Thrill-Seekers in Toronto – Ostomy and IBD Meetup (Aug 29, 2015)

IBD ostomy meetup Toronto Aug 2015

The event is now over. Thank you to everyone who came.

Yes, I’m arranging a second meetup at Canada’s Wonderland and would LOVE for you to come!

Join me, fellow ostomates and other IBD’ers to our second meetup on Saturday August 29, 2015.

It’ll be a great time to connect with people you can relate to, while enjoying coasters and thrill rides!

Rain or shine, this will be a great time to chat and have fun!

Looking forward to meeting you there!

From the event:

Canada's Wonderland ostomy IBD meetup Aug 29, 2015
Sligshot at Canada's Wonderland (with an ostomy) - Aug 29, 2015
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Where do we meet at the start of this meetup?

We will be at the front of Canada’s Wonderland, under Leviathan (the large turquoise-colored coaster) between 9:45am and 10am and we can enter in together.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This event is open to anyone with an ostomy or IBD, and their family/friends. Please note that due to the nature of these thrill-rides, children younger than 10 may not be able to ride.

Where can I get tickets?

If you have a season’s pass, bring it, but you can order tickets online or at the door.

More details here:

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There’s a huge parking lot at the park, and tickets can be purchased online or at the park. There’s also a drop-off area, which you can find on this page:

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

I’d recommend the following:

  • Sun protection (sunblock, a hat, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Bottled water can be brought into the park, but not food (you can purchase food there, but I keep snacks in the car and take a break halfway through my visit).
  • Bring extra supplies if you have an ostomy (I keep mine in the car).
  • Wear comfortable shoes! There will be a lot of walking.
  • If you bring a backpack or purse, there’s usually a spot to leave it while riding. Vortex requires that you bring your stuff onto the ride and Magic Mountain Guardian has lockers to put your stuff for a small fee.

More information and tips can be found here.

I recently had surgery, can I still go on the rides?

Wonderland does have a guide to their rides, and you should only go on rides that you feel safe going on. Neither I, or Wonderland can be held responsible for your choices.

Some rides are really aggressive, while others are not, so there will be options for you to choose from.

I’m worried that I won’t be able to wait in lineups because my ostomy bag fills quickly or because of I may need to use the bathroom with little warning because of IBD. Can I still come?

Fortunately, Canada’s Wonderland grants us access to a “boarding pass”, which will help us avoid long lines.

Note: I have details about how to get one here, and the process doesn’t take very long.

Will we be going to Splash Works (the water park section of Wonderland)?

This event will focus on the dry rides, and there are no plans to visit Splash Works. We may, however, get wet on certain rides like Timberwolf Falls, White Water Canyon or Riptide, and you’ll likely stay wet for a few hours.

It’s up to you if you want to bring a towel or a change of clothes; I tend to dry off on some fast coasters after the wet rides =)

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Visit my Contact Me page.

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