Park News - (7/19/18) The expansion of Playland will have to wait a little longer, as the local government has not had the opportunity to properly review the plans. Apparently now they wont have time to do so before the October election so a full review of the plans needed to get final approval wont happen until sometime in 2019. Follow the link to see some great concept artwork and new maps showing off how the park will be expanded and transformed to have themed lands as well.
Arrived before noon today, and got six rides in on Coaster. Then, strolling around the park, trying to find some interesting photos to take, etc. It was actually a pretty easy not-too-crowded kind of day. I mean, there was only two of us on Hellevator, and I was by myself on my side. Great view facing north, btw. And even AtmosFEAR had to wait a few times for "12 riders" (their minimum) to show up, for it to run a cycle. Such is a day here, some times.
Then, it was a popcorn refill, some more fudge, and my day was done!
Purple train, today.
Noted. But for $27 per pizza??? Nope. Not from my wallet.
....The rest of Hells Gate is over here.
Bit of cloudiness, today.
Can still see downtown.
Eatin' some tail....Beaver Tail.
Closed up. Maybe not re-opening until the PNE in mid-August.
Looks like "the kids" are behaving.
Yes, there is a fountain in Playland. It's theming!
Hidden in the corner of the park, by Corkscrew. Noted.
After being bandaged up, this is what I would/could see from First Aid.
And if I stuck around long enough...
Future Dark Ride. I hope.
After getting off at my bus stop, I remembered to take some photos of this.
Made by a friend of ours.
And Today's Fudge ~ Mint Oreo. I could smell the (probable) fake mint when I unwrapped it.
THIS JUST IN! Actually, a bit of history first....
In earlier years, there used to be a GAY DAY at Playland, usually in July, and on a Saturday, prior to the Pride Week held in Vancouver, culminating in the annual Pride Parade. This year it's Sunday August 5th, for the Parade.
But Gay Day at Playland fizzled out a couple of years ago. Nothing of it happened again.
Yes, we get those hot, hot OMG-HOT days here, too. Thankfully, not as bad as it's been in either Eastern Canada, Japan, and probably most of Europe and Eastern USA. But when it happens here, it's very intense, and as humid as other places now are. I do hope everybody is coping okay, in these intense weather systems we now find ourselves, in.
That said, I only got a couple of rides in on Coaster. Even standing in the shaded station, it was really in need of one of those mist-blowers they had back where the outdoor areas were. One IN the station would be really super nice, Playland take note?
But I also played my Ice Ball games, did a turn on the West Coast Wheel (most of today's shots are from it), and just before heading out, the usual dollar popcorn refill and some fudge. 100 grams worth of...
Purple train's in the "reverse curve", there.
Not overly crowded, today. Must be the heat.
Train's in the first ....uh......screw, there.
Right side of the tree.
Left side of the tree, with the tree.
Close up. I love these mountains, especially when there's snow on them.
Today, they decided to give the purple train a rest on Coaster, and brought out the yellow train, which hasn't been used much this season, so far. Definitely during the upcoming PNE itself it's used, but not much this time of year. Whatever the case, it was out, so the majority of my photos today is of 'it'.
Forgot to mention... I went through threeIceBall games, before a) It finally worked and/or b) It finally gave out tickets! It was so freeky how FAILed the first three reacted to my quarters, and playing. The games attendant and I laughed, when it happened the third time....and later after my fourth machine worked, and I'd left the Arcade,she found me and handed me a bunch of prize tickets for losing two dollars on two machines, etc! Very cool of her to do that. I didn't get her name, but want to commend her to Operations. So I'm heading back on Sunday, and hope to find her there and get her name, somehow.
Some kind of "game" out front of the Gate. Sponsored by CTV! Whee.
^ Thanks! And yeah, I'm pretty sure Coaster will last for another 60 years, if they keep taking good care of it, like they have in the past. And who knows? By the time you finally make it out here, they may have already begun the expansion and renovation plans (new rides and new coasters, see below) they're hoping to start by next year, pending city (finally) approval blah blah blah.
In this old proposed design, they put way more coasters in it, than I think they actually will. And the original, current Playland Park space, sits to the left of Coaster, there.
This morning, I was determined to get to the park as it opened, and then just marathon Coaster for an hour. Since I turned 65 back in March, I wanted to do this little "challenge", of riding Coaster as many times in the season, as my age. Simple, right? But, Coaster wasn't open until the end of June, so I had some catching up to do. And I don't go to Playland every day it's open, so I have to "bunch up" my rides as I've now been doing.
Today, I had the satisfaction of riding Coaster 10 times, bringing my season's total to 50 rides. Pretty good for my old body, lol. After an hour, and ten rides, I called it a day, and rode other rides in the park.
I did get a little surprise from the ride op of Gladiator, asking me..."Sir, could you ride in the Blue Section?" For a second I had no idea the three sets of ride vehicles actually were in colour groups! Red, blue and green. Things you learn every day, right?
Because I was there between 10 and 11, the games weren't open (they open at noon), and my What The Fudge shop wasn't open till noon, as well. But they did have a popcorn stand open at the front of the park, so I got my dollar refill, and headed home.
A morning coffee to get me going.
Opening Day crowd, 10 am.
Once again, it's the Yellow Train!
In front of me.
...And in back of me.
Taking the tunnel.
The Blue Section.
The Green Section.
And the Red Section of Gladiator.
Tilt-A-Whirl and Alien Abduction were both back open.....
...So I decided to try a ride on AA - my very first time on it - and my probable LAST time on it, lol.
No mountains seen from West Coast Wheel, today.
Starting to set up for the annual PNE fair.
Tented tables for Games and Gambling.
Looking towards Burnaby....
...and downtown Vancouver...
New buildings going up as fast as they can build them!
omg - What The Fudge is Closed!!! - until noon. (o; I was there between 10 and 11am.
Like I said, gambling tables are normal here during the PNE
One last look at Yellow Train, before heading out...
...but not before noting the First PNE Prize Home/Car/Cash stand open for ticket sales!
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