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“Fright Night Much Better Than Expected!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Playland

Playland
Ranked #94 of 347 things to do in Vancouver
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Owner description: Playland is part of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) fairgrounds in Vancouver and is BC’s most famous amusement park. Playland features exhilarating rides and attractions for all ages, exciting midway games, mini-golf, a climbing wall, haunted mansion and a variety of delicious food. Playland offers over 35 rides and attractions, including four exciting roller coasters. One of the most loved and talked about attractions at Playland is the historic Wooden Roller Coaster. This spectacular coaster has been operating at the park since 1958 and is cited as a “Coaster Classic” by the American Coaster Enthusiasts organization, which is an honour shared by only 22 other wooden coasters in the world. For the more adventurous visitors, Playland offers 15 extreme rides and attractions including the extreme swing ride Atmosfear, which takes you up 218 feet while spinning 70km/hour and The Beast, cited as Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride. For those looking to experience a bit of thrill with the entire family, Playland features 17 family and kids rides including three new family rides for 2016, a spinning coaster, Bug Whirled, a peddle operated ride, Flutterbye and a tower, Dizzy Drop. For those hoping to capture amazing views of Vancouver, the Westcoast Wheel ferris wheel will provide just that! Of course, a visit to Playland is not complete without a ride on the historic Wooden Roller Coaster. Unique to Playland is Kids Playce, an area designated for parents and families with children between the ages of 2-10. Kids Playce provides the perfect setting for families looking to spend some time together in a clean, safe and kid-friendly environment. Bring your friends and family out to Playland for a full day of fun! Playland is open from May 6 to September 17.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“Fright Night Much Better Than Expected!”
Reviewed 23 October 2011

My family of 4 enjoyed fright night at Playland very much! I would recommend getting there at 6pm to avoid the line-ups. The first two hours were exceptional then as the lines got longer it got a little tiring. They could use a few more women's washrooms for sure! What a great job they did decorating and organizing this event! Worth the money! We all loved the fire show but the other entertainer was not great! I would have rather took advantage of the rides instead of watching the entertainer stick nails up his nose! Not my type of show to watch. All the park entertainers stuck to character and did a great job!

Visited October 2011
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Calgary, Canada
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“Not bad, not great - definitely not Disneyland”
Reviewed 8 September 2011

My kids and I dropped in to Playland for PNE, and it was OK. Got their early and beat the crowds so the kids got to ride all the big attractions at least once before the lines got pretty long. I'd say it's worth a visit if you really like amusement parks, but it's nothing special. One thing that was really annoying was the lack of shade on a 30 degree day with the sun beating down on us. I think this is a permanent park that has been there for years so it could easily have a lot more trees scattered about. We went during PNE so also caught Superdogs (definitely a kid thing, and a chance for me to take a snooze), and I'm not sure but I think there were other attractions that might not be there if it wasn't PNE - but can't be sure.

Visited August 2011
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Langley, Canada
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“Fun day”
Reviewed 19 August 2011

Playland was fun with my niece and nephews. The old wooden rollercoaster is great but the rest of the park doesn't really hold up to most other parks in the world.

Visited August 2011
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Prince George, Canada
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“Fun day”
Reviewed 15 August 2011

Our young children had a great time. The games are a little pricey, but the amount of rides for small children made up for that.

Visited August 2011
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Langley
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“A fun-filled day of riding”
Reviewed 13 June 2011

Our family went to Playland at the PNE on the weekend. It was a fun-filled day of riding. We live in the suburbs of Vancouver and usually go once or twice a season. The park opened at 10 am. We lined up at the black entrance gate behind the booths which is where you should go if you have already purchased your tickets. We purchased our discounted tickets online and then printed them. You can purchase tickets at the booths at the entrance or discounted tickets at select stores. Once through the gate, a staff member gave us a hand stamp which allowed us to enter and exit the park at will. Like most amusement parks, it’s good to ride the more popular rides when it first opens to avoid possible lineups later on in the day. We noted that there were lineups at the wooden rollercoaster, the crazy beach party, the music express ride and the flume, on the day we went. Riders do get wet on the flume and we will probably bring extra footwear next time (perhaps flip-flops or aqua-socks). We wanted to keep our runners dry, so opted out. Although we had good weather, inclement weather can cause rides and even the entire park to close early. We found the park to be clean and the staff members we spoke to were decent and kindly assisted us. We were disappointed to see people smoking in the park instead of in the designated smoking area, especially when they chose to walk through the kids play area. We did not see staff confront these patrons regarding this issue, but wish they would have. The parking was close to the park ($10) at Hastings and Windermere, so we opted out of getting a locker for our cooler and chose to go back to our vehicle for lunch. We were impressed with the size of the lockers though. We eyed them and felt the small locker was approximately 12” W x 14” H x 36” D ($7) and the large locker was approximately 12” W x 20” H x 36” D ($10). In addition, there is a $5 deposit for the key which is refunded when it is returned. This way you can go in and out of the locker as you wish. We saw them at the main entrance wall and beside the Wave Swinger ride. Some of us decided to play mini golf; however, this is not included in the price of your ticket. It was $5.00 + tax per person over 48” tall and $4.20 + tax per person under 48” tall with a Playland ticket. The price without a Playland ticket was $8.30 + tax per person over 48” tall and $4.20 + tax per person under 48” tall. We paid $11.20 for 2 people over 48” with passes. The midway games also have additional charges. We enjoyed 12 mini donuts ($3.75) for a treat and noted that they offered a “100-shaped” drink cup for $10.25 which is refillable all day long. (Previously purchased Hellevator drink cups are refillable for $5.50.) Water bottles were $3.50, as were the drinks in the vending machines scattered throughout the park. Although we brought our own food this time, we made note of the food prices for next time, especially if we send our teenagers off with a group of their friends for a day this summer. (There are courtesy phones inside and outside of the main gate and at the first aid station, if needed.) Food options ranged from $4 to $10.75. The drinks ranged from $3.00 to $5.00. There was a kids’ meal for $8.50. The park closed at 6 pm on the day we went, but it does vary, so checking the website for the closing hours (3pm/6pm/7pm/8pm) would be good. As locals, we know where everything is located, but the map they offer at guest services could prove beneficial for some. Overall, we enjoyed our day trip to Playland.

Visited May 2011
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