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Postby packfanlv » Sat May 31, 2008 7:34 am

^There is a lot to do, but the place is horribly run. The employees aren't very friendly at all and they seem to care more about the gambling business and the theme parks are an after thought.

But with movie theaters, arcades, a bowling alley, an indoor snow environment, sky diving simulator, large arena, two casinos and two theme parks along with over 10,000 rooms it certainly has something for everyone.

On top of that, the scenery is stunning and I did get to visit two theme parks, so I can't complain.

BTW the whole property is owned by the Genting company, the same people who will be part owner's of Universal Studios Singapore. I hope they can run that park better than the Highlands' parks.
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Postby handy-andy » Sat May 31, 2008 7:37 am

I have to say that park looked very interesting... I was kind of shocked that the kids drop tower thing had saddels to sit on and this park operation wise didn't seem good at all. Its also kind of sad when the best ride in the park was a pre design zamperla. great pictures though mate and a great trip report! :b
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Hanoi Moon Park

Postby packfanlv » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:39 am

Since there have been so many Thailand posts in another thread recently, I thought I would delay some of my Thailand trip reports for another few weeks and skip ahead to Hanoi Moon Park in Vietnam.

When I was in Hanoi, Vietnam about a month ago, I suddenly got an urge to find a credit. After going on RCDB, I found a park that had one operating credit listed. I soon made it a point to get out to Hanoi Moon Park to ride their double corkscrew coaster. What I found was a rather disturbing place and a few surprises. I hope you enjoy.
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Pulling into the park we could see the coaster. In the shed below the lift we saw something strange. We would first have to get inside before we could have a closer look.
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On our way to the ticket both we could tell this was going to be an interesting experience by the state of their monorail!
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First thing through the gate we saw a whole gang of mechanics trying to bring this ride back to life!
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From there we could see what was up on the coaster. I have enhanced the image, but it should be clear by now that it is our beloved Big Mike! I didn't know the Road Show was coming to Vietnam!
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Big Mike also brought his friends Timon & Pumba!
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Oh yah and the lions were there as well!
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Next it was time to check out the coaster. I was 99% sure by this time that it wasn't operating!
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After a climb up to the station and a quick peak, my suspicions were confirmed!
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It didn't stop me from giving some love to you lift hill enthusiasts though.
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With the coaster closed, we decided to see if there were any flat rides that we wanted to experience.
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The ghetto swings were just a bit to ghetto for us!
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And then we found this. This spinning hamster wheel ride is my new favorite flat ride ever. It is seriously like oh my god motherf***ckin better than bikini babes good!
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Oh this extreme close up is almost too much for me to handle. Did I mention this ride is so awesome even though you can't breath when going upside down!
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Next we explored a bit on our way to the park's ferris wheel. Hey look its the Lady Gay!
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The ferris wheel was the only ride that looked to be maintained in the park.
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From the ferris wheel we got a better sense of the coaster's layout.
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Here is a shot of Hanoi in case you are interested.
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We also saw the neighboring water park which looked really nice.
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After the ferris wheel we headed to the ghetto monorail. I figured if it fell over off of the track that we wouldn't get hurt too bad!
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The monorail brought us closer to the water park. It looked sooooo nice. It was like night and day compared to the theme park.
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For the girls in the audience, a Vietnamese man in a speedo on a zip line. Seriously though, doesn't the water park look nice?
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After the monorail we headed back to the hotel. I now leave you with a few random shots. This building houses a simulator ride.
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Is that a coaster I see?
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Sexy shot! Or at least it used to be.
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Monorail (Rusted) Red
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The sad thing is, I'm so sick that if they had started it up at that moment, (and tested it) I probably would've gone on it spiderwebs and all! I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for reading.
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Postby Teacups Make Me Sick » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:55 am

Creepy park.

Knoebels has one of those hamster wheel flats...they are the best, aren't they?!

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Postby tnguy » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:02 am

This is an awesome thread. I love seeing pictures of these parks. Even when they look a little rough.

Also bonus points for being a Packer fan! =)

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Postby dino » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:33 pm

Great update. This park seems "interesting" to say the least. Looks kinda run down, but sounds like you had an okay time which is all that matters. "Ghetto swings" made me laugh. That hamster ride looks like alot of fun. What exactly does it do?
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Postby miniviews » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:07 am

I'm very much enjoying this thread (and Dave's Thailand thread)! Considering the weak US dollar, I may be exploring these countries sooner rather than later.

Also, is the belt a typical restraint for the hamster ride? I rode one at Hanayashiki but I don't recall the type of restraint.
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Postby packfanlv » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:44 am

Dino - The ride basically moves around in a circle and the wheel spins upside down. The seatbelt holds you in place.

Miniviews- I have only been on two hamster wheel flats. Both of them have a simple seatbelt that is locked down manually by the ride op. It does get a little painful as you push into the belt while upside down, but it is so much fun that you don't really care!
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Dream World in Bangkok

Postby packfanlv » Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:40 am

Dream World is definitely the best park in Thailand. It is located around 40km outside of Bangkok. A taxi ride only costs around $10 USD from the city center.

The park itself is interesting. Parts of it are ripped straight from the Disney play book, but it is unique in its own way. The front sections of the park consist of large gardens where you can pose with different statues, or just walk around and enjoy the scenery.

Once past the gardens the park opens up to a lake with some paddle boats and a few rides. Continue on and you find the majority of rides towards the back of the park. We really enjoyed Dream World a lot.

Note: Our camera battery died pretty early in the day, so we got limited pictures. I know there are other Dream World trip reports on this site, so if you are interested in more, search for them!

Keep up the comments. I hope you enjoy.
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The park entrance looks familiar!
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Welcome to Dream World!
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The front of the park is lavishly landscaped.
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Emerging from the gardens we come to our first credit!
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Speedy Mouse is a "ahem" family coaster.
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With our first credit in hand we continued on. Shawn Reece was thrilled to pose for this photo!
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Ah elephant riding in a theme park. Now this is something you don't see at home!
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Past the elephants we came to this confusing situation. Space Mountain is located in Adventureland?!?!?
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While the queue and ride don't compare to Disneyland's, this version is still quite a bit of fun.
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The lift hill tries to simulate a launch.
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and they even have a re-entry tunnel.
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The final coaster is called "Sky Coaster"
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It is a Vekoma non looping suspended coaster.
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The coaster basically goes through endless helixes.
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A better view of the layout.
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With all three credits accounted for we walked made our way randomly through the park. The first stop was the walk through haunted mansion.
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These figures outside were a lot more fun than the actual attraction.
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The park also has a rather lazily themed raft ride.
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In addition the splash down boats create a large splash! (I deserve a caption award for this one!)
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The back of the Space Mountain building.
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Another view of the Sky Coaster.
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The locals really seemed to love the pedal boats.
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Hey, don't you know the camera adds 250 pounds?
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Hey we weren't the only ones who thought Dream World was great. I hope you enjoyed the TR. Thanks for reading!
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Postby dino » Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:02 am

Great update. This park seems to be half Disney rip-off, but in a good way. It looks like it has enough of it's own unique feel though. The garden in front looks really nice. Overall seems fun :mickey: , oops I mean :) .
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