Tag: Amusement Park

France – Disneyland Paris

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Yes, I know I live less than an hour away from Disneyland in Anaheim, but I’m still a big enough geek that wanted to go to Disneyland Paris while I was in France.

Lot’s of things are similar to other Disney parks, but there’s enough differences to make it worth checking out. One of the biggest differences was Tomorrow Land. The Paris Tomorrow Land has a cool Jules Verne theme to it and Space Mountain has a pretty wild looping roller-coaster.

Disneyland Paris.

Entrance to Main Street USA

Disneyland Paris.

Walt Disney Studios Park

Disneyland Paris. Forrest Brown

I'm the taller one.

Disneyland Paris.

Let Go! Let Go!

Disneyland Paris.

The attention to detail and maintenance was definitely not as good as the other Disney parks I've been too.

Disneyland Paris.

Like some of the other Disney parks, there's a hotel above the entrance to the Disneyland Park.

Disneyland Paris.

Le château de la belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle)

Disneyland Paris.


Disneyland Paris.

Disney Village

France – Disney – Hidden Mickeys


I only found a couple of hidden Mickeys while I was at Disneyland Paris.

Hidden Mickey at Disneyland Paris.


Singapore – Universal Studios

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Singapore has just gotten it’s own Universal Studios. Most of the ride are pretty much the same as at other Universal Studios, but there were a few new ones. Unfortunately, The Battlestar Galactica Roller-Coaster and Madagascar ride were not open yet.

You can see the wild looking Battlestar Galactica Roller-Coaster in this photo, unfortunately it was not running.

Outside the Madagascar ride

The Mummy

Far Far Away

The Lost World

Japan – Disney Hidden Mickeys

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I went to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea several times while I was in Japan. While there I was able to a couple Hidden Mickeys.

Tokyo Disneyland

Like in California Disneyland, there’s a Mickey Head in one of the planets during the que for the Buzz Lightyear ride.

Outside of Buzz Lightyear there’s a sculpture of the little green alien guys, on the back of the sculpture there’s a Hidden Mickey.

Haunted Mansion

Tokyo DisneySea

In the Mermaid Lagoon area there are several Hidden Mickeys in the wall surrounding the King Triton statue.

Someone had made a Hidden Mickey in the dirt.

Hidden Poo Head

Hidden North America. I think the couple sitting on the bench was wondering why I was taking a photo of them.

Someone had formed a Hidden Mickey out of rope on one of the gondolas.

Japan – Tokyo Disneyland Food

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Crab Meat Pizza at Tokyo Disneyland. Pretty good!

Los Angeles – Halloween Horror Night

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Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Los Angeles – Trash at Disneyland

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday. I went to the Anaheim Disneyland and Disney California Adventures last week. Normally Disney is famous for how clean and neat they keep everything, but for some reason the trash was overflowing the trash cans in the line for Toy Story Midway Mania! at California Adventures.

Japan – Fuji-Q Highland


I when to the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Fujiyoshida Japan near the base of Mount Fuji with three Japanese friends, Ayako, Taka, and Kumiko. Taka and I took the bus from Shinjuku while Ayako and Kumiko meet us at Fuji-Q. Becasue the Shinjuku station is such a huge crazy maze of buildings and train platforms Taka and I couldn’t find each other and ended up missing the bus we had planned to take. Fortunately there was another bus, but we had to wait an hour.

The Entrance to Fuji-Q.

Eejanaika is a super gnarly 4D roller-coaster similar to X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles except Eejanaika is higher and faster. What make it a 4D coaster is that the seats can roatate forward or backward 360 degrees independently of the track. The track makes three loops, but your seat flips many times. This makes it super disorientating, you’re never sure which way you or the track is going.

Eejanaika Roller-Coster.

The first drop of Eejanaika, straight down!


Fujiyama is more of a standard steel roller-coaster, but it’s huge and fast. It’s the world’s eight tallest and fifth longest roller-coaster, and hits a speed of 80mph.

Huge first hill of Fujiyama

If you were feeling scared, you could always take the chicken way.

Riding Fujiyama with Ayako, Taka, and Kumiko.

Dodonpa is is a pretty simple roller-coaster, but that doesn’t stop it from being a pretty wild ride. What makes it wild is that it’s all about accelerating ’til blood comes out of your ears and going fast, Dodonpa goes from 0 to 107 mph (172 km/h) in less then 2 seconds. During take-off I thought my eyeballs were going to get squeezed out the back of my head. After the launch it goes down a long straight, around a huge banked turn then up a hill that goes straight up then down the hill going straight down and that’s pretty much it.

Dodonpa in front of Mt. Fuji.

The hill of Dodnopa.

The park actually seemed pretty empty until you got in line for one of the roller-coasters. Each of the three main roller-coasters had a little over an hour wait.

Long Lines.

A little bit tamer part of the park.

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