Wonderland is officially open and there are new rules before you can hit the rides.
It's official — Canada's Wonderland is opening to the public on July 7. The park has announced some big changes that will make your next visit pretty unique.
Season pass-holders will get to enjoy the rides ahead of time, on July 5 and 6, and Splash Works will open a week later on July 12. All visitors will have several new rules and requirements to follow this season, which begin even before you've stepped foot inside the park. Here's what you need to know.
Reservations are made ahead of time
It looks like you can't be spontaneous about your next trip to Wonderland. In order to get into the park, guests will have to pre-book their visit either on Canada's Wonderland's website or via their mobile app. This will allow Wonderland to limit the number of visitors at any given time.
Reservations can be booked starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 17. Wonderland says that if a reservation is cancelled, the spot will be added back to the inventory available online.
Downloading the app with Location Services on
Canada's Wonderland has a mobile app that provides "real-time updates" about the park and its attractions.
Wonderland says that at least one member of your group should have the park's mobile app on their phone, with Location Services enabled.
A new attraction is opening
A new cliff-jumping attraction will be open at Splash Works this season called Mountain Bay Cliffs. The waterpark cliff has various heights to jump into the water below. The highest peak is 25 feet high if you're feeling brave enough to take the plunge.
Not everything will be open right away
Wonderland announced that some rides and attractions that can't accommodate physical distancing between guests will remain closed for now. The mobile app will have details about which Wonderland and Splash Works attractions will be closed upon your arrival.
The Canterbury Theatre, as well as indoor dining rooms and some of Wonderland's indoor shops, will be closed for the time being.
Temperature screenings upon arrival
"Temperature checks will be conducted at the gate. If anyone in your party has a temperature of [38 C] or higher, you will be directed to return home and reschedule your visit," Wonderland states. You'll also have to complete a health assessment designed to help the park manage the risk of COVID-19 exposure. If your group doesn't pass the assessment, you'll be required to re-book at a later date.
Photos for re-entry
Another new policy being introduced this year are mandatory photos. All guests will have their photo taken upon entry, which will allow you to leave and re-enter the park without having to go through the temperature and health screening process again. To re-enter, you'll need to present your ticket at the kiosk and go through the metal detector procedure.
Masks are mandatory, with some exceptions
"Face coverings will be required for guests two years and older in all areas unless otherwise designated," Wonderland says. At Splash Works, masks should be worn in the washrooms or waiting in line for food.
Contactless payment methods are encouraged for all purchases at Wonderland, but are not mandatory.
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