May 15

The Beast is Waiting For You…

Yesterday we played host to many of the local media who were invited to capture the fist images of our new thrill ride, The Beast. Plus, we needed a few more test rides before we were ready to open it to the public, so who better to put on the ride!

Check out images from the event below, and footage from the inside facing seats on YouTube. The Beast will be ready for you to ride this weekend during our Opening ‘Long’ Weekend Celebration.  We’ll be open, and The Beast will be ready to terrorize you, this Saturday through Monday from 10am until 6pm.

Save on Playland PlayPasses online or at Lower Mainland 7-Eleven, Safeway, Save-on-Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods and Cooper’s stores.

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The Beast 

As wild and dark as its name depicts, The Beast will have you screaming with terror from before you even get strapped in. The Beast is the first of its kind to North America, and Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride. With one menacing pendulum arm, you will be swung 120° in either direction facing either inside the ride or out (another first in North America), reaching heights of over 125 feet (that’s nearly 12 storeys), all while flying 90 km/hr in a seat that spins you 360°. Sounds as scary as it is, trust us!

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.


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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Oct 25

Face Your Fears at Fright Nights

Halloween is just around the corner and with so many themed attractions and events to take in throughout the city, it can be hard to decide what one to go to.  Well, we’ll make it easy for you, choose Fright Nights at Playland if you’re wanting a truly terrifying experience. You may think that we’re biased, so don’t take our word, let’s see what some of the city’s top bloggers have to say.

Hello Vancity

‘Inside the Haunted Mansion, my favourite house, an impressively agile zombie girl, nearly made me swallow my own heart when she scuttled out like a crab from a behind rocking chair, and popped out to scare us- it both was terrifying and hilarious! “Why are you laaaaughing?” she screeched, chasing us into the next bedroom.’ See More

 604 Now

‘To get an idea of which Haunted House is the scariest, we waited outside the exit of each house and asked a random 10 people exiting each Haunted House to rate their experience on a scare scale of 1-10. 1 being it made you yawn, and 10 being they nearly pee’d themselves at one point. We averaged the ratings for a final score…’ See More

She’s a Valley Mom

‘This was my first time taking a spin on the ATMOSFEAR — a breathtaking experience that offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the entire city, or on the flip side, a height defying, dizzy blur that leaves you begging for solid ground! Note to self: do not eat a greasy burger before being elevated 218ft up in the sky while spinning 360° at 70km/hr.’ See More

Vancouver Mom

‘The staff costumes and make-up are some of the most amazing I have seen in person to date. They are super scary and incredibly awe-inspiring, so you want to get close but you are still too scared to get really close. They really are incredible, even taking on their characters to really bring them to life. For example, there was one cast member who is dressed up as a demonic little girl. She will wail for people to play with her and it is spine tingling!’ See More


Fright Nights at Playland is open select days until November 2.  Tickets can sell out, so secure the date you want to go before it’s too late.

Fright Nights is not recommended for those aged 12 & under, Seniors 65+, people with high blood pressure or pregnant women. Passes to Fright Nights provided unlimited access to 6 Haunted Houses, 12 rides and 2 Monsters of Schlock sideshows.

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