PNE Playland question.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 10:14 PM
I was reading a Playland TR on Rideman's page and Rideman (Dave Atholf) (sp?) was apparently told by an employee that Playland attracted 3 MILLION people each season and another 3 MILLION during the fair!!! I was there in 1986 when I went the Expo 86 (A world's fair) and was in the park for about only 3 hours. Purchased a POP wristband for a measly $5 and this was probably my BEST coaster bargain I ever had since I NEVER waited over 5 minutes and this was a world class ride!! I would bet I got at least 20-30 rides on Coaster alone and I rode at least one ride on the now defunct or moved Jet coaster and I may have tried one of the other rides but I don't remember! Anyway I really find those attendence figures very hard to believe when Coaster was a walk-on for me! At that rate Coaster would have lines like MF @ CP!! So can anyone confirm the attendence figures for Playland? If they are really that high than they will always makes a ton of money even with there very reasonable priced POP wristband!!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2002 10:39 PM

I think you are confusing Playland [the section of the fairgrounds where Coaster and the other rides are] with PNE [Pacific Northwest Exhibition?], which is the entire fair [arts & crafts, rodeo, concerts, trade show, etc]. It wouldn't surprise me if PNE saw that many visitors, but how many of those go to Playland is something I do not know.

Moosh

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh on 10/10/2002. ***

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 8:49 AM

It is hard to believe that Coaster was a walk on for you.Every time I have gone to the PNE/Playland ,Coaster is a 15-20 minute wait,even on a slow day.They seem reluctant to put on a second train.Coaster is definitely worth the wait,though.

Mamoosh,PNE is the abbreviation for Pacific National Exhibition.

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 9:25 AM
RS Anderson - thanks for the correction. I actually couldn't decide between "national" or "northwest"...looks like I chose wrong. D'oh!

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 9:54 AM

You always choose wrong, Moosh!;)

Still...3 million seems reachable, although a little extreme. Could you have been confusing this with Rye?
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Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:27 AM

Goons, Rob...goons. [or does that not work with you, only chris?]

Moosh - who wouldn't say he chose wrong when he met you at Knotts!

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:29 AM
I thought Rob is one of the goons.

*** This post was edited by chris on 10/10/2002. ***

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:53 AM
Given how crowded the Covered Bridge Festival is versus the Phoenix Phall Phunfest (which is crowded, but not NEARLY as crowded as the Bridge Festival itself), I could believe numbers like that for PNE versus Playland.

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 11:23 AM

How can you send goons when one of the goons is the guy you are sending them to? I know all their moves...;)

'Moosh, that was what I was getting at with my "choose wrong" statement. You chose me, right? Bad move, compadre;)
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Thursday, October 10, 2002 11:26 AM
Dude, he's a double agent!
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Thursday, October 10, 2002 11:35 AM
Rats....foiled again!

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 12:22 PM

No, Rob, I "choo choo choo choose you!"

Moosh [aka Ralph Wiggum]

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Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:38 PM
When I went to Playland this summer, waits were topping half an hour for Coaster. I only got to go on twice, thanks to my relatives who hate lineups.

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Friday, October 11, 2002 8:54 AM
Doesn't Coaster have 3 trains?
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Friday, October 11, 2002 9:08 AM
Yes, Coaster has three trains, but I have never seen them all in use at the same time. As far as I know, they only ever use 2 at a time. Even though Coaster is capable of spacing three trains evenly, I don't believe (don't quote me on this, but I didn't see any) there are any block brakes on the course. I know there is a spot for them, but I don't think there are any there. The park loves to torture us with typically running only 1 train at any given time. It is only on peak days that they will run 2. In a way, it's kind of a Godsend. If there were never any lines, you would be quickly overwhelmed by the massive, and painful airtime this coaster dishes out, and you would need a break anyway. Then again, maybe I am just getting old?;)

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Friday, October 11, 2002 10:11 AM

When I went, they were only running one train, even though the park was crowded that day. Also, the ride ops were often talking for several minutes in between unloading and loading of the train.

What's worse, though, is their Wild Mouse coaster. It was running only one car the whole time, with maybe 2 people per car maximum. The lineup was so slow that I didn't even bother to go on.

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*** This post was edited by crazy_canadian on 10/11/2002. ***

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Friday, October 11, 2002 11:06 AM

It's too bad about the wait on the Mouse. That is the most insane, and potentially dangerous (seemingly, anyway), mouse that I have ever had the honor of enduring! The wait always stinks, no matter the amount of cars, because they only have 3 cars running on the course at any one time, max. The ops do seem a bit indifferent, but heck, it's not Holiday World. Granted, if they were a little more sunny, the wait wouldn't be quite so tedious. My experiences have been quite nice though.
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Friday, October 11, 2002 11:26 AM

But you can make such great new friends while waiting for the mouse. Right, Rob?

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Friday, October 11, 2002 11:49 AM
Next time I go, should I try to wait for the mouse? It looks and sounds like a lot of fun, but I didn't have very much time to spend at the park.

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Friday, October 11, 2002 11:55 AM
cc - Without a doubt. That's a great mouse.

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