Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Closer Look at Wonderland's West End

Earlier this week, we brought you news of Wonderland Park's exciting new West End area, which will make its debut this year. The park was kind enough to send us some photos of the area under construction, just to whet our appetites!

This bird's eye view shot, which was presumably taken from atop one of the park's water slides, shows where the new area will be located with respect to the rest of the park. West End's three signature rides--Fiesta Swing, Drop of Fear, and Hornet--are obviously well on their way to completion. Not pictured is the Tiki Village, another "cool" new space which guests will be able to enjoy in 2009.

You can just barely see Hornet's green track and white supports peeking through the brush at the base of Drop of Fear. This formerly enclosed coaster, which operated at both Boblo Island (as Nightmare) and Six Flags AstroWorld (as Mayan Mindbender), will finally see the light of day at Wonderland! The family friendly coaster will be a great addition to the park's existing line-up.

The Hornet may be family friendly, but its next-door neighbor definitely caters to the daredevils! Standing 200 feet tall, Drop of Fear is destined to live up to its name and guaranteed to take thrill seeking to a whole new level at Wonderland.

The Fiesta Swing appears to be farthest from completion at this point. But this skeletonized Yo-Yo won't be bare for much longer--Opening day (April 4th) is right around the corner!

With the addition of West End, Wonderland's ride count will reach 28, and there is great diversity in that collection. The park also offers an 18-hole miniature golf course. In the midst of these hard economic times, it's reassuring to see a smaller park such as Wonderland making such an investment in its future. We look forward to watching the West End construction progress, and to a fantastic 2009 season! Many thanks to Matt from Wonderland for sharing these great photos!