County boss Astorino and Playland's dragon mascot will open the season this Saturday:
ASTORINO: GET READY FOR FUN – PLAYLAND TO OPEN SATURDAY, MAY 9
County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today that the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Grand Carousel will kick-off Playland Amusement Park’s 2015 season in Rye on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m.
Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 16th.
“The grand carousel, which consists of 66 stunning, bejeweled horses and three chariots, was built in 1915,” Astorino said. “Thanks to the great care given to this beautiful ride, and all the other historic rides in the park over generations of use, the carousel still shines as we kick off our 2015 season.”
Opening day fun gets underway with a parade and entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. Rides will open at noon.
Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7 p.m. Admissions go on sale at 11 a.m.
The celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11 a.m., followed by the traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by County Executive Astorino and other 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 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“Erik’s Reptile Edventures” will educate and entertain the crowd with animal ambassadors, featuring Wally the five-foot- long American alligator. Shows take place in Kiddyland and at the Music Tower Theater stage; show times will be posted in the park. Playland’s Kiddyland DJ will also entertain with the “Play it DJ” show in four performances at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kids will move, groove and be smooth as our DJ plays their favorite dance tunes. In addition, Bubbles, Magic and Science will amaze you with shows at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- $15 May Days: May 9, 10, 16, 17 and 22: $15 unlimited rides for everyone.
- Starting Saturday, May 23: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48”) – Westchester residents with acceptable proof of residency are eligible for a $5 discount on these prices. Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents.
- $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. Purchase four or more and save 10%.
- $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 I.D.; or a photo I.D. or report card from a Westchester County school.
Playland’s pre-season schedule is noon to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season’s schedule go to RyePlayland.org or call the park at (914) 813-7000. Click here to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long.
Parking is $5 weekdays, $7 weekends and $10 on holidays, special events and concert days.
Playland is located at the end of Playland Parkway in Rye. For public bus transportation, go to westchestergov.com/beelinebus.
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