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

Postby Xcoaster » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:58 pm

^ I also didn't remember having to take off my shoes from my previous visits. I think it's just another instance of Japanese parks and guests being extra worried about losing items while on rides. I've noticed that on other floorless coasters in Japan (ie. SLCs and inverts) people would usually either leave their shoes on the station platform, or in the case of Pyrenees at Parque Espana, the park supplied rubber bands for the purpose of securing shoes to feet.

So this was my first visit to the park where I had time to do more than just the coasters. Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear was pretty awesome, mostly for atmosphere, the sheer massiveness of the place, and the amazing hallway scene. With a few more scare-actors it'd probably take the cake for best in-park scare attraction ever. I'm curious now if they add a lot more staff for Halloween.

The kids walk-through fun house which replaced the coffin ride was pretty fun.

The "GeGeGe no Kitarō" attraction was another "wear headphones while sitting in a dark room" thing, similar to "Murder Lodge" and "Room of Living Dolls", but aimed at kids and not nearly as good as either of those (but still not terrible).

There's some kind of Gundam walkthrough, but we didn't have time for it. We also did the Evangelion walkthrough, which has the two giant robot heads.
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:55 pm

...or in the case of Pyrenees at Parque Espana, the park supplied rubber bands for the purpose of securing shoes to feet.


Ah yes, who could forget those rubber bands.
Part of the Parque Espana Experience, lol.
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Tokyo Disneyland

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:34 am

Well the moment is here.... Tokyo Disneyland!

In the morning we all met one last time to receive our Monorail passes from Elissa. Since Tokyo Disney has to charge for the monorail this card gave us unlimited free access for our remaining days. After this we all made our way to Bayside station to circle the resort to get to the entrance for Disneyland.

When we arrived about an hour before opening there was already a line up but that would significantly grow while we waited. While we waited we planned out how to conquer the park and thanks to some tips from Robb we had a pretty good idea how to do it. Thanks to Sean who volunteered to run our tickets to the Fastpass booths for Monsters Inc. we were able to make our way straight to Star Tours since this was "the new hotness".

Star Tours When we arrived the ride was a walk on but when we exited the line was already an hour and a half. This was the first one I have done and I really liked it. It had all the favorites from the movies (R2D2, 3CPO, Star Fighters and much more) and included stops at some familiar places

Roger Rabbits Car Toon Spin Since Space Mountain was down for refurbishment we continued on into ToonTown. First was Roger Rabbit's. Luckily there was only a 5 minute wait. It was a completely crazy random fun dark ride. You could even control how much you spin. As we exited the ride went down.

Gadget's Go Coaster Next up was our first credit of Tokyo Disney. This was just your standard Vekoma Roller Skater though but with some fun theming.

Next we were going to do Pooh but the wait was an hour and a half and Fastpasses were gone so we passed by and went to check out the castle. It had a second floor which gave you some different vantage points also had some Cinderella displays. After this we went to use our Monsters Inc. FastPass but the ride was down so we collected a pass for Buzz Lightyear and moved on.

The Haunted Mansion Since it had a 30 minute wait and no Fastpasses that day we just got in line. A bonus for us was the parade started when we entered the line so we got to watch it as we waited. From what I understand it is a copy of the Haunted Mansion from the US parks (I have never been on them). It had the preshow, and all the regular scenes including the graveyard and hitchhiking ghosts.

It's a small world It wouldn't be a visit to Disney with out a ride on this... "It's a world of laughter a world of cheer. A world of hope a world of...." Is it in your head now? Good.

Snow White's Adventure Next we did Snow White and I learned it is a copy of the one that was recently removed from WDW so if you want to ride it you have to go to Tokyo. But the ride was interesting and had all of the favorite characters.

Pinocchio's Daring Journey The next dark ride was Pinocchio. This seemed like the ride system as Snow While and was a trip through the movie. It was a bit creepy and really fun.

Splash Mountain Moving around the park the next ride was Splash Mountain. It already had a large line but thanks to Bill we learned about the single rider line. It only took us about 5 minutes to get on. This was my first Splash Mountain so I didn't know what to expect and didn't realize how soaked you can get.

Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters Next we grabbed a fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain before heading back to Tommorowland to use our Fastpasses. First up was Buzz Lightyear. It is the same as Paris and Hong Kong and just like the others I also get stuck on this one.

Monsters Inc. Finally the ride reopened and I was pretty excited to try this one out. Once in the car you get a flashlight and you move through the scenes trying to find the monsters that are hiding.

Pirates of the Caribbean Next we grabbed lunch at Eastside Café and had some pretty good pasta. While eating we were looking at the map and we realized they had a POTC which we completely forgot about so after our meal that was our next stop. Luckily there was no wait. It was like the other POTC and had Captain Jack Sparrow.

Jungle Cruise Next up was Jungle Cruise. The weird thing is the platform is under the train station but it works. The ride is also going to get some major changes so it was nice to ride it before that happened. There is no English version so to hear the jokes in Japanese added some bonus entertainment.

The Enchanted Tiki Room Next we did the Tiki Room which I was also excited for but unfortunately it was a let down. It seems they removed some of the songs from the original attraction and put in stitch.

Peter Pan's Flight Next we returned to Fantasyland to take a ride on Peter Pan. It was like the other Peter Pan's.

The Enchanted Tiki Room Since lines were long and fastpasses were gone I decided to return to the hotel to take a break. I know I wanted to do the train so we headed there next. With Japanese Law any transportation system with multiple stations (Disney Monorail) have to charge a fare and Disney didn't want to do that in the park so they build a complete circuit rail system which only circles Frontierland and Adventureland unlike the other Disney parks which circle the entire park. The layout offers some good views and I liked it better this way.

After this I went and grabbed a nap at the hotel before returning later in the night.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Our Fastpass times came up so that was our first stop. It is your typical Thunder Mountain and is still a lot of fun. We were waiting for a breakdown though. ;)

Winnie the Pooh Next up was the ride I was most looking forward to at Tokyo Disney. Having done Mystic Manor at the beginning of the trip I was looking forward to seeing what Disney did here with the trackless technology. Luckily the Electric Parade was starting so the wait was down to ten minutes so we hopped in line. The ride has some impressive effects and fun tricks with the cars. The random room at the end was fun besides the crazy number of cars being run which caused the ride to stack in that room.

We than grabbed another ride on The Haunted Mansion before "trying to grab food". One thing I didn't like was the food venues all closed early. After having no luck with finding a open place in Frontierland and Fantasyland I luckily managed to squeeze into the burger place in Tomorrowland before they locked the door. I than had to cross the entire park to meet up with everyone else.

Next we caught the end of the Electrical Parade before heading to the front of the park to browse through the gift shops. After this we returned to the hotel to hang out in the lobby for a bit before heading to bed before resting up for another long day.

Next up we journey to the center of earth, visit Sinbad, and drop in to see Shriki.... Stay tuned.
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Welcome to Tokyo Disneyland!
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Our first stop was Star Tours.
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We walked on but this was the line after we got off.
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Next we went over to Toon Town.
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Our first stop was Roger Rabbit. It is really wacky and very fun.
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Our next stop was a credit.
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It is like any other Roller Skater
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But still fun.
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The wait to see Chip and Dale I think?
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Still 2 hours till the parade....
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Pooh was teasing us but we had to wait till later.
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Moving deeper into Fantasyland
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Backside of the castle
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The Cinderella walk thorugh.
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Let's take a peek out the window.
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Oh yeah this is the park's 30th anniversary!
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View of the front of the castle.
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Looking back toward the World Bazaar which is the park's main street.
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Monsters Inc. was down so we grabbed a pass for Buzz Lightyear.
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Sorry WDW fans.... If you want to ride Snow White you have to go to Tokyo now!
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Getting closer to the parade time.
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Fun and cheerful vs. dark and creepy.
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30 minute wait so we got in line.
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Our view of the parade from the queue.
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Donald Duck
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Oh crap...
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"It's a world of laughter, a world of...."
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Duel loading helped move the line.
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Next up was Critter Country.
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The area's main ride is Splash Mountain
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Thanks to the Single Rider line we didn't have to wait long at all!
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Next up we grabbed a fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
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Our Fastpass collection
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One of the area's food venues.
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A side view of the castle.
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Next up was Buzz lightyear. Still a fun shooter.
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Let's go ride Space Mountain!
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Oh.... Unfortunately it was in it's annual refurb.
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Good thing we have Fast Pass!
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In the main queue room.
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I liked the movie and I liked the ride! Hope to see more of these!
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Monsters Inc. Logo
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The loading platform
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A look down main street.
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Next up Pirates Of The Caribbean!
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The boats came really close to the queue.
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Let's go into Adventureland! No... there is no zombies... but also no Twinkies either :(
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Jungle Cruise was next.
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The ride is about to be completely redone.
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A look at the boats.
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It was a fun ride and not knowing the jokes added some comedy to it.
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A look back at the load platform.
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Some of the staple scenes
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Shower anyone?
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Next up was Tiki Lounge. Please get rid of stitch...
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Another parade is starting.
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Mickey!
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Minnie!
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Goofy!
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Pluto!
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Heyyy
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Snow White
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There were some really nice views around the park.
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Passing by The Haunted Mansion
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Dumbo
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Is the song still in your head? Good!
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Peter Pan!
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Next up was the railroad!
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Our train coming in.
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The ride offered some nice views.
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The Steam Boat station. This was also closed for refurb.
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You can also get some views of BTMR
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Going down
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Jungle Cruise boat creeping through.
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Heading toward the front of the park.
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The Castle again!
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The Founders Statue
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A different angle
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World Bazaar again.
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A look at the station from the monorail station.
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The monorail
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Our hotel and my stop for a nice nap!
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Finally time for Pooh!
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A look at the cars.
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This ride is a ton of fun and full of randomness! I really want to see these come to the us parks!
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Toy Story float in the Electric Parade.
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I found Nemo!
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Monsters Inc.
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It's a small world float.
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Space Mountain lit up.
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Time for Big Thunder Mountain!
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Let's hope for a repeat from Paris ;)
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The Castle lit up!
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Time to head out! First we made a loop through the gift shops.
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What a great day! Now get ready to set sail on our next update! Take care!
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby simon8899 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:24 am

Thanks for this great PhotoTR. Love to see TRs from the Japanese and China parks as due to the long flying times I will likely never go there. With my 1,95 meters I will not cramp myself into an Economy seat for 15+ hours. And while Business is within my budget to the US the prices called for Asian flights are slightly beyond my capacity.

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

Postby Woodie Warrior » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:24 pm

The Electric Parade looks pretty awesome =)

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

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:01 am

I saw this Electrical parade back in the TPR 2011 Japan Tour.
I was fairly far away, up near the World Bazaar, watching it,
but i swear the floats looked HUGE even from that far away.
And the whole parade was great. From beginning to finish.

And I am glad you used the Single Riders Line for Splash. It's so
odd that this is the only attraction in TDL with one. And Disney
Sea has what? Two? (3-4 with ToT or Journey, sometimes. <sighs>

Great shots - and enjoying your tour, more, more more! :mickey:
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Xcoaster » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:05 am

Nrthwnd wrote:And I am glad you used the Single Riders Line for Splash. It's so
odd that this is the only attraction in TDL with one. And Disney
Sea has what? Two? (3-4 with ToT or Journey, sometimes. <sighs>

On my first visit the roster was ToT, 20000 Leagues, Indy, and Raging Spirits. Since then I think they've dropped at least 20000 Leagues. I've failed in using it with ToT, but I've had great success with Indy and Raging Spirits. The available rides are usually listed on the English map. Or you can practice your Japanese: "Shingururaidā!"
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Postby rctneil » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:43 am

I asked about Single Rider on ToT and told there wasn't a single rider option and it was only available on Indy and Raging Spirits and they worked superbly. Indy was super quick to get onto (in fact, I think it took longer to walk the single rider queue line than wait to board once in the station!)
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Garet » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:12 am

rctneil wrote:I asked about Single Rider on ToT and told there wasn't a single rider option and it was only available on Indy and Raging Spirits and they worked superbly. Indy was super quick to get onto (in fact, I think it took longer to walk the single rider queue line than wait to board once in the station!)


They had single rider for Indy, ToT and Raging Spirits when I visited. All rides had 3 hour lines but Indys crew were fantastic and just ploughing through single riders. Raging spirits and ToT, the ride-ops kept yelling out into the normal line and fast pass lines for single riders first in case there were any (quite often there were, single rider didn't seem well advertized in the entrances but they were listed on a square at the bottom of the park map) so I ended up waiting an hour for both which was still quicker than the 3 hour lines. Universal I'd heard bad things about there single riders and though it was annoying they wouldn't run them if the line was 30 mins or less (i'd happily skip 30mins and take any seat) they seemed well advertised and popular, I think single rider for fantasy and spiderman was hitting 40 minutes during the busy hours.

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

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:22 pm

They have never advertised ToT or Journey for Single Riders.
It's just hit and miss, and when they think it's applicable at the time.
But Indy and Raging are the two they do put on the map about SRL.
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