Jan 13

Behind the Scenes at Playland!

Playland has been in maintenance mode over the holiday break to be sure our rides are in tip top shape for the 2017 season! One of the largest projects over this period has been the winter maintenance of the Westcoast Wheel! Our tech team at Playland is absolutely amazing and has spent countless hours dismantling these rides and putting them into hibernation! Check out some of the photos below to see behind the scenes of Playland maintenance/ hibernation mode.

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Wave Swinger

The Wave Swinger has all the chairs and chains removed to bring it to its maintenance mode over the winter!

 

Westcoast Wheel

The Westcoast Wheel dismantled and put into hibernation mode!

 

The Westcoast Wheel enclosures are stored away in their very own tent with heaters to have them ready for the 2017 Playland Season!

The Westcoast Wheel enclosures are stored away in their very own tent with heaters to have them ready for the 2017 Playland Season!

 

Merry-Go-Round

The Merry-Go-Round characters are all stored away to prevent them from being cold over the winter!

 

Flume

All the carts from our Flume ride are stored out of the water to prevent hypothermia!

 

In addition to putting the park into maintenance mode, our tech team is currently prepping the site for the 3 new rides coming to Playland this spring! Here is where one of them will be set up!

New Ride Prep Area

One of the THREE NEW RIDES to Playland this year has had the area prepped and ready for its arrival!

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Mar 19

The Beast Rises

If you’ve driven down East Hastings Street over the past two weeks you should have noticed a daunting new addition to the Playland skyline. The dark black and green legs of our new ride, The Beast, have been erected, the menacing pendulum arm is attached and we’re now working through final design details and of course its operation.

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The Beast is the first of it’s kind in North America and is only at Playland. Deemed ‘Canada’s Most Extreme Pendulum Ride’, it is the tallest and largest pendulum ride in Canada reaching 125 feet at full swing and speeds of 90km/hr.

The Beast will be ready for you to experience, if you’re brave enough, on Playland opening day, Saturday, May 16, 2015. The new ride is included in a Playland PlayPass, which you can save on if you purchase ahead of time online or at participating retailers.

Check out the time lapse of The Beast being lifted into place (photos below).

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Jan 8

Ever wonder how we spend our ‘down time’?

It’s already busy behind the scenes here at Playland as we’re setting up for an epic 2015 season. We’ve been tirelessly working over the past few months on a lot changes for the park, with a lot of work still ahead, as opening day on May 16 quickly approaches. Here’s a glimpse into a few of  the larger projects currently underway.

After over 30 years in the same location, Music Express will be moving to a different spot within Playland and will have an unexpected old friend as a neighbour!

After over 30 years in the same location, Music Express will be moving to a different spot within Playland and will have an unexpected old friend as a neighbour!

We weren’t ready to part with the party, so we’ve played a game of musical rides, and found a new home within Playland for Crazy Beach Party.

We weren’t ready to part with the party, so we’ve played a game of musical rides, and found a new home within Playland for Crazy Beach Party.

Special delivery all the way from Germany. We'll be busy getting this installed on Crazy Beach Party once it's settled in its new home in Playland.

Special delivery all the way from Germany. We’ll be busy getting this installed on Crazy Beach Party once it’s settled in its new home in Playland.

The hole was dug, the concrete poured and now we're waiting for The Beast to arrive.

The hole was dug, the concrete poured and now we’re waiting for The Beast to arrive.

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