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The official "Theme Park Review Returns to Asia" Photo & Video TR's!

 

Below you'll find daily Trip Reports and photos from our recent coaster expedition in Asia. Coming soon will be a FULL detailed report with more than 1,000 new photos and videos!

 

Day One - Arrival and Ocean Park (scroll down)

Day Two - Hong Kong Disneyland - Part 1

Day Three - Hong Kong Disneyland Photos - Part 2

Day Four - Getting to Japan and Galaxy Express 999!

Day Five - Space World and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park!

Day Six - Day Six: Kijima, Wonder Rakutenchi, and Harmonyland.

Day Seven - Mitsui Greenland Photos - Part 1

Day Seven - Mitsui Greenland Photos Part 2, Kashikaen

Day Eight - Kobe Portopialand, Central Park, and Kurashiki Tivoli Park

Day Nine - Hamanako Pal Pak, Manhattan Express & Viper's Love Child, and TOKYO photos!!!

Day Ten - Nasu Highland or "Coaster Snow Day!!!"

Day Ten Part Two - Tokyo Disneyland Countdown Party!

Day Eleven - Tokyo DisneySea

Day Twelve - More Tokyo Disneyland and Joypolis!

 

THE RE-CAP UPDATE!!!! Just when you thought the Asia updates were all done!

 

Videos added:

12/23 - Ocean Park's Wild West Mine Train & The Dragon POVs!

12/24 - SPACE MOUNTAIN WITH LIGHTS ON!!!!

12/26 - Titan & Venus at Space World POV!

12/28 - Atomic Coaster from Mistui Greenland POV!

12/29 - BMR-X and Double Loop POV from Kobe Portopialand!

12/30 - Hamanako Pal Pal's Mega Coaster (Manhattan Express & Viper's love child!)

1/3 - Big Boom POV from Nasu Highland

 

Download videos in the Members Only section:

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=7

 

Day One - Arrival in Asia and Ocean Park!

 

We are BACK in Asia! So far the trip has been amazing and it's only DAY ONE!!!! I'm going to make this quick since we've had a really LONG day today.....

 

First off, we got bumped off our flight...but in a GOOD way, we actually got transferred from our flight that was going to make a stop in South Korea to a direct to Hong Kong flight, which put us in 7 hours early!

 

Basically that meant we could do Ocean Park today and make the rest of our time in Hong Kong that much more relaxing.

 

Our flight arrived, we all bought our "pussy cards", got on the train and we were on our way to check into our hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland. We dropped our stuff off, back on the train again to Ocean Park.

 

The day at Ocean Park was great! Much better than my last visit because I had people to hang out with. They also had tons of Christmas stuff going on including snow tubing!!! Yes!!!!

 

As for the two coasters there -

 

Wild West Mine Train - What a great little ride! I really enjoyed this on my previous visit and it was just as good, if not better now.

 

Dragon - OMG if I thought this was painful before, it's worse now! It's a true "Arrow Classic"

 

We spent a couple of hours at the park, did some meandering around Hong Kong, then back to Disneyland we went.

 

Since today's update is going to focus mostly on Ocean Park, I won't say too much about HKDL other than Space Mountain is AWESOME! We were all really blown away. It is MUCH MUCH better than the new, revamped California version. But that's for tomorrow's update. In the meantime, onto some photos and there are also two on-ride videos from the coasters at Ocean Park in the "Members Only" Forum. Check those out here:

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We'll post Disneyland photos and video tomorrow (even an onride of Space Mountain), but for now it's off to bed. "Quaker, you sleeping with Elissa tonight, or do I have to?"

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We got to the hotel at sunrise, and we finally made it to the room at sunset.....time for a few more hours at Disneyland!

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Our view from our hotel room at the Disney's Hollywood.

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The "Cheese Grater" building. Probably my favorite building in all of Hong Kong!

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2. Text message on the cell phone or 3. Play Animal Crossing on your DS!

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On the trains you can do one of three things....1. Sleep (as demonstrated by our actor above)

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On our way out of the park we paid homage to the HUGE Ocean Park Christmas tree!

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"I wanna win one of the giant, green, um....WTF IS THAT THING?!?!?!" (note the pussy card is accepted even at the games!)

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OMG!!!! GODZIRRA!!!!

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The best part of the panda exhibit are the waffles they make out of them!

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It's a Panda. This time around it's sleeping and not taking a giant poo!

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"Um.....starting contest between an idiot and a fish with eyes on the top of it's head????"

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I was told this was the very first sidewinder inversion. It should have been the last!!!!

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And there is the Arrow Looper of hot head smashing pain! Go download the video in the Members Only section to see!

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BEST PART OF THE DAY!!!!!

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Quaker is introduced to random Asian funky games. This one is the "Walk the dog and don't get hit by a truck" game....SERIOUSLY!!!!

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"Hey guys, go demonstrate what's going to happen later in the room with all those Chinese ladies!"

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"Yo my homies...I'm da Quaker. I'm a couple hundred feet up, I'm in Hong Kong, and I'm trusting my life to S&S!"

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Awesome view from up here too!

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"Does this count as Bird Flu?"

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I mean, look at how awesome that is!

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A chick and a quaker...much better view!

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This view....not so good!

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This view looks really good...

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Wild West Mine Train might actually be the coaster with the best view ever!

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But man, check out that view!

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Time to travel to the rides side of the park via the crazy Sky Way of "really high off the ground" death!

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They weren't quite used to riders of unusual size!

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"Welcome to Hong Kong, now it's time to go snow tubing!!!"

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Oh, wait...but first....we gotta make a pitstop! Only been in the country an hour and a half, and we're already at a McDonalds! =)

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And the beyotch is all "Yo, wassup Ocean Park dude....gimme some Arrow pain!"

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That's the Ocean Park dude saying "Yo, wassup beyotches!"

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Just take bus "69 with a 2 in the middle" direct to Ocean Park!

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On our way to Ocean Park, we pass the crazy sea of Hong Kong apartment buildings!

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We got to our hotel just at sunrise. This place was really nice! I was expecting something more like a "moderate" resort, but it's Deluxe all the way!

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"Welcome to Hong Kong Disneyland Robb & Elissa and Theme Park Review!" (That's what it says under the English part!)

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Disney trains! These are the best. Well, at least until we get to Tokyo Disneyland!

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They are welcoming us to Hong Kong. Too bad they spelled "Robb" wrong, but we get the gist! ;)

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This is what we look like after a 15 hour flight. Not too pretty, I know!

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GREAT photo TR!!! I am so glad I could finally relate to a thread in "Theme Parks, Roller Coasters & Donkeys" since previously, most other threads are on theme parks or coasters I am not familiar with.

Well, it has been donkey yrs since I last went to Ocean Park... From some of the pics, I believe they have revamped the place &/or added some new rides.

Will probably plan a trip to Hong Kong early next year as I wanna visit the new Disneyland there.

Cant wait for the Japan photo TR! Are you guys planning to visit Nasu Highlands this time round??

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Hey Elissa, Robb & Mark

 

Good to hear that everything is going really good, and your flight was safe.

 

Enjoy Asia, be crazy and have tons of fun

 

And by the way: Happy Holidays/ Feliz Navidad to the 3 of you.

 

Later

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HAHAHA "OMG!!!! GODZIRRA!!!!"

 

Yeah, looks like you guys are already having a ball and stuff. The view on the mine coaster is insane.

 

I have a question though. Having never been to Asia and being quite an uncultured person, whats a pussy card? lol

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Oh yeah, that is what I am waited for the last hours, your first update! It is in the good old Alvey style, what I really missed in the last weeks!

The Disneyland Hotel looks so nice and I can´t wait to see the video of Space Mountain!

 

--Sören

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Alright!! Ya made it!! Glad to hear ya had a fantastic first day!!

Wow this first trip report and pics were amazing because its the first day and I couldnt wait one second longer for it!! I feel so refreshed now, thank you Robb!!

 

I am totally looking forward to HKDL!! To me thats the highlight of your trip reports! Cant wait to see it!!

I am head over heals about you getting a POV of their Space Mountain!!! You so spoil us!!! I thank you dearly for it too!

 

Well hope you guys continue having a blast on your Asia Trip!!

 

Mike"anxiously awaiting more tr's"Black

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Yeah! Maybe it's just me, but I love living vicariously through your awesome TR's! Have a great time, take lots of pics and videos, and eat at every single McDonald's you can find! When I was there a few years ago, they served a Salmon-type burger thing. I did NOT try it!

 

Merry Christmas! (Or Happy Holidays or whatever the hell is PC nowadays!)

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