Our next park was one of the first "big parks" of trip - Space World! This was a nice park, they have a theme and boy do they stick to it!
There's some decent coasters and interesting coasters here, the Arrow hyper and Japanese Stealth being the big two. There's also some other interesting contraptions like the forward/backward coaster and the Black Hole indoor coaster.
This was another day when rain was a theme but amazingly we still managed to get all of our credits and ride everything we wanted to. There's also a live horror maze in the park which is always a plus in my book!
Oh yeah, there was also the little issue of substantiating the authenticness of a certain space craft too...
Today was the first “Big” park of the trip – Space World!
Replica or Real Spaceship? Will we ever find out the truth?
Jes wants to get his photo with the Spaceship just in case it is real.
I have it on good authority that this plaque lies. It is absolutely a real spaceship and not a replica.
Whether it's real or fake there’s a still a coaster to be rode and we had ERT!
It wouldn’t be one of my TRs without bringing back a recurring joke that only about four people find funny! Well I’m one of the four dammit and I find photos of Erik licking large plastic ice cream cones highly amusing. Please note that I have no desire to see photos of Erik licking anything else however.
Japanese Stealth! Better than regular Stealth. Why? Because it’s in Japan and not in Thorpe!
TPDave finally gets a Qoo.
Uh oh! I thought we were miles away from all that!
Arrow Hyper time! Hello Titan!
Just like your average Arrow Hyper it goes up the lift hill. The difference with this one is that it’s in Japan.
It’s better than The Big One and that’s not just because it’s in Japan!
TPR are loving themselves some Titan! Japanese girl in the front has just spied some green monster making off with a red umbrella though.
As I came to find it is law in Japan that all theme parks have some form of giant wheel.
We have a place called the Vicky Lounge in Glasgow. Please note that it is nothing like this one though.
Check out Larry, in his natural habitat, overlording it up to the max.
The kiddie coaster was apparently a bit temperamental but luckily the majority of us managed to get the credit.
As kiddies go it wasn’t too bad!
The backwards/forwards death machine was a ride once affair for me. The rest of the guys seemed to enjoy re-riding though. Guess I just hate riding backwards. On rollercoasters.
No Aliens in the water!
OMG, it’s Japanese Peena Puu! That stupid tree from Finland is still giving me photos and captions for TRs year later!
This is the indoor rollercoaster station. Can’t really remember what it was like!
TPDave is all about the Happy Return!
Go on guys, dive in!
Caution: Scare in motion!
It was little details in theming like this that made me really like Space World. They have their theme for their park and they’re sticking to it!
Alien themed horror mazes do not appeal to Scottish for some unknown reason.
Andrew asking where was the drop tower portion of the maze?
Lunch in the Colonel’s Lounge sounds like a great idea to me!
A Wa-Fu Chicken Cutlet, Nuggets and Melon Fanta! I love visiting fast food places in new countries to try out local menu items!
4D theatre! I wonder what delights await us in here?
OMG, it’s Panda-fucking-vision! I’m losing track of how many parks I’ve seen this in now!
And now for a first. These rapids really are cutting edge.
Yeah, these are the only rapids in world that soak you from the bottom of the boat up! Bizarre!
With the rain beginning to lash down again we figured we could find some cover in the form of the Giant Arse Wheel.
Andrew and Tom cosy up together for a hot and sweaty encounter inside Hendrix.
Despite the rain I really liked Space World. And once again we got all the rides in even with the strict rain policies in Japanese parks!
Nice one, Space World!
Back in the hotel we encountered on the TV what seemed to be some kind of inferior Japanese version of Yo Gabba Gabba.
WiFi Party!!! The local electronics store had free WiFi which is a bit of hot commodity in Japan so it was often a hang out point for tour participants!
Love in an elevator!
This night we decided to check out another restaurant in the Hakata area. This one was another of those cool Japanese concept restaurants…
It’s a vending machine restaurant!
Here’s TPDave not ordering a Katsu curry.
What you do is buy your meal from the machine, which gives you a ticket. You then give your ticket to the waiter and he brings you your dinner!
Jes loves his Vending Machine meal!
Here’s my Vend-a-Meal! It was very good! I’m loving these different Japanese restaurants!
No beer left? Go to the vending machine and order another!
Pub takeover!!! We came all the way to Japan to check out the British pub. That’s how we roll.
Not content with the beer I had in the pub it was back to the hotel for a nightcap!
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