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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:32 am
by bert425
Friday, 10/11/19 - full day at Universal Studios Japan:

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:33 am
by bert425
Universal Day continued

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:38 pm
by SharkTums
I really think in a weird way the Typhoon helped us! It made the crowds so much more manageable than a normal Horror Nights Day and kept all of the rain and bad weather on one day which was NOT our visit! Great report as always!

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:58 pm
by bert425
SharkTums wrote:I really think in a weird way the Typhoon helped us! It made the crowds so much more manageable than a normal Horror Nights Day and kept all of the rain and bad weather on one day which was NOT our visit! Great report as always!


thanks!

and agreed, the Typhoon really did help us in that the crowd was so much lighter (lighter than it had been on the Evening visit some of us did the night before).

and that there was ZERO weather impact on the day we were there - and they stayed open full hours? Just an amazing day (one of many on this trip).

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:41 pm
by Nrthwnd
bert425 wrote:...it had gotten kind of quiet, and it was only ~8:45, so the park was still open for over an hour. I knew some of the folks in my group had cited exhaustion/long day, and had already headed back to the hotel to sleep.

but I tend to not do that (once in a park- especially one I likely won't ever be back to - I like to stay). . just ask Bill - during CoasterMania! in 2017, he went back to the room for a break, and as exhausted as I was? I stayed in the park, and think it ended up being an 18 hour day for me.


But I did come back and join you, right? :wink: Your group left for the rest of the night. If they'd hit the hotel in the afternoon, like I did at Breakers for a couple of hours' rest, they could have easily come back and re-join you guys for the rest of the day! I realize it was only an hour+ left in the park for you. Still. Mid-day rests, if the hotel is close by, sure revives one for the rest of the day at any park, i.e. Tokyo Disney IMhO. And I usually come back to the hotel tired, but not extremely exhausted, as I have in other trips w/o a mid-day rest available. Not always possible I know. And I realize there were FastPasses they used there too, thanks to Elissa and Robb's great planning and ticket buying. But besides this...

Great ongoing TR, Bert! There's so much new stuff there at USJ (Potterverse! DinoCoaster! Minions! Hello Kitty Chucky!) since I was last there, in 2011. Having done a few other coasters backwards (the worst being Temple of Peril in Disney Paris, when they ran it that way for a while), I don't think I would have been keen on Dream going backwards. I just like to go forwards on the things, heh. And isn't the "tune selection" on it, a trip? I remember most of us just hitting the Japanese J-Pop tunes and it was great, every time we rode.

Looking forward to more! :airtime:

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:58 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Fantastic report!

That's really nice they have the haunts running in daylight hours. So many US parks don't open the haunts until the evening, which can make it hard to do everything.

That's a bummer you couldn't get the back on Flying Dinosaur for that first drop. It took me a few tries in the single rider line to get it. But that ride is fantastic in any seat.

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:01 pm
by bert425
^^ Hey Bill - Hollywood Dream set up was similar, and you had to choose quickly. *but* instead of genres, it was actual songs. So there were 5 songs to choose from, most of them "American" (as I noted, they kept asking Allison if she wanted Taylor Swift).


As to mid-day rest, that wouldn't have been an option at USJ, even tho the hotel was right there. They don't allow in/out privleges (no hand-stamp, no readmission). So if you left? you were done for the day unless you wanted to buy another ticket!

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:16 pm
by bert425
Canobie Coaster wrote:Fantastic report!

That's really nice they have the haunts running in daylight hours. So many US parks don't open the haunts until the evening, which can make it hard to do everything.

That's a bummer you couldn't get the back on Flying Dinosaur for that first drop. It took me a few tries in the single rider line to get it. But that ride is fantastic in any seat.

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yeah, agreed! at least half the haunts were open during the day time (the exceptions seemed to be the two that shared the space with other attractions: Sadako (used Terminator's building), and Blood Legend (that used Sesame Street 4D). . I suspect if Backdraft had been up and running - it was down for Refurb during our visit - then Area 51 also wouldn't have opened until 6pm, since the haunt uses the Backdraft queue areas as part of haunt.

there were also two "in Japanese Only" so not recommended for non-Japanese speakers, specific immersive Haunts. Those didn't seem to open until the evening, and were both upcharge things (one was called "Hotel Albert II: Requiem" and the other seemed to be a dinner/seance experience.

We had been advised it was best not to do them, as non-Japanese speakers could possibly ruin the enjoyment for others, since those were such intimate events - and sure enough, these two are not even LISTED on the English Park Guide - I only can see what they are, since I snagged a Japanese Horror Nights guide as well (because it listed the "Zombie zones", but also lists these two additional attractions.


if you're curious, the Zombie Zones were:

Monster (by Hollywood Dream)
Mummy (by Jurassic Park)
Circus (by Space Fantasy)
Cutie (in San Francisco waterfront area)
Prison (in New York waterfront area)
Pirate (also in NY waterfront area, but closer to the main entrance walkway)
Tribal (near Amity/JAWS area)


and I can't really complain about not getting back row on Flying Dinosaur.. I DID get 4 rides during my visit (s), and as you note, every seat is a great one. Tho I loved front row!

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:19 pm
by Nrthwnd
bert425 wrote:...As to mid-day rest, that wouldn't have been an option at USJ, even tho the hotel was right there. They don't allow in/out privleges (no hand-stamp, no readmission). So if you left? you were done for the day unless you wanted to buy another ticket!


Ah yes, I forgot about that little rule. Well, it's been 8+ years. I do tend to forget stuff here and there, now. :wink:

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:31 pm
by Erik Johnson
This music is pretty much what I remember from that day.