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72 Hours In Ontario

Over the weekend I took advantage of a stopover in Ontario on my way to Orlando. I managed to visit my family and friends in Acton and Toronto. While I couldn’t see everyone, I worked in quite a few.  

   
Also got to visit the awesome Christmas windows at Hudson’s Bay downtown after a fantastic lunch at Drake 150. The windows always gets me in a festive mood, and the food has always been great at this restaurant located downtown Toronto on Bay Steeet.  

    
   
Currently I’m headed to Orlando, taking the new UP Express Airport shuttle from Union Station. The price is a little steep at just over $27, however the trains are super modern and the trip is only 25 minutes long. Pretty impressed with it, there’s also free WiFi. I was going to use Uber, but didn’t want to get caught in traffic.
   
I’ve got a connection in Newark (ugh) then I’ll be arriving in Orlando just after midnight. Off to Universal tomorrow to see Diagonal Alley!

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Now Open!

Ripleys Aquarium Now OpenNow open, this brand new $130 million world-class attraction spearheaded by the Jim Pattison Group and Ripley Entertainment will have more that 5.7 million litres of water and will consist of 50 exhibits in nine carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments around the world—starting with species from Toronto’s backyard, the Great Lakes Basin. Continue reading

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!

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Jobs

Ripleys Aquarium of Canada Logo

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has posted its first batch of job opportunities.  No entry-level jobs are posted yet, it’s mainly management positions. If you are looking for Marketing & Sales positions, here’s what you can apply for (if you’re qualified of course!):

 

  1. Director of Sales & Marketing – APPLY NOW ›
  2. Director of Human Resources – APPLY NOW ›
  3. Manager of Public Relations – APPLY NOW ›
  4. Manager of Events – APPLY NOW ›
  5. Manager of Sales – APPLY NOW ›
  6. Manager of Marketing – APPLY NOW ›

 

Here’s a link to the full job site. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any updates to the listings.


Ripley's Aquarium of Canada UPDATE

We drove by the construction site of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto this afternoon, and it’s quite impressive how much the site has developed since our last update. It looks as though the main outside structure is nearing completion, and a lot of work is happening inside. It’s exciting to see such a great attraction being added to the city! Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is scheduled to open in Summer of 2013.

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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Construction Update

Construction has been progressing a bit faster at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada site in downtown Toronto. A few weeks ago, they began to install the acrylic panels for the walk-through shark exhibit. It looks as though everything is on track for the Spring/Summer 2013 opening. Check out a few photos and facts below: Continue reading