 11 and 8. The park is full of rollercoasters which my children do not like yet.

We went at 3 in the afternoon and had to wait 30 minute to ride on Boo Busters - a ride in which you shoot ghosts. Both my children (who loved Buzz Lightyear) hated it. The race car driving looked good but then you had to pay extra money - it was a ridiculous amount, so we skipped it. The spongebob movie 3 D is nicely done and that was our favorite part of the park (other than the waterpark). My daughter like the "Ride of the Century" which is a bunch of swings being twirled aorund a carousel. It goes much higher and is scarier than it looks. By the time we had made it around to the waterpark it was closing (at 7 PM).

They have a lot of arcade games in which you try to win prizes - this is more suitable for an arcade than a theme park. This really irked my husband as whenever we went by the arcades, the kids would ask to try the games.

We had bought a 2 day ticket on the internet, since it was only 15 dollars more for the second day. We had such a mediocre time on the first day we thought about not going back, but since we had the tickets we went back the second day to the water park. This was really much better -we got there when it opened at 11 AM, we got to try all the water rides that we wanted and the lazy river, the kids really liked it and rated this as their 2nd favorite activity of the trip (the favorite activity was maid of the mist at niagara falls). We wore our swimsuits into the park. We followed advice about not renting a locker - we left our bag out on the grass (as did a lot of other families) and everytinhg was fine. There were no valuables in the bag - just our towels, flip flops, and sunscrreen. My husband had one credit card he put in his swimsuit pocket. It was really much more convenient that running to the locker.
Note that metal on swimsuits (eg rivets) are not allowed on the body water slides (ie slides without mats). We saw people being turned away from the water body slides because of this.
our favorite rides were the twisty water slides that were about 3-4 stories high that in which you rode down a tube t and also the racer slides which were 5- stories high and it was like you were sledding but on a water slide.
There was a large raft ride called the plunge which looked fun but was not as much fun.
My husband and son went on the water body slide and said it was very fast, it was over in 2 seconds, and the water was swirling all around, and their backs were scraped by the backs of the slide. They could not wear their swim shirts on the ride.
There is a lazy river with eddies and occasional waterfallswhich was relaxing.
I have to say the staff in the waterpark was very careful about following safety rule.

After 2 hours at the waterpark everyone was done so we left and went to the mall across the street for lunch.

The food - you are not allowed to bring in anything except water. But you can picnic outside the park, which we saw several familities doing. The park itself is right across from a gigantic mall with a large food court, so that is an option if you don't mind spending the time. We resigned oursevles to eating french fries which were actually pretty good.

We didn't go to any of the shows, but we walked by the snoopy show which was aimed at preschool kids.

I think the park is better suited for really young kids and older kids who like rollercosaters. My children were in between and other then the water park, and spongebob ride, really didn't like it very much.

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