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Lost Attractions: Canada's Wonderland Zumba Flume

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Zumba Flume was a classic log flume ride that was located in the Grande World Exposition of 1890. It was removed to make way for Flight Deck (Top Gun).

The ride was one of the original attractions in the Park when it opened in 1981, and entertained over 14 million riders in its 15 years of operation. Zumba Flume was removed to make room for Top Gun (now Flight Deck), which opened in 1995.

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Flight Deck (Top Gun)

I remember riding this on my very first trip to Canada’s Wonderland in the early 90’s. We got to skip school, and it was wicked awesome! As we were waiting to unload on the turntable, a kid got his leg stuck between the platform and the log. They had to call the Paramedics to pry his leg out and unfortunately it was broken. Maybe this happend a few too many times? Who knows! Either way, the ride was pretty awesome. Look for a shot of it in this classic Wonderland ad:

What’s your favourite lost attraction at Canada’s Wonderland? Comment and let us know!

From the Archives: Canada's Wonderland Logos

Canada’s Wonderland has switched ownership three times in its history. It was originally built by Taft Broadcasting Company and The Great-West Life Assurance Company in 1981, sold to the now defunct Paramount Parks in 1993 and has been owned and operated by Cedar Fair since 2006. With each of these acquisitions  new versions of the logo were created. Here are a few versions of the Canada’s Wonderland logo’s from park opening to present day. If we forgot to include any, drop us a line!Original_Canada's_Wonderland_logo Continue reading

Parks of the Future- Fastpass Weekly

Welcome to the this week’s edition of Fastpass Weekly, a collection of interesting posts, videos and updates from around the web that we want to share with you.

This week, our focus is on Parks of the Future. From Middle Earth (The Lord of The Rings park) to the 5th gate at Walt Disney World, here are some interesting parks that could (or will) open in the future:

Disney’s Dark Kingdom

darkkingdomProposed as a new theme park for the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the theme was to be based on the Disney Villains. It was to pre a reverse of the Magic Kingdom as it would be the Disney Villains who would be in charge. The park’s centerpiece was to be Malificent’s castle and the park would have included rides based on Captain Hook, Ursula, and other villains.

Middle Earth

Unconfirmed rumours are circulating that Universal is talking with Tolkien Estate about creating a Middle-earth theme park. The rumours emerged on New Year’s day on the Orlando United forum where a user reported claims that Universal Studios asked Warner Bros. to raise the topic with Tolkien Estate. At this point, it is unclear whether the user has insider knowledge, or is simply reporting what others have said
Check out the forum thread here and join the conversation!

Paramount Theme Park

Developers have unveiled plans for a new £2billion Paramount theme park in Britain to rival Disneyland Paris.

Marvel Theme Park

Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and more come to life in this possible future park in Dubai! Think Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure, times 5!

Shanghai Disneyland

The super top-secret park currently under construction will feature brand new shows and attractions never seen in any other park!

Third Theme Park in California

disneythirdthemeparkFor years there have been rumours swirling of a third gate in Anaheim, even once confirmed by Disney on a now defunct site called Third Theme Park. And if you go way back in time, you can learn about Westcot, what was supposed to be the second gate before California Adventure opened with a thud.

Fastpass Weekly- Theme Park Design & Operations

Welcome to the first edition of Fastpass Weekly, a collection of interesting posts, videos and updates from around the web that we feel are so incredible and amazing we want to share them with you!

Each week, we’ll focus on a different theme that relates somehow to the wondrous world of theme parks. This is the ultimate collection of random things for the theme park fan 🙂

From the Making of Islands of Adventure to how to get a job at Disney if you’re not American, our inaugural collection of interesting things is focused on theme park design & operations:

If you haven’t read them already, here are some fantastic articles about The Making of Islands of Adventure from way back before the park opened in 1999.

A very interesting article about the lighting fixtures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s all in the details

Thanks to Screamscape for pointing this out, here is some concept art for a proposed jeep ride for Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

Ever wondered who helped bring to life Spiderman, Men in Black, The Little Mermaid, The Cat In The Hat and many other amazing characters in a theme park near you? The answer: ITEC Productions
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Jim Hill Media shares with us how Universal Creative turned “Jimmy Neutrons Nicktoon Blast” into “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem”
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If you’ve ever even toyed with the idea of wanting to design theme parks or entertainment for a living, take a tour around Thinkwell Group. They’ve created some of the most amazing themed experiences around the world, including the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London and many Cirque du Soleil shows.
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Feel like running your own theme park? Just apply to the University of Central Florida Hospitality Management Program with the Theme Park & Attraction Management Track. 
Are you an international reader whose dream is to work at Walt Disney World? It can happen with the Disney Cultural Representative Program.
Let us know how you like this section by sending us a note!

Theme Park Jobs: Summer's just around the corner

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As we sit here in chilly January, the summer season of rollercoasters, thrill rides and outdoor parks seems like it will never arrive. For those of us that live in colder climates with seasonal parks, this is prime time for getting a position in a park. Many seasonal amusement and theme parks have begun their recruitment campaigns for the summer. Don’t worry if you’re  lucky enough to live in a warm climate with parks open year round, they’re recruiting too as summer is peak season.

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If you’ve ever thought of working in a park, DO IT! It’s one of the best experiences you can have. You meet a lot of great people, get to work outside and best of all: go to a park every day! Here’s a listing of some parks that have started their hiring for the 2013 season and a couple of resources for amusement industry jobs. Let us know if we’re missing a resource our readers would be interested to hear about!

Canada’s Wonderland

Cedar Point
Darien Lake



Calgary Stampede

Calaway Park

West Edmonton Mall (including Galaxyland)

King’s Island

Six Flags

Seaworld Parks & Entertainment

Walt Disney World

Universal Orlando 

Universal Studios Hollywood




Universal Orlando launches 2013 Ad Campaign


Universal Orlando has unleashed its new advertising campaign for 2013, with the tagline “Vacation like you mean it.” It’s a great campaign that gets use excited for our next trip! We must mention our favourite ad campaign was the “Be courageous. Be Outrageous. Be Extraordinary” that debuted with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. What’s your favourite Universal Orlando ad campaign?

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Six Flags to buy Seaworld Parks & Entertainment?

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In what is the worst news we’ve heard in a long time, we’ve learned that Six Flags may be interested in buying Seaworld Parks & Entertainment. While Six Flags builds great coasters and thrill rides, they are known for lacking the quality & themed experiences of theme park owners like Seaworld Parks & Entertainment, Disney and Universal. Let’s cross our fingers that this deal doesn’t happen. Read the full article below: Continue reading

Avatar still happening, Marvel confirmed for Disney Parks

The Walt Disney Company hosted its annual Shareholders meeting today in Kansas City, Mo. The important news today was that Avatar land is still happening and Disney plans on integrating Marvel into the parks. Not much else was revealed, except that the Avatar themed land will start construction sometime in 2013, with a planned opening for 2015. No one is sure what role Marvel will play in the theme parks, but preliminary design work has been completed.

The Walt Disney Co. has done preliminary work on introducing Marvel’s superhero characters to the happiest place on earth: Disney’s theme parks.
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told shareholders attending an annual meeting that the company has had a number of discussions and done preliminary design work that it hopes will one day lead to Marvel characters appearing, as Disney’s other familiar faces do, in the theme parks.
“We haven’t announced anything yet,” Iger said Tuesday, in response to a question posed by a shareholder at the company’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. “But we’re working on some concepts.”

You can read the full article here.