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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:34 pm
by cfc
If you like raw meat and trains, you're in the right place.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:14 pm
by Dan
cfc wrote:I think Dan did more that just "touch" it.

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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:19 pm
by Nrthwnd
Trust the Japanese to show what they served in the dining cars, with their meticulous plastic foods, lol.

Loved the tour, Chuck! Great museum. I would love to visit that, some day, some how.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:19 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great reports! I chose the Zoo over the train museum, so it's nice to see what I missed.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:30 pm
by bert425
hah. .that's great!

not a raw meat aficionado, but the train museum part looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing, Chuck.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:00 pm
by Blue Turbo
S.Q.U.I.D!
Great report Chuck. I loved the JR museum, it was amazing to see all of the different pieces that you don't even think about that go into the whole Shinkansen system.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:45 pm
by DJeXeL
As a train nerd (avatar makes this painfully obvious ;) ), I really enjoyed this. Well done.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:50 pm
by cfc
Lobster Pinocchio and Micro-Mini-DisneySea: Hamanako Pal Pal & Lagunasia

It was another train-and-cabs day as TPR returned to two parks from the 2007 trip: Hamanako Pal Pal and Lagunasia. Had either of them changed since then? Not much. But that day affected me profoundly. You see, I met someone at Pal Pal in 2007 . . .

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. . . but she broke my heart. She looked at me, sighed, and said, “I’m made of fiberglass, while you are flesh and blood. It just won’t work. Besides, I’m sort of seeing . . .

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. . . Pinocchio and Lobster Pinocchio.” (Well, her Facebook relationship status did say, “It’s complicated.” Never trust the Blue Fairy--or little wooden guys.)

Yes, I’ve grown hardened and more cynical since the Blue Fairy dumped me for two cartoon characters. But that doesn’t completely alter my feelings for Hamanako Pal Pal--a fun, funky Japanese park with a big Togo coaster than doesn’t kill you and a little wild mouse that does.

Let’s have a look at Pal Pal 2018. I promise that there will be little, if any, heartbreak.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:51 pm
by cfc
I had an interesting chat with our cab driver on the ride to Lagunasia.

CABBIE: You know, this is a very small city.
ME: Is it?
CABBIE: Yes. Why you come here to go to kid’s park?

Well, if it’s such a “small city,” why not spend it at a “kid’s park” like Lagunasia? Like Tokyo DisneySea, it has a nautical theme, with coasters themed to fish, pirates, and . . . er . . . wet wind?

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And don’t forget the “Magical Powder.” It can really change your attitude about everything--and make you forget that entire days, weeks, or months ever happened.

Had the park changed at all since 2007? A wee bit. They added a VR option to Pirate’s Blast, an indoor-outdoor coaster. As rough as that thing was, I chose to skip wearing the headset, which I was afraid would come loose and give me a concussion. I’m happy to report that the park’s Gerstlauer Bobsled, Aqua Wind, is still a lot of fun. They also added onride audio to their kiddie coaster (Stellar Coaster).

Be on the lookout for big rubber-headed characters, and cats, as you enter Lagunasia.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:50 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Thanks for reminding me that I couldn't buy the plush Magical Powder. :cry: