Loved Leviathan, on which I got 8 rides, but had to purchase Fast Lane Plus, as the regular ride queue was easily 2 hrs. long. Probably picked a bad day to go to the park (June 21, which was a Saturday, and with 5 weeks paid vacation I could easily have taken the time off work to go during the week) as the crowds were far larger than anything I've ever seen at my home park of Six Flags Great Adventure and even with Fast Lane Plus had to wait close to half an hour to get on Behemoth.
I actually thought that Behemoth was better than Nitro and didn't perceive it as rough. It struck me as being in pristine condition compared with Nitro (of course, Nitro is older but could be much better maintained) and the hang time over the first drop from the front seat was mind-blowing. I found both Wild Beast and Mighty Canadian Minebuster too rough to be enjoyable and should have skipped Flight Deck, as it's essentially the same ride as Mind Eraser (possibly the worst coaster on earth). I'd never ridden anything like Backlot Stunt Coaster so this was a small treat. Vortex was good but I found it a bit rough in spots. But then I'm 62 years old and not as physically resilient as youngsters like Russell and his wife.
Canada's Wonderland is a beautiful park and the cast members were unusually friendly. Also, park security actually enforced the no line jumping policy, something I've never seen any security at my home park do. Plus it was a huge advantage to be able to pay with US dollars and not have to exchange currency.
I actually visited this park many, many years ago (82 or 83) when a high school friend and I journeyed up to Toronto. I really need to make a return visit. I probably wouldn't recognize the place. My wife has family near Toronto and has been hinting at a possible visit...
Perhaps it was riding Behemoth first thing in the morning, but it just wasn't as good as Nitro for me. I'm not a huge fan of the new staggered seating arrangement, and the coaster has added seat belts (like Diamondback) that aren't necessarily confining, but psychologically make you fell like you don't have the freedom you do with just the lap bar. I did ride on 2 of the 3 trains, and one was a bit smoother than the other, but not dramatically. My wife noted that she thought that it felt a little rough as well. I rode Nitro a little over a week later after our trip to Canada, and just rode Diamondback last week, and I have to stand by my assessment that Behemoth is an unusually rough B&M hyper with a surprising amount of chatter on the trains.
Also, I wasn't aware that the park accepted American currency. Our research indicated that some places in Ontario would take American currency, but there was typically no way to know without asking in advance. We chose to use CAD as soon as we left Niagra Falls to avoid any issues, and found that most places in Toronto, aside from the big tourist draws, were only accepting CAD.
On the currency issue, I was in a quandary as to whether to buy CAD. My flight from Philly left from a terminal with no currency exchange and when I told an airport employee that I was flying to Toronto, she told me that she had been able to use USD anywhere in the Toronto area so I took her word for it and was delighted to find out that she was right on the money.
The lack of child swap was pretty annoying, which was exacerbated by the fact that we couldn't use our phones due to the ridiculous international roaming charges. We don't mind splitting up in a park to keep our son happy and entertained, but we probably lost about an hour of time total waiting for each other at our meet up spots because we couldn't communicate with each other.
I actually find the second half of Anaconda the rougher part with the tight twists and turns before looping around to the double corkscrew.
We just didn't want to deal with any currency issues, so we stopped at an ATM as we were leaving Niagra Falls, and loaded up on CADs. Our bank credits our account for foreign ATM fees, and we double-checked with them that the policy extended into Canada. The currency exchange is pretty even, but I did notice that most places that did take both USD and CAD were charging the same price in both currencies, meaning you were paying slightly more for the item if you paid with USD (@1.09 CAD to 1 USD).