In order to get to the vista view windows for removal, we needed to open up the canopy. I'm not sure it had ever been opened before. The smell wasn't pleasant, but it was cool to see it opened up and working! We'll be ordering a new one "soon".
Even though I'm sure that it's possible to unfurl the canopy by yourself, I'd call it a 2-person operation. With two people, you can pull both sides out at once and secure both the arms correctly without as much sketchiness.