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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby kailisun98 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:48 pm

Galaxy Express is an indoor family coaster right?
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:11 am

kailisun98 wrote:Galaxy Express is an indoor family coaster right?

Not really, it's not fast but it does have an inversion.

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Tobu Zoo Part 1/3

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:24 pm

Sorry guys I just came from several very busy months for me. But now I can finally resume the report!


Finally we come to the official start of the TPR Japan Trip!!.. Ok, well the add-on for the pre-trip add-on. Either way we are at Tobu Zoo!

We woke up early to meet everyone in the lobby to get our bags, grab a super fast breakfast than to head to the train station to make our way to the park.

After several trains we finally made it to the park where it true TPR fashion the trip started off with a bang! And that bang was an hour of ERT on the mega light Kawasemi!

Kawasemi Throughout the day I got in about 17 rides in starting with the first ride of the day with would crawl through the course. I was really worried after experiencing it but I managed to get on the second ride and the difference was incredible! After you leave the lift your butt will barely touch your seat for the rest of the ride.

Regina After our ERT we set out to get the other credit at the park (The kiddie was closed with the train missing). I managed a front and back seat ride and I liked it better in the front but the ride pretty fun. Defiantly a lot better than I thought it would be.

Star Cross We had no idea what this was but as our group was passing it there was a lot of debate whether we should try it but when someone walked close to see what it was and found out it had A/C that was settled.

It was a motion simulator with a film about saving the earth from a meteor (I think?)

Galaxy Walkers Another thing we had no clue about but there were two versions you could choose. One where you match the weight of a bag and one you don't. There was some mazes to it and a lot of confusion of where to go (I think I ended up back stage at one point). In the end it was a lot of fun to do as a group.

We than grabbed lunch and some beer before another ride on Kawasemi followed by...

Sky Love You could sky love all over the park and end up on the other end of the park where you exit and can than Sky Love all the way back.

At this point me and Nozzy split from the group to check out the zoo and some of the dark rides.

Surprising House You surprisingly enter the mouth of a clown where you than surprisingly sit down before the room surprising spins (At a very fast rate). At the end the ride surprisingly stops and you surprisingly exit, surprisingly (Ok, I'm done).

Strange Street After being surprised you can than be strange. This is a neat walk through haunted house. There was even shockingly an actor which made a very valiant attempt to scare me.

Zoo Yes there really is a zoo at Tobu Zoo. It was actually quite large too. They have pretty much every animal and even some Tiger Cubs.

After seeing the zoo we grabbed another ride on Kawasemi before getting lunch at the 100% authentic Itarian restaurant. We split a pizza and got some fries. The pizza was really good and the unlimited drinks were a huge bonus.

One more ride on Kawasemi would complete the park before we met at the entrance to get out of there before the rain would hit.

We had to take several trains back to the hotel to grab our bags than to hop on our first bullet train (!) down to Nagoya to check into our new hotel for the next several nights.

A group of us went out to dinner just around the corner from the hotel at a very Japanese restaurant. Shoes off, sit on the floor and all. Oh and we had to cook our own meal. We ended up getting chicken, beef, annnnnddddd Womb (yes womb). It was defiantly a very interesting and fun night and after dinner we explored the area a bit before calling it a night since we had to be up early to make our way south to Universal Studios Japan!
Good morning Japan! Let's meet everyone in the lobby and get this day started!
After several trains you have to walk about a mile to the park entrance from the train station.
We made it!
Want to know what's closed? Inquire at the ice cream.
In some places Tobu is a very nice park.
We definatly came here for the dueling giant wheels! Ignore that yellow thing on the right...
Ok, I guess we couldn't ignore it for long!
These are the chariots to a minute of pure awesomeness
What happens when you ride a vekoma.
But riding Kawasemi will give you tears of joy.
But if your grandparents do not ride Tobu will release the angry spirits.
I think Robert enjoyed it!
Moving on here is a look at the rides section to get an idea of the layout.
First we pass these two very reliable rides.... well... just move along. Nothing to see....
After the Music Express we did this interesting walk through/game.
Awww but I wanted to stay....
We kept seeing this film crew around the park.
Regina is the other major credit here.
Regina doesn't look so good in the morning....
Not a terrible ride but not super exciting either. Was at least worth a re-ride.
Which are you?
What did he do???
But don't worry! Be happy! Here's part 2!
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby robbalvey » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:34 pm

I have totally missed your reports as they were posted when we were on tours this summer! I love them! Going to tweet about the Singapore one now! (better late than never, right?) ;)

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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:45 pm

<sighs> I miss Tobu Zoo. :(
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Tobu Zoo Part 2/3

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:00 pm

^^ Thanks a bunch Robb!

Here is part 2! Including a look around the Zoo!

Part 3 coming up after the Walking Dead!
Welcome back! Moving on to the rest of the park now...
Next we sky loved all the way to the other side of the park.
I want the unicorn!
See you again shortly!
Looks like the carousel was getting some TLC
The neat thing about Tobu's train is it is a single line with a turn table on both ends of the track for the engine to disconnect from one end of the cars and to hook up to the other.
The film crew again
Sky love was a great transport ride to the back of the park.
So pretty
Hey guys.
Rides double stacked
Earlier I said in some parts Tobu looks nice... Well is some parts it looks pretty ghetto.
Ummm yeah....
Strange Street was the haunted walkthrough.
Next up we wandered into the zoo
They had a great selection of animals.
From what I understand you pay and get to talk to the animals?
The ferris wheel looks like a windmill and is in the "Farm" section of the zoo.
They also had penguins including several emperor penguins.
The monkey area
I just want to take him home!
Smart fella
Hey, what's up?
The white tigers were the most popular animal during our visit. I guess it had a cub a few days before.
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Tobu Zoo Part 3/3

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:43 pm

Part 3

Last bit of Tobu Zoo and our first night in Nagoya
Of course we had to take one more ride!
They were working on the drop tower as we passed.
Our choice for lunch was of course the 100% authentic Itarian restaurant!
Time to leave "Tob "
"Why are you still here?"
"Read the sign... get the hell out of here"
Goodbye Tobu Zoo
It was a great day!
Waiting for the train back to the hotel to grab our bags.
We had a bit of time till we had to go catch our bullet train so some of us went to the top floor bar for a drink. Check out that view! Tokyo Tower is there on the left.
Pretty excited for my first bullet train!
Our hotel for the next few nights!
After settling in we took a walk to find some food.
We ended up here.
It was a cook your own meal place complete with seats on the floor.
A few beers in we got brave and decided to order the most messed up thing we could find on the menu... We choose Womb...
Dan taking over grilling the womb.
It was like eating a rubber band.
It is just around the corner from the hotel so if you are on a TPR tour check it out! I recommend it!
My night ended on floor 3F of this building ;)

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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby GwaziBSRider1 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:28 pm

Great TR! I'm hoping to go on the next Japan trip in 2015, and your TR makes it even more enticing!!!

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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby gisco » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:20 am

Kawasemi is probably my favorite coaster. Been to that park twice and have never been through the zoo though. Maybe next Japan trip!

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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:37 pm

Cool report so far, thanks for sharing.

Is it just me or is China and UAE totally kicking our ass in terms of architecture? Some of those buildings are just amazing!

Also, I would definitely crud myself if Darien Lake were to get a Kawasemi-like coaster running over their little lake. I can always wish, can't I? :lover:


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