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

Postby Garet » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:30 pm

Nrthwnd wrote: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.


Perhaps the map changes the ride available list with each new map? I wouldn't say never but when I visited they 100% advertised ToT on the back of the map along with spirits and Indy but there was 0 mention of journey which is why it was my first fast pass dash (I wish I hadn't lost that map when I moved house). Although the handy guide to all the pop-corn flavours on the back of the map was just as helpful since some flavours only had 1 stand and i'd have completely missed it :p , Also before I went I made this guide for people to find links to help them out, although it may be a bit dated now: http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1142982#p1142982 since not all websites had a refurbishment list in English (like Fuji and Universal) and the reason I was able to list the single rider rides for disney sea on that list was before the website had a slight re-design, they actually had a section under guest services titled single rider so you could see in advance of going which rides were offering it.

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

Postby BrownStreak » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:47 pm

Wow! In all of the trip reports I have ever seen on TDL, I never noticed until this one...their Jungle Cruise is backwards! Is that the only one that loads from the left?
Of the road, but still in a truck...By the way, that's my dog Millie (named after Millennium Force) over there to the left!

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

Postby Garet » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:51 pm

BrownStreak wrote:Wow! In all of the trip reports I have ever seen on TDL, I never noticed until this one...their Jungle Cruise is backwards! Is that the only one that loads from the left?


Hong Kong Disney loads from the left too.

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Tokyo DisneySea

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:54 pm

It is time for Tokyo DisneySea!

Once again we woke up early to beat the crowds to the gates. As we ate breakfast the wind and the rain was already hitting the window so we knew it was going to be a wet day but it worked in our favor and kept the crowds down a bit.

We made our way down to Bayside Station and it was just one stop over to be dropped off at the park gates. We waited for about 45 minutes till the park opened.

Journey to the Center of the Earth Once inside the park some split off to grab Tower of Terror Fastpasses and we met them at Journey's entrance for our first ride of the day on the park's signature attraction.

It was a very short wait before we boarded our elevator to travel down to the cars that will take us to the center of earth.

The ride starts out gentle with a trip through the gem filled caverns of the earth coming across the occasional creature. Eventually things start to go horribly wrong as you are diverted off course and end up in the middle of a huge storm as the lava starts to flow and you come face to face with the horrific LAVA MONSTER! You than make your daring escape as you pop out of the earth before diving right back into before arriving safely at the end of your trip.

This ride kicks a$$!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea This was the next ride we came to. It was a walk on which was really nice. The ride is just as the name makes it out as a journey deep under the sea. you will pass shipwrecks, treasure, and merpeople! It is not crazy but it is neat.

Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster Honestly this was the most "boring" or "bland" ride here. Every other attraction is impressive with amazing theming but than you have Flounder's... a roller skater with very little theming. But it does have the famous fish no-smoking sign and it is at DisneySea so it is automatically 150x more awesome than any other roller skater!

Raging Spirits Next we got the other credit at the park. I missed this at Disneyland Paris so I had no idea what to expect but really it wasn't that bad! Add some fire and fog and you got a pretty sweet ride!

Indiana Jones Adventure We got Fast Passes earlier so this was our next stop. I have never been to Disneyland so I knew very little about this ride besides the ride vehicles.

It had some of the famous scenes from the movies including snakes, insects and many booby traps especially the giant stone ball!

Electric Railway It was almost our time for our Tower Of Terror Fastpasses so we made our way to the other side of the park via the very convenient railway.

Tower of Terror Shiriki! That is all........

Ok no. But if you flash back to my Hong Kong Disneyland report I mentioned about the connection between Mystic Manor and Tower of Terror. See the Hotel Hightower is owned by Harrison Hightower III who is a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers along with Lord Henry Mystic who owns Mystic Manor.

During one of Mr. Hightower's trips he returns with an idol named Shiriki Utundu along with the curse in it. One night it comes to life and takes over the Hotel and is responsible for Mr. Hightower's mysterious disappearance.

So first you come to the preshow room where (In Japanese) you learn the back story and you get your first introduction to Shiriki. Next you board your elevator after passing through "the hallway". During your ride Shiriki causes all kinds of mayhem and you run into Mr. Hightower one last time. If you want to skip it because you think it is the same as the other towers DON'T.

One thing that was weird was the ride operators here would not even let you take photos in the queue and would ask you to not use your phone if you were texting in the queue. Very weird especially when considering Disney is the most relaxed for on ride items out the industry.

Our group on Tower of Terror.
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Aquatopia Next we did one of Tokyo DisneySea's most famous attractions Aquatopia! It uses the trackless system on the water as you follow a very random course! It is weird and it is awesome!

Stormrider Next up we caught Stormrider. It is a really weird simulator but it wasn't terrible. Do not miss the different endings. ;)

Under the Sea Next we headed into Mermaid Lagoon... It was impressive right away. It had several family rides and was themed really good to look like you are on the ocean floor!

Our destination was the Mermaid Lagoon Theater. We were told that this show would be getting a complete revamp soon so we made it a point to see it. The entire show takes place above your head and it is really neat to watch the performers swinging (swimming) above your head and dancing. The giant Ursula was neat too.

Next our group split up for dinner as we wanted to eat different things. Me and Anthony grabbed some pizza in the Mediterranean section followed by a Turkey Leg and a frozen beer in the mysterious island section. Sadly the frozen beer was nothing more than a frozen head. But it was beer so yay!

Sindbad's Storybook Voyage After we met back up we took on Sinbad's Voyage. The ride is a small boat ride like small world but was a lot better than I expected it with some really cool animatronics and a fun story and characters defiantly check it out!

Next we walked around exploring the park for a bit until I retreated back to my hotel for a bit before returning later in the evening to grab another ride on Journey, TOT, Indy, 20,000, and ofcourse some night rides on Aquatopia. We also checked out Toy Story Mania all lit up which I was surprised to see the park do since it was down for it's annual maintenance.

We tried for one last ride on Indy but one thing the park does that is inconvenient is they shut down the queues 30 minutes earlier than the park closing.

Eventually we headed back to the hotel for the night. It was a great day at an amazing park! I defiantly understand now why people love it so much! Get to Tokyo NOW!
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Tokyo DisneySea's version of the Universal Globe ;)
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To enter the park you must first pass under the park's hotel.
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YAY we made it!
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Eeeee!
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Mount Prometheus!
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A look over at the New York harbor area
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First ride of the day!
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The queue
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Queue theming is just as impressive as the ride theming
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Loading platform
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Hey guys!
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I love this quote!
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Captain Nemo's submarine
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Next up was 20,000 Leagues under the Sea!
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Mysterious Island
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More of Mysterious Island
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My Jaw was on the floor at this point! No seriously a park sweep came and picked it up!
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The park also had a great transportation system of boats.
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GYOZA!!!!!
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First credit of the park!
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Just felt out of place?
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But this sign is awesome!
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The park is really beautiful anywhere you look!
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Looking toward the Arabian Coast area.
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Raging Spirits is next!
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I loved this sign!
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The loading platform.
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Fog makes anything better!
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Walking through Lost River Delta
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It is pouring and we have a long walk.... let's hop on the Electric Railway!
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Aquatopia!
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We will get back to it later.
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Heading into New York
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Beautiful! (Besides the fogged windows)
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The other side of the park.
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Tower of Terror! But more important... Shiriki!
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Actually it is the Hotel Hightower...
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Who wants the front right seats?
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I thought we were at Disney not Six Flags?
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Watch out for Icebergs and stuff...
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I really loved the ship!
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Heading back toward Mount Prometheus
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A look at the Mediterranean Harbor
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Still dragging my jaw!
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Finally time for Aquatopia!
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What is the point of this thing? That's right! There is none!
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Back toward Lost River Delta
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That's my flight out of here in the next few days! But this area felt very empty and there is a large plot of land behind those trees? Future expansion maybe?
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This ride was awesome!
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The onride photo caught me at a really weird time. Seriously I look like a ghost! But look for our special rider!
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Mount Prometheus again!
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Let's go check out Mermaid Lagoon
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The exterior is impressive!
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You see this great statue on the way in.
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Is it Mermaid Lagoon or is it Triton's Kingdom? What ever it is it's awesome!
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The area is impressive!
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Under the Sea!
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Whale mouth gift shop!
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Back in the Arabian Coast
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Magic Lamp Theater
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Looking back at the entrance to the section
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Arabian Sequester?
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Next up was Sinbad! Was way better than I was expecting!
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Daisy Duck!
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Stitch was awesome and while we waited for the rest of the group he grabbed a seat next to me.
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Looking back at the park entrance on our way out.
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New York harbor at night
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Night time at Disneysea is something special
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Time for another ride! Let's go!
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This ride was really cool and the Lava Monster is my third favorite Disney ride character behind The Jade statue at Mystic Manor and Shiriki.
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Mysterious Island is beautiful at night.
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Time to try this out! It was really good.
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Aquatopia is even more awesome at night!
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A shot of Toy Story Mania all lit up even though it was closed....
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Tokyo DisneySea is an amazing park and it should be on everyone's bucket list. Thanks for a great day! A trip through Tokyo is next!

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Re: Tokyo DisneySea

Postby Garet » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:37 am

kidcoaster 2 wrote:One thing that was weird was the ride operators here would not even let you take photos in the queue and would ask you to not use your phone if you were texting in the queue. Very weird especially when considering Disney is the most relaxed for on ride items out the industry.


I'm glad it wasn't just me, it really confused me that the lady got really upset with me and my camera when I was in the ToT single rider line, I wrote this in my TR

Tower of Terror seemed to have a very thorough cast member, she kept yelling at people taking pictures in the line which seemed strange because i'd been allowed to take a non flash photo in the pre-show, every-time one person was asked for would walk up and down the main queue to check first and also sometimes took a group of two out of the line who were happy to split up, I don't know if this was common for the ride or just a lady who takes her job very seriously, there was only 10 people ahead of me but I waited around 45 minutes (still better than 3 hours)


It struck me as so weird that this was the only place it happened not just in the whole park but any disney park i've visited, i've always been allowed to take pictures no other parks would if i agree to put away the flash (such as inside all of mystic manor) although despite being allowed to take pictures of the journey cars and line details on my first ride, I did get told off for taking pictures of the cars the second time which I found odd since i'd seen so many pictures talking about how awesome the cars were before I went.

kidcoaster 2 wrote:We tried for one last ride on Indy but one thing the park does that is inconvenient is they shut down the queues 30 minutes earlier than the park closing.


This was the other thing that I hadn't seen before in other parks, I mentioned it in my old TR but the day I did Disneysea was a day after heavy snow, I'd had Disneyland all to myself on the thursday but it seems that due to that the park was extra busy on the friday, lines were 3-4 hours all day even just before Fantasmic, when I went by as soon as fantasmic had finished, I found all the big rides had closed with no warning despite being before the fireworks and there being just under 90 minutes until closing. I get with 3 hour lines they don't want to be there until 1am but at least even Fuji-Q announced when the rides would close super early to give you a last minute chance to get there. It just kind of took me by surprise.

I really do need to get out to have a normal-ish day at Disneysea, I know it will always be a very busy park but I think my day probably wasn't normal operations, the lines were overspilling that people had to be out holding signs to show not just where the rides started but the food cart lines which actually would end up having to weave around each other in the journey area and at some points and by mid afternoon, they were asking people in line what they wanted and checking it off an inventory because they only had so many of each food left.

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

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:48 am

Oh, there's never too much to read about Tokyo Disney Sea. :)

Great shots of everything you saw, Ken.

And you noted that un-used space, too! That is such a big piece of land,
I am so hoping whatever they decide to put there, I am still around, LOL!
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:28 pm

DisneySea is awesome. Great pics man! Is it bad to say that one of the best things there was marathoning Aquatopia when it had no lines?

The park was a beautiful as they say, without a doubt.
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Woodie Warrior » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:56 pm

God, DisneySea looks so freaking beautiful :lover:

It has been on the top of my bucket list for a long time
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6. El Toro 7. Fahrenheit 8. Storm Runner 9. Thunderbird 10. Powder Keg

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

Postby rctneil » Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:18 am

Thanks for posting those Ken. Great pictures of a great place. I really want to go back sometime. I think Mysterious Island is my most favourite part of a park ever. The size and amount of theming is totally over the top (in a good way!).

Toy Story Mania was a good ride to be closed during our visit as it was pretty much a clone of the others. Good ride though, oh and the oversize toys and the theming in TSM's station is great too.

DisneySea really does have some of the best park ride characters: Shiriki Utundu, Chandu and the LAVA MONSTER!

Did you have a wander around the SS Columbia or go into the Fortress Explorations? I can't blame you if you didn't as there is so much to discover in this park.

Great report once again!
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Re: Ken's Random Adventures of 2013 Trip Reports Thread

Postby Ryan P. » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:56 pm

I have to get to Japan some day! Disney Sea is definitely on the top of my list of must sees in Asia. For that matter, top theme parks to visit anywhere! :mickey:

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