Meteornotes wrote:Loving these reports. Glad that you were not eaten by bees!
A day in which you are not eaten by bees is, indeed, a good day.
One other observation about the climb up Inari Temple: There were vending machines at various stops on the way. The higher you went, the more expensive they vending machines were. I can't imagine having to be the guy who hauls all those drinks up the mountain to restock those machines. (We didn't see any service roads that went to the top.)
Hahaha when hiking with my co-teachers here in Korea, they have restaurants/grocery stores where they serve up basic food and have tons of snacks and food to buy all the way up the mountain, i'd hate to be the ones who carry it all up. They also get more expensive the higher you go.
SharkTums wrote:^Funny you mention that. There are articles out there about the vending machines on the Mt. Fuji Climb and how the machine at the top is one of the most expensive vending machines out there!
Great report! I love Hirakata and hadn't been there since 2004. I thought the park looked great and KT was able to ride so much stuff!
I enjoyed Hirakata quite a bit. I think our group did that shooting dark ride about five or six times, as you could win a prize for high scores (I didn't win a durn thing, though).
It's a very nice park with plenty for entire families to do.
How did we miss the haunted shack attraction?! So awesome to learn that they had one! Well, there's another good reason to go back someday. You gotta love a park with so many dark rides/walk-throughs/etc.
Chapter 4 The Yokohama Twofer: Cosmoworld and Sea Paradise
You may remember the yakitori feast we enjoyed after our day at Universal. Well, that excellent meal, and all the beer and sake that came with it, were courtesy of Mr. Kitigawa, an executive with Senyo, the Japanese company that not only designs and builds park attractions, but also operates Cosmoworld. He did more than treat us to a fine dinner, though; he also set up an excellent day for us at Cosmoworld, for which the entire group was very grateful. Mr. Kitigawa is also a bit of a prankster--he fits right in with TPR.
Cosmoworld is an amusement park/arcade complex in Yokohama with a wide assortment of flat rides, walk-throughs and dark rides, arcade games, and coasters--all in a beautiful urban setting. We enjoyed ERT on Diving Coaster Vanish, which features a drop into an underwater tunnel much like Kings Dominion's Anaconda (only without as much pain); Spinning Coaster, which is a Reverchon ride that spins like mad; the Log Flume, which has two insane, airtime-filled drops; and Family Banana Coaster, which is pretty much what it sounds like.
We even had early access to the park's "ice house." Yes it is, indeed, a freezing cold building in which everything is made of solid ice. We got to spend a fair amount of time in there, thanks to Mr. Kitigawa and Elissa locking us in. As I told you, our host was quite the prankster--and we all salute him for it.
It was a great ERT session and my thanks to Robb, Elissa, and Mr. Kitagawa for making it happen.
We hit Yokohama's Sea Paradise that day, too. This is an aquatic park with the usual array of marine exhibits and shows. It's the home of Blue Fall: 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. This park is also features Surf Coaster--a Togo ride that's actually fun, doesn't try to hurt you, and sports a few huge Japanese helices.
There's a "never in America" attraction here, too: a dolphin lagoon with electric boats. You can cruise among the dolphins. Very cool, indeed.
Shall we go to Yokohama now?
Welcome to Yokohama.
"Good people of TPR! Look to the right, which is my left. Do not get confused! It is to your right and my left to which we must go!"
"OK, that was a little confusing. Just head for the big Ferris wheel."
Our first stop was Diving Coaster Vanish: The Pinkest Ride in the Wilderness.
Cosmoworld is undergoing quite a makeover, which is supposed to look like this when it's done.
Meet our host, Mr. Kitigawa.
"OK, everybody! Group photo! Group photo! Please look over here . . . oh, forget it!"
They were all too distracted by this.
Now you see it!
Now you don't! My god! It vanished!
Hmm--they sure have some strange customs in Japan. I wonder if the dogs enjoy this?
Unlike those in China . . .
. . . this Spinning Coaster actually does spin. Quite a bit. In an Elissa-unfriendly manner. (This was a new credit for me, as I missed the ride back in 2007. I think it was down for maintenance then.)
I also missed the Log Flume back in '07, but not this time. This drop is much crazier than it looks.
If you scream loud enough during the drop, the park keeps score.
The we headed over to the other side of Cosmoworld, for what I'm sure was a trip highlight for many.
I am referring to, of course, Family Banana Coaster.
Interracial "coupling" is not allowed on Family Banana Coaster!
"Caw! Caw! I eat bugs and carrion, and I'm not as pathetic as you! Caw! Caw!"
But despite the crow's taunts, TPR gave in to Family Banana Coaster with reckless abandon.
If this sign is any indication, it's a bit chilly in there.
We're trapped! And even the liquor is frozen!
Quick! Thaw out the booze with this fire . . . d'oh! (Then they let us go.)
Everybody hum "Do the Hustle" here.
Aw, isn't it adorable? I think I'll bite its little head off and eat it.
I don't think Dr. Edgar is a "conventional" physician.
This poor guy came in with a hangnail--now look at him!
You know, I don't have much memory of what went on in here.
But it did involve some table slapping. At least, I hope it's the table that's being slapped.
Cosmo Panic sounds like a name for a 1980s pro wrestler.
Apparently, blue lights are supposed to incite "panic." I had no idea my Grandmother's Christmas tree was so terrifying. She used nothing but blue lights.
Looks like Vanish has reappeared. But for how long?
In the future, we will all commute via skateboard. Stay tuned for more Cosmoworld, followed by Sea Paradise!
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