Montreal Journals

La Ronde: Canada's Disneyland!

A travel journal to Montreal by DrMaximus

Le Monstre Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Many consider this Canada's solution to Walt Disney World, however I personally feel that La Ronde - Quebec's largest amusement park - surpasses even the multi billion disney parks at Florida and California.

La Ronde: Canada's Disneyland!

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Overview

La Ronde Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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A recent addition to the Six Flags family of amusement parks, La Ronde is one theme park that has as much adrenaline packed into a small island as you would ever imagine. In just a small area, it boasts of 4 giant roller coasters that make those at Disney World look like wimps. Afterall, these are catered for "the big guys" and not for kids who whimper after Mickey and Donald. The world's tallest wooden roller coaster is also found here, and it showcases a super long ride with 2 coasters moving simultaneously on thankfully separate tracks!Quick Tips: (1)Thankfully, kids need not feel out of place here as Petite Ronde will ensure that the toddlers have their hands full with b...Read More
Le Monstre Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Having purchased the season pass for 2001, I have been to La Ronde at least 20 times this summer! However, not once did I find enough courage to get myself on this roller coaster! Aptly named "the star attraction" and "monstre", this coaster is one super giant ride that consists of a super high drop and so many circlings, ups and downs that before you know it, you will be asking for more! That is, of course, you get yourself up there even once! "The star attraction at La Ronde is sure to provide plenty of spine-tingling excitement. The Monster is the highest wooden roller coaster in the world. Its first run was built in 1985, the second in 1986. The second was revamped with a view appealing to d...Read More
Le Cobra Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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I got on this ride only once, and I thought it was enough to scare my wits out. You see, I am terrified of heights so Le Cobra was a little too much for me. Otherwise, this ride is fabulous if you love speed, twists and turns. Even the tracks themselves should be enticing enough!

"Built by the Swiss company Intamin, this roller coaster offers a course full of tight corners and a 360-degree vertical loop. Its main attraction is that passengers can stand up in the cars while being held back by harnesses."

Source: http://www.laronde.com

Le Boomerang: Forward then backwards!

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Le Boomerang Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Okay, I admit skipping this as well. By the time you get here you must be asking me why I got the season pass when I refuse to get on any of the thrill rides. Well, *sticking tongue out* I do enjoy the carousel and other more "grounded" rides! Boomerang is a nightmare come true for me, but a heavenly ride for thrill seekers! It boasts of several loops in what seems like 2 seconds, and before you can scream "mama mia!" you are on your way back... backwards and through the same loops that brought you up there! OMG! "True to its name, this ride embodies the characteristics of a boomerang, lofting into the air in spectacular fashion, then zooming back to its departure point. At its highest point, th...Read More
Le Super Manege Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Oh, I do love the Super Manege because it is the only roller coaster that I get on each time I go to La Ronde. It's not too high, yet riders will get to enjoy 2 cork screws one after the other. A little of the short side, but hey, with queues as short as those during weekdays, just pop back in line and you'll be zipping again in no time! "This roller coaster with a steel tube structure offers high excitement, with speeds of up to 65 km/h and a horizontal loop that has earned it a reputation as a breathtaker. Its 24 passengers are securely strapped in by harnesses that hold them back in their seats. This ride can run with two trains, each capable of handling 24 passengers." Source:...Read More
L'Orbite Molson Dry Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Another crowd pleaser and another nightmare come alive! Imagine getting strapped down and thrown up 15 floors and then free-falling back down! Well, if this is your cup of tea, then get in line early, for the lines get excruciatingly long for a 10 second ride!

"In this rapid vertical ascending and descending tower, passengers experience nothing less than a rocket launch. Shot to a height of 45 metres in two seconds before diving down again, passengers experience a G-force 4 on ascending and a negative G-force 1 coming down."

Source: www.laronde.com

Le Tornade Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Madness in the purest form! If the Boomerang hasn't had any effect on you, jump in line for this ride of unparalleled excitement! The machine swings relentlessly and has you flying and looping like a t-shirt in a GE washing machine! "Thanks to an ultra-modern technique, passengers experience vertical rotations of 10 turns per minute over a diameter of roughly 16 metres, rocking movements every .5 seconds over the same trajectory and a pendulum-like swinging movement spanning roughly 1.1 metres at 30km/h. Two rows of seats parallel to the rotation axis can accommodate a maximum 40 passengers. Stair-stepping/walking effects were successfully created for the first time, with up to 6.5 times the acc...Read More
L'Astronef Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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L'Astronef satisfies the thrill seeker's sadistic yearnings for multiple wide loops! Get strapped down in your cage and feel yourself looping continuously for at least 14-18 times! Then come back down and puke out your lungs!!

"Using the same principle as a hammer, two arms with a cabin at each extremity balance in opposite directions, rotating a full 360 degrees. The centrifugal forces are such that its 32 passengers stick to their seats with their heads lowered for a few seconds before resuming their course."

Source: http://www.laronde.com

Le Bateau Pirate Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The traditional "Pirate's Ship", only bigger and crazier! A major crowd puller and pleaser, this ship sure isn't planning on a sound and comfortable ride!

"This thrilling boat ride rocks its passengers from side to side, giving them the impression of being storm-tossed at sea. This ride was built by Huss of Germany."

Source: http://www.laronde.com

Le Tapis Volant Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Harmless named "The Flying Carpet", this is surely not going to fly you of to somewhere safe and pleasing! Don't be fooled by its name and size, the Tapis Volant is actually capable of more frightening stuff than its name and legend suggests!

"Many say that in terms of effect, the Flying Carpet supplies more thrills than any other ride at La Ronde. In fact, this platform, which turns horizontally as if fired by a piston, offers a great deal of resistance to the gravitational force."

Source: http://www.laronde.com

Le Super Volcanozor 3D Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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This is a protracted 3D ride into Dino-land. A rather fun and very effective 3D moving ride (you are strapped down to your seat as you will be pretty violently shaken), but I was extremely dizzy and nauseated after the ride ended. The combination of shakes and 3D viewing was really potent to say the least. Otherwise, it is a pretty enjoyable ride. Passengers follow the steps of a missing news reporter who joined the military on a sweep up mission at Dino Land... "Imagine some one hundred spectators on moving chairs in front of giant three-dimensional images coupled with "high tech" sound effects. Sound interesting?" Source: www.laronde.com ...Read More

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Auto Tampons Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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This ride somehow always gets the longest lines, perhaps due to thrill seekers who enjoy doing what they would like to do on the roads but fear the real consequences! Just a tip: do not get on the cars that rest at the edge of the area, because chances are they will not move when the game starts, or you'll very much be on your own in your corner! I know, that happened to me twice!

"On a metallic floor, 28 cars, each capable of seating two, are available for carom enthusiasts. Every car is equipped with a seat belt."

Source:http://www.laronde.com

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La Ronde has recently joined the Six Flags family. Here are some changes. (1) New rates (tax exclusive, CAD$): Daily pricing: Rides Admission (12 and up) $29.55* Rides Admission (3 to 11) $18.25* Ground Admission $22.60* Parking $10.43* Season passport: Individual Season passport $73.90* Family Season passport $173 (two adults 18 years and over, and two children 11 years or under) If you get your season passport before June 8, it's only $65.20 plus taxes! (2) Park opening hours: Until June 20 - 10am to 8pm Until September 1 - 10am to 10:30pm Weekends in September - 10am to 7pm Weekdays...Read More
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La Ronde has recently been acquired by the Six Flags group and some changes have been applied. All rates shown are in CAD, taxes not included. Daily pricing Rides Admission (12 and up) $27.81 Rides Admission (3 to 11) $16.52 Ground Admission $20.00 Parking $8.69 Season passport Pricing Individual Season passport $73.90 Family Season passport (2 adults, 18 years and over, and 2 children, 11 years or under) $160.83 The Season passport offers: Unlimited access to rides and shows! La Petite Ronde : 3 new shows to delight kids of all ages Fort Edmonton : Magic show Agora des Hautes Voltiges : Thrilling div...Read More
La Ronde Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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So many new additions have been introduced to La Ronde - Canada's Disneyland - since it joined the Six Flags family of adventure and fun!

The latest ride to take Montreal by storm is the wet water ride - Le Splash! Each boat sits up to 20 people and after moving quite a distance along the pipes, it ascends then falls down a 15 metres high waterfall. This huge fall results in a 5 metres tall splash which will not fail to soak those on the ride as well as onlookers standing on a viewing bridge in front of the waterfall!