Amusement Park of Horror: Fright Nights Comes to Vancouver’s Playland

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

Photo sourced from FrightNights.ca

It’s like the plot of a bad horror movie.  After sunset, the family-friendly amusement park takes a turn to the dark side.  Axe murderers, evil clowns and sadistic doctors in bloody lab coats stalk the grounds as visitors’ screams of delight turn into screams of terror.

Only this is no movie – It’s Fright Nights at Vancouver’s Playland park.  The freakish Halloween tradition is back for another gory instalment this Oct. 11-Nov. 2.  And from the looks of it, this year’s Fright Nights will be creepier than ever, with an ensemble of haunted mansions, trained “roving scarers,” hideous sideshow acts and, of course, Playland’s scariest rides.

This year, no fewer than six specially designed “fright houses” will haunt the Playland grounds.   Continue reading:
Amusement Park of Horror: Fright Nights Comes to Vancouver’s Playland

2013 Fair at the PNE Opens This Saturday (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The Pacific National Exhibition kicks off the 103rd annual Fair at the PNE this Saturday, August 17. Running until Monday, September 2 (closed Mondays August 19 and 26) this beloved annual tradition celebrates the best entertainment of the summer.

New to this year’s Fair at the PNE is Genghis Khan: The Exhibition, honouring the world’s greatest conqueror and leader who was responsible for bringing us passports, paper money and the pony express. Also be sure to check out Dueling Pianos in the Plaza Beer Garden, the totally tubular 80s Forever party and the gravity-defying Sportacular show.

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2013 Fair at the PNE Opens This Saturday (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

PLAYLAND AT THE PNE INTRODUCES TWO NEW FAMILY RIDES (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Playland's Rides at Night

 
A sure sign that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, Playland at the PNE will open its gates for another season of family-friendly entertainment in less than two weeks. This year Playland is introducing two new rides that will send guests spinning and soaring: the Teacups and the Balloon Explorers.

Get the whole family together and go for a spin in the Teacups! Parents will remember this classic ride from their childhood and kids will have a blast whirling and twirling as they spin their teacup as fast as they can go!

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PLAYLAND AT THE PNE INTRODUCES TWO NEW FAMILY RIDES (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

The Planet’s Most Extraordinary Canines? Last chance to see SuperDogs at the PNE

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There’s no shortage of thrills and chills at the PNE, from gravity-defying rides like the 20-storey AtmosFEAR to belly-defying fare like the two-foot-long Double Dare Ya hot dog.

But year after year, one act at the PNE manages to steal the show: SuperDogs.  It’s low-tech, old-fashioned and a little bit goofy, but this showcase of super talented canines manages to pack much of 14,000-seat Pacific Coliseum three times a day.  If there’s one reason to get out to the PNE before it winds down on Monday, this is it.

The SuperDogs show starts with a jumping competition.  Breeds of all kinds race around the show floor, vaulting hurdles while inspirational music pumps in the background.  There are sheepdogs and greyhounds and dalmations and terriers and even little pugs.  Among the dozens of dogs in the show, 30 percent are rescued from animal shelters.  All of the dogs undergo an average of two years of training before appearing in the spotlight.  Continue reading:
The Planet’s Most Extraordinary Canines? Last chance to see SuperDogs at the PNE

Top 5 Attractions at the 2012 Fair at the PNE, Aug 18-Sept 3

It’s that time of year again.  As summer nears its end, Vancouver winds up for another installment of mini doughnuts, Superdogs, hair-raising carnival rides and nightly concerts.

This year’s Fair at the PNE features hundreds of exhibits, more than 50 thrilling rides and dozens of free concerts.  Here are the top five can’t-miss attractions.