^ Thanks for the envy, heh. It's really taken me a long, long time (before my 50's, I hardly went to the park), to really appreciate what I/we've got here in Playland. And not just Coaster, either. Several really first class flats they have here, now (The Beast, AtmosFEAR, etc.). So I'm catching up, at my age LOLOL!
And so are they, I'm guessing. These new ride additions have all happened in the last ten years or so.
p.s. When you get older, and can move out on your own, consider Seattle. Only a few hours' drive away from Coaster and Playland(PNE)!
Was at the park for a couple of hours today. Kind of busy, mainly with the Coaster queue. But that was fine. Won some more tickets on the Monopoly Quarters Drop, and took a few "cloud shots" during my visit there.
Note: "a classic reverse curve."
This is the Reverse Curve.
The Monopoly Quarters Drop "game," if you can call it that. I did okay. Not great. But way better than Ice Ball.
Well, somebody's got their hands up!
Some nice landscaping in the centre of the park.
And this is what travels around it all.
Either you're GLAD or you're IATOR. But not both. (o;
^ LOL! Well, when all is said and done, I'm still going to try it, when The Fair happens. They had chocolate flavored one time, and bacon flavored cotton candy another, so it's worth a try. Hopefully I won't freek out and want more more MORE! I just bought some "specialty popcorn" at Playland today, and $6 for the small ($9 large) I don't think I'll be regularly buying that, any time soon. It was cheese, by the way, and it wasn't too bad.
Today marks the third day in this week I went to the park. Today was like Monday, which had really small lines at Coaster, and generally an easy day there. Wednesday was the packed day there. Many many colours (t-shirts) of BIG groups of children running around. And it was a very hot afternoon, too. So Wednesday's the day I spent the least time, there.
And with the $1 popcorn I got on Wednesday, I added the cheese popcorn to, today. And I played Monopoly Quarters Drop all three days with pretty good payoffs in prize tickets.
A really light queue today. But with the heat, I could only stand riding Coaster once.
Oh, right. PNE.
Where to hang a mister line.
A shiny spot on The Wheel.
Hells Gate gets mooned by Crazy Beach Party.
The obligatory Swinger shot, before leaving.
Where important Coaster Signs go, now.
I like this one. BTW, the 45th Anniversary of Coaster, was in 2003. Now, it's over 61 years old! (o:
^ Hmmm. Didn't notice that at all, till you mentioned it now. Playland is sometimes a bit lax in it's maintenance schedules (to me), that it wouldn't surprise me if the flags don't get replaced before the PNE (Aug.17th opening btw). I'm sure they wanted Corkscrew sold and out of the way, too. But that doesn't look like it's happening, either. So they put up the vague "Coming Soon" banners for now.
Actually, I still get a kick out of the fact, they don't really advertise too much for future stuff. We find out, as it happens.
New PNE food being offered. I mean, WTF??? (I'm just glad they didn't use 3-Ks.)
"How to Spend BC DAY at The Park...Stuck On Coaster!" *
It didn't happen to me. I was in line for the second train after this one that had left the station. We heard the usual "noise" the train makes on the 'outer circle' of the track. Lift hill, first drop, right curve, second drop, third drop, right curve and....
When the coaster sound suddenly stopped, above the station, the ride ops started looking up, beyond the station's roof, which put them on the track the train re-enters the station on. Then, very fast, they got to the phone, and were obviously calling the onsite engineers. I decided this was going to be a non-ride, so I excused myself out of the queue. I then headed to where I could see what was going on, above the station...
And there it was. The purple train stopped in the second curve, just before the straight-a-way and the fourth drop.
Thankfully, no one was injured, and their evac was pretty good I thought: two ride ops walking down the lift hill with a rider between them. Didn't take too long to get everybody off. Then there was working on the train right there on the track. And eventually, they were able to push it along the straight-a-way, towards the fourth drop, and I guess hoping gravity would keep it going till it got back to the station.
Which I guessed it did, as later on, you could see staff tearing the front of the train apart, trying to figure out what happened. I hope they did find out.
First time I ever saw this happen to Coaster. Truth! And I am very glad I wasn't on that train.
HAPPY BC DAY!
*Thankfully, the whole thing was over in less than an hour. The stuck riders got FastPass cards given to them for a future coaster ride, which was nice (Hopefully, they were all local). And the remaining would-be riders in the queue quietly dispersed.
A sunny hot day, today.
How the queue looked after I got there.
And then....this happened.
First (of many) engineers to walk the lift hill.
Followed by many ride ops in their blue Playland shirts.
And one by one...
....The riders were brought down, safely.
Here's a nice Big Shot for all to enjoy.
This woman was part of the Playland staff, and not a rider. She was helping out.
More blue shirts up the lift hill.
Last rider escorted down the lift hill.
New "Pardon Our Dust" signs. (o:
From The Wheel, I see they're still working on the train on the track.
They finally decided, to push it along the straight track, hoping gravity would then get it back to the station. It did.
New queue fence theming.
They're tearing apart the purple train, back there in the station.
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