Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures

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Update #8: Sydney Area

Postby fudgey » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:37 am

Update #8: Sydney Area

So after a good two weeks in Japan, we flew onto Sydney. This was the far more relaxing, cooler and chilled out part of our holiday, but of course we visited a few of the attractions!

I would totally recommend buying the tourist pass for the aquariums, Sydney Tower and Wildlife World, as well as just seeing some of the general sights obviously...

The coastline is amazing, just walking the coastal walk to Bondi beach from Waverley gives some spectacular views.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb is a must, as was excellent!!, if expensive.. But it is just one of those things you have to do! We had amazing weather and so was worth it.

Taking the train from Sydney to the Blue Mountains is also a must. Here you can see some spectacular views (ala Grand Canyon) as well as do the various attractions at Scenic World (Cable car, Skyway and Mountain railway - one of the steepest in the world).

Luna Park is fun for the afternoon, plus they still have an old school funhouse!!

Anyhow, 3 updates to go after this - Melbourne area, Gold Coast and Singapore!
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The first thing we did was head to the harbour... 7am in Sydney after the flight! Nice arches...
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Perfect weather, this is so not winter...
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Wasn't sure, can you see the Queen's face??
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Fruit bats...
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Wildlife World, Darling Harbour, Sydney now... C'mon Koala, give us a smile...
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There we go... :)
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My, what a big croc you have. Seriously, they were marketing their big croc as Rex, the last dinosaur on earth. He was 5 metres long. SUPERCROC!!
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Ahhh, Skippy!
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I want to eat your eyes...
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MEGASHARK - at the Sydney Aquarium...
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OMG! A Lindt Coffeeshop... Seriously Lindt chocolate is AMAZING!
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All the Lindt in the world makes Amy happy...
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Look, they even have Worlds of Color here...
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Yes, so suffice to say the views are quite nice here...
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Fancy a swim...
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This might have been where we got engaged...
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And then had lots of drink...
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And then had lots of ice-cream...
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Luna Park, overlooking Sydney Harbour...
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They had a Rotor...
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Spin, damn you, Spin!!
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A Wild Mouse...
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Oh, poor clown, don't be embarrassed!
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Noted!
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Hmm, you want both of us to fit in that and feel safe...
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Ala, Blackpool's Wild Mouse...
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I'm very confused...
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Super Fun Happy Slide!
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Fun, slide off turntable, anyone else thinking TPR takeover...
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The sign is still here...
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The ride is not...
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OMG, this could be the scariest midway game ever...
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Get your balls in the scary clown's mouths...
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Yay for Knex...
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And lots of it!!!
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Luna Park is literally by the Harbour Bridge...
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Goodbye Evil Clowns...
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Now to tackle you!!
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The Bridgeclimb was very cool. We looked so sexy in our jumpsuits...
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The rest of our crew...
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Perfect...
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Blue Mountains = pretty!
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Evil, steep Mountain Train!
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Though it did play Indiana Jones on the way down which = good!
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These are called The Three Sisters... (insert caption here...)
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Fantastic Fudge followed by Australian Bullshit Repellent... jokes anyone...
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I have ordered my free Pram Safety DVD and I have to say it was excellent!
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Oh, and this random guy joined us for dinner down near the harbour, not sure who he is... ;)
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Update #9: Melbourne Area

Postby fudgey » Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:20 pm

Update #9: Melbourne Area

A long needed update... (damn you work, damn you...), even if it is a short one.

So after visiting Sydney, we hopped onto a plane to Melbourne, where we stayed for one night. While in the area, of course we had to visit Melbourne's Luna Park which was a real treat...

Luna Park in Melbourne has a Scenic Railway, with a brakeman in the middle of the train, the first time I had been on one of these. He was quite enthusiastic (probably because we got there with half hour till park closing). Anyway, nice little park on the coast.

We drove from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, stopping in various towns and viewing some of the spectacular sights along the coast. The weather here was ALOT colder than Sydney, but warmer than the UK, so still fine for us.

Next up, the Gold Coast!
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Snowy Mountains in Australia, what..... I don't understand...
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On the coast = pretty!
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IPhone 4 picture = classy...
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Luna Park!
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Although it looks dead, this was open and running...
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Ghost Train, with an actual ghost aura in the photo...
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Scenic Railway...
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WTF Is going on in this montage...?
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The brakeman goes in the middle of the train...
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Quite funky I reckon...
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There goes the Scenic Railway, and an octopus that is going to eat your eyes!
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No, thank you!
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Right outside Luna Park, the Palais Theatre, featuring star acts including...
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Aled Jones...
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Hide your Grannies, ARGHHHHHHHHH!
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Melbourne is nice at night!
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Hold your knees up and pull a funny face while going to the toilet...
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My god that is one huge pizza... Om nom nom!
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The Great Ocean Road was well... great!
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You see, Great!
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Hasten to add... the weather turned...
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Tree Top Walk = fudging Nervy...
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Will somebody please tell me why I am walking through the trees...
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You tree, are dead too me...
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Hmm, how far can we lean over...
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Back to the road and these were some of the Twelve Apostles...
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And to finish off... Get Cadbury's in Australia... It is better than British Cadburys (which is now owned by Kraft.... boo hiss...)
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Time to go to the Gold Coast... Oh yes btw... Virgin Blue Staff in Melbourne are Idiots... FACT!
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Update #10: Gold Coast - Dream, Movie and Seaworld!

Postby fudgey » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:57 am

Update #10: Gold Coast - Dream, Movie and Seaworld!

Next up, a flight to the Gold Coast and an absolute great day of credit whoring at the three main parks in Australia on the Gold Coast!

Dreamworld:

You pay an extra 10 AUD to get in one hour earlier (pretty good as we were doing some whoring that day) with guaranteed access to the big 6 rides (small print: we will always aim to get 5 of the big 6 open for early entry, we will always substitute an attraction with another should they not be available for any reason).

So the big 6: Cyclone, Tower of Terror, MotoCoaster, Wipeout (... :br ), The Claw, Giant Drop...

Out of the big 6, the rides available for early entry were: Cyclone... That's it, honestly! Not impressed, so I did a little complaining...

The other rides they offered were Runaway Reptar, and then some of the smaller rides in the Nickelodeon area such as Swinger Zinger and Spongebob Flypants... NOT Impressed.

Anyhow, 10am came around and we quickly got the credits done along with the drop tower and headed quickly to Warner Bros Movie World.

Warner Bros. Movie World

Warner Bros. Movie World is a good park. It wasn't too busy, the sun was out and they had some very good rides. Again, I didn't really know anything about this park at all.

Superman: The Escape - excellent Intamin Launched, with some good show scenes before the actual launch itself. Great airtime throughout the ride, especially on the mini top-hat, and I thought it was very good!!

Lethal Weapon: Biggest bag of SLC poo out there, and I've ridden some bad ones!!

Scooby Doo's Spooky Coaster: Indoor, highly themed, Mack Mouse with a elevator lift hill (ala Europa Park). Some excellent show scenes with random elements before a disco, smoked up standard layout in a warehouse. I really liked it and it was a great surprise.

Overall, nice park, could be a bit bigger, but had some unique, different rides!!

New for 2010: Stunt Driver - this is not a rip off of Lights, Motors, Action at all...... honestly!!

SeaWorld Australia

A nice park for the afternoon (and if you get a combo ticket with Movieworld then it is worthwhile going). Some good shows, and exhibits of Sealife with a very small smattering of rides built in (ala Seaworld Florida). They have 2 credits - Sea Viper and Jet Rescue, a log flume, a giant splash and a SESAME STREET BEACH!

Jet Rescue (new for 2010) is an Intamin Tyre Launch jetski themed coaster, with well banked and tight turns and two launches. I thought this was excellent and really good!!!

One more update to go... Universal Singapore!
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Good morning Gold Coast!
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Ahh good Early Entry on Cyclone...
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Australian Parks are anal!! about loose articles (including anything which is safely tucked away in zipped pockets, jeans pockets.... grrrr!
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At least Amy is happy...
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Just in case it was needed...
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Nothing like a bit of Arrow goodness... (this used to be Big Dipper at Luna Park Sydney)
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Stupid, stupid staircase...
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The next of the 'BIG 6'.... grrrr
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At least Didi is happy...
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Runaway Reptar...
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Another one of the 'BIG 6' this morning... grrrrrrrrrr
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Umm no, I will not be purchasing that today...
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Soon to be Tower of Terror II (we had to wait for this to open after the early entry Big 6 option... grrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
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Mick Doohan's Motocoaster... (not one of the early entry 'BIG 6'.... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)
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Standard Motocoaster... quite fun!
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It even came with Sidecars for the smaller youngsters...
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Very Specific!!
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Not one of the early entry 'BIG 6' apparently!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
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Who am I sat next to? Does this bear a resemblance to any TPR member??
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Goodbye Dreamworld, Hello Movieworld!
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Yes and double yes!
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Wooooosh!
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Seriously, I thought this was an excellent ride - good airtime, good show scenes before the launch while sat on the ride!, and Superman pushing the train! Excellent!
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You would think that anything Mel Gibson related would be good.... well actually now that I come to think about it, probably not...
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Junkyard and everything!
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So yes, its an SLC, themed to a junkyard...
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The loading here was anal... and again - if you have ANYTHING in your pockets, AT ALL, you will be refused to ride!
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Does anything see anything unusual here...?
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Hmm, where could that Vekoma seat have gone... (insert funny Vekoma seat falling of ride jokes here...)
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Hmm sounds interesting...
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There is quality operation right there...
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Next credit please...
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Quality rollerskater action...
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New for 2010... This is not, I repeat this is not Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show from Disney's Hollywood Studios...
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Indoor Mack Mouse, with show scenes, = AWESOME! This ride was excellent!!!
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Quality theming and no line = Dave is happy again!
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Undercover here... not too sure why really...
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Clearly JK Rowling approved ;)
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EVIL, EVILLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
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That's all folks - Movieworld was pretty damn good!!
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Next up, Seaworld Australia (not owned by Seaworld Parks and Entertainment...)
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First up, this pile of awesomeness (made by Arrow)
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Just because I could...
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It hurt quite a lot...
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New for 2010: Jet Rescue - a launched jetski coaster... by Intamin!
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It has a double launch, and those bank turns at speed = FANTASTIC. I thought this coaster was absolutely excellent!!
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Whooshhhhhhhhh!
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Well done SeaWorld - great addition!
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YAY! Everyone loves Sesame Street!
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This wasn't quite as creepy as going to Sesame Street Place because the park was dead!
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Hey Bert!
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Yes!
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i don't like Grover that much to be honest!
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But I do love the Cookie Monster!
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And Amy loves a big Walrus!
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And I'll leave you with this for all of you Polar Bear lovers - thank you Seaworld!
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Re: Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures

Postby tiger01 » Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:40 am

Awesome TR!!! Jet Rescue looks awesome! I like the looks of Superman! Very Photogenic. Nice Photos!
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Re: Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures

Postby Electerik » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:29 pm

Quite a trip! Really enjoying reading this one.
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Re: Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures

Postby RCFreak » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:56 pm

Excellent TR so far! The Aussie park posts bring back a lot of fun memories for me when I went in 2006.

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Re: Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures

Postby Paul_Hollibone » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:52 pm

Nice TR Dave, it's always interesting to hear outsiders opinions to our parks. It's a shame you had a bad run at Dreamworld, personally (and I know a few people with similar views) it is the better park in the country when all things are taken into consideration.
Your photo's of Sydney Harbour were also very refreshing, i'm glad to see you had a great time in this fair country.

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Re: Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures

Postby d34thstrik3 » Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:43 pm

Good to see some outsiders thoughts on the parks. Will agree with you in that Superman, Scooby and Jet Rescue are great and the only thing we really have going for us as far as coasters go. Corkscrew (Sea Viper) never used to be painful and was smooth until they put the new trains on. Noticed the :br next to Wipeout and interested in your thoughts of it.

Really looking forward to Universal Singapore, looking at visiting it once they have everything up and running.

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Re: Fudgey's Japan, Australia and Singapore Adventures

Postby wados » Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:56 am

great TR so far, i would have to agree Superman and Jet Rescue are alot of fun. i can never get enough of these two coasters when i visit the parks....well jet rescue is the only reason why i go to Sea World. I hate how the parks are so over the top with things in your pocket.thats one thing i thought would happen in the states aswell but it is the complete opposite.

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FINAL UPDATE: Universal Studios Singapore

Postby fudgey » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:56 am

FINAL UPDATE: Universal Studios Singapore

So finally, it's here (a little bit later than planned, but there you go).

Singapore is an amazing place to spend a couple of days. There is lots to do, including many tourist attractions, as well as seeing some of the new and old cultural bits and pieces. We ended up staying in Singapore for two nights to break up the flight from Sydney to London. The place is just very different, quirky and original, with lots of random rules to adhere too. DO NOT CHEW GUM...

Of course, this provided us with a chance to visit Universal Studios Singapore!

My overall review of the park:

Universal Studios Singapore (hereby referred to as USS) is a good park with some excellent potential!! The theming is amazing (as you would expect), there are some unique and not so unique attractions (as you would expect), and I think it is a very good move for the area, considering the number of people who layover in Singapore en-route to another destination, therefore making it a great place to visit if you have a day or two days in Singapore. The park is currently a half-day park, but this will increase i'm sure. Once their other major attractions are open, it will be very good. Madagascar is still not open (amid rumours of many issues), Battlestar is still not open (as we all know why... hello Erik!) and Transformers is due to open next year.

Madagascar - not much here apart from great theming and a carousel. The carousel is amazingly themed to the movies - and I mean amazingly! Love it!! The big ride here is not yet open, but the container ship dominates the area and is a great piece of thematic work.

Far, Far Away - great looking area, with a nice family rollercoaster (Enchanted Airways) which was again, very well themed. Shrek 4D exists here, along with the big castle, lots of shops and eateries, and Donkey Live - a kind of Turtle talk / Laugh Floor hybrid. A bit lame, but fun for kids I would imagine. It is themed to take place inside Captain Hooks Nightclub and there is just mickey taking everywhere here!

Waterworld - randomly placed show, next to Jurassic Park, same as the rest but still a good special effects show if you haven't seen it. The actors were interacting with the crowd well! A great crowd pleaser. I just wish it was actually Dennis Hopper in it (RIP).

Jurassic Park - again good looking area, with some shops, eateries and a few kiddy attractions. Canopy flyers is an updated version of the one in Florida - still low capacity, but nice for youngsters and their parents. Adults can ride this version too! It gave some good views of the area. The Rapids Adventure is very good and unique, again enjoyable and has a few nice surprises throughout. Built by the same manufacturer as Riverquest in Phantasialand, it is a good rapids ride with a twist. Unfortunately, this ride has major downtime - if it is open, get on it!

Egypt - Mummy basically the same as Florida, again with a few variations, purely for the reason is that finally the ride is in an Egypt themed area!! Great theming, great ride - I LOVE MUMMY! The area itself is well themed, with a couple of other unique attractions.

Lights, Camera, Action - Steven Spielberg introduces us to this unique special effects stage, and it is very ala Twister, Backdraft etc but different = good! Go and see this!

Pantages Hollywood Theatre hosts the Universal Monsters in Monsters Rock! This show was absolutely cheese and pretty amateurish. Really one of the worst shows I have seen at one of the big parks!

Sci-Fi City - Battlestar is closed, as we know. The gift shop was open..... :wtf: But you can sit in the test seats ... :wtf: Area looks great, will be a great part of the park when Transformers and Battlestar is open!!


Anyhow, this is the end of my fairly major trip report. Please post if you like it, it took ages to put together!!

See you soon in a future Brit Crew update...

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The Singapore Changi Airport is amazing!
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WTF is that!
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The world famous Raffles Hotel... (no we did not go in...)
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You get to Sentosa Island using the monorail, or a cable car or boat.
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The sign you have all wanted to see...
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On Sentosa Island, there are lots of covered walkways like this to stop you getting soaked from the very frequent downpours. The whole area looks new and sparkly, it is going to be a huge tourist destination when fully open!
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Get away nasty chocolate, get away...
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For opening, there really wasn't that many people...
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Hmm, this was totally unexpected... ;) 'Excuse me, why are these attractions unavailable...' LOL
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Again, huge covers over the walkway = good. We got thrusted through to guest services at this point to be given $10 coupons to spend anywhere in the park...
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First up, Far Far Away... My that castle is big!
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Enchanted Airways looked quiet...
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I love the little Donkey/Dragon hydrid babies...
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Employee of the Month = which TPR member...?
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Do you get the joke.... DO YOU!
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Lots of animatronic characters throughout this ride = great! Good fun for families!
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Hidden away = Donkey Live. Think Turtle Talk or Laugh Floor, but a bit poo-poo!
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The man doing the pre-show was incredibly camp...
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Random indoor kiddy ride after the Donkey Live show was finished...
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I had to act as Shrek in the Donkey Live show... They made me do fart noises and smell my armpits...
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CHEMISTRY!!! SCIENCE!!!
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The whole place was excellently themed, and I mean excellently!!
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I'm not sure what is more disturbing...
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Next up: Madagascar... That is one mahussssssive ship!
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Closed, and doubly closed... But the area looks very nice indeed...
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This is fudging amazing theming for a carousel, fudging amazing!!
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fudging amazing!
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My, what a big beast you are...
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fudging amazing...
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Next up, Jurassic Park...
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I hope the T-REX wins!
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Some nice kiddy rides dotted around the area...
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Canopy Flyer - why do Universal make these rides with low capacity... Thank god there was no queue for us. It does, however, allow adults no problem.
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Slightly faster than Orlando...
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Amy is amazed by the play on words...
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Oooh, a Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure - and its OPEN! Must get on now...
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Hmm, what happens in the Hydroelectric plant... Hmm I wonder... Hmmmmmm
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All I'm going to say at this point is that I like Phantasialand...
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The flyer gives you some good views of the rapids ride however...
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Everyone else saw that JP was OPEN and therefore joined us in our fight to get on it...
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Please do not smoke the dinosaurs...
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This is all very industrial...
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Whereas Phantasialand has 1 person to get you into the boats, Jurassic Park here has about 15... Crazy, crazy system.... CRAZY!
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I'm absolutely sure that this will remain the case throughout the ride!
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Hmm, where are we....
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YES!!
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Finally, a Mummy ride that makes you think you are in Egypt!
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fudging amazing theming!
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Okay, bad photo, but i'll post it anyway LOL
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Take a small jeep ride around Egypt - pretty good but low capacity again...
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Right next to Jurassic Park... The show is exactly the same folks, exactly the same....
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More undercover walkways loses the effectiveness of perspective...
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Monsters... Rock.... sounds good!
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Word of warning, if you want to see the most cheesiest, crappiest, laughable show in the theme park world, come here!
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Shall I say it three times... Why is the title of the film Beetlejuice when his name is Betelgeuse?
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More walkway, leading too...
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Oooh, whats this...
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Oh dear, you poor bad, broken machine!
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LOL
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ROFL!
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LMAO!!
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No jokes please, no jokes, the fact that I am sat in a seat from the ride which is on the ground in the ride area, no jokes please...
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No jokes please, no jokes, the fact that Amy is sat in a seat from the ride which is on the ground in the ride area, no jokes please...
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Yes, indeed WTF!
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And I do too... At least the gift shop was open...
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And this was open too...
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This was not open... I think Transformers is going somewhere round here...
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Some random singers on the midway, performing Hairspray!
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And I finish up this update with Amy standing next to some flowers at the exit of Universal Studios...
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Singapore is obsessed with the MerLion...
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