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

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

Postby Mrlittle » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:39 pm

Thanks for the comments so far. I'm mad at myself for not remembering about Pizza Port. I ate there on my last visit. Lots of Japan photos to come but first our second day in San Diego.

We went to Legoland California for half a day. I loved playing Legos when I was a kid so I was excited for my first visit to a Legoland. I liked the theming through out the park. Even if it was kind of blocky. (get it) We both enjoyed the park overall.

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Legoland Cali

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Looks like home. Not really.

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The minilands were cool.

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Definitely neat little details

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Missing the random costume characters

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Vegas!

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You can make the S&S tower work.

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Throw me some beads.

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I was probably to excited when I saw this.

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It's a pretty cool set.

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Everything is Awesome

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I liked the movie a lot so yeah this was cool.

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Our favorite ride 2 thumbs up at the park.

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Laura showing how to put out the fire. We won by the way.

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Star Wars!

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Engineering flaw.

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The Star Wars minilands were cool. Seemed to just take a corner and I think they should expand it.

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Love dark rides but I can't remember anything from this one. I did like how they had a Lego play area for the kids while the adults waited in line.

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She gets so happy for the cutest things. Like when an employee hands her a giant Lego. The Knights Tournament was a fun ride by the way.

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Ryan has left Legoland


So after Legoland, we went to the San Diego Fair. You actually drive past it on the way to Legoland from SD. I recommend to anyone going that you park at a nearby parking lot with the free shuttle buses as traffic near the fair is horrible. I did not know we were going to the fair till the day of so it was a fun stop. We didn't stay late because we had to be up bright and early to start our journey to Japan.

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Here we are..

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This was before even Disney or Six Flags banned them.

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All the rides are towards the back of the fair.

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Reminded me of Houston Rodeo. Laura later told me, it was the same company.

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This is a hard coaster to find, I guess?

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For you train lovers.

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I wish we would of rode it more than once.

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So I can do spinning rides but this one always gets me. I was "done" after riding but at least I rode the two big coasters before this.

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Credit whoring!

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Thanks for reading, next update will be JAPAN!
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby redfoot12 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:09 pm

Awesome report! Like others in this thread, I may go to SeaWorld and Belmont that sometime around West Coast Bash.
Looking forward to Japan adventures!
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby The Great Zo » Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:36 pm

Nice start to the report! Belmont's high on my list for whenever I finally make it out to southern California.
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby Mrlittle » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:16 pm

One of the very first updates I saw on TPR many years ago was when they went to Japan. I knew from then on that it was #1 on my list of places I wanted to travel to. I took a lot of photos and I will share some stories along the way.

I was nervous about the language barrier but ts amazing how many things are translated to English. There were still times were language was a problem but overall, the people are so nice and patient. We showed up at our hotel in Shinagawa and met up with friends for some beer and food. After traveling all day, I never imagine we end up going to one of the primary reasons we went on this trip. A group was going to Tokyo Disneyland that night to ride Space Mountain since we knew it would be closed down in a few weeks when we were scheduled to visit. So with nothing else going on but maybe sleep, we decided to go. Plus Tokyo Disney has a night ticket and after 6 its only $34. Yes, just $34 dollars to go to the best resort in the world. Sadly, Space Mountain was broken down but we had about two hours to spend around the park. So we rode Pirates, Monsters Inc., Star Tours, Buzz and then my new favorite dark ride Pooh. It was worth it to ride 5 rides on our first day in Japan. It was like a teaser for the park that we would go back to later.

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We made it. The 9 hr flight wasn't bad but I only got like an hour of sleep. I just can't sleep on planes.

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First of many trains while in Japan.

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This was around 3:00 PM. The train stations never really slow down.

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Our view from our room. We stayed at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel the first night.

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Such a large city.

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One could get lost in this city.

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View from 36th floor while eating and drinking

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Amazing how efficient the trains were. Always on time.

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Can you tell I am tired?

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This was when we decided to head to Tokyo Disneyland. It was a lot of switching stations and running to catch a train but we got to the park with about two hours till closing.

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Space Mountain - I would of loved to been able to ride but just another reason to go back.

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Monsters Inc. was a fun dark ride.

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Better than any Monsters Inc ride we have in the U.S.

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It was actually at this moment, that it dawn on me. I'm in JAPAN FINALLY! (I was like half asleep from flying)

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In this version, the Pirates still chase the women

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Still waiting to see if Space Mountain would reopen for the night. We rode Star Tours and Buzz. Basically finishing Tomorrowland in 1 hour

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I don't remember which planets we went to but Laura was the REBEL on board. I was more excited then she was about it.

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Hearing Buzz in Japanese was different.

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My one attempt to take a night photo of the castle. I'm not a photographer.

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Why can't we have a dark ride like this in America? Seriously, everyone needs to go ride this. I will talk more about it in later updates.

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A great night at Tokyo Disneyland for our first day in Japan.

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Our second day in Japan was a travel day which consisted of Bullet trains.

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Some of the stations, you can see the Bullet trains just fly by at their top speeds. Its a sight to see.

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Sleepy head

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Japan is huge on safety and germs.

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There also huge on vending machines. So many different options to try out.

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This was okay. I think I was hoping it would taste more like lemonade.

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Most of the coke products like Sprite and Fanta tasted great. I could be wrong but they tasted like they had more sugar.

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Our hotel in Fukuoka for a few days. Thanks for reading and next update will be SPACE WORLD!!!!
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby robbalvey » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:48 pm

Great first start to the report!

I always say, if there is a major coaster at Tokyo Disneyland to miss out on, Space Mountain is one of the better ones, and here's why - it's pretty much exactly the same ride (sans the music) as Space Mountain in California and at Hong Kong. Tokyo Disney always has a major ride shut down as they are constantly doing maintenance, and I've heard of people going when totally unique rides like Journey or Pooh are down, and I think that would be a real bummer. Sad you guys missed it, but like you said, now you have more than one reason to go back!

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

Postby The Great Zo » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:25 pm

Great start to the report -- will be following along with this one! :)
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:19 am

That night was one crazy rush, Tokyo Station was enormous! What a great memory! =)
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby FreeFaller » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:46 am

Awesome report! Can't wait to see the rest of yours! A bummer that Space Mountain was closed, but now you have one more reason to go back, besides that Disney Sea is worth visiting anyway!

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

Postby Mrlittle » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:54 pm

Space World is a fun park. I thought overall the coasters were great. We went to Japan during the rain season and we were lucky with the rain for the most part. Unfortunately while at Space World it started to rain hard but we made the best of it. They had Venus GP and Clipper coasters closed because of their brakes but the rest of the coasters were open. We ended waiting to see if the rain would let up but it never did. We did spend some time at nearby mall before heading back.
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This is the view you get as soon as you exit the train station.

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Celebrating 25 years.

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Spaaaaaaace World

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Some of the mascots came out to greet us.

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I guess shes some kind of alien?

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We all got our wristbands and started to walk towards the first coaster of the day.

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Our first coaster in Japan. I didn't think it was terrible but watch out for the last few turns.

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On the new trains, these are the song choices. Let's all sing together "Go to the Space World"

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Zaturn had a great launch on it.

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Before you can get on any coasters in Japan, you must empty your pockets.

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Wanna Fanta

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I loved the alien signs around the park.

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Go to the Space World

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I seriously want these vending machines in America

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How does a park in Japan have a rocket but my home town does not?

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Waiting to see if they open the kiddie coaster but it started to rain.

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I love me some Mario Kart.

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We were also hoping to ride Venus but they don't trust the brakes in the rain.

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Random toys you can win.

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So this was a neat indoor area. It included a rollercoaster and simulator ride. There was other attractions but they were closed during our visit.

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Reminded me of an EPCOT pavilion.

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This was a decent roller coaster in the dark.

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The ride sign for the Boogie-woogie Space coaster. I remember this coaster being kind of meh.

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I want to believe.

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They have arcades, vending machines and toy capsule machines everywhere in Japan.

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Just a few of the thousands of toy capsule machines.

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They do have some awesome things in them.

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The nearby mall was really nice.

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Japan is huge on beauty products. Thanks for reading and next update will be Mitsui Greenland.
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Re: Ryan (that's me) and Laura go to Japan

Postby azza29 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:29 pm

Great update, Ryan. Space World was a fun park! Fortunately even though Venus was closed in the rain we still managed the other major rides. I didn't mind Titan V at all, the new trains were pretty decent even if the track was a bit weird in spots.

I'm sure that theme song will stick around in my head for a while... Go. To. Space. Go. To The Space World...
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