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Space World Japan To Close In December 2017

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by roomraider, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    Sad news as Space World in Japan announces it will close in December 2017

    More here (In Japanese)
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20161216-00010009-nishinp-soci

    I've suspected this has been coming for a while after it was mentioned to me Zaturn and Venus were put up for sale earlier this year. Hopefully they can find new homes.
     
  2. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    I'm thinking of going to Japan at Easter, flying into Fukuoka, but was going to skip Space World since Zaturn is the only thing new since I went. I might reconsider.
     
  3. davidm

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    Shame, place wasn't awful by any means - but it was empty when I went (that was 2008).
    Guess the dead-fish-in-the-skating-rink PR disaster has not helped much.

    And I was spited by by the big Arrow :(
     
  4. SimonSays99

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    Sadly one park less for my trip next year - and was eager to ride the Maurer looper.
     
  5. davidm

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    It says closing in December 2017, so you have got all next year?
     
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    By all accounts, the place was never busy. I'm surprised it lasted this long.

    The Intamin will defo find a home, and possibly the Maurer looper, but the rest of the creds are most likely doomed.
     
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    Aww, I really liked this park. A little dated maybe but I liked it.
     
  8. gavin

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    ^ Yeah, I've got a bit of a soft spot for it since it was my first Asian park outside Seoul, and the first I made a specific effort for as an enthusiast after joining up on here shortly before.

    Zaturn should be ok. It's not very old and sits on a patch of flat land, so could be set up somewhere else. No idea where though. Japanese parks aren't doing much and China generally doesn't go second hand. Vietnam? Of course there's no reason it couldn't go outside Asia.

    Venus? Hmmmmm. 20 years old now. It'll be a harder sell.

    The rest is scrap.
     
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  9. Ben

    Ben Well-Known Member CF Award Winner 2016

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    Not surprised, there was no one there and it was an absolute hole.

    Hopefully they spite all the creds :emoji_zipper_mouth: you alllll <3
     
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    Just thought actually. Didn't Titan get new trains fairly recently? S&S I think? I think the coaster's going to scrap, but buying the trains could be a good idea for one of the other Arrow hypers. I've got no idea what kind of state the older Arrow trains are in on the other coasters, so no idea of the actual need for replacement, but it would seem daft for those parks to not at least look into it, even if it's to keep them for a later date.
     
  11. SimonSays99

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    OMG - only read December. File my post under "Stupid things a member posted! :confused:
     
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    The trains on Titan are the absolute worst, they need to be confined to the dustbin of history.

    Like they're so plasticky and crap they'd ruin any hyper they were put on. Titan was absolute :emoji_poop:e, I'm glad they're scrapping it so the Arrow Hyper collection is excluse <3
     
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    I liked Titan. It was with the old trains though. Really annoyed that I don't have Desperado for the full collecsh, despite having been to Las Vegas.
     
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    Sad news. Hopefully they find a place for Zaturn and possibly the Maurer looper. I'm placing my bets on Titan getting scrapped, but maybe the trains will be sent somewhere.

    It's very interesting that we will see both Kanonen and Zaturn on the market after next year. Hopefully some parks look into these Intamin Accelerators.
     
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    Technically, they are already on the market, along with the Maurer/Schwarzkopf looper. I can hardly see the coaster as big as Titan being relocated and the other 3 creds they have there are pretty much worthless, so I guess they are going to the scrapyard (unless some local park picks them up).
     
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    So happy that this will be fairly excluse, but the park wasn't actual awful, especially when compared to the absolute dives like Himeji. I actually have a slight soft spot for it because Venus was in a calendar I had as a new and budding twelve year old enthusiast and it was my favourite page of the calendar :p Funny the things we remember from long ago! Some of the creds were decent (well, Venus and Zaturn, and the indoor thing was interesting) but I'm excited to see Titan get DEMOLISHED.
     
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    With Space World due to close this year the park will hold an exhibition called "Space World The Final" in the Space Dome showing how the park has changed over 27 years.
    http://www.spaceworld.co.jp/event/27ayumiten/
    With that announcement here is a really interesting video of the park when it opened in 1990

    The main star of this video is the song that plays for most of the video after about 1:30min it's amazing in its Japaneseness.
    "Come to The Space... Come To The Space World"
     
  18. SimonSays99

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    All their major rides are up for sale at fab.lu - together with Kanonen.

    Happy to get some last rides there next month - and according to previous TRs a park that will not be overcrowded. So I hope to park myself for multiple laps on Venus GP :D
     
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    I can only see one Accelerator on there, which from the spec looks to be Zaturn, not Kanonen. I think someone on CF claimed that Kanonen had been sold to a yet-unannounced US park.
     
  20. SimonSays99

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    Logically one cannot see rides any longer they already sold...
     

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