Torontonicity is a WonderCrew influencer for Canada’s Wonderland again this year and was invited to enjoy the amusement park’s media day to kick off the 2019 year. We were treated to a lovely lunch buffet and had the chance to see the new ride in action – Yukon Striker! If you aren’t familiar with the latest roller coaster’s impressive specs, here are some essential details:
The Yukon Striker has guests experience a 90-degree drop from the highest point into a tunnel that goes beneath one of the park’s ponds. A controlled drop into a pond doesn’t sound very thrilling, but I assure you that the prolonged pause that riders hold at the very top just before being released caused group after group of riders to scream at the top of their lungs. This isn’t for the faint of heart!
Another thing to keep in mind, if you choose one of the seats on the very far left or right of each row, you get the added fear of feeling like you could possibly hit or skim the wall of the tunnel as you fall towards the water and into the narrow tunnel.
After being completely terrified out of our wits, but also feeling incredibly exhilarated, we went over to our lunch buffet where we were treated to a variety of delicious flavours! There were several food stations, so we decided to grab a bit of everything and share. We started with the classic poutine, Alfredo pasta with garlic breadstick, chicken chow mein, seven grain and roasted red pepper salad. I must admit that I’m glad we did the rides before the food!
Our next round of sample platters consisted of a vegetable curry, veggie samosa and fries with gravy – yes, we went for a second round of fries because they were a group favourite! I haven’t met a person who didn’t love fries that are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, but also perfectly salted!
I noticed a Great Lakes Brewery tent with two interesting cans sitting front and centre. I walked over and was surprised to see that the Great Lakes Brewery team has created two featured beers exclusive to Canada’s Wonderland: Leviathan Lager, and Yukon Striker Pilsner! For any beer fan (including yours truly) it’s a treat to know that you can head to Wonderland and drink something that’s refreshing for hot summer days without compromising on flavour.
We grabbed a few treats at the dessert station which included cupcakes, cookies, brownie bites, chocolate granola bars, jalebi (personal favourite) and gulab jamun!
Despite the weather not being the greatest for the day, with very overcast skies, not the warmest temperatures and the occasional soft shower of rain, we had so much fun! We can’t wait for the warmer weather to hit, so we can enjoy Splash Works. The water park opens May 25, 2019 so make sure to grab your season’s pass before the mad rush of warmer summer months and enjoy all the thrills that Canada’s Wonderland has to offer.