Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:55 pm

First weekday the park was open, today. And the crowd was bigger than I expected. Definitely a few organizations had brought groups there for the day. And although I tried to ride Coaster more than once, the queue just kept building up before I even got off that first ride. And the wait in the current heat and humidity for a 2nd ride wasn't worth it, for myself.

So one ride on Coaster, one ride on Bug Whirled, and one ride on the Wheel.
No popcorn, Ice Ball games.....or fudge, today.

I'll be back on Sunday. ;)

P.S. "Playland Open Daily" means it's open only from 10 am to 3 pm Mon-Fri.
Weekends are still longer hours. Till July. http://www.pne.ca
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Now Open Daily. But....not that *^!&*@ Swinger!
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The Beast is back in action.
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For all you chain lift nerds.
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Ooooh, wonder what's happening here?
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omg The Ride Side Bar is open!
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Alas, not the bar itself, but just the seating area for a private event.
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Still ~ Not ~ Sold ~ Yet.
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Revelation is running again, too. Pardon my fuzzy focus.
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And....A bad selfie, taken on the Carousel. And Friday's visit is over.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:43 pm

And for this weekend time between park visit postings...

Here's the other selfie I tried to be....uh...creative with. :wink:
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Well, I tried. And there was crap on that mirror, too.
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Off of my PNE Gate Pass ticket. Which is good for the whole two week Fair. (o:
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:08 pm

Happy Dad's Day! ~ And testing, testing, testing...

Well, I am really convinced that Sundays are the days (for now) to get a number of good rides on Coaster, and not deal with crowds. Until 2 pm...ish. I was told that rock concerts happen around 2 pm on the PNE Concert Stage. And it gets real slammed around that time, I was told by ride ops. So with that in mind, I didn't stay past 1 pm or so.

But - the crowd was so light I got 7 rides on Coaster! And I could've gotten more, but having ridden practically every seat in the train (except the back one - won't go near that), I called it enough, for the day.

And The Swinger was testing, testing, testing, and more testing today! I spoke with the operator, and it seems they're having probs with slowing it down better, and lowering it faster, for unloading. I must admit, when I got that one ride in on Opening Day, it was ooooh soooo sloooow in getting us back to the ground. Freeky slow.

Anyway, Dads and Pops and Fathers everywhere, treating their kids
(and other family members) to a day at The Park. Good for them! :smile:
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At first I thought there were actual riders on it.
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But then I see... Lucky water dummies.
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Yellow going up.
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Yellow going down.
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It was really quiet and not that crowded while I was there.
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Meanwhile...
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AFTS: Artsy Fartsy Testing Shot. And my Sunday there is done!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:40 pm

A Windy Wednesday and.....It's Open and Swinging!!! =)

Got into the park just after 1 pm, knowing it closes at 3. Lots of groups and organization's youngsters running and running around. And the Coaster train appeared down when I got into the queue for it. Maintenance was looking all over it, the queue was growing, and I decided to check back later.

I turn around and OMG! Swinger is Open and running! With real people on it!!! :b :br So I got in line for the next ride, got a lot of photos taken, and then enjoyed a really fast (still) swings ride. But it definitely slowed down easier and lowered to the ground much faster, than my first ride on opening day.

So I rode it once, and got back to Coaster, and everything was running again. In fact, after my third time on it, the queue was down so much by then, it was easy for four or more rides after that. But I stopped at three and 'noted' this for other weekday visits.

Also, on my third ride on Coaster, I looked down towards the Corkscrew and noted banners across the fencing in front of it. So when I was about to leave the park, I headed over to Corkscrew and checked the banners out....

P.S. What wind there was from time to time, and there were a few strong gusts, caused them to stop running AtmosFEAR for the day. But all the other flats were open, except AF and Gladiator.
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Purple train's down for awhile. Will check back later.
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What's this? What's this???
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Actual Real Life PEOPLE on Swinger?
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Wheee!
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Running again.
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And still running!
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Not many games opened at this time, due to lack of players. So no Ice Ball for me today. )o:
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Nice lights.
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Ooooooo signage!
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"Making Way for Some Thing Exciting" ... But first, they gotta sell Corkscrew! (o;
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:41 pm

A Grey Cloudy Weekend...And Swinger Lights Up!

Yesterday was very busy, as usual. Lots of groups and school outings there. It was busy enough that I got only 1 single ride on Coaster. Which was fine. And the lighting package on Swinger was on, and looked great against the grey cloudy sky. Can't wait to see it run, when it's actually dark out. And I'll get to do that on the first Playland Nights (of 4) I'm attending, Friday July 5th. https://www.pne.ca/playland-nights/

Today was much better, although it started "dripping" from the clouds, just before I left the park. And I discovered a new Quarters Game, that definitely beat Ice Ball, when it came to giving out prize tickets! I was impressed. So I will probably split my quarters between Ice Ball and this one, from now on. :smile:
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Yesterday, it took me 40 minutes to get my one ride on Coaster.
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Oooooo.....
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Pretty.
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My fave "chariot" on Gladiator, still down for a few weeks, now.
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They've now built a sturdier, more permanent shelter for those White Spot "Triple O" Burger eaters.
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Today, behind that coaster.....hardly any queue at all!
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A reminder.
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AtmosFEAR's Event Tent is being used today.
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With burgers!
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There's a rainbow in her hair. Sort of.
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Hardly anyone here at all, today.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:20 pm

Hot, Hot, Hot ~ And Then Some, Today.

Quick hour at the park today. Very VERY warm for June, truth! Got one ride
(almost a 40 min.wait, again) on Coaster, with massive groups today,
and a very nice, cool ride on The Wheel. And played some quarters games.

And noted four flats down, this visit. Including The Beast and Beach Party...again.

And took five pix. :smile: Enjoy.
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Purple, purple.
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Busy, busy.
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What's this? What's this? (beside the Climbing Wall)
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The metal box is turning into A POPCORN SERVER BOX!
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The Twins.
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Extra Pic! I later went to my Belgian Fries and had an "okay" Garden Burger (=brown rice + corn/spices).
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:26 pm

Meet my new Quarter Games Best Friend...
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PLINKO! I spent just one dollar in quarters today, and got 80 Prize Tickets!
Way more than I get in three games of Ice Ball ($1 each game). (o:
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A nice quiet easy ride, until the thing went full tilt on the LOUD calliope music, in the midst of a busy Saturday.
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More photos to follow, after Monday's visit.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:50 pm

"And then there was the day I forgot my camera..." :oops:

Yeah, the above says it all about today. Idiot bear. So, here's the photos (what few there are) of my visit on Saturday. And for the record, today was literally half the crowd it was on Saturday. I got five rides on Coaster and could have stayed there through the (HOT HOT HOT) afternoon for more rides. But five was enough for me, for now. Another chance will come along, soon enough I am sure. :smile:

And I also forgot to get myself one of them Beaver Tails
(an oblong-shaped funnel cake) for today...because it was Canada Day of course! <sighs>

Happy 152nd Birthday, Canada!

(And I'll try to remember, NOT to forget The *(%GRR#@s Camera next visit.)
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This was Saturday. But today was literally a "walk in". (o;
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More permanent wood structures for the gp.
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Still running today, too.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:28 am

=)
Happy
243rd Birthday
U.S.A!
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A few shots, taken yesterday at the park.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:09 am

I'll post more later today, but here's a first look at how I did the Neon Party night, at Playland Nights, last night.
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The ONLY place where they had black lights!
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