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Space Fantasy: The Ride at Universal Studios Japan

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Your rating: None Average: 3.1 (165 votes)

Park:

Land:
Hollywood

Type:
Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Mar 19, 2010
(Confirmed)

Height:
62 feet

Length:
1919 feet

Manufacturer:
Mack Rides

Model:
Spinning Coaster

Minimum height:
40 inches

Back in September 2009, Universal Studios Japan announced that is would spend some 4-5 billion yen (around $55 million) on a new indoor ride to replace E.T. Adventure. It soon became clear that the ride would be Universal's answer to Tokyo Disneyland's Space Mountain - with a spinning roller coaster taking guests on a 1,920-feet-long ride through the solar system.

Space Fantasy: The Ride's insane plot is uniquely Japanese and unlikely to make it across to any of Universal's US parks, but it does lead to a truly innovative ride experience. Riders are asked by Solar Princess Kosuma, "Princess of the Sun", to collect "stardust" to help save the sun. Using stunning gesture-recognition technology developed by GestureTek, guests are able to collect "clouds" of stardust from screens that line the ride's queue and its 98-feet lift hill. The spinning action of the coaster trains is then said to release the energy from the stardust, restoring the sun to health.

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