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Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby Mrlittle » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:40 pm

Hello everyone!

Just a few weeks ago I got to go on my first international trip with my lovely girlfriend Laura. We started off in San Diego for a few days before going to Japan for an amazing two weeks then ended in Portland before flying home. I was nervous going to Japan because of the language barrier. Spoiler alert: I loved Japan. The people are so nice and the food was great. We will get to that soon enough. I hope you enjoy and comment.

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Legoland California and San Diego Fair
First two days of JAPAN with unexpected quick visit to TDL
Space World
Mitsui Greenland
Kijima and Wonder Rakutenchi
Himeji Central Park and more
Nagashima Spaland
Universal Japan
Tobu Zoo and Thunder Dolphin
Fuji-Q
Cosmoworld and Sea Paradise
Taco Bell, Joypolis and TDR
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea
Last day at Tokyo Disney Resort
Portland Parks

Our first two days started in Sunny San Diego. We started the first day by going SeaWorld San Diego. I've been to SeaWorld San Antonio and Orlando but never to this one. I was pleasantly surprised with the park. Manta was a fantastic roller coaster and the launch surprised me. Journey to Atlantis just reminded me why I dislike the version here in Texas so much. The park was packed too, but we had fun for the few hours we were at SeaWorld.

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Ahh, Laura and I at Seaworld. Hope you can tell who's who?

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He was putting on a show for food.

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Manta really was great. We never had a long line for it so we rode multiple times. Just a fun coaster that everyone can ride.

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Penguins. At this park, you can just walk in to see them.

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He just kept walking around in circles. As if he was bored or something.

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Big hunk of love

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Still over there putting on a show. He was hungry!

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Shark! Shark!

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These sharks were more exciting than Sharknado 3

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Can you ever have to much shark?

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SeaWorld/Busch parks do such a great job with the queues and walkways interacting with the coasters.

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Our first ride on Manta and we did not expect that launch. Look at Laura's face.

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My favorite photo of Manta that I took.


We also hit up TWO random carousels and Belmont Park on the same day. Laura is a huge fan of carousels. I just like getting all I can out of my rental car.

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Random carousel #1 at Balboa Park

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Best part of the carousel, they still do the ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings. If enough people ask.


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Laura won the brass rong but she cheated.

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Something so simple makes a carousel that much better.

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And there off...

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Laura was very happy we stopped here.


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I love when the carousel organ is working and playing.

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Throw your ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings here

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Random carousel #2 at Seaport Village. (Costly to park nearby, wait for the FREE parking)

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Laura smiles her biggest around carousels.
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A lot of history for this carousel.
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Last stop of the day, Belmont Park
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I actually rode Giant Dipper a few years ago and was glad it rode better this visit with a full train
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Can't beat this view you get within walking distance of Belmont Park.
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Thanks for reading, keep an eye out for my next update.
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby cfc » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:04 pm

I"m going down to San Diego after West Coast Bash with some friends. I haven't been to SeaWorld since I was a kid. Thanks for the photos.
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby robbalvey » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:11 pm

Great start to the report. Looking forward to the Japan stuff.

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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby bert425 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:43 pm

great pics thus far, and cannot wait to read the Japan portion!

I'm hoping TPR does an overseas trip again next year, as I really want to go!
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby robbalvey » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:41 am

Also, I'm glad you liked Manta! I feel like it's such an underrated coaster due to its size and because "It's not Orlando's Manta" but I think it's a solid family coaster and more parks I wish would install something like this.

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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby cfc » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:54 am

^I'm really looking forward to riding Manta in September (and to hitting Belmont Park and Pizza Port, too).
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:00 am

SWSD looks like a great place to spend some time in. Can't wait for the Japan part!

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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby robbalvey » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:44 pm

cfc wrote:(and to hitting Belmont Park and Pizza Port, too).

Two very awesome features of the San Diego area! Belmont does not disappoint!

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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby cfc » Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:30 am

robbalvey wrote:
cfc wrote:(and to hitting Belmont Park and Pizza Port, too).

Two very awesome features of the San Diego area! Belmont does not disappoint!


I'm especially intrigued by Pizza Port, as I've heard people talking about it for years, and Belmont looks like fun (it'll be my first visit).
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby gisco » Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:13 pm

I can't believe my daughter has been going to school in San Diego for three years now and I haven't been to Pizza Port!

Looking forward to the Japan photos.

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