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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby The Great Zo » Mon May 25, 2020 8:10 pm

Great post, Chuck. Really interesting overview of the parks in China. Half of them are genuinely attractive, well-themed, and in beautiful locations. The other half look like the inspiration for Energylandia.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Tue May 26, 2020 8:54 am

^The Happy Valley parks are a good case in point. The older parks in the chain, such as Shenzen, are pretty well themed. But the newest park, Wuhan, is very much like Energylandia (a bit sparse).
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Blue Turbo » Tue May 26, 2020 5:51 pm

Really enjoyed reading this Chuck! (I actually went back and read the full TR) Such a strange mix of parks. The one time I've been to China, it was for a school trip and we only went to Beijing and did culture/educational stuff, so I would like to get to some of the parks there especially since they've been adding a lot of cool looking rides recently.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue May 26, 2020 6:27 pm

Chuck brings me back, to when I was on that same China/Hong Kong tour!
Thanks for the lovely memories of a really long (23 days!) and awesome tour, Chuck! =)

And blessings to Robb for guiding us through that "flight delay" etc. :kiss:
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:10 pm

Japan 2013

And we're back. Back in Japan seven years ago. Jazz Impressions of Japan, by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, is playing in the background as I write this, as such memories as this are best contemplated in tranquility.

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Yes, one appreciates the quiet when enjoying fried gyoza and frozen Kirin.

As in any return trip, you can expect something old and something new. We headed north to the visit Sapporo on Hokkaido, as well as the usual cities, such as Tokyo and Osaka. What did I take away from TPR's 2013 Japan Trip?

1. The foam in a frozen Kirin blows Butterbeer away.
2. One must climb many, many steps to achieve true enlightenment at the Ikari Temple (and the vending machines get more expensive the higher you go).
3. Although I'm not a huge fan of Japanese beer, the fresh brew out of the taps at the Sapporo Brewery is pretty dang good.
4. Tokyo DisneySea remains the best theme park in the world.

Speaking of DisneySea . . .
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Oh my goodness! A bunch of us have arrived a day early. Where ever shall we go? I had to buy a one-day ticket at the TDS booth, and the CM asked me my age. I said "53," and she sold me a ticket for a surprisingly low price. I joined the group after I'd paid, and realized that she'd sold me a "senior ticket." I guess she thought I said "63"?
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Chandu doesn't think I look that old. ;)
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Our first "official" stop was Tobu Zoo, the home of Kawasemi--yet another great Intamin Mega Lite.
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But what can top the sheer thrill of the Hello Kitty Unicorn ride?
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Off to Osaka, where we had a great backstage tour of Universal Japan's Spider-man.
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I took this photo of Backdraft's preshow with my little Panasonic Lumix. A CM gave me the old "crossed wrist" signal and said, "No photos." Meanwhile, Dan was standing next to me with his big professional-type camera, with a lens the size of a bazooka, snapping away. Not a word was said to him. I guess size does matter.
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Mickey truly leads the life of a swingin' bachelor. He even made the cover of "Brutus.' which I guess is the equivalent of Playboy for giant, sentient mice.
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Hirakata is a fun family park with the customary Jet Coaster and giant green monster who tries to strangle you.
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It's also the home of ELF (or "Episode of Little Fairies," believe it or not). It's a very good Intamin family wooden coaster.
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The Ikari Temple is a lio of steps and a lot of orange arches.
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I was glad to see it, but it was a very tiring climb up.
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Cosmoworld is the home of the appropriately named Vanish. Ooo, look--it's gone!
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Just in case you missed Vanish the first time.
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The infamous screaming log ride, where you're encouraged to howl "We Are on a Log Flume" at the top of your lungs.
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Once upon a time, you could rent a little electric boat and cruise around Sea Paradise's dolphin lagoon.
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Sigh! I miss Blue Fall.
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Remember, folks: The family that boozes it up together, stays together.
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Steel Dragon 2000 was showing off its shiny new B&M trains at Nagashima Spaland.
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And the old Schwarzkopf shuttle loop was still good.
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I think the puppet is her supervisor.
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Welcome to Sapporo. Enjoy yourself at Vegas Vegas! (This was one of the more "western" cities I've visited in Japan.)
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Hokkaido Greenland was a very nice "traditional" park, if you can get past this horde of giant insects.
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While there, be sure to "Go On" the jet coaster. (Yes, that's the name--Go On.)
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Dragon King is not an Arrow loop screw, but an amazing simulation.
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I don't remember much about this coaster, which might be for the best.
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"OK, I SCARE YOU GOOD!" The walk-through haunt was fun, . . .
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. . . but this was scarier!
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Hmm--I wonder where we could find some beer and food in Sapporo?
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Perhaps this establishment.
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So much beer you might drown in it!
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The Sapporo Bier Garten (aka, the "All You Can Eat and Drink in 90 Minutes Restaurant") was great.
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"Mine's bigger." More to come.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:15 pm

^ We loved that restaurant! And Sapporo, too.
Great Japan touring, Chuck!
Looking forward to more of it all. :smile:
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:06 pm

As I stated earlier, "more to come." It has arrived.
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Our last stop on Hokkaido was Rusutsu Resort, which is a ski resort in the winter and an amusement park in the summer. This is northern Japan's version of Mt. Fuji.
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Adding a dive loop to an Ultra Twister was a stroke of genius.
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"What just happened?"
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Of course, adding an SLC wasn't quite as clever.
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This shuttle loop was like those scary ones in China, only much more enjoyable. KT was reluctant to ride it at first, but I think she went on it numerous times.
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"The power of Christ compels you! The power of Christ compels you!" (Another good, creepy, gory haunt.)
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Jenn and Travis are settling down to a nice dinner--at the MURDER LODGE!
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Tired of walking? No problem at Rusutsu.
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Back to Tokyo! We had some time to kill before checking in at the Hilton Tokyo Bay. May as well hang out at the Tokyo Decks.
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Joypolis had since upgraded the painful Spin Bullet into Veil of Dark, a fun shooting dark ride/coaster combo.
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Thanks for that, Sonic!
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Great views from the back of the Decks.
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Condomania was still in business.
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The Toyota City Showcase had this fun electric go-kart course.
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Night descends on Tokyo.
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Look! I can see Space Mountain from my room!
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But first things first. Thanks to Robb and Elissa's efforts, this was a pretty good visit to Fuji-Q.
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I enjoyed Takabisha--best of the Eurofighters.
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KT tried to kill Dan.
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I finally checked out the Haunted Hospital. You know, it had some good creepy atmosphere, but it wasn't all that scary. Nothing really happens until you reach the end.
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Do-Dodonpa still had its crazy high hat.
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We also caught a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.
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Tokyo Disneyland! Our quest is at an end. God be praised!
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KT finally succeeded in killing Dan.
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"Whoa! That safe totally crushed that guy! Too bad he's not a cartoon character. He could just walk it off."
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The castle was all dolled up for the resort's 30th anniversary.
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Yes, I think this is the best of the Magic Kingdoms.
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Good night TDL! Good morning TDS!
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This is the view when you enter the park 'Nuff said.
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OH MY GOD!
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Yes, much popcorn was consumed.
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Yep--it's tough to beat the Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo . . .
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. . . or Journey to the Center of the Earth.
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I never get tired of this ride.
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God, this park! Great views everywhere you look!
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NO PHOTOS!
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Time for a nice, civilized adult beverage at the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge on the USS Columbia.
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Sigh! I miss DisneySea.
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This park has yet to be topped. That's all for now.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby SharkTums » Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:40 pm

KT has been trying to kill Dan for 13 years now...someday she will succeed.

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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Blue Turbo » Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:45 am

^ I'm a little worried I could be next
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Like I wouldn't be surprised if this was the last thing I saw before I died

Chuck, I've already been feeling nostalgic for Japan while stuck at home, and this has made it 10x worse! I NEED to get back there, especially so that I can meet the lava monster.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:32 am

Blue Turbo wrote:^ I'm a little worried I could be next
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Chuck, I've already been feeling nostalgic for Japan while stuck at home, and this has made it 10x worse! I NEED to get back there, especially so that I can meet the lava monster.


Ha!

And next year! We will get the world back on a better track and go to Japan!

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