Playland at the PNE opens for the season on May 5, 2018

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With night markets and spring farmers markets opening up in May, it’s no surprise that the iconic Playland at the PNE will be opening its gates this weekend as well to kick off the spring season!

The oldest amusement park in Canada will officially open for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10am. The opening day is a sure sign of another fun of summer full of foot long hot dogs, roller coaster rides, and endless mini donuts.

Playland will only be open on the weekends in Vancouver until late June, when it will stay open all week long. This year, Playland will boast over 35 thrilling rides, delicious carnival food, and addictive arcade games.

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From May 5th until June 10th, Playland will be open from 10am – 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. From From June 15 – August 17, gates will also be open all week leading up to the annual fair at the PNE, which starts on August 18 and ends on September 3, 2018.

A full list of the 35 exciting rides is located on the Playland website. There are three new kids rides this year, including the Flutterbye, Dizzy Drop, and Bug Whirled. The always popular classics will also be open for riding, including the classic 1958 wooden roller coaster, The Hellevator, Hell’s Gate, The Beast, Atmosfear, and other rides that make you nauseous just by looking at them!

Tickets for Playland cost $37 at the gate, but you can save some money by purchasing ahead of time online or at 7-eleven, Safeway, Save-on-Foods, PriceSmart Foods and Urban Fare stores at the end of May.

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Weekends in May won’t be the same again with Playland opening up for the summer. Whether you’re in it for the mini golf, the gut-wrenching rides, or the family-fun zones, you’re in for a treat starting May 5, 2018!

What’s your favourite ride at Playland? Let us know in the comment section below.

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