Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri May 17, 2019 5:50 pm

I never realized how far Coaster's lap bars rested from your lap. Now I know why that thing has crazy airtime.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri May 17, 2019 6:52 pm

^ Yeah, it's pretty sweet with that lap bar NOT resting on your lap, LOL!
Every so often when I am boarding a train, I overhear someone suddenly say
"There's no seat belts?" or "It's not coming down all the way!", heh heh. Love it.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon May 20, 2019 1:33 pm

~ Victoria Day Weekend at The Park ~

The Commonwealth countries (like Canada) celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday, even though she was actually born in another month. It's a stat holiday, like the upcoming memorial Day is for the U.S.A. Many banks are closed, no snail mail delivery or garbage pickup. A lot of retail stores stay open, and have big sales. Just like Memorial Day in the U.S.A. :wink:

Saturday and Sunday were packed, which surprised even some of the rides ops. During this weekend, a big rodeo happens in the Fraser Valley, and has as well, it's own huge midway to enjoy. So a lot of us figured the crowds would be there, in Chilliwack. Not so. There was apparently enough crowd to go round, including Playland.

And for today - today it was overcast, light rain from time to time, and hardly any people at all at the park. Go figure. And once again.... yeah well, eventually the swings will be swinging with riders in the seats! And I got four rides on Coaster.

The first five photos were shot on Saturday (in the sunshine), and the rest were taken today with grey skies overhead...
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Sunny and almost cloudless on Saturday.
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Whee!
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Air Conditioner Grafitti.
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Today, it's overcast, but not pouring down on the yellow train.
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It's moving! But..... no riders. )o:
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The sign's finally up.
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Crazy Beach Party Butt!
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Hardly anyone down there.
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No mountain views today.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon May 20, 2019 1:41 pm

I did take a short video, of the Sea-to-Sky Swinger.....uh....swinging.
Rough around the edges, but it at least shows the thing in action....

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Evan-500 » Mon May 20, 2019 3:08 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:I did take a short video, of the Sea-to-Sky Swinger.....uh....swinging.
Rough around the edges, but it at least shows the thing in action....


Looks speedy and fun! Still confused how they had it open to the public for one day and now it’s back to testing?

Saw PNE tweet they closed earl today due to the weather.

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon May 20, 2019 5:10 pm

^ It wasn't open at noon, but they were running it during the hour or so I was there, w/o riders. And it certainly wasn't weather-related on Saturday, when it wasn't running. I think they're having technical hiccups for one reason or another. But the rain did pick up later on, after I'd been there.

And Playland did tweet, around 2pm I'm guessing...

Playland wrote:Due to inclement weather and associated ride closures, we will be closing at 4:00pm today. Playland will re-open on Saturday at 11:00am. Thank you for your understanding as we work to provide guests with fun and safe experiences.


Ah well. Eventually, everything will be up and running, including the Swinger.

Eventually. ;)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Evan-500 » Thu May 23, 2019 10:56 am

Summer Night concerts announced / entertainment lineup for the fair.

Saturday, August 17th: Blue Rodeo.
Sunday, August 18th: ZZ Top – 50th Anniversary Tour.
Tuesday, August 20th: 98 Degrees.
Wednesday, August 21st: Burton Cummings and Band.
Thursday, August 22nd: Vince Neil the Legendary Voice of Mötley Crüe.
Friday, August 23rd: Smokey Robinson.
August 24th: Now's the Time Tour — Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms.
Sunday, August 25th: STYX.
Tuesday, August 27th: UB40 – 40th Anniversary Tour.
Wednesday, August 28th: Colin James.
Thursday, August 29th: I Love the '90s featuring Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, Biz Markie, Rob Base.
Friday, August 30th: Hammer's House Party: MC Hammer with special guest Bobby Brown.
Saturday, August 31st: Billy Idol.
Sunday, September 1st: The Beach Boys.
Monday, September 2nd: TLC – 25th Anniversary.


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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu May 23, 2019 12:03 pm

^ Thanks for posting the list *. A few of the concerts were announced last night on tv news, too. As well, they finally said something on air about Corkscrew leaving, and that it would be "5-10 years" during which the expansion of Playland would start/continue, etc.

Also, besides the concerts, all exhibits and attractions for
this summer's PNE were announced, too. Here's where to find them....

https://www.pne.ca/exhibits-attractions/ :) https://www.pne.ca/fair/

*PNE Summer Concert tickets go on sale tomorrow (May 24th).
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FYI, for those who actually don't know... "PNE" stands for Pacific National Exhibition. (o:
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby SoCalJasonland » Thu May 23, 2019 7:43 pm

Does the expansion plan include any new rides or has that not been announced yet?
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu May 23, 2019 8:03 pm

^ No that probably won't be announced till (literally) several years from now. The Corkscrew is actually sitting on the actual "middle section" that will connect the upper current part of Playland, and newly created lower part. The old map below listed every possible new coaster available back then. Which makes it totally incredible, if they actually got every - one - of those coasters, LOL. Very doubtful. But then, who knows between now and then?

But for now, they're selling Corkscrew, and then going on from there. Again, the proposed map below is already outdated, as the Wave Swinger has changed into Sea-to-Sky Swinger, Crazy Beach Party is moved, with The Beast in it's place, etc.

To add to that, where Corkscrew was, they have on this map a "Driving Track" which I assumed was a driving school type attraction for children. But, it's known they did want to replace Corkscrew with another coaster, around that same spot.

So we all wait. And hope. And find out, eventually, in the coming years. :) In the meantime, here's one of the articles from 2016 that made the announcement of the expansion.
https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/pne-playland-redevelopment-vancouver-theme-park

In this thread, the whole announcement thing started on page 31. Near the bottom of the page.
https://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=45028&start=300
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North of that small double row of trees is the New (eventual) Expansion of Playland.
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