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  1. Let's see... I stayed in Taichung for the first part and from there, reached 3 parks: Janfusun, Yamay Resort (Discovery World is part of it) and Formosa Arboriginal Village. Janfusun required a shuttle that left from near the train station and once there, I stayed one night at the onsite hotel, the very nice Prince hotel. Formosa was a shuttle bus that actually left next door from my hotel. Yamay Resort was a short train ride away and from there, a fixed fare cab take you to the park. I booked the amazing Crowne Plaza E-Da World and there are buses from the high speed train station "Zuoying" near Kaohsiung and it take you to E-Da World. Windows on China and Leofoo were actually on the same bus line and I took a bus from a subway station to the park. I didn't do Farglory.
  2. Pretty nice TR! You didn't miss much. Space Race was a generic Intamin motion simulator running a haunted mine movie last fall. I did my whole trip to Taiwan last fall without renting a car and except for Farglory and Windows on China, managed to do all the major parks. The only ride down for rehab then was the Gyro Drop at Formosan Arborginal Village and G5 colors did look very faded, but was open with one train running. Mayan Adventure was actually pretty smooth then and didn't have any headbanging. Maybe it had just gotten a rehab? I am looking forward to your TR of E-DA World and if Half Pipe was running!
  3. Nice TR! I hope G5 wasn't down for maintenance when you visited Janfusun Fancyworld? According to the website, its currently down until mid may. I did Taiwan last fall and did it on my own with some help from a friend who lives in Taipei. I used Taichung as a home base for the first part of the trip and booked the Holiday Inn Express Taichung Park there. What a great choice! Great central location, staff that spoke great english and were more than happy to practice with me and they really helped me out to get to the parks.
  4. My Asia trip last fall gave me a lot of solo rides! I got solo rides on Space Mountain at HKDL, "Dark Ride" at E-DA World (sadly, the Big Air was not running), Mayan Adventure and Space Mountain at Formosan Cultural Arboriginal Village and the big one... Gravity Max. Yeah, imagine being alone on that! The park wasn't too crowded and by the time 2pm came around, no one was riding it anymore. So, I sat in the first row of the back car and the two ride ops kept sending me around until they realised I was the only one riding and I liked the ride! So, the two of them tried speaking english and were all shocked when I told them where I was from and why I was there. So, at that point, the two girls didn't unlock the restraint and kept the train going for TWO hours until I told it was enough! They were all happy I loved the ride and I broke out a few chinese words to thank them. They gave me a private 2 hours ERT on what I believe is one of the world's greatest rollercoaster.
  5. Gravity: Gravité Chain Lift: montée a chaine Linear Induction Motor: moteur a induction linéaire Linear Synchronous Motor: moteur a induction synchronisé Friction: Friction Roller Coaster Car: wagon de montagne russe Hydraulic Launch: propulsion hydraulique Some more you may need... Log Flume: this one has no direct translation, but if you were in Quebec, we'd use the term ''Pitoune'', which is the name of the log flume at La Ronde (Pitoune means either a freefloating log... or a hot girl). In France, they'd use un ''Flume'' or ''les buches''. Suspended Coaster: montagne russe suspendue Floorless Coaster: I personally use the litteral translation, cause I have never heard it used here. I use ''montagne russe sans plancher''. Wooden Coaster: montagne russe en bois.
  6. Ocean Park in Hong Kong just added to the top of park, over the Ocean Express funicular top station, a new flat ride. I cannot tell the model name, but the park official youtube channel just added a video of it: It just opened, but I think you can still call it a new for 2011 attraction. The name is The Flash and it wasn't open yet when I visited in mid october. Walibi World is losing a coaster! Compagnie des Alpes in France just announced they are moving the Wild Mouse to their small Mer de Sable park near Parc Asterix. The new name will be "La Mine Bleue" (The Blue Mine) and it will be a replacement of the SBNO Train du Colorado.
  7. From what I heard from DLP, they're not pleased with Crush Coaster. Between the terrible capacity and the fact the ride can't take "Disney operations", park management is not very happy and would not work with Maurer again. For the Soarin' rides, as far as I know, Intamin is not involved. WDI did the design and used AMEC to build the massive steel structure that hold the wings. Like the EMV and Spiderman like rides, Intamin did their own version. The Intamin version use an Inverted style car, seating 12 people across. http://www.ridetrade.com/rti/images/stories/products/panoramic/pfsa.pdf
  8. Gravity Max is my favorite Vekoma. For the cloned models, Mayan Adventure is my favorite SLC.
  9. I was at that park 2 weeks ago and it wasn't running. It looked like the ride was able to run, but, due to rain, they kept the cars covered in tarps and I could not see what it looked like under. Interesting park, similar to Toverland! They had a huge Vekoma Shoot the Chutes, a Fabbri Booster (included with admission), the Big Air and a few flats outside. Inside the building, a custom Vekoma rollerskater with ROTM like effects, the whole Zamperla kiddie catalogue, a few flats and an interesting Soarin' knock off called "Taiwan Formosa". It showed beautiful scenes from Taiwan, in a smaller theater and with real simulator movements. On the roof was a Zamperla Samba Tower, Flying Carousel and a Fabbri spinning coaster. Interesting park and the Crowne Plaza that just opened in the same resort is amazing!
  10. According to a japanese coaster enthusiast on youtube who had the most impressive collection of japanese coaster videos, Linear Gale was closed tonight, october 31st. He filmed the signs around the ride and everything point to that. Reducing the price of the ride to 200 yens (down from 800) and then finally removing the price. Also, people have been signing the ride platform and supports I guess as a memorial! Now, what could replace this ride?
  11. I attended Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park Hong Kong halloween events. Ocean Park Halloween Bash was the best halloween event I ever attended! 8 amazing and unique houses, 3 scarezones and some very good and funny shows. One house was basically a maze where you did laser tag with zombies! Another, you have to lie down in a casket, they put a black drape over you, leaving your face and feet exposed... and you're on a conveyor belt to be cremated! Here is a youtube link of the park, showing the full length TV commercial for the event.
  12. Sounds nice! Looks like Mach Tower will be a gyro drop from Intamin or a Fabbri Drop Tower. As for Vanish Point, this seems to be the first US installation of the new Proslide "Superloop" slide. http://www.proslide.com/rides_08_d.php . The term "Skybox" is a trademark of Proslide too.
  13. Crush Coaster should be your first stop. That's in the Walt Disney Studios and it has both horrible capacity and no fast passes offered. If you don't do the ride at park opening, expect a 2 hours plus line later. For the main park, Peter Pan's Flight and Big Thunder Mountain run out of fast pass the fastest.
  14. If plans stay the same, I should be going to Taiwan in october. So, for once, I'll try to post a PTR of my trip there.
  15. Its a good thing the ride was not at Cedar Point back when they closed down all the rides in the slightest amount of rain! The ride would never operate, since the track is wet in some spots!
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