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Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:40 pm
by SharkTums
^We didn't make the move to the fancy toilet, but we did order a rice cooker! Japan always inspires!

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:51 pm
by cfc
"Trainers" for chopsticks? I still need them. :lol:

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:17 pm
by bert425
cfc wrote:"Trainers" for chopsticks? I still need them. :lol:


:nina:

(I do have a couple of extra pairs if you want some, tho you can likely get them from most local Japanese Restaurants) :)

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:14 am
by PKI Jizzman
Yay it's bert's Japan trip report! Looking forward to reliving the great trip, I know you took tons of great photos. :mickey: :br

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:58 pm
by bert425
PKI Jizzman wrote:Yay it's bert's Japan trip report! Looking forward to reliving the great trip, I know you took tons of great photos. :mickey: :br


aw, thanks!

everyone took some great photos (the ones you/Allison/Alex have been posting on FB have been fantastic!).

Working on La Qua, and hope to have it up in the next hour or so.

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:36 pm
by bert425
After a great night's sleep (well, at least 7-8 hours of it, since I had gone to bed early due to exhaustion. .but I woke up feeling super refreshed) I was wide awake by 6am.

If I had Jet-Lag on the trip, I didn't notice it really affecting me other than my waking up fairly early every morning. I had prepared to really be dragging, but the strong/bitter coffee in Japan really did keep me really perky, and not once on the trip did I need to take an afternoon nap.

Those of us who were at the Hotel already were going to start off the "Theme Park" portion of a TPR trip this morning at La Qua - Tokyo Dome. A place I knew mainly for "Thunder Dolphin" and the iconic dive thru the cut out on the top of the building in central Tokyo. I also knew that Japan parks seemed to have really strict weather policies, and if the rain came? things were going to shut down.

The weather was acting like it wasn't gonna be cooperating, but I crossed my fingers and said a little affirmation and prayer for someone I had been really worried about, and was ready to kick off my day.

The Hotel offered a great breakfast buffet, so I got dressed, and headed down to the lobby to meet up with friends whom had arrived after I had turned in last night.

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:45 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I didn't spend too much time at Tokyo Dome City last year, but I remember Thunder Dolphin's drop being wonderful. And that setting is super unique.

I also love how the food you receive in Japan matches exactly what you see in the displays.

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:05 am
by jedimaster1227
I visited Tokyo Dome City with my host family during my first visit to Japan and like you described, rain was a factor that shuts down much of the complex. For this reason, most of the outdoor, uncovered attractions were closed including Thunder Dolphin. We rode Big O and Geo Panic along with a spinning coaster they used to have...

Based on your report it looks like there was more to LaQua than I realized. I'm also very interested to understand how much of the Panic Coaster uses of the former Geo Panic/MagiQuest space.

Thanks for sharing this great update!

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:31 pm
by Mrlittle
Really enjoying reading this trip report. It's making me remember all the good memories of my first japan trip. Now I want to find some chocolate croissants. Look forward to reading more updates to your report.

Re: TR- Bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:09 pm
by bert425
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! I didn't spend too much time at Tokyo Dome City last year, but I remember Thunder Dolphin's drop being wonderful. And that setting is super unique.

I also love how the food you receive in Japan matches exactly what you see in the displays.


yeah, if I had any extra room in the suitcase, I probably would have picked up a few of the plastic food displays to take home. They were so neat to see. (William won a spoon full of noodles keychain (from a claw machine), that looked totally edible.

jedimaster1227 wrote:I visited Tokyo Dome City with my host family during my first visit to Japan and like you described, rain was a factor that shuts down much of the complex. For this reason, most of the outdoor, uncovered attractions were closed including Thunder Dolphin. We rode Big O and Geo Panic along with a spinning coaster they used to have...

Based on your report it looks like there was more to LaQua than I realized. I'm also very interested to understand how much of the Panic Coaster uses of the former Geo Panic/MagiQuest space.

Thanks for sharing this great update!


you're welcome, and glad it's "reading" well. There really is quite a bit to do at La Qua/Tokyo Dome. . it could be a most of the day visit, if you wanted to spend time in the arcades, shopping, and ride EVERYTHING (including the Parachutes, the flats, and the walk thrus - there were at least two haunts, but not sure if those are year round or just for Halloween season. one of them looked pretty permanent). But it was perfect for a few hours in the morning visit for us, since many of us were mainly focused just on Thunder Dolphin, Panic Coaster Back Daaan!!!, and the Ferris Wheel.

Since it was my 1st time ever in Japan (and to Tokyo Dome City), I can't really answer how much space is being used for the coaster - or if it's even in the same space as the prior one was. If it IS in the same space tho, the 4D theaters are right next door, so it would be logical to think that those used some of the space.

the Coaster seemed to be a pretty good size - even tho it was a single rail.. .but it was hard to tell, since much of the forward launch is in complete darkness. It was really fun tho!

Mrlittle wrote:Really enjoying reading this trip report. It's making me remember all the good memories of my first japan trip. Now I want to find some chocolate croissants. Look forward to reading more updates to your report.


you could always dip a hot dog bun in Hershey Syrup? :p

seriously, tho the croissants were great, I didn't discover until after Halloween when I got into the Disney Chocolate Crunch, what my *favorite* treat from Japan is. I didn't buy near enough of it!

goals for a future trip.