Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:00 pm
Nagashima spaland looks amazing, glad you guys went.
Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:39 am
Universal Studios Japan
Like Universal Singapore, Universal Studios Japan takes the best rides from the California and Florida parks, and makes them even better. It was one of my most anticipated parks for this trip, and I was excited to experience some "classic" Universal attractions I hadn't had the chance to see at any of the other parks - Back to the Future and Jaws. Both rides are definitely a product of their time, but neither disappointed.
Harry Potter Japan is almost exactly the same as its counterpart in Orlando, minus a pair of dueling coasters. Some elements are a little improved, with a more immersive entry and 4K 3D projections on the ride. When I rode Forbidden Journey in Orlando I felt that the transitions between the physical sets and the screens were pretty poor. The upgraded screens are definitely an improvement but the best part of that attraction is still the queue. Despite us visiting on an off-peak Tuesday the place was packed, and this was particularly evident around the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, which were jammed full of people with a handful of poor cast members doing their best to manage the traffic flow. The park needs to sort this out pretty soon as the crowd crush is a safety concern as well as poor guest experience.
Elsewhere in the park, Space Fantasy is the best ride you've probably never heard of. It's hard to describe - basically an indoor spinning coaster dark ride loosely based around the big bang. It is spectacular, no POV video can possibly do the ride justice, so I recommend just going and riding it!
We checked out a couple of the shows as well - Monster Rock and Waterworld. Waterworld is exactly what you'd get in LA or Singapore, except in Japanese (not a barrier to enjoying the explosions). Monster Rock is similar to the Beetlejuice show that was (until recently) in Orlando, in a big airconditioned theatre. Both shows were great and, as seems to be standard at Asian parks, extremely popular.
Last edited by azza29
on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:45 pm.
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:00 am
The amazing hot dog ride rules!
Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:01 am
"Amazing Hot Dogs" was one of the funniest photos I've ever seen on TPR.
Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:13 pm
USJ is amazing. Hate to being up nintendo but, that'll prefectly fit here. Great update!
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:55 pm
Great report! This park is definitely on my bucket list.
Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:19 am
Having heard all of the horror stories about Fuji-Q, I weighed them up against the rides on offer and decided to chance it with a visit. I went to this park expecting the worst - two hour queues, rides closing unexpectedly, painfully slow operations and overall, a lot of drama just to experience a handful of rides. In the end, we got very lucky. The weather was great, crowds were light and with some solid advice from Robb and Elissa, we even managed to get all of the credits in.
That said frankly everything was still more drama than it needed to be. The park's nonsensical loose item policy (take off your watch, put it in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, put this key around your wrist which is looser than your watch) makes coaster dispatches few and far between. What would otherwise be a 20 minute wait at most parks takes an hour at Fuji-Q. The Japanese might be renowned for efficiency but it definitely doesn't extend to this park. Basically, we got everything done but it's not hard to see they would end up with crazy lines on an "ordinary" day.
That said, the rides were, for the most part, worth going out of the way for. Takabisha is the best Eurofighter I've been on, a delightful mess of inversions and twists. Dodonpa's launch and insane top hat airtime are unlike anything else, and along with having the most inversions, Eejanaika probably has the record for the most number of "holy crap" moments of any rollercoaster. Fujiyama is 80% fun, 20% painful trick-track.
Aside from the coasters we also rode the park's newest addition, Fuji-Q Airways. This is basically Soarin' Over California, but in Japan, and just different enough so as not to attract a patent infringement. Sometimes these simulators in smaller parks end up with a terrible ride film (like, say, Europe in the Air) but Fuji-Q Airways was quite well done, and wouldn't be out of place at Epcot (if they didn't already have the a very similar ride, of course!).
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:45 am
Congratulations on getting them all done.
Shame about the colour of Eejanaika, I liked the red paint.
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:11 am
I'm glad that you had a good day at Fuji Q, while still recognizing the park's numerous issues. I've been there on both a "good" day and a "bad" day in different years.
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:04 am
Our group finished the whole park by 11, including a few flats and Thomas dark ride! Truly a great day that might happen once every few hundred years I guess! Also applause to Fuji-Q for running their flat rides at the intense mode, their HUSS frisbee is the best one I've been on despite having 3 seat belts.
Thank you for the Dodonpa photo!
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