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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby cfc » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:17 pm

We haven't even got to Sea Paradise yet.
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"Now entering the arena, from Yokohama, Japan, weighing in at 300 pounds, the Master of Disaster, Cosmo Panic!"
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Hmm--I think she may have had some "work" done.
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I never win anything at these games.
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Not even a can of coffee.
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Cosmoworld's shooting dark ride was pretty much the same as Hirakata's.
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Boogie, boogie, boogie! The haunted-house dark ride was pretty good, even if I didn't understand what was going on.
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Anybody up for "hamburg"? The only other place I've ever encountered the word "hamburg" was in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Well, Steinbeck is popular in Japan from what I hear.
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This is some weird chili-chicken thing we grabbed at KFC. It was greasy and . . . interesting, I guess.
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Rooftop mini-golf--the rich really know how to live.
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OK, just what the hell is going on over there?
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Vanish is, once again, sucked into its interdimensional vortex.
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Time to move on. Goodbye, bizarre, stylized representation of London's Tower Bridge. Goodbye weird metallic structure that looks a bit like Joker's Jinx.
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Good to know.
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Happy Anniversary, Sea Paradise!
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Yep--this is where everybody went first.
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Looks so "old school" doesn't it? Well, it's gonna school you good!
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Surf Coaster might be the smoothest Togo ride anywhere.
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See how friendly it looks--unlike, say, Manhattan Express in Vegas.
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Shall we look at the park from on high?
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This is a literal "Bridge to Nowhere."
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This is the site of the park's Splashute jump boats. I don't think they run them anymore.
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Yes, the Japanese do appreciate a good helix.
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Look up "disturbing" in the dictionary, and you just might find this photo.
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OK, who wants to play "bumper boats" with dolphins?
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Best stay out of this part of the lagoon.
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Dan snaps photos while Dave mans the helm. Dan is a brave man.
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"Hello. I'm a whale shark. This is pretty much all I do during the entire show you're about to watch."
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This photo was taken moments before the rogue sea lion grabbed this woman and dragged her into the icy depths. We never saw her again.
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"Yay, whale shark! Way to swim around the tank there! You rock!"
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"Hey baby, once you've gone 'walrus' you don't ever want to go back!"
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"Yeah, balance a ball on my nose and get a smelly fish. I know the drill."
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Sickest threesome ever.
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At Sea Paradise, the family that drinks together, stays together. That's all for now.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby Garet » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:22 pm

cfc wrote:Chapter 4
It's the home of Blue Fire: the best damned drop tower anywhere! Yes, this is the old-school Intamin tower with the "false" drop. It also has an insanely long free fall that puts most other drop towers to shame. ?


Not to be that jerk but isn't it Blue Fall? Hahaha although Blue Fire makes me think of an energy drink for some reason :p

also what the heck is that giant blue in front of the ferris wheel, I don't remember it being there last year, I hope it doesn't block out the ferris wheel when it's finished, I liked that view from where you took your picture.

The splash boats were running last year, they don't jump anymore but I hope they are still running. I don't remember any bumper boats with dolphins around them either otherwise i'd have rode it, Is it new?

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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:33 pm

^^ So who were your two buddies there with you, taking the same pix
of the Booze Cafe, Chuck? Reflections don't lie, LOL.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:54 am

Garet wrote:
Not to be that jerk but isn't it Blue Fall? Hahaha although Blue Fire makes me think of an energy drink for some reason :p

also what the heck is that giant blue in front of the ferris wheel, I don't remember it being there last year, I hope it doesn't block out the ferris wheel when it's finished, I liked that view from where you took your picture.

The splash boats were running last year, they don't jump anymore but I hope they are still running. I don't remember any bumper boats with dolphins around them either otherwise i'd have rode it, Is it new?


It is, indeed, Blue Fall (as Blue Fire is a coaster at Europa). Fixed. I think the "giant blue" is just a building that's being renovated (based on the concept art in one of my photos, it shouldn't "block" the big wheel). I don't know how long the dolphin boats have been there.

Now, Blue Fire Fall would be a great name. ;)

Nrthwnd wrote:^^ So who were your two buddies there with you, taking the same pix
of the Booze Cafe, Chuck? Reflections don't lie, LOL.


I think they're Jon and Dave (as in tpdave).
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby TBpony414 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:38 pm

Some of your captions have me laughing out loud, like Robb's "look to your left which is my right!" and "I am a whale shark and I swim in a tank for 1 hour." The dolphin boat experience is certainly different and would never happen in America. Is there a POV somewhere of the log flume? I don't recall its name. Steep flume drops are really the only thing that scare me so I would love to ride it.

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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:26 am

Chuck, as entertaining as always. So glad I had a chance to sit and read through all of this in a single sitting, like my favorite Netflix series!

Sea Paradise was one of my trip favorites. Blue Fall is still stuck in my head--I lost sleep and was so anxious that entire day. Wow what a view...and ahhhhhh....stop, silence....aaaaah forever! The Togo coaster was also a huge surprise in how awesome it was.

Great Kyoto pics as well, definitely one of the nicest cities in Japan.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby cfc » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:18 am

^I'm glad that you overcame your fear of Blue Fall, Jason.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby PalmTree55 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:16 am

At first glance, the metallic structure under the bridge almost looked like an Intamin ZacSpin.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby cfc » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:37 am

^Just about every coaster enthusiast who visits Cosmoworld notes how "coaster like" that sculpture is.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Postby 805Andrew » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:32 pm

Imagine how cool Sea World would be if they had a "boat with dolphins experience" like the one shown here. Those jellyfish look scary, are they in the same lake as the dolphins? Sad to see the boat jumpers ride wasn't operating. I hope it isn't permanent, even if the jumpers never jump off the boat again.

What is the false drop on Blue Fall btw? I have ridden Intamin's Drop Zone/Tower at CGA, Huracan Condor at Port Aventura, and their old Freefall at SFMM, along with S & S drop rides at Knott's, SCBB, DCA, and Stratosphere, and DCA's Tower of Terror so I'm not sure if I've experienced the false drop.
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