Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby CreativeForce » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:23 pm

Loving the TR Robb, fantastic job as always. I just had the whole office geeking out at the TDS Fantasmic video.

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Can I sign up for next year's trip now?
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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby Xcoaster » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:16 pm

BlueFireCoaster wrote:Are there any photos of the McDonalds Shaka Shaka Chicken?

You keep showing photos of the bags/packaging it comes in, but I don't think I've seen what the actual food looks like! Please share!

The true joy of Shaka Shaka Chicken comes in the packaging and preparation process, but anyways, see below. Available spice packets include cheese, lemon, and black pepper. I preferred black pepper and lemon. Other unusual items include the McPork (I've heard it's delicious, did not verify), various meat pie things, the teriyaki burger (also in Hawaii), and the Lemon Garlic Chicken Burger (also pictured below). Japanese McDonalds is amazing (it is everything American McDonalds is not).

The TR is awesome so far, I am supremely jealous and upset that I had to drop out.
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Black Pepper Shaka Shaka Chicken after Hanayashiki and Tokyo wandering.
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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:43 pm

Hey Robb, great trip report so far keep up the great work. The pics make me want to go back and visit Japan it was so beautiful there, and the Japanese women... oh man.

I have a question about Space Fantasy at Universal Studios Japan, the trains look like the trains on Sierra Sidewinder at Knotts Berry Farm. Does it spin like Sierra Sidewinder or is it a non-spinning family friendly coaster?

Thanx again for the updates. Have fun and be safe... and please ride Winnie the pooh at Tokyo Disneyland and extra time for me (My vote for the best dark ride, EVER!!!)
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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby Jakizle » Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:07 am

donkeyman18 wrote:sigh WHY DO I ALWAYS FLY INTO LAX WHEN I GO TO DISNEY WHY! :butt: Opps didnt mean to show that :lmao:


Strong username to post content ratio.




Still super jealous of all my friends on the Japan trip...the reports have just been epic. However I must remember I'm still young and will get over there one day!

Can't wait for more photos and video!

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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby CorkscrewFoley » Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:36 am

I have to say Hanno's face was priceless on the 1st Gen freefall...Hanno, I've had my cherry popped on one of these two, so I feel your pain.

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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby cfc » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:09 am

The Shaka Shaka Chicken looks great, but I think the Teriyaki Burgers are terrible (sounds like a good idea, but something is lacking in the execution). Other than that, all the other McDonald's food I've eaten is Japan is better than in the U.S. (I like the burgers with mushrooms and Swiss cheese in Australia, too).
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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby robbalvey » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:36 am

Today was Fuji-Q....

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Well, today we headed out to something that we're not quite fond of...

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...that's right...Fuji-Q! I will be the first to say that Fuji-Q has not been kind to us in the past...but did we have a good day today? Keep reading...

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First off, the weather was on our side. Fuji-Q has a bad habit of closing pretty much everything in the rain. Today...blue skies!

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Today was also "It's all about Bryan Day 2011!"

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The goal of "It's all about Bryan Day" is to take the best photo of or with Bryan you possible can! He's also not allowed to say "no" to a photo you want to take of him. Yes, it's considered abuse...but to TPR, we like to think of it as "entertainment!"

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The winner ended up being this photo...which has a back story to it... Bryan is doing his "Erik the room inspector" impression. It's quite accurate.

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Today, the role of Bryan's penis is being played by Duffy the Bear!

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"Do I really have to take more photos with Terry???"

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"C'mon, do I actually have to lick the sign???"

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"Ok, so at least I got a credit out of this one!"

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Yes, that is blue skies over Fuji-Q! We have NEVER seen this before!!!

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The only bummer of today is that Eejainaika was closed for maintenance. BUT....I'll take one credit down in order have a GOOD day at this park without 3 hours waits anytime!

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Yup...the king of coasters. Well, at least at Fuji-Q.

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Fujiyama was actually running quite well today...

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...overall, it's a decent ride. It's got a good first drop, and a few moments of airtime...but then it gets to the ending part that tries to kill you.

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This part is decent.

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BOOB CREDIT!!!!

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Dodonpa was also running pretty well...

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...Check out them I-Beams and tires! This system is now kind of "old school."

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The new launched Gerstlaur Euro-Fighter was teasing us...

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But we had an awesome launch on Dodonpa.

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I'm not sure what this is, but it's freaking me out!

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Dodonpa running well, blue skies, it's not very crowded here, and we've gotten in all credits before noon. Has hell frozen over?!?!?

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This is the ride where you actually lie in a casket!

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Here's one thing Fuji-Q has over Six Flags now!

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Thomas Land is still the best looking area in the park.

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The Thomas "Tambourine Ride" is still awesome!

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Log Flume credit!

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Still can't get over this weather!

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"Yes, we are credit whores...but at least there wasn't a 3 hour line for it!"

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KidTums hanging out in Thomas Land.

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KidTums has now gotten more credits on this trip than Robb & Elissa have.

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Last time we were here, all these queue areas were filled...today...no lines for much of anything. (And of course the Fast Pass system also helped!)

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If you gotta go...you better hurry!

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Somehow, the Fuji-Q bathrooms got a bizarre sense of humour!

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Seriously, I never thought we'd have a day like this at Fuji-Q!

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Most pictures you see of this park have cloudy skies and rain!

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This also scares me. Time to walk away slowly.

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The hamster coaster is still one of the "cutest" rides ever.

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And of course it's Elissa and KidTums approved!POV OF THE HAMSTER COASTER!!!

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ROBB! DO NOT EAT MOUNT FUJI! IT IS NOT A DESSERT PLATTER!!!

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Oh, yeah... Hello Mt. Fuji.

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ROBB!!! DO NOT EAT DODONPA!!! IT IS NOT A CHICKEN WING!

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The "love" cars on the ferris wheel were air conditioned!

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STOP TEASING US!!!

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From the Ferris Wheel!ImageSome amazing views to be had.

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Oh, yeah....the Star Flyer is new!

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"We took the tunnel!"

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More shots from the Ferris Wheel.

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And how about one more.

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Ahh, how cute!

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Another giant A$$ Ferris Wheel in Japan!

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Dodonpa wide shot...

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...and closer up!

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The Hello Kitty riding the Dodonpa cars cell phone straps was pretty awesome!

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Let's have a look at the new coaster, shall we?

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That drop looks sort insane...

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actually, the entire ride looks great!

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Totally sexy!

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Looking forward to riding this next visit! (Yes, I said looking forward in a Fuji-Q update!)

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Just a few more weeks....

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The games area was a little bit odd...

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But you can win some really cool stuff!

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SQUID!!!!

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Hello Fujiyama...how's it going?

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Never thought I'd actually get photos like this...

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Here is the part that tries to kill you!

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It's really not bad up until like the last 800 feet of track.

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This drop had some decent airtime.

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Oh, yeah, don't forget it's "All about Bryan day!'

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First drop...


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Nice curves!

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They have updated those crazy vending machines!

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WARNING! I am about to say something nice about Fuji-Q. "We actually had a good day at Fuji-Q." The day was not without frustrations, like the insane way they operate their Fast Pass system, but once we got through that craziness, the Fast Passes worked quite well. The ride op crews still leave a lot to be desired, we did manage to get in all the coasters, several flat rides, and even the Haunted Hospital (which ended up being good, but not the end-all, be-all haunt maze that many people over-hyped it to be), and overall we had a "good" day at Fuji-Q. There...I said it!

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On the bus ride back to the hotel, KidTums tells the "spider story!" Ask her about it sometime!

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OMG...is that Olympia Looping??? Oh, wait, no...it's just an ad for Fuji-Q on the top of a building.

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Whatever this is... I LIKE IT!!!

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We found a "GIANT TETRIS" arcade game.

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Ahh, the drum game....thank you for bring the inspiration behind TPR's similies!



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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby LoneRider92 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:07 am

What?! You guys actually had a GOOD day at Fuji-Q?! Say it isn't so! :wtf: I was looking forward to another story on how awful the park was! :(

Wow, it almost looked like a completely different place with clear skies and lack of horrendous lines. It's nice to hear that it is actually possible to have fun at Fuji-Q. Personally, though, it would take a couple more positive visits to make me change my opinion of the place. Takabisha looks sweet, it's too bad it wasn't open yet.

Thanks for the update!
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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby Movieguy » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:51 am

My goodness...those photos looked like Fuji-Q in Bizzaro world. :wtf:

Glad to hear you guys actually had a decent day. Too bad Eejanaika was closed, but that was probably for the best. And they have FAST PASS there now? This may be the start of a big change for this park.

Also, kidtums has a story about a spider? You've got to get her to tell it on video sometime. :lol:

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Re: Theme Park Review in JAPAN! 2011

Postby skitt2010 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:38 am

Japan is now on my official, must go, list!

Everyday i hear more reasons to go, this park is one of them. Looks like fun!!

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