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Paramount Canada's Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario (August 9, 2004) – Another Hollywood big-screen spectacular comes to life at Paramount Canada's Wonderland with the addition of THE ITALIAN JOB™: Stunt Track, a new multi-million dollar fast-track coaster experience for 2005. Based on the high-action finale of Paramount Pictures' The Italian Job (2003) starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Donald Sutherland, this new wild ride takes families on a high-speed stunt car adventure through movie sets and scenes inspired by the film's climatic chase sequence.
Park guests experience what it's like to be a Hollywood stunt driver and go behind the scenes of an action movie. Guests board their very own MINI Cooper S tricked out with audio special effects adding to the multi-sensory sensation of the experience. Once strapped into their custom stunt car, rubber meets the road as the MINIs peel out to begin their chase sequence. Drivers twist through a parking garage, dodge near-collisions, race down stairs, chase through tunnels and narrowly escape massive explosions triggered by gunfire from a menacing helicopter. Tires skid out one last time as the stunt cars crash through a billboard and splash down into an L.A. aqueduct concluding the chase sequence and their screen test trial as a stunt driver!
"This new stunt concept offers the perfect combination of Hollywood special-effects and coaster thrills," mentioned Paramount Canada's Wonderland's executive vice president and general manger, Barry Jones. Jones added: "THE ITALIAN JOB: Stunt Track is an interactive family thrill ride designed for everyone that craves high-speed, hair-raising excitement."
THE ITALIAN JOB: Stunt Track is scheduled to open in spring 2005.
Paramount Canada's Wonderland is the best of Hollywood Entertainment – Now Playing! More information about Paramount Canada's Wonderland is available at www.canadaswonderland.com.
Paramount Canada's Wonderland is owned and operated by Paramount Parks Inc. Paramount Parks is a leading developer and operator of world-class theme parks and location-based attractions, entertaining more than 13 million guests annually. The company currently owns and operates five of the most popular theme parks in North America including: Paramount Canada's Wonderland (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Paramount's Carowinds (Charlotte, N.C.); Paramount's Great America (Santa Clara, Calif.); Paramount's Kings DominionKings Dominion (Richmond, Va.); and Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio). The company also developed and manages the award-winning STAR TREK: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton (Las Vegas, Nev.) and manages Bonfante Gardens horticultural theme park (Gilroy, Calif.); CBS Television City at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.); and Terra Mitica theme park (Benidorm, Valencia, Spain). More information about Paramount Parks is available at www.paramountparks.com.
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