FUJI Q HIGHLAND
Park News - (8/25/21) In a strange bit of news it seems Fuji-Q suddenly closed their infamous “Do-Dodonpa” launched roller coaster back on August 12, 2021 to perform a complete inspection. According to a notice posted by the park, this action has been taken after four different injuries have been reported by riders between Dec. 18, 2020 and Aug. 12, 2021. It isn’t known if the injury reports were a coincidence or if it might be something caused by Do-Dodonpa, so an investigation is being called for.
According to a report on Newsweek, the number of injuries may be greater, where some reports are claiming there have been six injuries and not just four. In either case, in 4 of the injuries, it has been reported that the riders experienced broken bones in the spine, in the neck or back. Do-Dodonpa is known for having the most forceful launch on any roller coaster, going from 0 to 112 mph in 1.56 seconds. So with a launch force like that, and now riders experiencing injuries, it is no wonder that the park is taking action now to determine if there is any fault with the ride. Thus far however, initial inspections report that the ride is showing “no signs of abnormality” and everything is operating within specifications. After 20 years of operation, these are the very first reports of any riders experiencing a broken bone during the ride experience in all that time.
(7/9/21) Fuji-Q will introduce a new twist to the park’s Shining Flower Ferris Wheel this summer. The park will replace two of the normal rider cars on the ride with two new cars that will look like the guests have been locked into a cage and forced to stand for the entire 11-minute journey around the wheel. They’ve even supplied a fun piece of concept art to show off what’s in store.
(5/15/21) According to a new report from Yukendoit, Fuji Q Highland has officially closed their Evangelion World attraction. You can watch the video below to see just what the unique walk-through attraction based on the famous Anime was like, which sort of looks like it had a bunch of photo-op areas with two-dimensional character cut-outs and ended with a kind of weird projection mapping show-room finale. (Sorry, I’ve never seen the show, so I have no idea what was going on. LOL)
(7/11/20) I’ve mentioned before how Japanese theme parks have been asking guests not to scream on the thrill rides and roller coasters since they reopened. How Fuji-Q Highland has taken this to the next somewhat amusing stage, by now asking coaster rides to simply ‘scream inside your heart”.
Somehow, I think this could become a viral meme amongst the coaster enthusiast realm, as Fuji-Q added a video featuring two of their execs taking a spin on the famous Fujiyama coaster, wearing face masks and attempting to remain as stoic as possible. It’s fun to watch as the gentleman in the full business suit constantly has to fix his small mask as it slips off his nose time and again. Meanwhile the gentleman on the left with the snazzy bow-tie has a nice shapely and well secure mask that has an iron grip on his face that seems perfect for coaster riding. (Are they selling these online?) Check out the video below while you take a moment to meditate on the message of what “scream inside your heart” means to you.
2021 - Fuijiyama - King of Coasters Tower - (12/19/20) Fuji-Q will be building a unique new attraction at the park for Summer 2021 called the Fuijiyama - King of Coasters Tower. As the name suggests, a huge tower structure will be installed in the space inside the large first-turn of the park’s Fujiyama roller coaster which will contain a number of smaller attraction experiences.
Concept art for this has been posted to the official website who mention that the tower experience will include a 55m tall Sky Deck observation platform at the top, the “Fuijiyama - King of Coasters Walk” where guests will put on a climbing harness and go for walk on a circular shaped narrow platform that is located just below the observation deck, but alongside the coaster tracks. The third attached is the King of Coasters Slider, a giant enclosed slide experience you can take to get back down to the ground at the end. To allow for the construction of the Tower the Fujiyama coaster will temporarily closed starting sometime in February 2021.
2022 - Dual Launched Motobike Coaster - Rumor - (4/5/21) According to the rumor mill Fuji-Q Highland is planning on adding a launched motorbike coaster from Intamin. You can catch a video below that is supposed to be similar to what the Fuji-Q ride will be, with a motorcycle racing theme, and a layout that features two full speed launches with lots of low to the ground twists and turns.
You may notice that text at the start of the animated video lists this as the first motorbike coaster in “Vietnam”, and not for Fuji-Q, and yet the bigger coaster placed next to the new motorbike coaster appears to be a model of the Fujiyama coaster at Fuji-Q, so it is a little odd. RCDB also confirms that the park is planning to open a new unknown coaster for Summer 2022, so something does appear to be coming. Look for the official announcement later this year.