Canada’s Wonderland just got even bigger this summer with the addition of the new poolside VIP cabana rentals in the amusement park’s super amazing Splash Works water park. I’ve been here twice this summer already, and I can say that it’s well worth the money, to not have to rush around like a mad person to find shade and chairs with the many others at the park.
The cabanas are situated on either side of the wave pool, towards the back of Splash Works. At check in, you select the exact cabana you want and each cabana guest receives a wristband, as only cabana guests are permitted in the enclosed area. It’s worth noting that if you have an online cabana reservation, you can enter one hour before the water park opens at 11 am.
The 10′ x 10′ cabana fits up to 6 people and includes the following:
- Patio table with four chairs
- Two chaise lounge chairs, with a small side table to put our drinks
- One small safe to secure valuables
- One towel per person (up to six), which are yours to keep
- Travel size items of sunscreen, moisturizing lotion, shampoo, Q-tips, cotton balls, and hand wipes (also yours to keep)
- Mini-fridge stocked with a bottle of water for each person (up to six)
- Flat screen TV with cable (Wonderland website no longer advertising this)
- Food service
What we enjoyed about the cabana was having our own space with the creature comforts for the day. We didn’t have to battle the crowds for chairs, the patio table meant we could eat without having to wear our food. The safe is a must when we were all out of the cabana in securing our wallets and phones. The mini-fridge kept our drinks cold, and the supplied towels meant we had less to carry into the park (which is always a plus). The towels are a decent size, though a bit on the thin side. The park sells the same towels at the gift shop for about $16.99. The ceiling fan is a nice added touch, though on one of the hot days we were there, it really didn’t make much difference. It’s interesting to note that Canada’s Wonderland is no longer listing the flat screen TV on their website. One of our cabanas did not have a functioning television, so I’m wondering if it’s something the park will decide to discontinue. Can’t imagine many will want to watch tv anyways.
Being able to order food was convenient, as it saved us from waiting in line to get our food. We only wish there were more options, as the menu was fairly limited, although you can buy your own food from anywhere in the park and bring it back to your cabana. The cost of the food (as I was told from our server) is the same as buying it yourself, with tipping to be an additional cost. Just to give you an idea on cost, a 12 slice pepperoni pizza from Pizza Pizza was $24.99 and 6 foot long hot dogs set us back $60. The hot dogs were delicious and I loved that they came with ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, and banana peppers. My only suggestion would be to provide a few plastic spoons to make sharing condiments easier.
For operational purposes, cabana tents do not close completely, but tent doors can be “closed” by way of 2 fasteners, similar to those on life jackets. So there will be a slight gap in the middle, but you can still manage a quick change in the corners, away from the midsection.
At time of writing, cabana rentals start at $109.99 plus tax on weekdays and $129.99 plus tax on weekends. After 4pm, cabana rentals drop to $66, but be warned that the cabanas close when the water park closes, which is 7 pm. To guarantee a cabana on your preferred day (weekends are often sold out), it’s best to reserve online. There are no refunds on cabana rentals.
For families with small children, it’s all about convenience, and the VIP cabanas at Canada’s Wonderland is worth the cost (especially on busy weekends). Heck, even my older kids enjoyed having a place to chill, away from the crowds. I liked that the kids and their friends knew where “home base” was for the day. So grab some friends and get spoiled (cabana staff were awesome), even if it is just for a day.
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Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.