Unfortunately this thread has received little traction (like a lot of my reports), but I'll keep on keepin' on. Thanks for those who've read, and who've commented. My style is just a little too documental, which often makes it boring. Oh, well.
We made it back to Jungleland, then whiffed on Bandung Carnival Land, then hit Trans Studio Bandung.
We're back at Jungleland, and it's a nice day, but rain still threatens. Everyone was leaving when we were here yesterday in the rain, but now we're here fairly close to opening.
So we run through the covered part to get to the coasters as the sky darkens. We had lunch here today or yesterday.
Here's a map. Pretty good-sized park.
About USD$11 on weekdays!
To the Harvest Coaster!
In the queue. Now, I had started going back and forth with the park's twitter, saying, "we're almost there!" And the twitter said they were coming to Harvest Coaster to meet us! And that's how we met Widalia Pagun, the park's Digital Marketing and Social Media manager.
This was before we met Widalia, waiting in the queue. So Widalia was very excited to meet enthusiasts, or westerners, or both. She had lived in Germany for a while.
This was the other credit, closed. Snake Coaster, a Zierer Force 2, apparently has footer problems because the ground is too saturated. We learned that Bogor is nicknamed "The Rain City".
So it was appropriately lush.
And nicely themed.
With some good flats.
A ferris wheel.
And Widalia insisted we go on the Air Race. That was my last time, everyone.
And a dark ride.
And Widalia gave us some swag, like this!
And this! She even went out to lunch with us! Check out her tweets at @JungleLand_Indo ! Sadly, we don't have a picture.
Back on the road, about 2-3 hours give or take 5 hours for traffic.
Funny sticker. After a zillion hours of driving in traffic, we arrived at Bandung Carnival Land to find it closed. So it was on to...
Trans Studio Indoor Theme Park!
This is in a mall, but it's huge.
This is the ground level lobby.
First stop was the Premier launch coaster, Yamaha Racing Coaster.
This is by far the best coaster in Indonesia.
As you know, my camera sucks at night, but here are shots. It's a bit like the defunct Speed The Ride and Big Apple Coaster with indoor stations and coasters that go outside.
And there is great themeing on the side of the building where the ride shoots out. Decent ride.
Here is the upstairs lobby area.
And sort of a midway, which was cool. There is a lot going on in this park, but of course we were j-lagged and completely out of it.
They had a pretty good "small world" ride.
With Indonesian Elvis.
Small World of Indonesia
And a Baskin-Robbins sponsorship!
Here was the Jurassic section.
We paused for a photo.
Then went for the flying ships. I love these rides that track on the roof.
Cheryl heading up the stairs.
And some pirate ship views. Sorry about my terrible night camera.
We should have done it as it goes through a plane wreck. I think that's what it is.
The park is really well done, but I did have to roll my eyes when I saw the "Harry Potter Ripoff" section.
My only other complaint was the money card system. You needed to use a card to pay for stuff, but the charging stations all seemed to be closed or down. I can't remember if you could get a refund on the balance. I think you could. Apparently it's all about keeping control of the cash so employees don't steal. We did encounter many places with such card systems.
They had a really good store.
And I got my shirt!
We left around closing time, went to the mall food court, and I scored a waffle! Here was another no-cash card system. All in all a good visit. Next chapter: Watch us travel really far to not get a credit!
milst1 wrote:Unfortunately this thread has received little traction (like a lot of my reports), but I'll keep on keepin' on. Thanks for those who've read, and who've commented. My style is just a little too documental, which often makes it boring. Oh, well.
I wouldn't take it personally and I don't think it's your style. I think the problem is it's Indonesia and the parks and credits just aren't there for the more 'normal' enthusiasts. Not screwed up and deadly enough like India or China, not cool like some places in Asia or Europe, and not any major rides. When your best ride is a motorbike coaster that you only have night pictures of you'll lose some readers.
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