Wonder Mountain’s Guardian is a 3D interactive media based dark ride at Canada’s Wonderland. The ride opened on May 24, 2014 and was built by Triotech. This dark ride was the first to be built by Cedar Fair under the management of CEO Matt Ouimatt. He is the former president of the Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line. The dark ride is on a 900 foot long coaster based ride system built by ART Engineering with an hourly capacity of 650 people per hour. Guests board the vehicle and ascend the 60 foot lift. They then plunge into the park’s centerpiece, Wonder Mountain. Then the ride vehicles rotate 90˚ and are now facing one of the two screens, very similar to Toy Story Mania. The right side of the track has a 500 foot interactive screen, the longest in the world. The other side is 400 feet and each are 13 feet tall. The footage is projected with 64 720p projectors. Riders fight their way through a forest, lake and the center of a castle. The story is set as you are in the queue, King Adelsten went into the mountain to fight the dragon. During the battle, the King lost his crown and sent his servant Stansein to retrieve it. Stansein enlisted the guest’s help in going back in to retrieve the crown. The finale scene is housed in 360˚ wrap-around screen. Screens close and block the entrance to the chamber. The dragon, Lord Omaar, appears on screen and destroys the floor below you. Your ride vehicle makes a 30 foot drop. The train makes a right turn past the storage track and views a scoreboard with your on-ride photo and your score, you can purchase after the ride. One of the advantages to using a media based attraction is the content can be easily changed out at the press of a button. During the park’s Halloween Haunt event the ride gets transformed into Zombies! The ride uses the existing ride system and displays different content. This gives the ability to change the content each year and market it as a new ride. The ride was built with a budget of about $10 million. Wonder Mountain’s Guardian was Triotech’s first attempt at a dark ride, and their second will be at Knott’s Berry Farm. This spring they will open Voyage to the Iron Reef. I would not be surprised if we see more of Triotech at other Cedar Fair parks in the coming years.
I started construction of my model in November and it took about one and half months to build. The show building also houses the neighboring Thunder Run coaster and the roof supports the lift hill and drop of the park’s Vortex inverted coaster, they are also in the model. The ride is on two floors and each one can be removed. The model used left over styrene from my Twisted Colossus model. Plastic wrapping was used to create the waterfalls in the front of the ride.
I hope you enjoyed my newest model. Please take a moment and share this article on Twitter and Facebook. A big thanks goes out to our friends at Triotech for helping get all the details right, also thanks to Canada’s Wonderland for sharing logos to the attraction.