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I got up very early and headed to the train station. I was headed for Cosmoworld. This was the second time I have been to this park. I went last year and really enjoyed it. Part of my reason for returning was I had just learned of a new credit for me. Upon arriving at the park, I headed for the Family Banana Coaster. This is one of two new rides, the other being a Disko. Cosmoworld has no POP-all rides are on a pay-as-you-go basis. I paid the 300 yen for a ticket for this ride and headed up to the loading platform. The cars are very small. The ride heads up the lift directly out of the station and makes a shallow dip before turning right. A helix follows, then a turn back into the station. A ride on this coaster is only one circuit. This doesn't surprise me as other kiddie coasters here in Japan give one circuit rides. The ride is very smooth, but doesn't do much. It became my 509th coaster.
Cosmoworld is divided into two parts by a body of water that runs through the park. One the side where the Family Banana Coaster is located, there is a Disko, Enterprise, Carousel, Monorail (single rail pedal style) and a few other family rides. I left this side of the park and headed to the other side which contains Diving Coaster: Vanish, Spinning Coaster (which wasn't running today) and The Cliff Drop log flume, which features a few coaster-like sections of track where the ride runs on gravity. The Cosmo Clock ferris wheel (one of the largest ferris wheels in the world) is also here. I bought a ticket for Diving Coaster: Vanish for 700 yen. On Diving Coaster: Vanish, seats are assigned. Riders do not get to choose their seats. I was told to sit in the fifth car. I was surprised over last year. Sitting near the back on this coaster is great. It is very intense and much smoother than when I was sitting near the front.
I headed for home around 3:00pm. I had a great time. Cosmoworld is a very neat park that packs a lot of rides and attractions into a very small area. The area where Diving Coaster: Vanish is located reminds me of Indiana Beach with all of the rides built on top of each other. Cosmoworld is a neat park with three roller coasters (four if you count the Cliff Drop-it could be considered a flume/coaster combo). Be sure to stop by if you are in Yokohama.