Great TR of Nagashima Spaland, Chuck! I've enjoyed this park as well, on earlier TPR tours. Looking forward to seeing what they do with Cyclone. What a boring, meandering (and very rough) thing that was, IMhO.
And I too enjoyed how they've paired up their coasters, and the park itself, with various souvenir eats (and drinks too, I remember) and such, with the packaging of everything. I still have the box that held a cookie selection, I think. Has Steel Dragon 2000 on it, as well as other flat rides in artwork. Holds my souvenir Japan wash cloths now.
Thanks for all those great photos of the 2 new coasters, too!
The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly on Japan: Parque Espana
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since I’d last visited Parque Espana with TPR. I really enjoyed the park then, even though it was hot as the surface of the sun and as humid as a Florida swamp that day.
Yeah, I’ve aged a wee bit since then.
It was different story in 2018, thanks to heavy on-and-off rain. Well, if you’re going to visit a Japanese park on a wet day (outside of Disney), Parque Espana is a good choice. They have plenty of indoor attractions, including one good-sized roller coaster and some good dark rides, and some nice restaurants to wait out the weather.
As you’ve probably guessed, Parque Espana is themed to Spain--in Japan. This isn’t nearly as strange as a park themed to California--in California. The park is also the most beautiful one in Japan outside of Disney or Universal, and the staff is very friendly.
But they don’t run their larger outdoor coasters in the rain. So, we missed out on the park’s very good “mine train,” Gran Montserrat, but there was a chance that we could get some rides on Pyrenees, their excellent B&M Inverted Coaster--if the rain stopped later in the day.
But what about their indoor coaster? This ride was named Bullfight back in 2007. If your idea of “fun” was rolling around in the dark and stopping in front of silhouettes of bullfight fans (or “aficionados,” if you’re a fan of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises) while they shout “ole,” Bullfight had you covered.
They’ve since re-themed it as Iron Bull. The concept: You’re testing out steampunk-style mechanical bulls in a giant factory. (Not sure what Hemingway would make of that.) The old ride’s “arena” theming has been replaced with plenty of blinking lights, pipes, boilers, and steam. The ride itself was OK, but a bit on the rough side; that much hadn’t changed since 2007. Overall, I call it an improvement.
I hope you have an umbrella or a poncho, because we’re going in.
Welcome to Parque Espana! The wettest Spanish-themed park in Japan!
It’s so wet even this frog is staying undercover.
You rarely see theming this good outside of Disney or Universal.
I was going to "shoot the bull" with this guy, but I think he'd be offended by the expression.
I wonder what authentic Spanish delicacies I can procure at this establishment?
How about an Orange Oct-a-Burger?
“I made these fresh for you all by myself! But you don’t want to know how I made them. Trust me.”
We should be able to stay dry on . . .
. . . “Tron Butt.” Or was that “Iron Bull”?
Hmm--I don’t see anything relating to the hindquarters of digitally created, spandex-clad beings in here.
Hey, Hemingway--how would like to outrun this bull at Pamplona?
Of course, there are Tron Butt snacks available in the gift shop.
Speaking of butt-related snacks . . .
The park also celebrates the arts scene in Spain.
The nicely themed Kiddy Montserrat was running in the rain, even though Gran Montserrat wasn’t.
Unaccompanied children will be eaten by a giant salamander made of colorful tile.
These are my only coaster pictures from that day with people in them.
Let’s make the best of it, shall we?
Whee! We’re wet and we’re riding a giant salamander!
Well, now that we’re thoroughly soaked from riding the kiddie coaster, we may as well dry out on the shooting dark ride.
It’s good shooter, too . . .
. . . a good shooter to DIE IN!
Sheesh! Even Hell is full of panhandlers.
“Boy, I could use a Tums the size of Pittsburgh after eating these guys! They must’ve scarfed down those Orange Oct-a-Burgers for lunch.”
"Grim grinning ghosts about to eat your face!"
When water heaters go rogue.
“Nice party, eh, pal? Mind if I dip you in this buffalo sauce? Should make you nice and tangy.”
I don’t recall which score is mine, but it’s probably the lowest one. More to come.
Ooooooh, that's so sad about the Pirate Boat ride not happening any more. I rather enjoyed the scenic cruising along their harbor and then climbing up the waterfall (a la Disney) into the show building. And eventually, an easy splashdown back into the harbor for a bit more cruising along. Lovely ride.
Glad that the Magical Escalator is still Musical. That was a fun way to get back up into the front of the park.
Great TR of Espana, Chuck. Another park in Japan I really miss.
Last edited by Nrthwnd on Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:01 pm.
Parque Espana certainly is the best park in Japan other than Disney/Universal to visit in the rain as they have a decent amount to do. Plus they had an amazing fast food restaurant where I finally got my "yakiniku rice burger" that I had been trying to get the whole time in Japan but always missed out.
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