- La Ronde (amusement park)
La Ronde Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada Coordinates Coordinates: Website La Ronde, Montreal, Quebec Owner Six Flags Opened April, 1967 Operating season May - October Area 146 acres (59 ha) Rides 40 total
- 10 roller coasters
- 3 water rides
La Ronde (sometimes called Six Flags La Ronde) is an amusement park in Montreal, 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 a emphyteutic lease with the City of Montreal, which expires in 2065.
It is on 146 acres (59.1 ha) located on the eastern tip of Saint Helen's Island. The park hosts L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, a highly regarded international fireworks competition.
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 being in July. As of summer 2011, entrance costs $44.99 CAN for people measuring 1.37 m (54 in) or more and $32.50 CAN for people under 1.37 m (54 in). A toddler under the age of 2 has a free admission. Family rides require a height of 36 in (0.91 m), most intermediate rides require 44 in (1.12 m)) and high-thrill rides require 52 or 54 inches (1.32 or 1.37 m).
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 rides, including ten roller coasters; among them is Le Monstre, a 40-metre (131 ft) 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 USD 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.
In May 2006, La Ronde opened its 9th roller coaster, The Goliath, a 53-metre (174 ft) high Bolliger & Mabillard mega coaster. It reaches speeds of 110 km/h (68 mph), making it the second tallest and the second fastest roller coaster in Canada. It was surpassed by Canada's Wonderland's Behemoth in 2008, which will also be surpassed in 2012 by Leviathan, a giga coaster currently being constructed in Canada's Wonderland as well.
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.
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 & Splashwater Kingdom, 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. It features special effects and theming from an alleged sea monster that was reported to have appeared in the Lac des Dauphins.
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.
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. Le Vampire, a mirror image of Batman: The Ride constructed in 2002, carries no association to the Batman media franchise 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 site is accessible by automobile via a special exit off the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. On-site parking is available at a cost of $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 24' 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.
Name Installation Year Manufacturer Le Super Manège (La Ronde) 1981 Vekoma Le Boomerang 1984 Vekoma Le Monstre 1985–1986 William Cobb & Associates Bateau pirate 1988 HUSS Maschinenfabrik Cobra 1988 (initial construction), 1995 (relocated from Skara Sommarland) 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
Cobra is a steel roller coaster. Passengers ride the roller coaster standing-up.
The roller coaster was relocated in 1994 from the Skara Sommarland amusement park in Sweden, where it was known as the Stand Up. In 2007 it was announced that a colony of Townsend's big-eared bats had settled in the ride's engine room. Le Cobra is a clone of the Shockwave coaster that was at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great Adventure, and later at Six Flags Astroworld as Batman: The Escape. Cobra only has one inversion (a loop), a turnaround dive hill, and a helix through the only loop.
Unlike B&M built stand-up coasters, this ride is considered rougher then most roller coasters of its kind. The ride is over 20 years old (originally built in 1988) which has led to it becoming rough over time. However, most Intamin stand-up roller coasters are considered rough. The two Intamin engineers of this ride and Shockwave, the ride Cobra is a clone of, went on to found B&M a few years later.
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
Name Installation Year Manufacturer Disco Ronde 1986 HUSS Maschinenfabrik Condor 1990 HUSS Maschinenfabrik Dragon 1994 Intamin AG Autos tamponneuses (Bumper cars) 2003 RDC Bumper Cars Toboggan Nordique 2003 Zamperla Tour de Ville 2003 Zamperla Splash 2004 Intamin
Name Installation Year Manufacturer Minirail 1967 Von Roll Habegger 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
Former rides and attractions
Name Manufacturer Operating Years Replaced by Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company (SIEC) 2010 Tasses Magiques Zamperla 2003–2009 Ednör – L'Attaque La Momie : La Tombe de l'empereur Dragon Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company (SIEC) 2009 Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation Le Téléférique (Chairlift) 1967–1990 Ceased operation in 1990 but ride was only removed in 2006 Salem Aleikum Grand Orient-Les Mille et une nuits ?-1984 Le Monstre Hydroid '94 (Sub-Oceanic Shuttle) Iwerks 1994–1995 Volcanozor (Dino Island II) Volcanozor (Dino Island II) Iwerks 1995–2004 Bob L'Éponge 3D Bob L'Éponge 3D Iwerks 2004–2007 Experience Nintendo Le Twister Heintz Fahtze 1985–2008 Maëlstrom Mack 1985–2008 OVNI HUSS Maschinenfabrik 1986–2006 Le Diablo (Troika) HUSS Maschinenfabrik 1978–2003 Le Splash Le Tapis Volant (The Flying Carpet) Zierer 1986–2002 Les Autos Tamponneuses Les Autos Tamponneuses Reverchon 1983–2002 Le Toboggan Nordique Astronef (Sky Flyer) Vekoma 1985–2002 Le Manitou La Course Zierer 1976-1976 Les Montagnes Russes Schwartzkopf 1968–1984 Le Monstre Les Astrobolides Sartori 1984–2004 Le Marais Enchanté La Petite Roue Sartori 1984–2004 Pommes D'api Le Mont Blanc Reverchon 1967–2000 Gyrotron 1967–1981 Le Monstre Le Moulin de la Sorcière Pinfari 1969–2005 Le Palais des Glaces 1985–2003 Le Splash Mini Rallye Sartori 1993–2004 Monsieur l'Arbre Les Bagnoles Arrow 1967–2004 Air Papillon Le Chat et la Souris Sartori 1984–2004 La Danse des Bestioles La Tornade Huss 1997-2010
The Flash Pass
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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- La Ronde official web site
- L'International Des Feux Loto-Québec (fireworks competition)
- Roller Coaster Database (listing La Ronde's coasters)
- Six Flags Official web site
- Expo 67 - La Ronde
- Marina La Ronde
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