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Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:19 pm
by Nrthwnd
I also think more parks anywhere should get one of those
Mad House/Haunted Swing attractions! I love these things, even
the simpler ones, like this one at Tobu Zoo.

And I still want one for my back yard. :wink:

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:20 pm
by cfc
^I rather like those, too--and Vekoma makes damn good ones.

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:17 pm
by RoCo
GigaG wrote:By the way, are the MLs (Mega-Lites) more intense than Maverick? That is the closest analogue I'm familiar with - I've been on trimmed I305, but that was a few years ago. I'm mainly focusing on the airtime - is the "first" airtime hill (not the twisty one) similar to Maverick's first (awesome) hill, and are the final hops similar to Maverick's final hop?


I haven't been on Maverick since 2011 so my recollections of it are not nearly as fresh, but I think the airtime on Kawasemi's hills - ALL of them - compares favorably to any airtime on Maverick. But they are such incredibly different rides, esp. with the different types of restraints. Maverick is a blast, but for sheer, total airtime fun, Kawasemi wins, IMHO.

cfc wrote:^I rather like those, too--and Vekoma makes damn good ones.


Totally agree; they are easily among the best things Vekoma makes.

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:33 pm
by Nrthwnd
This photo's mine, from the 2011 TPR Tour.

It looked so seedy, poking up above the trees, while we
glided by on our Pegasus-O-Rail. Had to ride it, lol!

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:19 pm
by RoCo
Directly from The Guidebook: "June is the height of the rainy season for the main and southern island of Japan. It will be very hot, humid, and quite dreary with a lack of sun and plenty of rain... Understand that most roller coasters will close in rain."

It was further explained on the TPR trip boards that this nationwide rain policy is definitely more extreme than anything U.S. parks enforce. For instance, if anyone at a park in Japan starts whistling "Purple Rain," things shut down. It's pretty extreme.

The night before our day at Universal Studios, Elissa warned us that the forecast was for heavy cloud cover and steady rainfall. But, of course, as most of Uni's rides are indoors, the only roller coaster we could miss due to naughty weather interference was Hollywood Dream: Backdrop (which, frankly, I wasn't all that keen on), and we'd still get to enjoy almost all the park's other attractions.

We also knew well ahead of time that Spider-Man would be closed because the park would still be swapping out ye olde projected film media for newfangled high-def 4K digital eye candy.

Worst case, we'd get to ride Jaws, and Back To The Future, and Jurassic Park, and the Snoopy coaster and Space Fantasy: The Ride. That would be a very, very good day, worst case.

SPOILER ALERT: We didn't miss any credits (and this day was the only day sky-water fell steadily during the entire trip; thanks again, Mother Nature, for being such a stand-up gal!). And we got a super-special walk-through of Spider-Man, with the new digital media running on the show screens, which was flipping bonkers-awesome. AND Space Fantasy, seriously, what the holy hell is going on in there; I have no idea, but in the end, I don't care, because Space Fantasy: The Ride is a tremendous pile of Japanese ass-kickery.

Part Three: Universal Studios Japan

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:33 pm
by RoCo
Continuing:

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:38 pm
by RoCo
Continuing:

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:44 pm
by Nrthwnd
I missed Universal. :(

And Space Fantasy with the Disco Room.

:cry:

Next time....

(Great look at the ongoing tour btw, Robert!)

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:15 pm
by cfc
Space Fantasy--I had no idea what the hell was going on, but I rode it five times, anyway. ;) The Jaws gift shop is still great, too.

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:06 am
by rctneil
Excellent report of the Universal Studios day Robert! It really is a fantastic park but a shame it was raining. I guess USJ was the best park we could have been at on a rainy day due to all the indoor attractions.

Space Fantasy has to be the surprise ride of the trip, I knew literally nothing about it and it a ride filled full of fun and the mirror room is awesome near the end. I also have no clue as to the real story but I guess it works!

Dare I admit it, but I have never seen Back to the Future, so the ride was very bizarre to me and made me very dizzy. Jaws was excellent as I had heard, totally over the top skippers but glad I managed to ride at least one of the versions of Jaws before they both go.

Really enjoyed jurassic park too. Nice to see all the effects working and yes it was different from the one I had previously ridden at USH.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Spiderman walkthrough. Was an honour to get to do this and it looks spectacular, the attention to detail is superb as well. I have walked around the ride, seen the cars in motion, heard the soundtrack, seen all the clips and sat in the cars but still have not had the chance to ride it! Ah well, i'm sure eventually I'll make it to either version when it is operating!

Can't wait for the next update.

Neil