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Since it opened in 1995, we have been to Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna countless of times already. As Enchanted Knigdom has been part of their childhood, the kids "appeal" to us until now to take them there. They are especially thrilled to ride the various attractions that the park and recreation center has to offer.
According to a Philippine Star article (Dec 2009), "Enchanted Kingdom (EK) was recently cited by the government of Laguna for generating the biggest tourist arrivals in 2008, amounting to more than 846,000 visitors out of the 1.974 million who visited the said province last year." That's no wonder since Enchanted Kingdom (EK) is the country's first and only world-class theme park.
Inside EK, there are various Park Zones or themed areas. Upon entrance to the park, Victoria Park will greet you with its Victorian era charm. Kids and adults alike are always delighted to ride in the elegant Grand Carousel, the main attraction in this area and the country's largest carousel. We never fail to ride on one of the horses in the Grand Carousel whenever we are in EK. Also, meet and greet here the park's mascot, Eldar the Wizard (however, my kids were afraid of the Wizard when they were still young).
My kids' favorite is Boulderville, a dinosaur-themed zone especially designed for kids. The rides in this area are: Boulderville Express, Bumbling Boulders, Air Pterodactyl, and Stone Eggs. The Rock Quarry and Petreefied Treehouse serve as play facilities for children. Kids can also meet dinosaur mascots and take pictures with them.
Portabello is a Carribean-themed replica of the sights and sounds of the Carribean Sea atmosphere. Here you will find the Flying Fiesta (an enjoyable giant swing ride); Rio Grande, the park's largest attraction that features a white-water ride; and 4D film entertainment at the 4D Discovery Theater. Important reminder: if you plan to ride at Rio Grande, bring extra set of clothes with you. I remember when we rode at Rio Grande, our clothes were soaked wet (pants and shirt) and unfortunately we did not bring extra pants at that time. So beware!
Brooklyn Place will remind you of 1940s New York with its replica of buildings reminiscent of that time. You will also enjoy watching a movie at Rialto, a motion simulator theater that combines sights, sound and movement. Rialto is one of my favorite attractions in EK because it's really fun watching a movie here. You will be strapped to your seat (with seatbelt) so you won't fall off during exciting/action-packed scenes. They periodically change the film being shown here; as of February 2010, Speed Racer is the featured film. Other attractions are the Broadway Show and Brooklyn Show.
The Spaceport zone's main attraction is the dreaded but exciting ride, the 11-storey high Space Shuttle. It is "the country's first and only triple loop coaster that turns riders upside down six times - 3 times forward and 3 times backwards." Sounds fun right? Actually I haven't tried this ride in all the years we have been to EK. I just don't have the stomach for it (I have seen riders vomit right after alighting from Space Shuttle) but my husband and son really enjoyed this ride. They came back for it again and again. Anyway, there are other rides to be enjoyed at the Spaceport such as Kart Trak and ATV but you have to pay extra for them.
As its name suggests, the Jungle Outpost features a jungle theme, specifically the Amazon. Its main attraction is the Jungle Log Jam, "where guests swish their way down two cascading waterfalls full of breathtaking twists and turns." Good news, you won't get too wet here, just a little splash of water. But just the same, bring extra shirt with you in case you need it. If you want a more relaxing ride, go to Swan Lake. You can ride on boats disguised as swans and savor the tranquility of the lake.
The Midway Boardwalk, reminiscent of Coney Island in 1930s America, is my favorite zone of all because my favorite rides are here. They are Dodgem (bump cars), Roller Skater (I know, I know, it's supposed to be the roller coaster for kids!), Up, Up and Away (air balloon ride), and the swinging ship, Anchor's Away (though I don't want to ride here anymore because it made me feel like my stomach was not part of my body!).
The Wheel of Fate, a very big ferris wheel that brings guests up 130 feet in the air, is also located at Midway Boardwalk. Because it is very huge, this ferris wheel can be seen along the SLEX. My friends who were able to ride it said that despite its size, it's not frightening at all; on the contrary, the ride at the Wheel of Fate was very relaxing.
There are many food stalls and restaurants located inside Enchanted Kingdom. You are not allowed to bring food and drinks inside the park. At the Spaceport, there is an outdoor food court where you can take your meals and this is where we usually dine.
Some of the food outlets at EK are Launch Time, Pizza Hut, Ice Monster, Dimsum N' Dumplings, Ice Age Ice Cream, Dairy Queen, Amazon Grill, and Soda Fountain.
Due to popular demand from guests for water attractions and because of the sizzling summer season in the country, Enchanted Kingdom has recently launched the first and only world-class inflatable water park in the Philippines. In cooperation with BiKiWorld of South Korea, EK was able to set up six giant water inflatable pools with slides collectively known as the EK Biki Waterworld.
Admission rate at EK Biki Waterworld is P300. Guests are required to come in proper swimwear complete with swimming caps. Enjoy a “twicket” (twin ticket) of an EK Good-Same-Day and EK Biki Waterworld Regular Passes for only P700. Enchanted Kingdom is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12NN to 7PM and on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 11AM to 9PM until December 17, 2010. Fireworks displays are held every weekend at 830PM.
For information, contact the following:
Makati Sales Office
Unit 1B Ground Floor, The Biltmore Condominium, 102 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel . No.: (632) 830-3535
Fax No. : (632) 812-7118
Park Ticket Booth
San Lorenzo South Village, Santa Rosa, Laguna
Tel. Nos. (632) 584-3535
Fax Nos. (632) 584-4332
1. National Bookstore Branches
- Greenhills, Harrison Plaza, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Centerpoint, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center
2. Robinsons Department Store
- Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place - Ermita, Robinsons Festival Mall, Robinsons Starmill, Robinsons Metro East
3. Ayala Center malls
- Greenbelt 1 ticket booth, Glorietta 4 customer service
4. Music Museum
- Ticketworld Head Office, Level C Shoppeville Arcade
- CCP Box Office
6. TICKETWORLD INC.
- TicketWorld Head Office, www.ticketworld.com.ph
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