Sunday, December 13, 2009

Space World!!!

We went to Space World in Northern Kyushu on Saturday. It was a blast!!!! Ha! Get it? A blast. Uh, okay. Well Space World is a neat theme park based on space travel with an open mind for space alien life forms. That replica of the Space Shuttle Discovery is a full-size replica! The Shuttle is tucked within the Venus GP rollercoaster.
This photo was taken from the walkway between the parking lot and the park.
That's the water ride with the Titan roller coaster in the background. One tip, if you arrive at the park and have forgotten an umbrella or poncho, you can buy an umbrella near the entrance for 500-yen, or you can head to the ride above and buy a poncho for 100-yen.
It was raining when we first entered the park, but it stopped shortly after arriving. Above is a picture of the Space World front entrance and the Zaturn roller coaster next to it.
Viky Live! That's the name of the show above. As you can see, it wasn't well attended. The whole park was quite empty! We had six hours at the park. The park was empty, but there still was not enough time to see everything.

The Zaturn! I went on that and loved it! When you first go up, they have you empty your pockets of everything into lockers. You pay 100-yen that you get back when you return the key. The directions they give you take a while. Maybe it just felt like it took a while because you sit there with that (above) staring you in the face. The scariest part, in my opinion, was the very start when you take off like a rocket! The whole ride probably only lasts 30 seconds.

Bouncy clouds! They were too wet to jump on at first, and we just never went back to them later.
I guess this must be the mother ship. It's in the Space Dome where you will find the "Blackhole Scramble" and the "Mission to Mars." Blackhole Scramble was a jerky ride in the dark. No loss of stomach or anything. Kids only need to be 110 cm to go on the Blackhole Scramble. Mission to Mars was really neat and there was no height restriction. In Mission to Mars you sit in big vehicle things in front of a planetarium like screen. There are four vehicles holding maybe 30 people in each. The vehicles move as you journey on a mission from Earth to Mars. It was tame as far as rides go, but really, really neat!

Freeze dried space food of the Japanese and Korean variety.

There was no way to take photos of it, but the 4-D Theater is something that shouldn't be missed!!! 4-D meant that not only were images popping out at you, but when the polar bear sneezes, you get a spray of water sprayed on your 3-D glasses. When a tree falls in the rain forest, a little thing knocks around on your shins to make it feel like you're right there in the forest.

That's a roller coaster geared toward the younger set, but there were plenty of adults only on the coaster too. The only restriction is that the kids have to be three years old.

They also have an Imax theater and they were showing Space Station narrated by Tom Cruise. Well, it said it was narrated by Tom Cruise, but it was actually entirely in Japanese... even the astronauts were dubbed over into Japanese.

This park reminded me of Cape Canaveral, without the shuttle lift off, of course. The Imax showing of Space Station at Space World was not the 3-D version.

1 comment:

SabrinaT said...

We are going in just a few weeks. Are there decent rides for toddlers? Looks like a lot of fun!!

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