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Visiting Enchanted Kingdom
I had a great time with my friends at the Enchanted Kingdom! We purchased our tickets at the park's entrance, but I highly recommend purchasing them online and in advance because long lines can be expected.
Also, remember that Enchanted Kingdom, also known as EK, only allows you to bring a bottle or tumbler of water and no food inside; they thoroughly inspect your bags as well. You can leave anything at the Guest Relations Office and pick it up when you leave if you don't want to give it up. Items can be left in your vehicle in the parking lot. If you want to leave and return to the park on the same day, make sure to get a stamp before you leave so you can re-enter. We arrived before the gates opened, but there were already many employees there for a company outing.
The sight and sounds of the Grand Carousel immediately amused this amusement park enthusiast. Despite the fact that the park has been open since 1995, EK appears to have remained untouched, and the rides appear to be in excellent condition. You might notice some new attractions, such as the Twin Spin and Agila, Enchanted Kingdom experience, but that depends on when you last visited. No rickety sounds were heard while we were on the Wheel of Fate, which gave us a view of nearby Laguna de Bay and Mount Makiling. We really only felt anxiety (and then excitement!) while riding Anchors Away and the Space Shuttle. While I couldn't stomach the EKstreme Drop Tower, some of my companions could.
The theme park opens at a different time each day, and on weekends when there are likely more people, they extend their hours. This park is an excellent location for a weekend or holiday with friends, family, and children. We are so excited, especially about the rides.
History of the Enchanted Kingdom
Enchanted Kingdom first opened to the public on October 19, 1995. It was and continues to be, the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines as well as one of the country's most popular amusement parks. It is located in San Lorenzo South, Santa Rosa Laguna, and covers a total area of 25 hectares.
The owners are Filipino business couple Mario and Cynthia Mamon who also founded the theme park. Their family frequently visited local theme parks like Boom na Boom, Big Bang sa Alabang, and Fiesta Carnival, inspiring the couple to open their own park. In the early 1990s, they visited Ocean Park in Hong Kong and attended an amusement conference, where they were introduced to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). They joined the association in 1992 after their first trade show attendance in Dallas, Texas, realizing the group could help them enter the amusement park industry.
Aside from being the founder and President of Enchanted Kingdom, Mario Mamon is the first Asian and first Filipino to join the association. The theme park features over 30 rides and attractions that are both unique to the country and large in scale. These rides and attractions are divided into seven theme zones.
Enchanted Kingdom, founded by Cynthia and Mario Mamon, was the first amusement park to include a rollercoaster. In the early 1990s, the Filipino couple frequently visited theme parks throughout Asia and found the inspiration to open their own.
The Variety of the Seven Themed Attractions
EK has a total land area of 25 hectares that is used for various rides, recreational spaces, and attractions. The following are seven themed zones:
- Brooklyn Place is themed after a 1940s New York City and the silent film era.
- Spaceport is an adult-only zone with attractions such as the Space Shuttle, the triple loop roller coaster, and go-karts.
- Jungle Outpost is an area themed after the Amazon Rainforest in South America.
- Victoria Park is the first zone in the main entrance and is intended for children. It has the Grand Carousel, which is very elegant and draws the attention of the children right away.
- Boulderville is another zone dedicated to children. Boulderville has a dinosaur theme. Aside from the rides available, Boulderville also has play areas for children. In this zone, there are many walking mascots dressed as dinosaurs who are available for photos.
- Portabello is located next to Boulderwille and has a Caribbean theme. The Anchor's Away and the Flying Fiesta are among the rides housed here. The 7D Interactive Motion Theater is also available here.
- Midway Boardwalk is themed after Coney Island. The Wheel of Fate - the park Ferris wheel, Roller Skater, Bumper Cars, and Up, Up, and Away Ballon Ride are among the rides available here. It is known as EK, which stands for Enchanted Kingdom. Enchanted Kingdom has a variety of themed attractions.
Enchanted Kingdom does not pay royalties to third parties for its characters and attractions, instead creating its own characters and intellectual property. The attractions and shows, according to company owner Mario Mamon, are created with educational and Filipino values in mind, rather than for entertainment and amusement.
What to Expect of the Attractions
You'll get wet in the Jungle Log Jam and Rio Grande Rapids, and find thrills in the Space Shuttle, EKstreme Tower, or Disk-O-Magic. Make sure you don't miss Agila: The EKsperience; it's a truly magical and thrilling ride. Agila will inspire you and make you proud of the Philippines' beauty. Agila: The EKsperience is housed inside a ten story high circular building that is meant to symbolize the sun in the Philippine flag. It covers a footprint of 6,000 square meters (65,000 sq ft), making Agila the largest attraction of Enchanted Kingdom.
There are live performances available to see throughout the park, as well as a 7D Interactive Motion Theater. The smallest of visitors will have a great time in their own mini attractions like the Dinosaur rides, Grand Carousel, Stone Eggs Ferris Wheel, and a lot more. The location of the PartyEnchanted Kingdom can accommodate in-park group reservations in a variety of themed environments throughout the zones or in its three enchanting events venues: Eldar's Tent (300-seater), Boardwalk Party Place (200-seater), and Enchanting Events Place (200-seater).
The Twin Spin, the park's newest ride, has the trademark twists and turns of a rollercoaster but is gentle enough to welcome both young and old thrill seekers. Those waiting in line at the station will have front-row seats to the "action," as passing riders scream and squeal from their seats.
Don't you know that Eldar the Wizard, the park's main mascot, is meant to represent knowledge and integrity? He is portrayed as a cheerful old wizard from the faraway land of Marsynthea. Princess Victori was also created by Enchanted Kingdom and you'll see her around the park.
Cost of Admission, Hours, Contact Information
Rates during the week:
- P800 for a regular day pass
- P500 for a Junior Day Pass
- P500 for Senior Citizens/PWD
Weekend and holiday rates are P900 for a regular day pass:
- P600 for a Junior Day Pass
- P600 for Senior Citizens/PWD
The park's regular operating hours are for:
- Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.
- Weekend hours are 11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.
Phone number: (+632) 8 584 3535
For the most up-to-date information on visiting, go to the park website.
Getting to the Enchanted Kingdom
While I was in Manila, my friends were staying elsewhere. I'm originally from Davao City, but I have many friends in Manila, but still stayed in hotels the majority of the time. I don't have a car, so I looked into safe ways to get to the location.
During the process, I discovered that Enchanted Kingdom now has a shuttle service that departs from the Taft-Buendia Bus Terminal in the morning and arrives about 30 minutes before the park opens at 11 a.m. A shuttle also departs the park 30 minutes after it closes and returns to the Taft-Buendia neighborhood. The ride there felt secure and fast. You can book the roundtrip bus tickets separately or in conjunction with your admission ticket online.
It is also possible to take a bus to Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and arrive near the park before catching a tricycle to EK. Returning to Metro Manila may be more difficult; you will need to catch a ride to the Balibago bus complex, where more buses follow the route back to Manila City.
There are numerous transportation options from Manila to Enchanted Kingdom. They are as follows.
1. Manila to Enchanted Kingdom by Bus
From Cubao (Quezon City) or Pasay, board a bus to Balibago. The fare is between P60 and P70.
Get off at the Waltermart Santa Rosa stop.
From Waltermart, you can hire a tricycle straight to Enchanted Kingdom. The fare is P10/person or P40 for the special trip. The travel time from Manila to EK is 1–2 hours, depending on traffic. The following bus companies serve the Manila-Balibago route:
- JAC Liner: Schedule: 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Cubao) / 4:00 a.m. -to 11:00 p.m. (Buendia)
- Liner for JAM: 3:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Cubao) / 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Buendia)
Note: Please keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change without notice. To be sure, check the bus company's website or call their offices.
2. Manila to the Enchanted Kingdom by Van
Take a van from EDSA Starmall or Festival Mall Alabang to Balibago in Santa Rosa, Laguna. The van from EDSA Starmall is the closest if you're coming from Pasig or Mandaluyong. The fare is between P70 and P80.
Request that the driver drops you off at Waltermart Santa Rosa.
Take a tricycle from Waltermart Santa Rosa to Enchanted Kingdom. P10 per person or P40 for the special trip. The travel time from Manila to EK is 1–2 hours, depending on traffic.
3. Manila to the Enchanted Kingdom by Private Vehicle
Take the Santa Rosa exit on the South Luzon Expressway from Metro Manila.
Turn left after paying the toll and continue driving until you reach an intersection.
Waltermart Santa Rosa is located at the intersection. Turn right and drive until you see Enchanted Kingdom on the right.
Given how we were there on a Saturday, the lines for each ride were not too long. A chatty park attendant informed me (and EK's employees are still as warm and accommodating as I remember) that they expected around 6,000 people to visit the park that day. Even so, we rarely waited more than a half hour, except when there were a lot of people with fast passes.
However, it appears that the park needs to work on better managing the volume of food orders. I love eating different kinds of foods. We wanted to order fries from a concessionaire around 1 p.m., but they informed us that the wait would be at least an hour. The same thing happened at another booth selling fries in another part of the park. We also noticed that there were a lot of people eating at both the indoor and outdoor dining tables for the majority of the day. So have plenty of patience and try to plan your meals during off-peak hours.
Restrooms can also get crowded, so I would suggest walking to the restrooms that tend to be the least used.
As the sun began to set, we had just enough time to try out the most fun and exciting ride of all—the Space Shuttle. On the day we visited it was a very long wait because everyone wanted to try it, and it is during the holiday season as there are more people at the park to deal with. Here's the trick—wait until the afternoon (around 2 to 3 p.m.); the lines will be less long because people tend to have a late lunch or are resting.
As night fell, we finished the activity, like every other group of people there, by riding the Wheel of Fate over 130 feet in the air. This is the ideal way to see and observe the busy theme park from above. It definitely is a great view, especially for couples who come for a park date. Our trip was exhausting, exciting, fun, thrilling, and most importantly, memorable for us. Honestly, as the Enchanted Kingdom slogan states, "the Magic Stays with You," and it never disappointed us!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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