Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lotte World

I finally made it to Lotte World. I have been wanting to go there for a long time now. Lotte World is the biggest indoor amusement park in the world according to Guinness World Records. There is also a portion of the park outside, too. The park consists of two parts: Lotte World Adventure which is the indoors part and Magic Island which is located outside. The park is also easy to get to because it is in Seoul and it's connected to the subway line.

Lotte World Adventure
We wanted to get there early before it started to get crowded. We ended up leaving Sanbon around 9am and getting to the park at 10am, 30 min after they opened. One day passes are W40,000 for adults but foreigner receive a 15% discount so we only paid W34,000. This gave us access to all of the rides. We first headed to Magic Island first. The weather today was supposed to be rain, so we wanted to do the outside rides first before the rain came down.

Magic Island
Alison and I
Our first ride was the Gyro Drop. It takes you up 70 meters (~230 ft) and then it just drops you. It goes 100 kph (~62 mph). It gave me that same feeling in my stomach I got when I went skydiving.

It's coming down!
We then went on the Gyro Swing. It spins around and as it is spinning around it also swings back and forth. It also goes very high when it swings.

Another outdoor ride we went on was called Atlantis. It is one of Lotte World's roller coasters. It was so fun. We didn't want to wait in line, so what we ended up doing was a thing called Magic Pass. It's where you can get a reservation time to come back later and not have to wait in line. It is really nice thing to have. So we came back later and only had to wait in line for like 10 min as opposed to over an hour. The cars for the roller coaster are shaped like boats and it races through the tracks at 72 kph (~45 mph). And the thing with this roller coaster is it goes fast for most of the ride. It doesn't inch its way up the up-slopes, it goes fast up them. This was our favorite ride.

Atlantis ride. The roller coaster swerves through this structure.
We then went inside and did the most popular ride at the park. It's called Pharaoh's Fury. This ride was hilarious. We were cracking up laughing the whole time. The entrance part, before we got to the loading area, was really cool. We walked through twists and turns of relics and artifacts from Egypt. Of course all of them were fake, but it was still cool. We walked through tombs walls covered with hieroglyphs, until we finally got to the loading zone. We sat inside old style jeeps, that took us on a hunt for the pharaoh's hidden treasure. 

We're just laughing along. The people in the front aren't having a good time though.
Another roller coaster we went on was called French Revolution. It is an intense high speed train that makes 360-540 degree twists and turns. This ride rattles the brain but the coaster does a loop around a sky bridge at the park. I remember when we went over it, I was looking down and there were people looking up and taking photos. 

I also took a picture of Alison standing underneath it.
We also went on a whole bunch of different rides, but all of these were our favorites. Amusement parks are always tiring, but it was fun. I am happy I was able to go before I leave Korea.

Top Rides (according to me):
  1. Atlantis
  2. Gyro Swing
  3. Gyro Drop
  4. Pharaoh's Fury
  5. French Revolution
  6. The Conquistador 
  7. Giant Loop
  8. The Adventures of Sindbad
  9. Jungle Adventure
  10. Fantastic Odyssey
We weren't able to go on some of them because we didn't want to wait and we were also getting tired. I am happy with what we did go on though.

Be sure to also check out the Lotte World website to find out more information.

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