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

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

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:27 am

All of our breakfasts were legendary. I realized that after Shinagawa, though, since I had used my time that morning to call home. The Prince Hotel set up looks fantastic!

There was more to Tokyo Dome than I anticipated. Going into the area I thought it was just the space around Thunder Dolphin but they have a lot to work with and it's literally right next to the baseball stadium. I would have loved to have seen the area during one of the baseball games. (hey Joey)

Thunder Dolphin was tied with Hollywood Dream for most safety conscious coaster on the trip. Those Intamin trains were SPOTLESS. It's so cool to have an Intamin mega coaster in the middle of the city and Back Daaan was a fun little coaster.
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Postby bert425 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:24 pm

^ I had no idea the dome was for Baseball! Really. . . I thought it was for Football.
(is that where Joey went to the game during the trip?).

Yeah, Hollywood Dream with the metal wands was certainly the most "invasive" of the safety protocols.
Pretty much ALL the parks were pretty overboard and serious on the safety checks tho, so gotta wonder if maybe there had been a new law passed? or if an accident of some sort maybe happened recently?

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Postby robbalvey » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:45 pm

bert425 wrote:so gotta wonder if maybe there had been a new law passed? or if an accident of some sort maybe happened recently?

In Japan rides simply CANNOT have accidents. Even when accidents have happened that were non-fatal, and would be considered "not a huge deal" here in the US, it will shut down a coaster for sometimes multiple years. Case in point, both Steel Dragon and Thunder Dolphin were both closed for many years due to a mechanical issue with the trains that resulted in a non-fatal accident. But it was enough to add several additional safety checks to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Following an incident in which a 25 cm long bolt fell from the ride while in motion on 5 December 2010, injuring a 9-year-old visitor, operation of the ride was suspended until 1 August 2013, when the ride reopened

An amusement park "Tokyo Dome City Attractions" (Bunkyo, Tokyo), in 2010, a damaged bolt dropped from a running roller coaster and a girl in elementary school was slightly injured. A report of investigations caused by design errors that do not take load into consideration has been compiled.

According to the ministry, one damaged 28cm long metal bolt that connects the wheel of a Swiss coaster vehicle to the wheel. Although it was a type of wheel that was prone to lateral shaking, it was not assumed that a lateral burden would be generated during traveling, and the bolts seemed to break due to metal fatigue.

The accident occurred on December 5, 2010 at the roller coaster “Thunder Dolphin”. The fallen bolt bounced on the ground and hit the side of a girl in a third grade at that time.

So you can see, that minor injury caused the ride to be closed for 2 1/2 years. And that is why those nets all around the entire ride were installed after the accident.
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Postby bert425 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:56 pm

^ that makes total sense.

and I will note for clarity's sake - the additional "pocket checks", Rubber Bands to secure loose shoes, and/or "security wanding" did not in any way impact the enjoyment of the rides. Everything was so efficient that in most cases it only caused a slight delay while boarding.

Certainly *nothing* to complain about, and only really noticed it since coming from the USA where I'm so used to dealing with Six Flags parks -- where there are metal detectors at the entrance to the parks, but no real checks at individual rides.

I also found it super impressive that pretty much ALL of the places we went to had free storage bins (even Space Fantasy: Black Hole at Universal, where it cost 100 yen to rent a space, but then gave the coin back after the ride).

so tho it was a little bit odd how careful they were being - especially with the storage bins available, I understand it much better now.

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Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:53 pm

^The Fujin Raijin II incident in 2007 is also a big part of why Japan's standards are as strict as they are, because Japanese authorities saw the incident as a sign that the standards and enforcement they had before were nowhere near enough if they allowed something like that to happen (similar to how the sarin gas attacks in 1995 prompted many places in Japan to get rid of their public trash cans; just like how people got used to not having public trash cans, the new safety standards just became a fact of life for Japanese parkgoers).

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

Postby bert425 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:07 pm

after leaving LaQua Tokyo Dome City (and having a fantastic morning there), we went back to the Train station as a group.
Two trains and about 40 minutes later we were in Yokohama and ready for the remainder of my 1st full day in Japan.
Coming out of the Yokohama Train station, we exited facing the Minato Mirai area - an entertainment area featuring tons of Restaurants , Shopping, Museums (including the one on Nippon Maru, a 1930's Sailing Ship that's permanently docked in the Harbor), Yokohama CosmoWorld, and this beauty off to the left - the Landmark Tower - super unique architecture, that I believe is the 2nd or 3rd tallest building in Japan.
Crossing the street, and headed towards the Kishamichi Promenade, there is interesting architecture all around.

not exactly sure what the Cross Gate is, but the building sure was Unique looking.
walking on the Kishamichi Promenade, towards Cosmo World, you can see the amazing Cosmo Clock 21 - which is still one of the world's largest Ferris Wheels (at over 360 ft), and at the time it was built, was the worlds largest.
while walking on the Kishamichi Promenade, you really get some stunning views of the area.

more to the left, and I apparently cut it off, would be the docked Nippon Maru ship.
the Cosmo Clock really is breathtaking in Person. . and as impressive as it is? it's even more impressive at night - and we'd get to see that, as CosmoWorld was gonna be open until 10pm, and we were arriving just around 4pm.

that's all shopping and dining surrounding the Cosmo World amusement park. . including the "Cup Noodles" museum - something that I learned from Elissa on this walk: it's NOT "Cup 'o Noodles" or even "Cup of Noodles". . it's "Cup Noodle"

I was pretty surprised to discover that I had been saying it wrong my entire life! but there it was, right across the street from the park entrance. (one would think that with ~6 hours to spend at CosmoWorld, I would have found time to venture across the street to the museum. and I WANTED to. but the timing just didn't work out, with just too many other things vying for my time this afternoon. So something to do for sure if I make it back to Japan).
looking back across the waterway, at the Yokohama Landmark Tower.

truly an impressive sight.
Coming off the Kishamichi Promenade, and rounding the walkway towards CosmoWorld.

damn, that Ferris Wheel is BIG.
and we're almost at the entrance! that pink track is from Diving Coaster Vanish, and the Spinning Mouse is on *top* of the 3 story arcade/dark ride building.

it's pretty impressive how they crammed so much into such a tiny space surrounded by shopping/dining/museum areas.
and here we are - at the main entrance!
pic courtesy of Robb.

we're here!
Park map, and as you can see, it's actually a bit more spread out than I had thought at first. With quite a bit of things to do on the other side of the harbor
yes, bert, that's the Cosmo Clock 21 - you found it!

good boy!
so overwhelmingly impressive when standing directly beneath is.

really gives one a "wow" moment.
but before we get deep into the park. . the first thing we come to, just to the left of the entrance?

the famous "Cliff Drop” ~ Scream Grand Prix ~ - the log flume where the volume of the scream gets you on the board.
scream loud enough, and you can top the board for the day.

so OF COURSE, that's what we had to do 1st, so many of us split up into groups of 2 or 3, and attempted to scream our way onto the board.

I believe I rode with 1 other guy, and our manly screams (tho I tried to scream higher) were not loud enough to even register on the board, tho some of the TPR folks did manage to get into the top 5.


Didn't get too wet on it- only a slight splash - but really, this almost counts as a coaster in my book, because the section from the turn around over Vanish's dive, until the big drop? you're flying in that tube, with very little water flowing beneath your log. Yep, it's got a bit of airtime, before the drop.

really enjoyed this flume, even if I wasn't able to scream loud enough.
yet another pic of the Cosmo Clock.
Not sure why I'm giving a thumb's up. .it's not like Vanish coaster is on the tracks there or anything. LOL

Probably because I'm still in disbelief that I'm standing in front of this place that, again, I had only seen/heard about in other trip reports on TPR over the years.
speaking of Diving Coaster Vanish? that is where the majority of the group headed to next.

it had a bit of a line, but nothing too outrageous, and I think we maybe waited 15 minutes for it. The boarding station for Vanish, is in the same structure as the boarding for the Ferris Wheel (which is on the level above it) - you go up the Left stairs for the Cosmo Clock, and the Right Stairs for Vanish.
Getting a shot of the front of the coaster train, and the cubbies on the dock.

I can't recall 100%, but I *think* they were only running on train here.
it's a little hard to tell from the pic, but if you think that looks like a lot of padding on the restraints?

Double what you are thinking it looks like.

I was so uncomfortable, and got incredibly claustrophobic, the moment the restraints came down and my head/ears/body was crammed in-between the foam .. smooshing my ears. Oh, I get it, the coaster - while super fast - is not at all smooth, and that padding is needed.

but I was so uncomfortable, and just wanted the ride to be over, that I didn't enjoy it at all. (I don't think I was the only one either, and I don't believe any of the folks I was hanging with rode it more than this one time). Certainly none of us got back in line to ride it again.

so it's a case of "wow, this coaster LOOKS amazing. . but it is a 1 and done"

it really does haul tho, and the dive into the lake really is a spectacular effect to view from the unload platform near the Cosmo Clock station.
Looking up at the Cosmo Clock from the Diving Coaster Vanish exit.

Some of the gondolas are completely clear! I believe these were an upcharge to ride in them, and there were only a handful on the wheel. it would have been really cool to ride, but since was with someone who is not a fan of heights - but *was* willing to ride it later once it got dark. . .wasn't gonna push to ride a clear gondola.
really pretty cool looking tho.
Still on the Diving Coaster Vanish exit, looking across the water at more of CosmoWorld - where most of the flats are, and the "island" where all the kiddie rides, and the double Carousel is.

Behind on those levels are tons of restaurants, stores, and public areas where bands or clowns were performing.

catching the log flume at the bottom of the 1st "splash" before it goes under Vanish, and heads up to what I called the "coaster" section of the flume.
but since here, let's grab some pics of Vanish "diving"

it's moving so fast, it's a bit of a blur.
but that splash effect is great!
a bit disorienting, but pointing the phone up to see most of the Cosmo Clock above me.
A shot of the loading station for Cosmo Clock behind me.

it wasn't very crowded this early - when we came back to ride it after dark, the line had more than quadrupled in size, and I think it was a 20-25 minute wait.

but we weren't gonna ride it just yet.
this wheel is just SO damn photogenic.

I lost most all the pics I took of it against the sky - hard to whittle down so I don't post all of em!
we headed up the escalators to the rooftop, with the spinning mouse next on our agenda.

From the queue there, you can also get some great pics of Diving Coaster Vanish.

as I noted, I didn't really wanna ride it again, but it certainly is very photogenic.

here's a lift hill shot.
and the turnaround into the 1st "drop"

the brick building with the glass upper floor on the right there is the "CupNoodles Museum" I mentioned earlier.
nothing super steep, but it does pick up a lot of speed here. it's a fast, if not smooth, coaster.
it was only about 5:15, but combined with the overcast day? it was starting to get dark enough that some of the lights were starting to come on.

and I was realizing just how spectacularly lovely this park was going to look at night.

not quite dark enough to truly appreciate the LEDs in the CosmoClock, but I love this pic because I was able to get one of the Spinning Mouse cars in the frame.
pic courtesy of William (I think).

Trent and I riding. . . . Cookie Monster? LOL. . this mouse didn't really seem to be anything super special, but it really did give an awful lot of spinning once we hit the release on the 2nd level.

I enjoyed it immensely.
While waiting at the exit for the rest of the group to get off the Mouse (they were only operating 4 cars, so although they weren't loading too slowly, capacity is always gonna be an issue with this type of coaster), I was able to get pretty close to Diving Coaster Vanish's helix.

again, you can see how crazy fast this coaster is, by how blurred it is (and how little the log in the flume has moved between levels of the helix).
again, behind on the right, is the CupNoodles Museum.
a good chunk of Vanish, and an view of this side of CosmoWorld.. . .tho keep in mind, we're on top of 3 levels that include 3 dark rides, a Mirror Maze, and a couple of arcades.
the darker it gets, the lovelie the park looks.
looking out towards the train station, and i believe I was trying to get the TPR folks in that Mouse car in the pic.

not 100% sure what this lit up building is on the lower right, but it was very well maintained and looked to me like maybe a performance center.
Once everyone was off the Mouse, some of us headed down a level to the infamous Dark Ride: "New Ghost: Terrible Journey"

why is it infamous? why, because you ride thru it in a cage.

no really. . a cage. . it was awesome, see?
and making it even more awesome? you get to choose how scary you want your ride to be. When they asked William, Jon and I, of course we said MOST SCARY!!!

which really seemed to translate to: it's going to be mostly dark, with things lighting up for just a second before they pop out at you.

it wasn't very scary (even at Most Scary level), but some of the effects - such as the hands dragging along the top of the cage from above, were very effective and fun.

Allison wouldn't have liked it tho. . so it was good she didn't ride. . LOL
this giant spooky head drops out of the ceiling in front of the ride.
so of course, we posed for when it dropped down - with our "most scary" faces.

well. .except for Jon. Smiling is apparently his most scary face. LOL
Right next door was what turned out to be one of my favorites in CosmoWorld.

A shooting dark ride, with a TON of practical, animatronic effects, called "Echidna's Cave"

it was kinda sorta Pokemon-type creatures, some good, some bad - I dunno..I shot at anything with a target!

Jon, of course, smoked us all again, but what was really cool (in addition to all the really well done practical effects/targets) was if you got above a certain score? you got a coin, that you could drop into a maching in front of the ride (where I took this picture), and it gave you a creature card that you could use to play a pokemon type card game with.

it was a neat little souvenir.
but the time we got done with the two dark rides, and wandered thru the arcade, it had really gotten dark out, and the park had come alive with LEDs.

a nice touch was out by the water, where the "boardwalk" area had set up led glowing tables, and this cool little "heart-light" bench.

so of course, stopped for a photo to send home to my Spouse.

and what's this across the way? a working Enterprise? That appeared to have the double seating configuration?

I hadn't ridden one of those in many, many years, and Robb had mentioned that on prior visits it hadn't been operating. so if it was running, then I was gonna try to get a ride on it.
dark enough now to really get the full effect of the LEDs on the CosmoClock.

just lovely.
and on "ground level" by the boardwalk still. . we had to hang out for a diving coaster Vanish pic or two.

tho a log from the screaming flume came first
ah. .here it comes.
DAMN> > > > at night it looks like it's on fire!

Looking across the water to the lights on the Landmark Tower, the rides, and the string of lights on the masts of the Nippon Maru ship (on the far left)
We're walking up to the bridge to walk across to the other rides, but looking back at Vanish and Cosmo Clock.

this park is *stunning* at night.
across the way, before one gets to the flat rides, you walk thru a small "town" area, where lining the streets are claw machine arcades, Mirror Mazes, and Jungle Mazes.
and at the end of that "street"?

ICE WORLD. . a walk thru Ice House, which is described as: "Polar experience attraction where you can experience the world of minus 30 degrees Celsius"

Seeing as we had a few Canadians with the group who had commented that wasn't too cold? oh, we had to do this!
IMG_9408a William Icehouse.jpg
pic courtesy of William

LtR: David (Canadian), me (Texan), William (Californian), Allison (Canadian), and Jon (Canadian)
in the entrance "lobby". . not cold at all.
Trent and I are even wearing shorts.

oh, it's made to LOOK like it's cold. . but it's not too cold.
hmm. . . a stuffed polar bear. and it's starting to get cold in here the further we get in.
holy crap. .ok, it's COLD in here. Whole rooms filled with blocks of ice, and sculptures made of Ice.

I dunno if William actually sat, or just pretended to sit in this ice chair, but I wasn't about to.
meanwhile, two of the Canadians, just plop down on an ice sofa all comfortable like!

I had gotten my "experience" tho. .and was ready to get out. LOL
outside the Ice House, Cosmo World had set up another of the "love benches" as had been on the boardwalk across the river.

this one was set up to get a lovely view of the Cosmo Clock behind it in pictures tho.

and since it was now dark enough to appreciate the LED designs, I snapped a few pics.
The Enterprise (called "Super Planet") was operating, and it looked to be running a hell of an intense cycle, so a few of us got in line to ride it. We had to wait a cycle to ride it, which worked out perfectly, a I was able to snap this pic, which is one of my favorites from this stop.
LOL. . I guess they were concerned about having to clean up vomit, because while we were waiting for our turn, the operator asked everyone in line if they had been drinking today, and wanted assurances that nobody had been.

As I suspected from across the river, this is one of the "double seater" Enterprises, and I am so thrilled I got a chance again to ride one.

the location of this one added a ton to the ride experience too - not only was it really forceful and a long cycle? but the "dive" seemed to be right into the water due to the placement of the ride.

an amazing experience, and one of the highlights of the evening.
after our ride, a few folks were starting to get hungry, and so they wanted to go over to the shops/restaurants and grab some food.

I was still full from lunch (so was Jon), and David was going to head out to meet Tabitha for dinner, since it was about 6:45 already) so Michael, Allison, and I think Brad, Leia, and Trent (?) headed off to find food.

Next to the enterprise was a Swing Around (likely by HUSS?) called Galaxy.

I love Enterprises, and can ride those with no problem. but I KNOW that Swing Arounds will make me sick. (the one at Dorney Park had done so). David mentioned they are his favorite ride tho, so I watched while he rode.
yeah.. nope. . not for me. but glad he enjoyed it.
I had other things on my radar anyways. .I wanted to ride the Carousel, which appeared to be a double decker one.

it was on the "kiddie island" section, and it looked like they were shutting down that section - even tho the park itself was open until 10. So after saying goodbyes to David, Jon and I headed across the connecting bridge to the kiddie island for the Carousel.
it ended up being the exact correct call, as the kiddie Island area closed at 7, and we were among the last four customers in that area.

the operator gladly let us on for the final ride of the evening, and even was patient enough to not rush us when he saw I was taking pictures of the Carousel.

Other than the size (it's not a huge diameter, even tho it's a double decker), I'm not really sure why this lovely classic was relegated to the kiddie section. It appeared to be very well taken care of, and had a huge variety of animals, swings, spinning teacups (!), carriages, and "bouncing" options.
it's a double decker. . of COURSE we're gonna ride in the upstairs ring.
as noted, some beautiful detail on this Carousel.
only one row of animals around the inner ring upstairs (tho several bench options on the inside).

Jon and I both took Galloping (up & down) horse options, over the "bouncing" horse, or the swings.

"bouncing" horse in front of Jon
Swing behind me.

but as usual. . look how happy I am on a Carousel.
Looking down to the lower level, the horses there are two deep. but also options for Carriages, or teacups, that can spin while riding.
the only other riders on our cycle (or on the Kiddie Island area)
awwwwww. Thanks for taking this pic for me Jon.
the ride has ended, but the operator was OK with me taking a few pics (tho you can see them covering up some of the other rides in the background).
these carriages on the lower level didn't spin, but they DID rock back and forth, like a see-saw.

again, just a lovely Carousel, and appeared to be really well maintained (something I really noticed across the board and most every park we went to).
this is one of the ride vehicles from "the North Pole" ride. . a small kiddie flume.

which I'm sure I woudldn't have been allowed to ride, even if it *had* still been open.

tho I totally would have chosen to ride in a pink dolphin, if I had been allowed to.
the "indoor" section of the North Pole ride (pic snapped while walking by the "tunnel").
Exiting the kiddie island section, as they literally closed the gates the moment we stepped thru them.

time on the Cosmo Clock shows 7:01, so yep, this section did close at 7pm. Really glad we didn't go eat, so I didn't miss my Carousel fix at this park.

We were gonna meet up with everyone to ride the Ferris Wheel in a bit, but not just yet. So we decided to head across into the shopping/entertainment area for a little bit to see if we could find the others, and to Wander.

I also had noticed they had a Hard Rock Cafe, so wanted to go into the gift shop there to look for anything KISS related (sadly, nothing) or Halloween related (I picked up a really cool 2019 Yokohama Hard Rock Halloween limited pin).
Also in this area is this sculpture that is designed to look like a roller coaster.

A really impressive piece of art, that "fits" the area quite well.
after wandering a bit, we came back across the street to CosmoWorld, near the "Family Banana Coaster". .the kiddie coaster - which we did NOT ride. But the area around it has a bit of theming, including Banana Trash Cans.

So stopped and took a pic of those.
the coaster itself goes around "Banana Trees"

cute, but still a kiddie coaster, so no desire to ride it.
and just look at that track.

c'mon, it's GOT to be an Arrow, right? yet another reason not to ride. . LOL.
(it's not an Arrow, per RCDB, it's by Senyo Kogyo Co, Ltd, out of Osaka).

how lovely and purple the Cosmo Clock is in this pic too.
another view of Galaxy as we walked by from the other direction. nope, still wasn't gonna ride it.
I texted William to see where they ended up eating, and if they were almost done. They didnt' know the name of the place they had ended up (it was a sit down place), but we decided to cross back over the street and look around in the shopping center until they were ready to meet up.

the shopping center was HUGE. So we went where we knew we could find stuff to browse thru, and where they could find us.
I had not been to Tokyo DisneySea yet, so really hadn't been exposed to any of the ShellieMay and Friends stuff (other than hearing Robb talk about it). . so I was intrigued by these "costumes" that the Disney Store was selling for the stuffed animals.

but it turns out these *aren't* Shellie May and friends outfits. As was explained to me, those are exclusive to Tokyo DisneySea park. . so outside the park, they sell similar, but different.

These are "UniBEARsity" line costumes/outfits for the UniBEARsity stuffed animals that get sold outside the park.

and tho I didn't get bit by the bug and buy any animals or clothing for said animals? I still found it quite interesting.

and was thisclose to buying some Chip & Dale weight bars that were on the clearance rack (but didn't want to carry them around for the whole trip - remember this was the 1st day still, LOL).

we met up with those that had stopped to eat, and we headed back across the bridge as a group to tackle the CosmoClock 21 ferris wheel.

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Postby bert425 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:37 pm

as it was now night-time, the queue for the CosmoClock had gotten fairly long - starting on the stairs, and going thru several switchbacks on the main platform before getting to the loading area.

it still moved pretty quickly, since there are so many carriages in this continually moving Ferris Wheel.
Brad wanted to take pictures so he was going to moving back and forth within the carriage, which made Jon a bit nervous, so Brad and Leia rode together in a separate carriage, while Jon, Allison and myself rode in another (but none of us waited for the clear carriages.. which was fine with Jon).

William who is also not a fan of heights, killed time in the claw arcade while we took a ride on the CosmoClock, and I think this is where he won that "Spoon of noodles" keychain that i mentioned the other day.
in our wheel carriage, and looking out at the spinning Mouse on the rooftop next door as we go up.

there are still folks in line, but the queue for that had really died down by this point (recall. . it was a Sunday night, and most of the folks still in the park seemed to be in the queue for the CosmoClock).
a lovely view of the Minato Mirai shopping area across the water with the flats lit up in the dark.
looking up thru the roof of the carriage at the interior workings of the CosmoClock in LED green
a little blurry, but the best shot I have of the Nippon Maru, ship/museum docked in the harbor.
myself, Allison, and Jon in our carriage.
looking out at the Pacifico Yokohama (on the right, with the "waves" roof) - which is one of the largest convention centers in the world.
getting near the top, and looking down at the Flat Rides area of CosmoWorld, and the shopping/dining areas
Looking down to see Vanish's track .. . vanishing.

would have been nice to get the coaster in motion, but it turned out it had been e-stopped on the lift hill (looked like perhaps because someone had pulled out a phone, or was trying to film)? Not really sure why, but we did see and operator walk out to the train on the lift hill, and sternly talk to someone before the lift chain started up again.
Continuing our descent on the other side of the wheel, can see most of Vanish's trackwork.
and the LEDs in CosmoClock make riding it at night, so incredibly beautiful.
Tired, but happy, and washed out in this selfie against the bright lights.
here's Vanish in that eStop I noted. . we saw it much clearer as we came down right next to the lift hill.
and lower left, you can see just under the guy in the corner, the Operator coming out to talk to someone in the train. at least this kind of stuff doesn't *only* happen in America.

tho if I had to put money on it, I would guess it was a tourist, rather than a local, who caused the eStop.
by the time we exited the CosmoClock, the Vanish train was approaching the dive portion to the lake, so snapped a few more pics of it.
so fast and blurry. . .
and really spectacular at night. .
we met back up with William, and between us all, we still had about 10 ride tickets. Everyone was pretty much 'done' and ready to head back to the hotel, but that was enough tickets to ride or do *something*, and Leia was willing to do the "Mirror Adventure" -the world of giant kaleidoscope- mirror maze, but needed someone to go thru with.

William had done it while we were on the CosmoClock, and said it was fun, so when no one else really wanted to, I went ahead and went with Leia to go thru.

this was an interactive mirror maze, as when you go in, they ask you what your Astrological sign is, and then you have to navigate the maze to find the rubber stamp that matches your sign (spread out thruout the attraction) and stamp your piece of paper to prove you found it.

if you do find it, you get to push a button at the exit and it spins a "wheel" that let's you pick a prize.

fun, although I didn't win in the spin, even after finding my stamp. Leia did tho, and I think she chose to take a stuffed animal of some kind (William had taken a diecast truck).

the maze was well done, and besides the standard glass/mirror rooms, there was also this really impressive "reflective fireworks" room in there too.
although looking at the description on CosmoWorlds website (where I went to get the name correctly), they describe the following: "The highlight is the fantastic giant kaleidoscope in the maze" - so I'm guessing that what I called the "reflective fireworks" room is the "fantastic giant kaleidoscope"

really noticeable in this last pic I took.

we finished up, Leia won her prize, and it was time to head out and back to the hotel.

but what had everyone else done while we went thru the Mirror Maze? why they had found a Crepe place that had a *huge* menu - really, at least 40 pages.

and they all looked great, so of course, we both wanted to try those.

it wasn't the first crepe I had in Japan on this trip, but i was (I think) the best - I had frozen strawberries and heavy cream.

it was so good, I had eaten most of it before realizing I didn't get a picture of it. But I highly recommend it if you go to Cosmoworld - its the place at the base of the escalators by the arcade under the tower that holds CosmoClock/Vanish stations.

and with that? it was almost 9:40 and we were ready to head back. . so we all walked back to the train station, excitedly talking about what a fantastic day we had. . and realizing that we had to be up fairly early the next day.

It was gonna be another big day for many of us: Tobu Zoo in the morning, and Toshimaen Park in the afternoon.

I was tired, but so very content (and not just because of the crepe to end the day).

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

Postby ObeyTheShihTzu! » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:52 pm

Bert! Bert! Bert!  Your smiles in each & every one of your photos, are a magical elixir to the souls of Japan0philes and to those of us who hope to be ones soon!  I think I smiled my way thru your entire report! You're exactly the sort of traveler that I would be...soaking in EVERYTHING...learning and having the time of your life doing so!

Quick comments:
* My fave photo of you is the close-up of your "Happy Face" on the carousel FROG.  It's a keeper!  (Yup, I love frogs!)

* While I know better than to compare NYC's subway system to Japan's (architecture; spotlessness, etc.), am just curious if the connections and signage set-up is at ALL similar to the MTA?  (There are LOTS of improvements in the works for NYC, but doubt it will be soon in the running for "Most Stunning Subway."  :roll: gets me around fast!

* A special shout-out to the sculpture designed to look like a Roller Coaster.  A thing of beauty! (Love the touch of Steam punk.)

* FINALLY, as for Warabimochi which was not your favorite taste sensation, couldn't resist checking out the recipe:
"Make your own traditional Japanese dessert with this easy warabi mochi recipe. Warabi mochi is made by dissolving sugar and the starch from warabi bracken (a type of edible fern) in water, letting it set into a jelly-like mixture, and dusting it with kinako soy bean flour. This is a very simple recipe, yet the dessert it makes is sweet, subtly nutty, and has a deliciously chewy texture."

"Thanks so much, Bert, for letting me share in your Excellent Experience in Japan!  The joy in your report is truly contagious! :b :br


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

Postby Jew » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:30 pm

bert425 wrote:^ I had no idea the dome was for Baseball! Really. . . I thought it was for Football.
(is that where Joey went to the game during the trip?).

Yeah, Hollywood Dream with the metal wands was certainly the most "invasive" of the safety protocols.
Pretty much ALL the parks were pretty overboard and serious on the safety checks tho, so gotta wonder if maybe there had been a new law passed? or if an accident of some sort maybe happened recently?

Playoff Japanese baseball > Fuji Q ;)

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

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:04 pm

Cosmoworld is a really awesome park. On all "levels," lol. And you got to really see it at night, Bert! Last times I remember being there with TPR, we had to <sadly> leave just as the lights were coming on. Great photos of everything! I especially loved that Coaster Sculpture. Looking forward to more, Bert. :smile:
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