ride on a trailer and space around it

Twas the morning before CNE and all through the midway, … there were new rides arriving and still some spaces.

Some of the most labour intensive rides were going up today, like this. Can you recognize from the photo what it will be?

Half a day later, it looked like this:


See if you guessed what it will finally look like.

In the morning, the students had the pleasure of showing the new Dean of Engineering and Architectural Science, Dr. Tom Duever, around our “lab for a week”.


After a pause for lunch, we braved the winds and cloudy skies to watch the Giant Wheel go up, from efficient packing on three trailers:


Levelling, blocking, setting out the outriggers, mounting the centre, and expanding the sweeps, wedge by wedge.DSC08327

We also strolled a little bit off the midway to enjoy some of the beautification elsewhere in Exhibition Place grounds, where some of the retired Ontario Place swan boats reside.DSC08321

By late afternoon, everyone was hard at work and concentrating on getting the equipment up, so we left them with it and we will be back to visit during the show! Many thanks to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, the Canadian National Exhibition, North American Midway Entertainment, and the many partners and contributors who shared bits of knowledge, explained what they were doing, accommodated the students taking a closer look, and were completely good sports about letting us watch as they did the real work of putting on Canada’s largest fair, preparing to entertain over 1.3 million guests over the next 18 days.

Author: Kathryn Woodcock

Dr. Kathryn Woodcock is Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, teaching, researching, and consulting in the area of human factors engineering / ergonomics particularly applied to amusement rides and attractions (, and to broader occupational and public safety issues of performance, error, investigation and inspection, and to disability and accessibility.