This is a very transitional time in my life. So let transition be today’s theme.
Say, like how all those empty parking lots on the CNE grounds are transitioning into an amusement park.
The CNE opens this Friday (August 15th) but long before that they’re busy setting up the place. Before I moved onto much better things, I used to work for them. There I found out that even the largest rides don’t take more than a few days to put together. I don’t know what to say about that. It must still hold true, because a week before the CNE, pretty much everything was still in its box.
I’m not kidding. Boxes everywhere:
The chairlift returns this year and is the first ride up and running. Look closely. Not to pad my photo’s view counts — the chairs are carrying some unexpected cargo:
Crews at one end were finishing up adding water-filled drums to the line. The result was something a bit surreal – two long rows of gently sloshing barrels in procession, making no noise otherwise.
On the other side of the chairlift, lots of naked, half-built rides. This is the Polar Express:
That’s not the track the ride travels on, that’s the pedestrian walkway. The carriages all sit on that strut in the middle. Behind it, is the Mighty Mouse:
Though some heavy equipment is putting it together:
That’s actually the crane for Hotel X, a 27 storey complex being built between the Automotive Building and row of historical houses. That opens Fall 2015; I have no idea where the exhibits that used to be there will go now. In past years, it’s been used for military and automotive demos.
On the other side, Niagara Falls was in a similar state, though as close as it could possibly live to its name:
The zipline also returns this year. Now that I have a decent camera and a tripod, I’m looking forward to the shots I take of people riding it. In the meantime, had to settle for these three:
Everything else was still in stasis. Though, there was one more thing I tried to photograph. The rear door of the food building was wide open, so I tried to take a picture of the interior while it was still empty. I stepped inside and was immediately accosted by staff in golf carts.
That was as good a time as ever to leave.
That’s my brief peek at the CNE this year. I will return with long-exposure shots when it’s open.