SPRING IS IN THE AIR, SO IS THE SMELL OF MINI DONUTS
PLAYLAND RETURNS TO HASTINGS PARK ON WEEKENDS FOR THE SUMMER
Gates open to the public at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 5th
Vancouver, BC – With the return of Vancouver’s most thrilling rides, the sweet smell of mini donuts, and a summer’s worth of fun for the whole family, Playland Amusement Park gates open to the public at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 5th for the 2018 season, marking the unofficial start to summer in the Lower Mainland.
With over thirty-five rides, including one of the world’s fastest, the Revelation, the heart-stopping Hellevator, or The Beast’s fantastic five g-forces of fun, thrilling rides all back and all attendees are sure to have an electrifying experience.
Family attractions such as the glass house and BC’s largest midway will also be open all summer long! Triple-O’s, What the Fudge, and Cheese Please will return to provide tasty snacks to guests, while FunDunkers Donut Stand and Beaver tails also return to satisfy everyone’s sweetest cravings.
KING OF THE MIDWAY TURNS 60!
2018 marks the 60th birthday of arguably Canada’s most famous historic ride – the iconic Playland Wooden Coaster.
Since 1958, thrill seekers from across British Columbia, Canada and around the globe have made the pilgrimage to pay homage to one of the greatest amusement rides ever constructed, the Playland Wooden Coaster.
There is no doubt, the world’s amusement park industry has had several legendary rides during its iconic, and often storied, history – rides that are held in special esteem and looked upon with fond memories or special reverence. The Cyclone at Coney Island, the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens, and Cedar Points’ Millennium Force are some of the most famous, but few roller coasters have achieved the legendary status among true aficionados that the classic Playland Wooden Roller Coaster has.
An old world, all-time classic, the Playland Coaster has a gritty ambience and rough and tumble exterior. Hobbyists’ and fans who’ve braved the Coaster are familiar with the dramatic and unsuspected jerk of motion as the sixteen-passenger train is locked into position on the uptake chain at the base of the first hill. The clicking sound that follows is as universally known by Coaster fans as the stomach-churning first hill plunge and the camel-hop drops that are as signature to the ride as the picture of its iconic, skeletal frame set against the Vancouver skyline.
Through good times and bad, the Playland Wooden Coaster has weathered the storm and is still around to thrill a new generation of coaster enthusiasts that flock to its base.
PlayPasses are currently available online and will give families and thrill seekers unlimited access to over 35 rides, attractions, and games including Pacific Adventure Golf which is now included free with admission.
Opening Date: May 5th, 2018
Location: Playland at the PNE, 2901 East Hastings Street Vancouver
For more information, including ticket prices and hours of operation throughout the summer, please visit: www.pne.ca.
About the PNE:
Owned by the City of Vancouver, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a healthy and vibrant non-profit organization dedicated to providing over 3 million visitors a year with first-class cultural, sporting and family entertainment events. Founded in 1910, the PNE operates from a 114-acre site at Hastings Park, a multi-facility venue in Vancouver where the organization operates four activity streams: an annual 15-day Fair, Playland Amusement Park, maintenance and care of the Hastings Park site and management of the site’s year-round facilities. These facilities are utilized to celebrate a variety of hockey, amateur sporting, music, community, social, cultural and commercial events throughout the year.
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