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La Ronde (amusement park)
name = La Ronde
caption =
location = Montreal, Quebec, Canada
address = 22, chemin MacDonald
phone_number = 514-397-2000
season = May - October
opening_date = April 1967
previous_names =
area_acre = 146
rides = 40
coasters = 10
water rides = 3
parade = 2
owner =Six Flags

La Ronde is an amusement park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, owned and operated by Six Flags. It is the largest in the province of Quebec and the second largest in Canada after Canada's Wonderland, with about 2.5 million guests in 2006. The park is under an mphyteutic lease with the City of Montreal, which expires in 2065.

It is on located on the eastern tip of Île Sainte-Hélène. The park hosts L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, a highly regarded international fireworks competition.

History

La Ronde was opened in 1967 as the midway of the Expo 67 World's Fair.

The park opens from mid-May to late October, with peak admissions in July. As of summer 2011, entrance costs $44.99 CAN for people measuring or more and $32.50 CAN for people under A toddler under the age of 2 has a free admission. Family rides require a height, most intermediate rides require and high-thrill rides require.

La Ronde closes its season the last weekend of October. To celebrate Halloween, in the late couple weeks of October, the park hosts its annual La Ronde's Halloween Fright Fest. The festival includes an extravagant haunted house and dozens of horrifically-costumed performers, who roam the park looking for new victims to thrill and scare.

Today, the park features 40 Amusement ride, including ten roller coasters; among them is Le Monstre, a high wooden double-tracked roller coaster which currently holds the record for highest double-tracked roller coaster in the world.

La Ronde was owned and administered by the City of Montreal until it was sold to Six Flags, an American theme park chain, in a deal completed on May 4, 2001. They acquired all of the assets of the park for 20 million United States dollar and have a long-term contract to lease the land from the city. Before the announcement of the Six Flags purchase, the city had considered offers from other bidders including Paramount Parks, Cedar Fair, and Parc Astérix. Since then Six Flags has invested around 90 million dollars in new rides and improvements, such as Le Vampire, Splash, Le Goliath and Ednör - L'Attaque as well as a new main entrance.

La Ronde also includes a Nintendo-sponsored video game center. Inside are the latest Nintendo video games and attractions. Since 2009, the former 3D theater housed Nintendo DS and Wii consoles, as well as advertisements and a Nintendo Store.

Since the takeover by Six Flags, prices of admission as well as on-site food and beverages have skyrocketed. Some prices of beverages are precisely three dollars per bottle. One of the most popular restaurants at La Ronde is the McDonald's in the center of the park due to its relatively low prices compared to other franchises in the park.

In May 2002, La Ronde announced the installation of a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster called Le Vampire and was the first major investment by Six Flags. It is a clone of the "Batman - The Ride" roller coasters found at many other Six Flags parks.

Taken from the top of Le Monstre at La Ronde amusement park. The Goliath is the red, yellow and blue ride to the north In May 2006, La Ronde opened its 9th roller coaster, The Goliath, a high Bolliger & Mabillard mega coaster. It reaches speeds, making it the second tallest and the second fastest roller coaster in Canada. It was surpassed by Behemoth in 2008.

For the 2007 season, La Ronde painted its iconic observation tower bright orange to advertise Pizza Pizza, an Ontario pizza chain that, at the time, was just emerging into the Quebec market. As well, all of the pizza stands inside the park were renamed from Pizza Ronde to Pizza Pizza.

As well in 2007, La Ronde celebrated its 40th anniversary. As a special event, Le Galopant, the oldest merry-go-round in the world was installed in the park. It was also featured at Expo 67.

In January 2009, La Ronde announced its intentions to become a Six Flags branded park, thereby using the rights to Warner Bros. and DC Comics trademarks under the licensing agreement with Six Flags. because the license with Warner Bros. and DC Comics is not valid in unbranded Six Flags parks. It is yet unknown if Le Vampire will be re-branded to Batman: The Ride once the branding of the park commences.

The Serial Thriller, a Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster formerly located at the now defunct Six Flags AstroWorld, has been shipped to La Ronde from the Great Escape, another Six Flags property where it lay in storage since 2005. The roller coaster, which originally opened in 1999 at Six Flags AstroWorld, has been installed over the Lac des Dauphins at the park for the 2010 season and is named Ednör - L'Attaque. On March 9, 2010, La Ronde announced that Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation, an interactive laser-tag attraction themed around the Terminator series, will also be featured in the park for the 2010 season. Every year at La Ronde, they present audiences with a pyjama day fireworks show.

On January 19, 2012, Six Flags announced Vol Ultime at La Ronde, it is similar to the SkyScreamers and it will be tall.

Access

The site is accessible by automobile via a special exit off the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. On-site parking is available at a cost of Canadian dollar 15 per day for regular parking, $20 on days when there are fireworks presentations, or $25 for VIP parking. A seasonal parking pass is available for $85 ($115 for a seasonal VIP parking pass). During the months when the park is open, the Société de transport de Montréal runs a free shuttle bus (known as route 167) between the park and Jean-Drapeau metro station on Île Sainte-Hélène. That station is on the yellow line. Additionally, route 169 connects La Ronde to Papineau Metro station, in eastern Montreal. Finally, La Ronde operates a private marina for access to the park by boat. The daily rates are as follows: $20–$25 for a half-day and $35–$45 for a full day. The lower number represents boats Foot (unit) and under, the higher represents boats 25' and over. Overnight, weekly, monthly and seasonal rates are also available. Septic-emptying and boat launch services are offered on-site.

Features

Thrill Rides

 
Name Installation Year Manufacturer
Super Manège 1981 Vekoma
Le Boomerang 1984 Vekoma
Le Monstre 1985–1986 William Cobb & Associates
Bateau pirate 1988 Huss Rides
Cobra 1995 Intamin
Orbite 1999 S&S Power
Le Vampire 2002 Bolliger & Mabillard
Vertigo 2003 Zamperla
Manitou 2003 Zamperla
Goliath 2006 Bolliger & Mabillard
Ednör - L'Attaque 2010 Vekoma
Vol Ultime 2012 Funtime

Family and kids

 
Name Installation Year Manufacturer
Le Galopant 1967 Bairolle
La marche du mille-pattes 1967 Arrow Dynamics
Pitoune 1967 Arrow Dynamics
Joyeux moussaillons 1967 Arrow Dynamics
Tchou Tchou 1967 Arrow Dynamics
La grande envolée 1990 Zamperla
Grand carrousel 2003 Chance Morgan
Air papillon 2005 Zamperla
La danse des bestioles 2005 Zamperla
Monsieur l'arbre 2005 Zamperla
Marais enchanté 2005 Zamperla
Ourson Fripon 2005 Zamperla
Pommes d'Api 2005 Zamperla
Aquatwist 2013 Mack Rides

Intermediates

 
Name Installation Year Manufacturer
Disco Ronde 1986 Huss Rides
Condor 1990 Huss Rides
Dragon 1994 Intamin
Autos tamponneuses (Bumper cars) 2003 RDC Bumper Cars
Toboggan Nordique 2003 Zamperla
Tour de Ville 2003 Zamperla
Splash 2004 Intamin

Panoramic

 
Name Installation Year Manufacturer
Spirale 1967 Von Roll
Grande Roue (Ferris wheel) 1984 Vekoma

 
Name Installation Year Price
Rock Wall 2001 $5
Eurobungy 2002 $7 for 3 minutes

$10 for 5 minutes

Sling shot 2002 $20 per person
Catapulte 2008 $40 for 1 person, $30 for 2 people, $20 for 3 people
Go-Kart 2008 $15 per person for 5 min

Parade

 
Name Installation Year
La Ronde Happiness is Here Parade 2013
La Ronde Flights of Fantasy Parade 2013
La Ronde On Parade: Dreams of Magic 2013
Don Bluth Dreams Parade 2013
La Ronde Dreams Parade 2013
La Parade des Rêves a La Ronde 2013
Canal Famille Electrical Parade: DreamLights 2013

Nighttime Show

 
Name Installation Year
Fantasmic! 2013

Fireworks spectacular

 
Name Installation Year
Magical at Let Me Be Your Wings 2013

Disney characters Meet and Greet

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Donald Duck
  • Daisy Duck
  • Goofy
  • Pluto
  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Roger Rabbit
  • Snow White
  • Seven Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio
  • Geppetto
  • Jiminy Cricket
  • Dumbo
  • Timothy Q. Mouse
  • Cinderella
  • Jaq
  • Gus
  • Alice
  • Peter Pan
  • Wendy
  • Princess Aurora
  • Baloo
  • Robin Hood
  • Mary Poppins
  • Bert
  • Ariel
  • Belle
  • Aladdin
  • Jasmine
  • Meeko
  • Clopin
  • Mulan
  • Tarzan
  • Jane
  • Koda
  • Rapunzel
  • Tinker Bell

Looney Tune characters Meet and Greet

  • Bugs Bunny
  • Daffy Duck
  • Foghorn Leghorn
  • Porky Pig
  • Pepé Le Pew
  • Tazmania
  • Tweety and Sylvester
  • Marc Antony and Pussyfoot
  • Hippety Hopper
  • Hubie and Bertie
  • Michigan J. Frog
  • Mac and Tosh

Don Bluth characters Meet and Greet

  • Teresa Brisby
  • Cynthia Brisby
  • Martin Brisby
  • Timmy Brisby
  • Mrs. Brisby
  • Fievel Mousekewitz
  • Tanya Mousekewitz
  • Tony Toponi
  • Charlie B. Barkin
  • Itchy Itchiford
  • Thumbelina
  • Cornelius
  • Mr. Mole
  • Ms. Fieldmouse
  • Gnatty
  • Li'l Bee
  • Baby Bug
  • Littlefoot
  • Cera
  • Petrie
  • Ducky
  • Spike
  • Hubie
  • Rocko
  • Marina

Nick characters Meet and Greet

  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Patrick Star
  • Squidward Tentacles
  • Danny Phantom
  • Tommy Pickles
  • Chuckie Finster
  • Angelica Pickles
  • Timmy Turner

Hanna-Barbera characters Meet and Greet

  • Yogi Bear
  • Boo Boo Bear
  • Snooper and Blabber
  • Tom the Cat
  • Jerry Mouse
  • Captain Kiddie

Les Clowns du Carrousel characters Meet and Greet

  • Pantouf
  • Giboulééé
  • Kabotine
  • Tournesol

Hotel Transylvania characters Meet and Greet

  • Count Dracula
  • Jonathan
  • Mavis
  • Frank
  • Wayne and Wanda
  • Murray

The Flash Pass

The 2007 La Ronde Season Pass in hand allows entry into La Ronde and every Six Flags theme parks (excluding water parks) for the 2007 season. With the introduction of the Flash Pass in 2007, visitors can “hold their place in line” electronically allowing them to go elsewhere in the park while waiting for an attraction. They will be alerted by the Flash Pass device when it is almost their turn to ride. Three types of Flash Pass are available: Regular, Gold, and Platinum. A regular pass simply holds your place in line. Gold holds your place as well as reducing your waiting time by 75%. Platinum reduces your waiting time by 90% and allows you to ride twice and only wait once. The Flash Pass is purchased separately from normal park admission. The flash pass prices increase as they reduce your waiting time. There is only a restricted number of Flash Passes available for purchase on a given day. |}

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