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Wilde Beast

Canada's Wonderland

A classic wooden coaster in Canada's Wonderland's collection...

Theme ParkCanada's Wonderland
Park AreaMedieval Faire
TypeWooden Rollercoaster
AudienceThrillseekers
Opened1981
Height82 ft
Length3150 ft
Inversions0
Max Speed56 mph
DesignerCurtis D Summers
Duration2½ minutes
Wilde Beast

Wilde Beast

Canada's Wonderland has three wooden coasters in their extensive rollercoaster collection, but sadly Wilde Beast is the weakest of the trio.

The woodie is one of the original five rollercoasters which opened with the park in 1981, but the years have not been kind to it. These days the train shuffles and rattles around the track, causing a rough riding experience for those intrepid enough to want to endure it.

Classic wooden coasters can often be forgiven at least some of their roughness because of the fun rides they offer. Unfortunately that is not true of Wilde Beast, which has an uninspiring, plodding, badly paced layout and little in the way of airtime or fun elements to hold any interest.

Wilde Beast's design was modified and reused for coasters including Grizzly at Kings Dominion in 1982 and Grizzly at California's Great America in 1986. Both of these are also fairly awful, with the version at California's Great America being consistently voted as the worst wooden rollercoaster in the world for fifteen years in Mitch Hawker's Wooden Roller Coaster Poll.

If it weren't for Time Warp, Wilde Beast would easily be the worst rollercoaster at Canada's Wonderland. While the terrible flying coaster has afforded it a stay of execution, there remains nothing much to recommend about Wilde Beast.

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