Unfortunately, it sounds like you missed some of the better stuff at the park. It's not one to go to for coasters right now. Their dark rides are charming and with the exception of the old mill, in uncommonly good condition. Also, their bumper cars are nearly as good as Knoebels! They don't hit as hard but they're probably the fastest I've ever been on.
I do agree that the place needs a lot of help though; hoping it gets plenty of it from the new owners.
You pretty much echo my sentiments... the only rides in the park that are any good are the Derby Racer, the Flume, the S&S tower and the Old Mill. It's sad because I basically grew up at Playland but they really let the place go. The Dragon coaster is one of the most ridiculously boring adult size coasters in the world, probably thanks in part to that awful Morgan train.
I accompanied him there and all I have to say is the place is a tragedy. I probably enjoyed it 10 years ago cause I was a kid. The S&S an the flume are stellar, but besides that the place looks like it is in despair. The Dragon coaster could be so much better than it is, I think due large in part to the trains as well.
Rai Fox wrote:Unfortunately, it sounds like you missed some of the better stuff at the park. It's not one to go to for coasters right now. Their dark rides are charming and with the exception of the old mill, in uncommonly good condition. Also, their bumper cars are nearly as good as Knoebels! They don't hit as hard but they're probably the fastest I've ever been on.
We rode the Old Mill, and yes it certainly wasn't in the best of shape. However, nothing else there really appealed to me. I don't like spinning, nor do I like haunted houses. That lopped off about half the rides there.
I am kicking myself for skipping the bumper cars though. I saw the sign and wanted to ride them, but after we (unfortunately) chose to ride the Dragon again, we just high tailed it out of the place.
Does anyone have any update on the park's current situation with Standard Amusements? I know their proposed deal included investing $23 million within the first five years. If the deal did in fact go through and get approved, then 2016 would be the first of that five year period. What do you think the park could receive in terms of large attraction additions?
This was the latest information/article from October, 2015.
Standard Amusements has a deadline date on March 31st, 2016 to bow out of their current arrangement or to move fully steam ahead. Standard Amusement has already paid the count over $500,000 which another $1.7 million due is the arrangement continues.
Standard Amusements gets extension on Playland option Richard Liebson, email@example.com 9:26 p.m. EDT October 19, 2015
The management company hired by Westchester County to run Playland has been granted a five-month extension of its option to bow out of the deal.
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino approved the extension to Standard Amusements Inc., on Friday — the original deadline for the company to terminate the agreement or make a $2.25 million payment to the county and begin taking over full management of the aging amusement park.
In exchange for the extension, Standard Amusements made a $25,000 payment, saying the extra time was needed to continue its study of Playland and develop a management plan.
"If Standard Amusements wasn't interested in Playland, we wouldn't have asked for the extension," said Nicholas Singer, a partner in the company. "We simply need more time to conduct the due diligence necessary to ensure that our development and completion of the project will be successful."
The extension gives Standard Amusements a new deadline of March 31. Until then, it will continue to co-manage the Rye park with the county.
In addition to the $25,000, the company has already paid Westchester $500,000 of the $2.25 million it was supposed to pay up front as part of the agreement negotiated by the Astorino administration and unanimously approved in June by the county Board of Legislators.
The deal calls for Standard Amusements to invest an additional $22.75 million during the first five years of the 15-year agreement to refurbish the park.
The county is planning a number of capital improvements at Playland, and Astorino said the extension for Standard Amusements gives the company more time to integrate its plans with those improvements.
"One of the strengths of the deal is that it is a public-private partnership, but that also adds a layer of complexity that requires adequate time to be managed successfully," said Astorino, a Republican.
Saying that the county's agreement with Standard Amusements "required some very detailed explanations of how capital improvements would be made at the park, and who would be responsible for them," Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, a Democrat, said the company's extension request is "an indication that those complex issues are being addressed."
"After years of working on a plan that will literally save Playland, I think the addition of a few months to the transition process is reasonable and in fact prudent," he said.
Legislator Catherine Parker, D-Rye, said that while she was OK with the extension, she criticized the administration for approving it unilaterally.
"The Board of Legislators should have been informed," she said. "We're partners in this agreement and we shouldn't be cut out of any part of the process."
If the final deal comes to fruition at the end of March, Standard Amusements will manage the park, parking lot, beach, pool area and boardwalk at Playland. The facility is expected to open on schedule in the spring for the 2016 season.
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So we actually have some proposed expansion news on this park and they might include a new steel coaster. Standard Amusements is interested in making some changes that look pretty spectacular. I'm not holding my breath but I'm really hoping this happens. New renderings appear to show a new patio dining area, a KMG Fireball, a Breakdance and Fury 325 (though I'm pretty sure that'll end up being some piece of crap portable coaster, lol). For anyone familiar with the park it looks like the Fireball would block the entrance near the Old Mill and everyone would enter near the fountain.
The other day I made a lovely discovery. Chance Rides posted this picture on their Facebook page:
It's yet again a different track style than Lightning Run or Family Roller Coaster at Wildlife World Zoo... And then I was wandering throught their Youtube channel and found the Hyper GT-X 2125, basically a Lightning Run re-arranged... with a twist-ending. See:
To me, the piece at the factory can be the section between 0:49 and 0:53 (turn and first mini S-hill). And the layout definitely matches the one on Rye's site plan (9 & 10)!
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