Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby cfc » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:40 am

Nrthwnd wrote:^
Sorry, nothing more from me, unfortunately. The only place (I found) where you could get any view of the cars moving, is where I was took that one photo. I believe Robb got a POV of the entire ride cycle, but you'll have to wait until he has time to post it. They just finished up the Texas-Midwest tour, so everything is still pretty busy (finishing things up) right now for them.

Patience. :smile:


I couldn't get a decent photo of Veil of Dark, either. It was just too dark in Joypolis for my camera, and beyond my meagre photographic skills, to get a photo of a moving car.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby kailisun98 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:25 am

SharkTums wrote:^FYI - The Shaka Shaka Chicken is totally different from years past. They changed the size and shape of the chicken and the flavors offered. Robb was very disappointed and depressed over it. :(

What is the best snack in Japan now in your opinion?
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:44 pm

kailisun98 wrote:
SharkTums wrote:^FYI - The Shaka Shaka Chicken is totally different from years past. They changed the size and shape of the chicken and the flavors offered. Robb was very disappointed and depressed over it. :(

What is the best snack in Japan now in your opinion?


^ Meat on Sticks (in my opinion), lol! They were in restaurants all over the cities we stayed in.
Best 'snack' I can think of right now. :wink:

And Elissa? Hmmmph. <sighs> Oh well, we tried. Too bad I didn't try it back in one of the previous TPR Japan tours. But I am glad we weren't the only ones disappointed by what we got. Maybe they'll change back by next visit, hmmm?
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Moose » Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:39 pm

I never even saw the Shaka Shaka chicken at any of the McD'd I went to. I was excited to try it after trying the Shaka Shaka fries last year in Hong Kong. The McD's chicken sandwich I did try was only so so. I felt bad for the Japanese woman that ran it to me since it wasn't ready when I ordered it.

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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:09 pm

^ The Shaka Shaka Chicken was moved from a previous feature spot on their menu board to the Value Menu. We found that out from one of the others on the tour, or we would have never found it ourself. And when you looked and found it, it was hardly noticeable up there. :sad:

Edit to add: We did just ask the server for "shaka shaka chicken"? And she knew immediately what we wanted. So I guess you could have just asked for it, Jon. Unless you did just that, and they didn't have it available at that McDs.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:12 pm

July 3 - Fuji-Q Highland Park

And so, we finally had our day to head to Fuji-Q Highland Park, and for those of us who'd been there before, hoping it would be as good a day there, as it was, like our last visit, in 2011. Fortunately, it turned out pretty good for the day. All the coasters were open, including the new Takabisha which turned out to be less exciting that I thought it would be IMhO. Only a couple of years old, and it was already getting pretty rough in spots. But - the credit was got and that was that.

And Robb and Elissa again helped everybody with 'fastpasses' for the various coasters. With the same silly set up for distribution of the passes (hourly, so many given out, etc.), so once again THANK YOU Robb and Elissa, for putting up with this "system", so that we could all have a great time at Fuji!

I didn't go on most of the coasters this trip, as i really wanted it to be David's tour, and I know he wasn't going to even attempt riding ones like Eejanaika or Fujiyama, or even Takabisha. But we got our flying hamster credit (Great Fluffy Sky Adventure), rode the Thomas The Train dark ride, took it easy, and really enjoyed the day there...
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Where we started this day, from. Our hotel (for me and David, six nights there!) for the remainder of the tour.
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This was our view outside our room at the Hilton. Gotta love parking lots, right?
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But to the left of that shot, a bit of Tokyo Disneyland! With the Disneyland Hotel on the left, and Space Mountain on the right.
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And to the right, a bit of Tokyo Disney Sea. The back of the park, actually, seeing the show building of Indiana Jones, and Raging Spirits. And <sighs> The Volcano.
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We had to get up so early for this day, we had to miss breakfast in the hotel. But the hotel provided us with a nice "something to eat" on our way to the park on the bus.
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And here's the staff, handing out our "bag lunches" heh heh.
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Our "map" to Fuji-Q. I am sure it's there somewhere <g>. Actually, David took this at the park. (DbM)
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One our way to Fuji! I think Joli and Jon there are wondering what they've been given to eat, lol. And ..."my eyes". And I see you there Martin (at right) watching what I'm doing.
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Closer to the park now.
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We kept looking and looking for clear shots of the mountain. But it stayed pretty cloudy at the top of it. Well, we had most fo the day, to try, try again. (DbM)
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I see coaster!
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Closer still. Almost there.
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Random shot of....
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A bus seat back! Looked artsy to me...
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We've arrived! And we were apparently first there at the park, too.
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Still, a bit of a feeling of "omg we're here again" came upon me. But it went pretty well, for the day there.
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The park entrance. And we were first!
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An ice cream machine outside the park entrance.
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One particularly interesting flavour...
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David beside a display board showing the attractions in Thomas Land, inside the park.
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Takabisha is testing for the morning, That's a good sign.
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And - we're heading into the park! With fastpass instructions from Robb....
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby kailisun98 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:27 pm

So how long were the waits this time compared with past visits.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:57 pm

^ I can't honestly answer that, as the only big coaster I went on, was Takabisha.That was basically a walk on, right when we entered the park. And then Robb and Elissa were getting us "Front of Line" passes through the day, so most of us were bypassing the lines, if there were any (ha ha, of course there were!). The only non-coaster ride I really wanted to try for my first time, was their "raft ride". And that was well over an hour for it, when I did check the queue wait time.

In comparison to the 2011 visit, it felt pretty much the same for lines and locals at the park, although this visit all the coasters were open. (Eejanaika was down for maintenance in 2011). And the 2007 was the Ugly Visit (with 2-3 hours' wait on most big coasters), so we don't talk much about that any more. :wink:

Maybe one or two of the group might chime in here, with what they found as far as coaster wait times went?
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:00 pm

60-90min waits for all the majors.

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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:47 pm

~ Takabisha ~

Well, we rode it and after two years of waiting to ride it, it was..... okay.
There was a lot of roughness in the general layout and for myself, the only
real "thrill" of it all was the over-extended drop, after the vertical lift. That
was crazy. But...that was it for me. And one ride was enough.

Although I haven't ridden Alton Towers' Smiler, this looked a wee bit like The Smiler,
(to me) only pulled and stretched to fit a bigger footprint. Although it didn't (obviously)
have the 14 inversions, it could have the same argument made (like Smiler) of being
two coasters put together, with a launch at the beginning, and a vertical lift
"launch" 2/3 of the way through it. Just my opinion...

Here's a few photos taken of Takabisha, by me and David.
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At the loading station, was this plaque. Wish we'd ridden it back in 2011...
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I remember this being on the construction walls back in 2011. Now, they moved it into the station, itself. (DbM)
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You get a pretty good view of Fujiyama, across the Dodonpa launch track, from the Takabisha outside (covered) queue.
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How it looks from the sky wheel.
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A shot by David, from the "mini-Mt.Fuji" in the middle of the park. (DbM)
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Yeah, that IS quite the drop on it. Quiet intense feeling, when you're just - not - sure about "when it happens", lol.
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Some of the layout.
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And here's Elissa and myself (front row, left) "enjoying" our first and probably ONLY ride (for me) on Takabisha. On-ride photo coming (at the end of the trip report) to show our...uh... reaction to it... (DbM)
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