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    Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011


    Take a step back in time. And take off your shoes




    Roller coasters improve all scenic views




    I wonder where this train goes




    Welcome to the secret entrance




    Fuji-Q set the bar high in 1997 with Fujiyama




    Hold onto your brain on Eejanaika




    Dodonpa going very, very fast




    The latest addition, Takabisha




    Enjoy your personal storage area




    You're suddenly reminded this thing is 250 feet tall




    See the flipping in action, the first car has completed the inversion just in time




    Not all coasters are created equal




    Somehow, everyone survived




    The entire ride isn't actually taken at 100mph, thankfully




    Probably says, "Dodonpa"




    Say goodbye to your thighs




    Still pretty damn windy at this point




    Go ahead, put your trust in TOGO




    If yours looks like the top one, you should probably see a doctor




    Coasters in every direction




    Probably the highlight of the ride




    More fun than scary, but still a little scary




    Argue with this record all you want, but the certificate makes it official




    Ok, this ain't natural




    We can't stay here




    Some inversions are big and sweeping




    Others are just plain weird




    One of the more straightforward ways you're flipped upside-down




    A busy midway




    About as cute a ride as exists



    A nice, scenic layout



    You really can get right up under this thing




    Definitely plenty worth seeing in addition to the park

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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    Holy smokes my stomach was turning just looking at those coasters!!


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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    Haha, they're pretty insane, some of most intense I've come across. But don't worry, with 1-2 hour waits, there's plenty of time for your insides to recover.
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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    1 to 2 hour waits?? That's like Magic Mountain in the good old days. You couldn't pay me money to go on some of those Japanese coasters. I'd either puke or physically die while riding.


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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    The waits were to be expected - it was a Friday during the summer season. Plus, the park certainly has issues with hourly capacity on most of the major coasters (like in the 300-600 rph range), but it was something we knew going in. Besides, no one said getting to 300 coasters would be easy.

    Sorry to hear that. I'm guessing you haven't given X a try during a more recent visit to SFMM? It's a nice starter before taking on Eejanaika.
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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    Who knew those Japanese folks loved their coasters so? They're plain crazy out there! You are correct sir, I have not been on X or X2 I think it's now being called. I barely made it through Tatsu with my stomach still intact. I love all the older coasters though.


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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    Actually, the Japanese have been into coasters for decades, and they have the 3rd most (operating) coasters in the world (215), after only the US (646) and China (467). In fact, Asia has a good bit more coasters (1097) than North and South America combined (854). The census listing on RCDB.com is worth checking out.

    Wow, I'm impressed you went after Tatsu considering your trepidation about X/X2. No question is that B&M Flyer intense, especially in the insane pretzel loop, but X2 is about as wild as they come. It's in a whole other class.
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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    Fuji-Q has some of the worst ride ops/wait times in the world from what I've heard. You're lucky you didn't go on a day when it rained or none of the coasters would be operating. They'll shut them down if it even sprinkles.

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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    Fuji-Q has some of the worst ride ops/wait times in the world from what I've heard. You're lucky you didn't go on a day when it rained or none of the coasters would be operating. They'll shut them down if it even sprinkles.
    I had read plenty about rides shutting down in the rain, and was definitely worried about the weather. We lucked out as it sprinkled the next day, but I had my fingers crossed the whole time we were there. Thankfully, it never got worse than overcast during our visit.

    You know, it’s funny about the operations. I had also heard about terrible wait times, and my assumption was bad ride ops and low capacity. The weird thing is, the operators were not bad at all! At least, they weren’t the problem. The loading procedures and time needed for riders to use the lockers are really what slowed things down. The operators were as hard-working as any I had seen. As I describe it in my full trip report:

    “The waits were painful and the capacities were low, but it was hard to blame it on the attentive and diligent, not to mention plentiful, ride operators. Really, a few changes to station configurations and loading procedures, and you’d be looking at much more bearable hourly throughputs. Either way, the employees were all quite solid, and we enjoyed the hospitality. This was not a Six Flags type of gripe with employees.”

    Reconfiguring the stations to handle personal belongings better and streamlining some of the overly deliberate loading procedures would go a looong way at improving wait times. Add to that the inherent low capacities of the rides themselves. In the end, the bottleneck was not the fault of bad employees, at least based on my assessment.
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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    You didn't check out the Thomas Town? It looks like quite a large one from the park's map.

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    Re: Fuji-Q Highland - Friday, Sept 16th, 2011

    Nope, we didn't have kids in tow or anything. Really, the only reason I'd bother with it would be to check out the kiddie coaster, but I knew this one was especially tiny, and not worth it. Besides, riding on the Thomas themed train in the morning was plenty.
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