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Leviathan Review, Merchandise and more!

Today marked Season Passholder Preview day at Canada’s Wonderland, an annual right of passage that marks the official start of summer for theme park fanatics in Canada. Thousands of season passholders braved the chilly temperatures to brave the newest attraction for the 2012 season, Leviathan. Reaching a terror inducing 306 feet high, with over 5,400 feet of track and a top speed of 148km/h, Leviathan is B&M’s first coaster to reach over 300 feet high. It’s the third tallest traditional lift-style coaster in the world, after Steel Dragon in Japan and Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

We have been counting down the days for the Sneak Preview, and finally got to ride this monster. We weren’t disappointed. Here’s our review of the ride, along with some pictures of the new merchandise offerings and general areas of the park:

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Canada's Wonderland 2012 Season Highlights

While it’s still a bit chilly here in Ontario, Canada’s Wonderland is getting ready to open for another fantastic season. If you haven’t heard, Canada’s tallest rollercoaster called Leviathan and a Dinosaur’s Alive exhibit are set to debut this year, in addition to a few brand new entertainment offerings. Here’s an overview of the 2012 season. If you’re a Season Passholder, the preview night is on April 27. For everyone else, the park begins normal operation on May 6. Continue reading

Wonderland and SickKids auction Leviathan first ride

Here’s a great event for a great cause. You can bid on the first ride for Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland, with all the money raised going to SickKids. How awesome would it be to be amongst the first riders ever on this amazing new attraction, plus help kids across Canada. Check out the details below: Continue reading

Canada's Wonderland unleashes Leviathan in 2012

 
 

In 2012, Canada’s Wonderland will unveil one of the biggest and tallest roller coasters in the world: Leviathan. When the Park opens in May 2012, Leviathan will dominate the Park’s landscape, taking riders to breathtaking heights and speeds never experienced before at Wonderland.
The excitement begins on Leviathan’s first lift hill as riders climb to a record breaking height of 306 feet (93.3M) followed by an exhilarating 80 degree drop. Reaching a top speed of 148 kilometers per hour, riders will experience extreme coaster thrills on 5,486 feet (1,672M) of track that includes a series of giant camelback hills reaching heights up to 180 feet (54.9M), and an astonishing overbanked hammerhead turn at 115 degrees that will cross above the Park’s front gate at 147 feet (44.8M) high.
“Leviathan will be our 16th coaster and now positions Canada’s Wonderland as one of the top three coaster destinations in the world.” said Raffi Kaprelyan, Vice President and General Manager, Canada’s Wonderland. “We will go higher, longer, and faster than ever before when we launch Leviathan in 2012.  With the addition of this new coaster and our diverse collection of rides, shows and attractions, we continue to show why Canada’s Wonderland is the destination of choice for those seeking world class thrills and family entertainment”. 
Leviathan is designed and manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, of Monthey, Switzerland. The highly recognized industry leader in roller coaster development also constructed Behemoth, which premiered at Canada’s Wonderland in May 2008.
We can’t wait to try out this monster. Thank goodness Cedar Fair bought this park, as each year it keeps getting better and better. No more off the shelf rides with cheesy movie tie-ins!


Construction is well underway at the park, with a completion date of May 2012. Guests who would like to experience Leviathan before the Park opens next year can visit www.leviathan.canadaswonderland.com to view ride renderings, specifications, construction updates, and experience a virtual ride simulation.