In a harrowing incident at Canada’s Wonderland amusement park in Vaughan, Ontario, numerous guests found themselves stranded upside down on the “Lumberjack” ride for nearly 30 minutes this past weekend. The ride, known for its two swinging axe pendulums and a looping 360-degree experience, reportedly became inverted at 10:40 p.m. local time on Saturday.
Quick action by park officials ensured the safety of all passengers, who were successfully unloaded from the ride by 11:05 p.m. A spokesperson for Canada’s Wonderland emphasized the park’s commitment to guest safety, stating, “The safety of our guests is always our first priority.” First Aid staff assessed the passengers upon unloading, with two guests reporting chest pain. Fortunately, they were evaluated and released without the need for further medical attention.
Among the affected guests was 11-year-old Spencer Parkhouse, who shared his apprehension during the ordeal. “I was just like feeling – when are we going to drop down? Are we ever going to drop down?” he expressed. Despite the resolution of the issue, the ride continued its course, leaving passengers anxious about a potential recurrence. Spencer mentioned that the traumatic experience led him to walk off the ride, and one person reportedly vomited while suspended upside down.
For Spencer’s sister, Mackenzie Parkhouse, the incident has cast doubt on future amusement park visits. “I’m just thinking, like next time I go to Canada’s Wonderland, am I going to go on these big rides? Because now I’m scared to go on them,” Mackenzie remarked. The Lumberjack ride, boasting a maximum height of 75 feet, has been a popular attraction, taking guests on an exhilarating journey with its swinging pendulums.
Canada’s Wonderland assured the public that they are thoroughly investigating the incident to determine its cause and prevent similar occurrences in the future. Despite the alarming situation, park officials continue to emphasize their commitment to ensuring the well-being and safety of all visitors. As authorities delve into the details of the incident, guests are left contemplating the balance between thrill and safety when partaking in amusement park experiences.