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Playland
Playland Vancouver logo.svg
SloganCome and join the fun!
LocationVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates49°16′58″N 123°02′12″W / 49.2827°N 123.0366°W / 49.2827; -123.0366Coordinates: 49°16′58″N 123°02′12″W / 49.2827°N 123.0366°W / 49.2827; -123.0366
OwnerPacific National Exhibition
Opened1910
Operating seasonMay – October
Rides
Total31
Roller coasters4
Water rides1
Websitehttp://www.pne.ca/playland

Playland is an amusement park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located in Hastings Park and is the oldest amusement park in Canada.

The regular season lasts from May to the end of September every year. The park reopens for Fright Nights from mid October to the Halloween weekend. Playland usually adds a new ride every year and the park is always near capacity during the Fair. For the 2015 season, the park added Canada's most extreme pendulum ride, The Beast.

At the end of August, Playland and its renting partner Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) collectively host an annual fair for the local residents of Metro Vancouver. Talent shows, Animal Races, Demolition Derbies, Monster Trucks and many foods/snacks are a few of the many interesting events found at the fair. During this time, rides are brought in from West Coast Amusements nearly doubling the number of rides.

The 1999 Canadian teen-drama film Rollercoaster, was shot at the park. The opening scenes of the horror film Final Destination 3 were also shot at the park, utilizing the Corkscrew roller coaster, seen in the film as "Devil's Flight". Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was filmed at Playland (Vancouver) for the boardwalk scene, where the Corkscrew roller coaster and Revelation ('Cranium Shaker' in the movie) rotating arm ride were shown along with many smaller rides. The Nickelodeon original movie Splitting Adam was also filmed at Playland's water park.[1]

Contents

  • 1 Attractions at Playland
    • 1.1 Roller coasters
    • 1.2 Extreme rides
    • 1.3 Rides at P.N.E. only (provided by Westcoast Amusements)
    • 1.4 Past amusement rides
    • 1.5 Family Attractions
    • 1.6 Other attractions
    • 1.7 Obsolete attractions
    • 1.8 Midway Games
  • 2 Annual events
    • 2.1 Fright Nights
    • 2.2 Haunted Houses
  • 3 Gallery
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Rides at P.N.E. only (provided by Westcoast Amusements)

Note that the lineup of rides may vary every year.

Family Attractions

These rides are located at a section of the park called Kids Playce at Playland. All rides there have a height restriction of (90 cm/36") with the exception of Balloon Explorers, which has a minimum height of 42 inches. The maximum height is 150 cm (60 in) unless otherwise noted.

  • Balloon Explorers − Eight hot air balloons that go 42 feet in the air and move in a circular motion.
  • Dizzy Drop − Kids rotating drop tower.
  • The Flutterbye− Zamperla Magic Bikes.
  • Cap'n KC - Boats on a small shallow circular water channel.
  • Choppers - Motorcycles moving in a circular motion.
  • Cool Cruzers − Dune buggy ride.
  • Honeybee Express – A miniature train ride. Minimum height: 36 inches
  • Merry-Go-Round – Classic carousel ride. No 150 cm (60 in) limit.
  • Scrambler - Three armed rotating ride with three cars on each arm giving the feeling of collision.
  • Super Slide – A three lane slide. No 150 cm (60 in) limit.
  • Teacups − Classic Teacup ride.

Other attractions

  • Command Headquarters (CHQ) – Video Game Arcade. (Verified As Of Dec 5, 2009)
  • Bonanza Shooting Gallery- Old west themed shooting gallery.
  • Climbing Wall – A 10 m (35 ft) tall climbing wall with three climbing stations, two for beginners and one for experts. This attraction is free during the regular operating season, but there is an additional cost to go on it during the annual fair. The climbing wall ranges from a 5.6 to a 5.10a in difficulty according to the Yosemite Decimal System.
  • Glass House – A maze constructed of transparent walls.
  • Haunted Mansion – A walk thru haunted house. There is an additional charge for this attraction.
  • Pacific Adventure Golf – An 18-hole miniature golf course.

Obsolete attractions

  • Nintendo Power Zone – A place to go play the latest video games for Nintendo and PlayStation.
  • The Maze – A maze built of covered chain link fencing. Was located approximately where the Revelation is now.

Midway Games

  • Arcade
  • Big Bang
  • BlockBuster
  • Bombs Away
  • Crossbow
  • Derby Downs
  • High Striker
  • Jump Shot
  • One Ball
  • Play Quarters
  • Play to Win
  • Pop-A-Lot
  • Pop Gun
  • Ring Toss
  • Rising Waters
  • Roll-A-Ball
  • Skatter Ball
  • Tuff Guys
  • Whac-A-Mole

Fright Nights

From the middle of October until the Halloween weekend, Playland is home to the Fright Nights Halloween event. During this time, haunted houses are brought in and setup in Playland and employed monsters are roaming the park scaring patrons. All of the parks amusement rides are in operation with the exception of the children's attractions.

Since the beginning of the event in 2003, the haunted houses have been owned and managed by ScreamWorks Inc., a Calgary-based company. In 2009, the PNE and Playland begun managing the Fright Nights event, including the haunted houses.

A 2010 episode of the TV show Psych entitled "In Plain Fright" was filmed at Playland during Fright Nights at Playland.

Haunted Houses

  • Asylum
  • Car-N-Evil
  • Darkness
  • Fear
  • Hollywood Horrors
  • Keepers Doll Factory

Gallery

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Coaster (Playland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Corkscrew (Playland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kettle Creek Mine (Playland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Star Flyer opens in Vancouver". Park World Magazine. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Projects". Ride Entertainment Group. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ "Wild Mouse (Playland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Playland". 102.7 The PEAK - Vancouver's New Rock. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ Wild Mouse roller coaster


External links

  • Playland Website
  • Playland at the Roller Coaster DataBase
   

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