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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:36 pm

Evan-500 wrote:For shows we caught the Knights of Valour, Superdogs, Love of Drag, end of Duelling Pianos, and Electric Fire. Saw the glass blowers in action. Walked through the exhibits but they are quite lame this year.


Electric Fire sounds great! We will definitely check that out. And how about the other stuff
you saw? Anything else you'd recommend, besides EF? We've seen everything before, (including
drag and drag shows during Gay Days at Playland) except the glass blowers and Electric Fire.
But if it's still a good show(s), we'll easily see it/them again. :smile:
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Something from last year's Night Time Show.
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PNE Prize Home staff at last year's "Out At The Fair Day."
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Evan-500 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:33 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:
Evan-500 wrote:For shows we caught the Knights of Valour, Superdogs, Love of Drag, end of Duelling Pianos, and Electric Fire. Saw the glass blowers in action. Walked through the exhibits but they are quite lame this year.


Electric Fire sounds great! We will definitely check that out. And how about the other stuff
you saw? Anything else you'd recommend, besides EF? We've seen everything before, (including
drag and drag shows during Gay Days at Playland) except the glass blowers and Electric Fire.
But if it's still a good show(s), we'll easily see it/them again. :smile:


Superdogs was great this year. The drag show was short but fun, made me so happy to see such a mixed crowd enjoying it.

Otherwise, Revel District was a fun area to hangout in. Love me the pianos.

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:06 pm

"A Glass From The (PNE) Past!"

We finally moved a bunch of stemware glasses and such from a much needed shelf in a kitchen cupboard.

And in behind a lot of un-used glass....was this! A PNE wine glass that I got, when I took part in their (back then) Wine Tasting "attraction". :wink: You bought tickets to buy wine samples, and for a certain minimum amount spent, they threw in this glass, for FREE!

I have no idea how old this is, but nowadays, you can drink freely around the PNE grounds - except for Playland which is it's own booze zone, but has the Ride Side Bar in it, to drink as well as the main grounds. One just can't travel into the other's zone. Still a long long way forward, considering what they had to do, to have beer and liquor in The Fair.

And the glass is in good shape too! Not many, if any, scratches on it, no chips to note. Good for me! :smile:
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All dusted and cleaned up.
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This logo's been with the PNE for a long, long time.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:19 pm

"A Couple of Hours in Playland at The PNE"

Every year, as always, I find myself "on a budget" during the first week of The Fair. It's just the timing with my retirement income, coming in at the end of each month. That said, I can't go crazy buying stuff and eating/drinking stuff as well, during this first week of The Fair.

So today, I went and stayed in Playland, having a few Happy Hour beers, taking photos, eating my first "specialty corn dog", playing a Quarters Drop game in the Arcade.... and getting my dollar popcorn, and a soft drink. Easy! :smile:

And - Coaster was running! :airtime: :airtimer: I talked to the ride ops at the West Coast Wheel, and they told me, after the incident with the purple train on BC Day, things were fixed up. Then the Safety Inspector came in, took a look, and declared..."only one train running, during the entire Fair." Which means ultra HUGE queue lineups for Coaster, during the entire Fair. :sad:

I'm planning to be back on Thursday, but will spend time at the "front" of The Fair and see what happens.
In the mean time, here's the photos I took today...
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Doesn't look too busy here at the Playland PNE Entrance.
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What's this? What's this?
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Coaster is Running! (o:
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Sadly, The Beast is not.
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Destination arrived!
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I decided to get one of their specialty beers, just brewed for the PNE!
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The actual brewery name.
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With the PNE logo on it. It was a nice Mexican Lager. I had a couple more.
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THIS is what strollers were made for: PNE games prizes!
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Small winnings.
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One of the busier games.
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I would like to win this. But I probably won't.
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First specialty corn dog of the year.
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"Spicy with crispy jalepenos."
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In the cooker, there. My corn dog.
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Here it is!
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And - meh. Not spicy. And where the F were the crunchy jalapenos?
Not that great a "spicy" corn dog at all, in my Humble Opinion!
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Glass House needs a bit of cleaning, already.
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My tickets win for the day.
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Security huddle at the Ride Side Bar.
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Cool for them to add this.
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Future corn dogs. Only $4 each. Little, but good if I remember last year.
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The PNE Mob.
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The kids' train is running again, too.
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Final shot, before I left The Fair.
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On the way home from the bus stop.
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Neat!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Evan-500 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:24 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:"A Couple of Hours in Playland at The PNE"

Every year, as always, I find myself "on a budget" during the first week of The Fair. It's just the timing with my retirement income, coming in at the end of each month. That said, I can't go crazy buying stuff and eating/drinking stuff as well, during this first week of The Fair.

So today, I went and stayed in Playland, having a few Happy Hour beers, taking photos, eating my first "specialty corn dog", playing a Quarters Drop game in the Arcade.... and getting my dollar popcorn, and a soft drink. Easy! :smile:

And - Coaster was running! :airtime: :airtimer: I talked to the ride ops at the West Coast Wheel, and they told me, after the incident with the purple train on BC Day, things were fixed up. Then the Safety Inspector came in, took a look, and declared..."only one train running, during the entire Fair." Which means ultra HUGE queue lineups for Coaster, during the entire Fair. :sad:

I'm planning to be back on Thursday, but will spend time at the "front" of The Fair and see what happens.
In the mean time, here's the photos I took today...


Looked like a busy day! Free entry first two hours.

I forgot to mention I haven’t been to Playland for rides since we road Coaster for the TPR video. So rode Bug Whirled, which is new for me. Fun little ride for sure. Also got on the new swing ride, wow that goes fast!

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:24 pm

Looks like a fun Fair so far! Local craft draft is always welcome. Yay for trans-friendly bathrooms...sorry on behalf of the United States for being asshats about that. And WTF is that paint job. It's really impressive, sure, but on that car? I don't get it.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:38 pm

^^ I really enjoy Bug Whirled, every time I ride it. And especially seeing youngsters having a great time with their parents on it, too. It is a great "starter thrill coaster" for young children. Glad they got one of these. And that Swinger....<sighs>...the first time I rode it, opening day, I thought they were nuts, running it that fast! I couldn't believe the speed this thing went. Then it was closed down, and I 'heard" they were attempting to lower the speed on it, a bit. Apparently, after your riding it, they didn't LOL! I love the screams coming from it now. :wink:

^ Listen, I was surprised to see that on the sign! I never expected them to do it, but there it is. Good for The PNE! I can't wait to see how everything goes, at "Out At The Fair Day" on the 29th! And as far as the car goes.... yes, we're a very "cosmic people" here in Vancouver. :smile: You should see some of the other cars running around this town, lol!
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:43 pm

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Evan-500 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:31 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:^^ I really enjoy Bug Whirled, every time I ride it. And especially seeing youngsters having a great time with their parents on it, too. It is a great "starter thrill coaster" for young children. Glad they got one of these. And that Swinger....<sighs>...the first time I rode it, opening day, I thought they were nuts, running it that fast! I couldn't believe the speed this thing went. Then it was closed down, and I 'heard" they were attempting to lower the speed on it, a bit. Apparently, after your riding it, they didn't LOL! I love the screams coming from it now. :wink:

^ Listen, I was surprised to see that on the sign! I never expected them to do it, but there it is. Good for The PNE! I can't wait to see how everything goes, at "Out At The Fair Day" on the 29th! And as far as the car goes.... yes, we're a very "cosmic people" here in Vancouver. :smile: You should see some of the other cars running around this town, lol!


I do worry a bit about the swinger. When we were in line, as it came down to a stop there was a clear and sudden electric smell, like when you leave you e-brake on by accident and drive your car.

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:04 pm

^ I watched it and took several photos of it up close. But I didn't smell that smell you described. What you did remind me of, was several coasters and flat rides in "other countries" CHINA that had rubber tires on either the lift hill and/or the brake run into the station. Old ones obviously were in dire need of replacement, and we could smell a few of them, telling us to Get Off This Thing NOW!, etc.

But we couldn't, until we got back to the station. Horrible smells. :angry:

What I find a bit puzzling about Swinger, currently, is the way it slows down and comes down for a landing. Very odd, not swift or 'controlled'. It seems like an afterthought to the controls, lol. "Oh yeah, gotta land this too." Looks wierd to me. I always look at it when I'm there and take a few pics, so I'll check it again, etc.
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