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Everland

Location: Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Cost: 35,000 won ($34 USD)
Season: N/A
Maps: Park Map – Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Everland is South Korea’s largest theme park. It is operated by Samsung Everland, a subsidiary of the well known Samsung Group. Everland is comprised of a theme park, a water park called Caribbean Bay, and an area called Zoo-Topia, which is basically a small zoo with a petting areas and a handful of attractions. It is widely considered to be a high quality park, as many people who have visited both Everland and Disney have said that the two share some common characteristics.

Roller Coasters:

Other Major Attractions:

  • Flume Ride (log flume)
  • Hurricane (frisbee)
  • Double Rock Spin (top spin)

Construction Projects:

  • None

Trip Reports:

  • None

Ride Reviews:

  • None
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** Park page will be expanded upon reopening of the park in early 2009.**

Location: Suita, Osaka, Japan
Cost: N/A
Season: N/A
Maps: Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Expoland opened its doors in 1970 under the name Ausement Zone. For nearly 40 years the park operated successfully and was popular among locals. Unfortunately, on May 5, 2007, the Fujin Raijin II stand up roller coaster derailed and killed a nineteen year old girl. The park immediately closed for an investigation. The park did reopen on later in the year, but was once again forced to close down due to lagging attendance. In order to repair their image, the park is remaining closed throughout the 2008 season, undergoing major renovations (details below), but plans to reopen the park in 2009.

Renovations: Few details have been made public regarding the massive park overhaul that Expoland is undertaking in an effort to repair their image after a fatal accident on one of their rides and closure of the park twice in one year. However, it is known that the Fujin Raijin II coaster (a Togo stand up) will be removed from the park along with four other attractions. While the park seems to be making plenty of removals, they have not made public what they intend to replace these rides with – if they intend to at all. The park is scheduled to reopen sometime in early 2009.

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Fuji-Q Highland

Location: Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Cost: ¥4,500 ($42 USD)
Season: April 1 – Sep. 30
Maps: Park Map – Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Opening its doors in 1961, Fuji-Q Highland has a prime location right at the base of Mt. Fuji. Right next to the entrance of the park, the Hotel Highland Resort is a welcome sight to many guests looking to find a place to stay nearby the park. Fuji-Q got a taste of the international spotlight in 2006 when the TV show The Amazing Race made a stop at the park, having its contestants ride Tonde Mia!!, Dodonpa, and Fujiyama looking for clues. Fuji-Q Highland is also home to one of only two 4th Dimension coasters in the world. The other ix X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Roller Coasters:

Other Major Attractions:

  • Panic Rock (air jumper)
  • Great ZABOON (splash down)
  • Pirate Ship (pirate ship)

Construction Projects:

  • None

Trip Reports:

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Ride Reviews:

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Haunted Mansion

Disney World\'s Magic Kingdom\'s Haunted Mansion attraction.Status: Rumor
Expected Opening: N/A
Theme: Haunted house
Cost: N/A

Description: As a rumored follow up to the massive Pirates of the Caribbean themed land that is in the works for 2011, Hong Kong Disneyland could possibly look into adding their own version of the classic Disney Haunted Mansion attraction a couple years after the new Pirates attraction. It will rumordely sit up on a small hill next to the proposed site for the Pirates attraction, and Disney may look into tying it into the Pirates theme, making the ghosts pirates from the nearby Port Royal area that will be used for the Pirates attraction. The park hasn’t really begun intensive planning about this yet, as they are concentrating on Pirates of the Caribbean, but stay tuned for updates!

Updates:

1/9/07 – Rumor surfaces about Haunted Mansion possibly coming to Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Status: Planning
Expected Opening: 2011
Theme: Pirates of the Caribbean movie series
Cost: N/A

Description: In an effort to boost Hong Kong Disneyland’s attendance figures, it appears as if the park is getting ready to get going on its next major attraction. The name should sound familiar, as a ride of a similar theme is present at almost every Disney resort, but this time around, Pirates of the Caribbean will supposedly something spectacular. Few specific details have been released, but we do know a fair amount about the general perameters of the new attraction. First off, in order to build this, the park will be expanding its borders out past the railroad tracks in the Adventureland section of the park. This new attraction will be very closely tied to the wildly successful movie series of the same name. It is rumored that a Caribbean port city that will be built on the edge of Adventureland (acting as the entrance to the main attraction) will closely resemble ones seen in the movies. The que line for the new ride will wind its way through the back streets of Port Royal before bording a ride that will rumordely take over ten minutes to run through its course. In the ride itself, Disney will be trying some newer, more realistic effects (such as actual fire) to try and liven up the experience. The park may also try and add some log flume type thrill elements to the ride to try and rachet up the thrill level, but that part is more speculation at the moment. Surrounding this new attraction may also be some shops, restaurants, and minor pirate themed attractions, but nothing that will even rival the main attraction. In addition, a man made ‘port’ will be built as the foreground to all of this. In this lagoon, the park apparently has plans to operate their own version of Fantasmic! that will feature the minor twist of being themed to pirates. The latest rumor suggests that ground breaking for this new attraction could begin in 2009…stay tuned!

Updates:

1/9/07 – Details emerge about the rumored new Pirates of the Caribbean land.

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Hong Kong Disneyland

Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China
Cost: HK$295 ($38 USD)
Season: Year Round
Maps: Park Map – Google Satellite
Website

History/General Info: Hong Kong Disneyland is the only park in the Hong Kong Disney Resort, which is comprised of two hotels and the park itself (with several other smaller attractions built in as well). As of right now, Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of all the Disney parks worldwide – it only has four themed lands (Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street USA). This can easily be addressed, however, as developers left room around the park to expand it by as much as 40% in the future. The park (and the resort in general) hasn’t been the draw that Disney and the local government had been hoping for, so a fair amount of capital is expected to be invested in the park to help make it greater draw with the tourists and the locals alike.

Roller Coasters:Hong Kong Disneyland parade.

Other Major Attractions:

  • Jungle River Cruise (boat ride)
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (dark ride)
  • Mickey’s PhilarMagic (4D show)

Construction Projects:

Trip Reports:

  • None

Ride Reviews:

  • None

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New Hotel

Hong Kong Disney ResortStatus: Planning
Expected Opening: N/A
Theme: N/A
Cost: N/A

Description: Much to Disney’s and the Government of Hong Kong’s dismay, attendance numbers at Hong Kong Disneyland have been lower than expected. However, one bright spot has been that the two current hotels have been filling up on a regular basis. While the new hotel is still in the early planning stages of the development, it is known that it will be located in between the two current hotels. Currently, that space is occupied by space for recreational activities. More details will be posted as this plan moves forward.

Updates:

7/24/07 – Revealed that Hong Kong Disneyland has plans to build new hotel on the resort property.

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