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Postby SigENeaT » Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:32 am

Nrthwnd wrote:The one at LaQua spun pretty nicely.

Not crazy-spin. But not locked.

Buwahaha, that was down when we went through.
Actually a lot of LaQua was closed when we went through that day -.-
Only the horseshoe shaped thing and Thunder Dolphin was open.
Coupled with a pathetic range of shops (we were bikini shopping ;) ) i wasnt too impressed with the whole LaQua experience.

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Postby cfc » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:29 am

^Did you get to check out the Zombie Paradise?
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Postby SigENeaT » Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:48 pm

I dont think we saw that =\

After lunch..
http://romulus.ath.cx/japan07/gallery4/target174.html
we pretty much disappeared out of disappointment so didnt look too hard

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Postby robbalvey » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:30 pm

Now it's time for a little bit of Fuji-Q!

I've already mentioned a bit about our day at Fuji-Q. You can find Robb's Fuji-Q Rant and Robb's Eejanaika review as part of this whole update.

But to bring you all up to speed, here are some of my thoughts...

I want to like Fuji-Q...I really...REALLY do...but both times I've visited I come away thinking "Wow....this really IS one of the worst parks in the world!" And now that we've had two visits 3 years apart and it's been consistant both times, I really don't have a lot of hope that all of a sudden we'll visit again and come away thinking anything different.

Most of the people in the group thought the same thing. Sure there were a few people who thought Fuji-Q was great. And while I don't understand how someone could like it, I respect their opinions.

For me personally I think it's completely unacceptable for a park as major as Fuji-Q for it to be such a hassle to ride the parks top three coasters.

Basically just about every coaster in that park is a low capacity train wreck. And even Fujiyama with a two train operation took us over an hour to get on with a line that seemed like the SFMM Goliath crew could sweep through in about 20 to 30 minutes.

And on top of that, at least to me, none of the coasters are really that great.

Fujiyama is probably my favorite of the top three, but even still after the first 2 or 3 drops, it just meanders pointlessly back to the station.

Dodonpa was about as uncomfortable as a launched coaster could possibly be and waiting in that 2+ hour line is just brutal with that annoying sound FX and a queue that moves about 10 people every 15 minutes.

Zola 7, the Wild Mouse, Hamster Coaster, and Thomas Tank coaster are all painfully low capacity and should NEVER have been installed into a park that draws such a huge crowd. I mean, WTF, they have a Wild Mouse that seats only TWO people at a time! A park like Fuji-Q should NOT be operating a ride like that!!!

Fuji-Q should be putting in coasters like Pyrenees and Hollywood Dream that chew through people as quickly as humanly possible. Not these stupid 2, 4 or 8 people per train rides!

Eejanika you can read my full review HERE, but basically I hated it. Perhaps if you're a fan of X you'll love it. Or if you don't mind coasters that give you a good beating, you'll find it acceptable, but my ride was easily one of the worst coaster rides I've ever taken. It was right up there with the original Outer Limits with the over the shoulder restraints. Even with all the EXTREME padding that Eejanaika had it still beat me up. Download the POV clip below. You can see exactly what I'm talking about!

Now maybe if the parks operations didn't suck so bad and I was able to choose my own seat I would have had a better ride. But I had no choice and I got stuck on the outside seat of the last row.

Oddly enough 4 weeks later I rode X in the exact same seat and it was much, MUCH smoother. So I don't know what went wrong with Eejanaika, but wow. It's not often I get off a coaster and it gives me a headache for the rest of the day.

And on top of it, the ride was closed when we got there. Why? Because of rain! Wait a minute...WHAT RAIN!?!? There was a light drizzle and it closed for the first hour we got there.

And once it opened they wouldn't even let us in the queue! Why? Because they had given out "60 minutes worth" of exit passes after the ride initially went down due to "rain", so therefore they wouldn't let people enter the queue until they had given the exit rider people a 60 minute window to get back to the ride.

It just made NO SENSE. How about loading all the exit pass people on one side of the train and your other waiting guests on the other? But instead we had to stand there and watch 60 minutes worth of trains go half-empty because there weren't enough "exit pass people" to fill the trains. And where were these "exit pass people?" Why I'm sure they were all stuck in yet another ridiculously long, slow moving line for a mediocre coaster on the other side of the park.

Anyway. The park sucks. But it's one of those places you HAVE to go to in Japan...at least once. Why? I'm actually not sure. But it's one of the biggest parks in Japan so it needs to be done.

Just don't expect to have a good time....

Anyway, onto some photos!
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Fuji-Q. Looks really nice when you are driving up to it....
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But a lot of the park just looks like this. Ugly asphault areas with rides slapped down.
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Thomas Town is probably the nicest looking section of the park.
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Everywhere you look...long lines. This is Fujiyama at about 75 minutes long. Which, oddly enough was one of the SHORTEST lines of the day!!!
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Dodonpa's line was spilling out into the midway.
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2 and a half hours later, you get to do this!
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And how long for Eejanaika?
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Oh, only 3 and a half hours! So let's see, in order to ride the parks "big three" coasters, you'll be waiting in line for about 7 hours and fifteen minutes! NO JOKE! How is this acceptable?!?!
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"We are all so exhausted from waiting in lines for crappy rides...can we PLEASE leave now?!?!"
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We think this says "By the time you get out of this line, you will have aged one year." Jeff Johnson was too afraid to get in line!!!
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It's important for the deer to know where to put their rubbish.
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Along with having very long lines, they also have very long hot dogs!
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It was long, but not very girthy! What do you expect? It's Japanese! =)
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Japanese X - somehow, it's worse than SFMM's X. And oddly enough SFMM's X is running really good right now!
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"It kind of feels like the Michael Vick Experience...but without the dog fighting!" (check YouTube for what the Micahel Vick Experience is!)
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First drop. Not that painfull.
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This part? Yeah you're getting your A$$ kicked now.
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Here's the "full-full" or whatever it's called. All I know is that it hurt.
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Full-Full my A$$! It should be called the SLAM-SLAM!
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Not even sure what part this is...
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"PLEASE MAKE IT END!!!"
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Yay! The end is near!
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I just don't understand how or why this one ended up being so bad! Everyone told us "Oh, it's SOooooo much better than X!' "It's so smooth!!!" Um....Were you smoking CRACK when you rode this?!?!
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But for you guys into this coaster...here's a few pics for you.
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Do I make you horny?
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Mmm....you know you want me, baby!
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Raven turns get me HOT!
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"Hi. I'm a 4D coaster. Wanna spend the night in a cheap motel?"
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Money Shot!!!
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So back to the rest of crappy Fuji-Q.
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Let's go get something to eat! This shouldn't be a hassle, right?
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Oh, wait, no....would you believe that they have a wait time posted to get FOOD!!! WTF is wrong with this place?!?!?
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"Yay! I only had to wait 60 minutes for this coaster!!!"
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Dondonpa. One of only two S&S thrust air coasters in the world...soon to be the only one! =)
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This was probably the most entertaining thing in the park!
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I think this poster is entitled "The many faces of Fuji-Q" I see, pain, frustration, annoyance, shock, surprise....
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...and aparently that guy rode the back, outside seat of Eejanaika!
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"Two....We've been waiting TWO hours so far...."
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Creepy....just plain creepy! =)
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"Two...We've been here all day and I've only been on TWO coasters so far...."
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"Four....not even FOUR people can ride this coaster at time!"
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Yeah, dude...my thoughts exactly!
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And finally we leave you with a disturbing image to be burned into your brain. KidTums with cleavage!!!!

Special Thanks to Chuck (cfc), Lou, Tom, Dan, Joey, Jeff, Falafel and Mark for donating photos to this update!
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Eejanaika POV Clip. So you can see exactly how brutal this ride really is!
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Postby cfc » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:42 pm

Most awesome picture of KidTums yet, but what a wretched, wretched place--and I'm not that hard to amuse.

You have my sympathy for next year, Robb, Elissa, and KidTums--no one should have to endure FujiQueue three times in one decade.
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Postby IwantRevenge » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:43 pm

Wow 3.5hrs for an apprently crappy ride....That sucks!

oh btw :lmao:
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he definatly likes it ;)

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Postby pianojohn » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:48 pm

I gotta agree with you Robb. When I went in 2003 during Christmas, the lines SUCKED and it wasn't even crowded! I guess I was lucky to get on Dodonpa in about 1.5 hours and Fujiyama in about 45 minutes. Of course, as soon as we got there, we were informed that they didn't take any credit cards. WHAT???

The only redeeming part of the whole day was when we got this awesome picture of us taken in front of Mt. Fuji. One of my favorite pics from one the worst parks in the world!
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Postby Shockwave » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:49 pm

The only time I ever want to see that place again is if I'm going past the park to walk up Mount Fuji. And even then I might insist on being blindfolded so I don't have to look at the park.

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Postby WillMontu » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:53 pm

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At first glance, it looks like it was supposed to say "F^&# you". Either way, it is an appropriate name for the park though.

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Postby Goliath513 » Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:01 pm

Wow that coaster makes X look as smooth as glass. I sure hope the new S&S trains for X don't transform it to Jackhammer the Ride like this.

"That was actually worse than X, I didn't think that was possible" :lmao:

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