Janfusun Fancyworld11th September 2008
Janfusun Fancyworld is the largest amusement park in Taiwan, and the only one to have a large resort hotel located less than two hundred metres from the main park entrance. Trying to book into the Janfusun Prince Hotel is more than a little tricky for those who don't speak the local patois, but it is worth persisting; the hotel is excellent, and the breakfast buffet was among the best of any I've seen in this part of the world.
Large parks have an unfortunate tendency to attract school groups, and today was no exception; we walked past an impressive number of coaches in the parking lot, the contents of which seemed to have been disgorged into the queue lines for the two main roller coasters. In the interests of time management, therefore, we began our visit with the powered coaster. Kuku was almost a textbook example of why I don't consider powered rides to be roller coasters; the motor was struggling to move the train around the course, to the point that the speed over the crests of hills could not have been more than two miles per hour. The experience was utterly dull, and certainly didn't feel anything like a roller coaster.
The queue on Insane Speed (#1306) had built up by the time we entered it, and the staff had responded to this by transferring on a second train. It was interesting to see the staff transferring trains on and off both coasters at various stages during the day depending on the length of the ride queue, which makes excellent sense to me; it'd be nice if more parks did this sort of thing. At any rate, the ride station here has been constructed with no wait areas for individual rows, so seating location is entirely down to luck. For whatever reason there were empty seats in the front and back rows of our train, so George and Tal were able to get front, while I ended up in the back. The ride was quite possibly the most forceful floorless coaster out there, yet it remained butter smooth other than for a small amount of vibration. It was perhaps most reminiscent of Daemonen, though without the space restrictions.
The other coaster is a mirror image of the original dive machine coaster found at Alton Towers, but this obscure piece of reality doesn't stop the park claiming Diving Machine G5 (#1307) as a worlds first. Perhaps they are referring obliquely to the fact that it is the worlds first dive machine coaster to feature purple track installed on a mountainside in Taiwan. At any rate, we had quite a bit of fun trying to get Martin into the ride, due to him being generously proportioned; he simply could not get the ride seatbelt to buckle. Pursuant to his request three of us applied our full weight to the restraint, and we were successful, though the experience cannot have been overly comfortable for him. It was however extremely amusing for the rest of us, and the superb quality of the coaster helped made this my favourite ride in the park.
Over the course of the next few hours we managed the Turbo Drop, the Giant Wheel, the Texas Train, the Fun House, and of course several repeat rides on each coaster. While we did enjoy ourselves the oppressive humidity really put a damper (pun intended) on our day. We'd already decided to leave early when a spectacular thunderstorm effectively closed the rides down for the night.