Just a reminder to anybody, wondering when Gay Day at Playland (PNE)...
IT'S THIS SATURDAY!!!
This day includes a Drag Promenade showcasing local drag talent from Vancouver. This day is family centered, purchase a ticket through the Vancouver Pride Society website in order to have proceeds go to us and to support our free public events. Come participate in face painting, go on the rides, or enjoy a refreshment in the 19+ beer garden. Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 11:00AM - 6:00PM PNE Playland Vancouver BC
Hope to see a lot of all of you out there. Cheers for Queers!
(EDIT to add: Last year. they separated the Gay Day Area from Playland itself, so you didn't have to pay for a day ticket to the park, and just go see/do the Gay Day stuff. I have no idea what this year's will be, but last year's set up seemed to work well.)
(EDIT-EDIT to add: I have the Season's Pass to Playland, so getting in is a no prob for myself. I would just be paying the asked donation for entry into The Gay Area.)
Our amazing Bar Staff of the bar at Gay Day, last summer. They were awesome, and I hope some of them are there for us, again. (o:
So yesterday, Playland was supposed to go Pink Purple and Gay. But we had a rather big rainfall late that morning, and for locals, that means it's reeeeally tough to get them out to any event - even if it clears up and sun comes out...
Which did happen. But I showed up, did a round on Coaster, checked out any special events happening (nothing till mid-aft.), and that was about it.
Plus they finally started announcing "the end" of Crazy Beach Party. Which for a flat here, I guess was a Big Deal to Announce, lol.
So, something will arise and be waiting for us, next season.
(And here's what I took of the park, while there.)
So the first thing I see, heading to the main gate is this. A stuck flume "log." It got fixed and was running smoothly, later on.
Pride Flags out on the park's fence.
A booth with information about our upcoming Pride Week and Parade. Hi guys!
Coaster comes in.
Coaster goes out and up.
Floss is out in force. And those are AtmosFEAR drink thingies in front.
omg A Faerie! (where the kids' train ride goes around)
These two were at the bar, like they were last summer. Nice to see them again.
It looks like these trash cans are falling in love, and wanting to get married too! (o;
Another information tent. And that's all I took. Except...
^ Thanks for posting the article. <sighs> It has been so many, many years with all this rumor and speculation about "what's happening to Playland and the PNE." I just hope this new plan does go forward. Playland has been way too much of a "parking lot midway" all these years. Unfortunately for myself, if and when this whole thing is finished, I'll be near 80, if not older!
The Game of Thrones Exhibit at the PNE, will certainly bring fans through the turnstiles, considering it was a separate upcharge exhibit in Toronto, etc.
(EDIT To Add: The PNE will run from August 16 - September 01.)
~ The 2014 PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Visit ~
Here's my report on how my "one day only" visit went, to our annual fair and exhibition, The PNE. I got there very early (Aug.27), before the gates opened, so that I would have a good start at one of the main attractions at this year's fair. Game of Thrones, the series a lot of fans fave currently, had a touring exhibit (through North America, ending here at the PNE) of props, costumes, stills from the series...even an In Memoriam wall, which I thought was nice.
I got there right at the opening, did the tour of the exhibit, then continued out into the fair itself, checking out the food stalls, other exhibits, the farm animals, Playland, all of it.
However, I didn't ride anything while there. Our season pass does not cover the rides during the fair, and then it's an Up-the-upcharge for them, either as an all day pass, separate tickets, evening pass. And the waits for the regular park rides are usually 3-5 times as long to wait for them, than as walk-ons during Playland's own season. I wish the PNE would do that for us Playland pass holders. Give us a discount for the PNE ride pass, upon showing our season pass card. Possible? I hope so, eventually.
Here's the photos from my day there... (Actually over 9 hours spent there, which was a record for me!)
The major info pamphlet for the Fair.
Which included this main page for Game of Thrones Exhibit - this was free, included in the park admission!
Arriving at the main entrance to the PNE, corner of E.Hastings and Renfrew St.
Yep. Definitely here.
After buying the ticket, now in the entry queue. We're let in at 10:30; fair 'officially' opens at 11.
A reminder of where we are.
Where the Game of Thrones Exhibit resides. And the opening queue for it. Interesting PNE Trivia: This bldg. was originally called the Garden Auditorium, and we saw our first PINK FLOYD concert here in..... mid-1970's?
A POPular culture tv phenom, becomes POP culture itself.
Beautiful costumes, up close.
Quotes 'n Stills from the series.
Is that a d-d-d-dragon up there?
This is the "Fur Era" of the series, yes?
Theme Park map? No. Definitely not.
"Ascend the Wall" ~ Virtually!
The In Memoriam Wall. Who was YOUR favorite death? (o;
The Next Season Wall ~ No spoilers give out, I suspect.
Then, through the hastily assembled "Gift Shop"...and I'm out of it! (more pix to follow...)
Oh, right. Forgot "The Iron Throne" shot. (o; Enjoy.
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Here's some more photos taken, after my jog through the Game of Thrones Exhibit...
Our "Showcase." Meaning everything and anything you saw "As Seen on TV"...is probably here.
Looking towards an outdoors band shell (sort of) for day and night acts/shows/concerts at the fair.
What was sand castles last year - is.... uh...what are these, this year?
Oh. Of course! What else could they be!
They looked okay. Still, the yarn around the sheep looked creepy. But around the corner here...
True Eco-Art! And a harp!
Another one 'in flight' with a cello, I hope. Great display.
So now I went looking through the Fair Map... uh.....
Sop I went and found it.
Yarn Bombing. And I have concerns there is a convention for it, coming up. :P
This looked promising, the caterpillar did.
But the rest of it was just swatches and knits around tree trunks. Or hanging up, somehow. I was hoping for more animals, etc. But - the actual park is also usually un-crowded with all the craziness going on that is PNE, and it is a real oasis for peace of mind - and wallet, lol!
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