^ No reason at all. It's Nagashima Spaland! Actually, is it possible, they bought the Big Twins, then realized some of the gp want their "smaller version" instead? Or it was the other way around. Maybe.
Also, apparently VIKING SHIPS are way larger than tiny old Pirate Ships, lol!
The itty bitty Pirate Ship is behind the VIKING SHIPS, there. TPR 2007 Japan Tour.
There's the Pirate Ship ride! And check out one of the base poles on the Viking Ships!
I've always been curious about the gigantic Viking ships because the Pirate ships are on my short list of favorite flat rides. For those who have ridden, is the ride experience significantly more thrilling, i.e. longer moments of airtime and/or more forceful g's, or does it actually seem less intense? Would it be worth the greater expense for a park to install a giant Viking vs the standard Pirate/Sea Dragon?
It took the ride forever to just get up to the "usual" height that the Pirate ship hits. And then it was a quick "tap" to that height, and then it started descending faster than when it was going up.
But it was still amazing to see so many people on one ship. It was like a small theatre, with a small stage in the middle (main mast)! And the locals went more nuts on it, than I did. Even at very VERY short tilts of the ship, heh.
I know that watching all of the locals on it, was more fun than the ride itself. But. If I was a park owner, I'd still go with the Pirate Ship. The Vikings are only more impressive, if they're seen in a larger park, like this one.
Flash Forward to 2013 - Ships still there. But the two coasters have been moved! TPR 2013 Japan Tour.
thesman wrote:Whats the reason for having 3 pirate ships?
I think it's actually four. The space shuttle counts as a pirate ship. (In the lower left corner) Neverless, that is a lot of pirate ships for one park. Can't imagine they're all that popular rides for the GP to be used to full or even half of capacity during the park operating season.
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