Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:29 am

Gutterflower wrote:A kidzania opened in London a little while ago. I'd love to take my Niece along but have always been worried the experience would be similar to how you've described how the USA version went. It does look great but i feel it may not work as well in the British culture. Although at the moment as it's in London I assume they are just teaching the kids how to strike :p


LOL to the strike comment!

The London version is one of the ones we're hoping to try later this year. We'll be sure to do a report if we make it.

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby vistaway » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:18 pm

I might add Kidzania to our March trip, but what do you think the max age would be? Is 12 too old? Was there much of a language barrier? Sure doesn't look like there was.

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:27 pm

^12 is considered the max age for most activities. There are certainly some activities that a 12 year old would like, but they have to realize they'll be surrounded by mostly 6-10 year olds.

For the language barrier, as long as your child is friendly and outgoing it will be fine. If you go on Wednesday's, at least 30 activities have staff that will speak some English. On other days there are always at least a few activities where you'll find English. KT, two years in a row, managed to get through several Japanese only activities.

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby vistaway » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:02 pm

That's awesome - thanks Elissa. I know my 8-year old would love it. Maybe I'll take the 12-year old to La Qua while they are doing that...

Or we just skip Kidzania and spend the day at Tobu Zoo :)

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:19 pm

Wish I had these growing up!

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby Philrad71 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:07 pm

Great concept, but yeah...I could understand this not working in the US, unfortunately. :(
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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby Garet » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:14 pm

One opened here in Korea at Lotte Tower (which is huge I was in Seoul this weekend and could see it from so many places) and unlike Lotte Water park (at the other end of the country) is actually next to Lotte World for those who would want to incorporate it into their theme park trips, and I definitely want to take my son there. Although at 8 months old he has a lot of growing to do first. ;)

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby robbalvey » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:20 pm

Next stop... spending some time at Sega Joypolis and the Tokyo Decks area! If you are spending some time in Tokyo and you're looking for a place that is uniquely "Japanese" filled with all those wacky arcades, attractions, and shopping areas you see in so many TV shows about Japan, you need to stop at the Toyko Decks area (right outside of the Tokyo Teleport JR Train Station) and you can easily fill a good portion of a day here! Everytime we go we see things we had never seen before and we like this area even more!

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This morning we are heading to Tokyo Joypolis at the Tokyo Decks! Here's the crazy looking Fuji TV building just outside!

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Spending our day Joypolis! Love this indoor park!

The world's only launching looping spinning shooting/interactive indoor themed coaster with on-board audio! It's awesome!


This Half Pipe ride where you have to work together spin and score points is so much fun!


Because everything at Tokyo Joypolis is a video game... even when you pee!


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If simulators and VR attractions are your thing, Joypolis has plenty of good ones!

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Of course you will find a lot of Sonic themed games and attractions here!

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Let's just make one thing perfectly clear... Japanese toilets are smarter than you'll ever be. Did we mention that being winter they all have seat warmers in them?

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They make fresh crepes at Joypolis as well as all over Japan and they make us so happy!

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There are also plenty of video games and claw machines!

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Dear jack, the Odiaba Ferris Wheel says hello.

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The Odaiba area is one of our favorite places in Tokyo! Amazing attractions, amusements, and shopping!

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This is the best arcade in the area! Tons of capsule machines, claw machines, arcade games and totally random stuff!

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Japan amusement parks are famous for these ride-on plush animals!

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These coin pusher machines are so insanely complex and amazing!

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Yes, that is a single-player ping pong machine!

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Here you can catch and win an actual fish! Sushi anyone?

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And of course plenty of awesome Japanese arcade games!

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I'm not even sure how to classify some of the games you find in this arcade! But they are all so much fun, wacky and awesome!

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I'm not sure what this machine is selling, but whatever it is, I'm buying! :lover: :lover: :lover:

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These TsumTsum scooper machines are amazing!

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Check out my winnings so far!

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MegaWeb is an amazing showcase for Toyota cars!

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There is a Japanese Taco Bell here! It's amazing! So much better and different from in the US!

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These are the latest craze in Japan. The next TsumTsum they say. You heard it here first!

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Yes, we found a Baymax tissue box holder and yes we bought it!

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If you want a cat or a dog in Japan is will only cost you seven or eight thousand dollars!!!

These augmented reality screens at Joypolis were incredible and so much fun!


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For some reason, the Statue of Liberty is here in Odaiba!

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I love being in Japan in the winter! You get both hot and cold beverages out of the same vending machine! This Caramel Macchiato is GREAT!

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We actually won & bought so much stuff today that we had to buy an extra luggage! lol Elissa is not amused but Kristen and I think it's GREAT!!! lol

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"Welcome home!" Can you guys what our next update is going to be? :mickey:

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby coasterbill » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:31 pm

... well this game would never take off in America.

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Re: Robb & Elissa in Asia - 2016!

Postby TBpony414 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:26 pm

Everything about the last update was fascinating and funny and cool and crazy! And having to buy another suitcase to tote all the stuff home is hilarious!! The Baymax tissue box holder is seriously awesome.

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