Friday, 19 September 2014

Fantasy Fair

Located in the shadow of the Woodbine Racetrack in western Toronto is a shopping mall with an indoor amusement park complex called Fantasy Fair

It opened in 1985 and was the inspiration for the former indoor theme park at Gateshead (now closed unfortunately)

The space is crammed full of rides.

and has some nice theming around its outer border. This wooden coaster found within it was built in the 1920s and has remained unknown for some time....not really I made that up. There is no coaster in this mall; that's just a train ride.

The ferris wheel is quite unique in that it is the only side loading wheel in all of North America. We know that most wheels board at the bottom. Are there any that load at the top?

Another XD theatre, which looked too popular for us to bother queuing for.

This barn doesn't have any farm animals. It's just the ticket booth for the rides.

The second reason for visiting this place was that it was home to another Looff Carousel this one dating from 1911.  According to their website each horse is valued at 30,000 Canadian dollars and the carousel rotates at 33.3 rpm, the same as a 12" record.

So a nice park and one that really needs a coaster to attract more people. The carousel was a beaut though!

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