Ultimate Throwback. It has been awhile since I have last visited EK, but I have lots of good memories and enjoyable bonding moments with my daughter there.
Enchanted Kingdom, sometimes dubbed as the “Disneyland” of the Philippines, actually opened its door way back in October 1995. It was the first and only theme park in the country then. I have not been to any other amusement parks outside of the country, but based on photos, Enchanted Kingdom is quite comparable to foreign theme parks.
It has seven themed zones that include Victoria Park, Midway Boardwalk, Jungle Outpost, Spaceport, Brooklyn Place, Portabello, and Boulderville. I will be sharing some of the many photos that I found in my collection. We have after all been to Enchanted Kingdom more than a few times. It had been a favorite venue for my daughter’s educational field trips in the past.
Upon entrance to the park, this is the first zone that you come to. Here you can meet and greet the mascot of the park, Eldar the Wizard, and some entertainers donning costumes from the Victorian era.
The Grand Carousel is the main ride attraction here.
This zone is the most colorful. Plus, it also has the most number of rides. You can find the Anchor’s Away, Dodgem, Roller Skater, Up, Up and Away, Bump N’ Splash, Wheel of Fate, and EKstreme Tower Ride. There’s also a video arcade that we liked to hide in whenever it gets too hot outside.
This zone has the theme of the Amazon. It is interesting to find some totems and relics that were designed to copy those found in the jungles of the Amazon. The famous Jungle Log Jam and the Swan Lake rides are the highlights of the Jungle Outpost.
In addition to the rides, there are tribal dancers and entertainers that breath fire to the place.
The Jungle Outpost is the area nearest to the food establishments. Here we took our lunch after having taken some photos.
This zone pays tribute to space exploration. The main attraction is the Space Shuttle, an 11-storey high triple loop coaster that turns upside down six times.
I’ve ridden it but once. I have to admit that I’m not exactly fond of the Space Shuttle ride.
This zone rekindles the era of silent movies and slapstick comedies. The main attraction is the Rialto — a motion stimulator theater that combines sight, sound, and movement. You not only get to watch a movie, but you actually get to experience being in the movie!
Movies shown are changed periodically. We’ve seen different films since we’ve started visiting the theme park a few years back.
Portabello is named after a place in Panama. It is the site of the Rio Grande Rapids, the biggest wet and wild attraction of the park. We usually reserve the best ride for the last as we get totally wet after the ride. I believe the Rio Grande is also the most popular ride in Enchanted Kingdom.
The Flying Fiesta, a giant swing ride, is located just right across the Rio Grande. This zone also houses the 4D Discovery Theater — a more interactive theater than the Rialto.
This zone takes you to the era of dinosaurs and prehistoric cartoon (think Flinstones). I believe this area is child friendly as my daughter rode most of the rides here when she was younger. It holds the Boulderville Express, Bumbling Boulders, Air Pterodactyl, Stone Eggs, and the Dinosaurus. It also houses the Rock Quarry and the Petreefied House –both play facilities for children.
Boulderville also has Dinosaur mascots and puppet shows to entertain the younger children.
Like I previously mentioned, I haven’t been to any theme parks overseas. Perhaps I will get to visit one or two Disney theme parks in the near future. For now, I will add that to my wish list. Till next post.. ta-tah!
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