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Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:15 pm
by robbalvey
Satans Hockey wrote:One bright spot which I'm hoping changes things here is that in Atlanta at the new stadium where the NFL Falcons play they lowered all their concession prices and brought in more revenue

We were just discussing this sort of concept yesterday... "Don't you think if prices were LOWER people would buy MORE?" Games here in Japan are usually only 100 yen (A dollar) and you see people playing them all the time. Food & Drinks are also very reasonable, basically the same normal price as non-theme park restaurants and quick-service locations.

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:53 pm
by Mr Stratosphere
Wow that "Fantastic" coaster cars truly had "Headlights" on them!!
Been a blast so far vicariously traveling with you all!

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:02 am
by ricottma
Iv'e been to Hirakata and it is really fun (especially with the kids). They have some very unique stuff there and the staff was super happy to help. They gave us a guide through the witch maze to make sure we knew how to play all the games (sadly we didn't win). Never did get on the card game ride (it had a long line all day) but I was curios about how it worked (and seeing all the kids with their card deck holders running around was fun). My other favorite thing is that you can get Japanese curry at the cafeteria, my favorite!

Can I make a small request? If you are heading to Fuji Q Highlands can you do a video of my sons favorite ride? Nagashimasuka (The Lucky Cat Ride). He is actually the reason we started watching your channel and there aren't any really good videos of his favorite ride! Instead of "We are on a log Flume" we chanted Lucky Cat! Lucky Cat!

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:34 am
by coasterbill
robbalvey wrote:Image

:lol: :lmao: :lol: This really is the best thing I've seen on this site in a long time.

robbalvey wrote:We were just discussing this sort of concept yesterday... "Don't you think if prices were LOWER people would buy MORE?" Games here in Japan are usually only 100 yen (A dollar) and you see people playing them all the time. Food & Drinks are also very reasonable, basically the same normal price as non-theme park restaurants and quick-service locations.


It's certainly an interesting discussion.

I'll say this. Every time I go to a boardwalk or theme park and see these $5 per person water gun games where you compete against others and need to assemble 8-10 people to play for a large, there's nobody playing and the game operator is usually on a microphone annoying people to play.

We visit Funland in Rehoboth Beach every year. Games are a dollar. Game operators are not allowed to annoy people to play and don't have microphones. All lanes are full on every game every night and they turn them around in about 60 seconds and keep them full since games are $1. As for their 25 cent Skeeball (where you play for prizes rather than tickets and trade up 3 of one size for the next size), good luck getting a lane in less than 20 minutes on ANY summer night.

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:54 am
by coneyislandchris
Oh my god those Sanrio teacups! I love it! That looks like a really cool, funky little park!

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:13 am
by Moose
coasterbill wrote:
robbalvey wrote:Image

:lol: :lmao: :lol: This really is the best thing I've seen on this site in a long time.


Agreed. Very sexy...... dolphin. :lover:

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:29 am
by robbalvey
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Day Seventeen - Nagashima Spaland!

For our last few visits, Nagashima Spaland has had a new coaster under construction. This is AWESOME because it's great to see a park in Japan constantly adding new rides and coasters! Two visits ago Acrobat was under construction, last visit Arashi was in the process of being built, and now this visit White Cyclone is being transformed into what I'm sure will be an amazing RMC coaster!

Arashi was new for us and the only other S&S Free Spin coaster like this I've ridden is at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This version seemed to spin much faster and a lot more! We shot some AMAZING video (teasers below) and we'll have the full video clips posted soon!

On to some photos & video...

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Good morning Japan! Have we mentioned how much we love you and especially your amazing rail system?

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We have spent amazing time in Tokyo, had a shaky visit to Osaka, and now we are on our way to Nagoya! Hello Mr. Shinkansen!

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I really don’t have a caption for this... do you?

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When we do our TPR trips to Japan, we like to travel to parks by train & taxi! It is by far the most efficient way to get to theme parks as a tourist in this country!

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And sometimes our taxis take us to some pretty cool places!

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Welcome to Nagashima Spaland! Home to the world’s longest roller coaster! And a bunch of other super cool rides!



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The very first coaster I went to at Nagashima Spaland was the Shuttle Loop!

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Having grown up with Montezooma’s Revenge at Knotts Berry Farm this style of coaster has always been a favorite of mine!

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This may look slightly familiar and it should... Acrobat at Nagashima Spaland is a “clone” of Manta at SeaWorld!

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Clone or not, Acrobat at Nagashima Spaland is a GREAT ride!!!

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For 2019 Nagashima Spaland has brought in Rocky Mountain Construction to turn their White Cyclone wooden coaster into a hybrid! You can see they have most certainly started chopping up that ride! I can't wait for this!!!

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Oh, hi there...

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Lots of RMC track on site!

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I wonder if the Japanese theme park guests are ready for a RMC? :Pr

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Of course Steel Dragon 2000 was a huge priority of our visit to Nagashima Spaland!

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The view from the top of Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spaland!

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Nagashima Spaland recently opened up an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster called "Arashi." This roller coaster spins.... a LOT!!!

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Here's a few examples showing off exactly what "Arashi" does to you! It's pretty epic!!!

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This was such a fun ride to film on!



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A mixed bag of emotions in this pic at the top of Steel Dragon some 300+ feet in the air!





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Nagashima Spaland still has one of these terrifying machines! I have a love/hate relationship with them as I hate that I love them! :Pr I rode it twice!

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They also have one of these rides... I also have a love/hate relationship with them, but minus the “love” part!

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It was awesome fun hanging out underneath Arashi mounting cameras in bizarre places so we could get some amazing footage of the ride!

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The staff at Nagashima are always so great to work with! And some of them are even TPR fans!

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Nagashima Spaland has always had great merchandise and these Acrobat undies are no exception!

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It features the bat flying out of the... well... you get the idea! :lover:

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And yay for the park having height check wristbands!



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Our filming session on Acrobat got us some amazing photos and video! We’ll have more to post soon!

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And of course the group was huge fans of Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spaland!

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And in case anyone is wondering, YES we will absolutely be visiting Nagashima Spaland in 2019!!!

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This is the parks “big three” coasters and next year they’ll have to add one more to the list!

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We were so happy with how our footage on Arashi turned out!

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We had some great “stars” to be our riders as well!

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Beautiful sunset at Nagashima Spaland and it’s time to head back to Nagoya! We had an awesome day at the park!

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And no way better to end a crazy day than with a trio of Shaka-Shaka chicken! (Unless of course you went to a yakitori place!)

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Well, okay... maybe add in a beer or two at the end of the day! :lover: :lol: :lmao:

Now, POST YOUR COMMENTS!!!! After all, we took the time to write this report, the least you can do is post something nice about it! :P

Click HERE for Part Eighteen of our 2018 TPR Japan Trip!

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:03 am
by bert425
"bats in the belfry" indeed!!


LOL. . added benefit of going to Japan? all the fun undies one could purchase!

If I ever go, I know what I'm bringing back as gifts for everyone.

once again, a fantastic update. And this one just filled me with memories! (the 1st Gen drop tower, Shuttle loop, and Starship -- all brought me right back to growing up going to Astroworld (Skyscreamer, Greezed Lightning, Looping Starship), the freespin is Fiesta (as you note, tho this one does spin WAY more), and the Manta Clone - which was my favorite ride at SWO.

Steel Dragon would be a favorite of mine too, as I love long coasters with airtime hills (reminds me of a longer version of Steel Force, but with better pops of airtime.

that sunset picture is gorgeous too! (new screensaver pic for me, so thanks).

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:22 pm
by BlahBlahson
Whenever I get to go out to Japan, I know exactly what I want to do. Two Week Trip, with 4 days at Tokyo Disney, 1.5 days at Universal Japan, 1 day at Nagashima Spaland, and another 7.5 days to fit in flights, Temples, Arcades, Food, and maybe Tokyo Dome or Joyopolis.

Nagashima Spaland has always reminded me of Cedar Point, and it seems to get even better every time you guys go in terms of both Thrills and Operations. It's a must in Japan.

Re: TPR in Japan - 2018 - Theme parks and Japanese Fun!

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:19 pm
by robbalvey
BlahBlahson wrote:Nagashima Spaland has always reminded me of Cedar Point, and it seems to get even better every time you guys go in terms of both Thrills and Operations. It's a must in Japan.

We have always called this park the "Cedar Point of Japan" because there are so many similarities and they are of course continuing that tradition by RMC'ing their Mean Streak-like woodie! :lol: :lmao: