Instead of the regular seasonal conditions, this May happened to welcome sunny, blue skies and breezy temperatures - a welcome change from the sweltering scene I witnessed several years back.
The contraption involved two gigantic axe-like configurations that swung back and forth, before making two to three complete revolutions. We happened to be situated towards the middle of the sets of seats, as opposed to the outward-facing edge that I had preferred. The ride proceeded in an unhurried manner, providing a decent view of the surrounding scenery and shrubbery. Speaking on my own behalf, it was a walk in the park; but the ride clearly wasn't for the faint of the heart for those vulnerable to motion sickness.
The ride was clunky and shaky, with no cushioning behind the head. Feet were left to dangle as the cart progressed along gradual curves, jerking each step of the way. Put simply, it was significantly less enjoyable than The Fly and also resulted in minor headaches.
A tall pachinko machine and amusement park attendant were observed just outside the gates. Curious to play, I inquired the details of this setup. The employee responded that guests could try their luck at earning Fast Lane passes to several of the park's rollercoasters for five dollars. Peeking at the possible landing locations, prizes ranged from passes to Vortext to Behemoth to Leviathan and more, meaning that players would win an access pass regardless.
And bam! It did.
I had managed to secure a single entry Fast Lane pass for two riders.
Some twenty minutes, we found ourselves free of worry and instead excitedly screaming on the turquoise tracks. Escaping the century-long wait was truly blissful.
My requests to try for a stuffed monkey were ruthlessly denied, though ball tosses for enormous, Styrofoam-stuffed starter Pokémon were attempted instead. Through this, a huge Pikachu was somehow obtained for bragging rights (not mine, of course).
The newly acquired item required a trek back to the parking lot. While en route, a small, washroom-less bubble tea shop was spotted. Though CoCo or One Zo would have undoubtedly been the better choice, it is not uncommon to settle for less optimal alternatives out of ease and convenience.
The shop was pretty quiet at our time of visit; drinks were crafted and delivered in record time. There was also an amusing straw dispenser by the counter where customers could confirm their colour of choice before twisting one of the several knobs. The addition of a napkin at the end of the track eliminated chances of the straw rolling out of the device and onto the counter, thus preventing chances of contamination.
A complimentary Cheese Crabmeat Croquette and Double Cheese White Snow Chili Katsu were split amongst us.
The former is a no-fail pick, especially for those fond of mashed potatoes and stringy mozzarella. In comparison to the time I had visited with orangecane, there was less to be found of the honey butter mayo, but a noticeably crispier shell.