The other Day Jeff and I had the AMAZING opportunity to see the historic Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland from a different perspective, the INSIDE!
This historic coaster was built in 1958 by Carl Phare and is one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world. It has a maximum drop height of 20 m (75 ft) and speeds of up to 76 km/h (47 mph). The American Coaster Enthusiasts organization declared The Wooden Roller Coaster the 21st 'Landmark' and 'Classic' roller coaster in the world, the only coaster to get both designations. At the time Carl Pahre was told the footprint was too small, the banked turns were too sharp and the drop was too steep for riders to endure. But, like Walt Disney, he did it anyway, dispite the critisisms of the nay sayers.We are so glad he did!!
|The first drop. I love how you cannot even see it. This is an older photo, not one of ours. You can see how the boards here have been clad in white plastic strips. These have all fallen off or been removed as boards were replaced.|
|From on the ride, the inside, the most exciting parts. Don't barf.|
|Check out the inside curve, hold on to your hats.|
|Inside, confusing and beautiful.|
|Lots of camel-backs.|
|I Love hidden treasures like this sad little monkey.|
|"What...? An open entrance? Anyone could just walk right in..." We didn't of course, that would be wrong.|
|The loading station, 1958 original, is getting new decking and railings before opening.|
|The coaster in the park, taken from the locked front gates. this is the lift hill and the loading station.|
|Closed for winter. Let me in.|
|Winter in Vancouver, +7C and sunny.|
We went to the fair in the middle of winter, and discovered a treasure. It was a great afternoon.
Lance and Jeff