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Nagashima Spa Land

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:17 pm

Hello again all! Here is our next stop... Nagashima Spaland!

This day started bright and early as we had to pack our bags and get them put in storage since we had to pick them up later for our flight to the northern island. We also had to be at the park early so the Travel Channel could film us on Steel Dragon.

After another train ride we were met at the station by a convoy of Taxis to take us to the park. They dropped us off at the back of the park where we went through an employee gate and the film crew had us sign our release forms and they took our picture before we were let into the park to wait as they finished getting their POV and we watched as Matt and Lauren were filmed for the show.

White Cyclone While they filmed the park opened up White Cyclone for us so we could get some ERT. The ride wasn't bad at all actually but I only grabbed one ride as Steel Dragon was ready for us.

Steel Dragon 2000 This is the star of the park so I was really looking forward to the chance to ride it! I love Morgans so I was really looking forward to this one! They also just switched out their old trains for a new train by B&M so I was also looking forward to this. Unfortunately though the ride was rough. It was still a fun ride and I'm glad to had the chance to ride it though.

Wild Mouse The park has a twin Wild Mouse and we were warned that most days they only run one side and that was the case today.

Ultra Twister Next was my very first Ultra Twister and this ride did not disappoint! The switch backs are a very weird feeling and the twists are pretty fun.

Bob Karts Next was this this really weird ride. You sit in your car and choose how fast you want to go through the course.

Looping Star Unfortunately today would be the day most of the rides would be closed fortunately though both Schwarzkopfs are open! First was Looping Star. She was running great.

Shuttle Loop The next was my first shuttle loop. The launch is a lot of fun!

Children Coaster Next up for our credit was the Tivoli kiddie coaster. Nothing special.

Peter Rabbit Coaster Our last credit today was the powered coaster.

After this we did the giant Frisbee and got some Curry for lunch.

Haunted House While some in the group did the Star Flyer we did the Haunted House. It was pretty long and had several good scenes.

Giant Wheel Aurora Next up was the Giant Wheel for some photos and to take a break in the A/C.

Giant Viking Next me and Sean wanted to try the giant swinging ship. They only run in every 15 minutes which we didn't realize when we got in line so we had to wait in the direct sunlight. The ride was about the same as your typical swinging ship.

Steel Dragon was closed for 30 minutes for scheduled daily maintenance so we got inline for a quick ride before we had to meet the group to head out. We grabbed a ride in the back.

After that we met the group and got our taxis back to the train. We picked our bags up at the hotel and headed out to the Airport. The nice thing about Japan airports is how efficient everything is. We had our group checked in and at our gate in about 30 mins. While we waited for our plane we grabbed a snack.

The flight was uneventful and was a nice break for a nap. We got into Sapporo after dark and grabbed another train to the Sapporo station where we had a short walk to our base camp for the next few nights.

Next up Hokkaido Greenland, the sights of Sapporo and the Beer Museum!
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One our way to Nagashima Spa land!
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There she is!
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Our group being being dropped off.
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Looks nice so far.
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What we are all here for!
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We watched several test runs.
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The film crew was also busy getting their POV.
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The new trains do look nice though.
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There are the stars Matt and Lauren.
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A look at the lift hill.
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"Brought into Ban"
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While the crew is busy setting up lets head over to the park's other huge coaster!
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It was pretty fun! And looks nice too!
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We will get to the mouse later.
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Finally our turn to ride!
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A closer look at the trains.
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Next credit
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A look at the trains.
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Bob Karts was next and really fun!
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The first of two closed Intamin 1st Gens.
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Sigh... I do love these rides.
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But hey atleast the Schwarzkopfs are running!
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Pretty
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Next up was the Shuttle Loop
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Launch
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I loved this ride!
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Ohhhhh
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Glad to see Nagashima Spa Land keeping theirs.
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This park loves their swinging ships!
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Next up the kiddie coasters.
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Pokémon is still going very strong in Japan!
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Steel Dragon towers over everything in the park.
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Lets do the Corkscrew!
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There is the station.
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Ohhh...
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It will probably open in like 15 minutes.
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Another look at Looping Star
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The Haunted House
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Lets do the wheel
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Steel Dragon doing its thing.
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White Cycone
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The Twin Wild Mouse
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Pretty nice park.
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Over view of the Looping Star
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White Cyclone over the bay.
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The layout of Steel Dragon
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Even from above White Cyclone is impressive!
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The train looks so tiny compared to the rest of the structure.
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Going down...
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Seriously not bad!
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The enterance
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The Giant Viking Ship
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A view of the wheel and convenient if you forget your watch.
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Good bye Nagashima!
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby SharkTums » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:42 am

^The ninjas are much more effective than the TSA!

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

Postby simon8899 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:56 am

Nagashima Spaland looks like big fun - and reminds in many ways of a permanent carnival with their Swinging Ships, Frisbees, TopSpin, Looping Starship, etc. While a little weird it looks like the management bought everything they could get their hands on in the 70s - why else would they buy a Looping Star AND a Shuttle Loop AND a Corkscrew. If they are commited to keep all the cool classics they have this could become a kind of live theme park museum.

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

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:49 am

^ I was thinking the same thing. It surprised me that they had two Frisbees!

Nice trip report, by the way!
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby thrillrider » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:44 pm

Must get to this park.
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby jzoole » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:33 pm

I love how Nagashima has an Intamin Looping Starship, both a Schrarzkopf Looping Star and Shuttle Loop, AND an Ultra Twister. It's like if AstroWorld had a big Japanese cousin....

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

Postby rctneil » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:39 pm

Nice recap of the day.

Steel Dragon felt like a rough B&M to me. Nice ride but not as good as I had hoped.

Looping star - Wow, this was a very pleasant surprise. I wasn;t expecting much but this ride tracked perfectly was very smooth and really enjoyable. Wish i'd have ridden it again.

Ultra Twister - This are weird but very cool. When you arrive back at the station you are just lost for words at what just happened.

The huge pirate ship looked incredible but I was quite disappointed when I rode it as the smaller (normal sized) versions seem to provide a better ride.

The ninja's at the airport were neat! This airport also had the magic machines that allow you to take opened and unopened bottled drinks through security with you. I was furious when I went through security on my journey home through Charles de Gaulle as they made me throw away my last bottle of Pocari Sweat. oh well, it was France afterall.
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Woodie Warrior » Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:59 pm

Why does Japan have to be SO AWESOME?!?! :angry:

So many cool and unique rides, especially that Ultra Twister. Can't wait til I can eventually make it there! :)
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:52 pm

rctneil wrote:The ninja's at the airport were neat! This airport also had the magic machines that allow you to take opened and unopened bottled drinks through security with you. I was furious when I went through security on my journey home through Charles de Gaulle as they made me throw away my last bottle of Pocari Sweat. oh well, it was France afterall.


That machine was really awesome! It is a shame we will probably never see this installed over here.

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

Postby yay101 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:25 pm

Great trip report! Wow I didn't know they had an Intamin Looping Starship/Space Shuttle ride!

I'm curious, what exactly is Bob Karts? Is it a go-kart track or an Antique Auto-style ride?
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