Japan's Space World attracts crowd as it closes forever

Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018 10:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Fans began lining up at 4 a.m. Sunday to enter Space World amusement park in Kitakyushu for its final day in business. Attendance at Space World, which opened in April 1990, peaked at 2.16 million in fiscal 1997. But the gradual decline in business since then recently prompted its operator to close the park at the end of 2017, capping a 27-year run.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 11:39 AM

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone?

It happens all the time. Here in Columbus we had Kahiki, the nation’s finest example of the highly tiki-themed Polynesian supper club. It opened in 1961, and everybody in town had been there at least once. After years of declining business, in 2000 the owner announced he’d sold that corner to Walgreens and Kahiki would be closed and razed. Well, you can’t imagine the outcry that resulted and in those last few weeks you couldn’t get near the place. Just like the old days. (sigh....)

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 11:59 AM

Those retrofit trains on Titan are quite interesting. I wonder how they rode, maybe breathe some new life into some of the old Arrow's, with of course an exception for Magnum.

Last edited by TheMillenniumRider, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 11:59 AM
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 12:56 PM

TheMillenniumRider said:

Those retrofit trains on Titan are quite interesting. I wonder how they rode, maybe breathe some new life into some of the old Arrow's, with of course an exception for Magnum.

They were horrid.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 9:56 PM

Agreed. I returned to Space World for a 90 minutes visit in June 2016 and I was expecting to ride Titan a few times due to the lack of lines. I ended up riding it once since like Richard said, the new train rode TERRIBLE. It felt like if you took a coaster wheel, dug a notch in it and then installed it on a new train.

Venus GP was quite ferocious and with a new set of lap bar trains could be an amazing coaster. Black Hole Scramble was a unique take on Space Mountain at Disneyland and Zaturn was the true gem of the park. I hope someone buy some of the rides, but I have been hearing its been difficult on that side.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018 8:54 AM

Titan was a decent ride but I’d have preferred to ride with the old Arrow rollingbstock. The new trains looked nice...

Venus was great...save for the OTSRs, which were weird. Very, very weird. Kinda like the ones on the coaster at NY, NY, but I barely fit under them.

Black Hole Scrmbke was great.

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