Awesome stuff Chuck! I can't wait to see more. I've always enjoyed reading your trip reports because you put so much thought and wit into your descriptions of the photos as well as the story behind your trip. I still can't believe the first official trip was sooooo long ago. Thanks for the memories Chuck and i can't wait to see if you have any crazy pictures with me. HAHA
Jimmy "This is s great idea Chuck" Bo
Do not believe this post!
90% of the time, I am sarcastic all the time...it's science!
"Great Caesar's Ghost!," I love these! (Oops....did I age myself?!?!)
Firstly, I am SO happy that you were able to refrain from YOBBISHNESS at Lightwater Valley (Flamingo Land). ( No No NO! We did NOT see your karate kick to the sign! RIGHT, gang?!!)!
Brer Rabbit's Burrow, which, unlike Splash Mountain, feature bunnies drinking beer, using the toilet, and gettin' it on. In your face, Disney
Noted! Looks like those BUNNIES had a better time than that Easter celebration at Animal Crossing!
Southport Playland's big attraction was their great, old-school fun house.
That looks like a much less perilous experience than Steepchase's spinning disk! It rotated faster and faster until everybody in the center had been flung to the side. (So much so, that they had men & women go on it separately!) https://mcnyblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/90_36_4_010_a.jpg ( Pic taken BEFORE MY TIME!!!)
<<Blackpool Pleasure Beach>>
I was there "a while" ago. Great fun! Stayed at a guesthouse with a sign outside that requested: NO fish and chips in your room! (Yes, I WAS a YOB! We brought back fish 'n chips to our room, having sneaked up the stairs while other 'residents' were watching the 'telly' in the lounge.
JimmyBo wrote:Awesome stuff Chuck! I can't wait to see more. I've always enjoyed reading your trip reports because you put so much thought and wit into your descriptions of the photos as well as the story behind your trip. I still can't believe the first official trip was sooooo long ago. Thanks for the memories Chuck and i can't wait to see if you have any crazy pictures with me. HAHA
Jimmy "This is s great idea Chuck" Bo
Hmm . . . I remember one crazy picture I have of you in Australia.
If you get the chance to do only one TPR Trip during your life, make it to Japan. Heck, I've been there with TPR three times, and each visit has been great, even with the odd earthquake or, in the case of 2007, typhoon.
Of course, you can't go wrong with a few days at the Tokyo Disney Resort, and the pre-Harry Potter version of Universal Japan was great, too. But there are all the other fun or just downright quirky Japanese parks, some of which are gone for good. For example:
Space Park, where the great beyond was the goofiest final frontier of them all;
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, which gave us an unexpected history of Japanese trains during our journey there, from bullet trains, to modern subway trains, to a train that would've looked at home in the first Godzilla movie; and
Wonder Rakutenchi, which I think is now gone (we were all kind of surprised that it was open when we got there--it's the perfect setting for a "Walking Dead" amusement park).
Other parks ran the gamut from the beautifully themed Parque Espana to great "traditional" amusement parks like Nagashima Spaland and Mitsui Greenland (and plenty of other little parks along the way).
I cheated a bit on the Tokyo Disney photos, as we spent a few days there--but can you really blame me for that? Otherwise, I stuck to the two-photos-per-park rule of this thread.
Welcome to Japan in 2007!
I arrived in Tokyo a day before the trip officially started. So, I joined the "Jeff Johnson Expedition" to Hayanshiki. This eccentric old park boasts the oldest roller coaster in Japan: the aptly named Roller Coaster. I think that "Angry Loan Shark" would be apprporiate, too. This ride kneecaps you like a Jersey Wise Guy if you miss an interest payment.
Here was an "oh god what have I gotten myself into" moment--yes, this enormous butt farts on you as you walk by.
We had a night at Aqua Stadium, too, which was in the same building as our hotel (the Shinagawa Prince). This was the home of an indoor launched Intamin ride based on an anime called Galaxy Express.
I think this ride is gone now, too, which means that these robot cops had to find new jobs.
One must visit LQua to experience the Big O.
This was also the home of GeoPanic, another coaster that confused a lot of people. This ride no longer exists.
2007 marked my only visit to Yomiuriland, but I wouldn't mind going back someday (fun place). This is a big, surprisingly good Togo coaster called Bandit.
We experienced the "wet" version of Bandit. Not only do they spray you with hoses during the ride, but they give bystanders Super Soakers! "Go go Bandit coaster!"
Space World's Venus boasted its very own Space Shuttle . . .
. . . and Space Bunny.
Welcome to Uminonakamichi, a park I could never quite pronounce. This is Jet Coaster Super Dolphin, a Senyo creation.
This park also offered plenty of opportunities to get wet.
Harmonyland is the home of the mega adorable Hello Kitty franchise.
It is also a shocking den of perversion, such as penguin spanking!
Come to Wonder Rakutenchi for the Jet Coaster . . .
. . . but stay for the duck races! (Yes, you get to bet on ducks here.)
Ah, Kijima, the home of the first Intamin wooden coaster I ever rode! It was, er, not good. In fact, I thought it was going to bounce or jiggle us all to death before we reached the lift hill.
The old "loopscrew" wasn't much better, but I loved this park's setting, and they had a funky walk-through haunted house and Zorbs.
I liked Mitsui Greenland a lot; in fact, it was my favorite non-Disney park of the trip, even though it was hot and humid as Hell on a bad day. All sorts of cool attractions, from dark rides to a haunt with a possessed toilet to Alpine slides to coasters that look like dinosaurs to . . .
. . . the infamous Chairlift of Death (note the cheese-greater-like chain link under it).
Central Park had a beautiful mountain setting . . .
. . . and seemed an unlikely place to find a very good Batman clone (Diavlo).
Hmm--pretty sure this park, Tegarayama Yuen, was on its last legs. Just a hunch.
Kurashiki Tivoli was inspired by the same park that inspired Walt Disney--Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, this beautiful Japanese park no longer exists, but it was the home of KT's first coaster credit (a very slow family coaster).
This was also the day we had to run from a typhoon. Some escaped by riding a bear, but the rest of us had to crowd onto a standing-room-only train.
One of the best coasters this trip was Universal's Hollywood Dream. I hope this guy enjoyed his ride. (I think this was an early morning test run.)
Sigh! The only Jaws ride left in the world. More to come.
We're not quite finished with the 2007 Japan Trip yet.
Parque Espana is a Japanese park themed to Spain. Why not? It makes more sense that theming a park in California to California. Pyrenees, a B&M inverted, is great, too.
Unfortunately, Adventure Lagoon, the park's unique splash boat/dark ride doesn't exist anymore. Well, the outdoor portion of the ride is still there, but the park no longer uses its huge show building. But this duck might still be sniffing this poor guy's butt.
Nagashima Spaland's Steel Dragon when it still had its Morgan "bathtubs on wheels" trains.
Oh, this big wooden coaster. Anyone know what happened to it? ;)
I loved the sophisticated braking system on the Nagoya Zoo's "trough coaster."
Not sure if this is a dog or a floppy eared bunny.
Behind the scenes at Lagunasia and Robb's filming session on Aqua Wind. This was the first Gerstlauer Bobsled I ever rode, and it was a good one.
Lagunasia also featured the mondo bizarro Magical Powders dark ride, which seems to encourage drug abuse.
Hamanako Pal Pal's Mega Coaster was another surprisingly good Togo. It's pretty much the same as Vegas's infamous Manhattan Express, only decent.
I just called this ride "Lobster Pinocchio." Pretty sure that's not its actual name.
OK, this is the first thing you see when you enter Tokyo Disney Sea. 'Nuff said.
Journey to the Center of the Earth was amazing. This is where you escape from Lava Monster!
Our first day at Tokyo Disneyland was a bit damp.
"We are your gods now!"
At Joypolis, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
But I did expect zombies.
The view from the Tokyo Disney Resort monorail.
I managed to capture the lightning at TDS's Tower of Terror . . .
. . . along with some FIRE!
Perhaps the best part of Fuji Q.
Here's the pre-loop Dodonpa. The air time over that high hat was terrifying!
Sea Paradise also sported a good Togo ride: Surf Coaster.
Blue Fall was one of the best drop towers ever.
Cosmoworld is best visited at night.
Die, monster, die!
One bonus photo--me sampling the awesome Texas Select! That's all for 2007 Japan. We will return.
Loving these throwback TRs so far! I've watched the Coaster Expeditions for these older trips so many times, but it's fun to see a new perspective/hear your thoughts on them! Seeing photos of Japan always makes me long to go back. I really need to get on Journey to the Center of the Earth and hit some of the smaller parks in the Tokyo area that I missed on the pre trip
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