Interesting trip report on a park that you don't see posted a lot...great job!
I went to CP gay days this year and was surprised at the large number of gay men and women that were there...I wasn't quite sure if there would be a big crowd representing the gay population at a Midwest theme park. No offense to anybody from the Mid-West, but we all know that folks tend to be a little more conservative than say...Massachusetts, California, or Florida.
Of course, you could expect to see some of the teens cackling and ogling after they walked by a couple of guys holding hands. Same could be said for some of the more conservative older folks, as far as staring. But overall, it was a great day and the park was not that crowded! The following day was even less crowded!
I may do this again next year! Fun times, a nice, safe comfort level...and low crowds/lines for coasters!
A most interesting bunch of parks to be a part of I must say, Miles. <grin>
And just to let you guys know...
Playland is open daily (1000-7/8pm wkdy/wknd) until August 15th. Then it becomes a part of our annual Pacific National Exhibition (PNE for short, lol) for two weeks until Labor Day weekend. And you'll have to pay fair admission AND a higher daypa$$ price for Playland during that time.
After the fair, Playland goes to a weekend schedule until the end of Sept. Then it gets ready for the 'Fright Nights In OctoBOOr', heh heh.
And as additonal info., the park is way less crowded weekdays than on Sat. or Sunday. As a Season Pass holder, it's true! It's true! <grin> I can also get your daypasses ahead of your arrival and meet you at the park, etc. PM me and let me know what works out for you if you do plan a visit, okay?
I thought I would spare posting a new thread for this. It's the same old, same old, in a different year. But we got sunshine this time 'round, woo hoo! Very nice to have, instead of the rain and drizzle.
So here's my day at Playland when it went PINK of sorts, and the gays and queers to be found - if you knew where to look for them (ha ha) amongst the "other people" in the park.
There were these great gals to make sure, those taking the bus to the park, didn't miss where they had to get off!
Main Entrance of Playland.
With the unknown (to me) radio station booth setup nearby.
And - we're inside the park!
Our friendly (but closed) Customer Services bldg. - in purple!
Our main eatery - White Spot - home of the Triple O's!
See? Even one of the awnings say so!
And you can frost your tastebuds too, here. Yum.
Main eating area where we can crui-...uh... enjoy the view of the crowds.
Over to our awesome amazing wooden COASTER.
The queue is already pretty long...
...But they only ran one train, until mid-afternoon. They then ran two, which was great for speeding up the line.
Here's the station with some purple trim on it. And they actually added the purple train as the second train for the afternoon. Awesome!
Now that's the way to wear a pink pig.
Now this - this is the total of the Capsule Machines in the park - and practically anywhere in Vancouver! Sad, when you think of the thousands and thousands of them all over Tokyo and Japan. <sighs>
The Candy Store's definitely got some pink and purple in there. Looks gay to me.
Yay! The ice cream booth has pink in it's main sign!
Doesn't matter if you're gay or not. HELL is....well, hell.
Oh yeah, this was above the entrance to the arcade and the capsule machines. Have no idea what it says. But - pretty colours!
Our Corkscrew. Nothing pink about it.
See? No pink. A lot of white and red there.
In front of it. Revelation. My only "revelation" was that for an up charge, it cost - too - much.
On our way to the SkyWheel, looking across the park.
There's what I am heading to, for relaxation and photos. In all it's rainbow colours, too. Gay!
One more shot of our lovely AtmosFEAR (a Star FLyer, natch), before Part 2 of the day is posted...
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Continuing on, the sun was so hot and nice, I am sure I was getting more tan on top of my Japan Tour Tan - on top of my Mexico Tour Tan.... well, it was nice NOT to lotion myself, heh heh.
And eventually, I found where everybody who's gay (or not but supportive) go to drink, watch drag queen performances, and generally cruise each other... The Celebration Tent!
By the way, FYI, this amusement park used to be called GAYLAND decades ago, before it was "officially" changed to Playland - At The PNE. Hmmm, wonder why the change....
See all that pink in our Star Flyer? So happy and gay.
There's even some PINK in this thing, if you look hard enough,.
BFF, on the same side of the SkyWheel's gondola. Ahhh...
So I get on it, and here's long shot of our lovely coaster, with the train just going down the first hill.
And for those who enjoy circles and stuff like that - the Scrambler. Behind it, one of the two new family rides in the park - non-Disney Teacups ride. And our merry-go-round is to the right of that.
And a Crazy Beach party we got, too. Also circular!
General overview shot. Not very PINK here.
What's this I see from the SkyWheel?
And then, some more is exposed.
And now, a lot more we can see of The Gay Area. Looks ready for everybody.
I am so excited about finding The Gay Area - I have to show off my new summer shoes! <smiles>
Another general shot of part of the park.
Here's what I really like about riding the SkyWheel - the view to the north of us!
This is Burnaby Mtn. to the right of the above shot. Not much PINK there, but lots and lots of lush, cool, GREEN forest area.
We call those two mtns. in the distance The Twins. They have Indian legends to them, too. Written by the late Emily Carr, along with other great city stories.
After riding the Wheel, and walking along, I see more flags there beyond the crowd!
But first, a look into the park's only souvenirs shop - The Goodz. And I see a bit of PINK there, too!
Only a little PINK & purple here and there, but it's a nice collection of stuff to buy (there's counter cases with a lot more stuff) for your theme park needz.
Our old Bumper Cars "building" is a sad little place
No PINK or purple to be found <sad>> And the attraction's not that great, either. IMhO
And the "log flume" ride. All blues and greens. And a lonely basketball net in front.
I find a (kind of) rainbow of unopened booths, all in a row. These will be used later in late August during our annual fair, The PNE. More rides will be brought in, too. And the day pass for rides will increase during the fair, naturally.
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And now - into the spot know as The Gay Area - mainly the drinking and show area in the park, exclusively for queers and their friends/supporters/curious/undecided, lol.
And THIS was a guest performer from Las Vegas! Sorry hon, forgot your name. But you were fa-bu, channeling Liza Minnelli. (And I think the one on the left is her handler.)
After that performance, I started to get ready to leave the park. But first checked out Playland's second family ride - Balloon Explorers. Nice little up-and=down with a great view of all around. And you could spin the car!
And this lovely twosome, gets you your Bar Tent Entry Sticker, for any donation to the Vancouver Price Society, which puts on our annual parade and Pride Week.
This is looking out of the main drinking tent.
And this was the awesome staff there in the Bar Tent, to help you quench your thirst, booze or non-
Here's a few friends I just saw, coming into the area. Of course, I took their photo!
And this was the tent just an hour after I had been here before - and it was empty, then!
Turned around - and OMG, it's Debby Harry and friends! Or when she's incognito....Peach.
Bar line up. And look! I see a few PINKS in there!
Just showing that I am indeed, in the building. GASP! My - First - Selfie!
But before I got outside to see for myself, um... shhhhh nobody knows s/he's a drag queen!
I think The Show is starting up. And this just looks wierd to me - all these gay guys looking through a chain link fence.
This is Symone, who hosted the show.
She was as good as one can be, when one lipsyncs well.
Good performance. And practically the whole Liza Songbook, LOL. (A few numbers only.)
Artsy-fartsy shot of the balloon ride.
Looking back - people shouldn't be in Glass Houses. Too dangerous, hee hee.
One last look before I go out the exit gates....
...To a much cheaper lunch! Franchises are just outside the park, and I do like my Burger King once in a while. And that's it! GayDay at Playland for 2013!
When you go in, you get wristbands from these lovely people, for better access to the area.
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I also managed to find, a couple of the posters they're now using to advertise the season at Playland. Not as cute and funny as the Barfing Stuffies' series back a few years, but still - pretty good. And then, there was the "extra poster" I found....
EDIT to add: And the tv ads are pretty intense on their own, LOL. But fun.
Here's one for the men...
And one for the women.....
And for those who have yet, to make up their mind... :P
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Am bumping this, because besides the Gay Day that happens once every July, some times there is interesting stuff going on at my home park, apart from that. That said, I found some new photos to share from the park - the best one for me, is their new Warning Signs located at Coaster, Hells Gate, and a couple of other thrill rides.
Very effective visually, I thought. See for yourself...
Artsy shot of the shadow of the SkyWheel I ride, every visit...
For a shot like this, just across our inlet/harbour.
And another shot the other way, overlooking Playland, itself.
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