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

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:15 pm
by Nrthwnd
bert425 wrote:....(tho the selling point really is that they put on such a great and well organized trip!)...

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:30 am
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Great report, and I love all the pictures!

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:00 am
by cfc
A Tale of Two Jet Cor(a)sters: Benyland and Lina World

Our good day at Fuji Q was followed by another good day at Benyland and Lina World. First, we started with a ride on the fastest of the Shinkansens. (At least I think it was this day--might be a bit mixed up.)

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This baby rolls at nearly 200 miles per hour!

This brings up a very important question. How does a Wasabi KitKt taste at “ludicrous speed?”

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Answer: Pretty dang good.

Our first stop was Benyland in Sendai. This was a nice little park; that is, the landscaping was pretty. The coasters were, well, interesting. The obligatory Jet Coaster was reasonably fun (the best of the lot). The old Corkscrew was every bit a rough and nasty as you’d expect. The weirdest of the bunch was the Cyclone, a strange mass of twisted steel without a lot of sex appeal.

My favorite attraction there was a surprisingly good walk-through haunted house. There were plenty of working gags and even a maze within the house itself. Definitely worth the 300 yen up charge.

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:36 am
by cfc
What is it with the Japanese and building parks on the side of mountains? Our second park, Lina World, had a number of stairs and hills to climb.

Again, this was another nice-looking park with some not-so-nice coasters. Super Coaster was the best of the bunch, and it wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience. Then there’s the infamous Jet Corster (or Coaster) Discovery. It’s like the Jet Coaster and Cyclone at Benyland had a baby--tiny, uncomfortable trains clunking a rumbling around a very bizarre layout full of painful transitional elements.

Let’s go in.

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:32 pm
by Blue Turbo
Chuck, I'm very disappointed that you didn't include the most extreme coaster at Beny Land, Aero 5:
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(I'm waiting to see what will be done with the amazing on-ride footage Elissa got on that one! :lol:)

Other than that, great report! Both parks looked nice, and had some interesting attractions, but not the best in terms of coasters. And I'm glad that my fake enthusiasm for cyclone came through since Robb was filming then.

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:23 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Yeah, I saw Robb's video of Illumination Fantasy and my first thought was, "I remember seeing this video. That ride is great!" And then I started watching it, and it was all kinds of WTF. :lmao: It's, er, not quite like the other Hello Kitty ride.

I love Japanese instructions. They never tell you what to do, just remind you to do what you know you should. It's never a stop sign, it's a sign that says "Please consider others who would like to use this intersection." That garden at the end is fantastic as well.

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:31 pm
by SharkTums
^^The footage is just so intense I don't even know if I can sit through editing it!!!!

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:44 pm
by bert425
some great pics, Chuck.

looks like y'all continued to have a great time on this Japan trip.

and why must you tempt me with the wasabi KitKat? I'm still searching for it locally! :)

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:14 pm
by SharkTums
Also, seeing that train made me RATIONALLY angry at the US again. WHY CAN'T WE HAVE NICE FAST TRAINS?!?!?!

I was looking at DC to NYC which is roughly 220 miles (the same distance we took that awesome Green train from Tokyo to Sendai) and it takes 3.5 hours by train. It took us 94 minutes in Japan. Grrr!!!

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:39 pm
by cfc
SharkTums wrote:Also, seeing that train made me RATIONALLY angry at the US again. WHY CAN'T WE HAVE NICE FAST TRAINS?!?!?!

I was looking at DC to NYC which is roughly 220 miles (the same distance we took that awesome Green train from Tokyo to Sendai) and it takes 3.5 hours by train. It took us 94 minutes in Japan. Grrr!!!


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