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    I was able to manage a quick visit to Universal Studios Japan to check out the progress of their new Coaster, Hollywood Dream (or express?). The track soars above the main entrance of the park and above buildings in the Hollywood Blvd area. Then dips into banked turns by the park's lagoon before returning to the boarding platform. The coaster does not seem too intense... as there are no inversions or super scary drops. Some hills are there and should allow for some fun airtime, similar to DCA's Hollywood Express' track over the midway area.
    One complaint though... while I welcome a decent coaster ride anywhere... the placement of tis coaster ruins some of USJ's best themed facades around Hollywood Blvd. What were they thinking??? Oh well.. at least we should be in for a fun little coaster ride when it debuts later in the spring of 07. I took these photos with my cellphone (so apologies the quality is bad) but just wanted to show you what the ride looks like. Enjoy..


    http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/Albu...3&a=32455070&f=

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    Wonderful photos as usual TDLFAN! You're really lucky to be able to visit all the parks.

    What happened to your regular camera? Is G-fan getting you a new one?

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    • #3
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      What type of cell phone do you have. The pictures look good.

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        Originally posted by mikeland View Post
        Wonderful photos as usual TDLFAN! You're really lucky to be able to visit all the parks.

        What happened to your regular camera? Is G-fan getting you a new one?
        one that can also take video... (its so easy now...)

        and they are getting smaller and better...

        great photos none the less... and mom asks why you need a camera on a cellphone

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        • #5
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          Put this in the dictionary on how not to do a coaster in a theme park. It looks fun but I agree, it looks like it ruins the theming.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by mikeland View Post

            What happened to your regular camera?
            I did not bring my camera on this trip.
            What type of cell phone do you have.
            A regular one that can be used to talk as well. From sprint.

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            • #7
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              It looks like a winner...I'm with you though...the placement of it is just out of place...nice detailed street...B&M coaster over it. Its just not quality.

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              • #8
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                Just an update on this coaster. It will officially open on March 9th, 2007 and yours truly plans to be there to capture the excitement on photos and hopefully take a spin on it. You can read all about it here and preview a short musical clip of Dreams Come True's (a Japanese pop-duo) specially written song for the ride called "Osaka Lover", so be sure to click on the pink "ON" button found on the link down below.. This ride will feature fiber optic lights and riders will have the choice of several music tunes to choose from to customize their journey. I like "Osaka Lover"s eurodance sound.. too bad you can't get up and dance thru the ride... Read all about it here..
                http://www.usj.co.jp/HDR/e_index.html

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                  What I find interesting is you'll be able to choose one of 5 songs to listen to while you ride!

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                  • #10
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                    come on Disney, you know you can develop this technology for screemin'

                    then you can have a choice of 5 california songs...

                    imagine that, a B&M with a on board soundtrack, where you can pick the track.

                    i wonder who developed the on board audio, B&M or universal japan... (since B&M also never does a launched coaster, they only make a coaster that could be adapted to technology to do it...)

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                    • #11
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                      I have to admit I am quite intrigued about this "choosing a song" process. Do all riders in a single vehicle get to vote once they are on board and the computer plays the winning song?? If that is the case, then you may not get to hear the song you chose... I am very interested in experiencing this out. I am also interested in seeing the vehicles light up in LED lights, especially at night. That should be cool to see. Can't wait for my visit there!!!

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by figment1986 View Post
                        (since B&M also never does a launched coaster, they only make a coaster that could be adapted to technology to do it...)
                        B&M has only one launched Coaster . Incredible Hulk at Islands of Adventure USO .


                        well disney is going down on Technology right now . Thanks to Jay Rasulo
                        HKDL : Done !!!

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                        • #13
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                          /\ Yeah because Midway Mania has no new technology or anything. Oohh...a B&M with sound. Yay. Disney has had Vekomas and Intamins with sound for years.

                          But I have to say the choose your own sound track sounds interesting...though I guess Japanese tastes are different but none of those options sound like good blood pumping coaster songs.

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                          • #14
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                            Wow, I haven't checked on this in a long time. Wasn't the original plan for a Spiderman coaster?
                            ~ Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast at nighttime ~

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                            • #15
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                              Looks to be a shorter version of Apollo's Chariot at BGW with a soundtrack. Definitely shorter than Nitro at SFGA.

                              Eh. Both of the previous coasters are OK, but other B&M's are better. I don't know if this will be worth the effort. I think I'd rather have UO's Mummy instead. At least weather is never a factor for Mummy.
                              "Dope smoking insects and reckless driving always work." -- Cousin Orville

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