I spent less than a couple of hours at Playland, before leaving the park and finding something to eat. Originally the park was set to close at 6pm, but for some reason the drips and drops coming down from time to time equalled "inclement weather" to them, so they decided to close an hour early. 5pm. Fair enough.
I did get four rides on Coaster and a quick tour around the park, so I could see what they were doing for their first Playland Nights night. Not much revealed until after I came back for the evening. I did notice that the special cocktails they were selling were over $12 each. But with 2oz of booze in each one, I guess it was a reasonable price. However, I decided to play it safe with my drinking, and stuck with good old Stella Artois for the night.
Got another couple of rides on Coaster, which my Fastpass (incl. with the "VIP Experience") and one on AtmosFEAR, although at night, it makes the speed of the thing even more.....uh.... scary? Once was enough on that. And a ride on Hellevator, which was a drop tower for the evening.
Photos taken before Playland closed for further setup...
On the way to the bus stop.
Playland entrance around 4pm.
Yeah, well. Turned out they did decide to close early. An hour early.
A bar set up beside Coaster.
Ooooo gambling! Not to be unfortunately. This was being set up for our annual fair, in August.
One of our national cable providers getting in on the action.
My old standby (during the PNE) the Ride Side Bar would be open, tonight.
I thought this was going to be a performers change tent. Turned out to be something else, most enjoyable.
One of the DJ booths around the park.
The Chairs got repainted! In Neon Colours. Themed for the coming evening.
This was to be the VIP tent.
Another one of the bars.
Very VERY sweet cocktails offered. 2 oz of liquor in'em. Not a bad price. But I chose Stella instead, all night.
What I wanted to get, but didn't. Instead...
Where I found eats and drinks.
I had a nice Monte Cristo sandwich, and a couple of lagers before heading back to the park.
I still stuck with my plan to not get into buying expensive cocktails, and stay with Stella Artois instead.
The crowds were not huge, thanks to (probably) the chance of a downpour scaring some off. But it stayed dry and overcast all evening, and with a smaller crowd there, made the evening really nice and enjoyable, for myself.
The VIP Tent was filled with glow "stuff", like rainbow slinkys, bubble guns (which I unfortunately did not think to get, before they all disappeared), glow sticks in all colours.... stuff like that. This was also where the only black lights were, in the entire park. I thought there would be many more of these, but not to be.
Staff, which included security guards everywhere, were nice and cordial the entire evening. I enjoyed talking with them about Playland, and things(life) in general.
All in all, it was a way better experience than the first time I did this, two years ago. That time, it was only one night, and the place - was - mobbed. I didn't even ride anything, back then. This was a much better time, which I'd happily do again. Even with paying the extra $$$ for the VIP thing. So much better.
6pm ~ Playland Entrance, now with fences.
A few of the many security guards in the park.
The VIP "Special Entry"....and bag/body search checkpoint.
Some NEON starting to show up.
Now with bubbles, too!
My first (of several) Stella Artois.
Inside the VIP Tent.
Heaters outside the Ride Side Bar. Live entertainment was happening all night, here.
First up was this amazing drummer, who just kept going and going and going! Strength and stamina....and incredible rhythm, too! The soundtrack he put together was an amazing mix. He was great. Wouldn't mind his being back at next year's PNs19+.
At first glace, this looked to me, like candles drying on racks. They were not. (o;
There's always room for more bubbles!
Even potted shrubs need attention and care.
The Westcoast Wheel didn't run any lighting package or colour changes. It pretty much stayed blue, throughout the evening.
Look what's still For Sale? And it's not Revelation.
Thanks to a nice person who helped me take a few Glow Shots. I take very few selfies, if any.
The wierd pose.
My fave of the three taken. Neon Gangsta!
Enterprise going colour crazy.
I still don't know why I still ride this speedy omg thing. But I do. And I did, last night.
Behind the Wheel, was another private spot for the VIP crowd, Zoltar's Speakeasy! It was fun to visit. Cushions to sit on, incense in the air. There was even a Zoltar Fortune Teller machine there, which was cool to watch, although his 'voice' was low to hear, with all the noise around.
I got two rides on Coaster, thanks to my VIP Fastpass card. And one ride on Hellevator and AtmosFEAR, each.
Still in blue mode.
Out the door, and on my way to my pickup spot. I wondered if anybody actually rode that flume?
My 'swag' for the evening. Including my fortune from ZOLTAR himself!
Last edited by Nrthwnd on Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:36 pm.
BONUS PHOTO I forgot to post! (idiot bear) They had a new very sweet cocktail (I thought) available at the tent/bar beside Coaster. It was a really normal blend of sugar water, vodka and your choice of "flavours". And you could mix a couple or more, if you dared. I declined to do that, and had one with apple. It was also "smoking" due to some dry ice thrown in for effect. It was tasty and actually not as sweet as I thought it would be, like the others I've had there (see previous post ^ for flavours). And you got to keep the mini-hurricane shaped glass if you wanted to. I must have been already ....um..... 6-7 beers happy, and apparently threw mine away. Ah well. Hope they do it again, next year and not change it!
So the only thing I got from it... was the photo of the sign, lol. Enjoy.
Also, decided just now, to plug this amazing drummer we had as the first act for the PNs last Friday night. This is how they described him. And he is definitely worth seeing/hearing again. Totally manic and totally in control. Great party act!
PNE wrote:8 pm – Drum N Dirty: Live percussion DJ, Drumming to remixed party music. High energy act to get the party started.
^ Yeah it was fun! And I didn't really take enough night photos, once A LOT of "VIP" ticket-holders came into the park. The day photos were fine, but man, some of the night ones I could have taken. IF I had my memory working, after 4 or 5 beers? I would definitely pay the VIP price for an experience like this at Playland. And I did actually get a few rides in, too, LOL!
My two visits to the park this week, Tuesday and today, were rather quiet with no big groups I could see, there. Coming into the park just after opening, there was always that surge to Coaster, which held for an hour or so. Then, it would drop off dramatically, so much so, that I could just get off the train, run around to the queue and be back on another train in three cycles, or less.
I got four rides on Coaster today, but these four rides, brought me up to what I am calling my Age Milestone. Last year, when I turned 65, I decided just for the heck of it, riding Coaster as many times as I could, before the PNE started in mid-August. And ride enough times to match my age of 65. It turned out to be a bit trickier than I'd planned, as Coaster didn't open with Playland in May (still waiting for replacement parts from Europe), and stayed closed till mid-June. Meaning I had a month and a half to 'catch up' in my count. I made it, but just so.
This year was much easier. Coaster opened with the rest of Playland on Opening Day. And today I rode Coaster for the 66th time, reaching this year's Age Milestone. So now, riding it more just shows me how many times I can ride it, "beyond my age."
And I got a fist full of PLINKO tickets (154) today, which along with Tuesday's tickets haul, is kind of putting me off playing Ice Ball at all, any more. This is much easier to get prize tickets. Just stand there and drop quarters, LOL. Now I've collected over 1100 tickets. I'll cash them in, soon enough.
Back for breakfast, before going to the park.
Enjoying a great Eggs Benedict.
Hardly anybody on several of the flats.
How to work off breakfast. Pedal, pedal, pedal!
Today's prize tickets, and three rides on Coaster. I'm now up to 62 rides on it.
This morning's breakfast: two eggs (over hard) on hash.
Messy, but enjoyable! (o:
Less than an hour later, I attain my Age Milestone.
Three flat rides in this photo, are not running today. <sighs>
Setting up for another concert(s) this weekend.
Three shots of Swinger.
My celebratory on-Ride #66 photo. Damn I look f'd-up! :P
Well, I found out there won't be a Rib Fest (per se) at this summer's PNE. I get the feeling they're not trying to depend on other food place owners that rent space at the Fair. The PNE wants that cash cow (moo) as well as the alcohol licenses for The Fair. Which they now have, hence no Beer Festival during The Fair any more.
A newly-named Revel District will take the area formerly called Celeration Plaza. There will still be a few rides there, beyond the Playland "District". And that great piano dueling couple will be back, as usual, with their awesome playing and taking requests.
PNE wrote: Revel District
Indulge your wild with food, spectacular entertainment, and mechanical bull riding. This newly imagined entertainment zone will offer some of the best Mexican food around at the Corona Bar, I LOVE Churros and Los Tacos Hermanos. Guests can also enjoy some traditional, charcoal grilled BBQ chicken and ribs from BBQ pit masters. In addition to rides and games, the Revel District features a bevy of shows on the Tim Horton’s Stage including strong woman Mama Lou, comedian Mike Wood, and Tuck Entertainment’s drag superstars.
Any news on the expansion that is proposed for the park? From all the pictures I have seen of the park, it reminds of a park like Waldameer or Fantasy Island. I like parks like that but a city the size of Vancouver should have a park more along the lines of a Wonderland.
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