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Archived Photo Trip Reports of Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, and Donkeys!
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Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:45 am

Wow, the last 3 pictures are awesome! Nara Dreamland looks really a bit like Disneyland, but in a bad way! However, thanks for another good update!


Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:01 am

Thanks for posting the awesome pictures!

This picture is my favorite:


Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:06 am

Nice TR and photos! I really want to go to Japan now!
---Brent 8)

Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:11 am

SharkTums wrote:Did you do any of the dark rides at Hirakata?? Some of them were really messed up!!!! Headphones, decapitations, clowns, great place!

...and they had a McDonalds IN THE PARK!!!!

Yes, the dark rides over there are differant. I forgot all about the one with headphones and there were a few with decapitations and the head goes flying off.

Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:03 pm

September 12th.
We traveled to Parque Espana and I think it was one of the nicest parks on the tour. It is themed extremely well and is very clean. The park had what I thought were 2 very good coasters in Pyrenees and Gran Monserrat. It also had one of the only 2 coasters we missed on the entire trip. Although the park could use a few more coasters and rides in general, I really liked the park and would visit it again.
The first stop of the day was at Pyrenees, a big B & M inverted coaster. This was my favorite coaster of the trip. We ended up riding it many times through out the day. There was never more then a 1 or 2 train wait. The only thing that slowed the dispatch down was that they wiped down the seats after every ride, even the seats that were not used.
Gran Monserrat was up next. It is a mine train with 2 lifts. I also liked this ride a lot. The ride ops wouldn’t let you wait for the front or back seats. Since there weren’t many people riding later in the day, we would wait around the corner until they dispatched the train. We would then walk up and get our choice of seats.
The only other coaster at this park was Bullfight Roller Coaster Matador. It’s an indoor coaster with a bullfight theme. It was closed for maintenance.
The park had some other good rides. One was a pirate themed ride. Not Disney but pretty good. It’s partially outdoors. They have an icehouse which people said good. I didn’t go in because it was an up-charge. Another of the dark rides was like Peter Pan in Disneyland. They had a log flume where the ride ops wiped the water off the seats before the next riders got in and there was the not to be missed Escalator ride. See R & E Japan trip video if you don’t know what this is.
We stayed at the hotel that is next to the park. It made it convenient when the park closed; we didn’t have far to go. We got kicked out of the hotel pool. Supposedly it was undergoing maintenance. Looked fine to us. We had a banquet that night in the hotel. The food was great; it would have brought a tear to any Acers eye. All in all it was a really fun day even if we only got 2 out of 3 credits.
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Gran Monerrat
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Closed Bullfight coaster
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Pirate ride
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Enterance to Escalator ride
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Flying Island, good views from up there
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pool we got kicked out of
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Hi-tech toilet. That is not a urnal on the left, it is a sink. oops!
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Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:45 pm

September 13th
Nagashima Spaland
Today we got to look in awe at “Wheel Chucker 2000” also known as Steel Dragon 2000. What a waste just sitting there. Pretty impressive to look at sitting all alone at the edge of the parking lot. Hopefully they will get it running again before 2007. Just so everybody knows, no one was killed when it chucked a wheel into the waterpark.
There are 8 running coasters at the park, 9 credits if you count both sides of the Double Mouse. I don’t have to worry if it’s 2 credits because only one side was running.
Ultra Twister is kind of interesting looking. It is just like the one that used to be at SFAW except this one has a vertical lift. Both coasters have another thing in common, they hurt! The OSR just dig into my shoulders, my head gets banged around. I’m too worried about getting hurt to enjoy the ride. TOGO stands for Try Once, Get Off. I can’t believe they put in a few more of these around Japan.
The other TOGO in the park, Jet Coaster was not smooth either but I think it was a better ride then Ultra Twister. They have the standard Cork Screw by Arrow. I think all parks have these. White Cyclone is there woodie. I rode in the front on my first ride and thought it was great. The people right behind me thought the ride was one of the roughest ones they have been on. I tried it later on towards the back. It was a little rougher then the front but still not bad in my opinion. I kind of ranked this around3rd or 4th for woodies on this trip.
I rode a giant Frisbee for the first time. I have seen smaller ones but none this big. That to me was the best ride of the day. I loved that ride. My number 2 ride of the day was the Bobkarts. They are cars that run in a metal trough and you can control the speed. Nothing special about these but I have never ridden anything like it before. Funny how in a park with so many coasters, my 2 favorite rides were not coasters.
As far as coasters go, the Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop was my favorite for this park.
That night we stayed in a business hotel. Only one to a room and the rooms were small. From my bed I could look out and watch the hookers try to pick guys up.

September 14th
Today we started off by going to Higashiyama Zoo. There were only 2 coasters, 3 if you count powered.
The coaster had no legroom. I had to turn my legs a little sideways to fit in the car. The kiddie powered coaster had plenty of legroom. Go figure.
The real interesting and unique coaster was called Slope Shooter. The manufacturer is unknown. The cars are like log flume vehicles with wheels. There is no track but you run down a cement trough. When you first get in the car, a ride op pulls you out of the station and pushes you over to the lift hill chain. At the top of the hill, you zig zag back down. There are no brakes so when you come into the station a ride op grabs the car to slow you down. Very different, just look at the pics.
Steel Dragon 2000 SBNO, what a pity
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This is where I was told the wheel came off.
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Ka-ching! credit on the kiddie coaster
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It's a corkscrew, enough said
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Ultra Twister
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verticle lift
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view from the wheel
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Favorite ride at this park
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2nd favorite ride, Bobkarts!
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favorite coaster at this park
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Wheel Chucker from the other side
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Enterance looks like it could open anytime. Maybe there is hope for next year
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White canyon
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White Canyon queue filled with Japanese and their cloaking devices
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Tiny roomI spent one night in. This is where I watched the hookers out the window
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Higashiyama Zoo
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kiddie coaster, no credit, it's powered
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Most unique coaster on the trip. slope Shooter
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guy pushing car to lift hill
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guy sliding across platform, stopping the car. This guy must go thru the shoes doing this
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Another pic of the brakeman. Anyone know who the guy in the yellow shirt is? Justin, founder of the ECC. He doesn't like his picture to be taken
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Not a lot of privacy in these Japanese parks
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Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:13 pm

September 15th.
The last official day of the tour. Because we stayed in the hotel at Fugi-Q highlands and we got into the park a ½ hour early. What we found out later was that nothing opened until the general public was let into the park. The extra ½ hour allowed us to be first in line at one of the coasters. Fuji-Q has to big coasters, Dodonpa and Fujiyama, and 4 smaller ones. We chose to ride Fujiyama first and were on the first train out. It turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. Was it because it was a great ride? Nope, the coaster got stuck on the lift hill. We had almost made it to the top when a motor blew a fuse. We had to be evacuated from the cars. I was just passed the 60m sign which is about 208 feet up when it stopped. They tried to restart the motor several times but it just kept throwing the breaker. I think the train was to heavy with all the Acers. We were up there for about 40 minutes. BY the time we got down, the line for Dodonpa was 1-1/2 hours. Fortunately they gave us a front of line pass to Dodonpa and a front of line pass to Fujiyama should it start running again later that day. Since Fujiyama didn’t run that day, we were able to use it for a second ride on Dodonpa.
Dodonpa I thought was cool. It’s a launched coaster that has some pretty good acceleration you do a few turns then go over a top hat that really throws you out of your seat.
The lamest coaster there is Zola 7. It is part shooting dark ride, part coaster. Neither which are any good. I found the restraints painful.
Because of the lack of time in the park, we were only able to ride the coasters once. I understand there is a walk thru that is really good but it takes 45min so we had to pass.
The 2nd park of the day was Sea Paradise in Yokohama. The Surf Coaster was a non-looping Togo and it wasn’t too bad. It had the helix of death, went around 2-1/2 times.
Blue Fall is a drop tower over 300 ft tall. I hate heights and this one really bothered me. You are way up there. One side of the tower is a straight drop and the other side has a false drop. You fall about 10 feet, stop, and then fall the rest of the way. It is different but since I knew it was coming was no big deal.
The last park of the day and to end the official tour was Cosmo World. Home to one hell of a big wheel. When we were up in it, I was wondering how they would evacuate you if it broke down. It is something like 368 feet tall.
We had enough time to ride the 2 coasters there, a mouse and a coaster that looks like it dives into the water. Maybe that is why it is called Diving Coaster Vanish. After taking some pics from the wheel it was back to the hotel we started in 2 weeks earlier to end this long day and the tour.

September 16th.
While most everyone else was leaving, a group of us stayed a few extra days to catch a few more coasters. First stop today was Toshimaen. This was the park we got rained out of the first day. After navigating the subway we arrived early and had some coffee at star bucks. When the park did open there was hardly anyone there. That seems to be common at most of the parks this time of year.
We rode Cyclone first. It is an Ok coaster that meanders around the park. The best part was probably the view. We then rode Corkscrew, ouch, we didn’t ride it again.
The last coaster to get was the Shuttle Loop but it didn’t open with the park. It open like 12:30 and we had been in the park since 9:00. Since we had done most of the stuff the first time we were in the park there wasn’t much left to do. We rode a few flat rides and the powered coaster was good. It went around its little course 3 times at a pretty fast clip. We still had a lot of time to kill so we ended up reriding cyclone for a total of 10 times.
When the Shuttle Loop finally opened, we rode it a few times. That is the first looping coaster where I lost change out of my pocket.
We headed out of the park, grabbed lunch at McDonalds and got on a train to Seibuen Yuenchi. We had to make a transfer and when we were trying to figure out which way to go a Japanese guy came up and asked if we needed help and pointed us in the right direction. That is one of the really cool things about Japan. In the train and subway stations if you looked puzzled, someone will always come over to see if you need help.
We got to the park and rode the Loop Screw Coaster. Ouch. There wasn’t a whole lot to do there except a few in the group counts powered coasters so we had to go find the Hello Kitty Coaster. The park was empty and I think we were the only ones in the kiddie section on a Friday afternoon.
After the few got their powered credit it was back to the hotel.

September 17th.
The last full day in Japan we went to Chiba Zoo. Had to make a transfer from the train to a suspended monorail to get to the park. We were standing outside the gate trying to decide which ticket to purchase when a gal came out of the ticket booth and gave us a guide in English. Love those Japanese and how helpful they all are. The Zoo was the nicest one we saw in Japan and they had one little Vekoma roller skater. Didn’t take long to get the credit, see a few animals and we headed back into Tokyo. We stopped at La Qua and rode Thunder Dolphin a few more times then it was back to the hotel.

September 18th
My last day in Tokyo and I had a half day before I had to head to the airport. Today was a no coaster day. I did the touristy thing and headed to the Imperial Palace to take pictures. It was a Great trip and I had one of the best experiences in my life. Although the coasters were nothing spectacular I would go back in a minute. The culture, the people and the food are just fantastic. I can’t say enough good things about Japan. I look forward to going back
Mt. Fuji
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coming over the top hat
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Elissa friendly ride
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and this is what they would save you with if you got stuck
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The next big ride for Fuji-Q
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Self portrait after getting stuck on the lift hill of Fujiyama
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We are a long ways up.
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If you look between the people you can see how close to the top we were
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They are coming to evacuate us
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Can you spot the president of ACE in this picture?
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Took a pic of our hotel and Mt Fuji while waiting for our turn to be evacuated
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Our turn to evacuate coming at last.
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Getting stuck on Fujiyama and evacuated from 200 feet up was probably better then the ride would have been
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empty train stuck taunting us the rest of the day
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funny signs
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You can swim, just don't be synchronized
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and watch out for the sea monster
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one of our "crub" buses
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Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:39 pm

part 2 of picture post
Blue Fall at Sea Paradise
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Surf Coaster
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and the helix of death
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Cosmo world and their big wheel
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The mouse from the wheel
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return to Toshimaen and Cyclone
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A view of the nice water in the lazy river from cyclone
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Shuttle loop that I lost some change out of my pocket on
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isn't pirate spelled with an e on the end?
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Loop Screw Coaster at Seibuen Yuenchi
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and its queue full of Japanese with cloaking devices
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Hello Kitty Coaster, It's powered, No credit!
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Anyone know what kind of animal this is? Came out of the bushes while waiting for the train
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Chiba Zoo, Got to go on this Steel Dragon
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Last new coaster of the trip, it's a Vekoma!
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Taking picture of people taking picture of gorilla
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Cool monorail you ride to get to Chiba Zoo
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Culture pictures, The imperial Palace
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Cemetary outside of hotel and end of update
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Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:25 pm

Great trip report! The crub bus is pretty funny. So 60 meters up and they put a hard hat on your head? Not like if you land on your head it will save you. What could fall on your head? :lol:
The slope turning coaster thing looks fun and really different. Again Great trip report thanks for sharing. Nice Photos

Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:37 pm

Thanks so much for posting your reports and photos! I've really enjoyed them!

You are so right about Japan. Nothing that spectacular ridewise, but I look forward to going back again for everything else!!
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