By: Katarina Linhares
Often people find themselves bored in the summer, with nothing to do, when suddenly it hits them...Canada’s Wonderland! Wonderland is known as one of the many tourist attractions in Canada. It has been open since May 23 of 1981 and the park has hosted many guests. Over the past 38 years, many rides have been constructed, new shops have been incorporated, and many adrenaline junkies have been welcomed. However, the park might not be as welcoming as we think; with the outrageous prices, it stops many families from enjoying the rides and wondrous park.
As people know, Wonderland pricing might be a bit more costly than regular fun activities; “Ranging from $39.99 to $92.99” (Canada’s Premier amusement park 2019) these prices can leave a dent in your wallet. Whether families are supporting the park by purchasing a day pass, summer pass, or the bundle package, they are getting ripped off.
Families think that buying the seasons pass is worth it; however, in many ways it isn’t. The only thing that’s included with the season's pass would be having access to the park all year round. Once the family attends the park they still have to pay for food and drinks which is extremely costly, once you buy lunch and dinner for an average of 3 people per family.
With plenty of places to eat from, each averaging at different prices, most families with little kids find themselves purchasing meals. Yet when you have little kids they don’t always eat everything and the parents have to throw out whatever is not consumed. Wonderland obviously can’t control the restaurant prices, but if they were to lower the prices of the season passes it would be more effective for families.
During the long tedious hours at the park, there are many lines in which visitors wait. It usually takes about 30 minutes in a line just for one ride. This can ruin the whole experience if a person has purchased the day pass because it ruins your chances of riding any future rides due to the lines taking up the person’s day. The only way one can get the full experience of Wonderland is if they purchase a fast pass, and to get the fast pass costs more money. “Totaling $55 per person,” (Tripadvisor 2019); this adds to the cost to the day pass, and food costs as well.
With everything in the park the prices constantly add up; people may say that there is value in season's pass but there isn’t. “Most families on average go once a week with the use of the season pass”(Canada’s Premier amusement park 2019). It shows that parents aren’t getting their money’s worth, whether they are constantly at work or can’t make it to the park, they lose out on their money. Yet if you pay for a day pass there would still be the chance of a family wanting to go again so you would have to pay extra for another day pass, making it highly ineffective with the amount of money being spent.
Having a total of 28 rides, Wonderland is a very populated amusement park and quite popular. It’s no surprise why Wonderland isn’t a fun adventurous place, with a friendly environment, and a fun-filled park with many thrilling rides. The park really is an exciting place and it should be receiving all the attention, but if they want to receive more attention, then reducing in pass prices or fast pass prices would definitely be something that would catch people’s eyes.
“Canada's Premier Amusement Park.” Canada's Wonderland www.canadaswonderland.com/.
TripAdvisor. “Don't Buy Fast Track Wristbands - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughan Traveller
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