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East Meets ACE – Part 5: Fuji-Q Highland / 富士急ハイランド

East Meets ACE – Part 5: Fuji-Q Highland / 富士急ハイランド As we looked at the weather forecast for our trip it quickly became apparent that Tuesday, September 25 was going to be problematic in terms of rain. This was our day to visit Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan.  Operating since 1961, it was formerly known as Fujikyu Highland.  It is well known for having issues with slow operations.  We were scheduled to be at the park all day from open to close, nine hours.  We arrived at 9:00 before the rain started and hoped it would hold off until […]

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East Meets ACE – Part 4: Yomiuriland / よみうりランド

East Meets ACE – Part 4: Yomiuriland / よみうりランド Our second park of the day was Yomiuriland in Inagi, Tokyo, Japan.  Operating since 1964, this park is somewhat larger than the previous one we visited that day.  We had about four and a half hours there and it was fairly busy. We presented a plaque to the park when we arrived.   Bandit (Togo, Steel Sit Down, 1988) This mammoth coaster is 5,118’ long and 167’ tall with a change in elevation of 256’.  Its top speed of 68 mph makes it a powerful coaster, and its setting overlooking Tokyo […]

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East Meets ACE – Part 3: Toshimaen/としまえん

East Meets ACE – Part 3: Toshimaen/としまえん On Monday, September 24 we continued our journey with Toshimaen in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan.  We began the day with a plaque presentation and almost an hour of ERT on the park’s coasters. We had about three hours in the park.   Cyclone (Togo, Steel, 1965) I was very interested to ride this coaster, the fourth oldest in Japan, (and the oldest one we got to ride) but I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is.  From its comfortable velvet seats to its interesting log themed cars, from its frequent airtime […]

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East Meets ACE – Part 2: Tokyo Dome City / 東京ドームシティ

East Meets ACE – Part 2: Tokyo Dome City / 東京ドームシティ After a bit of a drive we arrived at Tokyo Dome City in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan Sunday afternoon.  Operating since 1958, this park is part of the huge Tokyo Dome development where Vanessa had gone to see the Tokyo Giants baseball team play the previous day.  Formerly known as Korakuen Amusement Park, this park is in the middle of the city.  We arrived around 2:30 to find a very busy park.  It took a good bit of time to ride the park’s one coaster, and the only reason we […]

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East Meets ACE – Part 1: Tobu Zoo Park / 東武動物公園

East Meets ACE – Part 1: Tobu Zoo Park / 東武動物公園 After checking in Saturday evening, East Meets ACE officially kicked off with our trip Sunday morning, September 23 to Tobu Zoo Park in Minami, Saitama, Japan.  We had three hours that morning including an hour of ERT on Kawasemi and Regina.  Operating since 1981, it is owned by Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. and managed by Tobu Leisure Planning Co., Ltd.  It is a large, spread out park with lots of animals and is divided into themed lands: Wakuwaku Street, Honobono Street, Libertyland, Pleasure Land, Dokidoki Street, Africa Sabanna and […]

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East Meets ACE – A Journey to the Land of the Rising Sun – Prologue: Tokyo – Continued

East Meets ACE – Prologue: Tokyo – Continued We arrived at Ryogoku Station and walked to the Japanese Sword Museum. While the museum is rather small, it had a good display of Japanese sword craftsmanship, some dating back to the 12th century. It was fascinating to learn more about how swords are made and to see the intricate artwork involved. From here we admired the attached garden and headed back to Ryogoku Station and took the subway to Ueno-okachimachi Station near Ueno Park. Our plan was to have a quick lunch, visit the Shitamachi Museum, which showcases the history of […]

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East Meets ACE – A Journey to the Land of the Rising Sun – Prologue: Tokyo

East Meets ACE – A Journey to the Land of the Rising Sun   East Meets ACE – Prologue: Tokyo When I first joined ACE in 2003 I was fascinated by the article in Roller Coaster about ACE’s European Coaster Odyssey in 2002.  I thought how interesting it would be to go on an international trip with ACE.  But in 2005 when ACE joined ECC for a trip to Japan, I never even considered going.  I had only been out of the country once and I did not know many people yet.  Later, as I read the reports of that […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Epilogue – Ocean City, MD – Continued

Continued from Previous Thread Baja Amusements The next morning we stopped by Baja Amusements, a family entertainment center.   Wacky Worm (Fajume, Wacky Worm Family Coaster, 1998) Expected ride – 1 ride. They also have Bumper Boats, Baja Mini Golf and Go Carts along with two children’s rides.   Trimper’s Rides We then headed to Trimper’s Rides, a park that has been in the same family for 128 years. The park owner, Brooks Trimper, talked to us and told us about the history of the park.  They were presented a recognition by the National Amusement Park Historic Association.  We were […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Epilogue – Ocean City, MD

On Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 the ACE Mid-Atlantic Region held Ocean Fest at the parks of Ocean City, MD.  We left the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg Saturday morning headed for Ocean City.  We arrived around noon for the first day which would be at Jolly Rogers at the Pier and Jolly Rogers Amusement Park.   Jolly Roger’s at the Pier This park extends out over the water. I had been here before in 2010.  While we did not have ERT, we were given tickets for all rides at both parks.  We started at the Pier.   […]

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ACE Coaster Con 41 – Maryland & Virginia: Part 3 – Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Continued

Continued from Previous Thread Germany – Rhinefeld One of the most immersive countries is Germany.  It also includes a children’s area, Land of the Dragons, which has six children’s attractions. Alpengeist:(Bollinger & Mabillard, Inverted, 1997) This inverted coaster takes its theme from a ski lift gone crazy, attacked by an abominable snowman type creature. The on ride theming for this ‘Ghost of the Alps’ is excellent; it could not make better use of terrain, landscaping and structures.  It is nearly impossible to see what is coming up next and it is extremely well paced.  Theming of snow in the tunnels […]

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