February 11, 2017
Oh Fuji-Q Highland. What a strange strange experience we had. To begin with, this is a tiny amusement park. It is mostly know for its crazy record breaking rollercoasters. It has only four of them, so we were determined to ride ALL of them.
However, the day the we went, two of them were closed for repairs. So 50% of the reason we went was done. HAHAHA! That totally sucks, but as very optimistic people, we knew we were going to go on BOTH of those rollercoaster no matter what and still have a great time. Except…we didn’t know how terribly terribly wrong we were.
You can pay for each ride as you ride them or you can a “Free Pass” which pays for unlimited ride for that day. It would have been cheaper for us to pay-per-ride because we only went on 6 rides in total. But I’ll get to that.
There is a fast past option that you can purchase once you are inside the park, and it allows you to jump the lineup. Arriving after 10am, in the middle of the week, with what looked like a totally empty park, we figured we would have no problem getting them. However…they were totally sold out. I think they were sold out because there were only two operating rides with the long line ups, so everyone before us just bought the fast passes for the rollercoasters. That meant, everyone else in the park could either go to one ride, or the other without fast passes. So it made for crazy long lineups!
We waited for over 3 hours to get on that one rollercoaster and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT AND AMAZING! I am a rollercoaster nut and I can tell you, it was super amazing. But by the time we were finished, we wanted to go on a couple more rides and grab lunch before getting in line AGAIN for 3 more hours.
To our surprise, the lineup for the only other running rollercoaster was CLOSED because there were so many people waiting in line, it would take until closing the park to get them all on. We didn’t realize the park opened at 9:30am and closed at 5pm during the week! It closes at 6PM on the weekend. That means…if it takes 3 hours to wait per ride, you can only go on a maximum of TWO RIDES and that is if you run to each ride, and go back to back non-stop waiting. :|
All the other rides in the park were very basic. Like a spin ride that moves like a pendulum, a spin ride that flips you upside down, a ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, kids rollercoaster, kids land, etc. All the other rides had a ten minute wait. We went back to back on some of the smaller rides it was so empty.
At the end of the day (like 3PM) we tried to wait for the horror house but we were turned away again because it already had a long wait! It was crazy how long the lines were. Also, there is no theme music or anything entertaining while you wait. Like in Disneyland and Disneysea, you wait in these long line ups and look around at the cool stuff they have laid out around you. The artifacts or props or the crazy music makes you feel like the time is going by faster. At Fuji-Q…pure silence. You’re waiting in line with bare concrete and other people just talking and looking at their phones.
But the weird random French Village is filled with old school French music! I…I don’t know who designed this theme park.
If you love rollercoaster, this is the park for you. BUT BUT BUT. You better get there early or don’t bother going. I also read online that the rides can close based on windy days or rain since many of them are gigantic, so make sure you read reports or maybe get your hotel to call the park and ask if everything is open before you go, otherwise you’ll do what we did. One ride. Oh! I didn’t mention that smart smart me (Martina) packed a portable electronic game, Taboo, so we played that waiting inline and everyone around us was jelly.
That’s it for this bizarre adventure! The filming was weird, I know, which is why we put it up on our bonus channel. They also wouldn’t allow us to wear our Go-Pro chest strap on the rides even though Simon had it really really hidden and literally strapped to his body VIA a chest strap made for skydiving. Oh well!
Hope you enjoyed our antics, we all had a bizarrely fun time and made some fond memories. Also, bonus if you recognized Togashi, our chef friend who helped me make some delicious noms, which you can click here to see.