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Postby Hobbesx2 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:21 am

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Postby tnguy » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:31 am

Thai food is indeed awesome. The zipline looks really cool. I'm glad you got over your fear, and did it.

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Postby packfanlv » Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:31 pm

^I am in China right now and definitely miss the spice of Thai food. Thanks for the comments. The zip line was a lot of fun.
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Postby nursemelis374 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:51 pm

I am still reading! That zipline is awesome. After doing one in Jamaica I want to become a Zipline enthusiast.

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Siam Park City

Postby packfanlv » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:18 am

I now close out the Southeast Asian parks for this thread. I am considering whether to start a new thread for the Chinese parks I visit. What do you think?

Well onto the final park. Siam Park City is the second largest theme park in Bangkok behind Dream World. The park is undergoing major renovations, as they have added two new coasters in the past year along with quite a few other rides. Many of you may remember this as being the park with the log flume that killed someone last year. That ride is now gone.

Parts of the park are run down and in bad shape, but the newer parts seem to be pretty well done. This gives me hope that they will eventually redo everything. Ok, on with the pictures. I hope you enjoy!

On a side note: DubaiDave also did a TR recently on his thread about this park if you want more pictures!
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Arriving in the parking lot several rides are just sitting around waiting to be assembled.
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The log flume of doom also seems to be here, but I think it is headed for the dumpster.
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Apart from the rides the parking lot area looks a bit scruffy.
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Finally we reach the entrance which is quite large and impressive!
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Inside the entrance a "main street" awaits. The attractive building exteriors are sort of covered up by the large roof over the area.
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Once away from the roof, the nice architecture continues.
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One unique thing about this park is they have a bathroom reserved specifically for ACErs.
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The double decker carousel is the main draw of the entrance plaza.
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Turn right at the carousel and you come to the first of the park's two new coasters, Boomerang!
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This is pretty much your standard Boomerang.
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Following this we spotted the park's old shuttle loop coaster so we headed over to investigate.
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Unfortunately the ride has been closed ever since they installed the two new coasters.
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It sits in one of the scruffier sections of the park.
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From there we moved into this large covered area with a bunch of small flat rides.
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There is the Spaceship ride.
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And this simulator ride which ends when your spaceship crashes and you die!
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But they also have the hamster wheel flat ride!
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Yay we are upside down!
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Oh yeah and there is also this ride which basically just bumps you up and down like hydraulics on a car. There were a lot of Thai school girls in their uniforms with short skirts on. They had to hold their skirts tight as to not give any of the guys peep shows!
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Nearby we see the former site of the log flume of doom. A new attraction looks to be heading there soon.
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Their new drop tower is also in the area. (I love taking this shot of drop towers for some reason!)
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Of course by this time I was dying to get to the second coaster Vortex. You see, Boomerang was my 199th credit, which means Vortex was 200!
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Off to go ride #200!
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This is by far the smoothest SLC I have been on. It is incredibly intense though.
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Pretty good ride, but it is still an SLC.
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After five go arounds I did have a headache!
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I had to add the 200 back in on the computer because the sun canceled out my makeshift sign.
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After riding Vortex we made our way up to the observation tower to take a few photos.
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Goodbye log flume of doom. Hello new ride.
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Next up, bombed out train tracks the ride!
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Ok, we actually went to their Jurassic Park jeep ride.
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They use real jeeps during the ride.
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It has dinosaurs...
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and primeval boobies. (But it still sucks!)
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Next up we decided to put on our trunks and head over to the included "water park".
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The water park only had two slide towers. Those speed slides in the background were SCAAAAAAAAAAARY!
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The other ancient slide tower had four slides, but only two were open.
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They also have a large wave pool, but that was it so we spent about an hour swimming before heading back to the park for some rerides.
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Now I leave you with some random shots from around the park.
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Not too bad.
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This flat is also new and is heavily advertised around the park.
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Signage!
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Area between the theme park and water park.
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Caged monkeys
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Look mom, no hands!
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I know some TPRers that would love to get their ****s on these oversized statues.
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Oh and did I mention that I finally got 200! Thanks for taking the time to read this TR. The China parks are coming soon!

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Postby PoisonedPirate » Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:52 pm

That park is really weird... one moment its all shiny new and pretty and the next all overgrown and old. It looked really empty apart from the one flat ride with the school girls lol! How many people were there that day?

The water slides of death look really steep - do you go down them on your front?! Man that would be intense!

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Postby dino » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:39 pm

Fun updates. The centerless ferris wheel at Wonder World Fun Park seems pretty cool and unique. I like how the coaster travels throught the center of it even if it never did operate (whats up with that?). Plus the "self-powered train ride" looked like alot of fun, haha. As for the zipline, it looks like so much fun, but I would probably be at the top of the tower for about an hour or two before I could work up the courage to actually do it. Oh and I hope they build "bombed out train tracks the ride" over here someday :b .

*sits awaiting china updates in this or another thread*
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Ocean Park in Hong Kong, China

Postby packfanlv » Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:11 am

Here is my first update from China. This update is of my visit to Ocean Park in Hong Kong about two weeks ago. It was rainy on and off all day and to be honest Ocean Park really failed to impress me. Even with the lackluster rides and shows, as Robb has said here before, it has probably the finest setting of any theme park I have been to. I hope you enjoy the update. (Please forgive the picture quality as the weather in this region is not very good right now!)

(I also want to note that one of my camera's memory cards failed while at Ocean Park and I lost quite a few photos. I still believe I have enough to show the park and there are plenty of other trip reports from Ocean Park on TPR!)

I will also throw a couple of photos of Fisherman's Wharf in Macau in at the end of the update along with a few sights from around Macau. The roller coaster at Fisherman's Wharf appears to be now gone, so it probably doesn't warrant its own update. As always keep the comments and feedback coming. I have been to 9 parks so far in China (4 Big & 5 small) and probably will visit 5-6 more before it is all said and done, so there will be quite a few more updates in the future. Enjoy!
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A park map. We actually entered the park from the larger back section since that is where the bus dropped us.
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From the back entrance you ascend on escalator the ride up to the park. It contains four very long and slow escalators.
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After passing the log ride and a small flat, the next ride you come to is the Wild West Mine Train.
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The ride has a stunning setting on a cliff overlooking the water.
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Here is the view while going up the lift hill.
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The helix. I pretty much agree with everything that has been said about this ride. The view was incredible, but the ride itself was disappointing.
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After riding the mine train twice we headed up more escalators to the Pacific Pier region of the park. This is the home to their sea lions.
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We also got our first view of the park's main expansion. They are spending a ton of money over the next 5 years to double the park's attractions.
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The concept art for the new area shows a giant ferris wheel, disk-o, giant frisbee and a coaster among other things. They are still busy cutting into the mountain so this should still take a while.
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Another view of the construction.
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They are also building a large warehouse style structure near this area of the park.
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After checking out the construction it was time to head to the main rides area.
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Our first stop here was Dragon, the park's second coaster.
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The trains are colorful.
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The ride itself was typical for an Arrow Looper.
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Yes that's right, it was painful!
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At this point in the day we often had to duck under cover to avoid brief rain showers. While we were on the swings it started to pour. Going around the swings in the rain is sure to get you soaked. (The pictures died along with the memory card!)
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Between rain we also managed to get on the drop tower.
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We also enjoyed the condor ride. All of their flats seem to be designed to help you enjoy the wonderful view.
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Take that Big Mike!
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View from the Condor ride.
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And they also have a pirate ship.
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After making our circles on the rides we did what any good American in Hong Kong would do. We ate lunch at McDonalds!
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They also have a couple of aquariums in the back of the park.
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Hey we found Nemo!
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Before getting on the cable car to the front we decided to watch their dolphin show. They even had a preshow with an all white band!
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The show was average, but we still had the spectacular view!
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The locals did seem to like it, so that is all that matters!
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After the show we decided to catch the cable car to the front of the park.
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This ride could be an attraction onto itself.
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Descending into the front of the park we saw even more construction.
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The front looks like it will double in size when the construction finishes. (Also note the aerial balloon)
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Concept art for the new areas in the front of the park.
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The line was an hour long to go on the balloon, so we just settled for these photo ops instead.
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Besides the giant balloon, the main draw in the front is the new Panda exhibit.
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They have four pandas, but only two were on display when we visited.
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Part of the construction will also bring more Panda fun to the front of the park.
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They also have a kids section called Kids World. It is bright and colorful like Wiggle's World.
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Shawn Reece's favorite part was the rock climbing wall.
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While I preferred the Toto The Loco train that goes by musical clowns ride.
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Just as we were about to head back on the cable car, we noticed this large tunnel that is being built. When we got to the back of the park, it took a while, but we found that it indeed does go through the entire mountain. I wonder if they are building a train from the front to the back of the park.
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A picture of the tunnel emerging at the construction site in the back of the park.
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It was almost time for the park to close, so we headed to the second aquarium in the back of the park. This one houses all shapes and sizes of jellyfish.
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And then we headed up to the sky tower to take some photos of the park.
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The mine train coaster and backdrop.
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A view of the construction in the back of the park from above.
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Ocean Park was fun, but speaking from the future I don't see how the locals prefer it to Hong Kong Disneyland!
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Finally I bring you a few pictures of Fisherman's Wharf in Macau. Fisherman's Wharf is a large shopping mall built over the water. It houses several different themed districts with architecture from around the world. This is a replica of the Roman colisseum.
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On one side of the area they also have a small theme park with children's ride. It is themed to the middle east.
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It has a few kiddie rides, but the draw for us was the military training range.
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Originally we thought that we were getting to do the street simulation, but it turns out we only bought the shooting range.
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Once inside the entrance a man dressed in military garb takes you down a long corridor.
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They even have a picture of Osama painted on the wall.
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After that we got our equipment on and shot the pellet guns.
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On the way out I spotted people going into the urban warfare area. I was a bit jealous.
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There also used to be a coaster here. It was inside of this volcano along with a raft ride. When we visited all signs referring to the coaster had been taken down and the volcano was closed. According to RCDB there was an accident on the coaster in 2007 and it has been SBNO since then.
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You can climb the volcano though and get good views. You can see a lot of the architecture of Fisherman's Wharf in the background.
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And you can see the massive Sands casino in the background. Since we have so many Las Vegas fans on this board I will post a few pictures of the Las Vegas style casinos in Macau.
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The Venetian is on a new area of Macau called the Cotai Strip. In the next few years several new resorts will be built there.
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Building going on across the street from the Venetian
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The resort itself is similar to Las Vegas and yes it has gondola rides and canals.
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Venetian at night.
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They also have the Wynn in Macau. Out front is a nice water and fire show.
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The tower looks just like its Las Vegas counterpart, only it is about one fifth the size.
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Inside the shopping area the Wynn Macau.
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The final Las Vegas namesake casino is the MGM Grand Macau.
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But the real reason to visit Macau is the Portugese architecture.
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I hope you enjoyed the update.
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Postby miniviews » Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:51 am

Great update on Hong Kong & Macau! I'm looking forward to Ocean Park for the scenic landscape myself. At least rain did not defer rides from running.
A friend of mine, Chinese gal with family in Hong Kong, highly recommends Ocean Park. For some reason there's a preferred gravitation pull toward Ocean Park compared to Disneyland for the locals.

The TPR China folks may have to explore Macau even though there's no credit. The war game at the Fisherman's Wharf looks fun, yet I'm pretty sure we are all drawn to the casinos and extreme activities at Macau Tower.
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Postby packfanlv » Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:33 pm

miniviews wrote:Great update on Hong Kong & Macau! I'm looking forward to Ocean Park for the scenic landscape myself. At least rain did not defer rides from running.
A friend of mine, Chinese gal with family in Hong Kong, highly recommends Ocean Park. For some reason there's a preferred gravitation pull toward Ocean Park compared to Disneyland for the locals.

The TPR China folks may have to explore Macau even though there's no credit. The war game at the Fisherman's Wharf looks fun, yet I'm pretty sure we are all drawn to the casinos and extreme activities at Macau Tower.


Yah we never made it over to the tower because we ran out of time. I know they have bungee jumping there, but am not sure what else. Macau is a lot of fun and we enjoyed simply walking the streets. Thanks for the nice comment.
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