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

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:48 pm
by bert425
SharkTums wrote:Great report! A couple of notes...

- This day we transferred WITH our luggage as we wanted to make sure we had it all same day to check in to the hotel early enough.

- Minion themed rooms would give me nightmares and I will never book them!



^ ah. . you're right! We put the luggage over there in the corner of the lobby once we got there and were told rooms weren't ready yet.

that's why it was there. . I'll go edit to correct that!


and agreed 100% on the Minions room. . I have flashbacks just from the inside of the elevators. .


(and yes, that *totally* makes sense on the Shinkansen. . I really thought the other trains went a little bit faster, but if on lines that don't stop as often, that absolutely makes sense why they are faster)

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

PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:48 pm
by bert425
So at 4pm, we headed down to meet up in the lobby.

the group I was going to be headed to USJ with this late afternoon was: Allison, Zach, Alex, Jon, myself, David, and Tabitha - who's a big Harry Potter fan.

We weren't sure if the Counter in the hotel sold the evening Tickets, but upon checking (and with a bit of English->Japanese pantomime), the lady behind the counter told us they did.

once I had gotten the 1st one, it was pretty easy for everyone else just to come to the counter and say "same please"

I don't recall if any discount was offered beyond the cheaper "twilight" ticket, but it was worth it to take care of this purchase here in the quiet of our hotel lobby, instead of at the front gate ticket booths.

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

PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:31 pm
by SharkTums
Great report. I am so sad and craving those 551 buns and gyoza now!!!!!

I still think Flying Dinosaur was some sort of mistake by Universal and B&M! There has not been a B&M that intense in quite a while and to show up randomly at a Japanese park with a culture known for more tame rides!?!?!

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

PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:27 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Forbidden Journey really is one of the best dark rides in the world. I had to learn all about how that ride system worked after I rode it the first time.

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:51 am
by jedimaster1227
SharkTums wrote:I still think Flying Dinosaur was some sort of mistake by Universal and B&M! There has not been a B&M that intense in quite a while and to show up randomly at a Japanese park with a culture known for more tame rides!?!?!


It was such an unexpected, amazing experience! I really wish parks had the appetite for coasters this intense...

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:58 am
by PKI Jizzman
I love these last two updates! It's hard to pick favorite days on the trip but I really loved USJ and the Citywalk area. The buns, gyoza, shrimp were all fantastic. It was so much fun to get those and have a little room party before or after the park visits. I definitely miss it!

Robb and Elissa and some help from Joey really set us up for success in a constantly changing severe weather situation. That can never be stated enough!

Really enjoying reading and going through all of the fun memories!

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:08 pm
by bert425
^ ditto ditto what you say about Robb, Elissa, Joey, and I think Andy had some imput too, right? it was so incredible how they stayed on top of everything, and were able to adapt and keep us informed as to what was going on.

^^, ^^^, ^^^^
thanks folks!

I really love typing these up (even tho they take me so dang long. .LOL. even when I TRY to be brief).

I get to relive the trip and enjoy the memories again, when talking about em - so I'm really glad that y'all are enjoying.

and yeah, I'm craving the steamed buns from 551 now again too, Elissa!
Luckily, there is a comparable bun place in South Austin, so next time I drive into work, will go there for lunch!

I found Flying Dinosaur to be fantastic towards the back (tho I never got a back row ride - we went where they told us). . but honestly, the front row ride we got was FANTASTIC. . .so good, we bought the pic from it :)

the full day at USJ will be up hopefully in the next several days. I don't seem to have *any* pics of the haunts, which is weird, but I do kinda have an idea what order we did them in, so I'll "review" them between the pictures.

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:02 pm
by Condor
Looks like you guys had a great day. You ate at some of the Citywalk restaurants I wanted to try but didn't get around to. Food looks good anyway! And isn't Flying Dinosaur incredible? You rank it even higher than I do!

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

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:15 pm
by bert425
Condor wrote:Looks like you guys had a great day. You ate at some of the Citywalk restaurants I wanted to try but didn't get around to. Food looks good anyway! And isn't Flying Dinosaur incredible? You rank it even higher than I do!


keep in mind, my ranking includes the multiple rides I got on the full "official" day - including a fantastic front row ride.

How long were you in Osaka? We were there, for 3 nights (Thurs, Fri, Sat). Breakfast was in the Hotel most days, but because we were there for a few days, and the Citywalk restaurants stay open until just after park close? yeah, that's why got to try a few places.

heck, we even ended up at Hard Rock Cafe on the afternoon of Typhoon day. . . there wasn't much open, but between Hard Rock, McDonalds, and TGI Friday? we ended up in Hard Rock. . which was kinda busy (due to USJ guests that were "stuck" in the hotels in the Citywalk complex, I'd guess).

but we did have a great visit on Thurs night, and an even better one on Friday, as the park stayed open full hours since the Typhoon had slowed down enough that it wouldn't make landfall until Saturday late morning. (spoiler, I guess, for the next update: full day at USJ) :)

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

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:49 pm
by PKI Jizzman
I'll admit that Flying Dino was almost too intense for me to love, and there really hasn't been any other coaster experience that has made me say that :lol: We did ride it 2x within 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning... in the morning! It's already that nuts, but I'm not sure I noticed a difference in morning vs night rides. The positive G's are really extreme at a few points in the ride, but the more I rode it the more I enjoyed it. It was so awesome to try a flying coaster that hauled ass through the entire course since I think that's the best way to experience inversions on flying coasters. The slow rolls tossing your body from side to side just don't do anything for me.

For me one of the best parts about Flying Dino is that you feel like a celebrity on it. Everyone is waving to you from the paths below as you're climbing the lift and flying around. :lol: