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  1. With Lagunasia done and dusted much quicker than expected, I turned my attention to Legoland Japan. (Took a couple of hundred pics) I hadn’t initially put this on my itinerary, but it was only gonna take about 90 mins to get there (Basically, a train to Nagoya, then a local Aonami line train down to the port area, with the station right near the park) It meant I’d have about 3h in the park till close, which I figured was plenty for what I wanted to do. The park is kind of in this outlet mall meets dining district (Like Harbour Town at Docklands) with the park hotel right at the front entrance. The place is poisonously expensive, costing 7000JPY to get in, making it far more expensive than a day at Disney. On the other hand, it probably represents great value for money for kids, since they’ll basically want do to every single attraction, and there is a fair bit despite the compact size of the park. I felt it looked a lot better than Legoland Windsor, which was basically cruddily themed stuff with the odd lego statue to tart it up. This place seemed much more colourful, and more of the buildings and theming looked like it was made out of actual lego bricks, which is what Legoland should be IMO. As for the rides Dragon A fairly sizable family coaster, with a lengthy dark ride section through a castle with Lego models. You pass through rooms like the jesters court, the kitchen, the dragons keep etc. Outside of Disney, Legoland Japan staff are probably the best in Japan, very efficient, chilled, they kept two trains running easily. Dragon’s Apprentice This is the same clone as the kiddy coaster at Sea World. Observation Tower I tried to get this one out of the way early since the sun sets so early. Well placed for views of the park, though I wish they would use safety glass not Perspex on these rides, since that does seem to get scratched and faded more easily. Miniland Really good, and if you’ve been travelling around Japan you’ll get a fair bit out of it because it’s likely you’ll visit / have visited many of the places. Many of the models had push buttons to make them move. For example you could set a stage concert going, or send a lift up the skytree, or make cars move through the production line at a car factory, and even make the giant robot seen at Oidaba move around. It was funny too how they got around copyrights…The Gilco man was missing from Dotonbori, and Shibuya 109 became Shibuya 601. They don’t kick you out right on closing, so I was able to come back for a longer look. Submarine Adventure A bit of my motivation to come here was to try this. It’s a mack submarine ride, so is really a glorified overhead monorail ride, and the vehicles are in effect like a glass bottom boat, with the viewing area forced below water level. The queue has play areas you can leave your kid in while you wait. The ride was dead so I got a sub to myself so was able to scoot around and get a good look. Im not sure I’m a fan of the underwater atlantis theme, it did make it feel like you were in brick tanks, and natural would have looked better. But it is a cool little attraction and the movement through the zones with fish and sharks swimming around you does give the opportunity for a fun narrative. The layout is quite simple though, literally an oval, but I guess if you did something with a few turns you’d be quadrupling the size of the pool. And to be honest, its not that noticeable that the layout is simple, because the scenery is ever changing. There was also a mini sealife area at the exit. Lost Kingdom Adventure A dark ride set in an Egyptian tomb. No story to follow really, it just seemed like they did a few random sets, eg a bad guy stealing something, explorers with magnifying glasses, and a completely weird one with a bunch of skeletons playing in a band. Again, the layout was actually quite simple, a simple oval, so it was over before you knew it. Flying Ninjago Cant resist doing a sky fly when I see one. A bit harder to flip so no chance to be a showoff. I wouldn’t have minded trying this but had no time. Lego Factory Tour Free lego brick! It did feel a bit drawn out. The most interesting part was the room at the end with actual manufacturing machinery. The two prior rooms were just preshows (Thankfully subtitled) explaining how the process works, so to be honest 2/3 video and 1/3 actual interesting stuff is the wrong ratio. The rest of the park was smaller rides, all nicely themed. In particular the lego city area had a fair bit of humour to it. I liked how the pirate area actually recreated the pirate ship lego kit. Heaps of play areas. Not a lot of Japanese signs on shops and so forth, so I dunno how a kid with limited English education in primary school would be able to enjoy it? Overall, I thought it looked a lot better than Windsor, and just the right size for a family park. When is Merlin gonna do Legoland Sydney or something? "Endut! Hoch Hech!
  2. Gazza

    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    Apart from say standard model water slides, aren't most major rides built in Australia a new ride system for here?
  3. Yeah that's what I thought too. Like Hissteria should be the stingray sized flat that goes next to the coaster.
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    Dreamworld February Update 2020

    I sought out the one at the Stuttgart city hall. It was very seamless and quick, though no way its wheelchair accessible due to the small window of time you have to step into the box.
  5. Lagunasia is a small, but well-ish themed* park located in Gamagori. It’s “on the way” to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka. You can catch an all stops Shinkansen to Toyohashi, then switch to a local train to Gamagori, where shuttle buses run from the station to the park every 30 mins. Once you are done at Lagunasia, you can jump back on the bus to the station, then train to Nagoya and be there in an hour. First things first, would I bother making an effort for this place or recommend it as must do? Probably not. The place isn’t “bad” per se, but it’s definitely past its prime. It would have looked great when it opened, but its weathered now, and has a shitload of tacky food stands and temp attractions / overlays that just clash and ruin the look of the park. There are only a small number of attractions, which are ok, but you’ll be done in a couple of hours easy, and to be honest, if you are headed to Disney etc, then the dark rides here wont offer you much, and only 1 out of 3 of the coasters was really enjoyable. Past trip reports were quite glowing, and previously they had an Indiana Jones style multi motion dark ride (Which got replaced by a coaster) which would have been great, but yeah its def a has-been place now. You can download a discount voucher from the English website and show your passport. First impresions are good. A friendly staff member took my photo at the entrance. But it just seems a bit hodge podge, with random photo ops, attraction overlays, temp food stands, and the lights and fountains set up in the pools. As for the rides. Stellar Coaster Basically a spicy roller skater. Pirates Blast There used to be an Indiana Jones style EMV dark ride in here, and it's a tragedy this was removed, since they are so rare and special, and I'm obsessed with them. They retrofitted a coaster through the same scenes, and it felt a lot like the first half of scooby in terms of pacing and intensity. Smallish drops and multiple short lifts through a temple environment that looked pretty good. Towards the end is a big drop below ground level in front of a glass window with the ride name written on it, a few more outdoor turns, and then the ride is over. The ride has VR, with some awful additional theming to promote this, but of course i did it no goggles so i could see the theming. Aqua Wind Gerstlauer boblsed coaster, so its like a better version of a wild mouse. You can tell from the pics what to expect. I did think it was lacking bunny hops compared to other ones of these Ive done. At one point you pass through a building, which was just a big blacked out shed inside with a scale model glowing planet type thing in the middle. Fire Fire Next This one is a suspended dark ride like peter pan, except it went up and down some very steep hills so you'd move up several meters to scenes on the upper level then back down again, etc etc. The lighting was cool, and the targets looked like devil possesed pokemon. Magic Powder Everyone bangs on about this ride, and it's cute, but lets be honest, if you have ridden "its a small world" you don't need to go out of your way to see this. The queue is well themed, like a toy factory. There was a great bit of theming where toys went into a machine where magic powder was applied, and through the use of peppers ghost and a screen, the toys would come to life. The ride is a giant turntable, and you sit in rotating cans, and move past a few scenes. The story goes the magic powder is stolen so everyone is sad because they cant make toys. The elves in the toy factory travel to various locales (town, forest, under the sea etc) to find the thief. From memory the final encounter with the cartoon villain is very silly (he looked like a cross between Bart Simpson and Sonic the hedgehog) and vanishing magic powder is used to banish him. Of course in the final scene everyone is celebrating that the toy factory is working again. Legend of Labyrinth I felt Bermuda vibes on this one, as you pass through themed caves. At one point is a lift hill, turntable, and backwards drop with a camel hump. The climax comes with a dragon animatronic, and then you seemingly pass into the "afterlife" in the next scene, which is filled with thousands of dots of white light. The final drop is outdoors, and a bit of a soaker. Parallel Walk A cycle monorai I did to get a few photos over the park. As for the rest of the place.... So to sum up, if you are genuinley interested, go, but I wouldn't bother structuring your trip around a visit to this place.
  6. Gazza

    Dreamworld February Update 2020

    If you were building it today you'd just do a lift and stairs. But at present, its a waste of money to reconfigure the queue on such an old ride.
  7. Gazza

    Dreamworld VS Movieworld

    Why though? I cant go and visit either.
  8. Gazza

    Dreamworld VS Movieworld

    I feel like there is a second sentence missing from your post.
  9. Gazza

    Dreamworld VS Movieworld

    Movie World is my Favourite because it has DC Rivals and Superman. WWF and JL i enjoye too....Im waiting to see how scooby turns out with its improvements.
  10. I just came here to say that the peak and off peak pricing at Disney and universal tends to align with road closures by default, because they tend to have everything open on peak days