Mighty Canadian Minebuster
Specific Type: Out and Back Wooden Coaster
The Mighty Canadian Minebuster at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, just north of Toronto, is an out and back wooden coaster designed by Curtis D. Summers and manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Company, or PTC for short. The ride stands over 90 feet tall, reaches speeds of 56 MPH, and lasts for two minutes, two seconds over 3,828 feet of airtime filled track. The ride opened in the same year the park opened in 1981, along with three other coasters: Dragon Fire, Ghoster Coaster (originally calledScooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster) and Wild Beast (originally called Wilde Beaste). Mighty Canadian Minebuster was modeled after Shooting Star at Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was intended to be the focal point of the Frontier Canada section of the park, but the area was never built.
Mighty Canadian Minebuster has had to go through many modifications over the years, due to its closs proximity to the water park. The ride flies along many of the slide complexes, and sometimes runs over or under some of the slides. Instead of building the slides around the slides, the park decided to modify sections of Minebuster instead. The ride also has been modified due to roughness over the years, but that is expected in all wooden coasters.
You can find the ride in the Action Zone section of the park. Mighty Canadian Minebuster is also located next to the recently built B&M Hyper coaster Behemoth, the old TOGO standup coaster SkyRider, and the Premier multi-launched coaster, Backlot Stunt Coaster. The entrance to the attraction can be found before the entrance to SkyRider. The queue meanders through the woods for a little bit before taking the ramp to the station platform. Once boarding the red or yellow train from PTC, buckling seatbelts, and pulling down your lap bar, you're ready to go.
Mighty Canadian Minebuster rolls out of the station very slowly due to the lack of friction wheels in the station. The prelift consists of a "U-Turn" and straightaway to the lift. The straightaway is also used for transferring trains to the storage shed on lightly crowded days. The storage shed can be seen to the right. The tension builds on the lift as the ride op tells you some final instructions and to enjoy your ride. After the lift (which has a steel catwalk to the left, as well as a Canada Flag and "Do Not Stand Up" sign on the apex), you take a right turn before screaming down the first drop. After three small ejector airtime hills under some water slides and a bridge, you climb up to the wide turnaround. There are three additional crazy airtime hills after the head chopper under the bridge, which will have you flying out of your seat. Then there is a helix, which is tunneled for halfway through it. After another airtime hill, you skid into the roofed final brake run. After catching your breath and retrieving your belongings, you head down the ramp toward SkyRider, ready to ride it again.
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