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Re: Playland (at the PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon May 26, 2014 6:29 pm

Sharktums wrote:I'm glad I finally made it out to this park. The hype I had heard about Coaster was totally justified, loved that ride!


Great, Elissa! Glad you finally got to ride it! It was a fun morning there, with all the filming.
And I found out this past weekend, the ride ops were really happy to FINALLY meet you and Robb,
after I'd been going on year after year about you and the TPR Tours. Awesome!

And now, with all the great TPR coverage of our "Final Destination 3" Corkscrew <sighs>,
even though there were approx.only a few actual shots of the coaster, and the rest was all effects....

We may never ever get rid of this old rusty Vekoma, thanks to TPR! :lmao:
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Re: Playland (at the PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Tue May 27, 2014 10:00 pm

SharkTums wrote:The hype I had heard about Coaster was totally justified, loved that ride!

I approve of this evaluation.
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Re: Playland (at the PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:27 pm

I was at the park last weekend, to experience the "Cheese Please"
grilled sandwich stall. Report to follow...

But for now - a nod to Tim Burton and NBC....

"What's this? What's this?
I can't believe my eyes.
It's brown and green.
In every shape and size...." :shockr:

= new plantings around our AtmosFEAR recently done.
Which "could" be the start of a re-landscaping plan,
that will continue on through the seasons...cool!

Honestly it doesn't look like much, to the average
bigger theme park attendee - but this is a real semi-
permanent change to their "let's look like we're
ready to pull up stakes" etc. attitude. And that's great!
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They're pretty thin and skimpy. But I expect they'll fill out in time.
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Near the Exit of the ride.
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______________ - All in a row. There's a rhyme in there, some where...
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And some low greenery too. Good going Playland! More more MORE! (o:
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Re: Playland (at the PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:44 pm

So ^ Like I said, heh heh...Last weekend, I was back at the park, and checking out
this new little eating stall they had, called Cheese Please, which made grilled
cheese sandwiches (duh). The basic one and 'specialties'. And of course, NO CRUSTS
for the younger park goers. :wink:

I ordered the more elaborate "GCBLT" which had pulled beef, lettuce & tomato,
processed cheese, and flash fried pickles in it. I stuck with the standard
white bread for it, although they do ofter a multi-grain bread as well. And an
expensive bottle of water, lol.

The sandwich was good, well cooked, easy to handle, and great with just a dip
of ketchup on it from bite to bite. I barely tasted the pickles, so now I am
curious as to what that's all about, and will order them as a side, next time.
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Nerd Shot #! of our Hellevator.
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Nerd Shot #2 of some of the "inner workings" of Hellevator.
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On the Skywheel, with a nice view of the distant mountains.
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A shot of the red train, speeding down Coaster's first hill.
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Now in behind those three primary coloured umbrellas (red, blue, and yellow) is a grilled cheese stall!
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AtmosFEAR in full 'swing', heh heh.
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Looking towards where that grilled cheese shop is...
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You can't really miss it, with the park being so small, and that 'design' on the stall itself.
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All nice and cheesed up!
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The menu. I had the GCBLT.
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As I got it, with a small amt.of ketchup, and a bottle of water. Total = $11 Cdn
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Showing the inside of this cheesy creation. Lots of beef in there.
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...And it was good! Although I felt there could have been more of those pickles in it for more taste.
But I will order them as a side, next time I order from Cheese Please.
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View from where I was enjoying my sandwich.
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Random Playland themeing.
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And a few more swings of Crazy Beach Party, and it'll be gone after this season!
To be replaced next season by an XXL, I believe.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:30 pm

So - back to the park for one more visit, before I took off
on the TPR Scandi Tour, starting (for me) Wednesday.

I went back to CHEESE PLEASE, had their basic grilled cheese sandwich,
only with multi-grain bread, and BC Cheddar, instead of the processed cheese.

I also ordered an Add On (side) of the Flash Fried Pickles...

The sandwich was great; the pickles were a let down. There was hardly
any flavour of the actual pickles, and even the coating they were fried in,
was nothing special to rave about.

So - the sandwiches so far, are great from this stall. And the pickles are better
left IN the sandwich itself, LOL! :wink:

The OTHER THING I found out, mainly from ride operators and staff at the park was
No More Playland Gift Shop!

:cry:

I was shocked, surprised and sad that their Gift Shop was no more. And then realized
I had several(now) :"collectibles" in t-shirts and 'stuff' from the two spots the shop used to be.

So if any of you guys out there own a souvenir from Playland, it
might be worth something...in a few hundred years or so LOLOL!

Everybody have a great summer!
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Not-so-basic GC with multi grain bread, and good tasty BC Cheddar Cheese instead of processed.
And the pickles...
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Not much to see inside, except cheese, heh. And<sighs> the pickles. I won't be ordering them
as an Add On any time soon. But IN a sandwich, definitely!
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The Gifts Shop's first location, facing you as you entered the park gates.
It was a great place to showcase all the Playland swag.
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Now - it's the Guest Services stop. Same stuff on top of it, though
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The second spot, as part of the Hellevator ride. A very small tiny walk in. They basically tried to use it like a very base "gift shop after the attraction" kind of thing? Those exiting Hellevator had to go through the shop. Didn't last long. People kept hopping an exit fence, etc.
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Some of what was inside, all crammed into half the space it used to occupy.
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And this is what the poor little space looks like, now. RIP Playland Gift Shop.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:21 pm

Hmm--they're getting mighty close to Monte Cristo Sandwich territory there. Seems like a logical next move.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:40 pm

^ The funny thing was, the first sandwich I ordered from there,
(GCBLT) was one of the specialties, and I had the feeling that it had been
a very very long time, one of those GCs had been ordered, lol.
And "one cook" was I guess, totally bored with making the same old, plain
old GCs. Until my order came in....

So I got a wonderful sandwich STUFFED with beef and everything!
This "plain" grilled cheese was just as good, but not as stuffed, heh.

But I want to try the other specialty GCs they're offering up. And
who knows, Chuck? A Monte Cristo may not be too far behind. :wink:
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Evan-500 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:35 am

Aww, I'm glad our little park is finally sprucing things up a bit. Last time I went and did one of those survey's all I really said was, PLEASE PAINT, PLEASE SPRUCE IT UP!

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:53 am

After just returning home from the TPR Scandi Tour, I decided what better way to get back to my fave home coaster, than with a visit on our country's national holiday, Canada Day! I visited Playland for a few hours on July 1, and found the park not to be as crowded as I thought it might be. Just like Mother's Day! <smile> So getting rides on Coaster was basically a walk-on, and I got three rides on it before exploring the park, to see how the rest of the park was Celebrating The Red (& White) of our flag's colour(s)....
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Good start. Entrance lettering in my fave colour, and the flag's colour, red. (o:
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And immediately upon entering, I see that the park's got a good block (there are more around the park, too) of solid red...giggles...fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo.
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Crazy Beach Party has a flash of red here and there on it's support columns.
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Hellevator is like a single striped piece of candy - still no gift shop there, though. <sniffs at the loss>
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Red lights' section of the SkyWheel.
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The new bumper cars cover has some red "flames" on it, but more yellow on it, still.
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Yay - CorkScrew is red and white all over.
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No red seen here, from the SkyWheel car. Just glorious scenery to enjoy.
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"Arrrrrr. I's more of a BLACK 'n RED kinda guy, y'see matey?"
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Actually, I would comment, it's more of a Black and Blue thing with The Pirate ride.
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Nope. Not even close. Cover of the Music Express ride.
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Awwwww. Interesting location and how it's displayed. And allll that landscaping there! :P
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One red side - one blue side.
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And one lonely red panel on Music Express.
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Red and white umbrellas always look nice and festive to me.
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My "Revelation" was that this could be easily be replaced by a slightly smaller, no-up charge booster ride, like in Power park in Finland. Playland take note!
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Woo hoo! Not much business on this guy's arcade game, but he flies our flag in a great spot. Go Canada!
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Bye Bye Baywatch - and Crazy Beach Party after this year. Something new to debut next season in this spot. Stay tuned...
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My 'usual' snack at the park - a large White Spot fries, with a nice basic vanilla milkshake. And Red Ketchup!!!
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And our flag flies proudly (out of a cluster of GIANT Mini-Donuts!), in the landscaped entry area of Coaster.
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And while heading back to my car, I spotted this couple with the right idea, watching a baseball game unfold.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:18 pm

Happy Birthday USA! USA!...

And this is the best I could come up with on short notice...
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Here's to the good old RED - WHITE....
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...and BLUE! Woo hoo USA! (Best Wishes from your Little Bro up above you.)
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