Not only was Playland starting it's daily schedule today, but Surprise! COASTER was OPEN and RUNNING!
And I ran into TPR member, Stefan/VGplay, from ClevelandOH (and of the TPR 2011 Japan Tour!), who "took a chance" on Coaster being open, having just returned from an Alaskan Cruise with his folks. They were leaving the next day, so he thought "why not" and took the chance...Winner Winner!
And after his and my visit, I helped him get to my fave poutine spot, Belgian Fries, which he had already found on the net, and wanted to try some good poutine. I hope he enjoyed what he ordered.
While waiting for the bus to get to the park. And I have no idea what BIA stands for.
First thing I saw: AtmosFEAR is stopped, just hanging there, not moving. Oh dear I thought, those poor riders. But - whatever they needed to do, it was done, and everybody got back safely to earth, lol. And it was still running alright when I left, so I guess that 'hiccup' was taken care of quickly. Good for them!
Yay - Open Daily!
omgomgomg - what's this? No "Wooden Coaster" on the sign any more?
Yes, yes yes!
I ended up riding it four times, which is a lot for one visit for me. (o;
Pre-PNE set up for Win A House! Win A Car! tickets' sales.
Grey skies and overcast, but the screams are the same.
Hmmm. These "future face painting booths"....
...appear to have refrigerator units there, now. Maybe for the PlaylandNIGHTS+19 perhaps? Multi-purpose!
Still not reassembled or running, yet. "Help" indeed.
Great photos once again of PNE Playland. I really need to travel out there sometime to visit Playland and ride the classic Roller Coaster. It looks like an amazing wooden roller coaster! Also, the ride collection they have there looks phenomenal for the size of the park. By the way, BIA stands for Business Improvement Area.
^ Thanks. It's really a rectangle of a park, with not a lot to photograph in it. But, I do try my best, lol. I visited it today, in it's first week of daily openings. Temp around 1pm was.....27' C = 80.6' F ! Very very hot for us, here. And the Arcade was the only real shade in the place. Still, I got three rides on Coaster, played my usual rounds of Ice/Skee Ball, bought some fudge. Which was almost melted by the time I got home on the bus. I reshaped it, and put it in the fridge = good as new, lol. And good, too!
It was a fine, though really hot, day.
And now that Coaster is running daily....
...I guess that's it for these three flats. Too bad. I wanted one ride on Alien Abduction, at least.
The Chairs are back! Eventually, they'll end up in another part of the PNE grounds, during the annual Fair.
The slightly-melted, re-shaped and re-fridgerated....fudge! Pralines and Cream. It was delish. (o:
Have a birthday? Want to work here? Part of a group? They got FLYERS & INFO. for you! At Customer Services, right there as you enter the park. And the Playland Map, too. (o;
A very quiet HAPPY CANADA DAY! at the park earlier. I couldn't believe how small the crowd was, there. Maybe because the holiday is on a Sunday this year, so people are going away for the whole weekend, plus Monday? I don't know. But I only rode Coaster twice, because we had to keep waiting for people to show up, to fill the train! Their standard "minimum" is 12 people out of a max 16. Still, for the second ride, we waited literally ten minutes for anybody to show up. That's when I decided I'd had enough, and we headed home.
Before the park, we hit the annual Canada Day Picnic, outside the community centre where David does his lapidary work with his rock and gem club, there. Good sized crowd today, and lots of stuff for the kids to do and play with. And eat and drink. An excellent Canada Day, indeed!
(Pardon for the so-few amount of photos in this post. It was sunny, no real crowds, why bother taking pix?)
On the grounds beside the East Hastings Community Centre.
The Rock & Gem Club booth - giving away free rocks to the kids.
Two bounce houses! We were impressed. There was hot dogs for sale, too.
Nearby, the neat kids' "water fountain" was going.
The little red pole at the back is where you turn on the waterworks.
There has to be some kind of musical soundtrack to all of this! (o;
At the park: David and me on the West Coast Wheel. Note the lack of crowds, below us.
A fuzzy Wheee!
A dumb shot.
Got the dollar refill popcorn; David got some mini donuts; and today's Fudge is..... London Fog. wtf? Haven't eaten it yet, but it smells like lemon and poppy seeds. Stay tuned....
I also picked up my first Ice/Skee Ball prize of the season. Sparkly Snake! I was born in The Year of The Snake, so it only seemed right to get one, lol.
We had a real heavy rainfall/downpour a couple of days ago, but that all cleared up, the sun's come out, and it's been a pretty great week so far, weather wise. So today, was my day at Playland, taking several turns on Coaster, and enjoying a rather non-crowded afternoon. Not many groups were there, so the masses of colour co-ordinated t-shirts was nowhere to be seen.
I also ran into a TPR touring friend of mine, David. He was with friends also enjoying the day there.
Same two flats, still down for maintenance.
One train running.
And it's the purple one!
All adults on the water gun game. Always a Winner!
View from the Wheel.
David and friend on AtmosFEAR.
Up they go.
Round and round, higher and higher. I feel dizzy.
Some shade in the park!
...Right by the Kettle Creek Mine coaster.
Now who doesn't love fudge?
This piece I got is called: "What Do You Bean?" Truth!
Friday The 13th ~ Sunny day, light crowds...and a Car Crash!
I spent a couple of hours at the park today. Really hot and sunny, so shade was needed, as was water. But the crowd was so light, I could just meander around, sit in some shade, use the water fountains, enjoy the park and it's noises.
And then - after 5 rides on Coaster, and buying popcorn and fudge to take with me, I headed home on the bus. Got off at my stop, and found police everywhere in the intersection, and two cars having had a Big Collision.
And this crash happened just 20 minutes before I got to my stop! Timing, huh?
Hmmm. Crowds must be down during the week.
Bunny Hop #1
We Have A BIG Winner!
Well, the disc is attached, now. Getting there.
Looks like a big picnic is going to happen down below.
After getting the popcorn and fudge, I headed home on the bus....
...to this. The intersection of East Hastings St. and Victoria Dr.
What got hit.
What hit it. I didn't see the drivers (or any occupants) around, so I hoped everybody was okay.
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