Wilde Beast (roller coaster)

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Wilde Beast
Previously known as Wilde Beast (1981-1996), then Wild Beast (1997-2018)
Canadas Wonderland Medieval Faire Wilde Beast sculpture.jpg
"Wilde Beast" sculpture by Bill Lishman, at the ride's entrance
Canada's Wonderland
Park sectionMedieval Faire
Coordinates43°50′38.94″N 79°32′35.37″W / 43.8441500°N 79.5431583°W / 43.8441500; -79.5431583Coordinates: 43°50′38.94″N 79°32′35.37″W / 43.8441500°N 79.5431583°W / 43.8441500; -79.5431583
StatusOperating
Opening date1981
Cost1.2M
General statistics
TypeWood
DesignerCurtis D. Summers
Track layoutOut and Back/Figure 8
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height25 m (82 ft)
Drop23.8 m (78 ft)
Length960 m (3,150 ft)
Speed90 km/h (56 mph)
Inversions0
Duration3:00
Height restriction122 cm (4 ft 0 in)
Trains2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Wilde Beast at RCDB
Pictures of Wilde Beast at RCDB

Wilde Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Canada's Wonderland, in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. It was originally named "Wilde Beast",[1][2] from 1981-1996, when it was renamed to "Wild Beast" in 1997. The ride was reverted to its original name in 2019.[3] It is one of the four roller coasters that debuted with the park in 1981, and is one of two wooden coasters at Canada's Wonderland modelled after a ride at Coney Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio (specifically, Wildcat); the other is the Mighty Canadian Minebuster. The ride's fan curve was rebuilt in 1998.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The ride is a double out-and-back coaster encompassing a figure 8 design. The ride was designed by Curtis D. Summers but is based on the original Coney Island Wildcat designed by Herbert Schmeck. It was constructed in-house under the direction of Summers. The coaster was not built by PTC despite a plaque at the operator's booth and several published reports that claim it was. PTC stopped building coasters in 1979.[4] It is likely however, that the construction crew consisted of workers who had previously built coasters for PTC. The two 28-passenger trains were supplied by the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters. Unlike the PTC trains on the park's other wooden coaster these utilize a shorter 4-seat car that is designed to better negotiate turns.

Curtis D. Summers continued to use this design at other Taft-owned parks including Kings Dominion in Virginia where the coaster, which opened in 1982, is known as Grizzly. Though similar in layout, the ride was tempered when reproduced as Bush Beast at Wonderland Sydney in 1985 and at California's Great America as Grizzly in 1986.[5]

The coaster was featured in the Fraggle Rock episode "The Thirty-Minute Work Week", where Uncle Travelling Matt took a ride on it, as he mistook it for a form of transportation. Puppeteer Dave Goelz has a cameo in the scene as the man next to Matt.

In 2015, the track was partially reconstructed after the first hill to create a smoother ride experience.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park Map (Map). Canada's Wonderland. 1981. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Escape to Wonderland (Commercial). Canada's Wonderland. 1985. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.canadaswonderland.com/play/rides/wilde-beast
  4. ^ Rutherford, Scott. The American Roller Coaster, MBI Publishing, 2000, p. 12
  5. ^ Ruben, Paul (1990). "The Coasters of Curt Summers". RollerCoaster! Magazine. 9 (1): 18. ISSN 0896-7261.

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