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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat May 19, 2018 3:06 pm

"Sad New of The Month" Dept....

I just came back from Playland, and having asked at least four people who worked there,
(including a higher up who was walking around the park)... COASTER is not likely to open
until......early July. It's all about parts, etc. etc. etc.

:(

Oh well, I can go back again and again and eventually ride Coaster. But for those of you in the U.S.
close to us, or anywhere else actually, who were planning a June visit to Playland, be forewarned.
It could open earlier, and I am hoping that it does that, and then I will post immediately, but for now... SBNO.

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Same goes for Hells Gate and Crazy Beach too. SBNO, for now.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Mon May 21, 2018 6:14 pm

heh, I know they film the CW superhero shows in Vancouver, but I perked right up tonight on Supergirl, when several characters went to an arcade -- in what was clearly Playland.

so thought of you, Bill. :)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon May 21, 2018 6:18 pm

^ Thanks and yeah we PERKED UP too, when we saw the whole scene happen, lol.
And ARROW keeps having major intersections and bldgs of town popping up from time to time, too.
And The FLASH, as well LOL. Busy town for CW tv series. :wink:

Add to this, Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist is headed to BROADWAY,
to take part in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"... as Carole King!

And SUPERNATURAL, too. Go Winchesters!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Mon May 21, 2018 6:25 pm

^ they all like to walk along the edge of Stanley Park (on that jogging trail) with the city in the background too :)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon May 21, 2018 6:27 pm

^ Movies and tv loves this city! And PLAYLAND too, LOL!
We (supposedly) also have the best "non-descript alleys"
a lot of producers/directors and networks LOVE about it, too.
They can turn them into any place/time/city/country they want to. :smile:

The fact that Playland is so generic (truth) in it's layout (practically a
rectangle when you look at it's map)...it's really simple to redesign a small
area of it, to the film/series' liking....easy!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat May 26, 2018 5:30 pm

Meanwhile, at the park today....
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Just in case you forgot.
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And now, there's a no-see-through fence set up, which also now closes the mini-golf. And Coaster Dogs.
There are containers behind it, so the parts they're waiting for, could be for the lift hill/brakes.
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Busiest I've seen the games in a while, which is great for business. btw, #1 (farthest away) won this game. (o:
This game is also opposite (to the right) of the Arcade where the recent "Supergirl" scenes took place in and outside of.
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The swamp boats ride, called Gladiator, for some reason.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:04 pm

New in Playland this season! Where there used to be a mini-grandstand opposite AtmosFEAR,
there's now a few self-charging, charging stations available, with seating. And a bit of shade.

Very cool idea. =)
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The big planter is kind of bizarre looking, in the middle, there.
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Charge 'em up!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:25 pm

From the "Well, Whaddya Know," Dept.....

The higher ups have posted a full explanation why Coaster and two flats aren't operating at this time:

Playland(PNE) wrote:During the off season, 3 of our rides (Hell’s Gate, Crazy Beach Party and Wooden Roller Coaster), have been undergoing routine maintenance. However, with many parts custom manufactured, suppliers have been slow to deliver required parts. This has meant that our rides are behind in their maintenance schedule and will not be operational until late June/July. The PNE takes our guest experience very seriously and so to ensure a very good experience within the park, the PNE has brought in 3 additional rides to ensure guests have ample ride opportunities (Tilt-a-Whirl, Octopus, and Alien Abduction).

Update: we expect that the Wooden Roller Coaster will be operational by mid-to-late June.

Follow us on Twitter/Facebook or sign up for our email newsletter so we can keep you posted as to when we expect Hell’s Gate, Crazy Beach Party and Wooden Roller Coaster to re-open.


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I think they're working towards getting Coaster (and the flats) up and running by the first of their 6 PlaylandNIGHTS19+ happening, Friday June 22.

Here's hoping. And thanks for the explanation, Playland(PNE)! :airtime: :airtimer:
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:56 pm

Just found this retro photo, from Playland's early days in our annual fair, The PNE.

From the 1950's, and it made me realize that, at that time, the Ferris Wheel was a
Big Enough Thrill for amusement parks and fairs. Our current Coaster, didn't
really open till the end of the 1950's (1958 to be exact). So for thrills and chills,
they needed three of them to keep the crowds happy and moving along. :wink:

You can also see four (one's almost hidden behind the middle wheel) iconic neon towers that were
spread throughout Playland, and parts of the PNE grounds, I believe. But mainly, in Playland.
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Three Ferris Wheels in one midway! From Vancouver Archives.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:00 pm

bert425 wrote:heh, I know they film the CW superhero shows in Vancouver, but I perked right up tonight on Supergirl, when several characters went to an arcade -- in what was clearly Playland.

so thought of you, Bill. :)


I remember seeing it on a Flash episode a few seasons back as well. The Star Flyer was very visible. Coaster was hiding though.

A shame to hear that Coaster has been down to start the year, but fortunately it sounds like it'll be back up and running in a few weeks. If I ever make it to this park, it'll likely be around Labor Day so I can also tie in the Washington Fair to get that elusive wooden coaster.
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