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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby milst1 » Tue May 10, 2011 2:49 pm

Day 4: Finally, a day without driving! This was our experience at Janfusun Fancyworld. It's a very nice park in a beautiful setting.
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Whoops, this is the night park entrance again and it's closed and we have to walk around.
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Entrance to Janfusun Fancyworld. Notice the show advertisement. We didn't watch any shows, but were amused by the Wikipedia article about the park, which claims that there is a drag queen show. We didn't investigate this claim.
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The gates as seen from the parking area.
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It's KiKi!
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There's KiKi and KuKu and the whole gang, one of whom seems to be a plate. A plate mascot.
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Welcome. Security camera and spokesplate can be seen on the left side.
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More entrance plaza.
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Drat, non-working escalator.
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Spooky stuff happening. We are climbing the hill to get to the rides on the other side.
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Horrorwood is the walkthrough.
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Lots of nice landscaping for Horrorwood.
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Baby Ghostface!
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Baby Dracula!
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Le Petit Mort!
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Lending a hand.
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Baby Ju-On!
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Great views from here. This is facing east, towards the mountains.
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We finally crest the hill and make it over, only to find this piece of bad news.
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The B&M Dive Machine is down.
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I'm guessing that they'd just repainted this. There was no wheel wear on the paint.
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It's closer to Oblivion than to Sheikra or Griffon.
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View of the park facing west, towards the plain. Looks like they didn't repaint the railings.
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There's the other B&M. Hopefully that one's not down too. That would suck.
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Escalator down to the other side of the mountain.
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Empty wave pool, ProSlide Tornado, and diving machine.
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We've found the floorless coaster!
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And it's open for business!
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Some lift hill for the pervs.
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Basically a walk-on at that hour.
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A Chance Inverter and a Huss Frisbee
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Huss Fly Away
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Cheryl found the rotating sunflower ride to be quite pleasurable, though she did not wait for the cycle to end before getting off. This is how patrons get killed on rides.
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But she may have gotten off for good reason: there was an alarming sound during the chair rotation "element".
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Worth noting here that photo shops were all over the place, offering green screen photography that could then be customized.
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Up, up, and away.
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There's G5 and the waterpark. The hotel is on the other side of that hill.
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Dirty windows, but there's Insane Speed, the floorless coaster. Kind of a unique layout.
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And to the upper left is a part of the park that we're going to explore next. See the big building there? Worth noting that many of the parks we visited had this kind of giant indoor section with lots of flats and games.
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Better view of the full layout of Insane Speed.
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Full view of G5 Diving Machine.
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S&S Turbo Drop and Space Shot, though only Turbo Drop side was open.
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Swings...and I think this is the first time I noticed that flat in the right background. What's that?
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Nice candy store, but only the bottom shelf looks vaguely familar.
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Toy Workshop and refreshments!
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Another one of these things that I still don't know the name of. English name was Super Swing.
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We love drop towers.
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You can call Cheryl "Drop Tower Junkie". This one was pretty high.
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Largest ferris wheel in Taiwan.
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We're gonna go check out the big building.
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Kiddy Land!
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The plate welcomes us.
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Not quite the Fremont Street Experience, but interesting.
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We've got a bunch of kiddy flats.
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This was unusual: A *three*-tiered carousel. I've never seen one before. And the levels turned independently. One was going while another loaded. I didn't see them fire up the top level though.
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We took a spin on the powered KuKu coaster.
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It's a Zamperla.
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This was the cuing area for the funhouse, but we were too big. Everyone there was either waiting for their cue or chalking their cues.
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Kiddie theater.
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I'm a plate!
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The Janfusun Kiddy Land Mission Statement. I can just picture management: "We need a plate..."
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Don't let the sign fool you.
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It's not a Pexan train at all! For a moment I was worried! Train does a loop. We saw one of those toilet bowls in the waterpark and we got close enough to G5 to clearly see that it had recently been repainted.
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We ran across a forlorn Top Spin.
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Ah, the ride we saw earlier from the Ferris wheel is a Flic Flac.
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Closer look at the Flic Flac.
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Time to cool off!
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This little flume had a dry lift hill, turnaround, and drop. It made me think of a mini-Mack SuperSplash. I want to ask Duane about the classification of such flumes.
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Surpisingly high quality Disney wood art props in one store.
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I wouldn't mind having one of these.
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We're still in the park. It's a tea house.
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And we found a refreshing break...where else but...
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Of course! The Janfusun Coffee Museum! They build the culture credits right into the park.
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Cheryl scored this nifty pizza in the coffee museum. Not bad for park food.
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Sorry, we skipped the haunted walkthrough. There was a fairly huge queue inside.
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The park started getting crowded as school groups began arriving.
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Another bizarre culture credit was the Panda Classroom. Wtf?
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We made some friends from the school!
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We're tired. Thanks for visiting Janfusun Fancyworld with us! Next up: Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village and Sun Moon Lake!
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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby Meteornotes » Tue May 10, 2011 4:39 pm

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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby beatle11 » Tue May 10, 2011 8:13 pm

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I shouldn't be surprised anymore.
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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby larrygator » Tue May 10, 2011 9:38 pm

Martin - I think the technical name of the ride you can't think of is Swing Around.
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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby Jcoasters » Tue May 10, 2011 10:43 pm

That's sad about G5 :( Why do all the rides in Taiwan seem to be closed?? :?r

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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby Noxegon » Tue May 10, 2011 11:05 pm

The parks are open all year round. As a result, rides have to be shut down for rehab from time to time. Martin was just slightly unfortunate in that a couple of the majors were down for his visit.

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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby milst1 » Tue May 17, 2011 1:43 pm

Today we visited another really cool park: Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village! It's in a beautiful mountainous area and adjoins the largest body of water in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake. We found a great restaurant there after the park.

What's Formosa, you ask? In 1544, a Portuguese ship sighted the island and called it "Ilha Formosa", or "Beautiful Island".
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We're back in the car, heading to FACV!
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Scooters such as these are ubiquitous. In the big cities, there are giant seas of scooters, making it tricky to navigate the city streets.
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The first thing you see is this train.
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And that's where we are.
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And the train's route is a circle around this this giant European garden.
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Across the garden, beyond that stand of trees, we think we see the kind of things we're looking for. Actually, the big Intamin gyro drop was down.
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It's a nice walk.
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Up these steps.
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Through this big pavillion and up some more steps.
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And boom, you're in the park. This ride, Space Race, was down, so we weren't sure what it was.
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Here's the layout. The whole park is on a rising valley between two mountain ridges. You can see the European garden at the very bottom, then you have the amusements area. There's a cable car (not operating when we visited) to the top of the mountain on the left. The face of the hill is full of little villages and displays showing aboriginese life and culture. At the top of the mountain is another cable car that takes you to Sun Moon Lake.
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We're off to get the first credit, Mayan Adventure.
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Mayan Adventure is a Vekoma Satanic Looping Coaster placed within simulated Chinese Mayan ruins.
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The only interesting thing about it is that there are some parts that go into the ruins.
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Otherwise, it was a very painful headbanger and I definitely took a shot to the chin. Remember to ride this one defensively.
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The Mayan theming fits with the aboriginal museum next door, featuring artifacts of native peoples throughout history and the world.
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Next is Caribbean Splash, a Mack SuperSplash.
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There's a lot of good theming for this ride.
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Excellent theming from the Mack factory! Are their production facilities also in Rust, near Europa Park?
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It's a fine looking ride.
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The park was empty enough so this was a walk-on.
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We got pretty drenched on this one.
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And we also took a pretty direct hit from the splash cannon. Sorry for the thumb.
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You could walk behind it, which I don't think you can do this at the SeaWorld parks, can you?
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This seemed like an unusual angle to me.
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As did this.
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As is the norm in the Taiwanese parks, we found a large indoor area, and this one had a credit.
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Move over Disney! Here comes Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village!
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This one is a Vekoma MK-700 Custom. There were flashing lights in the dark!
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Another forlorn Top Spin. But I'm not sure if I've ever seen one indoors before.
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Waikiki Wave was the name. And I don't think I've ever seen a single row before. Might not be a Huss? No clue.
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Remarkably similar to its sister attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!
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Good times.
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Here's a good view of Mayan Adventure. You can see the sky ride to the top of the mountain, which was down, so we had to take a shuttle bus.
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At the top of the mountain we were able to board the larger sky ride, the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway.
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This one will take us over a larger ridge to Sun Moon Lake, the largest body of water within Taiwan.
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Great views from here.
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And there's the actual lake. The park entrance fee included the trip.
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After the cable car round trip, we walked down the hillside through the Aboriginal Culture Village section. There are sections for each of Taiwan's indigenous tribes.
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There are displays showing how the various tribes lived.
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We watched some ceremonial dancing and singing. There was also a museum.
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There were a bunch of life sized open air dioramas, like this nasty one showing a coming-of-age ritual...kill the monkey in the cage. Not cool.
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Back down to park level, we found another well-themed flume.
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Formosan Gold Mine, as it was called, had a section that ran through a restaurant we visited after riding. Here we see the monkeys taking their revenge.
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No need for a queue product on a light day like this one.
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Overall, it was a very nice park, but we said our goodbyes and drove...
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...to the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan. Unfortunately, it was a bit late and they were closing down.
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The 9/21/99 earthquake killed nearly 2,500 people and injured over 10,000, with an epicenter in a place unused to quakes, which are usually on the east coast.
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The museum is at the site of a former school. Just look at what the quake did to the track! This is pretty incredible for us east coasters.
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Our fault for arriving so late. Then we drove back to Sun Moon Lake.
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Chiang Kai-Shek, the father of modern Taiwan, summered here at the lake. Now there's a resort on the grounds. This was his summer home, and many heads of state visited this "summer White House".
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And we had an excellent dinner there at the Lalu resort. Thanks for following! Next up: EDA Theme Park!
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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby beatle11 » Tue May 17, 2011 6:25 pm

Pretty cool that they have a fast pass system there. Not a bad looking park.
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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby larrygator » Tue May 17, 2011 6:29 pm

Martin thanks for this and access to your Flicker album to get some additional photos and I already set-up the next park in the Park Index awaiting your next update.
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Re: Photo TR: Taiwan

Postby Absimilliard » Tue May 17, 2011 7:01 pm

Pretty nice TR! You didn't miss much. Space Race was a generic Intamin motion simulator running a haunted mine movie last fall.

I did my whole trip to Taiwan last fall without renting a car and except for Farglory and Windows on China, managed to do all the major parks. The only ride down for rehab then was the Gyro Drop at Formosan Arborginal Village and G5 colors did look very faded, but was open with one train running. Mayan Adventure was actually pretty smooth then and didn't have any headbanging. Maybe it had just gotten a rehab? I am looking forward to your TR of E-DA World and if Half Pipe was running!

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