Playland will introduce three new rides and re-open two totally refurbished rides this season

Posted Monday, May 6, 2002 5:11 AM | Contributed by NoRulz2k

Playland will introduce three new rides and re-open two totally refurbished rides this season. New rides slated for the park include the Crazy Mouse spinning coaster and the Kite Flyer spinning family ride that simulates flying, both to be added to the main park, while the Sky Skater, which simulates a giant seesaw, will be added to Kiddyland. They'll also open refurbished Old Mill and Zombie Castle rides.

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Monday, May 6, 2002 5:19 AM
That's great news... yet another wonderful traditional park (a real hidden gem) seeing improvements, including one of those fantastic Crazy Mice!
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Monday, May 6, 2002 7:30 AM

VERY cool! I agree, Rob...Playland is by far one of the great hidden gems out there. I hope to get back there again this year.

Matthew

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Monday, May 6, 2002 7:45 AM
Which Playland are we talking about? Rye?
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Monday, May 6, 2002 9:19 AM

Yes, Rye...

IMO, all this park needs now is a thrilling wood coaster (not necessarily an Aeroplane recreation but something to carry on it's hardcore "spirit") to make it one of the county's best traditional parks.

It has an old mill, a Fred Church woodie, a Prior & Church Derby Racer, loads of charm... how could anyone pass it up, or ignore it?

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Monday, May 6, 2002 10:06 AM
Rob - don't forget the great Whip, too! Now if the park would just replace the Morgans with Millennium Flyers, the closest thing to P&C trains available.

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Monday, May 6, 2002 10:22 AM
I missed goign last year due to some scheduling problems with friends, but this makes me have to go this year. I must admit, the Dragon coaster was one of my first coasters, and still one of the good hidden gems out there.
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Monday, May 6, 2002 11:48 AM
How many Spinning Crazy Mouse (or Mice?) rides are there? There is one on the Steel Pier in Atlanta, then there is the Exterminator at Kenneywood. Is that it for these type of rides in the US?
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Monday, May 6, 2002 12:06 PM
Thrillfan - I agree about Dragon Coaster. It may not give a ton of air or be all that fast but historically it is a very important coaster and a lot of fun. This is the *perfect* wood coaster to start the younger, budding enthusiasts on.

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Monday, May 6, 2002 12:49 PM
I thought I was the only one hoping for Millenium Flyers on the Dragon Coaster! I forgot all about the Whip... shame on me. And the kiddy coaster, which is a treasure in itself!
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Monday, May 6, 2002 1:16 PM
Nope Rob, your not alone. I too would love Millennium Flyers on the Dragon Coaster. Less trims would also bring back some of the great airtime the coaster once had not too long ago. I believe the new rides are not to be ready by opening day, but rather later in the season. I am guessing the wild mouse coaster will be the last to open. Is there any reason Playland usually builds there rides during the season, could it be cheaper? The park IS owned by the government so price is a big factor. If the park were to ever build another wooden roller coaster, I have a good feeling it would be an aeroplane recreation. That would give me a good enough reason to go more than once a year even though it is my true home park. I do wish more enthusiasts who surf these forums would visit this park, even as a side trip. Playland is getting a good amount of attention from the Parks Department of Westchester and has recently been making improvements almost every year. It has a charm of its own and a beautiful location on the Long Island Sound.
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Monday, May 6, 2002 1:34 PM
My Dad said he is going to take him to Rye this summer, it was one of his parks when he was a kid. This is just another reason to go. I can't wait.

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Monday, May 6, 2002 5:58 PM
This is great. I used to go to Playland all the time when I lived in NYC. I hope I can get out there again and see how DC is doing.

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Monday, May 6, 2002 9:13 PM

NoRulz2k: I agree, it is very nice to see Playland getting some attention recently. Being so close to the city, I've always felt that the park wasn't taking advantage of a lot of potential business. When you think about it, it is really the only true traditional park left in the NYC area (Lake Compounce is moving farther away from "traditional" nowadays), and I think there is a market for that type of park.

A Crazy Mouse coaster is a great addition to ANY park... heck, even Disney installed two of them at Animal Kingdom. The three new rides and two refurbished rides should really give this park an attendance boost, and its logical to assume that more guests = more money = more future investment. I can't wait to see what the future brings for this place!

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