5-20th September 2009

Travel
Seoul, South Korea
Children’s Grand Park, Lotte World
Seoul Land, Doocoland
Everland
Kumdori Land, Zooland
Woobang Towerland, Gyeongju World
Fantasia, Gyeongju World, Hydrofoil to Japan
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Kashiikaen, Dazaifu Yuenchi
Mitsui Greenland
Harmonyland, Kijima Amusement Park
Space World, Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Osaka
Universal Studios Japan
Nagashima Spaland, Fuji-Q
Fuji-q, Seibuen Yuenchi, Joypolis
Toshimaen, Tobu Zoo & Tokyo Dome
DisneySea & Disneyland

 

Tim Herre
I’m back. And knackered. Now need 3 weeks of sleep. And then some.

Thanks to everyone involved in this great trip, i.e. Justin, Kevin (R.I.P.) and everyone else.

 

Cal Jones
I’m also back but tired. I have to work today and the stupid jet lag has had me awake since 3am. Small price to pay for an awesome trip. Thanks to all involved!

 

Martin Valt
Thanks to everyone involved – especially Justin and Kevin – for a brilliant trip. I know that the final three days were slightly tough going, but during that time I got to ride Eejanaika, Fujiyama, Kawasemi and Tower of Terror – four of my main reasons for doing the trip – and also managed a long overdue visit to Toshimaen. So it can’t have been that bad  🙂

Now back in work and wondering how I was in Tokyo yesterday morning!

 

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
We have just arrived home (Wednesday evening).  Looking at email, listening to messages and going thru piles of mail (found First Drop in there).  Back to work tomorrow.

Thanks to Justin, Kevin and all involved in planning a great trip.  Glad to see old friends and make new friends.  Hope to see everyone on a future trip.

 

Flora Lee
After I looked at the pictures and read your report, I wanted to say hello to all of you. All of you are nice and warm-hearted.

Please, give my best regards to all the trip members. “I miss all of you and riding with you ”

 

 

 

Day by Day Reports

Day 1 – Travel

Justin Garvanovic
Not really much to report – day 1 started late for 18 of us with a 21:30 flight from Heathrow to Seoul.

 

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Day 2 – Seoul, South Korea

Justin Garvanovic
11 hours later we arrived safe and sound in Seoul. Had a get together at the hotel, followed by a trip to the adjacent bar (surprise surprise) 🙂 Also found an interesting shop – see picture… Not sure what it’s selling, but it must be good…

Met with Michio from our Japanese tour company, along with James from a South Korean company that is helping us as well. 🙂 Also met with Flora, our South Korean guide, who seems very nice. 🙂

First parks tomorrow, so a fuller report then. Bye for now.

 

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Day 3 – Children’s Grand Park, Lotte World

David & Susan Ellis
A great start to the trip. We first visited Childrens Grand Park, and managed to ride our first Meisho coaster, a corkscrew. Sadly the rain prevented us from riding the crazy mouse coaster. The main part of the day was at Lotte World, which was an unusual park, half outdoor park and the other half was a huge pretty indoor park. Rode 3 coasters, although one was arguably powered (the debate starts here!). The Intamin launched Atlantis coaster was superb. Hello to everyone back home, and big hugs to Lucas and Geri.

Nina Kleppe
First park of the trip was Childrens Grand Park. Shame the wild mouse was down because of the rain. Lost one credit there. Lotte World was a very nice park. Atlantis was a great coaster. Lots of other good rides here as well. Got 4 new credits today. A good start of the trip.

Even Stangebye
Bad thing: It rained the whole day. Good thing: We were at one of the largest indoor amusement parks in the world! It even has an indoor river rapids! I loved the Intamin water coaster Atlantis – what a cool ride!

Adrian Whitcombe & Ian Booth
Great start to the trip with Lotte World much better than expected. South Koreans are very nice – our guide said they have lost their smiles but are happy inside. Atlants was great but the big surprise was an Indiana Jones type ride called Pharoah’s Fury – unbelievable theming for a mall park.

Steve Gzesh 
Our first park on the tour alas was kinda rained out. At least we got one of the two coasters (had to miss the mouse). On the way to our next park and hoping the drizzle rain stops!

Lace Patton
What a wonderful city park for families. While it was a rainy time there, there was still a lot to enjoy. Thanks to the park staff and ride operators. Hello to Z J & G.

Loved Lotte World!!!!! Aquatrax was fantastic. Loved the Comet Express – for me this is a great combination of two of my favorite things – spinning on a tilt-a-whirl and riding a roller coaster. This park is not to be missed when visiting Korea. It was truly amazing how so many rides were integrated into the available space. Each ride was like discovering something that was totally unexpected. Hi Troy – Love ya.

Joe Sturek
Cute city run park with lots to explore besides the rides. Interesting custom looper, missed the mouse 🙁
Excellent visit to Lotte World today. The Intamin Aquatrax was worth the flight over.

Lisa Scheinin
Roller Coaster is running much more smoothly than it did in 2000. Too bad about the Crazy Mouse, though. 🙁

Dan Harvey
First park was a little wet, but got one coaster in. Second park, Lotte World was terrific! Atlantis is a superb coaster, especially in the outside back seat. Good air time. Comet Express was a fun spinning coaster. Great time despite the rain drops! Hi back home to Amy, Christina and Tim! 🙂

Steve Gzesh
Just leaving Lotte World and I was very pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of this park! Very nicely themed, though unfortunately, there was a lot of grafitti. Loved the peanut fried squid, too!

Martin Valt
Whilst I particularly enjoyed Crazy Mouse, much the same can be said about both Lotte World and its star attraction Atlantis Adventure – both are innovative, beautifully themed and just immense fun. Why don’t we have an Aquatrax in Europe? One question though, in a park of the very highest quality, why do all the shops sell nothing but cheap tat?

Bob & Cheri Armstrong
Atlantis Adventure at Lotte World was an amazing surprise, great ride, great theming. Cosmos Express excellent spinning coaster.

Dirk Lather
Was fuer ein klasse Start einer Tour. Muss schluss machen, sind am Hotel.

Tim Herre
After a rained-out start at Children Grand Park with a mediocre Meisho Loop/Cortkscrew Coaster, the trip really took off at marvellous Lotte World! What a PLACE! Just one word fits it properly: UNBELIEVABLE! Why are the Bilker Arcaden nothing like it?

Andy Costin
Lotte World was amazing, and its Intamin coaster, Atlantis Adventure was awesome, even in the pouring rain. A good start to the trip.

Jeppe Nygaard 
Vi er vel amkommet til Korea. Hele rejsen er forloebet perfekt. Vi er en lille gruppe paa den tur, kun knap 50 personer, hvilket goer alting meget nemmere, kun en bus, hurtigere ind og ud af hoteller og parker, osv. mange er gengangere fra tidligere ture, og er mange af de bedste venner fra tidligere. Knus herfra til alle Jer derhjemme.

Malcom Marr
Looked at a coaster today. It was not running. Thought that if I stood in the queue line with some buddies that this might put some pressure on the park to get it fixed; it didn’t. So I chose to revisit the park later in the day on the off-chance that it would be running. It was. I love being Martin Valt!

Lee Bennett
Hello everyone from Korea! Excellent start to the trip, Lotte World is fantastic and the Aquatrax coaster is superb, a total suprise of intamin goodness!

Matt Crowther & Betsy Abrams
The Children’s park was more noteable for the gardens, zoo etc than for the small park. Interesting free exercise machines where the locals were working out.
Lotte World was fantastic, the highlights were the dark rides like Pharaoh’s Fury and the Sindbad boat ride and the Intamin Aquatrax. The balloon ride suspended from the roof was great as well.

Cal Jones
Bit of a wet start to the day but got to ride the fantastic Atlantis Adventure at Lotte World. This coaster was a revelation. Superb! Some great dark rides here as well.

Otto Dobnick
Lotte World in Seoul blows away any other indoor park and is an incredible imitation of Disneyland and sometimes better and more creative. Wonderful way to start this tour. Korean BBQ great and Seoul is quite the modern and progressive city, if very crowded.

 

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Day 4 – Seoul Land, Doocoland

James “Spinner”
Today was an easy day very good parks very clean and some good coasters and painful ones plus a bit of culture as well including a Traditional Wedding.

Lutz Konerding
There are two things I will remember about Seoul Land. 1. Rudolphs two round coaster is the bet coaster in the park. 2. I survived Hi-Roller. And we miss you Harkan…

Jeppe Nygaard
Vi er nu videre paa ruten sydover fra Seoul. Dagen startede med en traditionel type park med 5 rutchebaner. Typisk for en del parker herovre ser rutchebanerne imponerende ud, men er ikke specielt fede at koere paa.

2. park var en national park, en enkelt coaster, men resten var en stor park omkring Korea historie, a la den fynske landsby, men rigtig rigtig spaendende 🙂

Malcolm Marr
Tired…

Lee Bennett
Another great day with a new Corkscrew coaster for my collection !Woop woop!

Matt Crowther & Betsy Abrams
Seoulland was very pretty nestled in the mountains, the coasters were mediocre at best. Had a great Korean lunch on top of the hill. The Korean Folk Village was very interesting and informative, the amusment park was small but the coaster was very smooth and shady. The CP Huntington train was slow but scenic.

Ian Booth & Adrian Whitcombe
Great Weather today and another 2 fun filled parks. Black Hole 2000 Coaster at Seoul Land a bit of a ‘brain rattler’ but the Double Loop Coaster a lot smoother. The coaster at the 2nd park ‘Viper’ similar to the Tree Tops coaster at Oakwood. No queues at either park so a chilled out & relaxed day. Great so far.

Dan Harvey
In Seoul Land, we enjoyed the flume with 2 drop which I got soaked on and AAa little airtime. At DookoLand, I got my 200th coaster on Viper, which was a neat little coaster that wound its way through the tops of trees. Hi Mom and Dad!

Cal Jones
Hot and sunny at Seoul Land. A very pretty park with wonderful scenery, if slightly underwhelming coasters. Enjoyed my ride on the Skycoaster, though! Also saw Giant Asian Hornets near the back entrance. Brrr! Those things are more terrifying than any of the rides.
Dooco Land was a nice change of pace and made for a relaxing end to the day.

Christof Muehlan
Had three goes on the Huss Tower at Seoul Land. The first, second and third were the best.

Joe Sturek
An excellent leisurely day at two parks. Got my fill of Korean culture today, a rare treat.

Lace Patton
Seoulland was fun – a lot of Disney imitation. Dooco Land was interesting and yes, I’ll say it, educational. Hello triplets.

Lisa Scheinin
Beautiful day today. Lots of repeat credits, but still fun. Yay!

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
Seoulland was nice. Some nice older rides and the mouse coaster was unique.
Doocoland had a small amusement area with a fine Intamin coaster. The cultural area was quite large with many exhibits. Overall another great day!

Tim Herre & Dirk Diggler
The recipe for day four was easy: Take some bad coasters from Meisho and Senyo, than add some nice flat rides and put all into a completely deserted park, thanks to the government, which told the kids to stay at home because of swine flu. Spiced up by some culture in traditional Doocoland and topped off with one of the best family coasters around, it summed up as a yummy day!

Otto Dobnick
Todays Korean Folk Village was surprisingly fascinating and worth a revisit. Seoul subway very efficient and easy to use. Ten new coaster credits so far and a good many familiar and friendly faces onboard.

Nina Kleppe:
Seoulland was a nice park with 5 new coasters. The Time Machine 5D 360 was fun. Than we went to Korean Folk Village. Got 1 credit, than we had a walk around to look traditional houses. Fint vaer iadg.

Even Stangebye:
Great day, and two nice parks. The best coaster today was the small coaster in the woods in the Korean Folk Village. I even got to drink some plum tea in a traditional tea house. Yammy! Hei til dere der hjemme! Her er det fortsatt sommer og 30 grader!!! Ha en fortsatt fin host! :0)

Thomas Enders
Bei den Parks heute (Seouland and Docoland) war ausser ein paar guten Coastern auch etwas Kultur geboten. Im Docoland gibt es ein Korean Folk Village das viel ueber das Leben der Koreaner zeigt. Seouland kann auch wegen der vielen anderen Attraktionen empfohlen werden.

David & Susan Ellis
Today it was sunny! Started the day at Seoul Land, which was a really pretty park with some rather unusual coasters. The corkscrew was a bit uncomfortable, but the Senyo Double Loop coaster was pretty good, as was the Mouse coaster apart from the last bend which was a real jaw banger. After that, we had just under 3 hours at Doocoo Land, which is part of the Korean Folk Village (or Fork village as one poorly translated English sign said). The village has lots of traditional “huts”, but also a nice Intamin family coaster hidden in the trees. A lovely day, all in all.

Steve Gzesh
Another great day! I hit my #700 coaster today: Double Loop Coaster at Seoul Land (a pretty decent ride). No luck finding a butter baked dried cuttle fish stand that was open, but I’m sure we’ll find more on the trip at other parks. Finished the day at Doocoland, which had a nice little coaster and great showcases of traditional Korean culture.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A sunny and hot day. Seoul Land was very quiet. Two head bangers to start the day. Rode a Musical Carousel, sitting on a cello and Bob on a French Horn. Fun to find a different ride. Finished the day at Doocoland, part of Korean Folk Village. A nice small family coaster in the woods. And, today, we didn’t get asked about our ages to ride. Yesterday I got “carded” at a Log Flume. Love to Tim, Shaki, and Oliver.

Kevin Schreiner
Just the opposite of yesterday – hot and oppressively sunny. Seoul Land’s coasters were perhaps a bit underwhelming (and the Kiddy Coaster Speedy Gonzalaes was a tight squeeze for many, myself included) but the park was quite nice. I really enjoyed the 5D theater. Doocoland had a very fun little coaster set in the trees.

Marlon Scott
Sunshine! Our first park, Seoul Land, was an attractive park nestled in a green valley. The park had unremarkable coasters and attractions- as if they havent added anything new in 10-15 years. However, everything had fresh, bright paint and colourful flower displays everywhere. The coasters were especially photogenic- their bright blues and yellows set against the deep green hills. Highlights for me were an Epcot-like dome that housed an exhibit on sexuality for kids, and a swing on the Skycoaster.

Highlight of Doocoland was the small but sassy family coaster and the very authentic Korean village replicas-with the citizens actually farming the land!

Gloria Nakamura
Here’s something you don’t see every day, or ever… The log flume at Seoul Land starts out like any other ride and then as you come around the corner, ten feet up, on the left, is a pirate peeing across the track. According to someone in my flume the “liquid” was yellow. The pirate did not look like Johnny Depp.

David Cornell
It was nice to visit Seoul Land for a second time. I spend time doing all the other fun attractions that are not roller coasters. The 360 degree 3D theater was very good quality. I saw two different movies there. I did enjoy another ride on the Crazy Mouse and Double Loop Coasters. I am really looking forward to a return to Everland to ride T-Express as much as possible.

 

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Day 5 – Everland

 

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Today was the main reason for the trip T Express and a very good ride but for me EL TORO is better Sorry But a very nice Park which is very Disney Style. The Safari was amazing and also the Sealion and Bird Show. Also found Beer so all good.

The 4 frenches (lolo-yvone-yaya-biche)
En cette belle journee ensoleillee,le parc EVERLAND,avec le T EXPRESS (qui nous en a mis plein les yeux) et d’autres attractions nous demontrent qu’il ne fallait pas oublier de faire ce parc en partant de la Coree..De nombreuses races d’animaux nous ont eblouis, ravis…. le chemin suis son cours, on s’eclate comme des ptits fous- Big up la france

Adam King
T express is lots better than pizza express and my B & Q kitchen looking great!

Otto P. Dobnick
From the land of Hyundai and Kia and Lotte chocolate bars and inexpensive dining for the tourist, this was the Korea day everyone was looking forward to; Everland theme park and its incredible new T-Express wood coaster. T Express did not disapoint, it was a fantastic ride in every seat and we were able to get 12 rides in one hour during an ERS before the general public was let on. The rest of Everland very well done and friendly. Loved the African Safari tour, rapids ride, beer, and the Spooky Fun House. Thanks to Everland for their hospitality with T Express. On to two new parks tomorrow.

Lee Bennett
Wowzers what a totally awesome park. T-Express is fab and gets better and better throughout the day!
Many thanks to Gianni from Vekoma for arranging the ERS for our group excellent.

Malcolm Marr
I am not sure why the T-Express coaster is so named. I sat in it for an hour and didn’t get served tea once! Not a bad coaster but not a great one either. This is one of those parks where it doesn’t need good coasters. Like DisneySea it has some wonderful theming but the best part for me was the very friendly employees who were all smiling and really pleased to see us. Who is Julie?

Jeppe Nygaard
Vi har haft e super dag. Malcolm og jeg stod op kl. 5 i morgen og gik en lang tur i omraadet hvor vi boede. sjove og gode indtryk af byen. Dagens park var Everland, en super park, meget a la Disney. Super themet, kaempe parade med ca. 100 deltagere, osv. Deres nye trae bane T-Express var et af de allersoeaste highlight paa hele turen, og var den god ?? JA, saa absolut, nu en af mine fem bedste traebaner, men ikke bedre end the Voyage 🙂

Gloria Nakamura
Everland is a fantastic park!! The only park in Korea, so far, that doesn’t try and emulate Disney. They have developed, or licensed, distinct characters for their shows and the parade. The rides don’t remind you of something you’ve ridden at Disney. There is a large garden area with fountains and sculptures (including some very tasteful nudity…something else you won’t see at Disney) which won’t remind you of Epcot either. The Safari Bus Tour was fantastic. We saw moreanimals (lions, bears and a liger) closeup then I’ve ever seen anywhere. They came up to the bus and the lions were lying in the middle of the road.

T-Express was at its best on our last rides at about 4:30pm when it was much faster than it had been in the morning(surprise, surprise!) The first two drops are really intense but it never really recovers from the mid-course brake. Also, the lift hill is not as fast as on El Toro.
Thank you to Gianni from Vekoma for arranging an hour of morning ERT on T-Express!!!
I’m sorry to say that the T-Express t-shirts (2 of them) were lame.

David & Susan Ellis.
Well, what a start to the day…a surprise announcement that we had a one hour ERS on T-Express, the world-class Intamin wooden coaster. T-Express is definitely a top-10 coaster, I would put in my top 5 wooden coasters, and Susan says it is a favourite too. The park sadly has 2 coasters not operating this season, and it was a shame not to have ridden the Eagle’s Fortress suspended coaster, but that’s life. The park was really pretty, beautiful gardens, a great collection of zoo animals, a top wooden coaster… and sunshine too… who can ask for more. Hello to everyone back at home. Big hugs to the cats!

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
T-Express did not disappoint! Our ERS was most appreciated, and the ride was wonderful. Fast and smooth. The day was hot, and due to our many rides during ERS we did not encounter long lines today. The park is beautiful. The buildings are all themed, and very well maintained. In addition to the coasters we enjoyed the haunted swing, dark ride shooting ride, and ferris wheel. But mostly we appreciated the skyride to the top of the park at the end of the day. The Korean ride attendants are so fun, as they wave with both hands and have big smiles when we enter the rides. Ended the day with a beer at the park entrance. Hi to ACE friends Mike, Al, Sue & Rich. Hope you join us for a future trip.

Kevin Schreiner
Today is 09-09-09 and that must mean we’re at Everland. It is a beautiful park with wonderful theming and very reminiscent of the Disney parks. It is unfortunate that Eagle’s Fortress is closed “for refurbishment” as I had been looking forward to this. T-Express was a fun, fast woodie that will be a favorite of many. Many thanks to Everland for the one hour ERS, it was much appreciated.

Talhat Mahmood
Everland is a good park,T express rocks, blanket rapids strange, Eagle fortress 🙁 Korean hand waving out of this world 🙂

Marlon Scott
One hour ERT on T Express! A little slower than I expected in the morning, but sped up quite nicely during the day and has more of the intensity of its other Hybrid siblings. In my upper top ten!

The 4 frenches
L’aventure continue, au parc EVERLAND. Apres l’ers au T-EXPRESS, qui nous a concquis immediatement par sa vitesse d’execution, des descentes fulgurantes, des virages decoiffants, j’en passe et des meilleurs….., une bonne biere nous rechauffa le gosier.nous mangeames au quartier Hollandais , bien sur entoures de fleurs , de couleurs….Toutes les attractions de ce jours , nous ravives de plus en plus, quelle bonheur d’etre parmis ce club , qui pour la plupart sommes desormais des potes. Pour ce soir encore un hotel different, sa fait parti, de l’aventure-(Yvon va nous degoter surment un petit ou grand restaurant pour conclure cette belle et joyeuse journee)Bis a tous

Even Stangebye
We arrived at an almost empty park, due to the Korean goverment not allowing schools to go on excursions to public areas (read amusement parks) because of the Swine flu – so, thumbs up for the pandemic! We got 1 hours ERS on T-express, which is a super coaster – smooth and wild at the same time! Again – way to go Intamin, and thanks to Everland for the exclusive time on the ride! Everland was a very nice and clean park with great themed areas, and lots of staff doing the Korean hand waving thinig continously. Haper alt star bra til der hjemme!

Steve Gzesh
Wow, Everland is an amazing park! The gardens rival what I’ve seen at Efteling and Busch Gardens parks. The parade rivals Disney. And T Express: that rivals just about every coaster! What a phenomenal ride! Excellent park oveall!

Cal Jones
Another lovely sunny day, and a fantastic park. Everland is very scenic park with gorgeous flower gardens and great themeing. As for T Express, it was good in the morning but fantastic by the afternoon.
Top 10 material for sure.

Dan Harvey
Ahhhh, Everland and T-Express. Airtime, Airtime, and more Airtime! Loose restraints, 12 times riding it. 🙂 The Safari and Rapids were fun too, got to see horny hyenas… enough said. 😉 Wonderful park. Lots of well manicured rose gardens and flower gardens with all kinds of displays ands fountains. Very clean and well themed! Awesome Day!

Joe Sturek
T-Express is an excellent coaster found within a very well themed park with a very diferent rapids ride (dry inside my pod) and a fun drive-thru animal safari.

Lace Patton
A very nice park which emulates Disney throughout. T-Express rocks!! Great first drop – thanks for the ERS. Love the Safari ride but should have rode on the bus drivers side to see the bears begging. The raft ride was very interesting as you are expected to climb out of the raft onto the conveyer belt as you are entering the loading area – this was as the raft was rising and the water was running!

Lisa Scheinin
T Express was awesome!! What an airtime machine. Everland is such a lovely park. Great animal area, too. For a minute I thought I saw Martin Valt, but it was just the ape exhibit.

Matt Crowther & Betsy Abrams 
T express was excellent, especially in the front of the train. The park itself is impeccably themed and landscaped, with very good live animal exhibits and colorful gardens. Well worth the visit.

Nina Kleppe
Had a good day at Everland. A very nice park. Great ERS on T-Express. An awsame Intamin woodie with a great first drop and lots airtime. Wow. Veldig veldig bra. Got to do most of the other rides as well.

Thomas Enders
Der Tag im Everland war perfekt. T-Express ist ein Top Ten Coaster und die einstuendige ERS ist auf dieser Tour schwierig zu toppen. Als Besonderheit ist noch die Safari-Tour zu empfehlen. Der Park ist insgesamt sehr schoen angelegt mit Blumengarten und Tierpark.

Gregor Schroeer
Mein erster Trip mit ECC sehr gut organisuert. Der Tag heute im Everland SUPER. Vom Riesenrad aus ergab sich ein imposanter Blick auf das Highlight T-Express, ein Holzcoaster von beeindruckenden Ausmassen. Er fuhr sich fantastisch,der Blick aus der ersten Reihe auf die Strecke war einfach genial. Die Fahrt rasant mit grossen Airtime-Passagen.

Lutz Konerding
After riding T-Express I don’t miss the wooden, inverted, double looping water coaster (that is anounced for Alton) anymore…

David Cornell
It was another great day visiting a great park again, today Everland. When we arrived we found that we would be allowed to ride T-express for one hour before the public. Thanks to all who made that happen. I was on every run of the single train of the ride session. This also allowed me to focus on seeing as much of the rest of the park before our early departure at 5:00pm. I rode the new Safari bus which gets you close up views of lions and tigers and bears OH MY. The bus driver would feed the bears from the window. Too bad Eagle Fortress was down. That was an intense ride last year. Well, from now on it’s all new. Hopefully the fun will continue as my coaster count now begins to increase.

Dirk Lather
Ich habe die schoene Angewohnheit, mich vorher nie richtig ueber die Parks zu informieren, heute wurde ich dafuer wieder belohnt. Everland entpuppte sich schon bei der Anfahrt als etwas besonderes, man hatte das Gefuehl man naehert sich einem Disney Resort. Die Thematisierung und die Wegfueherung Everland scheint hier gut kopiert worden zu sein, asber egal. Der Park ist wunderschoen angelegt auf mehreren Ebenen. Der Ueberraschungscoaster T Express entpuppte sich als steilster Holzcoaster der Welt. Ein wenig aufgeblasener Balder mit unendlich Strecke und tierisch Speed. Aber auch der Rest vom Park hat viel yu bieten, leider schiessen einem aber immer die Traenen in die Augen, wenn man die Stillgelegte Arrow Suspendet Bahn Eagles Fortress sehen muss. So was macht man nachts schnell weg und qualt nicht noich die Fans mit dem Anblick. So, nun ab ins HOtel und was essbares suchen, nicht so einfach hier.

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
We had a great time at Everland. T-express was awesome with great airtime and a unique layout. The theming and landscaping in the park was great as well. The park has so much to offer it was hard to get all of the attractions in we wanted to. This park ranks as one of the best!

Tim Herre
Everland forever! Nuff said! Shame to see Eagle’s Fortress closed, but this way Braendli can take the piss and won’t commit suicide, as he would have done if everything ran here. T-Express has probably the best start of any coaster anywhere, but after the block brake, the ride makes the known Balder-mistake and performs nothing but repetative bunny hops. Everland is, for sure, kind of a Disney copy, but a good one and with better (and MORE!) rides. Highlight of the day was the ride op of the rapids who made his announcements in a continous rap to Dance Dance Revolution techno tunes! Very entertaining! Expect a video on YouTube very soon!

 

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Day 6 – Kumdori Land, Zooland

Dan Harvey
It was nice of the park management to open the coasters for us at Kumdori Land, which were scheduled to be closed for the day. We had the park to ourselves. The indoor/outdoor coaster Space Adventure wasn’t bad. I learned at Zooland that safari bears don’t sh*t in the woods, they do it on the pavement. 😉

Steve Gzesh
Two more small parks today and three pretty good Vekomas to boot! Zooland had a very cute 3D 360-degree movie (happy ending: the baby dinosaur lived!). All in all, a very nice day!

Cal Jones
Another scorcher and two more small parks. The former, Kumdori Land, contained an enigma – an ageing, custom Vekoma that was actually reasonably smooth, whilst the latter had a small zoo. I felt sorry for the otter who was stuck in a pen with no pool on this hot day and really wanted out, but otherwise it was a pleasent little park.

Christof Muehlan
I liked the Vekoma looper at Kumdori Land. And I had six goes on the kiddie coaster there. Because we were too heavy for the brakes and could not get off.
Zooland was neat and ordering food by taking photos of the foto-menu was fun.

Andy Lamb
I am happy to have ridden a Vekoma rollercoaster that has allowed me to ride more than once!

Lace Patton
Two small parks today – both interesting in their own way. Kumdori Land was fun but I found the buildings of Expo Land to be the most interesting. Zooland was very nice and appears to be quite new. It would take a full day of leisurely walking to enjoy this park fully. And now.. the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round…

Lisa Scheinin
Kumdori Land was pretty much as I remembered it. The looping coaster and the coaster in the dark are GOOD Vekoma creations. As for O-Land, always nice to visit a new, previously uindiscovered park!! (Martin Valt has cooties.)

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
The Black Hole Express at Kumdori Land was surprisingly re-rideable. The indoor coaster, Space Adventure, was fun and had some good laterals. The second park we visited today was very nice as well. The Airplane coaster was odd but fun and the spinning coaster was fun as well. The intamin stand-up/sit down freefall seemed out of place for this park but it provided a great view of the Zooland section.

Dirk Lather
Heute ging es auf das EXPO Gelaende des Jahres 1993. Hier sind noch alle Gebaeude und Ausstellungen erhalten und teils auch begehbar. Der angrenzende Vergnuegungspark Kumdori Land beheimatet neben 2 kleinen Coastern eine sagenhaften Vekoma Anlage. Es ist wohl auch der groesste, den Vekoma je genaut hatte. Tolles Layout und dank meines neu patentierten Vekoma Prellschutzes auch super fahrbar. Der Park war fast fuer uns alleine und so hatten wir genuegend Zeit, auch das EXPO Gelaende anzusehen. Spaeter ging es dann in den nett angelegten Zooland. Tolle Tiere, 2 nette Coaster und tolle russische Taenzerinnen machten den Tag dann perfekt.

Tim Herre
I’m knackered! But nonetheless had much fun at both Kumdori Land and Zooland. The first had a huge Vekoma looper PLUS a standard Roller Skater PLUS a Vekoma indoor coaster (pretty intense!) that was housed in a tent, very much similar to the travelling Zierer Black Hole in Germany. Big fun was it to watch the Roller Skater do lap after lap because of King Size Muehlan and his lightly overweight friends. The a mechanic came and had to re-adjust the final brake. Therefore, I just had a small burger at Zooland. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life on a Vekoma Roller Skater. Zooland, which was just a 20-minute drive away, looked neat and was nice to chill through the afternoon. The Safari was very impressive – not as good as the one in Everland, but still very good! All you FKF members and onride users who read this: Have fun in Movie Park and Phantasialand. And in Holiday Park. Har har!

Matt Crowther & Betsy Abrams
Coaster-wise the Vekoma looper at Kumdori Land was surprisngly smooth, actually took more than one ride!

The old 1993 Expo grounds were fascinating, the trip up in the space-age looking tower afforded a good view.

O-world (Zooland is just one section) was very clean and pretty with a brand new flower/fountain area. There was also an interesting wolf enclosure. Two more very good unique parks.

David Cornell
Many thanks again to the staff at Kumdori Land. I heard that they had not planned to run the coasters the day we arrived. But, they opened them up for us after a quick inspection and test. When we loaded up the roller skater coaster with large Americans, including me, and a couple of Norwegians we ran though the brakes in the station and had to go around again — SIX TIMES. It seemed the brake before the station was actually not grabbing. But it was fun to blame the large Americans again. BTW I am 15 pounds less this year than last summer. I hope the weather continues to be beautiful, sunny and low 80s. 924 and counting.

David & Susan Ellis
Another great day in Korea. Our first park was Kumdori Land, home to three Vekoma coasters. The multi-looper was a unique layout including a helix on the first drop, and surprisingly it wasn’t too bad. The other coasters were a roller skater and an Enigma model, similar to X:\ at Thorpe Park, but much better (and running forwards). The park was quiet, very quiet, in fact they opened the coasters just for us as they were supposed to be closed for scheduled checks. After that we discovered a new park, called O World, which had two roller coasters. It was another hot day, 30 degrees and sunny…but who’s complaining! Hello to everyone at home.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A beautiful hot and sunny day. Visited Kumdori Land first, home of 3 Vekoma coasters. Surprised to find the Black Hole Express not bad, could be ridden a few times. The park was very quiet. In fact all the coasters were scheduled to be closed this day, but were opened for our visit. We understand the parks are quiet due to the Korea government asking the schools not to go on field trips, due to the flu. Our second park, O World, was just discovered. A fun time on their two coasters. Hello to everyone. Go Sox!

Kevin Schreiner
Today we visited Kumdori Land, home to three Vekoma coasters. Black Hole Express was actually pretty good for a Vekoma. Joe, Lace and I walked through the ’93 Expo grounds only to find most of it closed. Too bad, as they had a mag lev train there. Our second park, O World, featured an unusual airplane kiddie coaster. There was a zoo and flower gardens and, again, too much sun!

Marlon Scott
Kumdori Land is part of the Expo ’93 grounds and I found it surprising all the festival pavilions remain (though about half were empty). We went in an exhibit sponsored by the local power company. It’s tough to keep things like this fresh. The buildings were pretty intriguing. Hope new uses can be found for them. The main coaster at the amusement zone was surprisingly rideable, with uniquely placed inversions and a couple tunnels. Also liked the space themed indoor one. Big thanks to both parks today for running the rides for us, and trusting us to shoot video on them safely (shot my first drop tower!).

The 4 frenchies
Ce matin Kumoriland , un parc pour nous tout seul !! Il fait de plus en plus chaud ….., mais on va essayer de tenir le coup !! Cet aprem , 3 en 1 : parc d attraction , zoo et parc floral …Ce soir arrivee a Daegu , on continue vers le sud , on va essayer de trouver un resto alsacien car Yvon a envie d une choucroute . Biz a tous . Loyagavon ( oui , oui , c est du coreen…. ou qlors une contrqction de nos 4 prenoms .

Gloria Nakamura
The first part of Black Hole Express at Kumdori Land, the helix leading into the first two drops, is great! Not, ‘okay for a Vekoma’, but really, really good. Fantastic speed especially going into the first loop. Of course, after that comes the brake before the loops into the two tunnels. Unfortunately, the first part of the ride is fantastic in the front but the last part of the ride is better in the back. So for the last ride, we, including # 1 Vekoma lover (you know who you are) decided to try and split the difference in the middle. And we got a ride that’s not good during the first part or the last part. As a ride, Space Adventure, compares favorably with Space Mountain. Of course,
without the theming.
Zooland had another great Safari Tour. Then we walked around to look at the animals and we witnessed a inter-species Baboon race riot!

Even Stangebye
Kumoriland had a nice, big double loop/double corkscrew Vekoma, which actually was re-rideable. Amazing! The two other kiddie Vekomas almost didn’t survive the rather heavy load of the ECC-members. On one train we had to be pushed into the station, and on the other train we came way beyond the platform before it stopped – resulting in 8 re-runs before they managed to stop the train correctly! Thanks to the park for keeping the coasters running just for us! I also checked out the Expo Park next door, and visited the Energy Pavillion, Advanced Science and Technology center and the Turbo Ride Theatre – home to an original 1993 animated movie with moving chairs (how time has changed since then…). Ikke snurten av GDWK her! Continuing south…

Adam King 
I saw some bears at the Zoo the scared me !

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var vi forbi to mindre parker undervejs fra Seoul i Nord til Busan i syd, hvorfra vi i overmorgen sejler med high-speed katemaran til Japan. Zooland var en blanding mellem zoologisk have og forlystelsespark. Komyouri Park ligger sammen med den tidligere EXPO udstilling. Der var mange flotte og spaendende bygningen fra verdensudstillingen i 1993, men alting laa hen som en spoegelsesby, hvor meget var lukket helt ned og resten var vidst ikke vant til ar have mange gaester. ( taet paa ingen ) Malcolm og jeg var bla.i 3D biograf som de to eneste i en sal der snildt havde 500 saeder. 🙂 Sjovt, men ogsaa soergeligt at taenke paa hvor mange hundrede millioner man bruger paa hver EXPO udstilling, og det saa bare ender som forladte spoegelsesbyer, eller bliver revet ned. Men ellers en varm dag med gode oplevelser.

Gordon Ramsey
Take 1 sausage, boil til cooked. Cover in donut dough and bake til golden brown. Sprinkle on some sugar to taste. Finally top with tomato ketchup. Korean Park Hotdog…done!

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Two Nice small parks with almost noone in them. The first (Kumdori Land) was not planning to open coasters today but did just because we were there. The second (Zooland) was also a nice park only 2 coasters but so much more to do but enough time to do it.

The Otto
A big thank you to this morning’s Kumdori Land staff for opening their three coasters especially for us. The Black Hole Express was worth several rerides and the indoor Space Adventure was surprisingly fun and twisty. Walking thru the former world’s fair grounds was also interesting. This afternoon’s visit to Joyland/Zooland/Flowerland was different with the gardens, monkeyland, and a boardwalk path over the Korean wolves. Also finally got to try green tea ice cream and have become addicted to Ambasa (a Coke drink) . . . thank you Tim!

Nina Kleppe:
Had a nice day with 2 small parks and 5 new credits. Got 8 rounds on the Kumdori Coaster because the brakes didn’t work and the train wouldn’t stop at the station. The Black Hole Express was surprisingly a rerideble Vekoma. Not bad.

Thomas Enders
Heute standen zwei kleinere Parks bei Daejeon auf dem Programm: Kumdori Land und Zooland.
Beide Parks waren ziemlich leer und im Kumdori Land wurden die Coaster extra fuer uns geoeffnet.
Die drei Vekoma Bahnen hier sind nicht schlecht und lassen sich ohne Probleme mehrfach fahren.
Im Zooland gibt es einen einmaligen Kiddie Coaster mit Flugzeugen.

Lutz Konerding
Today was a sunny and warm day. Nearly no people in the parks that we visited. The large Vekoma at Kumdori Land was suprisingly good and had a wonderful view over the city. Not more to say about today. Sunny, warm, lazy. A real good day.

Andrew Costin
zzzzzzzzzz

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var to parker paa vejen mellem Seoul og Busan, som er de

Malcom Marr
After a quick trip to Kumdori Land I took the opportunity to explore the old ’93 World Expo site. A lot of stunning looking buildings, the majority of which were now not being used including rather disappointingly the Mag Lev station. It could have been fun to ride that. I did manage to find a pin-sharp 3d cinema that was open and got an exclusive showing in there. Tomorrow its Woobang Towerland where all being well I’ll be stepping off a perfectly safe platform 400ft up.

Lee Bennett
What a nice park Kumdoriland is ! Black hole Express Vekoma coaster is fantastic, a high speed bank turn, amazing drop, double loops half cobra roll and cyclonic forces make this one of the very best Vekomas on the planet! I rode this one numerous times at the front, back and centre! Dutch engineering at its finest!

 

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Day 7 – Woobang Towerland, Gyeongju World

Dan Harvey
Camelback was a nice easy long ride with a sharp turn at the end that I didn’t expect…ouch. Two coasters were down for maintenance and in pieces. The highlight of this park was the 405ft Sky Jump from the lookout tower. (www.skyjump.co.kr). The leap backwards was awsome! The fall was a bit too controlled and could have used some freefall, but it was still spectacular. Photos and video will prove amusing for sure! Hi Mom! I did it! 🙂

Steve Gzesh
Woobang Towerland (or is it C&Woobang Land?) was a nice little park where we effectively had EPS (exclusive park session) as hardly anyone was there besides us. A shame that two of the four coasters there weren’t running, but we did have that drop tower to make up for it. I didn’t do the 400′ fall, but it was sure entertaining to watch!

Cal Jones
The Asian adventure continues. Last night, Malcolm, Jeppe, Andy Huckle, Lee and myself went looking for food and wound up in a small Korean restaurant with no English in evidence. We chose four dishes at random and had a fantastic meal, including a starter of what looked like bugs. They were pretty tasty! It turned out that they were silk worms. Not bad fried with a bit of soy sauce, apparently.
Today was the infamous Sky Jump at Woobang Tower Land. The tower looks very intimidating from the car park and even more so when you are standing on the walkway looking down. Like most people who did it, I found the initial step off terrifying, but once you are airborne it’s a fantastic experience. Definitely recommended if anyone visits this park.

Christof Muehlan
I did not do the Sky Jump. But I did do the Sky Toilet…

Lace Patton
No way, I didn’t do the Sky Jump. It was a lot of fun though watching others. Joe looked like a super Hero for his landing – I think he’s a secret government agent perhaps. The Camelback coaster was much smoother than I thought it would be. Given its age and appearance I thought that the cars would provide a rougher ride but not so. We are now on our way to the next park for today and we are adding a park onto the trip tomorrow before taking the hydrafoil to Japan. Love to all at home.

Joe Sturek
Fuck riding any of the park coasters after falling 123 meters straight down on the Sky Jump! Enough said.

Dirk Lather
AUA, ich muss mehr Sport machen. Dieser nett angelegte Park liegt mitten an einem Hang, hier sollten Menschen in Rollstuehlen ohne funktionierende Bremsen eher wegblieben. 2 Bahnen waren leider Down und praesentierten sich mit zerlegten Zuegen. Schade, aber nicht verwunderlich, laesst der Zustand der Rides doch eher zu wuenschen uebrig. Ein Highligt war sicher der grosse Turm mit einem Skz Jump, da ich jedoch 10 Mitarbeiter , ein Forum und Familie habe, blieb ich sicher am Boden. Im uebrigen, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINA, we love you.

Tim Herre
Woobang Towerland. What was there? Sorry, but the Sky Jump erased everything else from my memory. The Huss Flic Flac was on a good programme, but nothing compared to Devil Rock with Christian Fuchs at the controls. Camelback coaster was nice, with its stunning location up on the hill. The Ghost House was lame, but long. And then there was the Sky Jump. It wouldn’t work to tell here that I wasn’t scared, as Justin took a picture that clearly shows how tense I was the final seconds before my jump. When the instuctor told me to let go of those straps, I thought “no way, never!” But then I did, and once you’re airborne and notice that that device is holding you properly, it’s a great experience. Well worth the stress before the jump! Sorry, Alex, I couldn’t convince Dirk to do the Jump, so the plan of taking over onride and painting it yellow must be shifted.

Betsy Abrams & Matt Crowther
We both loved the Sky Jump! Once you let go of those ropes it was quite fine. I also liked the Sky Toilet, nothing like a throne with a view! The Camel Back coaster was nice with the humps at the end the best part. Another flume here with barely enough water in the trough. Good thing we are lightweights 😉

David Cornell
I want to thank the Gianni who arranged for us to take the Sky Jump for free. I might have chickened out if I had to pay for it. Taking that last step off the plank, 405 feet up, was scarier than any amusement ride I have ridden. I step forward and then back for a 10 second breather. Then I thought about all the drop towers I have ridden, closed my eyes, leaned forward and let go. What a rush! I opened my eyes and focus on the target on the ground. I made a soft landing on my stomach and kissed the ground. Brad was never so happy to be over weight as he could not ride for that reason, not that he is scared of heights.

The B&M inverted coaster was very comfortable – no headbanging, great theming, and a smooth ride. It did sound different from other B&M inverted coasters I have ridden. It sounded loose and rickety. But it did not affect the ride. Many thanks to our guide Flora for talking to the staff to get the indoor mouse, Space Tour, opened before we left. After all the coasters were done I tried a viscious session of bumper cars with other club members. I survived the first run unscathed, but I was not so lucky on the second. I severe rearending from Brad Haller, and we all know how painful that can be, through both my knees into the front of the car. No bruises, a little blodd, and a bit of a lip for two days resulted. More battle scars as the fun continues.

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Today was C & Woobang Land 2 more coasters and a return visit due because 2 other coasters were down for major maintenance. Also a 400 feet + Sky Jump, which at first I was not going to do, but after watching other people do it, I plucked up the courage to do it. WOW! Next Parachute Drop Bring it on.

Even Stangebye
Since the park was almost empty today (again thanks to the swine flu), we did it all in a few hours. We also got to jump from a 123 meter high tower, only attached with a wire. That was such a kick! Thanks to the Woobang nicnfor giving us this ride for free!! Two more parks in Korea, and then we’ll be on our way to the land of the rising sun! Savner kjottkaker med brun saus!

Nina Kleppings
Woobang Towerland was a nice park. Shame that two coaster were down. Missed 2 credits there. Thanks to the park for letting us do the Sky Jump for free.. Wow, what a kick to stand on a platform 123 meters above the ground, and then jump. Cool to fly down there. Really awesome. Veldig, veldig bra.. 🙂 Now off to Gyeongju World.

Gregor Schroeer
Heute habe ich den mutigen Springern zugeschaut.Der Coaster im Wobang Towerland war angenehm zu fahren mit einer langen Streckenfuehrung und vielen Camelbacks.

Adam King
Woobangboomerang towerland minus the boomerang 🙁

Andy Costin
Quietly plugging away at the coasters at the various parks, some superb rides! Now doing a trip report while we’re on a smooth road (are we on roads or coasters in this coach?) Today we did a fantastic sky jump off the woobang Tower (400+ feet!) I’m buzzin’ like a beehive after that! 😀

Jeppe Nygaard
Starter lige med i gaard aftes hvor vi var 5 personer som gik et godt stykke vaek fra hotellet, ned i en af sidegaderne, og valgte at spise Koreansk paa en lille lokal restaurant hvor intet var paa engelsk, og ingen kunne forstaa os. vi fik en blanding af retter som restauranten vaelgte, her i blandt en skaal med ristede insekter. Dem broed jeg mig ikke om 🙁

Dagens park var lidt skuffende med 2 baner ude af drift. Men det helt store emne var om man turde springe ud fra et observation taarn, og 123 meter direkte ned. Jeg gjorde det, selvfoelgelig 🙂 og det var ret fedt. noget af et adrenlin sus. Herfra videre sydpaa til den sidste by inden vi sejler til Japan.

Malcolm Marr
Started the day with one of my stupid crack-of-dawn strolls. Having not researched Daegon city prior to the trip I got a city map from the hotel and spotted a little big wheel icon on it, not too far from the hotel. So that’s what myself and David Ellis got up to. When we got there we found a Zamperla Rudolph Coaster built off the ground with a custom layout, albeit fairly square. A quick check of rcdb at breakfast shows that the park used to have a mouse coaster but had nothing currently. So Duane, feel free to add this coaster to your site, which myself and David got to experience at a stupid hour this morning. We have now just left Woobang where I got to re-enact Alan Rickman falling off the Nakatomi Plaza building in Die Hard.

David & Susan Ellis
What a morning! Although two coasters at Woobang Towerland were down for maintenance, the highlight was the 405ft Sky Drop off the Woobang Tower. It is a controlled vertical zip line, where you emerge on a ledge off the tower, and once wired onto the harness you just jump off the tower. Fantastic… and Mum, I was careful and landed safely! Now off to Geongju World to ride a B&M Inverter. The added bonus to the day was experiencing an unlisted Zamperla Rudolf powered coaster at a small park called Suseong Land. Shame it was only Malcolm Marr and myself who had the chance to experience it! (and I have the photos to prove it!).

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Our park today was Woobang Towerland. Only the Camel Back coaster was operating. We were informed that during this quiet part of the season maintenance is performed on major rides, hence the other two coasters were torn apart. Oh well, we missed a boomerang and a corkscrew. On to another park and a B&M. Happy Birthday, Tim!

The 4 frenchies
Today Woober Towerland …. comme son nom l indique , il y a une tour ( de 123 m ) , d ou on a saute ( gaelle et moi !!! ) pendant que les garcons filmaient et photographiaient ( eh oui , ils se sont devoue !!)

Et moi , laurence , je l ai fait …. si , si y a des preuves !!! Bon , d accord , une bonne heure pour s en remettre , mais c est vraiment genial .
Nous repartons , toujours vers le sud , car demain , nous prenons le bateau pour le japon. Bisouilles a toutes et tous.

Gloria Nakamura
The 405 ft vertical zip line was great… I went down facing the tower and almost stuck the landing. But it was CONTROLLED! However, the Lawn Sled is completely out of control!!! You sit in a round plastic sled, cross your legs and push off onto some kind of astro turf covered giant slide. It’s easy to get turned around and end up riding backward. It’s fantastic until you run into someone at the bottom of the hill, fall off your saucer and scrape your nose on the ‘lawn’.

Adrian Whitcombe & Ian Booth
Weather is here. Wish you were nice.

Lee Bennett
We missed out on the looping corkscrew and boomerang rides today due to maintenance, I offered to help but did not have my overalls and safety boots! Quite a few of us volunteered to jump off the side of the tower which was quite a exhilerating experience! Hangunul bimnida korean girl !

Dan Harvey
Gyeongju World had 4 coasters and a nice little Bumper Car area. Not so sure my chiropractor would approve though, but it was fun and intense! Phaethon was a terrific ride, although they seemed to wait for the ride to fill before dispatching it. The Whirlwind took the trophy for the roughest ride of the trip to date.

Steve Gzesh
Gyeongju World was a nice little park with 4 coasters, including the absolutely wonderful B&M Phaethon inverted coaster. It has great pacing and good elements, plus the theming is quite good, too. Almost surprising how good that theming is when you look at the rest of the park! One more park to go in S. Korea, then we’re off to Japan.

Cal Jones
Gyeongu World was a great park, though completely deserted by the time we arrived. Phaethon, the B&M inverter, was a super ride – rather like Raptor, but without the mid-course brake. Unfortunately, Atomic Corkscrew was rough as hell – probably the worst coaster of the trip.

We had a great Korean barbecue meal in the evening, which was fitting for our last night in Korea. One more Korean park to go, then off to Japan!

Christof Muehlan
Big thanks to Gyeongu World for opening the Wild Mouse especially for us!

Lace Patton
Two more nice parks today. Really liked the unique layout of the B&M at Gyenongu. The corkscrew at the other park is another story… Hi Troyski.

Joe Sturek
Phaethon B&M inverted coaster was an excellently paced and action packed coaster. Great time at Gyeongjuworld was had by all. Hello to Chris and Jacob (and the rest of the family, and of course Honest Barb and Brian. Off to Japan via hydrofoil today, should be exciting.

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
The B&M inverted at Gyeongu World was great. Very smooth and it had a unique layout with great theming. The coaster was themed so well it would fit right into a Busch or Universal park. The bumper cars were one of the best we have ever been on.

Dirk Lather
Stellt euch vor, ihr findet einen Top Thematisierten B&M Inverter im Holiday Park. So ungefaehr war das Empfinden in der Gyeongu World. Ein trashiger Park mit vielen Attraktionen, die deutlich in die Jahre gekommen sind und dann dieses super laufende Monstrum darinnen. Sehr flexibel zeigte man sich, als man extra fuer uns die eigentlich geschlossene Indoor Maus oeffente. Keiner Ahnung wer das Ding gebaut hat, aber es war super. Am Abend ging es dann zum ersten mal zu einem original Korean Barbeque, juhu, ich habe sogar endlich mal was essen koennen hier.

Tim Herre
Deserted park count: + 1. The B&M here seems to be completely out of place. The strange mouse coaster in the dark was great, and – again – we had the most fun on the dodgems. English was non-existent, so I had to unmount an overhead display to order soup for the porn star, Dirk D. The Korean Barbecue was nice, but I would also have gone for Pizza Hut, to be honest. But it was a nice experience, although I found it a lot of work for very little food after all.

Matt Crowther & Betsy Abrams
The second park Friday was another good one- the B&M was unique with several nice high swings reminicent of the old-school Arrow suspendeds, nice to ride an inverter that did not just have inversions stuck together randomly.
The in-the dark was mouse was good and the bumper cars rocked! Fast and you could do basically anything, head-ons etc.

James “Spinner” Hannaford
I’m starting to believe the there are no hard core theme Park enthusiasts as todays two parks have been empty. Where is everybody…

Otto Dobnick
In the mornng, we visited Woobang Towerland which offered a nice Meisho Camelback coaster worth a few rerides and an unusual kiddie coaster called Magic Castle with a spiral lift where the front car of your train is above the back car. Park empty on this weekday but kids are friendly and talkative. The afternoon brought us to Gyeongju World, a neat smaller park with a very smooth B&M suspended coaster and as a surprise, an ancient mouse coaster (now enclosed) with a unique layout opened at the end of the day just for us, and “Astro Bumper Car”, the best, nastiest bumper cars I’ve been on in decades. Thanks to the park for opening the Mouse and especially to Flora for this. Continuing to note the American influence in South Korea such as the red, white, and blue freeway shield signs.

 

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Day 8 – Gyeongju World, Hydrofoil

Dan Harvey 
A nice triple corkscrew that was great to ride a few times! 🙂

Steve Gzesh
What a nice treat to get today’s bonus park, Tongdo Fantasia. The two coasters were rather nice, including the Arrow triple-corkscrew-double-loop! Now onto the ferry to Japan…

Cal Jones
As I’m sure everyone else will agree, the triple loop corkscrew was a nice surprise, in so far as it was pretty smooth. The automated lowering of the overhead restraints was also a surprise, but not such a nice one – it felt like getting punched in the gut by Ricky Hatton. Good little park, though – wish we had a few like this in the UK.

Christof Muehlan
Spinner told me, it was the train to Munich, but it was not. I had to get off where I got in.

Andrew Lamb
Is reluctant to leave South Korea, can’t believe the week has gone so quickly

Joe Sturek
Tongdo Fantasia has the second best Arrow coaster known to man. Triple corkscrew and two vertical loops, and who would have thought it could be smooth, like “buttah”. Hi Chris! Off to Japan today.

Lace Patton
Well, what an unexpected surprise – not only an added park but a triple corkscrew that wasn’t hateful. While I am looking forward to Japan and escpecially the hydrafoil to get there, I am also a little sad to be leaving Korea – it seems like we just arrived.

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
The add on park today was nice. The family coaster was unique and the Arrow looper was smooth and re-rideable which surprised us both. The park had a decent selection of flat rides. The view of the mountains around the park was beautiful. A great way to end the Korea part of the trip. Off to Japan via hydrofoil!

Dirk Lather
Schade, mit Wehmut ging es eben in den letzten Park unseres Suedkoreaabschnittes. Aber es hat sich gelohnt. Der Park ist recht klein und haelt an jeder Ecke eine kleine Ueberraschung bereit. Auch der Loopingcoaster mit seinen 5 Inversionen ueberraschte mit angenehmer Fahrweise. Auch das Layout war wunderschoen in den Park eingepasst. Nun geht es glich auf das Speedboot nach Japan, mein Magen ist schon ganz gespannt, was er nun hier wieder ueberstehen muss. TSCHAKKAAAAAA!

Tim Herre
Good-bye, Korea – hello Japan! Final park was a surprise park, which could be tied in the schedule as we had already done Gyenongyu (or whatever …) World yesterday. Tongdo Fantasia had a nice double loop tripple corkscrew coaster on offer, which was surprisingly smooth. And if it hadn’t been, we would have taken revenge on Lee. The Huss Frisbee with the outward facing seats was a pain in the ass, with far too little swinging and far too much spinning. Highlight of the day will be Dirks first meal at a Yoshinoya Bar, har har! Expect some Puke Videos very soon. And Cloud: Cross linking from the ECC site is not allowed and does not work, stoopid!

Matt Crowther & Betsy Abrams
The add-on park was small but well-kept, the Arrow triple corkscrew/double loop was very smooth, much to our surprise. A fitting end to the Korea part of the trip, as we will be leaving the group to head back to the USA Monday. We had a blast.

Otto Dobnick
This morning on the way to the high-speed ferry, we got a bonus park along the way called Tongdo Fantasia, another neat place with a surprisingly smooth Arrow (?) unique triple corkscrew and a steel kiddie coaster. Also a couple walk-throughs and my third Sky Cycle of the trip. The neat stuff on this trip continues!!!!

Even Stangebye
Due to no crowd in the parks yesterday, we had time to visit an extra park today before the boat to Japan. Fantasia was a nice little park with weird dark-ride walkthroughs. And surprisingly, the coaster with 3 corkscrews and a double loop actually didn’t hurt!! Vi rakk desverre ikke aa dra innom SOSI-parken, men siden den ikke hadde noen berg- og dalbaner, saa gaar det vel bra…

Off to Japan, sake and Geisha!

Nina Kleppe
We got a surprise park this morning, Fantasia. A nice little park, with 2 coasters. Made up for the credits we missed yesterday. The corcscrew coaster was suprisingly good. Now we say goodbye to korea, and off to Japan by boat.

Thomas Enders
Tongdo Fantasia ist ein sauberer und schoen angelegter Park. Die zwei Coaster sind auch sehr gut.
Die Wahl des Parks als Bonus zu den anderen Parks der offiziellen Tour war eine gute Entscheidung.

David Cornell
We visited a bonus park today since we had plenty of time to visit our last park yesterday. I enjoyed the triple corkscrew and double loop coaster. The 4-D movie was one of the best I have seen. Blasts of air at key moments were surprising and effective. However, I think the tower jump the day before has given me a bit of a fear of heights. While standing on a bridge for a picture I got a bit of a shake in my knees. Also during my ride of the Condor, I felt the height bothering me. Wow. The ride from Korea to Japan was not quite what I expected. The hydrofoil called the Beetle was small and only had rows of seats on two levels. No cars were carried. So we sat as on an airplace for 2.5 hours and flew above the water to Japan. I had hoped to walk around to eat and perhaps shop.

When we arrived in Fukuoka, Japan, a few of us headed to an 123m tall observation tower across town. We took a subway ride and walked 20 minutes. The view was great. Then we spotted a Hard Rock Cafe nearby so we walked there for a 30 to 50 dollar meal. Yes Japan is far more expensive than Korea. However, we stayed past midnight when the buses and subways stopped. So we had to take cabs back to the hotel. So now we have been on planes, trains and automobiles, and boats, and cable cars, and an inclinator, etc.

 

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Day 9 – Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Kashiikaen, Dazaifu Yuenchi

James “Spinner” Hannaford
3 parks today all small but all with unique Rollercoasters. Found Hard Rock Cafe last night so all Steaked up good.
Note to transportation companies in the U.K. It seems the Japanese Run 4 trains an hour each way on a Sunday which is very good. Maybe we can learn from this… lol.

Adam King 
Hope we get some food tonight ?

Andy Costin
Finally arrived in Japan yesterday, visited Fukuoka Tower, missed last subway, got taxis back to hotel. Today we did 3 parks, and took in some Japanese culture, visiting a shrine. Not all work and no play, you know. 😉

Otto P. Dobnick
First full day of parks and coasters in Japan today with three smaller traditional local parks. The third, Dazaifu Yuenchi, was particularly charming and a nice find. A good feel to it, friendly and polite staff, interesting selection of rides, hidden away behind some enormous great attraction out front, and only the locals would know of and find this place. Seemingly located in a tree-lined glen/valley, reminded me of finding some of the old small parks in PA and NY and NE years ago. Todays park visits made me forget about finding our way back to the hotel last night after the subway and buses stopped running.

Bennett-san
Konichiwah! First full day in Japan after our hydrofoil flight from Busan to Fukuoka! Three great parks in one day and a sacred shrine, Suge!

Cal Jones
The Beetle crossing yesterday was uneventful, and we arrived safely in Japan. The hotel rooms were rather compact and bijou compared to those in Korea, but did the job. We visited the Fukuoka Tower, which gave great views of the city, and eventually found a little cafe where you order food via vending machine.

Three great little parks today – the second, Kashiikaen, was very cutesy as it is based around the Sylvanian Families animal toys. It had a great coaster, though: Pegasus.

The final park was small and a bit run down but had a certain charm. It was built by a Shinto Shrine which was far busier than the park. We bought some sweet bean cakes from the nearby shopping street. They were pretty good.

Adrian Whitcome & Ian Booth
Back in Japan after 4 years and it’s all very familiar. It’s great to be back. The contrast between the Korean and Japanese people is very marked. Here they smile and are outwardly a lot more relaxed and friendly. We ventured as far as McDonalds last night and then found an electronics superstore – Adrian thought he had died and gone to heaven! Today nice and relaxing in preparation for our first major park since Wednesday.

Dirk Lather
Man nehme ein Flugzeug, schraube die Flugel ab, setze die Turbine unter Wasser und schon hat man ein Speedboot, mit dem der liebe Dirk von Korea nach Japan sausen kann. ein geniales Teil kann ich euch sagen. Am Abend hatten wir dann die erste Bekanntschaft mit japanischem Essen, sehr sehr lecker! Anschliessend ging es auf die super HighTec Toilette, mit gefuehlten 6 BAR Druck wird jeden Klopapier ueberfluessig. Morgens in einen extrem warmen Tag gestartet. Nach Ruehrei mit Speck, orangensaft, Toast und Cafe das falsche Bakken T-Thirt rausgesucht und natuerlich in Schwarz einen schoenen Sonnenbrand eingefangen. Die 3 Parks waren super, sehr viel Trash und ueberraschend angenehm fahrende Coaster. Die Menschen hier sind grossartig, extrem freundlich, immer laechelnd und sehr familier eingestellt. Es ist einfach sehr angenehm sich hier zu bewegen, keine Honks, Chaoten oder sonstige Typen, die einen bloed anmachen, da koennte ich mich dran gewoehnen. Ich wuerde ja jetzt aufhoern zu schreiben, aber Tim ist mit Harbor Master noch nicht fertig und hat bisher 43 Container eingesammelt. Dumm di dumm, ahhhh jetzt hat es gekracht, ich gebe weiter.

Tim Herre
I thought, I already been on a fast boat, when I did the trip from Frederikshavn to Gothenburg on Stena Carisma – but the Hydrofoil from Busan to Fukuoka really kicks ass! In the evening, we did the Fukuoka Tower and had a little problem finding proper food afterwards, as it was already 10:30 pm and all places at Hakata Canal City, our pick for dinner, where just about to close. Damn! Canal City is an impressive shopping centre, and all shops had already closed by eight or nine, so it’s just understandable that the Restaurants would follow soon thereafter. There’s rumours about a shopping centre called Louisen Arkaden in Bad Homburg where the Restaurant, owned by a handsome Harbor Master, would close as early as 7 pm! No kidding! But once again, Yoshinosya saved the day and after was seemed like a marathon, I got in some decent food. Today was small park day, with a lovely Senyo at the beginning, a lovely Meisho and a standard Zamperla double loop dragon to follow, and an undefined super crap minetrain for the finish. Doing all three parks in one day was absolutely no problem, as all three were not big at all. After the final park, we threw in some culture and visited a shrine. Miyuki, our guide, told us to throw a coin into a wooden box and pray for safe coastering. And if you look at some coasters over here, that might have been a good idea …

Susan & David Ellis
Today was a day with 3 smaller parks. The first park had one steel coaster called Jet Coaster, a big wheel and some smaller attractions including a frozen walk-through attraction chilled to minus 30 degrees celsius. The next park, Kashikaen, had a pretty good steel coaster called Pegasus, another big wheel and lots of stuff themed to Sylvanian Family. The last park was Dazaifu Yuenchi, again a park with 1 coaster, this one had a few “square corners” and wasn’t the best ride of the trip by a long way. We left the park via the adjacent shrine… cultural stuff! Now off to Mitsui Greenland Resort. Hello to everyone at home. Big hugs for the cats.

Martin Valt
I’m just glad Lassie made it home in the end.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Three parks today, three coasters. The best coaster of the day was Pegasus at the second park. The day included some ferris wheels, monorails, and a powered coaster. Enjoyed the Penguin Encounter walk thru. It was good to be cold for two minutes. All the parks are empty. Looking forward to a large park tomorrow. Hi to Debbie, and everyone at home.

Kevin Schreiner
Three smaller parks today, including one based on the Sylvanian Families. The best coaster in Japan (so far) was at that park even with those dreadful horse collar restraints. Rode a ferris wheel and a couple monorails. Sunny but not overly warm today.

Nina Kleppe
Three smaller parks today. Four new credits. Also got time to look at a temple. I found my first Fanta Lemon today. Yippee!

Talhat Mahmood
Where is the mouse?

The Frenchies
Hier soir pour notre sortie restaurant , un superbe Teppan Yaki, dont la moitie du personel parlait francais,(sympatik no)….Pour ce dimanche 3 petits parcs au programe. Des parcs prevus pour les enfants, mais assez pour nous faire passer un bon moment, car il y a toujours de quoi faire pour ledultes-enfants..Deja une semaine d’ecoulee , on prend des jets dans la gueule et on espere rentrer intact a la maison. Retour dans un autre hotel sur le trajet ou le debut de soiree va commencer.bizzzzzzzzzz atousssssssssss (what’s up Pakagne, Biz ma gueule)

Even Stangebye
Three parks today, and surprisingly few people there on a Sunday. So, I also had time to go to a local beach (must have been 25°c in the water), a museum and a nice shrine/temple area, and it’s not even 6PM yet. The funniest ride today was a crazy spinning house thing in the last park, which made me completely desorientated. Lykke til med valget hjemme!

Malcolm Marr
Today was triple-park day and they were fine, the highlight being seeing other club members running around Kashiikaen looking for a third listed coaster that is no longer there (a quick chat with a ride op meant I wasn’t doing the same thing!). Found an interesting attraction where you have to knock 10 pieces of meat off the ceiling with a long stick. Do it quickly enough and you win 100,000 yen but the stinker was that it cost 50,000 yen to play. I didn’t bother doing it as I found the steaks too high.

Jeppe Nygaard
I gaa ankom vi til Japan, perfekt helt efter planen. Vi sejlede fra Korea til det sydlige Japan med Beetle Hydro-Foil, en Jet faerge, hvor hele faergen planer paa vandet, sejler omkring 4x hastighed af en normal faerge, og man sidder indenfor spaendt fast som i et fly. Nu havde man ellers lige laert at sige goddag, tak og farvel paa Koreansk, saa nu er det forfra om igen 🙂 Det en fantastisk fornemmelse at vaere tilbage her. I dag var 3 smaa parker, ikke saa interessant, men til gengaeld var det et kaempe tempel kompleks. Virkelig imponerende, og en helt special atmosfere der. Vi er nu videre paa vej en smule nordpaa… Stort Knus til Johanne og jer andre derhjemme.

Dan Harvey
Well, we got our excercise this morning at the first park with a 1 mile walk to the entrance, although a scenic one at that! There was an ice house that was -30 degrees Celcius with fans blowing as well. Wind Chill! My glasses took 5 minutes to defrost in the sun! The Second Park had 2 coasters, Pegasus was a nice long smooth coaster that we road many times. Ever been behind a vehicle on the highway that is going exactly the speed limit in the fast lane while everyone is passing you, even the livestock? That would be our bus driver in Japan. Brutal. Dazaifu Tenmango Shrine was below the last park. It is about 1000 years old, and was very interesting. To all my friends viewing the pictures on the site, the answer is no. 😉

Steve Gzesh
Japan is off to a great start. We hit three parks today, allowing us to add four coasters to our lists. Pegasus at “Bunny World” (can’t remember its real name, but there were bunny families everywhere!) was the highlight coaster of the day. Nice to also see the shrines at our last park. Always a treat to see local culture and not just amusement parks!

Thomas Enders
Am ersten Tag in Japan waren wir in drei kleineren Parks, mehr fuer Familien und Kindern. Dementsprechend waren auch die Coaster nicht riesig, aber sehr schoen zu fahren. Der Kashiikaen Park hat als Thematisierung eine Hasenfamilie und war sehr kindlich und niedlich angelgt.

Christof Muehlan
Pegasus at Kashiikaen was a nice ride, especially in the last row. And there were bunnies taking pictures of other bunnies in this park. That was so cute.

Joe Sturek
What a way to start the first full day off in japan, with three parks in one day. Smaller parks full of charm. Hello to all at home (hi pigeon!), continue to look at the days pictures, today’s picture with this ham sitting on a coaster strut should be a hoot.

Lace Patton
We’re off and running in Japan! Three parks today. We had to really work for that first coaster credit by hiking a mile from the parking lot. Second park was bunny land – cute. Coaster there was fun enough but what’s up with the shoulder restraints when they aren’t necessary??? Last park was well hidden – you would never know that it is there but wouldn’t really need to. Also – a big Thank You to Flora and our Korean bus driver (whom we miss already). Also thanks to the ride operators at all of the parks that we have visited. Hi family.

David Cornell
Three small but fun parks today. The off road go-cart at the first park was quite unique. The second was full of cute and fuzzy bunnies. However, it lacked a coaster that, according to park staff was taken out four years ago. An email to RCDB is forthcoming. The last one was a very old park on the grounds of a Shinto shrine. A bit run down but with a great collection of rides for a small park. Unfortunately it was pay per ride. I hope it does stays in business. There were large crowds at the shrine but the park was nearly empty.

Andrew Lamb
Seeing as David has gone into so much detail there is nothing I can really add!

Gregor Schroeer
Heute besuchten wir 3 Parks.im 2. gefiel mir der Coaster besonders gut. Er sah gigantisch aus und fuhr sich angenehm ruhig.
Nach dem Besuch des 3. Parks gingen wir zu einer angrenzenden Tempelanlage.

 

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Day 10 – Mitsui Greenland

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Today Mitsui Greenland one of the biggest parks on the tour so far and a total of 10 Rollercoasters and other interesting rides including a North pole (Something I remember from 2005 Trip) Temp was -28 degrees C. Heading North Now.

Adam King
Bonzai Mitsui Greenland !

Andy Costin
Monday today, and the park (Green Land) was virtually empty. 10 coasters done in 90 minutes! Nothing special, although the Togo stand-up was good. Plenty of time to chill out and try the other rides – some were a bit of a mystery (all in Japanese) but the toboggan ride was mental – had to use the brake.

Otto P. Dobnick
All day today was at Mitsui Greenland: a fantastic day at a fabulous very large park with lots of cool stuff you won’t find at US parks. A modern theme park to be sure but with the character and unique attractions of an older traditional park including a drive-yourself gasoline engine monorail, very non-American chair lifts, scary 3-D and 4-D theaters and dark rides, a haunted hospital, and a nice Alpine slide. Also 10 coasters and ALL were running. In spite of a very low-attendence day (i.e., no lines or wait for anything), all of the coasters, rides, other attractions, shops, and restaurants were open for the guests to choose from and enjoy . . . Six Flags, are you listening?

Bennett-san
I had the most amazing time at todays park and for some reason attracted a lot of attention from the locals who asked for countless pictures with me! All the coasters were great including the stand-up racing coaster, lots of airtime and quite smooth too! Ja-mata!

Ian Booth & Adrian Whitcombe
Huge park today with 10 coasters to tick off, the best being the Togo racing coaster (Stand Up) and the Ultra Twister. Loads of other attractions to fill the day. Very hot & humid. Park had a McDonalds so Adrian is a very happy man!

Tim Herre
Today started with a quick spin on the fabulous Togo Ultra Twister, followed by a hike to the local mall to get a new camera, as my current one fell out of my pocket at Woo-BANG-Towerland and won’t do its Auto-Focus-Business anymore. But at the mall they had just CCC (compact camera crap), so Justin and I left without buying anything. Mister G’s plan of getting some memory card bargain was dumped by a price of 3000 Yen for a 2 gig compact flash. The day at the deserted park started off a little later for us because of that, but as there were absolutely no people, we managed to do everything we wanted and then some! The park is home to a mental RolbaRun, the probably best stand up coaster in the entire universe and the above mentioned Ultra Twister, plus some more excellent rides. Unfortunately, the park is also home to the worst coaster ever, the totally crap Dinosaur ride from Meisho, plus an SLC, which makes El Condor at Walibi World feel like a silk smooth B&M in comparison. Now heading to the hotel in Beppu, which is reported to have a Karaoke bar. Watch out for your glasses, Uncle Malc!

Dirk Lather
Als haette man dem Parkchef heimlich den Hauptschluessel zu seinem Park geklaut, so kam man sich heute hier vor. Ein Riesen Park mit etlichen verschiedenen Attraktionen, davon 99 % in Betrieb und dies fuer ca 150 Personen im Park. So macht das Spass. tim erinnert mich gerade an den beschissensten SLC ever, dieser hat uns derart verpruegelt das wir umgehend in einem benachbarten Tempel um Gnade gebettelt haben. Aber es gab auch andere nette Dinge im Park, ein super 4D film mit 2 heissen Manga Girls, die sich in einem duesteren Haus in die Hosen machen oder die ganzen japanischen Maedels, die hier um die Wette den kuerzesten Rock tragen wollen. Da wird es schon anstrengend, hinter den Maedels auf der Treppe zu stehen. Am Ende bleibt einem dann nur der Gang in die Einrichtung, die das maenliche Geschlechtsteil wieder auf die Groesse eines Japaners schrumpfen laesst, eine Eisbox mit minus 30 Grad, die man wohl haeufig hier antreffen kann und die man Kampfkoloss am besten in das Wohnzimmer bauen sollte. Also alles in allem mal wieder ein toller Tag, uebrigens sehr nett vom Hotel, mir die heute morgen liegen gelassene Dose Bier noch zum Bus zu bringen. Nur schade, sie haetten sie bis zur Abfahrt wenigstens kuehlen koennen. 🙂

Cal Jones
It was a relief to have a nice big hotel room again at Hotel Verde, which was right by Mitsui Greenland.

The park itself was large, spacious and not at all crowded; the weather warm but not as fiercely hot as yesterday. Just right for us coaster geeks. I experienced my first Ultratwister (fun) and first ice room (freezing!), though the outstanding coaster of the day was Altair (the stand-up side of the Milky Way racing coaster). The SLC was a bit rough but the restraints were soft enough that it didn’t matter. My knees took a bit of a battering on the weird dinosaur coaster, though, but at least it looked nice! We finished off with some archery, which was completely free with the wrist band. Bonus!

Dan Harvey
The entire day was spent at Mitsui Greenland where we essentially had the entire park to ourselves. 10 coasters, 2 of which were really good. A standup coaster on the blue side of Milky Way was the best with actual airtime in the front seat! I rode the Ultra Twister 10 times to be able to write my name on a piece of wood that is now posted on the wall in the boarding station of the ride along with Steve. The ice house was -27.7 degrees C. 🙂 Very good day!

Steve Gzesh
What a great day at Mitsui Greenland! 10 more coasters, an alpine slide, ice house, and really big giant ferris wheel were all great. Dan and I rode Megaton (Ultra Twister) 10 times so we got to add our names to the bamboo-wood markers that lined the boarding station. We also found a great lunch spot where we made seafood pancake-type thingies on a built-in griddle at our table. Quite yummy! All in all, an excellent day!

Thomas Enders
Heute waren wir den ganzen Tag im Mitsui Greenland. Was fuer ein toller Park! Er ist wirklich riesig und bietet eine grosse Anzahl an Attraktionen. Obwohl der Park ziemlich leer war, waren alle Fahrgeschaefte geoffnet. Ein Highlight ist der Standup Coaster, der viel Airtime bietet und zu den Besten seiner Art gehoert. Auch die vielen Darkrides sind super.

Christof Muehlan
Nice, big park, all atractions running and not a queue anywhere. Heaven. Only that dragon at the wheel of the Gao coaster drove like a complete madman.

Lace Patton
What a fun day! A great assortment of coasters and other rides. I really enjoyed the alpine slide. Also appreciated the size of the hotel room last night!

Joe Sturek
An excellent, long awaited, expansive park today. Great collection of coasters and even a re-ridable Togo standup (didn’t know that such a thing even existed). Took a trip through the “nippley” artic blast cold attraction, tried to get Kevin Schriener to stick his tongue to the pole inside the artic attraction, he wasn’t going for it. Rode my second Togo Ultra-Twister, and never need to ride another. Hello to the Zehner family, take care of chris please.

Martin Valt
No lines, beer and a fridge magnet. My kind of park. Hi Em darling.

Lutz Konerding
Had a good day. Many coasters, lots of unique attractions, no queuelines. Bad thing: we miss Flora.

David Cornell
Wow what a great park today in Greenland. This is our southern most park in Japan. There were coasters and flat rides and dark rides, and walk troughs of all kinds. A -30C cold house. Plus an alpine slide. The ride up to the moutain peak to ride the slide brought back my new fear of heights that I developed earlier jumping off the tower in Korea. The seat was not very deep and there was NO bar across the lap. Ahhhh. It reminded me of the one at Indiana Beach but without the bar and on a mountain side!!. There were also gocart tracks, several trains, and most importantly, a McDonalds. I ate a sandwich with a burger, an egg, cheese, bacon, and and special sauce. MMmmmmmmm. I wish I could get that at home. 8 more coasters and 2 powered coasters, not included in my count, were added to my count. 945 and counting.

Andrew Lamb
Please see above.

David & Susan Ellis
Today we had all day at our first big park, Mitsui Greenland. Once again, the park was VERY quiet, and all the rides were walk-on. We did our first Ultra Twister ride, and it was pretty cool. The coaster highlight was the stand-up side of the racing coaster, Milky Way… some huge airtime moments taking you off the floor for several seconds. The two worst coasters were the SLC called Nio, and the coaster themed as a large Stegasaurus, which had some real painful moments! Other fun things included a great toboggan ride, and a chairlift / skyride that had no safety bar at all, you just climbed on and off and went. Bring on more empty parks!

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A very nice day at Mitsui Greenland park. All the coasters were operating, and there was no one in the park but us. We enjoyed the stand-up side of Milky Way and Megaton (Ultra Twister) the most. Unfortunately Megaton was down much of the afternoon and we did not get enough rides on it. The skylift, with no safety restraints and the Alpine slide were fun. The ferris wheel was huge, and had some appreciated air condititoned cars. None of the parks have post cards, but I’m still looking for some to send home.

Kevin Schreiner
Mitsui Greenland today, a rusty, weedy place in need of paint and a signature attraction or two. Still it was great to be in a big park again. Favourite coaster was probably the dinosaur one, not too bad if one rode defensively. The giant wheel was fun. Two trip firsts today – first ice house and first McDonalds. Hi to all back home.

Talhat Mahmood
Mitsui Greenland is my second favorite park of the trip to date. Plenty of rides, all ten coasters operating and my first Japanese crepe… life can’t get any better 🙂

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
Our room at the Hotel Verde provided a nice view of the Ultra Twister and the ferris wheel. Mitsui Greenland was a nice park. The ferris wheel was one of the largest we have been on and it allowed for great pictures of the park. The stand-up coaster was great in the front car which provided two great moments of ejector airtime. The alpine slide was a surprise as well. It was quite long and fun. Another unique ride was the single person chairlift without a restraint. Overall a very neat park and another great day in Japan.

Les Francais
Apres une courte nuit bien arrosee, un superbe grand parc nous attendait, dont plus de 11 coasters a faire et a refaire. Ce fut un tres bon moment, parmis tous ceux deja passes. Les photos parleront d’elles memes. Petit repos en contemplant la route avec beaucoup de verdure , champs etc ………. , en attendant l’hotel de notre prochaine etape. Bonjour a tous nos lecteurs. Le mot clef de ce jour est (BIZOUX)

Nina Kleppe
Today was Mitsusi Greenland. Yet another day in an almost empty park. Hit my coaster no. 500 on the Megaton Ultra Twister Coaster. That was fun. Got to do most of the other rides as well. The Super Slider was fun.

Malcolm Marr
Mitsui today and I think its the most open park I’ve come across, surprising considering the number of rides it has. I also thought this was the only park where the best coaster was its stand up but Cal has reminded me that the same can be said of Drayton Manor (smart arse!!). Even though the park was near-empty it still took us four hours at a leisurely pace to get around it. I also like the fact that all the attractions that other parks would have as up-charge were not here. This included the second ice box of the trip and rather alarmingly an archery range that you would never get in the UK. I can report that with all the time spent on it that none of us will be making the Olympic Archery team just yet.

Jeppe Nygaard
Mitsui Greenland park i dag, vores hotel laa lige ved parkens entre saa det var en nem start. En kaempe park med 10 rutchebaner, som vi havde praktisk talt for os selv, der var ingen mennesker der, alting stod bare og ventede paa os hele dagen. Rundt omkring var, som saa mange andre parken i Japan, nogle sjove, saere, specielle forlystelser som man ikke ser paa vores breddegrader. Og et enormt pariserhjul, omkring de 100 meter hoejt. De andre gaester i parken, og parkens personale var generelt hoeflige, smilende og ogsaa nysgerrige over at se saadan en flok fremmede mennesker. Alt i alt en rigtig super god dag. Nu er vi videre paa en af de laengere busture videre til naeste hotel, 2,5 times koersel.

(Jet) Lee Bennett
zzzzzzz (that nap on the coach was proper excellent that)

Even Stangebye
Idag hadde vi satt av 9 timer Mitsui Greenland, en stor park soer I Japan med 10 berg- og dalbaner, men siden det tydeligvis ikke er noen andre enn oss som besoker parker paa denne tiden av aaret (eller pga av svineinfluensaen) saa var alle banene unnagjort paa 2 timer. Saa, da ble det tid til noen timer sightseeing i naeromraadet. Imorgen skal vi se om vi alle faar plass i en Hello Kitty coaster!

 

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Day 11 – Harmonyland, Kijima Amusement Park

Dan Harvey
Hello Kitty….Good Bye Kitty. The Train at Harmonyland was very unique with a chain lift hill at the end. Kijima Kogen had Jupiter, a rough wooden coaster that grew on you, and a nice ferris wheel with open chairs on them mixed in with the cabins. Nice views from them.

Steve Gzesh
Well, we hit two parks today: Hello Kitty World (Harmonyland) and Kijima Kogen. HKW was certainly precious, if nothing else. KK had promise, being one of the few parks in Japan with a wooden coaster, but alas, limited legroom made it an unpleasant ride (okay, that and the square wheels!). At least both parks were in beautiful parts of the country with rather spectacular views of the mountains.

Thomas Enders
Heute waren wir in zwei Parks. Am Morgen im Harmonyland, wo man alles zu Hello Kitty findet. Dementsprechend waren auch die
Coaster und anderen Attraktionen eher fuer kleinere Besucher. Im zweiten Park, Kijima Kogen, waren eher Coaster fuer
aeltere Leute. Leider war der Spassfaktor nicht so hoch, dass eine Fahrt bei den meisten reichte.

Christof Muehlan
Is “Hello” Hello Kitty’s first name? Anyway, I got a nice picture of her and me.

Joe Sturek
Hello Kitty World was up first, can’t wait to bring home some park merchandise to chris from this park stop, LOL. Next up was a mountaintop park with one of the worst Wooden coasters, Jupiter. Square wheels on that coaster train, but that didn’t stop a few unnammed coaster enthusiasts from marathoning on the hateful thing. Kevin was his usual self today Ray, we’ll talk later… 🙂

Lace Patton
Hello Kitty and I have been photographed together in honor of Natasha. I like her home at Harmonyland – it was worth taking the time to stop there. As for Kijjima Kogen – that’s another story. I’ve got a lovely bruise to prove that I rode Jupiter. My favorite ride at this park was riding the open-air car on the ferris wheel with Kevin.

David Cornell
I rode a Segway for the first time today. It was included in park admission at Kijima. The two best roller coasters today were rollerskaters. Unfortunately Jupiter, the only wooden roller coaster in the Island of Kyushu was very rough and not fun to ride. I am amazed how many dark rides and walk throughs these parks have.

Hello Kitty land was fun. I think I overdosed on Cuteness. Did not have time to do everything, all 12 attractions, since they did not open on time due to a most tiny bit of moisture falling from the sky. We are now winding our bus through the mountians of Oido. 950 coasters and counting.

Gloria Nakamura
Jupiter is not rough… it’s powerful! But only for short people. while it lacked the airtime I generally require to re-ride
a rough, ooops, powerful coaster, it still was great fun to ride, especially on the, not exactly, bunny hops back into the
station. The Meisho corkscrew, Super LS Coaster, was very smooth going into the loops. We have ridden a few very rideable corkscrews on this trip. Particularly the Vekoma, Black Hole Express, at Kumdori Land. It’s scary to have one of our sacred coaster rituals, the ‘it’s a Vekoma, one ride, goodbye’, tested. We rode Super LS Coaster 5-6 times.

I forgot to write yesterday about the Milky Way Coaster/Blue side, the Togo stand-up. No joke, it’s the best airtime on a stand-up ever (front only).

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Another good day and a nice quite one. Hello Kitty Park was a bit mental with a hill Ride which could be a coaster. Second Park was nice and big 5 Coasters and no visitors lol…..

Otto P. Dobnick
Two quiet and smaller local parks today. Harmonyland, the home of the infamous “Lovely Angel Coaster of Hello Kitty” and a surprise, an unusual train coaster type ride. The second park, Kijima, in a gorgeous mountaintop location, but with rides built for small sized people and any in need of some TLC. Other misc. observations from touring around Japans southern island of Kyushu: Scaecrows are out in the rice paddys this time of the year. Have seen many colorful varieties of spiders like in the movies. There is a “Hotel ACE” in Beppu that looks like the Disney Tower of Terror. The new toll road across the top mountain ridges of Kyushu offer majestic vistas of the area, much of it Alpine-like with lots of forests. Toll road is equipped with fog screens on sides and top in places. Lots of tunnels, some quite long. Hot springs at some of our hotels. Todays two small parks must have tired everyone else; many now asleep on bus. Except for Mr. Hannaford who is methodically churning thru the entire series of Fawlty Towers.

Bennett-san
A two park day starting with Harmonyland featuring Hello Kitty and her friends. This park has an interesting train ride which is really a roller coaster! Next Kijima featuring super LS coaster ( loop and corkscrew ) very smooth and action packed. It’s also home to Jupiter wooden coaster, this one got mixed reviews, I thought it great after I’d taught myself to ride it and had 11 rides! Konbanwa!

Cal Jones
Much cooler today, with a light drizzle in the morning that kept the coasters at Harmony Land closed for the first hour we were there. Us Brits, who are used to riding our home-grown rides in all conditions, were a bit perplexed, though we got to do all the rides we wanted before we left.

Kijima Land was more fun, with a couple of small coasters, a smooth-ish corkscrew and Jupiter, a Summers woodie. Although it was somewhat akin to riding a pogo stick, it was good fun and I notched up four or five rides. There was also a weird tidal wave ride with completely enclosed boats, a big wheel with a couple of ski-lift-style seats, and a great walkthrough featuring a masked wrestler-type (or possibly a superhero, I couldn’t really tell) which made us all jump.

Hope tomorrow is warmer!

Ian Booth & Adrian Whitcombe
Have always hated Hello Kitty so had low expectations of Hello Kitty’s Harmony Land… and for good reason. Someone please KILL KITTY !!!
Really enjoyed the second park – Kijima. 5 coasters here, the best in our opinion being their wooden coaster ‘Jupiter’. You either loved it or hated it. Adrian and I loved it. Although there was plenty of shake, rattle & roll, we found it very re-rideable and stayed on it for over an hour. Their water chute ride was very unique with a totally covered boat, rather like a submarine – the force when you hit the water was quite intensense. Looking forward to Space World tomorrow which should be fab!

Tim Herre
Harmonyland is soooo cute! Hello Kitty is sooooo cute! The Hello Kitty Angel Coaster is sooooo cute! Cutey day today, and the Harmonyland train IS a coaster, which will be added to coaster-count.de very soon! Best ride in the park, though, was the absolutely MENTAL 4D cinema. Not so good was to witness adult Japanese Hello Kitty fans that seemed to be “overly” obsessed with the little kitten. Phew!

Second park of the day, Kijima, was a nice surprise ride wise. I didn’t expect much, and was pleasently overwhelmed with the place, Jupiter, their woodie that Justin called a big heap of poo, was OK in the back once you knew how to ride it. But the kick of the day was the obscure Power Ranger type walk-through attraction, which made me and Bennett-san jump more than once. And finally, I got to ride a Segway and was surprised how easy that was. Now I have to take care of my beloved roomie, who seems to have cracked a rib on the spillwater. Of course, that was Gregor’s fault, as he tried to sell Dirk some handbags during the descent, which distracted Mr Superschnuffel from the abrupt braking as the boat hit the water.

Dirk Lather
Bloeder Park! Scheiss Wasserbahn! Gregor ist schuld!

David & Susan Ellis
Today we visited two parks, Harmony Land, which is a park dedicated to the cartoon animal (?) Hello Kitty, and Kijima Amusement Park, home to our first Japanese wooden coaster, Jupiter. Harmony Land was sickly sweet… a place not to visit immediately after breakfast. The Harmony Train caused a few interesting discussions about whether it could be classed as a roller coaster… we think it does! Kijima had 5 coasters, including a painful mine train and a not too bad loop-corkscrew coaster. On my first ride I wasn’t impressed with Jupiter at all, but once you learned the best way to ride it, it grew on me, and I spent the last 75 minutes in the park riding it non-stop, whilst Susan chillaxed with an ice cream.

Martin Valt
Seven new coasters and some very strange cats. So all-in-all a good day. But Jupiter is where that woodie should be relocated to.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
We visited two parks today. The first park was Harmonyland, starring Hello Kitty and all her friends. The big question at this park – is the train a coaster? A little rain before we arrived delayed the opening of most rides. But the attendants dried all the seats before the rides opened. Our second park of the day was up in the mountains, Kijima Amusement Park. Jupiter, the woodie, was rough, and we only rode it once. An unusal ferris wheel with open seats and OTSR. The Super LS Coaster was a pretty good Meisho looping cork screw coaster. Hi to everyone at home.

Kevin Schreiner 
Kijima Kogen, like Mitsui Greeenland yesterday, is a rusty, weedy place in need of paint and signature attractions. It was also the same in that there were few people other than us visiting, probably due to it being cold today. Jupiter was no Aska; I only rode it twice and it did not get better as the day wore on. Harmonyland, our first park today, was themed after Hello Kitty and the other Sanrio characters. It was quite cute and I would liked to have ridden the park’s boat ride but time did not permit.

Talhat Mahmood
Hello Kitty rocks. Long live the cat.

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
The morning started out with the coach driver taking us to Harmonyland (Hello Kitty) first instead of Kijima Kogen. The light rain stopped in time for everyone to get both coasters in and then we headed to Kijima Kogen. The views from our drive up to the park were beautiful. It was also much cooler at the park which was a treat compared to the humid days we have been experiencing on the trip. Jupiter looked like a nice coaster but was pretty brutal, especially around the turns. Some of the hills actually provided some airtime which was a surprise. The ferris wheel had two cars which were open air cars with over the shoulder harnesses which were great for taking pictures of the park.

The Frenchies
Apres une longue nuit, car hier un simple diner au restaurant de l’hotel, nous etions en forme pour continuer le programe qui nous attendait ce jour ci. 2 petits parcs HELLO KITTY et KIJIMA avec des coasters supers sympa a faire et a refaire. Plus d’une semaine est passee et le nombre de maneges s’emplifie (d’ailleurs beaucoup de personnes du groupe fetent leurs 400 ou 500 eme tours de coasters, ce sont des records que je n’egalerai jamais). Qui sait, un jour vous ou tu feras partie du voyage. En attendant eclatez vous mais pas de trop en regardant nos superbes photos (hein dedette) big up atous BIZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Even Stangebye
Today was a big day for me: First, and most importantly, I got to sit in the front of a Hello Kitty Coaster in Harmonyland. Secondly, and by the way, I rode my 400th coaster today in Kijima Kogen Park. I picked the Intamin Woddie Jupiter because it seemed to be the most decent coaster in the park, but it was just a big waste of wood. There was a coaster kind of train in Harmonyland, which rolled and coasted parts of the track, had a lift hill, brake-personel (just as rutchebanen at Tivoli has a brakeman) and runs on coaster tracks, so if that is concidered a coaster (and it is in my definition) that actually was my 400th coaster! Aa nei – ikke 4 nye aar med de roed-groenne!!!!

Ninja Kleppe
Last nigth a got to celebrate my 500th coaster with a couple of beers in the hotel bar. First park of the day was Harmony Land. Got to ride the Hello Kitty coaster in the front seat. Such a cute little coaster. Then we went to Kijama. Jupiter, the Intamin woodie, was ouch. Especilly the turns where very shaky. The Gold Rush had kind of an interesting layout. The Ferris wheel had a couple of seats not inside of a cabin. That was fun. Never seen that on a Ferris wheel before.

Malcolm Marr
Started the day with a trip to Harmonyland where some of the Club members felt it necessary to boo the train operators for doing their job. I’m sure there is something in the Club constitution that says you don’t challenge park rules, but I should cease being a grouch as there are others on the trip who do a better job than I could ever do! From there we went to Kijima, which was empty and not too bad at all. The wooden coaster was not re-rideable, which begs the question why did some of us do it? Best attraction in the day for me was the walk-through attraction, which scared me on more than one occasion. I also learnt to ride a Segway today! Now headed back north for Space World tomorrow.

Jeppe Nygaard
I gaar aften ankom vi til bjergene hvor de naeste parker ligger. Vi boede paa et kaempe spa-kompleks. Vi havde ret luksuoese vaerelser med vores egen private japanske te-salon, osv. Et enormt populaert omraade pga de mange varme kilder. Dagens 2 parker laa spredt hoejt oppe i bjergene, saa vi har koert gennem noget af det mest fantastiske landskab, kaempe bjerge, hoeje broer, tunneller, fantastisk flot udsigt. Selve parkerne i dag var lidt blandet, der var en kaempe stor trae bane som saa lovende ud, men var elendig at koere paa. har sikkert baeret god engang. Ellers var dagens sjoveste oplevelse at proeve at koere segway, de her to hjulede elektriske scootere hvor man styret med balancen ved at laene sig fremad eller tilbage, super sjovt 🙂 vi har nu forladt bjerg omraadet og er paa vej videre nordpaa. Knus til jer derhjemme, og haaber der er et paa gode billeder paa hjemmesiden…

 

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Day 12 – Space World, Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Osaka

Dan Harvey 
Space World was a nice park. Clean, 6 coasters with one not operating. Zaturn was very good, basically a smaller version of Top Thrill Dragster. No lines at all in the morning, one train queue all day long. Front seat was terrific. Venus was a great coaster, but the restraints were horrendous. Left the park to do a little sight seeing, found a mall and had a good lunch and browsed around.
We are on the Bullet Train now heading to Osaka as I write this. Hello to all back home!

Steve Gzesh
Another nice park, Space World. The Intamin launch coaster, Zaturn, was very good, especially in the front seat. The other four coasters that were running were also rather fun. Alas, the Arrow megacoaster wasn’t operating today, but I’d have no problem returning to this park for a future Japan visit. Kudos to Space World for having at least a few souvenirs with the park name on it (a rarity in Japan!). On the Bullet Train now heading to Osaka. It’s definitely fast, but needs more airtme!

Cal Jones
The sun was back out today for Space World. The park was almost empty when we arrived and we were able to get a lot of rides in on Zaturn, a Stealth-a-like accelerator coaster. Titan was down (possibly longterm – there were hoardings up around it and the name was covered) which was a bit disappointing, but the rest of the park more than made up for it. It has one of the best log flumes I’ve ridden, including one drop in pitch blackness, another spiral drop, and a huge (and wet) drop at the end. We also nearly sank one of the rapids boats by cramming eight (fairly large) people into it, and all ended up with soaking feet. Several other decent rides, although the Schwarzkopf/Maurer coaster was a bit whippy. Top day.

Malcolm Marr
Back to Mercury temperatures today at Space World. I think today must have been “teenage girls get in cheap” day given the high percentage of them in the park. Zaturn (Eastern Stealth) was the best coaster in the park by light years. Venus would be great if they got rid of the horse collar restraints and Titan V if they fixed it! This was also the park that introduced me to the concept of “Japanese Cheerleader Bingo”. Other parks should take note, I think it’s a winner.

Jeppe Nygaard
Saa er vi ombord paa Shinkansen Superexpress JR N700 tog paa vej mod Osaka med op mod 280km/t. Vores bagage er paa vej med lastbil som tager ca. 8 timer paa vejen, toget her goer turen paa 2 timer 35 min. Dagens park var Space World med 6 rutchebaner, hvoraf 1 var ude af drift. Den bedste var deres katapult rutchebane Zaturn, hvor man skydes ud med 0-130kmt paa ca. 2,5 sekund og derefter 65 meter lodret op 🙂 Rigtig fed, tog 6 ture i traek og 1 mere senere. Parken var totalt tom for mennesker, saa det var en nem dag, men temlig varmt. I morgen er det Universal Studios Japan i Osaka saa jeg nu glaeder mig meget til 🙂

Adrian Whitcombe & Ian Booth
The biggest dissapointment of the trip so far. Adrian was very hyped up about riding Titan V and we thought the park was going to be much more than it was. Maybe it was the lack of people that sucked the atmosphere out of the place, or just the fact that you could see Titan from everywhere in the park. The saving grace should have been Zaturn (Stealth) if it weren’t for the ridiculous loading and despatch procedure. You have to pass the height police (less shoes), the bag police (via lockers), the pocket police (back to the lockers), the air-gate police (at least a 2-minute safety announcement), then the boarding police (no hands please) before the launch police with another 2-minute routine that seemed to explain in quite detail exactly what the ride was about to do. Not to worry, there will always be one or two coasters on each trip that you build yourself up for, only to be let down. Let’s hope this will be the last for this trip.

Tim Herre
After a nice exclusive hospital session last night, today’s plan as to cope with millions of people at Space World. However, that plan didn’t turn out well. The people were just missing. The day started with an unofficial ERS on Stealth … errr … Zaturn. I don’t like the Thorpe Park one, as it is just too small to please me. But here, without having to line up for hours and hours, it was a nice start to the day. Rest of the park was nicely themed – they even brought Japanese girls dressed up like they really needed it, in – just for the tourists, of course, i.e. Bennet-san. If Dirk hadn’t cracked his rib and was already on the way to a doctor who could speak proper Hessisch, he would have driven crazy at this place and we would have had to sent him to a mental clinic, I’m sure. Now it’s on to Osaka on the Nozomi Super Express Train, which puts the German ICE trains to shame, for it leaves the station, accelerates to 280 kilometres per hour, and does not brake whatsoever before the next station – impressive! After two times of “outa stocka” I’m hoping to get my new camera at Osaka. Wish me luck!

Dirk Lather
Der Taxifahrer zum Fukuoka Airport hat mir seine ganze Lebensgeschichte erzaehlt – AUF JAPANISCH! Flug nach Osaka war puenktlich und jetzt ist bald schon wieder Zeit fuer den Landeanflug auf das schoene Hessenland. Chrissy, ich freu mich! Wo sind eigentlich meine Sinupret? Ach, egal! Hauptsache, die Kasse stimmt! Spontanfluege nach Frankfurt gibt’s ja bekanntlich nicht bei ALDI. Was soll’s, der Trip war super bisher und die Haftungsfrage klaere ich mit Gregor spaeter von Mann zu Taschenverkaeufer. Tim, ich vermisse dich!

Even Stangebye
Now sitting on the fastest coaster on the trip – the bullet train to Osaka, reaching 280km/h. It’s awesome! I wish we had trains like this in Norway… We’ve spent the day in Space World, again almost only us being in the park. We got to ride the Intamin Launched Stealth-copy-Coaster Zaturn for more than an hour this morning, without queuing. Great! The first really re-ridable coaster in Japan so far… Tomorrow is Universal Studios!! Ble litt varmt med 33 varmegrader idag gitt…Hay OK!!

Nina Kleppe
Space World was a nice park. Zaturn was great. The launch was very powerful. Got 10 rides because the park was almost empty. Hay OK!! Veldig bra. Got to do the other rides. The log flume was fun. Now we’re on the speed train on our way to Osaka.

Gloria Nakamura
Zaturn was okay but not even up to X-celerator standard… especially when you almost never have to wait for it. Alien Encounter was the best dark walk through of the trip by far. A combination of moving effects, ‘cast members’ and enough spacing to allow patrons to terrorize each other.

Venus GP – first, the ride, the shoulder restraints were like some form of medievel torture. You had a choice, you could jam your shoulders up against the restraint or you could try and sink down into your seat. The best way to ride was to do one or the other at different times on the ride. The speed into the loop was pretty good and it had a more than satisfactory figure 8 helix. But the absolute highlight was Shimoda, not one of the ride ops, THE BEST RIDE OP OF ALL TIME! She put on this pre-show/safety explanation complete with variations on the ‘live long and prosper’ hand signal, a chicken dance/moon walk to the tune of ‘We Will Rock You’ and screeching the likes of which you will only hear in a maternity ward. David Ellis filmed the entire ‘show.’ If you don’t watch any other video of this trip you must watch this!

Andy Costin
“Scream if you wanna go faster!” seemed to be the motto on Venus GP at Spaceworld. It seemed to go quicker if the riders made more noise – and the ride-op – what a character! (restraints were harsh though.) A good park, with some fun rides.

Bennett-san
Hi everyone back home! This trip just keeps getting, better great coasters today at Spaceworld and some nice girls too!

Thomas Enders
Space World ist ein super Park. Von den Coastern ist vor allem Zaturn wegen der guten Beschleunigung und Venus GP wegen der vielen positiven G-Kraeften zu empfehlen. Es gibt auch noch ein hervorragendes Ghosthouse mit Aliens und auch der Log Flume hat viel Spass gemacht.

Christof Muehlan
This must be the only Log Flume in the world that has banked turns.

David & Susan Ellis
Today we were at Space World, and many of us were looking forward to riding the large Arrow coaster, Titan V. Unfortunately the coaster was closed, but we still had plenty of time to enjoy the other 5 coasters. Venus Grand Prix is an unusual Maurer looping coaster, with a Space Shuttle as the centrepiece behind the loop. It rode pretty rough at the front, due to the uncomfortable concertina restraints, but at the back it wasn’t too bad. The coaster ran similar to one of the big Schwarzkopfs (like Alpinabahn), and one of the ride ops produced probably the best pre-ride display I have ever seen on a coaster… very entertaining. The log flume was terrific too, and the copy of Thorpe Park’s Stealth launched coaster with no queue at all was another highlight. Now typing this on the Bullet Express train on our way to Osaka.

The Otto
After a very uncrowded day at Spaceworld, a park kind of themed to outer space with 5 of its 6 coasters working, we are now literally flying across the countryside on JR’s Super Express high speed train at maybe 220mph or whatever . . . really, really freakin fast. Doubt if I will ever ride this kind of train in the US in my lifetime. Rode the local monorail line last night for a bonus attraction. Several good local-style meals the past few days, successfully negotiating them only with chopsticks. Trying ot all sorts of local beverages, ice creams, snack foods, all of which are mysterious but intriguing. Now pulling into Hiroshima station.

Les Francais de la france : (Yvonn le dormeur qui dormait debout -Gayelle le photographe – Laurence la lolo qui traduit – and Yannisssss le beau gosss des ptites japonnaises)
Hier soir un ptit pic nic, in the room (se fut kooool, avec champagne et du vin, <<>>). TODAY un grand parc ou de nombreuses attractions nous ont encore vige sur place.Je ne connais pas le temps en france mais ici plus de 30 degre, ne vous inquiete pas on vous ramene du soleil dans nos valises.Je vous ecris du nouveau tgv super express, (il a une superbe gueule , rien a voir avec les europeens). Ce soir un nouvel hotel, pour le moment, 2 heures de train, et on se raproche tout doucement de TOKYO.Les japonnais adorent le baseball.Je vous dit a demain pour de nouvelles ecritures.dedicace a (david,la famille yaya, poublan, ginola, odette et bien sur tous les autres).

Andrew Lamb
Please see above.

Talhat Mahmood
Hope you get well soon Dirk.

Gregor Schroeer
heute waren wir im Space World Center. Von den 5 gefahrenen Coastern war fuer mich der Zaturn die No. 1 Aber auch der Venus GP fand mein Gefa llen. Beide coaster bin ich 5x gefahren.

Lace Patton
Another great day without crowds. Space World was a fun park. It’s too bad the Arrow coaster wasn’t running as that’s the one that I was looking forward to the most. The park is within city limits and I thought that there would be more people there. It is interesting to note that no matter how few visitors are in the park all of the restaurants and food stands are usually open. Had a great time enjoying a meal with the Armstrongs, Otto, and Spinner – a good meal and even better conversation. I am writing this while riding the bullet train to Osaka – it’s too bad the sun has gone down as I was hoping to be able to see some of the countryside. Tomorrow is Universal Studios which will be another great day.

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
Unfortunately the Arrow hyper was boarded up but the Intamin launched Zaturn was fun. The looping coaster looked good but was not comfortable with the shoulder harnesses. The Blackhole Express was the indoor coaster that was difficult to find but provided a fairly smooth ride. Overall the park was nice but lacked flat rides. We are now on the bullet train to Osaka and we are looking forward to Universal Studios tomorrow.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Space World was our park today. We enjoyed Zaturn 5 and Venus GP (I’m glad these planets were more enjoyable than Jupiter yesterday). Once again this park was empty, so we could get many rides. Tomorrow we expect a choc-a-bloc park. The flume ride was super. Didn’t mind getting wet on such a hot day. Unfortunately Titan 5 was closed, and we understand it has been closed for quite some time. We are now on the bullet train, heading to Osaka. Love to Tim, Shaki and Oliver.

David Cornell
In the last 24 hours Otto and I both achieved a Monorail and Bullet Train credit. He and I rode the Monorail out and back on its full length in Kokura. Now we are speeding on the Bullet train from there to Osaka. Space World park was interesting. The Launch coaster, Zaturn was a baby version of Kingda Ka, worth several rides. I am getting two tired to think of anything more.
Still thinking or both Al and Martha Amborn.

Kevin Schreiner
Finally a “real” park which like all the others so far was devoid of crowds. Tomorrow’s park likely will be heaving, I’m told. Good coasters today, except Titan was down. It’s as high maintenance as Peanut is, I guess. Hi to Ray and all back home.

Joe Sturek
Well speaking of high maintenance, Titan was down due to its annual maintenance, but the remainder of the Space World was Brilliant as the Brits say. Had a great time hanging out with the gang, even got KS on the missing indoor coaster, however I am afraid that he got the last laugh when I went thru the dark Alien Encounter walk-thru and was scared @#$$-less. Everyone was laughing at my expense I am afraid. Won’t be doing any more dark attractions with live actors, almost out of clean pants 🙂 Hello to Chris at home, miss my “happy place’.

 

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Day 13 – Universal Studios Japan

Dan Harvey
Universal Studios Japan was terrific! I’ve never been to one in the U.S., so this was my first. Really enjoyed the Hollywood coaster. Single rider queue line is the best thing since…. 🙂 We saw the Wicked performance, 1/2 English and 1/2 Japanese and very good. Spiderman the ride was very well done as well. We also watched the Water World show, and that was fun to watch things explode. The kids area was Peanuts themed, I loved listening to the Charlie Brown theme over and over! Very good day! Missing everyone at home!

Steve Gzesh
No surprises today: Universal Studios Japan was a wonderful park! Many of the attractions were basically copies of rides in the American Universal parks, but the coasters were definitely unique (and Hollywood Dreams coaster was outstanding!) Also unique to the park was a Broadway-style production of Wicked (which I’ll be seeing again in Seattle next week when I return home). It was a very good production with high production quality and excellent performances. Alas, when you trim a 2.75-hour show to 30 minutes – and translate it to Japanese – the story becomes a bit muddled and hard to follow! Overall, an excellent day. Here’s hoping our days at Disney next week are also met with heaving-but-not-chock-a-block crowds (see, I’m becoming bilingual with my new British phrases!).

Thomas Enders
Die Universal Studios Japan bieten viele Attraktionen, die es in gleicher Form auch in Florida oder Kalifornien gibt, wie Jaws, T2-3D, Back to the Future oder der geniale Spiderman-Ride. Die zwei Coaster und ihre Thematisierung dagegen sind Unikate und bisher nur hier zu finden. Der B&M Coaster ist wie gewohnt sehr angenehm zu fahren, zaehlt aber nicht zu den Mega-Rides, die viel Airtime bieten. Macht aber trotzdem viel Spass.

Christof Muehlan
Hooray for single rider queues! I saw everything, I wanted. And a lot of Japanese pupils in School uniforms.

Lace Patton
A wonderful day! I LOVE Universal Studios Japan – much better than Florida. I really like having all of the rides and shows within one park. I thought that the overall theming througout the park was fantastic. I would really enjoy returning to this park again in the future and spending more time there. Kevin and I enjoyed the stage show presentation of Wicked. It helped that we have both seen the full production previously though as it was shortened and mostly in Japanese. Hi Kahler triplets!

Lutz Konerding
Thanks to park management and staff we had a really bad day. Priced at 45 euros it is unacceptable that you are not allowed to re-enter the park the same day (“for your convenience”) (ed: you can re-enter the park, I did!). Also it is unacceptable that all major rides ran at half speed in the morning until the queues are 60+ minutes (e. g. dispatching one boat at jurassic park (queue at this time 40 minutes) took from the one (from two) used loading stations more than 5 minutes: using just one loading station at Spiderman (queue at this time 70 minutes) and sending the cars from the other one around empty; using one loading station on Hollywood Dream (queues whole day 50+)). Also unacceptable is the absolute stupid handling of the safety instructions (especially on Hollywood Dream). Sometimes you are allowed to take everything on the ride (e. g. unstrapped glasses or trip badges), sometimes you are forced to empty your zipped backpockets (e.g. train didn’t leave the station because of a pack of tissues in a zipped pocket…) And at least I ruined my watch walking miles and miles in the narrow and empty queuelines of the single riders queues (the only good thing in the park) as it touched one of the thousends of poles. Enough said, hoping for a better day tomorrow.

David Cornell
Universal was completely full of chocolate blocks today. Good things about Universal Studios Japan: free lockers that return your coin after use; single rider lines on 4 big attractions – the baby B&M hypercoaster, JAWS, Spiderman, Jurassic Park. Bad things about Universal: the policy that does not allow exit and reentry into the park (ed: again, you can leave, I did!). This meant that the City Walk restaurants were unavailable. I’ll have to come back some time when I am not on a rollercoaster enthusiast tour.

Andrew Lamb
Today was the first busy park for this trip, it was chock-a-block. The B&M was a very nice coaster, exceptionally smooth as all of them are, and has plenty of airtime. My thanks to Justin who fished me out of the main queue in the morning, I was unaware of the single rider queue, i assumed all the other club members had bought fast passes and were whizzing past in the queue! Even managed to get a front seat, if Justin was behind me in the line I would have offerred it to him. So Justin I owe you a drink or three!

Gregor Schroeer
Had a very nice time today and my best ride was spiderman and the B&M coaster.

Gloria Nakamura
ATTENTION JUSTIN – How do you spell chock-a-block? For those who don’t know, it means really crowded. Hollywood Dream – The Ride – First, Ride-Op Fashion Report – the girls were wearing these really cute black and white color block dresses and the guys sort of tuxedo wear. Loved the single rider line and being able to change the song on the ride. The choices were, ‘Thriller’ (for rock?), ‘Get Back’, a song by Enimen and two J-pop offerings. The ride does not meet my minimum air time requirement standards but defintely better in the back. But sailing over all the themed buildings, etc. was really fun. Jurassic Park was really good, it had more ‘working’ dinosaurs than any of the other JP’s. Jaws was fantastic. You are terrorized by the shark 5 times (?). I haven’t ridden it in Florida in a long time so maybe it’s good there too. Unfortunately, the single rider line was shut down today. While the brochure said it was open, all the single rider line signs are portable. The inability to leave and re-enter the park would have been intolerable if we had been able to stay until closing. As it is, we weren’t leaving anyway. The Japanese food, rice with some meat stuff and noodles with shrimp at the Discovery (?) restaurant near Jurassic Park was really good. The worst part of the day was that I had no time to buy anything at the Hello Kitty Boutique!!

Even Stangebye
Had a nice time in Universal Studios Japan, and this time it finally WAS crowded. Totally crowded. So, I bought a Fastpass-thing and also went for the single rider entrances. Still, wish we had some extra time there. Did the Spiderman ride for the first time, and really loved it. Best dark ride ever! It really was Hai OK! It was also nice to be back on a B&M again. Savner dere der hjemme!

Nina Kleppe
Universal Studios Japan is the third Universal Studios I’ve been to.

Tim Herre
… and on the eighth day God created the single rider line. Thank you, God! Your invention saved the day and got me three rides on Hollywood Dream (mediocre at best), two rides on Spider-Man (just as brilliant as the one in Florida), one go each on Terminator 2 (wow!), Jurassic Park (weee!), Backdraft (hoooo!), Jaws (sharp as a knife!) and Snoopy’s Great Race (saaaad!). Today was the first park of the tour, that was truly chock-a-block, as Justin would say. But thanks to God, it was bearable. Calling you later, Jenny – the hotel’s telephone doesn’t seem to work with calling cards. The day ended with a nice cleansing at the hotel’s spa, and the former plan of getting pissed might be replaced by falling asleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …

Dirk Lather
Na, ein Glueck, dass die Fluglotsen in Osaka gestreikt haben und ich jetzt doch noch dabei bin! Die Universal Studios Japan haben mir sehr gefallen. Die tollen Sitzkissen-Lapbars von dem B&M Hyperchen sind sehr rippenschonend, das war toll! Und zum Mittagessen gab es Spare Ribs – lecker!

David & Susan Ellis
Today was Universal Studios Japan, and our first busy park. Most of the rides had queues of about 1 hour, but fortunately all the top attractions had Single Rider Queues, which we both used to full effect, getting 4 goes on the excellent Hollywood Dream B&M coaster in the first hour. I did Jurassic Park, and got soaked, and Susan bought herself a Hello Kitty watch. Hollywood Dream has lots of lovely floaty airtime, and Susan was happy to ride 4 times. Spider-man was as excellent as the version we did in Florida. We also watched the Waterworld Stunt Show, which was also very entertaining. Now off to another hotel in another city. Big hugs to the cats, and hello to all back home.

Martin Valt
Good to be back in my rightful place adjacent to Susan Ellis’ thighs. Good also to be back at Universal Studios Japan four years on. Hollywood Dream is by no means the best B&M out there, but it’s still good fun. However I didn’t realise until today that it is so dangerous to ride a coaster with a handkerchief in my pocket. Am I the only one who didn’t know that ET has gone home? Hi Em xx

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A day at Universal. Park is very similar to the Florida park, featuring attraction based on old movies. It’s hot and I’m tired. Hi to ACE friends Mike, Al, Sue, Rich, Ann and all the others.

Kevin Schreiner
Universal Studios was definately chock-a-block today. Hollywood Dream was a very good B&M coaster, but I didn’t know there was a single rider line and waited an hour to ride. They had a very interesting show based on the Broadway musical Wicked. Some of the lyrics were in Japanese and some in English. All in all a good day, but could have stayed longer. Hi to Elphie and Coco.

Talhat Mahmood
Universal Studio with a Buskin & Robinson,”what more can one ask for”……….Steel Dragon 2000 tomorrow Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
It was a sunny, hot and chock-a-block day at Universal Studios Japan. It was the first crowded day of the trip so far. If it wasn’t for us buying the Universal Express pass we would have missed many of the attractions. The park needs help in their operations. They do not allow re-entry into the park! If you are ever in Japan we would suggest visiting another attraction more worth you hard earned money. The two coaster credits aren’t worth it.

James “Spanner” Hannaford
Universal today was a bit as expected WRONG bit like the first Disney Park I went to which was Paris. A good Park the usual Universal Standard but all in Japanese and before anyone says Yes I know Im in Japan and that’s Why Doh!!!!. Was nice to see another Spider-man Fantastic ride Thought Florida had the only one. Could have done with a bit more time in the Park but there’s a reason to come back. Good also to see Universal Studies Japan Merchandise without hunting for it like you do in Florida… But also at least there was Mercandise unlike other Japanese Parks!

Andy Costin
Today we hit Universal studios. Most crowds since we hit Lotteworld- busloads of schoolkids! Best ride: Spider-man. Hollywood Dream was ok, had to use single rider Q for it – but you could choose the on-board music. Busy day at a fun park

The Frenchies
Belle journee a Universal Studios Japan (Spiderman is very very VERY Good), et juste avant d`y arriver, nous avons vu le DELPHIS COASTER, Yes ! Whaouuuu !!! Coooooool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…… Bises a tous

Otto P. Dobnick
Today was my first visit to a modern day Universal Studios park. Alot like Disney, very nice looking; but with very much forced theming to hype up the rides, Q-line upcharges to separate the classes, and high prices. Finally rode the legendary Spider-man ride, a high-tech whizz-bang dark ride. The B&M coaster was a nice rideable family/kiddie version of the more typical B&M, though with super-hyping. Then there was that really weird Don Quixote (sp?) store in downtown Osaka last night.

Malcolm Marr
Started the day with a trip to Osaka Castle and a nearby Kendo class where some of the participants were keen to use us to practice on. We declined their invitiation for a battle but in hindsight it would have been fun to try the outfit on, not so much fun to be hit over the head with a cane though. Proper trip stuff saw us at Universal Studio where a small group of us chose to get the fast pass and hit the rides together in a small group. Best attraction of the day for me was Waterworld where the pirates were not holding back on the water chucking. The coasters are OK but not enough of a draw to encourage a revisit. We also got to see the Halloween parade which featured a nice haunting rendition of “I Want Candy”. The Japanese Bingo Cheerleaders met their match today in the parade’s dancing cats. Hi to Dirk, hope the healing is going well.

Jeppe Nygaard
Hej igen, glemte at naevne at en af vores tyske medlemmer, Dirk, desvaerre kom til skade/braekkede et ribben paa en vandrutchebane, og har maette opgive vores rejse og er floejet hjem 🙁 Rigtig, rigtig aergeligt, men det gaar haardt for sig undervejs. I dag var Universal Studios Japan. Jeg maa tilstaa at jeg bare elsker de her enormt store thema parker, de er simpelthen forrygende. Kaempe store shows/rides, kulisserne/sets er enorme, og hver enkelt af de store forlystelse har kostet mange, mange millioner dollar at bygge, saa man kan bare ikke undgaa at blive virkelig imponeret og overvaeldet.. Wow !! Bedste rides var kaempe B&M rutchebanen Hollywood Dreams, Spiderman 3D, Waterworld stuntshow, Terminator 3D … Alt i alt endnu en super dag her i Japan.. Og til sidst et stort knus til jer derhjemme, specielt Johanne, og et KAEMPE foes’dags knus og tillyke til Annette her fra Osaka, Japan 🙂

Cal Jones
Universal was both scorching hot and crowded – thank god for fast passes and single rider queues. We got everything done that we wanted to do, and had a fun day. Hollywood Dream was a pleasant coaster – smooth, with plenty of floating airtime – though not really an adrenaline machine. It’s the perfect ride for a park like this, however. I also got to do my first Spider-man, which was excellent. Only let down was ET, which turned out not to be a copy of the ride from Hollywood, but a crap walkthrough featuring clips from the movies and a plastic ET you could get your photo with (if you paid extra, which we declined to do). After queueing for it in the hot sun, we were less than amused! But never mind, the rest of the park made up for it.

Bennett-san
Last nights bullet train to Osaka was excellent, very good service, very fast and bang on time! We had a look around Festivalgate this morning which was a little sad to see the old coaster now left to rust away! Onto Universal Studios, Hollywood Dream was good especially if you took advantage of the SRQ (we did)! Also watched the waterworld show and rode Spider-man a couple of times and got our kiddie coaster credit too! On the road to Nagashima Spaland! Saionara!

 

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Day 14 – Nagashima Spaland, Fuji-Q

David & Susan Ellis
Today was Nagashima Spaland, and it’s Steel Dragon day. The world’s longest coaster did not disappoint, a very fun ride, and much better than I was expecting. The park had two great Schwarzkopf coasters, which were smooth and very pleasant. We finally got to ride the front seats of the Ultra Twister… a great view but the brakes were very abrupt. The corkscrew did what they always did, bang your head painfully, but at least we got it counted. Now heading off for what is expected to be a busy park, but with some great coasters, Fuji-Q Highlands park, at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Bob & Cheri Armstrong
WOOHOO!!! We rode our 1000th coaster today (as a couple). The coaster was Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land. For us this was a long anticipated return trip to this park. Our first trip did not find SD2K operating. It is a great ride, fast, very long, airtime, and wonderful gentle bunny hills on the return. We also rode the Wild Mouse (left) not running last time. Enjoyed riding the Schwarzkopf coasters again. The Looping Star had a beautiful new train. Took a break on the A/C equiped Ferris wheel. Fun to revisit a park, and not have to ride all the coasters. We miss Oliver!

Adam King
I’ve gotta change my shirt !

Kevin Schreiner
Finally got the Steel Dragon 2000 and Wild Mouse credits we missed in 2005. The park wasn’t busy and those were the only “must rides” so today was very relaxing.
Tomorrow will be another story, I’m sure. Thanks to Lace for sharing her delicious chocolate cake!

Talhat Mahmood
George & Richard the “MONKEY” is off my back. I’ve finally ridden Steel Dragon 2000 🙂

John Fidyk & Brad Haller
Steel Dragon 2000 surprised us as the best ride at Spaland and we got the left side of the Wild Mouse too. The park was not chock-a-block as we were expecting. The Bobkart was fun and the Ferris wheel had great air conditioning. Off to Fuji – Q now!

The francais de la Lorraine
Pour l’avant dernier parc pour notre part, se fut une tres belle journee (encore une, vous allez dire, et wiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!), car dimanche matin tres tot, sera le moment du depart, alors logiquement ce soir, <<>>. A l’approche d’une des plus belle ville du monde, Tokyo, nous allons nous reposer avant de profiter des derniers moments dans ce sympatic pays (le sake va coule a flot, ce soir). Today, Steel Dragon 2000, magnifique, splendide, d’une hauteur incroyable, sans parler de la vitesse, bref, je crois que tout le monde prefere ce manege. On notera un anniversaire dans le groupe alors bis a lui et un petit record pour un couple de petits vieux qui fete leur 1000 eme manege ensemble bis aussi. Pour conclure mes amis lecteurs, on se retouve demain meme hugng e heure, meme endroit. Big up a vous nos amis et familles (les luxos – brice, flo, et marine – pasckuallllllll – Odette {ne mange pas trop de legumes, gardes en moi } et Annie – mes potos du foot, linda et chami etcccccccccccc.. PTX

Andy Costin
Today we hit Nagashima Spaland, and Steel Dragon 2000. A great ride, and good fun, but by no means exceptional. Plenty more coasters to do as well, lucky the park was not busy – but the ride operations were a little slow, would have liked more rides on Steel Dragon.

The Otto
Today’s visit to Nagashima Spaland was quite wonderful; nine new coasters to ride and all were running and no crowds in the park at all to contend with. Steel Dragon was nice and fun; smooth, graceful, and easy to ride; roomy cars; a very pleasant family coaster kind of ride. The White Cyclone was more of a proper roller coaster; a bit rough but not at all difficult or uncomfortable to ride. So I did indeed reride it a number of times. Finally got a front seat ride on a Togo ultra twister. The surprise ride at this park was the BobKart; a souped-up modern-day version of the electric auto ride at Kennywood. I rather liked this unusual ride and will ask Santa Claus for one this Christmas. Also did the haunted house here, a well done Japanese-style one much different than what we are used to in the US. Today was a very good park day. Now we are heading east once again, passing yet another huge ferris wheel in seemingly every city.

Bennett-san
Return to Nagashima Spaland resort ! Steel Dragon is a great coaster and lived up to all the expections, also good fun to re-ride the Schwarzkopfs, Corkscrew and Ultra Twister. The rides here are in excellent condition thanks to the dedication of the park’s operations team. Thanks for the return! On the road now to Mount Fuji and Fuji-Q! Suge!

Dan Harvey
Finally made it onto Steel Dragon 2000!! Whooooo! It was very good, best in the back seat. Enough airtime to fit a Mayberry phone book underneath you, but nice smooth ride. No waiting for the front seat, (at least for us it seemed) so we got a few rows from the front on one of the rides. The Shuttle loop was good to ride again, it reminded me of the dozens of times I rode Montezuma’s Revenge with my Grandmother who passed away just before the trip. Great memories. Off to Fujiyama!

Steve Gzesh
How nice to return to Nagashimi Spaland and finally ride Steel Dragon 2000! It was definitely a great ride, though somehow I expected it to be a bit better with more massive airtime. It did ride much better in the afternoon, and I’ll bet it’s an extraordinary night ride. The Giant Frisbee was another great ride at the park, with massive swings of its pendulum arc! Onto Fuji Q now to pick up another missing credit from the 2005 trip (Fujiyama).

Even Stangebye
Had a nice time in Nagashima Spaland. Steel Dragon 2000 was ok, but not up there with the best. The woodie was a little bit better than Jupiter, but not very good to ride. Even Thundercoaster is less shaky!! The best thing in the park today was the Schwarzkopf looping coaster and their excellent freshbrewed coffee! Now on our way to Fuji Q. Hyggelig aa snakke med deg i dag mamma! Hils Pappa!

Andrew Lamb
Please see below!
It was nice of Nagashima Spaland to run the second train on steel dragon, it was a shame they waited for us to be on the coach leaving the place. I enjoyed all the coasters, even the Corkscrew was riding well. Despite all the bad reports I am very much looking forward to Fuji Q tommorrow

Gregor Schroeer
wie kurzweilig 7 Stunden Parkzeit sind wenn 9 Coaster darauf warten gefahren zu werden. Der fuer mich Beste heute Steel Dragon 2000.
Ihn habe ich 4x gefahren.

Gloria Nakamura
Nagashima Spaland was/is not one of my favorite parks on the trip because it’s too generic. All the rides in the park, except the BobKart (#1 ride in the park, sorry Steel Dragon), are all better somewhere else. But am I glad we came back to ride Steel Dragon and the left side of the mouse? Yes, I am! Richard Bannister had said that if you’ve ridden Mamba, you’ve ridden Steel Dragon. He was right. Both the hotel and the gift shop are very nice.

Nina Kleppe
Nagashima Spaland was a nice park. Finally got to ride Steel Dragon. The first drop was good, and some airtime hills at the end. The Shuttle Loop was fun too. Shame that one side of the Mouse was closed. Another credit lost today. Now off to Fuju Q.

Malcolm Marr
Started the day with a re-visit to Spaland where I got to ride a large red coaster called Steel Wagon or something similar that I don’t recall it being there last time. From there four of us left to visit Japan Monkey Park to gain/ride three more credits/coasters (delete as applicable). All were running and as well as being allowed to ride we were also allowed to pose stupidly around them. Hi to George and Richard! We’re now en route to Fuji where we’re going to have a happy, happy, a happy halloween (sorry can’t get that parade song from yesterday out of my head). We’re going to try to not break Fujiyama.

Jeppe Nygaard
Dagens forlystelsespark var Nagashima Spa Land, et stort spa kompleks hvor vi ogsaa boede i nat. Det var den foeste park som ogsaa var med paa 2005 turen til Japan, saa de fleste af forlystelserne havde jeg proevet foer. Dog var deres kaempe store rutchebane, Steel Dragon 2000 lukket sidste vi var her, saa det var en af de helt store ting endelig at proeve den. Den er en af verdens 10 hoejeste, 97 meter hoej, og meget lang. Siden vi havde proevet det meste, var vi 4 som stak af paa en lille ekstra tur til en mindre park, ca. en times koersel med taxi, saa vi fik lige proevet lidt mere end de fleste.

Vi er nu paa vej til Fuji-Q som ligger hoejt oppe paa bjerget mount Fuji, Japans hojeste … Slut for i dag 🙂

Cal Jones
Best park so far. The weather was warm rather than unbearably hot; the park was quiet but had enough locals to have some atmosphere; there was a nice selection of rides, and the coasters were well looked after. Steel Dragon 2000 was great, with lots of airtime (and wasn’t over-braked like the Cedar Fair Morgans) and it was nice to see older rides like the first gen Intamin freefall and the Schwarzkopf Looping Star and shuttle loop running really well. I enjoyed White Cyclone as well. Nice park, good day, and even some coaster merchandise in the shop. Epic win.

Adrian Whitcombme
After 4 years got to do Steel Dragon 2000. Well worth the wait and loads of floaty airtime in the front. Lack of seat choice is the only thing Nagashima needs to work on to become a world-clasas park. BTW – Happy Birthday Ian.

Ian Booth
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me…

Well it’s my Birthday today and WOW – what a way to spend it! It’s our 2nd visit to Nagashima Spaland and it’s a great park. We never got to ride Steel Dragon 2000 back in 2005 as it was down, so I had my fingers well & truly crossed that we would get to ride it on my Birthday… and we did… YIPPEE ! Justin very kindly ensured that I got the first choice of seat (front seat of course) on the first ride of the day. Was it worth the four year wait… absolutley! Cheers Justin. Many thanks for everyones Birthday wishes, and for my smiley face breakfast cake from Andy Huckle & Bennett-san. Fantastic day.

p.s Did I mention it was my Birthday today…?

Tim Herre
The day at Nagashima Spaland started off with a nice side trip to the Sauna, were we enjoyed the heat, waiting in a corridor that had no air-con, probably the only place in the hotel that could offer this experience. Thanks for finding this out! In honor of the man we love the most, I’ve had a nice pumpkin cake, before I rode the other half of the mouse, which wasn’t running last time. Then onto Steel Dragon, well, yeah, it’s good, but one train operation on a coaster that is over 2 kilometres long can be a bit tiring. The best coaster at NSL is still the Looping Star, which sported a nicely refurbished Schwarzkopf train. READ THIS, THEO ROSENZWEIG! GET THIS, THOMAS MEYER! Your crappy plastic Formula-1-Replicas you call trains are a heap of shit. Ask the people at Nagahima who did it and flush your crappy racecars. Now onto Fuji-Q, where I will ride Eejanaika and Fujiyama and then take a 100,000 yen taxi ride to a place that has a Zamperla Dragon coaster.

Dirk Lather
Boah, wie geil! EGF kann da ja mal garnix gegen! Und bei einem 6-Minuten-Takt und nur einem Zug auf der Strecke habe ich mich gleich wie Zuhause gefuehlt. Jetzt geht’t weiter zum Fuji, mal schauen, ob der hoeher ist als der Taunus.

David Cornell
Yeah, the other mouse was open. And we also rode Steel Dragon 2000 a few times. The more interesting adventure was last night when Gloria and I found ourselves on the skywalk from the hotel to the park when the doors were locked. Then as we walked back toward the park the lights went off. We did find an unlocked gate at the bottom of the steps that let us out of the park and onto the road. After a long walk around all three hotel building we made it to the front of the hotel where we got back in. I was only out there to get a picture of the big wheel. When I got back to my floor, I found that others had figured out how to open the window wide enough to step out on the balcony. This spot offered a better view than I found on my unscheduled long walk.

The day at Nagashima Spaland was great. It is nice to be able to visit a park a second time so I can enjoy the park without racing to get my coaster counts.

Lutz Konerding
Riding Steel Dragon was one of the reasons to do the trip. And it was worth it. Especially in the front row it is a great ride. The rest of the park was really good. It was good to see how wonderful the staff maintains the Schwarzkopfs. Fun day. The only silly thing was that I wasn’t able to find out why you are – at many rides – not allowed to leave the platform after (!) the ride without permission…

Lace Patton
Another great day. Really enjoyed Steel Dragon and I loved the Bobkarts. Also, enjoyed having chocolate cake for lunch – it’s great to be a kid again.

Christof Muehlan
The two Japanese girls that managed to get to Steel Dragon 2000 before us in the morning thought that Thomas’ name was the best.

Thomas Enders
Nach vier Jahren sind wir wieder in Nagashima und diesmal hatten wir Glueck, Steel Dragon 2000 fuhr heute.

Die Erwartungen wurden nicht enttaeuscht. Steel Dragon faehrt sehr ruhig und in der letzten Reihe machen die ersten zwei Drops bei der hohen Geschwindigkeit riesig Spass. Nicht der Beste, aber ein sehr guter Coaster.

 

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Day 15 – Fuji-q, Seibuen Yuenchi, Joypolis

Dan Harvey
So that’s what it’s like to make it over the lift hill on Fujiyama! 🙂 I enjoyed it. The finish is very unusual, a little rough but fun! Eejanaika was awsome!! I had no idea on which way we were going to end up at any point in time, just laughed the whole ride. Didn’t get to ride X, but if it’s anything like this, I can’t wait to ride it! It was too bad that every line queue for every ride was over 2 hours. Waited almost 3 hrs for Dodompa. It had 8 seat cars with many of them only running with 6 or 8 people. No single rider queue! There is still no launch like it though! Over all a good day, the weather helped by being cool and cloudy. Ate roasted eel with rice for lunch. Very good for park food! See everyone in a few days! TTFN

Steve Gzesh
At last I can count Fujiyama as a coaster I’ve ridden from start to finish (in 2005 I was evacuated from the lift hill). On the whole, I liked the ride. As for the rest of the park, calling it chock-a-block today doesn’t do it justice. I waited nearly three hours to ride Dodonpa and nearly every other ride had unimaginably long queues.

I never thought I’d see a park run less efficiently than Magic Mountain! Speaking of which, Fuji Q had a 4th-dimension coaster like X, and just like X, I hated it! Oh well, a credit is a credit and I don’t have to ride it again! Here’s hoping our final parks on the tour are less crowded!

Thomas Enders
Heute in Fuji-Q hatten wir Glueck und konnten trotz langen Warteschlangen den neuen Eejanaika und den damals defekten Fujiyama Coaster fahren.

Beide Coaster sind toll zu fahren. Und ich habe es diesmal auch geschafft und bin den Thomas-Coaster gefahren.

Christof Muehlan
I liked Eejanaika very much. Laughed all through the ride. Sadly, the queues were too long to even think about riding it again. And Top Thrill Dragster is still the best launched coaster in my book.

Lace Patton
Yet another great day. Today we visited Fuji-Q and were able to ride both Fujiyama and Dodonpa. I wish the queues would have been shorter as I would have loved to have ridden both multiple times. Although I will admit that Fujiyama is showing its age and has some definite rough spots. The park was really very crowded but the ride capacity was very low as the loading processes for all of the rides were painfully slow. Hi Troy, Nataha, Lisa, Zachary, Jacob, Gabrielle, and Daniel & Amy. Love, Mom

Martin Valt
Eejanaika is fantastic. Bannister is a stupid ….!

David Cornell
My feet hurt.

Gregor Schroer
This was my last day on the trip. Early tommorrow morning i will be flying back home to Germany. I would like to say thank you to Justin and the trips team for organising and running the trip. Everything went very smoothy which shows what a good team the ECC has. I would also like to thank the whole group for being very welcoming and friendly. English is not my first lanuguage and I appreciate your patience when cummunicating with myself.

I wish everyone has a good time over the next few days at the four parks tommorrow and also Disney on Monday as well as safe travels. I have enjoyed riding all the rollercoasters with you and will like to see everyone again on future trips.

Andrew Lamb
Blown away by Dodonpa’s launch, but not so much the top hat – it was quite painful. First 4D coaster experience for me. loved the first drop. please turn over.

David Cornell
Eejanaika blows X away. Great ride. Made me laugh out loud while riding. Too bad a holiday crowd only allowed us time to ride once.

Gloria Nakamura
Recall the worst park experience you’ve ever had, add 15% more misery and you have the Fuji Q experience. As hotel guests we were allowed to go into the park an hour early and wait. So we wait an hour to avoid waiting 2 1/2 hours.

Eejanaika is great… not as great as X-2 because you cannot pick your seat. On X-2 I sit in only one seat on one specific side of the train. Some seats are unacceptably rough on X-2 and the same is probably true (based on some comments I heard today) for Eejanaika. Usually, estimated ride waits are longer than they actually are. On Dodonpa the estimated wait was 2 1/2 hours and we waited about 2 hours, 20 minutes. The launch is unbelievable but not worth that long a wait. Loved Fujiyama, great speed, loved the over-banked turns and the wait was only an hour for the morning ride and about 40 minutes for the afternoon ride. Fugi Q is just not worth the trouble. I hope they never put in another ride.

David & Susan Ellis
Today was Fuji-Q, or as it was known today, Huge-y-Queue. First day of the public holidays produced the crowds we expected, and combined with some very slow ride operator performance, made it a real challenge to get all the coasters done. Amazingly we did manage to get all the coasters done, although at the sacrifice of stopping for food. Dodonpa was a fantastic ride, 0-107mph in 1.8 seconds is a exhilarating (or should that be accelerating) experience. Eejanaika was a great wake-up call to start the day… one of the benefits of the early hotel guest entrance was that we avoided the 2 hour 40 minute normal queuetime. I enjoyed the female operator bouncing her chest in my face when checking my restraints. Fujiyama was a different layout for a hypercoaster, and the straight drops were great…the bends were the usual Togo pain, but overall a good ride. Susan and I enjoyed getting cozy on the Great Fluffy Sky Adventure coaster. Hello to all back home, we will soon be joining you 🙁

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
It was a chock-a-block day at Fuji-Q. I am happy today was a return visit for us. We rode Eejanaika first. As we stayed at the resort last night, we got into the park early this morning to Q for a ride of our choice. So, we waited in line for an hour for the ride to open, but got on the second train out. The ride is different, and we liked it. We also finally got to ride Fujiyama (it was not operating on our last visit). We would have ridden more, but the lines were very long, and most rides are low capacity. On our way to Tokyo.

Kevin Schreiner
Finally got the two missing credits from Fuji-Q. Eejanaika was my first true 4th generation coaster and it was great fun. Fujiyama wasn’t so great but I got the stupid giggles on it, bracing for each icky bit. Rode the other coasters mainly as time fillers. Lace and I really liked the Haunted Hospital walk thru.

Talhat Mahmood
Only two positives from today at Fuji-Q. First I finally got to ride Fujiyama, which is such a great ride. While riding Fujiyama I was thinking of my good friends George & Richard who have been to Fuji Q twice but have been unable to ride Fujiyama (miss you guys). Second positive can only be Baskin Robbins. Tokyo here I come

Even Stangebye
I got through all 7 coasters at Fuji-Q on a horribly crowded park day!!! Not bad, as the queuing time for Dodonpa was 2.5 hours! Has Fuji-Q ever heard of Single rider lines? It was 1-2 empty seats on almost all the trains running, and that’s a lot with only 8 seats per train. I also got to do a few other rides, but unfortunately it was no time for the Horror Hospital as the queue time there was over 3 hours! So, I have a good reason for returning to the park one day. Now on our way to Joypolis in Tokyo.

Nina Kleppe
Had a busy day at Fuji Q. Got first ride on Eejanaika in the front. The longest wait was 2,5 hours to ride Dodonpa, and 1,5 hours too ride Fujiyama. But got to do all 7 coasters. Shame that I didn’t have time to que almost 3 hours for the Horror Hospital. Veldig dumt det. Now off to Tokyo. Hilser til Ole, Mette og Fairly Odd. Dere skulle vaert med. Vi har hatt en opplevelsesrik tur.

Malcolm Marr
Started the day with a ride on the giggle-inducing Hehejanaika, which was a super ride, way better than X and a not as bad as previously read reviews had indicated. Fujiyama was also running and surprisingly good with a strange layout and a great bobsleigh-like finish to it. It’s a shame that those who haven’t ridden it may not get a chance to do so now as the site is being earmarked for a new ride called Tonosama, which is Japanese for �Feudal Lord�. I’m not sure what the grasshopper trains in the poster have to do with that though. Dodonpa has also had a face-lift with animal coated cars (zebra, cheetah, lizard and polka-dot-snake) replacing the previously smiley sumo type faces, that now lie under the Fujiyama track. Now it’s off to Tokyo where tonight’s gonna be a good night. Tonight’s gonna be a good good night!!

Jeppe Nygaard
Hi Dirk. I heard from Tim that you are back and has been to hospital. I am really sorry that you aren’t with us any longer. I wish you a good and fast recovery, and hope to see you again soon.
I dag var det saa Fuji-Q. Parken var desvaerre fuld af publikum, det havde vi ogsaa forventet, men alligevel. Saa der var mega lange koer til alle de populaere attraktioner. Jeg fik proevet en kaempe stor bane som vi ikke fik med sidste har vi var her. Desuden en ny type, 4D coaster, Eejanaika, hvor man koerer paa siden af sporet og saederne kan rotere 360gr. Rundt, virkelig vildt, og totalt disorienterende. Der findes kun 2 I verden, den anden I USA, Californien har jeg ikke proevet, – endnu… Dodanpa igen, deres katapult coaster med den mest aggressive accelaration I verden, 0-172 km/h. paa kun 1,8 sekund. Wow! Sidst var deres spoelseshus/horror walk through, Hounted Hospital, a la Hotel Gasten I Liseberg, men 4-6 gange laengere, super uhyggelig, og helt forrygende fantastisk theming. Den var bare SAA fed !! men ikke for folk med sarte nerver .. Nu er vi paa vej mod Tokyo.

Cal Jones
First time at the aptly-named Fuji-Q. The hotel put on an elaborate meal for last night which many found a bit too challenging. I enjoyed most of the courses, but not the bracken jelly for dessert, which tasted like the henna paste I used to dye my hair with during my teens.
The park was very busy and there was no fast pass or single rider systems so we had to queue. Eejanaika was superb. I was laughing all the way around. I haven’t ridden X at SFMM so it was a new experience for me. I was a bit nervous of Dodonpa but the launch was great and I’d have loved to do it again had there been time. Fujiyama was good too, though the turns could have been a bit smoother.

The day ended on a bit of a sour note due to queue jumping children, which resulted in a bit of an altercation. Fortunately the park had an English speaking staff member who realized the family involved were in the wrong, but the whole thing was rather stressful. Hopefully the park will learn from this, though I somehow doubt it.

The Frenchies 
Pour notre dernier jour, nous avons passe une journee de OUFFFF, car le parc Fuji-Q, a la particularite d’avoir 3 des plus grands coasters du monde, tous avec leurs petits trucs a eux, La preuve, car il n’y a que today que l’on a fait 1h30 a 2h de fille d’attente. Une superbe vue arborait le parc, le fameux – mont FUJI – splendide. Au Japon, tout comme en Corree, de jolies filles illuminaient notre vue, – surtout celle d’Yvon. On arrive bientot a Tokyo, la ville de feu et lumiere, domage juste pour une soiree, pas grave comme disait Arnold Scharzy (I will be back). On va arroser par un tres bon restaurant et s’endormir quelques heures avant de quitter le groupe de singles de coasters. Se fut encore une fois, une tres belle experience que je recommande a tous ceux qui kiffffff l’aventure. Gros bissss a tous et a bientot.

 

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Day 16 – Toshimaen, Tobu Zoo & Tokyo Dome

Dan Harvey
It was wonderful to ride Regina again at Tobu Zoo! Still a great woodie! Off to Tokyo Dome to ride Thunder Dolphin. I’ll ride it for you at least once Eric! 🙂 OK, well only got one run on TD, but thought of you Eric.

Steve Gzesh
We hit two very nice parks today: Tobu Zoo and Toshimaen. TZ has some wonderful rides, including the new Intamin Kawasemi, which needs to be installed at many parks in the US; and Regina is still a great-running woodie that I could have ridden all day. It was great to finally ride the coasters at Toshimaen since we were rained out on the 2005 trip. Now off to Tokyo Dome to get some rides on Thunder Dolphin

Martin Valt
1500 on Kawasemi, best coaster on the trip. Brilliant!

Gloria Nakamura
Kawasemi is great fun. A coaster that should be at every park since it looks cost effective. However, Japanese ride operations continue to stun. There were two open single seats in different rows. They wouldn’t put anyone in the seats.

On the plus side, this meant Andy Lamb and I got the front row. Excellent airtime in the front and the back with the edge to the back but even the middle was good. Regina is a bit boring but it won’t kill you.

Finally got to ride the coasters at Toshimaen. My favorite ride was the powered Blaueren Enzian (“mountain flower”) it’s like the Flying Fish at Thorpe Park (my favorite powered coaster). Also, a really good, huge Pirate Ship. On the Corkscrew, the ride operators make you take all of your stuff. On another ride (but this might have been at the Tobu Zoo), they make you leave everything, including the lint in your pockets, and yet they failed to notice on ride filming.

Lace Patton
I slept, I ate, I shopped – I took the day off – now ready to run more.

Christof Muehlan
The view on Thunder Dolphin was breathtaking, just as good as I had hoped. Not that good as a coaster, but the view more than makes up for that.
Sadly, I only got one ride.

Martin Valt
Apparently I snore less than Andy Huckle. My favourite Japanese t-shirt – “Never Monkey Cheese Whore”. Kawasemi rocks, although how much more could it have cost to clean the lake a bit?

Gloria Nakamura
Thunder Dolphin was great, considering no air time and the sewage waste facility located underneath the track leading back into the station. More great Japanese ride operations. They won’t seat single riders next to each other… even
though each rider has an individual seat.

Even Stangebye
Two great coasters today: Kawasemi in Tobu Zoo and Thunder Dolphin in the Tokyo Dome area. Both excellent Intamin coasters, probably the best coasters on the trip! We also visited Toshimaen, a nice little park in Tokyo. Looking foreward to DisneySea tomorrow!
Sees hjemme om noen dager!

Bennett-san
Our first park Tobu zoo was quite busy but not many people were riding so I managed three rides on the excellent Kawasemi and four rides on Regina which was running very well. The return to Toshimaen was good so I got my corkscrew credit and rode the massive Flying pirates! Only one word for Thunder Dolphin ‘Suge !’ Koni chi wa !

Nina Kleppe
Tobu Zoo was a nice park. Kawasemi was a great Intamin coaster. Regina was very good woodie. Veldig bra. Then we went to Toshimaen to get 4 credtits. Thunder Dolpin at Tokyo Dome was great. Riding between the buildings at night. Superb. Veldig bra. Tomorrow off to Disney Sea.

David & Susan Ellis
Another great day. Plans had to be changed slightly, losing Seibuen Yuenchi from the itinerary, due to bad traffic on the Tokyo roads. Tobu Zoo included a pretty decent woodie called Regina, a looping mouse coaster, and a superb Intamin Megalite coaster called Kawasemi, with loads of airtime. We were lucky enough to get a front seat on it, although we weren’t in the seat that long! That was followed with a visit to Toshimaen, which had a great coaster called Cyclone, with a tunnelled helix that took most riders by surprise. The evening was spent in Tokyo Dome, where we did the first impulse coaster, Linear Gale, but it was running really slow. The evening highlight was the great coaster Thunder Dolphin… an amazing ride, with terrific views of the city and the unusual journey through the middle of the hubless Big Wheel.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
It was a chock-a-block day. A return visit to Tobu Zoo, we found a very busy park. However, the lines moved fairly quickly. We enjoyed Kawaseni, a very nice Intamin. Every mid-size and small park should have one. We saw a parade of animals, including a gaggle of geese. This was a return visit for us, and had previously ridden the other coasters. Happy that Regina was still running well. Then on to Toshimaen, a park we were rained out of last time. The coasters were okay, but we loved the Carousel. The carousel was built in 1906 and came from Coney Island, NY. It was three levels, with each level operating at a different speed. The carriages were upholstered in colorful velvet. Tokyo Dome and Thunder Dolphin did not disappoint. Now off to Disney Sea on our last bus ride. We will get back on our own tonight, so will now say thanks to Justin, Kevin and others for planning a great trip. We’ve enjoyed this trip immensely, great to renew friendships and to meet new coaster enthusiasts. Hope to see everyone on a future trip.

Kevin Schreiner
Due to holiday week in Japan and the resulting traffic, we had to skip Seibuen Yuenchi, home to two new credits. Rats! Kawasemi was the only new credit at Tobu Zoo and was a great Intamin coaster. Had a great day at Toshimaen with Peanut and the KY Boys, where the only new credit was Mini Cyclone. It was a great little ride. Tokyo Dome City was a lot of been there, done that. Thanks to Justin and everyone else involved in planning this great trip. Hope to join you all on a future trip!

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Another great day shame we had to drop a park but more reason to come back again. Day ended on a HIGH Back seat on Thunder Dolphin with the added comedy of Martin Valt being pinned into the seat by a Petit Japanese Girl (In the end was 2) making uuuuuhh noises which I’m sure Martin enjoyed as did I lol. One of the best On ride experiences of my Life. Thunder Dolphin is still in the zone of Who decided to build this here Genius!!!!. The Big O (Wheel) could do with a window cleaner though. Now off to DisneySea. Probably the last entry from me so Thanks to all involved especially Justin and Kevin (R.I.P. Kevin x) for excellant planning as ever What’s NEXT!!!!

Malcolm Marr
No Seiben Yuenchi due to the holiday traffic but people shouldn’t forget they got Tongdo Fantasia thrown in for free earlier in the trip so the number of rides is still the same. A busy day in Tokyo with a morning trip to the Meiji Shrine, 3 parks and an evening venture out to the Shibuya crossing, which was extremely busy even at 11pm on a Sunday. As for the coasters Thunder Dolphin was the best of the day and Linear Breeze the worst. We managed to find a cheap version of Spider-man which featured a cat-suit clad woman instead of Spidey; that was cute. Now we’re on our way to DisneySea and Land (where’re air and fire?) for a busy day of holiday crowds and American Schmaltz. From here Jeppe and I are staying out to fly to Hokkaido to visit that island so as I won’t be travelling back with the Club I’ll take this opportunity to say thanks to those involved in the organisation of the trip (I’ll have a drink for Kev!) and thanks to those who helped fill the coach and made the trip a go-er.

Cal Jones
Enjoyed Tobu Zoo. The Intamin was very nice and the woodie was fun too. It was also good to see the animals were in appropriate enclosures and well cared for, unlike the zoo we visited in Korea. Toshimaen was a smaller, more traditional park but nice to visit. I was mostly looking forward to the Tokyo Dome, though Linear Gale was a disappointment as they seemed to be running it at half speed. Linear Fail. Thunder Dolphin, though, was awesome, with spectacular views of the city. I wish we could have had more than one ride but we had a lot to cram in.

Off to DisneySea today, then home tomorrow. It seems as though we’ve been out here for a long time – getting back to normal (and overcoming the jet lag) will be tough, but I’ll have a lot of good memories of this trip. Roll on June and the USA!

Tim Herre
I’m knackered. Falling asleep on every single coach ride. Yesterday was now exception, although there were some nice coasters thrown in. Tobu Zoo is a nice place, with the Piraten predecessor Kawasemi. No theming, one train operation and absolutely RIDICULOUS loading spoiled the overall great ride experience. Did the Togo Looping Mouse again, and it’s still very smooth, sounds unbelievable, but is true. Regina was running well, still a weak design, but obviously well cared for. Tentomushi, the medium Tivoli there, is still my favourite coaster name world wide. After Tobu Zoo, it was off to Toshimaen, as Seibuen Yuenchi had to be scrapped due to heavy traffic. Toshimaen is a great little park, but the best thing was they had a German Beer Fest running! Thanks, you lovely Japanese! Tried to sport the Breaker, but was not that succesful, due to an absolutely CRAP program. Sacrilege! After that, we headed straight to Tokyo Dome City, were we managed to do Linear Gale (fast like a snail), the mouse, Thunder Dolphin and the new Spider-Man rip-off “Tokyo Panic Cruise”. Try to build a Universal Studios ride with a Holiday Park budget, and Tokyo Panic Cruise is what you get. Compared to the original Spidey it was complete rubbish, but still kind of entertaining. After a stroll to the infamous Shibuya crossing, we’re now on our way to DisneySEA. Let’s SEA how busy it is. I do expect the worst, as the highway to the park is bumper to bumper.

Jeppe Nygaard
Sidste report fra Japan. Vi er nu paa vej mod Tokyo Disney SeaDet er sidste dag foer ECC turen slutter og folk er paa vej hjem, nogle er allerede rejst nu. Det har vaeret en rigtig god tur, med en mindre flok en vi typisk “plejer” hviket har vaeret fint og mindre stressende i et saa anderldes land, paa trods af at vi “kun” har vaeret 45 personer, var der stadig folk fra Norge, Danmark, Tyskland, England, Frankrig og USA. Naesten allesammen folk jeg kender fra tidligere rejser. Herfra er Malcolm og jeg paa egen haand herfra, vi har en dag for os selv i Tokyo for vi flyver nordpaa. Knus herfra til jer alle derhjemme, og kaempe kuns til Johanne 🙂 Glaeder mig til at se jer igen …

 

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Day 17 – DisneySea & Disneyland

Dan Harvey
Disney Sea – what to say… we managed to get into the Tower of Terror in just under 3 hours. Raging Spirits was a walk on with the single rider queue!! Front seat too! It was much nicer than I remembered in 2005. Walked alot, dodged alot of people kids and strollers. Holiday crowd. Unbelievable. Beautiful park. Ready to fly home tomorrow. Wonderful trip, grateful to be able to have this experience. Thanks Amy!, I Love You!

Steve Gzesh
I now have the definitive definition of chock-a-block: Disney Sea. No doubt, it is a wonderful park with excellent rides and outstanding theming, but my god, I have never been to a more crowded park before! I waited nearly three hours to ride Tower of Terror (a great attraction, BTW, with some very cool special effects, but the drop sequences in the Florida version are far superior). Thank goodness there were three good rides with single-rider queues! I’ll return again to these Disney parks some day, but not during this time of year!

Christof Muehlan
That was the most crowded park I have ever seen. Still got on a fair amount of rides. At least far more than I had expected. Again – Hooray for single rider queues!

Martin Valt
Glad I’d been to DisneySea before.

Andrew Lamb
Feet hurt, extremely busy park queues for everything including the blog. Still managed to have a good time, need to come back sometime soon! better start packing when I get back to the hotel. The whole trip has been amazing highlight has to be Lotte World Aqua Trax and the B&M inverter Phaethon. Thanks to everyone who helped plan and run the trip. It was near faultless. see you all on many future trips.

Gloria Nakamura
Disney Living Sea better in 2005.

James “Spinner” Hannaford
DisneySea was a surprise Park to me as didn’t realise we were going there till the Trip Itinery arrived. Just wish we had a bit more of a warning that there would be so many people in there. After such a great visit in 2005 and telling people how great the park is today has spoilt it. Check Japanese Holidays Page One (Journey to the centre of the Earth 4 Hour wait – Tower of Terror 3 hour wait !!!!!!!1

Andy Costin
Disney Sea – a beautiful park, with great theming and rides, but on a public holiday – forget it! I’ve seen rock festivals less crowded! Hell on earth if you don’t like crowds.

Malcolm Marr
Justin said earlier in the trip that he wished there were more people in the parks. Well today Disney made his dream come true with both parks full to capacity and people being turned away. Spent 6 hours queueing for 2 rides and managed a couple more besides. Tower of Terror (the must do for me) was great with an absolutely mind blowing pre-show. Journey to the Centre of the earth was also a lot of fun. But now I’m knackered!! Thanks to Cal and Jeppe for participating in the most stupid game of charades in the Journey queue line (that’s what we resorted to to stay awake)

Tim Herre
The final day of the trip at the busiest park in the world on their busiest day – phew! But the tag team (Joe, Christof and I) still managed to do ToT, JttCotE, 20000 LutS (twice!), Indy, Raging Spirits and the Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster! Wow! Thanks, mates – and thanks to everybody involved in organising this extra-fine trip, i.e. Justin, Kevin and everyone never mentioned. Top Job!

Dirk Lather
Am letzten Tag haben wir nochmal das Hotel gewechselt. Was war das denn bitte fuer ein Scheissladen! Der Fahrstuhl hat immer so Zicken gemacht!

Cal Jones
Never been in a park this busy but Disney Sea was a fantastically themed park. Managed to do Tower of Terror and Journey to the Centre of the Earth but no coasters (which were the worst rides there!) Would love to return when it was less crowded.

 

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