Built for Expo '67 on Île Ste-Helène, La Ronde remains the largest amusement park in Quebec. There are more than ... More
Built for Expo '67 on Île Ste-Helène, La Ronde remains the largest amusement park in Quebec. There are more than 35 rides, and the spectacular Ferris wheel can be seen across the St Lawrence river in Montreal proper. La Ronde is also the site for the annual SAQ Mondial Fireworks Competition, the largest in the world. It attracts more than 1.2 million visitors a year, all within a four month period.
i went to laronde and it was really fun! great thrill rides and stuff for the little ones. there is a
lot of grafitti but still? you want to go on a ride. the grafitti is like a litle thing and it wont stop me from going. the food lke any other theme park is expensive but not soso bad.
It took us a lot of time to get there, because of the lack of road signs., but as we arrived there, we noticed a very long line-up to get tickets to go into the park, which is natural but they probably should have put up more booths. Not knowing that we had to trade our pink coupons that we got as a package from the hotel at the booth, we went to the entrance where they told us this and we had to go back and wait in line. It dawned upon us that the amusement park was horrible when we had to wait in line for atleast an hour to get on a roller coaster because of flash pass holders. The amusment park sells flash passes to allow visitors who pay extra to go in a "special" line where they enter faster and can keep riding the same ride over and over again. Although we had been waiting for 45 minutes, flash pass holders just showed up, got in before us, and kept riding. Basically, this park neglects the people who payed to get in and values those who pay more which is really corrupt since getting in is already expensive. The food was also really expensive, around 35$ for a large pizza and 5$ for a McDonald sandwich. Never intend to go there again and do not recommend it at all.
We went to La Ronde today and it certainly was not worth the 2 hour drive from Vermont. For opening day, half of the rides were open, the rides are a good 20 years old, my first soda didn't have ice (is it because I'm American?), and the traffic in/out of the park and highway was a nightmare. We lost 2$ on the little boats by the water flume and the only attraction of interest was the Wii building. What a wasted trip. We'll drive 3 1/2 hours instead and visit Six Flags in Massachusettes (US) which is far superior than La Ronde. We definitely won't be returning.
Just because other people didn't really like this place, doesn't mean that you shouldn't travel to go see it. Different people have different ideas about what a nice attraction is. Don't let these comments stop you from visiting these once in a life time chances.... especially if you haven't been outside your state. I'm not trying to be mean or eliminate other people's comments. I'm just saying that if you haven't seen this place with your own eyes don't judge this place by what these people wrote. Even if you didn't like it when you DID visit it this place, encourage other people to go.
All the rides were running 1 train (even though they have more) with huge lines and the staff is extremely slow and lazy. Garbage and graffiti everywhere, the windows on the tower ride are held on with duct-tape. Because of the bad operation the only way you can actually do anything is with a gold FlashPass which are expensive. I wouldnt reccomend it unless you really want to ride Goliath, even then just ride everything once and get the heck out. The only redeeming quality is its in one of the greatest cities in the world, Montreal is beautiful.
Last year we planned our trip around the park but the web site was not clear about when the park was open for weekends only so we end up in Montreal when the park was closed (last week in August, 2006). We had ordered tickets with our airmiles points which were wasted. After the trip, we emailled La Ronde explaining this and asking if the tickets could be exchanged for ones for this year, but we never even got a reply back.
Well La Ronde is certainly one of those places I would not ever want to go back to. The are a pretty good selection of rides, which is the only redeeming value. The park staff are very unhelpful and most cannot speak english. I would only recommend this park perhaps if you are going with children. 2 of the major rollercoasters were closed, on a saturday, in perfect weather. I didnt understand that. The lines are extremely long, they do have some sort of rapide access tickets available. If you have any other options I would recommend them.