Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Canada's Wonderand Announces Stand Up Coaster, Skyrider, to Close Sept 1st.

This morning Canada's Wonderland announced on Twitter that their Togo stand up coaster, Skyrider, will be closing for good on September 1st, 2014.

Built in 1985, it's one of the oldest rides in the park and while some may find it uncomfortable, due to it's design, it's still a favorite amongst many park regulars. Skyrider was the first stand up coaster to be built in Canada and the second in the world that had a loop. It's had a good run though and nearly 24 million rides have been enjoyed over the years. The removal will also lower the coaster count in the park to 15 as well, making it just one less than Cedar Point.

"As the park evolves each year, we continue to focus on future park enhancements that will provide our guests with innovative entertainment and leisure experiences. To accommodate these enhancements, we need to make difficult decisions when considering redevelopment of the land for an improved guest experience in future yearsAfter creating 29 years of memories for our guests, we wanted to make sure thrill seekers of all ages had advance notice of the SkyRider retirement, and an opportunity to enjoy one last ride before it closes at 8 p.m. on September 1," Norm Pirtovshek, General Manager at Canada's Wonderland.  

What will go in it's place? That's anyone's guess right now. I'm sure they won't leave the space empty for long though and it is ripe for many different development options down the line. Anyway, here's the video announcement that the park released on YouTube.

I have a feeling that with Splash Works right across from Skyrider it could see an expansion of the water park, or of course another coaster could be taking it's place at some point in the near future as well. Either way, stay tuned for all the latest as we'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one!

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