Playland Opening Day

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May 11, 2013


Rye Playland


All Ages

$15 opening day admission special; free children ages 2 and younger; free children ages 2 and younger. Parking $7

Event description: Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 11. The fun gets underway with a parade and entertainment beginning at 11am and rides opening at noon.

Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admissions go on sale at 10:30am. The opening celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11am, followed by the traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by local dignitaries, staff, and Playland's mascot, Coaster the Dragon. Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Unique, science-based entertainment will leave children and their families laughing and mesmerized at "Mad About Science," the featured act in Kiddyland for two shows at 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Playland's Kiddyland DJ will also entertain with the "Play it DJ" show, in four performances at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 6pm. Kids will move, groove, and be smooth as the DJ plays their favorite dance tunes. Admission Prices: - $15 Weekends: May 11, 12, 18 and 19: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48") - Starting Friday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48") Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents.

Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County.

Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school.

Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long.

Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 18.

Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk will be open on May 10th. The boardwalk suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy and a major section of the boardwalk - from the Pier Restaurant to the miniature golf course - had to be completely rebuilt. That section was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. While the entire boardwalk will be open to the public this weekend, some sections closer to the pool will be closed on certain days during the month to finish repairs.

Address: Playland Parkway
Rye, NY 10580
Phone: 914-813-7000

About Rye Playland

Rye Playland's 280 acres were intended to be the jewel in the crown of Westchester's extensive park system. The original design included picnic areas, restaurants, three ice-skating rinks, swimming pool, two beaches totaling approximately 7,900 feet of shoreline, in addition to the thrilling amusement rides. The concept of a family-friendly amusement park appealed to the people of Westchester County and the New York City region. First season visitors far exceeded even the Park Commission's optimistic predictions. Crowds flocked to Playland to ride the Whip, the Derby Racer, and more than a dozen other thrilling rides. Playland still boasts seven original rides that pre-date 1930.