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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:46 am
by Canobie Coaster
bert425 wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! The key to that flume is having a high pitched shriek. I think it got us a score above 700.

When we went at night last year, we had to pass a breathalyzer before being allowed to board Diving Coaster. I can't say I've ever had that happen anywhere else, so I'm not surprised they'd ask before you board the Enterprise.

Did they still have that weird haunt where they give you an LED candle and measure your fear by how much it shakes?


yah, we TRIED to scream high pitch. . but couldn't quite get it high enough (wasn't about to squeeze anything to achieve higher. . :p ).

No breathalyzer, just the question on the Enterprise. . but what a great story it would have made if we were asked to blow before being crammed into that coaster!

as to the haunt with the candle - if it *was* still there, I didn't experience it. Was it over across the water, in the "town" section? it looked like there were quite a few walkthru attractions there that we bypassed (other than the ice house). so would think it might be in that section.

the only "haunt" we did was the dark ride in the cage.


Yes the candle haunt was on the town side. I think it was called Dr. Edgar's. It was just ok, but the candle thing was really bizarre. But not as bizarre as a breathalyzer before riding a coaster.

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:44 pm
by PKI Jizzman
Great seeing what all went on that day in this report! Yokohama will definitely be on my list of places to go when I return. I love the set up on the water, it's beautiful!

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:13 pm
by bert425
^ :nina:

when/if I return, will totally go back to Yokohama - I wanna do CupNoodles museum, in addition to CosmoWorld stuff again.

(and of course I want to do that Aquarium in Tokyo that was doing the "fishsex" exhibit. I REALLY wanted to do it, but there was just so much to do, that despite intentions (and some great directions to get to it), I never made it :(

Means I absolutely HAVE to go back in the future! not to mention TDL will have the new Beauty and the Beast section open too) :)

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:54 pm
by bert425
so the next morning we had a 7am meet up in the lobby, which meant going to grab breakfast before that if we wanted to eat.

I had no issue getting up by 6am again (so maybe I did have some effects from Jet Lag?), and was showered, dressed, and out in the hallway to meet up with several other folks by 6:15 to head down to breakfast.

today was going to be a really great day, starting off with 3 trains, and a 20 minute walk - to get us to Tobu Zoo (open at 9:30) for ~ 4 hours to spend in this great park this morning.

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:16 pm
by bert425
I continued back towards the animals, as there really hadn't been any Animals in the "front" part of the zoo that we had seen other than fish.

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:00 pm
by Mike240SX
Great report!

Tobu Zoo/ Tobu Pool was one of a couple of parks on the trip that had really strict rules about tattoos. (as in, cover them up and do not show anything).

The other park we were going to later today, Toshimaen, had similar restrictions.

No one in our group was impacted or asked to leave, as we had lots of warning from Elissa to ensure we were aware to cover up if we had any tattoos that showed.

I did not see a lot of tattoos on folks while in Japan, although I did see quite a few folks with ear plugs, and other piercings. So I guess the body modification stigma is really only focused on the ink portion?

regardless, as a visitor to the Country, it's not my place to question the rules at all. It's only for me to respect them, and we did.


I believe, but could be mistaken, that tattoos in Japan have a history with Yakuza (the Japanese "mafia"), wheres really only Yakuza members would get tattoos. Probably has something to do with that.

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:27 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

Not being able to experience Kawasemi at full force was a disappointment, as I was one of only 2-3 people on every train they ran over the course of an hour. But even slow, it was still a really fun ride.

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:03 pm
by SharkTums
Great report. Tobu Zoo has changed so much over the years. I really hold out hope that they'll do something with Regina and the place will be amazing!

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

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:30 pm
by bert425
Mike240SX wrote:Great report!

I believe, but could be mistaken, that tattoos in Japan have a history with Yakuza (the Japanese "mafia"), wheres really only Yakuza members would get tattoos. Probably has something to do with that.


Thanks :)

and I'm sure you're correct in that it's related to that concern/issue.

it was still odd to see lots of earplugs but not many tattoos (tho the next night at Joypolis, I did see someone with a face full of tattoos - tho he was obviously a young Westerner, who was out with his group of Japanese friends/colleagues).


Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

Not being able to experience Kawasemi at full force was a disappointment, as I was one of only 2-3 people on every train they ran over the course of an hour. But even slow, it was still a really fun ride.


thanks. . and totally agreed. Even the 1st ride I got when it was not really giving any airtime on the hills, it still was moving pretty good thru the course, and I loved it.

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

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:01 pm
by bert425
SharkTums wrote:Great report. Tobu Zoo has changed so much over the years. I really hold out hope that they'll do something with Regina and the place will be amazing!


I had a great first impression of the place, even tho we came in on the "rides" side and it at first looked like an aging "neighborhood" park.

I thought it worked really well as a zoo and I *totally* get (and agree) so many of the "rides" are geared towards the younger set (in particular the areas nearest the animals/gardens).

Kawasemi really is such a standout that even if that were to remain the only RollerCoaster at Tobu Zoo, then I'd still say it's a "must stop" destination.

but yeah, if they replace Regina with something, or even do a conversion of some sort to it? agreed, Tobu Zoo would be amazing.