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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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"?
Chandu doesn't think I look that old. ;)
Our first "official" stop was Tobu Zoo, the home of Kawasemi--yet another great Intamin Mega Lite.
But what can top the sheer thrill of the Hello Kitty Unicorn ride?
Off to Osaka, where we had a great backstage tour of Universal Japan's Spider-man.
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.
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.
Hirakata is a fun family park with the customary Jet Coaster and giant green monster who tries to strangle you.
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.
The Ikari Temple is a lio of steps and a lot of orange arches.
I was glad to see it, but it was a very tiring climb up.
Cosmoworld is the home of the appropriately named Vanish. Ooo, look--it's gone!
Just in case you missed Vanish the first time.
The infamous screaming log ride, where you're encouraged to howl "We Are on a Log Flume" at the top of your lungs.
Once upon a time, you could rent a little electric boat and cruise around Sea Paradise's dolphin lagoon.
Sigh! I miss Blue Fall.
Remember, folks: The family that boozes it up together, stays together.
Steel Dragon 2000 was showing off its shiny new B&M trains at Nagashima Spaland.
And the old Schwarzkopf shuttle loop was still good.
I think the puppet is her supervisor.
Welcome to Sapporo. Enjoy yourself at Vegas Vegas! (This was one of the more "western" cities I've visited in Japan.)
Hokkaido Greenland was a very nice "traditional" park, if you can get past this horde of giant insects.
While there, be sure to "Go On" the jet coaster. (Yes, that's the name--Go On.)
Dragon King is not an Arrow loop screw, but an amazing simulation.
I don't remember much about this coaster, which might be for the best.
"OK, I SCARE YOU GOOD!" The walk-through haunt was fun, . . .
. . . but this was scarier!
Hmm--I wonder where we could find some beer and food in Sapporo?
Perhaps this establishment.
So much beer you might drown in it!
The Sapporo Bier Garten (aka, the "All You Can Eat and Drink in 90 Minutes Restaurant") was great.
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