A Sneak Peek at Early Season Landscaping

A Sneak Peek at Early Season Landscaping

Introduction

This week on Art of Amusement Parks, we are going to take a look at some early season landscaping at Canada’s Wonderland. Season Pass Sneak Preview Night is an event held for Season Pass Holders to visit the park before the general public on opening weekend. Season Pass Sneak Preview Night also allows us to see some amazing landscaping efforts early in the season.

Here is Wonder Mountain at Canada's Wonderland standing at the end of International Street during Season Pass Sneak Preview Night.
Wonder Mountain standing tall after a cold Winter during Season Pass Sneak Preview Night.

International Street Sneak Peek Springtime Landscaping

After a long winter season, Wonder Mountain continues to stand tall overlooking the Royal Fountains. It is a beautiful sight to see, especially as the trees on International Street begin to grow their leaves. Not only do the leaves on trees begin to grow, but so do the leaves on the shrubs that line the beautiful Royal Fountains. This all makes way for a picture perfect moment, especially once the darkness of the night rolls around later in the evening. But, before darkness rolls around, visitors should look at the prettiness of the pansies that sit in place of the Floral Canadian Flag early in the season.

New Landscaping of International Festival

As we venture off of International Street, into International Festival, a new ride known as Soaring Timbers awaits. Along with a new thrill ride, comes some very amazing and stunning landscaping. Soaring Timbers operates where the Pro Putt Mini Golf had operated for 23 years. As many park goers know, willow trees surround the area, which creates tons of shade during the hot summer months. With the removal of some of the older willow trees to make way for Soaring Timbers, new willow trees were put in place nearby. But, it’s not only the willow trees that surround Soaring Timbers. A beautiful water fall formation, along with spectacular cedar rail fences were added in front of Soaring Timbers to relate to the theme of the ride. Also, Soaring Timber’s sign is a piece of the landscape as well as it is held up by strong cedar timbers.

The all-new for 2017 Soaring Timbers. Here you can see the spectacular waterfall feature in front of the ride. Soaring Timbers painted brown and green and has yellow seats.
The all-new for 2017 Soaring Timbers. Here you can see the spectacular waterfall feature in front of the ride.
The Soaring Timbers sign supported by cedar posts. The sign is light brown in colour.
The Soaring Timbers sign supported by cedar posts.

The Old Yet Highly Attractive Landscaping

As we venture around Wonder Mountain, more shrubs sprawl throughout International Festival. The smaller shrubs growalongside the paths nearby Klockwerks, complementing the wooden German themed fences. There are also more shrubs around Wonder Mountain to give it a ‘natural appeal’ while making the park highly attractive. The smaller shrubs truly start to grow once the temperature begins to rise as the summer season nears.

Here are the shrubs placed beside Klockwerks in International Festival during Season Pass Sneak Preview Night. The shrubs are green and Klockwerks is red, yellow. and blue.
Here are the shrubs standing beside Klockwerks in International Festival.

Nighttime Landscaping Spectacular

As the sun begins to set for the evening, some landscaping features come to life as they illuminate at night. This is especially true with International Street as it becomes a magical world of illumination for all visitors to see. The Royal Fountains are truly spectacular as they rise and lower in the multi-coloured light show. International Street is a magical place as the attractive lights string around many trees along the paths.

A beautiful sunset provides an orange glow on the beautiful landscape at Canada's Wonderland. The sky is orange and pink with some wavy clouds.
A beautiful sunset provides an orange glow on the beautiful landscape at Canada’s Wonderland.
A view of International Street looking from the entrance to Medieval Faire. The trees are strung with white lights.
A view of International Street at night looking from the entrance to Medieval Faire.
Here are the Royal Fountains glowing blue and some semi-lit pansies on International Street.
Here are the Royal Fountains glowing blue and some semi-lit pansies on International Street.

 

The Royal Fountains sporting red lights.
The Royal Fountains sporting red lights.

Landscaping to See at Night

But, it isn’t just International Street that is a spectacle to see when catching thrills at night. The Medieval Faire fountain located in front of Wonderland Theatre illuminates with red lights causing for an eye-catching display. When you venture to Planet Snoopy during this evening, you will notice the attractively illuminated water fountains. These are just a few of the highly attractive landscaping features which are prominently visible while spending an evening at Canada’s Wonderland.

The Medieval Faire Fountain illuminated by red lights at night.
The Medieval Faire Fountain illuminated by red lights at night.
A fountain fully illuminated at night nearby the Planet Snoopy bridge.
A fountain fully illuminated at night nearby the Planet Snoopy bridge.

Conclusion

That ends an evening of Season Pass Sneak Preview Night. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at the amazing landscaping efforts put together by Canada’s Wonderland’s landscaping crew. Visiting the park in the evening will amaze you as the landscape appears in spectacular illumination. Until next time, be sure to check out more photos of Season Pass Sneak Preview Night at Canada’s Wonderland thanks to Amusement Views.

Springtime In the Carolinas

Springtime In the Carolinas

Introduction

This week here on Art of Amusement Parks, we are switching gears and looking at the beautiful springtime landscaping at Carowinds located in Charlotte, North Carolina. I would like to extend great thanks and appreciation to Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel for submitting all the photos for this week’s post!

Spring Is In the Air!

First, let us take a look at the early Springtime season at Carowinds. You know it is springtime when the place where the Carolinas come together begins to spur for the season! Not only do visitors begin to fill the park as rides begin to operate, but the park begins to beautify as a season of thrills begins. Let us take a look at these rather beautiful landscaping features that the landscaping staff at Carowinds puts together each and every season.

Orange coloured tulips starting to bloom in a flowerbed at carowinds in the Springtime.
Orange tulips blooming in a flowerbed at Carowinds. Photo credit: Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel collection.

Picture Perfect Entrance Sign

As visitors approach the entrance to Carowinds, they are greeted by the beautiful entrance sign. The Carowinds entrance sign was constructed for the 2015 season as an upgrade to the main entrance. This upgrade also involved the addition of the Fury 325 roller coaster. Fury 325 passes underneath the walkway to the entrance as it thrills its passengers and awes onlookers.  The entrance sign makes a perfect photo spot for visitors. It not only features the Carowinds logo but also features a beautiful display of miniature shrubs.

The carowinds entrance sign in the Springtime. The sign features large white letters that says Carowinds. The wall the sign is mounted to is light brown with small shrubs in front of it.
The Carowinds entrance sign early in the season. Photo credit: Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel collection.

Beautiful Flowerbeds

Once visitors enter Carowinds, they will immediately notice the beautiful usage of flowers throughout the park. The landscaping team at Carowinds plants hundreds of flowers each and every season. Their hard working efforts help enhance the park’s landscape from Spring through Autumn. Visitors to Carowinds are treated to beautiful arrangements of very colourful tulips that liven up even the dreariest Spring days. Now, let us take a look at more stunning flowerbeds at Carowinds.

Stunning tulips that line a flowerbed at Carowinds. The tulips are red, yellow, and pink in colour.
Stunning tulips that line the flowerbeds at Carowinds. Photo credit: Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel collection.

Stunning Kaleidoscopic Tulips

Throughout many sections of the park, multi-color tulips treat visitors to a stunning display along the paths in flowerbeds. These tulips also accompany many wonderful shrubs and bushes which line the back of the flowerbeds. The shrubs greatly add emphasis to the beautiful landscaping at Carowinds. Some of the other flowerbeds throughout the parks feature tulips which are of a stunning orange. They really begin to “pop” as the sun begins to shine on them. The tulip is a simple but highly attractive flower that is easily recognizable by even those who are not seasonal horticulturalists. This is due to the distinct “cup” shape that the pedals create.

A beautiful arrangement of tulips at carowinds. The tulips are red, orange, and yellow in colour.
A beautiful arrangement of multi-colored tulips that stunningly display themselves for all visitors of Carowinds to see. Photo credit: Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel collection.

Beauty After the Spring Season

Throughout the rest of Carowinds, there are some parts of the landscaping that just begin to come alive in the late Spring. Deciduous trees dot the park’s landscape, only creating shade as the hot Carolina Summers begin to arrive. Also, the varieties of flowers found around the park change every season. The change of flowers is in accordance to the temperatures that each season brings. It is noted by park visitors that Carowinds has a stunning flower display all season long.

Excitement Yet to Come

There are some other landscaping features at Carowinds which are present throughout the whole operating season. These landscaping features typically generate excitement in the springtime as summer approaches. These landscape features include some of the park’s attractive, over-sized post cards. These over-sized post cards advertise the beauty of the Carolinas and the park itself. Another landscaping feature includes the animatronic dinosaurs which awe the youngest of park visitors. Carowinds visitors can view the dinosaurs in the Dinosaurs Alive section of the park. The final landscaping feature worth mentioning is the decorative sign which indicates the North Carolina and South Carolina border. The state border surprisingly slices through the center of the park, making it the only park located in two states!

A large animatronic dinosaur on display at Carowinds' Dinosaurs Alive Display.
One of the many Dinosaurs that fill the landscape at Carowinds’ Dinosaurs Alive attraction. Photo credit: Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel collection.
The decorative state border sign at Carowinds. The sign is white on a black pole.
The decorative state border sign at Carowinds. Photo credit: Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel collection.
An artificial shark hangs off one of the billboards found throughout the landscape at Carowinds.
Here is one of the many billboards on display throughout the park. Photo credit: Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel collection.

Conclusion

I hope that you greatly enjoyed looking at Carowinds’ beautiful landscaping features in the springtime! I would like to thank Ann Marie Palencik-Mickel once again for submitting her wonderful photos of Carowinds. Until next time, be sure to check out Journey Through Coasters’ trip report from July 2015 which shows some of Carowinds’ landscaping during the summer months.

Flower and Shrub Arrangements at Amusement Parks

Flower and Shrub Arrangements at Amusement Parks

Introduction

This week on Art of Amusement Parks we are going to look at flower and shrub arrangements at amusement parks. The amusement parks we’ll be looking at this week are Canada’s Wonderland, Dorney Park, and Kings Island.

Main Flower and Shrub Arrangements

Flower and shrub arrangements are what make amusement parks very beautiful during those warm summer months. Some of these flower and shrub arrangements are less refine or very luxurious making way for picture perfect opportunities. During last week’s post, we made mention of the Royal Fountains at Canada’s Wonderland and Kings Island. At the front of both Royal Fountains at Canada’s Wonderland and Kings Island are some very attractive floral arrangements. The floral arrangement at Kings Island consists of a wonderful arrangement of colourful annuals.

Here is a photo of the flower arrangement found at Kings Island.
Here is a partial view of the flower arrangement on display once you enter he front gate at Kings Island. From left to right is my friend Travis, myself, and my twin brother Scott. This photo was taken during June 2016 by a kind passerby.

 

Whereas the floral arrangement found at Canada’s Wonderland features the Canadian flag. The Canadian flag floral emblem features red, white, and creamy yellow perennials. Both floral arrangements are the focus of attention as visitors enter the parks for the day.

Here is a view of the floral Canadian Flag at Canada's Wonderland on International Street. The flag displays a red and white flower arrangement.
The floral Canadian flag on International Street at Canada’s Wonderland.

 

When we continue alongside the Royal Fountains at Canada’s Wonderland, you notice the rows of shrubs and marigold flowers. The shrubs and marigolds enhance the experience for visitors as they walk alongside the Royal Fountains on International Street. Visitors can also observe the shrubs and marigold flowers as they eat at one of the fountain side patio tables. In turn, visitors at Kings Island can also enjoy the rowed shrubs alongside the Royal Fountains.

Here is a view of the flower and shrub arrangements along the Royal Fountains at Canada's Wonderland.
The marigold flowers and shrubs that line the Royal Fountains at Canada’s Wonderland.

Iconic Shrub Formations at Kings Island

Speaking of shrubs at Kings Island, let ‘s take a look at the iconic and magnificent shrub arrangements at the park. The two iconic shrub arrangements are found nearby the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Carousel. The first shrub arrangement that visitors come across is the giant iconic Living Liberty Bell. The Living Liberty Bell has been a huge tradition as well as a photo spot for many years at Kings Island. Another iconic shrub formation tradition also found nearby is the Floral Date. The Floral Date consists of a flower and shrub combination. The Floral Date tells visitors as what day it is they are visiting the park. It also serves as an amazing photo opportunity for visitors as they can have a photo captured in front.

Here is a view of the Floral Date at Kings Island. It consists of a flower and shrub arrangement.
The Floral Date at Kings Island on July 9th, 2014.
Here is a view of the Living Liberty bell at Kings island. It is a large hanging shrub shaped as a bell.
Here is the Living Liberty Bell at Kings Island. The left photo shows the Living Liberty Bell on July 9th, 2014 and the photo of the right shows it on June 16th, 2016.

Kings Island’s Floral Clock

Since we have just discussed the Floral Date, let us take a look at the Floral Clock. The Floral Clock has also been a signature feature of the landscaping efforts at Kings Island since opening year as it rests behind the Eiffel Tower. Not only is the Floral Clock a decorative landscape piece, it also tells visitors the time as it’s large arms move around, just like a regular clock.

 

Interestingly enough, the idea for the Floral Clock at Kings Island derived from its precursor, Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Floral Clock at Kings Island is a large round clock with large arms covered in ivy. Throughout the years, it appears that the floral design changes as noted in the comparative photo below. Although its appearance changes every so often, it still manages to successfully tell the time throughout the years. It is also serves a perfect place to capture a group photo of your visit. Now that we looked at the most extravagant floral and shrub landscaping elements, let’s now take a look at the less refined ones.

Here is a view of the floral clock at Kings Island. The Floral clock features a flower arrangement.
Here is the Floral clock at Kings Island. The photo on the left is of the Floral Clock on July 9th, 2014 and the photo of the right is of the Floral Clock on June 16th, 2016.

More Attractive Flowerbeds and Shrubbery at Canada’s Wonderland

As we venture back to Canada’s Wonderland for a little while, you will come to notice many subtle yet attractive flowerbeds and shrubs. Many of these flowerbeds are not only found alongside paths, but also ride queue lines and the rides as well. A few very well implemented examples of flowerbeds can be found throughout the park. These examples include the flowerbeds nearby the Kidzville Station ride, the flowerbed along the way to Planet Snoopy from Medieval Faire, and the flowers right beside Shockwave nearby the queue line. In late May, the flowers are planted. They tend to keep their beauty until the end of October as the park closes fro the season.

Here is a view of the Kidzville Station ride with an arrangement of flowers nearby. The flowers are pink and red in colour.
Kidzville Station at Canada’s Wonderland with a flowerbed nearby.
Here is a view of multi-coloured marigold flowers nearby the entrance to Planet Snoopy at Canada's Wonderland. The flower arrangement consists of orange, yellow, and red marigolds.
Flowerbed consisting of various coloured marigolds nearby the entrance to Planet Snoopy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a view of vibrant red flowers nearby Shockwave at Canada's Wonderland.
Vibrant red flowers located nearby Shockwave’s queue line.

 

 

 

Judging by my own personal observation earlier in the 2016 season, a landscaping crew at Canada’s Wonderland can effectively make up a beautiful small flowerbed in half an hour or less. It sure takes a lot of team work and dedication to make Canada’s Wonderland such a beautiful place as expressed through landscaping. Canada’s Wonderland is home to many other beautiful flowerbeds, so many in fact that we could not mention all of them here. You will have to visit Canada’s Wonderland yourself to take in the true beauty of the park.

More Shrubs at Canada’s Wonderland

There are also many shrubs that dot the park’s landscape as well, some of which that are worth mentioning. The greatest examples of shrubbery at Canada’s Wonderland apart from International Street is when you venture from International Street towards Action Zone. As you walk along there, you will notice the low lying shrubs that attractively line the paths heading into Action Zone. Visitors may not notice the shrub arrangements but, they do subconsciously enhance the visitors’ experience.

Flowerbeds at Dorney Park

Interestingly enough, not all flowers added within the parks are colourful and bright. Dorney Park in Pennsylvania displays a great example of this. Dorney Park is a smaller amusement park located north of Philadelphia, in Allentown. The park is shaded with a great amount of foliage. Not all annual flowers can bear this amount of shade. Instead of giving up, Dorney Park has added many beautiful hosta plants within the flowerbeds alongside the paths. Hosta plants do not produce much colour but, they do provide wonderful pinkish-purple chutes once they do bloom. Ground cover flowers that can also bear the shade also line the flowerbeds.  Along with the shade bearing flowers, are some lively shrubs that capture the attention of visitors as they enjoy their day at the park.

Here is a view of shrubs and flowers that line a path at Dorney Park. The shrubs are green.
The Flowers and shrubs that line a path at Dorney Park on June 25th, 2015.

Conclusion

As you now know, flower and shrub arrangements make the landscape at amusement parks beautiful. Next time you’re at an amusement park, be sure to take in the beauty of flowers that make amusement parks such stunning places. Next week, we will be looking at the usage of trees at amusement parks. This will sure be a topic you do not want to miss! Until next week, be sure to check out these stunning photos of the landscaping at Canada’s Wonderland during May 2012 thanks to Paul Drabek via Negative G.