T visited his first amusement park last weekend and went on his first big kid rides!
Canada’s Wonderland is like the Canadian version of Six Flags amusement parks – with big rollercoasters, spinning rides and a Snoopy-themed kids area.
The hubby and I have gone many times as kids and together as adults. But this was the first time we’ve been with T – and it was something we’d always looked forward to experiencing with him.
Distancing and mask wearing requirements were in place. It was a sunny and sweltering day.
The domineering blue Leviathian roller coaster track greeted us at the main entrance.
“Can I go on that?” T asked excitedly.
“Oh no,” I said. “You need to be a lot taller.”
The staff measured T at 4 feet tall, which meant he could actually go on quite a bit of big rides.
We started with The Fly. At a first glance, it looked like an unexciting ride with a small drop.
But the quick horizontal swerves at the top make it feel like your car is going to fly off the track.
It didn’t phase T. We heard a lot of “Whees!” during his first big kid ride.
We then went on other rides, including the Vortex. I was pleasantly surprised T was allowed to go on it, because it was an intense coaster.
But T handled it like a champ. If anything, I got dizzy after; a sign I’m getting older!
T and I enjoyed the spinny Klockwerks while the hubby sat it out because he knew it would make him disoriented for the rest of the day.
As we stood in line for each ride, which averaged 30 minutes wait, I thought with amusement how one’s perspective changes as they get older.
When I was a child, these lineups felt endless. As an adult, I enjoyed standing in line, staring vacantly into space without being pulled in a million directions. Time just flew by!
We introduced T to the Wonderland tradition of ending our visit by sharing a plate of delicious funnel cake – fried dough topped with powdered sugar, strawberry sauce and ice cream.
It was finger licking good for T!
On our walk out, we asked T to rate his day from 1 to 10 and he quickly shouted, “100!”
For us, it was a great day too. I did not know how T would react. It was noisy, busy, hot. I mentally prepared for him to have a tantrum at some point, but he was a trooper!
We’ll be back again one day and perhaps try the intense grown up rides, like Yukon Striker.
I told T, a fussy eater, that if he wants to go on the big rides, he needs to get taller; to do that, he needs to eat meat and protein-rich foods.
I’ll let you know if he falls for it!