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Postby Rocket Rodder » Sun May 25, 2008 10:24 pm

It never fails to amaze me how hey can cram a huge coaster like that into a building. (I don't mean enclosed, I mean indoor, like that..) because they have to think of unique yet structurally sound ways to built them, no? :O

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Postby RIP Psyclone » Sun May 25, 2008 11:39 pm

packfanlv wrote:^Never say never. Who knows what the future will bring. If you asked me a few years ago if I would be able to take over a year off to travel the world with my family, I think I would have laughed. Amazing things are possible if we just open our minds to them. Life is truly a blessing and so many amazing things can happen! Visiting rare theme parks in other countries is just a very small part of that.


Yeah, so, how is it possible? ;)

I'm kidding. It is absolutely awesome and incredible that you're able to take such a trip. It would be fun for a single guy like me to do it, but to do it with your family while you're still young makes it even better. You've also found the perfect balance of seeing the world and getting credits too!

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Universal Studios Singapore Construction Photos!

Postby packfanlv » Mon May 26, 2008 12:06 am

I don't really consider this much of an update, but I thought these pictures might be of interest to some. When we were in Singapore a couple of months ago, we were able to capture some photos of the construction of the site that Universal Studios Singapore will sit on.

Universal Studios Singapore will sit on Sentosa Island in Singapore. This island is known as being a family destination in the city and is home to a number of tourist attractions. Access to the island is via causeway, monorail and cable car. We captured these pictures from above in the cable car.

The location also sits right across from the new cruise ship terminal in Singapore. The park will be partly owned by the Genting company who owns the Genting Highlands resort that I will write about in my next update. No upward construction had begun yet and they were still doing land fill, grading and foundation work. Here are a few pictures.

I will get the Genting Highlands update done either tomorrow or the next day. Keep the comments coming. Please keep in mind these pictures were taken two months ago so construction has progressed since then. It was also raining that day, so the pictures aren't of the best quality. Thanks!
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Say hello to Universal Studios Singapore!
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You can see the Sentosa Monorail line runs directly through the site. There will be a stop right outside the entrance to the park.
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Foundation work!
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Making more land!
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Another view of the site. This time you can see the monorail on the tracks!
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Postby packfanlv » Mon May 26, 2008 12:13 am

RIP Psyclone wrote:
packfanlv wrote:^Never say never. Who knows what the future will bring. If you asked me a few years ago if I would be able to take over a year off to travel the world with my family, I think I would have laughed. Amazing things are possible if we just open our minds to them. Life is truly a blessing and so many amazing things can happen! Visiting rare theme parks in other countries is just a very small part of that.


Yeah, so, how is it possible? ;)

I'm kidding. It is absolutely awesome and incredible that you're able to take such a trip. It would be fun for a single guy like me to do it, but to do it with your family while you're still young makes it even better. You've also found the perfect balance of seeing the world and getting credits too!


All you have to do is figure out a way to print money! ;)

Thanks for the nice words. This trip has been a blessing and getting to visit a few parks here and there certainly is an added benefit! During the last year I have been able to ensure that my son is a coaster freak just like me! I just can't wait until he is 54" so I don't have to hear him whine every time he can't ride a certain coaster!
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Postby the ghost » Mon May 26, 2008 2:56 am

Nice TRS and construction pics, and your son will be tall enough soon. I sill remember my first upside down coaster and the wait to be tall enough made it even better. So did my crying sisters as hey were not tall enough lol :devil:

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Postby packfanlv » Mon May 26, 2008 3:00 am

^He has been on a lot of pretty intense coasters. Millennium Force is his favorite. As for inversions, he was so delighted that Ninja at SFOG had a 48" requirement that he had to ride it again. Of course this was his first solo ride, since neither my wife nor I could stand the thought of another go around on it! But yah we keep praying for him to grow to 54" soon because he throws a fit every time we ride a coaster he can't go on. (Of course that never stops us!) :lmao:
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Postby dino » Wed May 28, 2008 3:37 am

I really like this thread :b . These are great TRs of some interesting little-known parks. They seem to each have their own unique characteristics. While some of the parks looked kinda "corny" (and well...cheap), it also showed that you don't have to be Disney or some other "Major Company" in order to have a very nicely themed and beautiful looking park. Awaiting the next update...
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Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia

Postby packfanlv » Sat May 31, 2008 5:36 am

I am sorry for the delay, but I don't always have a reliable enough connection to post these trip reports.

Finally I bring to you the Genting Highlands Resort in Malaysia. This place is located about one hour outside of Kuala Lumpur and is often referred to as the Las Vegas of Malaysia because of its two casinos. In addition, they have five hotels, two theme parks and numerous other activities.

The resort complex is located on the top of a mountain and to reach it you must take the longest cable car in Southeast Asia and the fastest in the world up to the top. Other than visiting the parks, we thought it would be neat to stay in the First World Hotel, which is the largest hotel in the world. We didn't really enjoy it, leading to us nicknaming it the Third World Hotel.

I will bring you this report in two parts. The first will cover the hotels and the indoor theme park, while the second will focus on the outdoor park. For some reason the indoors stuff didn't seem to inspire me and the pictures are rather random. Also, the weather for our day outdoors was horrible and foggy, so those pictures aren't great, but I did the best I could.

I recommend anyone interested to visit Wikipedia and search for Genting Highlands and First World Hotel if you are interested in more information. Of course, RCDB can provide more info on the coasters. I also wrote about Genting Highlands on my website with more details on our experiences. Here is the link. http://familyrtw.com/?p=211 I didn't really like the place, but found it very interesting.

As always I enjoy the comments and feedback. Any questions or suggestions are always welcomed.

GENTING HIGHLANDS PART 1:
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To get to Genting Highlands, we first take a bus an hour out of Kuala Lumpur into the mountains!
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This is the longest cable car in SEA and the fastest in the world.
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The scenery was truly stunning!
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Once at the top we got a glimpse of our hotel. It is the biggest and most colorful hotel in the world!
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To check in you must take a number and wait an hour for it to be called!
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On our first night we visited SnowWorld which is a large indoor snow playground.
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It has a large snow tube slide that was a lot of fun!
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The indoor theme park shares space with shops and a movie theater. Flying overhead is a Rio carnival float ride!
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All of the fake gondola drivers on the Venetian boat ride are hunchbacks!
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Its a bird, its a plane, its Gentingman!
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They also have a reindeer ride that moves slowly overhead similar to the Rio carnival ride.
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On board the Rio carnival ride.
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Another hunchbacked gondola driver.
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They also have large replicas of things like an Oscar.
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And the statue of liberty.
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Here is my one shot of the rather boring indoor coaster. It is the only coaster in the indoor park.
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Here is another picture of the two towers of the Third World Hotel.
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Finally I leave you with our closet of a hotel room.
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Postby packfanlv » Sat May 31, 2008 6:25 am

The outdoor park at Genting Highlands has horrible operations and closes whenever it drizzles. The pictures were taken at several different times since we were forced to leave the park on three different occasions of light rain. Not only do they shut down the coasters in the rain, but they close ALL OF THE RIDES! :?r

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GENTING HIGHLANDS PART 2:
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The outdoor theme park houses four coasters with a fifth pay per ride coaster located outside of its gates.
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In Malaysia this is Energizer's mascot. Duracell uses a pink bunny for a mascot here.
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I'll start with Flying Coaster. This is the pay per ride coaster and is probably the best in the park.
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Hmmm do those cars look like anything familiar?
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This is the lift. The car is spun up the track by the bracket in the middle.
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The ride is short and a little painful. It certainly doesn't compare to a real flyer. I think Big Mike posted an update of a park in NY with this exact same coaster I think.
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One more look.
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Moving inside the park now here is the station for the mine train coaster.
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This flume ride runs right next to the mine train coaster and is easily the worst of its kind the world. There was no water flow and the only way the boat would move is when another log went through the drop behind. We had to pull ourselves along.
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Next to the flume was a small lake with pedal boats.
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Next we come to Cyclone. It is Malaysia's first roller coaster.
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The ride is actually a lot of fun.
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It twists and turns on itself.
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Yay for Cyclone!
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The other coaster in the bottom portion of the park is the Flying Dragon.
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It is a Zamperla dragon and runs straight through the entire park with the exception of the helix in the previous picture. We went over to ride it several times during the day, but didn't get to until right before closing.
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Flying dragon in the station.
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One more flying dragon.
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The final coaster in the park is Corkscrew. This is a pretty standard corkscrew coaster.
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This coaster was cool because it sits at the edge of the mountain.
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Getting on the rides was hit or miss all day since they close every ride in the park with the slightest drizzle. They must have been talking to Cedar Point.
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The other major attraction is a luge type ride. I was too heavy and my son too small, so my wife was the only one who got to ride it.
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It looked like a lot of fun!
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At this point in the day we were forced inside by rain and when we returned to the outdoor park the fog had settled in.
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Visibility was incredibly low and there was literally no one else in the park.
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It was at this point that we headed up to the Dinosaur Island part of the park.
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This section of the park has an adventure trail along with a boat ride that has animatronic dinosaurs.
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The boat ride was actually a lot of fun. The fog really added to the atmosphere.
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Now that I have covered the major rides in the park, I will leave you with some random pictures.
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One of the resort's other hotels.
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Psyclone and their drop tower.
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One of the nicer areas of this horribly run park.
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The haunted house dark ride was horribly cheesy.
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Flying coaster going up the lift.
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Two dinosaurs kissing.
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They have a few kids rides.
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And finally the money shot for all you lift hill enthusiasts. Thanks for viewing!
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Postby Airtime&Gravity » Sat May 31, 2008 7:18 am

I didn't know Cedar Fair ran Genting Highlands...lol

I've been interested in this park as it seems to be unknown for a fairly large park. The coaster selection doesn't seem to be that great, but there seems to be a lot to do at the resort. Great pictures and trip report, and I can't wait to see where you go next.

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