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Photo TR: Fuji-Q Highland

Postby zottewoef81 » Sat May 08, 2010 7:49 am

Ok, normally I wouldn't write this TR. But since we're talking about one of TPR's favorite themeparks, if not the most favorite, I thought to myself, why not!
Oh, in case you don't know of which park I'm talking, it's about FUJI-Q!!! If you get bored by all the text, simply slide down to the pics, thank you!

As we woke up on this beautiful saturday morning (april 17th), we were welcomed by a nice little hail storm and melting snow. Immediately, we both thought this was going to be a *@#-àé§ up day! But buddha heared our prayers from the day before and answered them with more and more sunshine as we came closer to the mythical Mount Fuji!
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Arriving at the park, it was nice to see that the park didn't do any effort to clear the roads and the parking from snow. Probably, because it's a lot more fun to see a bus full of tourists get off the road and burn in eternal damnation! Unfortunately for them, our bus driver skied his way nicely through the couple of inches of snow and dropped us off at the park's bus stop.
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After almost crawling our way to the park's entrance, we were given an english written piece of paper at the pay desk; saying that most of the rides would probably remain closed because of the weather. But we had no other choice then to visit the park today. The only thing at that time that could help us was the sun, that was shining like it was summer.
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Entering the park, you get a nice view of Fujiyama, Dodonpa and Eejanaika. Oh, and look, we see people on the track of Fujiyama and Dodonpa. Could this mean the park actually wants to try to get the rides open? Maybe they listened to the negative comments they got from TPR's last visit!?
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Anyway, we didn't hope too much, since the park was officially open, but most of the employees were busy clearing out all the snow. We didn't care, walked around the park a bit and made some unique photos of this park. The only ride that was open was the ferris wheel, so we gave it a try. Zola 7 however would be closed for the whole day because of a ride update. It will reopen in 2010, the sign stated. Well, they still have 7 months...
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After exploring the park a bit, we decided to go to Thomasland and try out that darkride everybody likes so much. Entering thomasland the first thing we got was a beautiful sight on Mt. Fuji; something that was rare the last couple of days because of the bad weather (at least we were told this by some Belgian girls we saw the day before in Kamakura).
On to the darkride then. Which is, to be honest, crap. It's a nice try and it maybe has its moments, but at the end it's a poor darkride, with almost no action what so ever. If there's a qeue of more than 20 minutes, skip it!
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Back outside, the sun started to burn and all the snow on the rides and paths was melting. This were perfect conditions to operate all rides, but still, there was little movement on any ride, except the ferris wheel and some indoor attractions. We skipped the cursed hospital, because there was already a qeue of 45 minutes, but we did do the casket ride.
When you enter the building, you don't know what to expect (is it a darkride like Disney's Haunted Mansion, do you lie down,...?). But you do expect a great, thrilling ride if you look at the posters on the wall and the video they're playing. Also the setting of the ride and the whole idea behind it looks great. But after experiencing it, it sucked BIG time! Why? Well, the first thing that's f*cke*d up is the qeue. You can go left or right; left is for people under 180 cm (6 ft) and the right one is for over people taller than 6 ft. At least, that's what we made up of the signs. So we took the right one, but to our surprise everybody else took the left one. It's nice though, you get laughed at by little Japanese punks. We know where not George Clooney, but I don't know what was funny, maybe because we were giants to them or was it just Japanese hospitality?
Anyway, once you finally get in, you reach a theater full of caskets. They asign a kiddie casket (I'm not joking, if you're 6 ft or over, it's impossible to stand straight in those things, even the big ones) to everybody and the show begins. After a short stage appearance by some characters, explaining the story, the lights go out and the only thing that happens are some voices you hear and now and then a little push in the back of your casket. Then it ends. What the hell??? What do Japanese people find scary about this? I mean, Pooh's hunny hunt is more terrifying than this shit. Again, skip it if you ever visit Fuji-Q! It's a waste of time and effort!
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It's almost noon and we headed for the snowfree Dodonpa to see what was going on. Not much, and we were not so kindly told to leave and that the ride wasn't going to open soon. Ok, this started to look more like Fu-Q Highland instead of Fuji-Q Highland. What's wrong with these people? Would it do them any harm to be a little friendly or to open up a ride in this magnificent weather? Appearantely yes.
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Fuji-Q also has 2 of those 'let's make our guests run around like idiots'-attractions. So we did those to do something. In each one you get a high-tech device (although they look more like a car battery and a ping pong bat) were you need to gatter objects in an amount of time to get to the next level and rescue either the earth or a girl. The concept are well thought out. I mean, they actually get all the people running around the building, hitting each other; in order to get all the required upgrades. The amount of time given however is way to little. You get so little time that nobody succeeds and we actually think there is no next level. It's fun to try, but the effort you put in is useless.
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It's noon and then, all of a sudden, we see a starting qeue for Fujiyma. We hurry and stand in line. In the mean while, on the other side, we see dodonpa blitsing out of the tunnel. It immediately placed a smile on our faces. After a 10 minute wait, Fujiyama opens. It becomes even better when we sit backseat on the first ride of the day.
Fujiyama truly is a king among coasters. It's a big, fast, airtime filled beast. It ran pretty smooth and also has some crazy twisting turns, including a high speed 90° banked turn. This is an incredible coaster to start your day with!
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Instead of going to Dodonpa next, we headed for the biggest capacity coaster, the Mad Mouse. Who designed this piece of scrap metal? A two-people car, which obviously can't sit 2 'normal sized' adults, hey, it doesn't even have a qeue line! It looks like they just threw the whole construction between Fujiyama and Eejanaika, simply because they still had some room there. Who was this originally build for? The vatican? It can't be for Japan, with its 100 million people that are allowed to ride. Anyway, it's a credit! Cha-ching!
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Entering the qeue of Dodonpa, we had a waiting time of 1 hour. But it passed by quickly, thanks to some Japanese qeue jumpers we had a little brawl with. I love this country...NOT! I mean, there's a sign, written in English and Japanese, the size of Times Square that clearly says 'You cannot join anybody that's allready in the qeue behind this line'. You would assume that people understand this or would react if someone tries to jump to the front of the qeue. But no, this is normal in Japan (as we would see a lot more of this in other parks). Well, we're from Belgium and we do have discipline, so get back! Unfortunately, like rats, they found another way to pass us and join the rest of the nest. Unbelievable! Even the ride operator who saw it, didn't do anything, he was to busy sleeping instead of doing his job. As we were guided through the qeue by some groovy Dodonpa music, our misery would continue once it was our turn. We were friendly asked to remove everything from our pockets, even my handkerchief had to come out, although it seems pretty unrealistic that it would fall out of my pocket, no? After putting eveything away in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, I placed the key in my pants, in a pocket which I could close. But no, that was unsafe according to the operator, it was much safer to put it around your wrist. There, you couldn't possible lose it, even if you put your arms up during launch, could you? Oh wait, you're not allowed to put your arms up during the ride. Ok, off we go then. Really, at this moment, I love Europe more and more.
The ride itself, well, it's definitely the world's best launch! Nothing compares to this (although Hypersonic does come close, RIP), it's that good. Which can't be said for the rest of the ride. The bumpy right turn is ok, but the smack you get at the bottom of the tophat is kinda rough to say the least. Also, when you pass the actual top, it's in a brutal way. But still, it's not a bad coaster. It's a must do, especially for the launch and for the rest, just pray it ends real soon and you don't get hurt.
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Let's see, we had done 2 of the 3 major coasters, with 4 hours left to go and the sun still shining, what about opening up Eejanaika? Eh...no!
So we did the rest of the coasters and some thrill rides that you can find at any park nowadays such as a starflyer, shot 'n drop tower, shoot the chute, etc.
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The only coaster worth mentioning is that suspended 'mouse in the clouds' thing. Not because it's good, but because of it's "well" organised qeue system. I hope to help some of you with this. When you take the entrance stairwell, don't be surprised to see people standing in the exit area, left of you. They let 20-25 people through, so they can place their things in the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, who are located in the exit area. After those people are gone, they let another 20-25 people in. As well as some Japanese people, we didn't know this and we were wondering if we did something wrong. We even tried to jump over to the other line, we saw people leaving the qeue and try going via the exit. It was that confusing! Normal, if they don't explain it in anyway. So, Fuji-Q, wouldn't it be more logical to place the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo at the bottom of the station, where the entrance begins? Would that make to much sense or perhaps it's too simple?

But, you know, despite of everything, we were having ourselves a good day here. The only thing that could make it even better was opening up Eejanaika.
Finally, at 3 pm, when I was taking this,
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we saw something blue on that red thingy at the bottom of the picture. Could it be? Could Buddha again have answered our prayers? Yes!
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Three hours before closing time, they opened up Eejanaika. We Usain Bolted our asses over there to see a waiting time of just 50 minutes! Actually it should've been 25, but since they were only running 1 train and weren't speedy at all, the wait time almost immediately took epic proportions.
Dimitri knew what to expect here, because he had done X2 just a couple of months ago. Me however, I was very nervous. But all that ended when we took of, for what would be one kick ass ride! Dimitri agreed with me and he found Eejanaika was better than X2. Words cannot describe how good this ride is and what it does to a human body (and its feelings). It's fast, smooth, it sometimes gives you a complete sense of desorientation. It's so good, that I'm giving it a number 4 spot in my top 10 (it just ends to soon to be the number 1). Please, would any park in Europe please build one of these?

Filled with joy, we decided to go for seconds on the 3 major rollercoasters. We got 2 out of 3. Fuji-Q decided to opress our joy a bit, by closing Eejanaika more than 1 hour before the park closed. What the #@�?? It hasn't been open for 2 whole hours and now they allready close it? Why, so everybody could go home on time? We begged the guy who stood at the beginning of the qeue to hold back the people, but it was too late. No extras, not even for 2 poor Belgian dudes. What kind of policy is that? Closing your rides 1 hour before the park closes? Ok, we got everything we hoped for (which is a lot more than what some of you got a couple of years ago), but just when you think this is a pretty good park to be at, they pull this one off. And it's not the only thing they close so soon. Leaving Eejanaika, an English (he really was from England) guy asked us directions to the haunted hospital. Five minutes later, we saw him again, coming back from a hopeless journey. So what can we do then to keep us busy? Maybe grab something to eat. Oh, wait no, it's 5.30 pm (park closes at 6 pm) and the resaurants are also closed. Eh? Why? Is Fuji-Q afraid to earn money? Or is it a health issue, so their guest don't turn into big, fat people? Maybe we should ask the general manager? We don't care anymore and head back to Tokyo hotel.

This is, or bether, could be a very good park, but it still has some (minor) issues to deal with; like the ones I mentioned, some theming wouldn't do any harm, more customer friendly,.... In our eyes, it's a must do park, just like SF Great Adventure for example is.
It has 3 really good coasters (or good enough if it comes to Dodonpa), enough family rides and other flat rides to keep anybody busy and happy (if they operate).

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ADMIN EDIT: I have updated the title to include "Photo TR:" at the front. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Last edited by zottewoef81 on Sat May 08, 2010 12:48 pm.

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Re: TR Fuji-Q Highland

Postby wrebbit » Sat May 08, 2010 8:02 am

Thank you for this TR!

I'm going to go there either this month or next and seriously considering staying a night at their hotel. If you're in the hotel you get acces to the park 30min prior to opening, but then again that's kinda useless if they open the rollercoasters late!

I'll guess I'll buy some fast passes for the big coasters, though they are 1000 yen each. Boy that's going to be an expensive day :(

Also, is there someone who has actually done the haunted hospital ride? I heard it's the best one of it's kind in the world :lover:

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Re: TR Fuji-Q Highland

Postby zottewoef81 » Sat May 08, 2010 8:40 am

wrebbit wrote:Thank you for this TR!

I'm going to go there either this month or next and seriously considering staying a night at their hotel. If you're in the hotel you get acces to the park 30min prior to opening, but then again that's kinda useless if they open the rollercoasters late!

I'll guess I'll buy some fast passes for the big coasters, though they are 1000 yen each. Boy that's going to be an expensive day :(

Also, is there someone who has actually done the haunted hospital ride? I heard it's the best one of it's kind in the world :lover:

Their hotel seems nice, we ate there 2 days later, when we visited Mt. Fuji.
I wouldn't waste my money on those fastpasses though! 1000 Yen is too much, even for these babies! And even if there are a lot of people at the park, you should get all the major rides done.
It's a shame we didn't do the haunted hospital, but if its the same Japanese crap als the casket ride, it's a waste of time and money.
The haunted hospital costs 500 Yen by the way.

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Re: Photo TR: Fuji-Q Highland

Postby Loefet » Sat May 08, 2010 10:38 am

^ The Hunted Hospital is rated as one of the best haunted walk through attractions in the world, so it's a real shame that you didn't go. I have been to the part twice and both times it had a 3-4 hour queue the whole day. But I never went on it, since I wanted to get all the coasters first.

Still great that you managed to get all the coasters, especially considering the day.

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Re: Photo TR: Fuji-Q Highland

Postby Janster » Sat May 08, 2010 12:01 pm

The double rails, the mechanism that turns the the seats, the unpredictable movements, the serious head-first first drop. You were soo lucky to get this credit! I fully agree, Eejanaika is one of the best rides out there.

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Re: Photo TR: Fuji-Q Highland

Postby zottewoef81 » Sat May 08, 2010 1:01 pm

Loefet wrote:^ The Hunted Hospital is rated as one of the best haunted walk through attractions in the world, so it's a real shame that you didn't go. I have been to the part twice and both times it had a 3-4 hour queue the whole day. But I never went on it, since I wanted to get all the coasters first.

Still great that you managed to get all the coasters, especially considering the day.


It's not because it's high rated that it is good. Japanese horror is different from ours. I guess we'll have to find out some day ;) . I see you're from Sweden, well, despite it isn't that scary, I find the Ghost hotel in Liseberg to be one of the best walkthrough rides out there. It's just very well themed and the atmosphere is amazing.

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Postby wrebbit » Sat May 08, 2010 6:35 pm

Imo Japanese horror is much better than western. I'm much more freaked out by little girls with long black hair shifting towards me then a masked killer with a chainsaw.

Definately going to try to do the haunted hospital.

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Postby Ryan King » Sun May 09, 2010 12:01 pm

Fuji-Q is such a god damn shit-hole. They have amazing coasters, but they lack everything in operations. I honestly believe I could run the park faster, by myself, compared to their whole entire crew. I have no idea how I managed to ride all of their Roller Coasters. I still really wanted to go Haunted Hospital, but the line was about 3+ wait. Stupid Fuji-Q.

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Postby zottewoef81 » Sun May 09, 2010 12:23 pm

Ryan King wrote:Fuji-Q is such a god damn poo-poo-hole. They have amazing coasters, but they lack everything in operations. I honestly believe I could run the park faster, by myself, compared to their whole entire crew. I have no idea how I managed to ride all of their Roller Coasters. I still really wanted to go Haunted Hospital, but the line was about 3+ wait. Stupid Fuji-Q.

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Believe my, you're not the only one who thinks he can do a better job than the entire Fuji-Q crew :lol: !
I even think their crew gets drugs to prevent them from working too hard or fast.
If there's always such a line at the haunted hospital, how do they operate the whole thing? Do the characters get a coffe break every 10 minutes or something?
Still, we were just happy to get in all of the big rides and got some great views of the park in the snow.

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Re: TR Fuji-Q Highland

Postby gisco » Sun May 09, 2010 2:01 pm

wrebbit wrote:Thank you for this TR!

I'm going to go there either this month or next and seriously considering staying a night at their hotel. If you're in the hotel you get acces to the park 30min prior to opening, but then again that's kinda useless if they open the rollercoasters late.


I have stayed at the hotel and the 30 minutes early is a bust. All it means is that you get into the park before the general public. The rides open when the park does. So basically you get to be first in line is all.

What the park needs is some high capacity rides. What they have are a bunch with low capacity so end up waiting all day.

Nice pictures by the way and I think the coolest thing about the park is the view of Mt. Fuji.

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