Thanks for the comments...that's exactly what I needed to hear. Getting on this is not super important - I can ride one at SFGAm this summer. So I think I will go on the 9th and if it's open, super, if not, no big deal.
Oh, and I have my USJ Express Passes for Flying Dino already
Yes, it does. They also have what seems to be a Nagashima trademark of wanding you down with a metal detector in the station just prior to riding.
They had the ride down for a few hours yesterday afternoon but reopened it for the last few hours. The queue was 15 minutes most of the day.
This was my first visit to the park and I really liked it. Definitely see the Cedar Point comparisons. When we arrived they told us that Steel Dragon was down. That wasn't cool, but whatever. We rode the Arashi first, then Acrobat (Manta clone) using the 500jpy express pass (one train operation meant a 60 minute queue!). The longest wait was for White Cyclone, at 40 minutes, since I wasn't going to pay for the express pass. That was one hell of a rough ride. What a shame, because I like the layout. We rode all the rest of the coasters and unique flats with minimal waits. Ultra Twister was closed, but looks amazing with a new coat of paint. We loved the bobcarts, haunted house, double giant pirate ship, and the unique kids rides. The 50 year old Jet Coaster was better than I expected.
By 2pm, I saw a line in front of Steel Dragon's station. They opened it soon after! I loved it - like Magnum, but bigger, smoother and just better in every way.
After the park, we hit the spa (onsen). I have to say, after getting over the being naked part, spending an hour bathing in hot springs is the perfect way to end a theme park day!
Skip the queue for $5. Convenient vending machine right there.
^ Actually, I love it that Free Fall is still there! Such a classic. The original "tower of terror" LOL!
Man, everything is being fitted into place perfectly. Ha! It's a kick to see that small Haunted House in the middle of this pic. Seems to me that NSL is becoming the "Blackpool of Japan", following in the footsteps of Grona Lund park, my second pick as the "Blackpool of Sweden".
And is that 8 coasters in that one shot, above? Cool!
I definitely get the Blackpool feel, although there is still plenty of open space between rides, which I don't recall as much of at BPB. They do have expansion room too, so the ride positioning seems to be by choice and not necessity.
Agreed about the first gen drop tower. I had forgotten how properly scary those are!
^ I agree, Spaland has the opportunity to spread all the attractions around, within space limitation. Not like BPB. But this park is also one to have relocated two of it's coasters to the other side of the park, so that a new children's area could be (was) created. And it all worked out great!
Where Corkscrew and Ultra used to be. But that old SCREECHING! Burned Tire Smelling, powered coaster was still there. <shudders> It's thankfully hidden in the trees, there. TPR 2013 Japan Tour.
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