With summer around the corner, it's a great time to go outside. And what better outdoor activity than a trip to the amusement park? The Philippines has plenty of those, and Enchanted Kingdom is arguably one of the best — if not the best — of them all.
Since it debuted in 1995, Enchanted Kingdom (more fondly known as "EK") has been enchanting Filipino families and people who just want to have fun. With EK constantly adding to, and renovating, its rides, you're bound to find more attractions like:
7D Interactive Motion Theater
You've tried 4D, but what about 7D? EK's interactive motion theater engages all your senses by utilizing 3D graphics, 4D effects, and state-of-the-art motion technology. The theater's main attraction is the XD Dark Ride, where you can use a light gun to blast on-screen opponents and score points. Of course, the highest scorer wins not only bragging rights, but also an experience unlike any other in the Philippines.
Agila the EKsperience
If you've ever wondered what the world looks like through an agila's (eagle's) eyes, try the Agila ride. Touted as "the largest flying theater in the world," Agila gives you a bird's eye view (no pun intended) of the best tourist spots in the Philippines through immersive 4D motion theater technology. In other words, you can "travel" the country's 7,107 islands, while staying in one place and having fun all at the same time. Now who wouldn't want that?
Acrobatic flight exhibitions are fun to look at, and even more fun to try. For those who want to fly a plane without undergoing actual flight training, EK's Air Race is the next best thing. All you have to do is bring three other people, strap yourselves down in one of Air Race's "planes," and fly away.
Imagine a typical roller coaster ride, except you're spinning in your chair as well. That's what it feels like to ride the Disk-o-Magic, one of EK's newest rides. If you like rides that spin you 'round and 'round, Disk-o-Magic delivers that and more.
EKstreme Tower Ride
Warning: This ride isn't for the faint hearted. With only a safety harness to keep you in place, the ride will slowly pull you up the tower — then suddenly drop you to a height 40 meters above the ground! Unless you're acrophobic, or have a health condition that precludes you from stressing yourself out too much, the EKstreme Tower is a ride you can't miss.
Although this isn't your usual amusement park ride, Fun Kart has plenty to offer speedsters-at-heart. As soon as you get behind the wheel, you can race against other go-kart drivers and satisfy your need for speed. You can even control how fast (or slow) your kart runs, so you can easily back up in case the adrenaline rush becomes too overwhelming.
Rio Grande Rapids
In the mood to get wet? This ride won't disappoint. Sending you down the rushing waters of its "river," the Rio Grande Rapids is one attraction you'd want to come back to again and again. Just remember to bring extra clothes and towels while you're at it!
Ghostbusters Adventure Live!
When there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters Adventure Live! immerses you right inside its namesake movies from the 1980s and 2016, and sets you on an adventure that sends the good kind of goosebumps up your spine. The attraction ramps it up by allowing you to interact with well-trained actors, who play the Ghostbusters characters and ensure your safety throughout the ride.
Wheel of Fate
Unlike the other rides on this list, the Wheel of Fate isn't an adrenaline pumper. Instead, it's a Ferris Wheel, which means the only scary thing about it is that it goes higher and higher every minute. The upside is that Ferris wheels are classic venues for romantic dates, so if you're with your S.O., bring them here.
XPP Xtreme Paintball
If you're in the mood for an "extreme" paintball game, XPP Xtreme Paintball has just what you need. Even if you're a complete newbie to paintball, there's no denying that splatting people with colorful balls of paint is a ton of fun. Also, whoever splats the most people — without getting splatted in the process — gets to win a bag of bragging rights and cool memories.
Bonus: How to Get to Enchanted Kingdom
From Manila, take any bus marked "Balibago" or "Sta. Rosa," which you can find in terminals along EDSA and Buendia. If you're coming from District Mall, take a bus or jeepney going to Pala-pala, and ride a van from Pala-pala marked "Balibago" or "Sta. Rosa." Then, ask the driver to drop you off at Enchanted Kingdom.
Have you been to Enchanted Kingdom before? What are your favorite rides? Can Enchanted Kingdom achieve its goal to be one of the top 30 theme parks in the Asia Pacific? Sound off your thoughts in the comments!