It's official — Canada's Wonderland is set to open to the public on July 7. The park announced its opening day plans on Monday, along with 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.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in a statement that the announcement comes after, "the province's successful transition to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen, and with the approval of the Chief Medical Officer of Health."
This means that as of Wednesday, June 16 at 12:01 a.m., people will be able to enter Ontario through its interprovincial land border and vice versa.
However, those entering Ontario must follow the province's public health measures.
The order, which closed land and water borders with Manitoba and Quebec, was implemented in April. Residents were only able to cross the border for essential purposes.
Live music lovers officially have something to look forward to, thanks to an exciting announcement by Massey Hall on Monday.
The iconic music venue announced that it would be reopening its doors to concert-goers in November of 2021, and it has already got a long list of performers scheduled.
Artists like The Glorious Sons, City and Colour, Broken Social Scene and Serena Ryder are all booked to bring their talents back to the venue later this year.
In total, the music venue has announced over 40 shows with more expected to come.
"Today, in celebration of Massey Hall's 127th anniversary and in anticipation of brighter days ahead, we're looking forward to reopening those famous red doors, reuniting with friends and family, and reconnecting over those experiences we've been missing for so long. The wait is almost over," reads an excerpt from the press release.
Tickets will go on sale to members on Wednesday, June 16 at 12 p.m. and to the public on Monday, June 21 at 12 p.m.