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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:14 pm

:( And now, from the "Dagnabit!" Dept....

"Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival Cancels 2019 Event"

The planned 2019 Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival, which was scheduled to run from February 1 to March 31, 2019 at Hastings Park, will not proceed as planned due to difficulties related to obtaining artisan work visas.

Art Show China Inc., the Canadian division of Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd, which is the group behind the outdoor festival that made its debut in Vancouver in late 2017, indicated they have already started the planning process for the festival to return to the PNE fairgrounds in 2020.

“While we are disappointed that the thousands of anticipated guests for the Festival will not be able to experience this world-class show in 2019, we are pleased that the Art Show China is beginning planning for the return of the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival in 2020,” says Pacific National Exhibition spokesperson Laura Ballance.

Oh well, now we know. Better to find out now, than way into January, I suppose. Sorry to read that they couldn't get their visas in order.

Man, now it'll be a long, long way until the next PNE-sponsored event, other than Playland re-opening in late Spring, etc.

Grrrrrrrrrr. :x
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:14 am

that's a shame, but at least they gave some advance warning.

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:17 pm

Another place to buy those holiday gifts, coming up...


Vancouver’s largest independent art, fashion & craft extravaganza is back for 5 days!! Mark your calendar for December 12-16, 2018 (Starts tomorrow!)

Over 180 of your favourite Makies (and some brand new ones, too!) are bringing their beautiful handmade goodies back to the PNE Forum for our fabulous holiday show! Stock up on accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items, and lots of other beautifully crafted goods.

Wednesday December 12 from 5pm – 9pm
Thursday, December 13 from 11am – 9pm
Friday, December 14 from 11am – 9pm
Saturday, December 15 from 10am – 6pm
Sunday, December 16 from 11am – 5pm

$8 at the door, kids 12 and under are free


But.........'Makies' ?
Same bldg.where the Model Train EXPO was, in November!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:41 pm

Here's to The Season, however you celebrate it....or not. :wink:
Not sure if (Playland's mascot) KC Bear's holding up the beard, or paws in the ears, lol.
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KC, reacting to everything I told him, about my Cedar Point trip with Bert/bert425. (o; (June, 2017)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:31 pm

Somehow, I missed this, as it's "only good till Dec.24th, midnight."

However, in the past, they've extended the savings into the New Year for a bit.

Anyway. Get'em while they're cheap (sort of). :) http://www.pne.ca
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:07 pm

=) Well, like I just said before....

An entire summer worth of fun – now available at the season’s lowest price!

The 2019 Playland Season Pass offers unlimited rides and epic fun for 80 park days next year – for just a little more than the cost of two visits!

Save up to $20 when you purchase before Midnight on January 21, 2019.

Woo Hoo! I turn 66 in 2019.
And do not have to pay at - all!
Woah - am I The Current Oldest
Guy to Ride Coaster? Hmmm...
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:05 pm

Here's a recent "Best of" List article, that Coaster got to be a part of...

"Playland roller coaster ranks 12th in world ranking by coaster fans"


We're Number 12! We're Number 12! :airtime: :airtimer:
The late Walker Leroy (right) and his wife Alegra came to Vancouver in 1998 to mark the 40th anniversary of the PNE’s roller coaster, which he built in 1958. He was 82 at the time, she was 78. Leroy sat on the outside because that’s where most of the movement occurs when you’re riding it – it was designed for women to be on the inside. Mark van Manen / VANCOUVER SUN
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This is a Liseberg Balder t-shirt I bought in 2006 after the TPR UK Tour (it was an add-on park),
which on the back of it, listed Coaster at #14 in the world. Balder, of course, was #1. (o;
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:32 pm

^ That is awesome, Bill!

Not sure if the wife was enjoying herself tremendously, but still cool to see nonetheless!

Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:00 pm

^ Well, if those two could ride it back then, in their late 70's+,
I should be able to get by, currently in my mid-60's+ LOL!

And the article had something in it I never knew before....

The current coaster is the third on the PNE grounds, prefaced by the Giant Dipper (1925–57) and the Little Dipper (1928–44). The rail cars for the Giant Dipper are still in use on the roller coaster at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, 50 km south of Seattle. The Puyallup coaster was built in 1935.

I checked RCDB.com and the information is there to be read. :smile:

(Except ACE plaque - RCDB files, all photos from Vancouver Archives)
Third paragraph also tells of it happening.
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Giant Dipper (1925-57)
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Giant Dipper AND original Water Chute in same shot. Playland then called "Happyland."
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1950's cheese shot (and talk about no waistbelts, harnesses...nothing!).
A true Date Ride...with the (Water) Shoot The Chutes turnaround bldg. in back.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:59 pm

From the "Something I just Found" Dept...

A proper overhead view of the full Pacific National Exhibition's (i.e. PNE) grounds.

Things to note:

All of PLAYLAND is on the right of the photo. 9 acres. (Eventually) to be doubled,
by including the top right hand corner parking lot. (I hope)

The treed area and pond in the middle was actually MORE PNE space several years ago.
Had an outdoor performance space with tiered seating; and three connected buildings
devoted to BC's History; Economy; Hobbies; and a GI-normous plywood map of BC
that was the centrepiece of the buildings/pavilions.
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The Challenger Map, 1954, BC Building, PNE.
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In gorgeous plywood-painted colour! (o; (BTW the red cable is the Canada-US Border)
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