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Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:22 pm

Vending machines in Japan are awesome! No matter what they're selling in them, you keep staring at them,
TRYING to figure out which (i.e. ice cream) product is which, etc. I love the challenge, heh.

Great Last Solo Day you had, there! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Love the shots of nature and landscaping, where you find it, or "run into it". :smile:

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:35 pm

Great report! That's awesome you could pick your seat on Thunder Dolphin. I really wanted to try the front, but I went on a day where it had a consistent 2-3 train wait.

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:58 pm

Why yes, I have booked my return trip to japan already! =)

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:42 pm

It's really sad, because I have such a simple mind that the Go-Karts and Baseball game machine were my favorite parts of the TR. NOT to say that everything else wasn't incredible.

Great update. This explains why you couldn't give two shits about Six Flags Great America.

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:00 am

Great report and thanks for the Godzilla/Mothra shout out! You explored a bunch of Tokyo I haven't seen yet and places like Shinjuku Gyoen and Asakusa are on my list for next time!

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:32 am

SharkTums wrote:Why yes, I have booked my return trip to japan already! =)


:nina:

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:04 am

Thanks everyone! There will be a Fuji Q update coming by the end of the weekend for sure. It's pretty cool to see Coke Energy now in US stores. Go see if your local Walgreens/Krogers/Publix etc has it!

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:30 pm

Wednesday, October 9th! Fuji Q time!

Anyone who has read TPR Japan updates going back to the beginning of TPR should gag and shudder when they hear the words "Fuji Q" for so many reasons. I honestly was not planning to go to Fuji Q because it just seemed too risky. Even a week before visiting the weather forecast just always seemed iffy and a wasted day in Japan was just something I didn't want to risk. But. I thought about DoDoDonpa, Eejanaika, and Takabisha and the idea of being so close to Mt. Fuji and I started to come around.

I went in listening to everything Elissa and Robb had to say, had low expectations, and it turns out my visits to different temples and shrines in Tokyo the days before paid off. We had a pretty great day as far as Fuji Q visits go.

Let's be real here - outside of the main coasters, there were still lots of closed rides and they had just closed the mouse for good. I don't care about missing them but I do care about how much I have to pay to get into the park.

This park is very small. It's a slab of concrete except for the new European entrance. The setting is fantastic up in the mountains near Mt. Fuji.

The food was great! Operations were just fine! We were able to pick seats, there wasn't any down time on rides that opened with the park, and the park announces any early closures.

We got very lucky this visit. I'm not taking that for granted at all. After riding DoDoDonpa and Eejanaika, I would make a return visit for them even if everything else was closed. I think that highly of them.

DoDoDonpa 100% lived up to the hype and the launch is unlike any other coaster element (airtime, zero g, lateral, etc) in that it is just best described as pure bliss. Following the launch the dip down provides a great pop of air and the loop pulls some serious g's at the bottom while giving some hangtime at the top. Since the trains use real tires it is bouncy at times so depending on your tolerance that will effect how much you like it. It's not a jackhammer by any means.

Fujiyama was very okay in the middle when we tried to play it safe on our first ride. Our final ride in the back row was fantastic. My thinking is since the back of the train isn't THROWN into those weird turns and elements towards the middle/end like the front of the train is there just....wasn't any joltyness or roughness. It was excellent.

Takabisha I'm a massive fan of. I rode this right after DoDoDonpa, the strongest launch in the world. I really expected Takabisha's launch to feel like a booster bike. Nope, it still kicked my ass. Smooth, too.
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Seinfeld fan visits Japan.
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Gotta look my best for FujiSan.
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The views when we arrived at Fuji Q were stunning. Snowcap-less Mt. Fuji.
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Great morning for a walk!
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Through these doors are....
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Your opportunity to win a full sized can of Pringles.
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At the back of the park you'll find Eejanaika, the 2nd S&S 4D
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I have never been on a 4D before so I had no idea what to expect.
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Heading up the lift to be chucked off a cliff into oblivion.
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This ride is an experience and now I am on an insatiable quest to ride the others!
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sumimasen
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Ain't it great?
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Eeeeeeejainaika! Eeeeeeejainaika! Eeeeeeejainaika! Eeeeeeejainaika!
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My first ride, the restraints were not as tight as they could be so next ride I made sure to pull as tight as possible because whew, you get absolutely tossed in every way possible!
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The coasters weren't scary enough for me, but the Halloween decorations did the trick.
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When Fujiyama opened in 1996 it was the world's tallest roller coaster at 259 feet
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Roller coasters + Japanese Beer = ZB Heaven
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Best view from a lift!
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LAUNCH TIME!!!
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First ride in the middle was okay, but our last ride in the back was fantastic. I wish everyone had a spin on Fujiyama like we did!
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The trains looked so uncomfortable, but they were just fine!
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As you can see the weather can change any second here.
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Thankfully there was no rain and the rides ran all visit.
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高飛車 Takabisha
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Fuji Q had these awesome selfie spots where you just set up your camera timer and go stand to take a photo!
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Hayyyy
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Beyond vertical 121* drop. I'm not really a fan of these extreme beyond vertical drops, I'd rather have a simple straight down.
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It's so smooth!
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Taking in FujiSan upside down is wild
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PUSH HARDER!!! CRAP OUT THAT NEW 2021 RMC!
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Eejanaika has turned me into a 4D addict, now I need to go to SFMM and Dinosaur Park in China to try them all
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Similar to DoDoDonpa's launch, I'm just speechless or screaming the whole ride.
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Make sure you hold on tight!
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The structure is massive.
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Kitty will soak you. See how literally everyone is wearing ponchos? Learn from the locals.
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See!
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You know how Flight of Fear has this whole pre-show-queue story thing? So did this ride.
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Instead of aliens it's about angry cats and flooding.
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I swear at one point you're sideways. This was wicked!!
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Sneaking through the massive spider webs to get some great shots.
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Fujiyama O-Shiri Crew! The back seat is AMAZING!
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DoDoDonpa's massive loop. It's an excellent replacement for the violent airtime hill that (I never experienced) was there before.
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Loved this WAY more than I thought!
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It's pure bliss.
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Location is just the icing.
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Did you know this has fire at night?
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Strap your flaps in everyone, we're going on a quick little photo shoot here.
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Eyes here!
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Engage rainbow tunnel!
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See! Fire!!
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Some cool relics they had out!
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Moonsault Scramble!
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Wow, what a trip.
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What an unexpectedly amazing start to our Japan trip!

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:14 pm

great update, Zach. . with some really great pics!

Re: Photo TR: Zach's October with TPR in Japan!

Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:38 pm

Great report! Being able to see Mt. Fuji and pick your seats at Fuji-Q? Sounds too good to be true. :lol:
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