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10 Tips for Visiting Canada’s Wonderland

10 Tips for Visiting Canada's Wonderland

We equate visiting Canada’s Wonderland, a Cedar Fair park that you can utilize with your Platinum season pass, as a fine bottle of wine. The more you visit, the more you fall in love with the park! Canada’s Wonderland routinely brings in the second highest amount of guests among Cedar Fair parks each year behind Knott’s Berry Farm and ahead of Cedar Point.

In addition to being a really great park, they offer an incredible array of flat rides with some you will not find elsewhere in a Cedar Fair park, and we think the food at Canada’s Wonderland happens to be as good as Carowinds, which is known for their exemplary menu options. This might be a good spot to mention that Canada’s Wonderland is also the home of Leviathan, one of four giga-coasters in the Cedar Fair arsenal (the others being at Cedar Point, Kings Dominion, and Carowinds).

Pair the amazing rides, food, and atmosphere with some great live shows, and Canada’s Wonderland should definitely be on your summer travel list.

So now that our family has been visiting Canada’s Wonderland for a number of years, we put together some tips to make sure you have a FUN visit.

1) Season Pass

If you visit any of the Cedar Fair parks more than a handful of times each year, a season pass makes absolute sense for guests. Purchase your pass in the fall for the cheapest price and get on the payment plan, and you will be paid off before the parks even open.

For the best deal, consider the Platinum pass that gets you free parking and admission to all of the Cedar Fair parks each year.

2) Passports

If you are U.S. based, like we are, then to travel outside of the country you will need a valid passport. Make sure it is valid at time of travel, including through the time of your return. Fortunately at the time of this article, the passport does not need to be valid six months prior to your trip like it does when visiting other countries.

3) Money

We have an entire article about how to handle paying for things in U.S. Dollars at Canada’s Wonderland.

4) Language

Even though there is a large portion of the guests that can speak French Canadian, English speakers will have no issues at Canada’s Wonderland reading menus, ride instruction boards, etc., as everything was in English.

This could be a great opportunity for you to brush up on your French lessons though! 🙂

5) Weather

Our biggest obstacle over the past several years of visits to Canada’s Wonderland has been the weather. We have either experienced all-day rain events or extremely hot temperatures, both of which do not make for an ideal day.

Fortunately, we have also experienced the park on the most ideal of weather days on a recent trip.

Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen no matter the weather.

Plan and dress accordingly for your visit to Canada’s Wonderland.

6) Bring a Bathing Suit

When comparing the size of Cedar Fair parks, Canada’s Wonderland falls about in the middle. With your admission, guests get access to both Canada’s Wonderland and Splash Works waterpark. You will also find a couple of water rides within Canada’s Wonderland.

Therefore, consider having your bathing suit handy to utilize the benefits of both sides of the park.

7) Virtual Reality

Canada’s Wonderland was the first of the Cedar Fair parks to test out virtual reality (VR) on roller coasters, as they do on Thunder Run. While we were skeptical at first of taking a roller coaster and having to wear a VR headset, the experience was quite FUN and well worth it.

While the Thunder Run VR was free in the past for season passholders, this year Canada’s Wonderland is charging for the experience. Season passholders pay $5 while regular guests pay $10.

Guests must be 40″ to ride Thunder Run and at least 13 years of age to try VR.

8) Buy a Souvenir Bottle or All-Season Drink Pass

We absolutely love visiting Canada’s Wonderland and find it difficult to find something to not like; however, the one thing that makes a visit difficult is they do not give guests free water like they do at the rest of the Cedar Fair parks. Free water (and ice) appear to be an American thing, as we evaluated in our article, Does Canada’s Wonderland Need to Adjust the Free Water Policy?

Therefore, guests should plan accordingly, and the easiest way to do that is with the souvenir refillable drink cups or all-season drink passes.

In prior years, we noticed it was difficult to even find water at the fountain machines. However, for 2017 we really saw a proliferation of options for where guests could get water in addition to their favorite fountain drink options. Plus we were pleasantly surprised to see a lot of Coca-Cola Freestyle machines throughout the park, where you can also get water.

9) Canadian Cuisine

Our two favorite parks to eat are at Carowinds and Canada’s Wonderland. As you peruse our Canada’s Wonderland Dining Guide, you will notice tons of great food options you will not find at other Cedar Fair parks.

For example, try classic poutine at a variety of food locations around the park. Or stop at the Bistro 81 food truck and try the Pork Belly Sandwich…it is AMAZING! Or visit Backlot Cafe for some terrific Indian food (or Mexican, Italian, or American).

If you do not have the All-Season Dining Plan, this is one time where we highly suggest getting the All-Day Dining Plan so you can eat every 90 minutes!

10) Great Rides

You first realize a visit to Canada’s Wonderland is unlike any other when you walk in the entrance and see the beautiful landscaping and Wonder Mountain. In addition the park offers tons of great rides and attraction. Hop on board Wonder Mountain Guardian and fight dragons in a unique roller coaster shooting game. Try the great flat rides, ride the many roller coasters like Leviathan and Behemoth, and not to be overlooked, there are many great rides at Planet Snoopy/Kidzville.

Have additional tips for visiting Canada’s Wonderland? Let us know below in the comments.

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Does Canada’s Wonderland Need to Adjust the Free Water Policy?

150510 Cedar Point Free Cup of Water

Are you a regular visitor to Canada’s Wonderland? If you visit any of the other Cedar Fair parks, you should be aware that when visiting quick service food locations, you can simply request a free cup of water, to which they will hand you a glass, albeit small.

When we first reported on the no free water policy in 2015, this was before the introduction of the season long souvenir bottles (or all-season drink pass), and even if you wanted a refill of water, you had to pay the $1.00 refill charge.

Fortunately, things have gotten better with the free water situation at Canada’s Wonderland.

While you can not go up to a food service stand and request a free cup of water, if you have the All-Season Souvenir Bottle or All-Season Drink Pass, you can now get free water at any of the fountain machines, including the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.

Note, if you purchase the souvenir bottle with free refills on day of purchase and $1 refills all season, you will still need to pay the buck, even if it is for water.

You also of course always have the option of buying bottled water or using the water fountains located around the park.

Canada’s Wonderland is the only park in the Cedar Fair chain that wants you to pay for water.

Is Canada’s Wonderland no free water fair?

Does the policy make business sense? Less people waiting in line for a free cup of water free up employees to handle paying customers. Not to mention, there is cost associated with the free cup and ice, and someone has to pay the water bill.

Does the policy cause more people to require medical attention from dehydration?

Should the rest of the Cedar Fair parks in the United States follow Canada’s Wonderland’s water policy?

We want to hear your thoughts on the Canada’s Wonderland water policy. Let us know your comments below.

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How is the US Dollar Handled When Visiting Canada’s Wonderland?

How is the US Dollar Handled When Visiting Canada's Wonderland

While the majority of Cedar Fair parks are located in the United States, sister park Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto, Canada is one of the companies leading parks. Canada’s Wonderland clocks in over 3.5 million guests per year, the second highest among Cedar Fair parks behind Knott’s Berry Farm (Source: 2014 Theme Index). This means, chances are if you are a Platinum season passholder, you will venture north above the border to try Canada’s Wonderland at least once. In addition, if you also happen to be on a mission to try 4 of the 5 giga-coasters in the world, you will make it a point to get to the park to try Leviathan!

Reader Heather K. writes in with the following question:

“We’re heading to [Canada’s Wonderland] next weekend- skipping our originally planned [Cedar Point] trip to try something new (we’ll hit CP later this month instead!). How is $$ handled in the park? Do they only accept Canadian or do they take US too? Should we exchange before we get there or not bother? Or maybe I should plan on sticking with credit/debit the whole time? I’m assuming most food places take cards? We have Platinum Passes so paying for parking isn’t an issue. Thanks for any answers you can give me!”

Canada’s Wonderland accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Interact Direct Payment, US and Canadian traveller’s cheques, and both Canadian and the US Dollars for admission. The park will be able to convert the US Dollar to the Canadian Dollar when purchasing admission at guest services. However, things work a little different when in the park.

The majority of food locations will accept credit/debit cards, with the exception of some lone food carts, which will be cash only. We are told there are some dining locations that will perform the currency conversion for you if paying in US Dollars. However, the exact list of which do or do not convert the money for you is unknown.

When paying with the US Dollar throughout the park, most of the locations will exchange your US Dollar for the Canadian Dollar at 1:1. Therefore, depending on the current exchange rate, you automatically lose money when paying with cash.

We recently returned from a trip to Canada’s Wonderland. Here are our family’s tips for paying for things at Canada’s Wonderland.

1) Try and pay with a credit card when ever possible. However, you need to make sure you confirm ahead of time that you are using a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. Otherwise, you will get back and realize your credit card company will charge you for every transaction for the privilege of converting the money for you.

Be careful when paying with a debit card because chances are they will also charge you a foreign transaction fee.

2) If you do not like using credit cards, and prefer to pay with cash, we recommend converting your dollars before you get to the park. This way you get the best value for your money. You can do this as soon as you cross the border.

3) Make sure you use your Platinum pass whenever you make a purchase to receive 15% off at most food and merchandise locations.

On an unrelated note, here is another tip when visiting Canada’s Wonderland from the United States. If you have a US cell phone provider, and do not want to pay for an international calling plan when crossing over the border, make sure prior to crossing the border you turn airplane mode ON. Then you can turn the WIFI back on, ensuring that you do not use your phone except for when connected to WIFI.

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