As a Canada’s Wonderland WonderBlogger, I have been visiting this Toronto amusement park several times this summer and writing about my experiences. I was back at Canada’s Wonderland on Friday, August 12, 2018 with a friend to enjoy more of the theme park, especially Canada’s Wonderland water rides at Splash Works, and some of the shows. [Disclosure: I received a complimentary season’s pass with all-season dining plan in order to write my review.]
Victoria Falls High Divers
This visit, we were able to time it so that we caught the Victoria Falls High Divers performance at 12:30 p.m. There are about four divers and they each dive only once per performance so you have to be there right at 12:30 p.m. or you’ll miss it. Other performances are at 11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
We stopped at Manchu Wok on International Street for lunch. With my all season dining plan, meals are included (you have to wait four hours in between meals to order a complimentary meal). I ordered Honey Garlic Chicken and noodles while my friend ordered Broccoli with fried rice. The food was pretty good and the portion sizes are fairly generous. Drinks are not included with the dining plan so you’ll have to pay extra for those.
We then headed off to two of our favourite Canada’s Wonderland water rides from our last visit: White Water Canyon Raft Ride and Timberwolf Falls. We found that again, there was a long line-up for White Water Canyon. This ride seems to be popular with young families because it isn’t too scary. The raft floats along a river and then dips into several rapids where you’ll get splashed by water (more so if you are sitting on the wrong side of the raft). I was sitting on the right side of the raft this time and didn’t get drenched!
We also had to go on Timberwolf Falls again since we really enjoyed this water ride during our last visit. The line-up was not as long for this ride – it was probably a 5-7 minute wait – and I think that’s because you get completely soaked on Timberwolf Falls and perhaps people didn’t want to get completely soaking wet in the middle of the day.
After going on our favourite water rides, we headed over to Splash Works. I wanted to cool off in the water so I went on the Lazy River tube ride.
My friend, in the meantime, decided to try the Muskoka Plunge (a six storey tall waterslide complex with four speed slides). She thought it would be a less scary ride than Riptide Racer or The Plunge – a huge miscalculation on her part! As she put it: “You are put into a chamber and then the trap door swooshes out from under you, plunging you through the bowels of this godawful demon from hell. We were told to keep our arms and ankles crossed. (Are you kidding me?????!!!) Once the trap door shot down and away, I was flailing about in horror – but I didn’t scream! I refused to give the watching crowd the satisfaction. But, oh my, in my heart, I was screeeeeching with horror.”
Whirlwinds Water Slide
In order to calm my friend’s frazzled nerves, we opted for the Whirlwinds Water Slide, a much gentler water slide than Muskoka Plunge. This time, I left my sunglasses in our locker so that I didn’t have to worry about holding on to them during this ride. This made it much more enjoyable.
I then headed over to White Water Bay to enjoy the wave pool while my friend went on the Black Hole water slide. This four-storey slide that takes sliders down an enclosed tube, which twists and turns in the dark before riders enter the open air and splash into the water. After taking the Muskoka Plunge, my friend found the Black Hole slide a piece of cake. She then joined me at White Water Bay, which was packed due to the gorgeous 30C weather.
I looked at my phone and realized that we had better wrap up our swim and get some dinner before attending the Cirque du Soleil performance at Wonderland Theatre at 6 p.m.
Because it was now 5 p.m. and at least four hours had passed since our last meal, we would be able to eat for free with our all season dining plan. We had eaten at Thrill Burger in Medieval Fare before and liked the food so we decided to return. I ordered a Hamburger with fries while my friend ordered the Chicken Tenders with fries.
The burger was thick and juicy while the fries were hot and crispy.
We quickly finished our meal and headed over to Wonderland Theatre. I really wanted to see the Cirque du Soleil and the website recommended being there 30 minutes early to ensure we got a seat. We arrived at 5:30 p.m. and there were lots of seats available. We noticed, however, that at 5:45 p.m., a stampede of people arrived and there weren’t many seats left after that.
I have seen Cirque du Soleil before and really admire the performers’ athleticism and artistry. The performance at Canada’s Wonderland has a Canadiana theme, with two performers dressed as raccoons who get the crowd warmed up with a humorous act that had the kids in stitches. Another act features performers dressed as plaid-shirted lumberjacks executing spectacular jumps on a seesaw while a third act showcases a performer juggling up to five bottles. The 30-minute show is a taste of what you’ll see at a Cirque du Soleil performance.
We had another great day at Canada’s Wonderland. Again, the time just flew by as there is so much to do. It’s so great to escape downtown Toronto to enjoy some water and sun at Splash Works, as well as other rides and shows throughout the theme park. I love admiring the Canadian-themed gardens in front of Wonder Mountain. I didn’t want to leave.
Splash Works at Canada’s Wonderland is open until September 3, 2018.