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Postby Hattuchili » Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:41 am

Wow,
great update. I really like the "Octopussy card" thing! You must not open your wallet and looking for money, only put your wallet on the pad, it sounds like it is very easy!
For me it looks a little bit like your Japan pictures from the last years trip! :wink:
The Disney poster looks nice. I hope there is a chance for you to go to Disneyland for some pictures, before you are leaving! I cant wait to see more Disney stuff!
It looks like you have a amazing view from your room! Please show us more pictures from Hong Kong.

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Postby DenDen » Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:55 am

Pussy cards! LMAO!!!!!
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Postby robbalvey » Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:57 am

(note: Photos from Thorpe Park were just posted on page 15)

Ocean Park, Hong Kong.

This TR is probably going to be a bit shorter because I wasn't there for very long for two reasons: 1. It was POURING rain on and off, 2. It got dark, 3. There wasn't that much to do there. (I know, I know, I said only TWO reasons...sheesh!)

Overall, the park was REALLY odd. Picture if you will two seperate parks on two different sides of an island both operating independantly from each other. One park is a really nice "Sea World" type park with 'cute' characters and a nice atmosphere, and the other park is a crap hole filed with random amusement park rides, bad operations, and rude employee. One day, these two parks decide to merge and connect each other by a really nice skyway ride that overlooks Hong Kong.

Now, I have NO IDEA if this is what actually took place, but this is what the park "feels" like.

When I first got in the gates, I was like "Wow, this place is really nice!' All the buildings were nicely decorated, there were cute characters and it really reminded me of a Sea World.

I boarded the skyway (which takes like 20-30 minutes to get to the other side) and I arrive at a place that is not so pleasant.

They run the coasters one train empty/one full, the rides are rough and painfull, the selection of flat rides is un-memorable. Basically, I got the two credits and that was that. There was nothing else of interest at all. The rides side of the park was so poorly run, I just wanted to leave.

It was a shame beacause from first impressions I really thought this would be a surprise! The closest "Japan Park" I could compare it to would be Tokyo Summerland. Except Summerland's ride portion was *MUCH* nicer!

They have two coasters here. I fairly boring Vekoma mine train with the BEST view from a coaster in the world. And a REALLY rough and painful Arrow multi-looper. I mean REALLY rough and painfull. It was so rough I had to ride it twice because it turned the video camera off during the first ride!!! GRRRR. This was NOT a coaster I wanted to have to re-ride.

The employees were very rude and BARKED at everyone where to sit. And it wasn't just a language thing because they were all speaking English and everyone just overall seemed to be in a 'bad mood.'

So I got the two credits and took off. I would have been nice to explore the "Sea World" side of the park, and if we end up coming back here when HKDL opens, we'll have to do that.

Ok, onto the photos!
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Here I am at Ocean Park! The security guard was nice enough to take my photo.
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And here is the security guard who took that photo!!! =)
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This is an "Elissa friendly" park!
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They had this odd "Foam Volcano" on the Sea World side of the park.
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I had to get me some foam!!!!
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Here is the skyway! Check out the amount of cars they have going!
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Yes, that is "Mr. Squid!"
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Check out the station to the skyway! This was really impressive!
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Here I am on the skyway!
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Here is the view looking back on Hong Kong.
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And yet another view of some water and junk.
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This is a BIG island and the two parks are on totally opposite sides!
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You know that it's not a good sign when you come over the hill and see Arrow! =)
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Here is the Vekoma mine train. Terrible coaster, but WOW, what a view!!!!
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No idea what giant 'globe' thing is.
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This Arrow coater was total crap. Wow, I can't even think of anything nice to say.... Uh...hmmm... "This coaster would make some GREAT scrap metal!!!"
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Here's the station! I wish I could use my pussy card to get rid of this ride!
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I did see a lot of these cool vending machines we saw in Japan.
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But no "Drum Game." =( Although I did see the "swing your arms" game!!!

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Postby Hattuchili » Sat Jul 30, 2005 10:22 am

Oh, more pictures. GREAT!
The second part of the Ocean Park looks really bad! Nevertheless, I hope you had a little fun there, except the "Foam Volcano"! The only thing I can say, you got your credits, and thats it! However, the picture with the "Foam Volcano" looks really disgusting! :wink:

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Postby Homer » Sat Jul 30, 2005 10:28 am

Robb, did you get any dirt pictures for the park's Roller Soaker? thats under construction.

Also, RCDB says that mine train is made by Zamperla, not Vekoma.

Anyways, it looks like Hong Kong is a nice place with bad rides and cool views.
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Postby kenshinmac » Sat Jul 30, 2005 10:32 am

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LOL... Who knew that the Chinese were so far ahead in the mind control foam research... I'm sorry but that just looks psychotic...

Seriously though foam volcano... Thats reason enough to visit. I want one of those in the US... Although they would probably be afraid of some kid eating it and like getting a stomach upset or something.

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Postby robbalvey » Sat Jul 30, 2005 10:42 am

Homer wrote:Robb, did you get any dirt pictures for the park's Roller Soaker? thats under construction.

Also, RCDB says that mine train is made by Zamperla, not Vekoma.

No, didn't get pictures. Never saw the thing or any mention of it anywhere at the park.

Also, I'm not 100% sure if it is a Vekoma or a Zamperla. I know Mark reads this board so maybe he'll shed some light if it's one of his or not!

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Postby kenshinmac » Sat Jul 30, 2005 10:50 am

OMG thats the crazy dual lift hill Arrow I saw a video of someplace. I gotta say that the video made it look like hell. The camera was moving around so much it blurred terribly with the compression. Still I got the feeling it was probably kinda fun when it first opened... Ah the ravages of time...

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Postby Homer » Sat Jul 30, 2005 10:54 am

I remember seeing a POV of that Dragon coaster, I remember it being extremely rough (and I mean EXTREMELY!1). Can anybody find it?
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Postby BiCoastal Kid » Sat Jul 30, 2005 11:04 am

I'm just stewing in jealousy right now... working up a good marinade.

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