Park is part of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) fairgrounds
in Vancouver. This seasonal amusement park has a collection of amusement
rides and attractions, mini-golf, midway games and variety of food
over 35 rides and attractions on nine acres, including three exciting
roller coasters. One of the most loved and talked about attractions
at Playland is the historic wooden roller coaster. This spectacular
woodie has been operating at the park since 1958. For more thrills,
visitors can try the Corkscrew upside down roller coaster, the Hellevator,
or even their new ride, ATMOSFEAR, which takes you up 218 feet while
spinning 70km/hour in a swing. For romantics, or those wanting a
slower pace, thereís the Westcoast Wheel, a Ferris Wheel that gives
you views of the entire city.
National Exhibition fairground (PNE) was established in 1910
to showcase British Columbia. PNE operates on a 114-acre site at
the City of Vancouver-owned Hastings Park and consists of Playland
Amusement Park, its annual 17-day Fair, Fright Nights, a Halloween
event that takes place at Playland, The Coliseum which plays home
to the WHLís Vancouver Giants, and year-round rental facilities
for concerts, conventions, trade shows, and sporting events.
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
the past 95 years, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits,
sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities
and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Fun for the entire
open from April to September - check their website for days and
2901 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V5K 5J1
AT PLAYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK
Come one come all to Playland at the PNE for a variety of fun-filled
activities for the entire family. Playland offers rides to match
the most extreme thrillseeker to the slightly queasy stomach fairgoer.
If it's games you seek, Playland's midway games section will keep
your brain and hand/eye coordination busy. Interested in an adrenaline
rush? Check out the climbing wall, mini golf course, glass maze
or the Demons of the Haunted Mansion. Need a break from all the
excitement? Grab a tasty treat from any of the different food venues
at Playland. There's something for everyone. Sit back and let the
good times roll!
The ride of the season? A thrill seeker's dream? The estranged older
cousin of the Wave Swinger? Yes it's true, theyíve got a new ride,
and they think you're gonna love it! That is of course if your preference
is for rides that swing 360į, while going 70km/hr, at 218 feet high!
Did we mention that it will be Playland's tallest ride offering
unparalleled panoramic views of the entire city? (if you can keep
your eyes open long enough to focus!)
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 flat ride, with its
insane lateral forces and multi-directional variable speed can really
Youíll 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! Be one of the first brave souls to experience
this attraction's hair-raising G-forces of spinning action!
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!
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 adventure 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 thrillseekers
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 75 kph 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 'cuz 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 ride has allowed
it to remain one of Playland's most popular mid-way attractions
since 1984. The Pirate 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
Hit-and-Run! The Scooters bumper cars allow both children and adults
alike to "bump" each other from any direction with quick and responsive
360 degree steering. Each bumper car in this amusement park favourite
is protected by a rubber bumper which creates a bouncing experience
on impact. On this highway no one gets hurt and everyone has fun,
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.
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
The Westcoast Wheel is NEW to Playland this year. It is two times
the size of our former Ferris Wheel, standing at 90í. Designed for
riders of all ages, the Westcoast 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 camel 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 8 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!
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 Dune Buggies 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. Come try out the Moon
Car, Skidoo, Dune Buggies, Antique Car and Sports Model. Adults
The hugely popular Flying Elephants is one of the most popular rides
that Kids Playce has to offer. Come experience a ride on a flying
Dumbo the Elephant and see where your imagination can take you!
The Helicopters is a favourite amongst our young aviation enthusiasts.
Come test your flying ability as your helicopter soars high up into
the sky before coming in for a smooth landing. Adults welcome.
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.
KCís Raceway is NEW to Kids Playce this year. 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! Get ready
for your adventure on the new Kid's Coaster.
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!
Calling all young thrillseekers to give the Stunt Cycles a whirl!
Rev those engines and soon you'll be popping a wheelie as you fly
through the air on your own motorcycle!
Get ready for some 3 on 3 action at Playlandís basketball court!
Take a break from the rides with your friends and make some new
friends. Basketballs are available at the Hellevator Store.
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!
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 Haunted House has been REDESIGNED to be even scarier this year.
This attraction is not for the faint of heart. If you are afraid
of things that go bump in the night this might not be for you. Nothing
will scare you the way this attraction will while you walk the pitch
black corridors of the two houses. This isn't your parent's old
automated haunt - this attraction has real people/monsters lurking
inside. Only you know if you can handle the sheer terror that can
comes from within this attraction. Not recommended for children
under 10 or easily scared big kids.
The Electric City Arcade, located in the heart of Playland, will
entertain you with classic games of yesteryear such as "Mrs. PacMan"
while giving everyone an opportunity to play modern hits such as
"Dance Dance Revolution". This Arcade has something for everyone
and is sure to be a memorable part of your day!
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!
at the PNE
Visit the PNEís official merchandise store to pick up t-shirts,
hats, water bottles, postcards and more! These items are perfect
for remembering your time at Playland at the PNE. The store is located
directly in front of the main Playland gate.
When you really need to break away from the ride scene, escape to
Playland's very own 18 hole Mini Golf and enjoy a round of tranquility.
Each hole has its own unique challenge and is suitable for both
the young and the young at heart.
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
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. 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
Playland has a variety of exciting skill-testing games suitable
for the entire family! From the fast and furious pingball style
game of Derby Downs to the popular Water Racer, the Playland midway
is pure excitement and fun!
City Arcade in Playland also has a large variety of equipment for
entertainment including the newest video games like Dance, Dance
Revolution as well as some of your old favourites. In addition,
you can test your talent with classic Crane Games filled with toys,
stuffed animals, watches and more!
Playland also caters to groups, offering the following services:
Passport to Thrills
School Year End Parties
offers the following services:
Rental Lockers at the main entrance of Playland for a nominal fee
Automatic Teller Machine (ATMs) located next to Guest Services at
the main entrance
Stroller and Wheelchair Rentals are available at Guest Services
Restrooms with baby change tables
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