Now it's time for a little bit of Fuji-Q!
I've already mentioned a bit about our day at Fuji-Q. You can find Robb's Fuji-Q Rant
and Robb's Eejanaika review
as part of this whole update.
But to bring you all up to speed, here are some of my thoughts...
I want to like Fuji-Q...I really...REALLY do...but both times I've visited I come away thinking "Wow....this really IS one of the worst parks in the world!" And now that we've had two visits 3 years apart and it's been consistant both times, I really don't have a lot of hope that all of a sudden we'll visit again and come away thinking anything different.
Most of the people in the group thought the same thing. Sure there were a few people who thought Fuji-Q was great. And while I don't understand how someone could like it, I respect their opinions.
For me personally I think it's completely unacceptable for a park as major as Fuji-Q for it to be such a hassle to ride the parks top three coasters.
Basically just about every coaster in that park is a low capacity train wreck. And even Fujiyama with a two train operation took us over an hour to get on with a line that seemed like the SFMM Goliath crew could sweep through in about 20 to 30 minutes.
And on top of that, at least to me, none of the coasters are really that great.
Fujiyama is probably my favorite of the top three, but even still after the first 2 or 3 drops, it just meanders pointlessly back to the station.
Dodonpa was about as uncomfortable as a launched coaster could possibly be and waiting in that 2+ hour line is just brutal with that annoying sound FX and a queue that moves about 10 people every 15 minutes.
Zola 7, the Wild Mouse, Hamster Coaster, and Thomas Tank coaster are all painfully low capacity and should NEVER have been installed into a park that draws such a huge crowd. I mean, WTF, they have a Wild Mouse that seats only TWO people at a time! A park like Fuji-Q should NOT be operating a ride like that!!!
Fuji-Q should be putting in coasters like Pyrenees and Hollywood Dream that chew through people as quickly as humanly possible. Not these stupid 2, 4 or 8 people per train rides!
Eejanika you can read my full review HERE
, but basically I hated it. Perhaps if you're a fan of X you'll love it. Or if you don't mind coasters that give you a good beating, you'll find it acceptable, but my ride was easily one of the worst coaster rides I've ever taken. It was right up there with the original Outer Limits with the over the shoulder restraints. Even with all the EXTREME padding that Eejanaika had it still beat me up. Download the POV clip below. You can see exactly what I'm talking about!
Now maybe if the parks operations didn't suck so bad and I was able to choose my own seat I would have had a better ride. But I had no choice and I got stuck on the outside seat of the last row.
Oddly enough 4 weeks later I rode X in the exact same seat and it was much, MUCH smoother. So I don't know what went wrong with Eejanaika, but wow. It's not often I get off a coaster and it gives me a headache for the rest of the day.
And on top of it, the ride was closed when we got there. Why? Because of rain! Wait a minute...WHAT RAIN!?!? There was a light drizzle and it closed for the first hour we got there.
And once it opened they wouldn't even let us in the queue! Why? Because they had given out "60 minutes worth" of exit passes after the ride initially went down due to "rain", so therefore they wouldn't let people enter the queue until they had given the exit rider people a 60 minute window to get back to the ride.
It just made NO SENSE. How about loading all the exit pass people on one side of the train and your other waiting guests on the other? But instead we had to stand there and watch 60 minutes worth of trains go half-empty because there weren't enough "exit pass people" to fill the trains. And where were these "exit pass people?" Why I'm sure they were all stuck in yet another ridiculously long, slow moving line for a mediocre coaster on the other side of the park.
Anyway. The park sucks. But it's one of those places you HAVE to go to in Japan...at least once. Why? I'm actually not sure. But it's one of the biggest parks in Japan so it needs to be done.
Just don't expect to have a good time....
Anyway, onto some photos!