Day Nine: Hamanako Pal Pal aka Togo Death Machine aka "What happens when Manhattan Express and SFGadv's Viper have sex!"
Today we hit a park wasy off the beaten path. A place that we had all heard of, but know that not too many people have been too. I'm kind of baffled as to why, because this park wasn't that out of the way, wasn't difficult to get to, and had some really cool rides!!!
First off, yes....the "Togo Death Machine." All we knew about this ride is that it had that messed up heartline from Manhattan Express and the "part in the coils" from Viper. We were sure that if we were to ever die on a coaster today would be the day.
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Well, I'm not sure why Togo coasters suck major A$$ in the US, but are great in Japan, because this ride was really a lot of fun! If either of the US Togo's had ben like this one, people would LOVE THEM!!!!
I'm so confused! I'm beginning to think that Japan is just getting us back for Fatman and Little Boy by bashing apart our American skulls one at a time at $15 a pop on ME!
The rest of the park was also very nice. It was kind of a "resort park" right on the water, and even had a cable car that took you to a higher point at the resort.
The three other coasters consisted of a bizarre-o ride that looked kind of like a mouse, but most certainly wasn't a mouse, and another coaster that looked just like a mouse and actually in fact WAS a mouse! Imagine that!
And then there was a Batflyer. Oh, joy!
We did ride one more "Togo Death Machine" but this time it was a flat ride that was part Paratrooper, part Enterprise wheel. Yes, the seats were like a Paratrooper seat, but there was a disc brake on each seat that locked in place when you car got to the top and put you upside down. Coming out of the "loop" the brake released and you swung like a Paratrooper! Weird? Yes!!!!
After this park we headed back to Shinjuku, Tokyo and we visited some of our favorite spots....Taito Arcade and of course the "Fishing Restaurant!" Tomorrow we're off to Nasu and Tokyo Disneyland for the Countdown party!
Note that there might not be an update for a couple of days because we're going to be at Disneyland from 8pm on Saturday night until about 10pm on Sunday night....yes the park is open 24 hours!!!!
Onto today's photos.....