A Tale of Two Jet Cor(a)sters: Benyland and Lina World
Our good day at Fuji Q was followed by another good day at Benyland and Lina World. First, we started with a ride on the fastest of the Shinkansens. (At least I think it was this day--might be a bit mixed up.)
This baby rolls at nearly 200 miles per hour!
This brings up a very important question. How does a Wasabi KitKt taste at “ludicrous speed?”
Answer: Pretty dang good.
Our first stop was Benyland in Sendai. This was a nice little park; that is, the landscaping was pretty. The coasters were, well, interesting. The obligatory Jet Coaster was reasonably fun (the best of the lot). The old Corkscrew was every bit a rough and nasty as you’d expect. The weirdest of the bunch was the Cyclone, a strange mass of twisted steel without a lot of sex appeal.
My favorite attraction there was a surprisingly good walk-through haunted house. There were plenty of working gags and even a maze within the house itself. Definitely worth the 300 yen up charge.
So, I guess this is Beny, and he’s glad to see us?
Adorable, minion, adorable, adorable, adorable.
For those who are too short to reach the ticket window.
Benyland was a pretty little park.
Er, I really don't want to know what's going on here. That's between you two.
“Yep, this is a ride-restricted area, but these bushes aren’t going to take care of themselves.”
Oh boy! It’s another awesome Jet Coaster!
Whee! We’re still alive!
Hmm--might be a different story with the Corkscrew.
Or with the Cyclone, . . .
. . . a coaster that even scares ghosts!
If you like Valleyfair’s Excalibur, you might like this clunky, twisted mess of steel.
Crap! I think Cyclone snapped the necks of those two women in the middle car!
Nathan seems to be enjoying it, though.
It’ll all be over soon, gents.
Hmm--how horrible is it?
It’s 300 yen worth of “horrible.”
“Ugh! Every time I get a head cold, it goes right to my chest.”
Look like someone’s bean soup exploded.
It was more elaborate than I expected--there was even a “mini-maze” inside.
It’s Mothra! Run!
Such a cute couple. I guess she's into really skinny guys.
I imagine these could be used to plug a number of orifices.
What is it with the Japanese and building parks on the side of mountains? Our second park, Lina World, had a number of stairs and hills to climb.
Again, this was another nice-looking park with some not-so-nice coasters. Super Coaster was the best of the bunch, and it wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience. Then there’s the infamous Jet Corster (or Coaster) Discovery. It’s like the Jet Coaster and Cyclone at Benyland had a baby--tiny, uncomfortable trains clunking a rumbling around a very bizarre layout full of painful transitional elements.
Let’s go in.
Is this Lina World? I’m looking for Lina World.
Oh, dear lord.
“Welcome--unless you’re a dog, a cooler, or a fast-food meal.”
Are we sure this is Lina World?
Another nice-looking park . . .
. . . that just got a lot more interesting.
Modesty water curtain.
They also had a haunt, but I don’t think it was open.
Here are the park’s two big coasters.
“We’re so happy to be on Super Coaster!”
“Er, we’re still happy to be on Super Coaster?”
Do you prefer this coaster’s new name . . .
. . . or old name?
Whatever the name, these birds are an ominous portent of what’s to come.
This coaster is clunky and painful.
But it did fulfill one of Robb’s life goals.
To capture on video a bunch of screaming Japanese teenage girls on a Jet Coaster.
Yes, achievement unlocked.
Speaking of fantasies.
If your thing is Hello Kitty and Christmas lights, Lina World has you covered.
This is the most adorable barbed wire ever.
Why do the Sugarbunnies look so sad?
Find the naughty one.
"IT’S A HELLO KITTY WORLD AFTER ALL!”
All fantasies must come to an end.
The Hello Kitty Not a Credit Angel Coaster wasn’t running.
We took a side path and found this nice little spot. Next stop, Tokyo Disney Resort!
Chuck, I'm very disappointed that you didn't include the most extreme coaster at Beny Land, Aero 5:
(I'm waiting to see what will be done with the amazing on-ride footage Elissa got on that one! )
Other than that, great report! Both parks looked nice, and had some interesting attractions, but not the best in terms of coasters. And I'm glad that my fake enthusiasm for cyclone came through since Robb was filming then.
Yeah, I saw Robb's video of Illumination Fantasy and my first thought was, "I remember seeing this video. That ride is great!" And then I started watching it, and it was all kinds of WTF. It's, er, not quite like the other Hello Kitty ride.
I love Japanese instructions. They never tell you what to do, just remind you to do what you know you should. It's never a stop sign, it's a sign that says "Please consider others who would like to use this intersection." That garden at the end is fantastic as well.
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