|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, exciting midway games, mini-golf, a climbing
wall, arcade and a variety of delicious food.
over 35 rides and attractions, including three 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, there is the Corkscrew roller coaster which
takes thrill-seekers upside down with a double helix inversion and
the extreme swing ride ATMOSFEAR, which takes you up 218 feet in
the air while spinning 70km/hour. For those wanting a slower pace,
there’s a variety of rides including the Westcoast Wheel, a ferris
wheel that gives you views of the entire city.
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. In 2013, two new rides were added
to Kids Playce: Teacups and Balloon Explorers.
friends and family out to Playland for a full day of fun!
National Exhibition (PNE) fairgrounds was established in 1910 to
showcase British Columbia. The PNE operates on a 114-acre site at
the City of Vancouver-owned Hastings Park and consists of Playland,
the annual 15-day Fair at the PNE, and Fright Nights at Playland.
The PNE also includes year-round rental facilities for concerts,
conventions, trade shows and sporting events with the Pacific Coliseum
the largest venue within Hastings Park. The Pacific Coliseum was
proud to be the official venue for Short Track Speed Skating and
Figure Skating during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is currently
home to the WHL’s Vancouver Giants hockey team.
No single location
in Vancouver captures the spirit and history of this city, its people
and its many achievements as the Pacific National Exhibition. For
over 100 years, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits,
sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities
and, of course, the annual Fair at the PNE. It’s fun for the entire
open from May to September - check their website for days and times.
2901 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V5K 5J1
AT PLAYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK
Playland offers rides to match the most extreme thrill-seeker to
the slightly queasy stomach fairgoer. Are you looking for an experience
you can share with the whole family? Jump on one of our two newest
family rides, Teacups and Balloon Explorers. If it's games you seek,
Playland's midway games will keep your brain and hand/eye coordination
busy. Interested in an adrenaline rush? Check out ATMOSFEAR, the
historic Wooden Roller Coaster, Revelation or the Haunted Mansion.
Need a break from all the excitement? Grab a tasty treat from any
of the different food venues at Playland. At Playland, there’s literally
something for everyone!
Sitting in a double swing, you’ll be raised 218ft up to the sky
while spinning 360° at 70km/hr. This is a breathtaking experience
that offers you 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!
Get ready to rattle and hum with this ride's flashy lights and loud
music. The ride concept is simple - 16 cars spin around one large
rotating disk but don't be fooled - this crazy ride, with its insane
lateral forces and multi-directional variable speed can really boogie!
You'll flip over this coaster! The Corkscrew roller coaster at Playland
is one of the most popular rides in the nine-acre park. This high
velocity thrill ride, designed for a wide range of ages, features
a thrilling double helix inversion. In operation at Playland since
1994, the Corkscrew scream machine twists and turns around its track,
providing a great spectacle for the crowds watching below!
Hang on to your coconuts - the Crazy Beach Party is definitely going
to throw you for a spin! Also known as the Frisbee, this exciting
ride is usually found in some of the larger theme parks of the world.
The thrilling action of the Crazy Beach Party will send riders spinning
rapidly on a huge disc while swinging back and forth like a pendulum
to a height of 90 degrees!
Get ready for the flight of your life! The 100-foot free fall of
the Drop Zone will definitely get your adrenaline pumping. Riders
wear specially designed flight suits that connect to cables suspended
from two steel archway towers. Fliers are lifted to the top of the
towers and are in charge of pulling their own rip cord, hurling
themselves into an unforgettable free fall. Fly solo, in a pair,
or a threesome - you'll definitely be flying high on the Drop Zone!
Additional charge for this ride (not included in PlayPass)
Very popular in both amusement parks and carnivals, the Enterprise
has entertained guests at Playland since 1984. Twenty cars are attached
on the end of a large wheel which in turn is supported by a giant
arm. Once the wheel is in full rotation, the arm begins to lift
creating a "taking off" experience and before you know it you are
completely upside down. Don't panic - gravity saves you from falling
on your head!
Catch the wave on the Flume water ride! This wet and wild ride takes
its passengers on a relaxing, scenic log ride until riders are plummeted
down a 40-foot drop, soaking both riders and onlookers alike with
a monstrous splash! Prepare to get WET!
For a true adventurer only! This colourful family thrill ride features
three arms with twelve rapidly spinning air boats that raise and
lower into a twirling frenzy of unstoppable giggles while you travel
through your very own swamp.
The hair-raising ride of the Hellevator is a must for thrill-seekers
looking to experience 4.5 G's of total fun! Riders are secured in
seats, surrounding a 202-foot vertical tower, where the seat cart
shoots upward at speeds up to 80 km/h and then free falls back towards
the ground, providing an added free-falling force of negative 1
G on the way down. Hold on tight ‘cause this feeling will almost
knock you out of this world!
Hell's Gate is like no other attraction and the ride sensation can
only be described as superlative. Thanks to modern technology riders
have the opportunity to experience vertical circular movements while
swinging around the same trajectory. Riders also experience the
swing of a pendulum and the thrills of looping around 360 degrees
- all within a very small space! If these elements weren't enough,
riders and spectators are teased with the possibility of becoming
victims of the water fountains that are synchronized throughout
the entire experience!
Do you wanna go faster? The many bright colours, loud music and
impressive speed of the Music Express make this attraction a guest
favourite at Playland. The ride motion gives you the feeling of
almost being thrown out your seat but the two restraint systems
of the ride keep you safely inside! The next time you ride the Music
Express, try sitting toward the outside of your seat for an added
This gut-twisting rocking motion of the Pirate Ship has allowed
it to remain one of Playland's most popular mid-way attractions
since 1984. The Pirate Ship takes you on a rocking journey into
a stormy sea. The pendulum like motion of the ride provides Buccaneers
a feeling of complete weightlessness as the boat hangs at the height
of the swing prior to changing direction. You'll definitely need
to find your "land legs" after this ride!
The Revelation is one of the fastest and most exhilarating extreme
rides in the world! Designed like a giant airplane propeller, the
Revelation holds two to four riders comfortably in the cockpit seats
at each end of its 160-foot arm. Riders take off quickly spinning
up to 100 kph and experience the same intense "G" forces as fighter
pilots! The combination of the rotation, tremendous height, high
speed and the rush of wind will definitely reveal the intensity
of the ride. Not for the faint of heart, the Revelation is for the
ultimate thrill-seeker! Additional charge for this ride (not included
Rock out, drive hard, and hold on! Rock-N-Cars is BRAND NEW to Playland.
This new attraction allows riders to pick the bumper car of their
dreams, whether it be a Formula 1 themed race car or a speedy sports
car. With the music blaring, the adrenaline rushing and your car
ready to go, you’ll be off, bumping into your family and friends
from every angle! This new attraction is now safe for even littler
riders, so the whole family can strap in and have fun together!
Each bumper car is protected by a rubber bumper which creates a
bouncing experience on impact. On this highway no one gets hurt
and everyone has a rockin’ good time!
Imported from Germany with its hand painted scenery, the Wave Swinger
has been spinning away at Playland for many years. A total of 48
seats sit suspended from the umbrella like top and swing outward
while the ride gathers speeds up to 30 mph. There's no better way
to cool down or dry off on a hot summer day than a fun ride on the
Designed for riders of all ages, this ferris wheel offers spectacular
views of the mountains, city and surrounding areas.
Built board by board in 1958, the Wooden Roller Coaster is Playland's
most historic and spectacular attraction. Reaching speeds of 45
mph on the steepest drop, the many twists, turns and hops of the
Wooden Roller Coaster keep you on the edge of your seat until the
last hair-raising turn into the station!
PLAYCE AT PLAYLAND!
Kids Playce at Playland is a special zone filled with soft-play
areas and rides for children aged 2 to 10 years, providing the perfect
setting for families looking to spend some activity time in a clean,
safe and kid-friendly environment! Special grass picnic areas are
perfectly suited for families looking to have a picnic right in
Playland! Check out some of the fun rides!
One of our newest additions to Kids Playce, this hot air balloon
ride is safe for you and your little ones. Rise high up into the
sky and explore the park around you as you soar higher then lower
while slowly turning 360°. Adults welcome.
Ahoy matey! Little ones can join Cap'n KC Bear on the open waters
in their own sailboat. Look for parrots and palm trees along the
way, while keeping your eyes open for buried treasure!
Calling all young thrill-seekers to give Choppers a whirl! Rev those
engines and grab onto the handlebars as you fly through the air
on your own chopper motorcycle!
The Cool Cruzers are a favourite ride for youngsters because it
provides an opportunity for young drivers to experience the "real"
thrill of steering and driving an automobile. Bright and shiny punch
buggies and cool jeeps chase each other around the track.
Come explore as the train winds its way through an enchanted forest
and other natural west coast wonders, and if you're lucky, catch
a glimpse of KC, Playland's beloved mascot. All Aboard! Adults welcome.
Take a ride with KC through the forest along a track, avoiding obstacles
and obeying signs until you come to a halt at the end of the ride.
Jump on board the runaway mine train! Adults and children alike
can experience the thrills and excitement of a mine car adventure
through a rough and rugged terrain. Hang on to your hats - this
kid's coaster is sure to take you on a fantastic journey!
The Merry-Go-Round will always be one of the most popular attractions
at any amusement park and it's no exception at Playland! Get swept
away on a musical experience as the platform of the Merry-Go-Round
turns slowly, gently moving the beautifully decorated horses up
and down while the carousel music plays softly in the background.
Challenge your strength and endurance on Raiders: climb the cargo
ladder, manoeuvre through the rubber ropes, cross the swaying metal
bridges, then descend the giant slide and start all over again!
The Scrambler is an all-time favourite of guests at Playland. The
Scrambler propels riders around in an orbit-like pattern on one
of its three arms, giving the impression to the rider that he/she
is narrowly escaping a collision with passing riders on each orbit.
Not for the faint of heart as you will definitely feel "scrambled"
after this ride! Adults welcome.
Come grab your mat and take a trip down the super fun, super slide.
Ready, Set, Slide! Adults welcome.
One of our newest additions to Kids Playce, this is the ride that
you remember from childhood! The entire family can get in one teacup
and take a spin together on this classic amusement park ride. Adults
CHQ (Command Headquarters) has moved into the Playland arcade buildings
and is providing the latest in games available from around the world.
Many titles you won’t see anywhere else so come check out what’s
inside! This is virtually a contained Fun Center in the middle of
the park with games to entertain the whole family. Additional charge
for this attraction (not included in PlayPass)
Get ready for some 3 on 3 action at Playland’s basketball court!
Take a break from the rides with your friends and make some new
friends. Basketballs are available at Guest Services.
An amusement park classic, the Bonanza waits for the sharpshooter
in all of us. Try your skill at shooting all of the 30+ targets
inside this old west shooting gallery. Whether you challenge a friend
or just practice shooting a few yourself, Bonanza will definitely
keep you entertained! Additional charge for this attraction (not
included in PlayPass)
For those of you that always wanted to climb Mount Everest, our
Climbing Wall is certainly the place to begin. Standing a full 35
feet in height, the wall has three climbing stations, two for beginners
and one for the expert. New climbers can easily scale the climbing
surface outfitted with multiple handholds closely spaced together,
while more experienced climbers will be challenged with fewer handholds
strategically placed on uneven climbing surfaces. When the climber
reaches the top of the wall, or becomes tired and wants to come
down, an automated Belay system gently lowers the climber as if
the climber is repelling down a mountainside. The climbing wall
provides a unique challenge for all ages.
The Glass House is a fun-filled attraction for both adults and children.
Come test your skills at finding your way out of a winding maze
of glass. Adults beware: you may need your child's assistance!
There is a new family in town. This Haunted Mansion, mastered by
the deviously brilliant Dr. Luther Van Horn, has been transformed
from a once lovely Manor into a house of horror. Experience the
sounds of terror that travel through all crevasses of this oversized
Mansion. Encounter the destructive descendants of the Van Horn family
who stalk the halls of the large Manor waiting ... for you. You
have been cordially invited. Additional charge for this ride (not
included in PlayPass) Additional charge for this attraction (not
included in PlayPass)
Enjoy the tranquil surroundings as you putt your way through the
many challenging obstacles at Pacific Adventure Golf. It’s great
entertainment for the entire family! Additional charge for this
ride (not included in PlayPass)
Ahoy mates! Themed like an old pirate ship, the Pirate Adventure
will be sure to bring smiles to the faces of younger guests. This
exciting, colourful, multi-level, soft-play attraction is designed
for children under 60" who will have the opportunity to explore
a 20' x 32' pirate ship while playing in their favourite places
before sliding down a plank! Come hunt for treasures on the Pirate
Ride photos are the perfect souvenir of your day at Playland. What
will your expression be as you take the plunge down the Wooden Roller
Coaster’s daunting hill or as you plummet down the 40 foot drop
at the Flume? And parents, don’t forget your child’s first memory
of the Kettle Creek Mine Coaster! Visit each of our three ride photo
booths to see our new exciting products including an e-mail option.
Tattoos for Now provides the service of airbrush temporary tattoos.
You can choose from 300 trendy, fun designs as well as seven colors.
These paints are applied via airbrush guns creating a realistic
effect that dries instantly. The end result is a realistic looking,
temporary tattoo that is non-smearing, water resistant and lasts
three to five days.
offered for almost every body part including arm bands, belly button
designs, ankle designs etc. Themes include kanji characters, fairies,
sports, tribal, zodiac signs, animals, kids designs and much more.
There is something for everybody!
This is affordable
as well as fun with prices ranging from $3.00 $12.00 for medium
size tattoos, while dragons and other large tattoos are $13.00-$20.00.
Once you choose
a design, the tattoo is airbrushed on in a matter of minutes. You
will love how it looks! Come and see us while you're at Playland,
we're located right beside the swings!!
Playland has a variety of exciting skill-testing games suitable
for the entire family! From the fast and furious pinball style game
of Derby Downs to the popular Water Racer, the Playland midway is
pure excitement and fun!
Headquarters) has moved into the Playland arcade buildings and is
providing the latest in games available from around the world. Many
titles you won’t see anywhere else so come check out what’s inside!
This is virtually a contained Fun Center in the middle of the park
with games to entertain the whole family.
Playland also caters to groups, offering the following services:
Passport to Thrills
School Year End Parties
Playland offers the following services:
Rental Lockers are available at the main entrance of Playland for
a nominal fee
Automatic Teller Machine (ATMs) are located next to Guest Services
at the main entrance of Playland and at Pizza Pizza
Stroller and Wheelchair Rentals are available at Guest Services
Restrooms with baby change tables
Restrooms with handicap access
Public telephones located both inside and outside the main gates
Lost Children Service
Lost & Found Service
Guest with Disabilities Services
2901 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V5K 5J1