August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Updated: August 7, 2014 2:32 pm

Canada’s Wonderland to retire famous SkyRider


TORONTO – There’s been lots of ups and downs these last 29 years and now Canada’s Wonderland is ready to say goodbye to one of its staple attractions.

The Vaughan, Ont. amusement park says the “SkyRider” — the country’s first stand up roller coaster — will be retired this Labour Day weekend.

Park officials say they need to make room for new rides and future expansion which they say makes closing the coaster a difficult decision.

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“As the park evolves each year, we continue to focus on future park enhancements that will provide our guests with innovative entertainment and leisure experiences,” said Norm Pirtovshek, General Manager at Canada’s Wonderland in a media release. 

“After creating 29 years of memories for our guests, we wanted to make sure thrill seekers of all ages had advance notice of the SkyRider retirement.”

Skyrider began its inaugural run in 1985 and thrilled 23 million visitors over almost three decades of service.

The last passengers will walk through the turn styles at 8 p.m. on September 1st.

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