The Japanese are really superstitious about these sort of things, that's why it didn't open up for three years. It easily could have opened up in a couple of months after the incident, but didn't because of the superstitions.
About the ride itself, I've never been on it, but from what I've heard is that the lift takes forever (I think there can be two trains on the lift hill at once) and it gives crazy air. It honestly looks like a really big Magnum from the track color & tunnels.
I'm sure there were modifications made to the trains. Morgan had a rough time with larger track and supports to build a ride with that kind of speed and forces. So I'm sure they've now learned that the cars can't handle it as well as the tracks unless changes are made.
I'm sorry, maybe it's just late, but "..if i was ever in the area i would love to hit it up" is probably one of the funniest things I've read in a while..
Do you normally go to Japan that you might possibly, just coincidentally, be in the area?
I mean, Knott's/MM/Disney if you're in LA, IoA/Disney if you're in Florida.. or even some of the other US Parks if you happen to be road tripping around.. but Japan? Not exactly stopping for milk at the grocery store on your way home. :)
With that said, I'm with you there on wanting to ride it! :) I'm just 99.9% sure that when I do, the trip will be to Japan for the purpose of going to parks (along with some other sight-seeing)
Richard...the helixes were nice, but the air when I rode it was just divine! I felt it almost had better air than SD2K. Not more plentyful, just more fun.
Audioslaved: Sometime when search is back up, dig up my detailed trip report from 2001....it's a killer park. It's like the Cedar Point of Japan. But, we all know that DisneySea is the real reason to visit Japan :) (Heck, Tokyo Disneyland alone totally craps all over any American DIsney park in my book! :) ) *** Edited 11/29/2006 11:28:02 PM UTC by Peabody***