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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:42 pm

The next land you come to is Amazing Amazon and this land is where IT is, the main reason I came to this park... the glorious Parrot Coaster. This is a B&M wing rider coaster, it is the longest wing rider at 4192 feet (sorry about your bragging rights Gatekeeper) and the fastest at 67 MPH (again, sorry Gatekeeper) and this is one amazing coaster (I have been on the other 3 wing riders in the states and this by far is the best of the bunch). It does not rely on gimmicks (inverting first drop, keyhole near misses) but instead utilizes a solid layout with amazing rainforest theming that the train flies over and through. I rode it 3 times in a row and with the exception of a slight vibration before the Immelmann inversion it was a very smooth and forceful coaster. As you can see in my signature it made it into my top 5 steel coasters, keep in mind though, this is a wing rider and I know many people do not like them but this is one wing rider that B&M got right.

All day I kept looking towards Parrot Coaster to see it in action and never saw it run and I really started to get upset thinking it was closed and this was the whole reason of coming here but alas I found out why I never saw it run. The park was extremely empty today and they would only dispatch the train when it was full so the train (1 train operation) would sit in the station upwards of 15 minutes until it was full before dispatching (they follow this same practice on Desperado at the Nevada/California state line) so it took 35 minutes for me to get 3 rides in.

Now on to some pics...
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As you transition from Ocean Beauty to Amazing Amazon you come across this quick service diner, of course the theming follows through.
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I watched all day and never saw the train run the course, I really got sad thinking I would miss this credit.
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But alas there it was in all its glory. The wait time said 5 minutes but as I got to the station I realized how wrong that was.
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After ascending the 164 foot lift hill you drop down to the lake below. It was at the bottom of this drop as it raises to the Immelmann that I experienced the slight vibration.
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After the Immelmann it goes up into this "horseshoe" turn around, it was a unique element with 2 completely different sensations depending on whether you sit on the left side or right side of the train.
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After the horseshoe turn around you then drop into the splash down but this is no ordinary splash down, there are water cannons down the length of this area and they shoot water straight up and then down on the train. Yes, you do get wet on this coaster. The building on the left is the Rainforest Restaurant, if you happen to be dining in there you will have a birds-eye view of the coaster flying past you.
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After the splash down you lift up into the zero G roll then down into a little S turn and up into the MCBR.
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After the MCBR you drop into a tunnel and after the tunnel you raise up into the inline twist. This was the best part of the entire ride, out of the tunnel the train somehow slows WAY DOWN and as you enter the inline twist it feels like the train is going to stall and you spin very slowly which leads to a fantastic moment of upside down hang time. It was really an amazing feeling. After the inline twist you drop into a second tunnel and climax with a slight helix (unfortunately the train never picks up speed again after the inline twist and the helix has very little force to it) then you hit the final brake run. I am probably giving this coaster more praise than it deserves but I absolutely loved it and I really can't wait to get back and ride it again.
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The entrance to the Rainforest Restaurant is located right at the zero G roll.
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The Rainforest Outpost (gift shop) is located inside the parrot tree.
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This tall tree guy (too many leaves to be groot) is the roaming character found in Amazing Amazon.
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There was a Polynesian show on our way to the next land. I felt bad for the girls because there were 5 people watching their performance (including Lily and myself) but I guess the show goes on no matter what.
Top 5 steel : 1. Nemesis (Alton Towers), 2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point), 3. Flying Dinosaur (Universal Studios Japan), 4. Incredible Hulk (IOA), 5. Parrot Coaster (Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:57 pm

While im not a fan of the layout after the Zero G Roll, the first drop in the back is in my top 5 favorite first drops. If Gatekeeper is as good as this one, Wing Coasters might receive a better reputation. :airtimer:

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:28 pm

The final land at the park was Dolphin Cove, in this land is the dolphin show, the dolphin habitat, a couple of flat rides and the new for 2015 5D theater.

On to the pics...
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After we cross over into Dolphin Cove we get a picture with the dolphin character.
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We were feeling a bit peckish so we head to Yummy Pasta for, well, yummy pasta. I don't know though, it does not look open, hmm.
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They were open, YAY. Noodles and meat, mmm good.
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Entrance to Battle of the Pirates flat ride.
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This has got to be one of the coolest flat rides I have see. Once you get into your raft the platform drops about a foot and the whole thing spins (think the tea cups at Disney) and not only do you shoot water at the people in the other rafts but you also shoot at the people surrounding the ride, who also have water guns shooting at the people in the rafts. This ride was way more fun that I thought it would be.
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The entrance to the Dolphin Theater where the dolphin show was.


Warning I took no video of the dolphin show so many pictures of the show follow...
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The dolphin theater had a Polynesian theme to it.
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Audience member playing with the dolphins.
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Can't be a Polynesian themed show without a guy eating fire.
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Surfing on a dolphin.
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Lily wanted to be in the show, I put Lily in the show.
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Goodbye dolphins.
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Once they turned on he misters this island came alive.
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Definitely made for a very nice photo opportunity with the wife.
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All the Chimelong mascots made their way here.
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At night the park is even more beautiful than during the day.
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And just like that our day at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom comes to an end. I hope some of you have been inspired to visit this park. Although small in size it really makes up for it in the attention to details. This park has not been open a year yet but they are already building a new attraction now and some major attractions are coming soon so this park should just keep getting more and more amazing.
Top 5 steel : 1. Nemesis (Alton Towers), 2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point), 3. Flying Dinosaur (Universal Studios Japan), 4. Incredible Hulk (IOA), 5. Parrot Coaster (Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:39 pm

gerstlaueringvar wrote:While im not a fan of the layout after the Zero G Roll, the first drop in the back is in my top 5 favorite first drops. If Gatekeeper is as good as this one, Wing Coasters might receive a better reputation. :airtimer:



I remember in your trip report you mention the second half after the MCBR was terribly slow and you did not like it but me personally I loved the near stall on the inline twist. The upside down airtime on the twist reminded me of the loop on the YOLOcoaster at Magic Mountain, that had nice upside down airtime also. Gatekeeper is great but I really do not like the pacing on it. It's not very forceful and I personally just do not understand the keyhole element, it never really made me felt like we were going to hit the pillar. Honestly I prefer Wild Eagle at Dollywood over Gatekeeper as far as B&M wing coasters go.
Top 5 steel : 1. Nemesis (Alton Towers), 2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point), 3. Flying Dinosaur (Universal Studios Japan), 4. Incredible Hulk (IOA), 5. Parrot Coaster (Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:36 am

I tried to book a room at the Chimelong Hengqin bay hotel for the longest time but their website always told me the hotel was sold out so I went ahead and booked a hotel in Macau (it is just across the bay from the park) and figured we would go to the park for a second day from Macau. Since the park was so empty the first day we just went ahead and stayed in Macau for the day which was fine since Lily was still feeling sick it gave her a chance to sleep in and try to beat her illness. I booked a room at the Venetian hotel because every time we went to Macau previously she always told me that the "Venice hotel", as she would call it, was so beautiful and I figure what the heck it's our anniversary plus living in Vegas I have a friend or two who works for the Venetian here, and although they are not exactly connected as the same company, still helped me out with a rate.
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The Venetian in Macau is so big you could probably fit 2 1/2 of the Vegas version of the Venetian inside it. Heck I even got lost in the shopping area.
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The rooms are identical the the rooms at the Venetian in Las Vegas. This is the entry hallway.
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The bathroom was large with 2 sinks and a spacious Jacuzzi tub with separate shower.
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The other side of the bathroom had a makeup table and a separate western toilet.
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The bedroom portion had a very large king bed. Oh, it was so comfortable.
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Then you come to the sunken living room. This room was very, very nice.
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This view is from the window looking back the opposite way in the room.
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While walking in the shops I found this fountain. I like taking taking pictures of fountains and statues if you have not already noticed.
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Lunch in the food court. I have not been to Fat Burger in years but it takes me going to China to eat there again. WOW.
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Okay I will admit that I am a fan of Korean entertainment, I love KPOP (well before PSY released Gangnam Style), I love Korean dramas and variety shows an I really enjoy the movies as well. Here is a screen capture from the 2009 Korean drama Boys Over Flowers. In this scene Jun-Pyo tells Jan-Di that he does not love her anymore and to forget about him. This was filmed at the Venetian in Macau and I set out to find this spot. It was harder than I thought it would be but...
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I FOUND IT.
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Now I can say I stood in the spot that Jan-Di and Jun-Pyo stood. It was very exciting for me, Lily couldn't care less, she does not watch Korean Dramas.
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She played along for me. Thank you, wife.
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Although I was giddy like a 12 year old school girl.
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On a sad note I missed my favorite KPOP group performing live by 2 days. I was really contemplating flying back on Friday to see the concert since we would be in Hong Kong anyway but I figure I have already seen them in L.A. and that would be good enough for now.
Top 5 steel : 1. Nemesis (Alton Towers), 2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point), 3. Flying Dinosaur (Universal Studios Japan), 4. Incredible Hulk (IOA), 5. Parrot Coaster (Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:40 am

GeorgeT wrote:That is a extremely beautiful looking park...just wow.

But I feel sorry for all those animals in the park with little space, and in a highly unnatural environment :cry:



It was very sad seeing the polar bears just walking around in circles. I am sure the Chimelong company is doing their best in the care for these animals(as does Sea World and all the zoos around the country) but you do tend to feel for them.
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Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby GwaziBSRider1 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:51 am

Fantastic TR! It makes me want to hop on a plane and go right to Ocean Kingdom! Parrot Coaster definitely looks like a winner to me (especially since I love Wing coasters)! =)
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:00 pm

After we spent the day in Macau lounging around and doing a little shopping we jump on a high speed boat and travel to the port of Hong Kong for our next park, Hong Kong Disneyland. This park holds a special place in my heart since this is where I proposed to my wife (at the wishing well in front of Cinderella's castle) so we try to visit this park as much as often. After about a 40 minute subway ride we finally arrive at the Sunbay station which is the gateway station to Hong Kong Disneyland. At this station we board a Disney Subway train that takes us to the entry plaza at the Disney resort.

Here is a video of the Disney subway arriving at the Sunbay station...




Now on to the pre Disneyland pics...
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The inside of the Hong Kong Disneyland subway. Mickey head windows and Disney character statues make the journey to the Disney resort very exciting. Now why can't we get Disney transportation in the states to include Mickey head windows?
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We stayed at the Disney Hollywood hotel. It is a nice hotel with a friendly staff. English here is definitely no problem, I never encountered any communication problems with any staff member.
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This is the lobby of the hotel. It is themed as a 1940's era art deco hotel.
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Statue of Minnie wearing a 1940's era full length fur coat, found in the lobby.
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View of the room from the door.
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View from the window looking towards the door. It really was a nice room but what else would you expect from Disney.
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The bathroom was compact but at least it has a western toilet (yes western toilets in Asia make me happy).
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The view from the room was nice and looks out over Lantau bay.
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The following morning we had breakfast at the Hollywood & Dine restaurant. This is a cafeteria style restaurant.
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88 HKD (or about $12 USD) you get microwave eggs and meat. I figured it was Disney so everything will be expensive anyways.
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Fancy light fixtures in the restaurant keeping up with the theming of the hotel.
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Trying to get fancy with my picture taking.
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Saw this movie poster and immediately thought of Robb and his obsession with Frozen. Robb Alvey, I present to you Frozen in Chinese.
Top 5 steel : 1. Nemesis (Alton Towers), 2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point), 3. Flying Dinosaur (Universal Studios Japan), 4. Incredible Hulk (IOA), 5. Parrot Coaster (Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:03 pm

Here is a video of the elevator at the Disney Hollywood Hotel. Mickey makes the announcements in English and Minnie makes them in Chinese.


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Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:30 pm

Mmmm can't get enough of that lovely Hollywood Hotel.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, during the TPR China Tour in 2012.
And I definitely want to go back and stay there.

Great look at it, so far. Looking forward to more great shots
and what you enjoyed in the park, itself.

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