Canada's Wonderland decided to use a smart technique for the 2017 season. Add one attraction to the water park, and one to the dry side. Both of these attractions should be relatively cheap, and will bolster the lineup for both sides of the park.
Muskoka Plunge will be a 60 ft tall set of 4 drop pod slides. This slide complex is probably the same one that is going into Cedar Point and Knott's, but that really isn't an issue here. Unlike copying flat rides, water slides tend to be pretty standard. Whereas someone may only like a few Boomerangs or SLCs, water slides are a lot more popular altogether. I am a firm believer that every water park should look into investing in a drop pod slide. It is unknown whether or not this slide complex will also have the dueling tube slides like the others do.
Soaring Timbers is the addition to the dry side of the park. Keeping in tradition with adding unique flat rides to the park, Soaring Timbers will be the first of its type in North America. Also, considering the relationship that the park has with Mondial, this attraction will be built by them. It is one of their "Inferno" models. Riders board two 19 person gondolas, and swing around a 45 degree arc with swinging and flipping seats. It is truly something that I would be excited for if I were a Wonderland frequent.
Reason: This isn't the first time that a park has done the "One Wet, One Wild!" slogan. It works very well whenever a park does it, and these attractions are great for the park. Thrill riders should be very impressed with these. The reason for the high grade is because it was not expected, and serves Wonderland well. This is a dark horse for best new addition next year for a Cedar Fair park (besides Mystic Timbers)
It's been no mystery for a while that Knott's was receiving a water park expansion next season. But we finally have learned today what exactly this expansion will consist of.
Shore Break will be the largest complex added to Soak City. It will feature 6 slides total, including 4 drop pod slides. Stand in one of the chambers atop the 60 foot tall tower before launching into the slide via a dropping floor mechanism sure to scare even the toughest of thrill seekers. Also, for those not brave enough to face the Aqua-Launch slides, the complex will offer two dueling inner tube slides that travel through many speed bumps and turns.
The Wedge will take the place of the current Pacific Rim slide. It is a much tamer family rafting experience, where up to 6 guests can take part on this twisting and turbulent experience. A conveyor system also ensures that nobody will have to lug up a cumbersome raft.
As well as the slides, the project includes shaded areas, cabanas, and a renovation to Longboard's Grill.
Reason: Though not the extensiveness of a Carolina Harbor upgrade, this is a pretty good addition for Knott's. Despite having to remove Pacific Rim, they will be able to replace it and even upgrade with these slides. The project also will work on some infrastructure and amenities as well, so it's a huge win.
My only question that remains is what will be the fate of the relatively new Pacific Rim???