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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:57 am

^ Yeah, probably. :P

Deal with it.
Last edited by Nrthwnd on Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:41 am.

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:59 am

Repeat. Tra lah. :Pr

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:50 am

Nrthwnd wrote:^ Yeah, probably. :P

Deal with it.


LOL. . you don't remember the drunk guy at Hotel Breakers whom you were trying to comfort over his break up?

and he yelled this out when you were telling him your life experiences?


:P

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:29 pm

Well we have official word on what happened.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/gear-box-failure-means-vancouver-amusement-park-ride-won-t-be-open-in-time-for-start-of-pne-1.4553252

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:11 pm

^^ Well now that you mentioned it.... :wink:

^ So that explains what happened to The Beast. But still nothing about Coaster, which is still closed as of today.

I visited Playland one more time earlier, and it - was - MOBBED. It looked like every kids' organization in the city, decided Playland's last day before the PNE was The Day to go. And although it was totally overcast, the humidity level was up, and it felt uncomfortable just walking around. So I took a spin on The Wheel, one ride on Gladiator, and checked out one of the cheap fun houses they bring to The Fair.

And that was enough, for now. I'm coming back tomorrow and check the whole PNE out. :)
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Queue set up for buying ride tickets and passes.
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Mardi Gras mirror/glass house.
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Whatever this is now, the entry sign still said "Toon Town".
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1000 Nachts.
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People could hardly find the entrance queue to The West Coast Wheel, so nobody was riding it.
(It's to the left of these games. That narrow opening between them and cotton candy, was the exit ramp.)
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Starting tomorrow. Noted. (o:
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:27 pm

Opening Day of The PNE!

I got to the Fairgrounds just after noon, and ended up staying there for only a few hours. It stayed overcast all afternoon, but that didn't stop the crowds from showing up. Which is good for The PNE, right?

I did my usual circular route, checking on what was there, what was where, and so on. Had a beer, and then left for the day. I will be back several times, tasting corn dogs, maybe seeing Super Dogs again (it's been a few years), eat some ribs, buy some popcorn, take more photos. Have some more beer. Now that I know when "Happy Hour" is at the bar tents. :wink:

Here's what I took pix of today...
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I was a bit surprised there was no WELCOME! message on the electric board, there.
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Marketplace is still where it is, as usual.
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The new exhibit in the Garden Auditorium. Will check on that, another visit.
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The Aurora Winter Festival is coming to the PNE grounds! Much later.
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Believe it, these are packs of playing cards! Not phone cases, as I first thought.
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Where to find what.
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One of several pairs of ATMs on the fairgrounds.
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I always smile when I see this sign. The food? Not so great, IMhO.
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Here they are....
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...Freakk Fries!
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Noted.
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Not sure how this exhibit will interest me, since I do not have a cell phone of any kind. Later.
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What's playing at the Coliseum this year?
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Super Magician and Super Dogs.
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Behold! Butterbeer Soft Serve and Corn Dogs. A perfect pairing.
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BC Transit put together a big exhibit on the future of....well, transit!
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Inside the tent itself.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:34 pm

More photos taken...
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Ah, the smells of the country.
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Old bus used as a rolling museum.
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Last year's Celebration Plaza is now Revel District.
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Two rib spots to enjoy.
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And Henry's BBQ Chicken moves in beside Unroutine Poutine.
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In Playland, this was cute for the kids to enjoy.
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Several of these around the fairgrounds, thanks PNE!
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A very long row of food trucks and stalls.
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Misty Mtn. is now up where Henry's BBQ used to be - but they aren't serving ribs! Only pork loin. <sad>
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The PNE Prize Home. Win it! Or a car!
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Something to see when it's near closing time.
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The all-important Proof-of-Age wristband. And my Stella Artois.
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Opening Day Information Flyer.
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One side is the fairgrounds map.
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The other side, schedule of the day. It's pretty efficient to carry around.
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NOTED. I will return there later in the afternoon, on my next visits. (o:
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And the flower pot heads just passed by. Thus, ends my first visit to the PNE!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:33 pm

Ooh. Just got home from a full day at the PNE. My feet ache.

Did the rides today, Log Flume went down so there went another major ride...

For shows we caught the Knights of Valour, Superdogs, Love of Drag, end of Duelling Pianos, and Electric Fire. Saw the glass blowers in action. Walked through the exhibits but they are quite lame this year.

I tried the Butterbeer soft serve but it’s just butterscotch ice cream.

The one photo I took:

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Superdogs


Sorry we missed you Nrthwnd!

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:46 pm

^ That's okay, us not connecting. I just couldn't put as much time in, for one day, as you guys did. Having the two week pass makes it so much easier, to just show up, take in an exhibit etc. eat and/or drink and then see a show, maybe. Or not. I do not envy those, who like you and especially families, have/had one day to "see/eat/ride it all," heh.

I suspected that's all the Butterbeer soft serve was - just butterscotch ice cream and not much more. I did find where the specialty corn dogs were, so I may chuck my Corn Dog Challenge and eat those specialty ones instead. Going through all the areas where the food trucks and stalls were, I suspect most (if not all) of those corn dogs I've had last year, won't be that much different this year. :wink:

And what did you think of Electric Fire, which ended the evening?
I won't be seeing it until I'm with David on the 29th.

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:55 am

Nrthwnd wrote:^ That's okay, us not connecting. I just couldn't put as much time in, for one day, as you guys did. Having the two week pass makes it so much easier, to just show up, take in an exhibit etc. eat and/or drink and then see a show, maybe. Or not. I do not envy those, who like you and especially families, have/had one day to "see/eat/ride it all," heh.

I suspected that's all the Butterbeer soft serve was - just butterscotch ice cream and not much more. I did find where the specialty corn dogs were, so I may chuck my Corn Dog Challenge and eat those specialty ones instead. Going through all the areas where the food trucks and stalls were, I suspect most (if not all) of those corn dogs I've had last year, won't be that much different this year. :wink:

And what did you think of Electric Fire, which ended the evening?
I won't be seeing it until I'm with David on the 29th.


I mean, my partner and I may go again on another weekend in the evening maybe. Take some time to see things we missed.

Electric Fire was great! Really glad they brought back a show like that. They haven’t had a night dance/pyro show since they moved the concerts to the amphitheatre. Great soundtrack, dancers worked hard, cool costumes, and fun effects!
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