Going to a trip to Enchanted Kingdom with my extended family last December was truly memorable for all of us. We were a big group, 17 persons in total, unlike in our usual family trip of 4. I had to shell out for the tickets because it was a treat for my daughter’s birthday and sort of my Christmas gift for my relatives. They don’t actually celebrate Christmas since they are not Catholics and so giving wrapped gifts may not that be appropriate. Through a family trip like this one, we get together happily, eat together, ride together, and my daughters get to enjoy the company of a bigger family.
Tickets : For the tickets, all in all, I spent almost P12-13,000 but it was already much cheaper than expected since tickets in Christmas at Enchanted Kingdom cost a lot. For you to save on your tickets, make sure to check the following, as I was able to save from some of these:
1. Senior citizen – make sure to bring Senior Citizen ID
2. Students – make sure to bring Student IDs if anyone of you is a student
3. Kids – check EK’s height requirements (they are quite strict on this) though most of my relatives were already paid in full. Their measuring stick is not the usual meter stick so most of my young brothers and sisters and cousins were still paid in full.
4. Birthday Celebrants – my eldest and one of my aunts happened to celebrate their birthdays during the week BUT I still had to pay for their Agila tickets because that’s not included in EK’s birthday blowout.
5.PWD – PWDs and Senior citizens both have discounted tickets so make sure to bring ID.
6. Promos – It’s sad that EK do not sell deals in MetroDeal but they have ticket promos / offsite deals which are usually posted in EK’s website.
Transportation – Good thing my sister works in a Van Rental company so she got a discount for our transportation. She let her boyfriend drive the van so that our father who usually drives for the family can just relax this time. My uncle brought his car so all of us 17 were good to go with 1 Van and 1 Car.
Food – We left home around 7AM and everyone had eaten breakfast. I told my sister to bring sandwiches and snack so we can have something to eat while we are traveling. We arrived at EK around 10AM and was able to be inside around 10:30AM, including the ticketing time. Before we get inside, all of us ate some sandwiches. Food inside EK can be expensive and I told my daughters in advance that they can’t ask for anything inside the EK since it will not be nice for me to buy for them and not for the others. And it worked out!
We entered the park with full stomach 10:30AM, was able to enjoy some of the rides till 1PM, we went out of the park for lunch (we ate in a nearby mall Chicken Inasal with Unlimited Rice/halo-halo, it was my aunt who treated us for lunch as her birthday treat for all of us), went back to the park around 3PM with full stomach and then ride again till 8PM. The kids enjoyed every ride without fussing about food. Come dinner time, we still had food in the van (rice and adobo) and I bought all of us a bowl of hot “goto” from a stall just outside EK. I wanted something hot to warm our stomach since it was a bit chilly na at night. Solved!
Rides – tried to remember all the rides we tried, and here are some of my comments (perspective of a 40 year old mom haha)
Flying Fiesta – Ok sya, di naman masyadong nakakahilo, not as I’ve expected. I rode this a few years ago, when we joined the Goldilocks Caravan, and I didn’t like it maybe because I was really not physically prepared. This time, I enjoyed it a lot. The kids enjoyed this too. Actually, sumakay pa sila ulit during the night before we all went home. Sarado na ang park gusto pa rin nila sumakay.
Disk-o-Magic – In this ride, you are all standing up while the ride swirls away! Ang saya, feeling ko binabato lang kami sa ere while we are standing. This was one of my favorite rides during the trip. My father had a video and I’ll try to ask him for a copy and post it here. I want to remember the ride and the feeling kasi.
Ekstreme Tower – This is the ride na I didn’t try. The teens including my daughters of course tried it for the first time. Pero hindi na daw sila uulit. One of my younger brothers said, it was as if their souls were ripped apart from their bodies hahaha! It’s 40 meters high which means it was like jumping from a 5-6 floor building.
After these rides, took some photos and headed out to have lunch!
Afternoon time, we headed to the grand carousel. It was a light ride for the youngest. The ride was too short but fun!
Roller Skater – This is like a mini-roller coaster ride. My father who hates heights said he swear not to ride this, LOL but we all had fun!
Space Shuttle – The mother of all roller coaster rides. Grabe, but we really had fun. My auntie and uncles who were older also tried it and as in, grabe talaga. It was higher and even more thrilling than the one in Hong Kong The Grizzly Gulch. When you were up there, you can almost see the whole of Laguna. But the speed and the loops were exhilarating and I’d be willing to ride this again!
Rialto – We watched a 4D show of Ice Age inside Rialto theater. Thumbs up because the cinema was much brighter and video was crisp and exciting to watch compared to what I remember when we watched it during the Goldilocks Anniversary trip. 4D means cinema is in 3D but they have this physical effects such as wind, drizzle, snow and the seats are vibrating.
Ferris Wheel – Ferris Wheel ride has big seats which can be occupied by at most maybe 6 people. It moves very slowly so you’ll have time to enjoy the video when you are the peak. That is not if you are not afraid of heights. I am so I did not enjoy this ride a lot. I wanted it to be done as fast as possible haha. In our previous visit, when I was with my youngest, a large beetle (salagubang) flew in with us, and my daughter and I have phobia of these insects. Dyusko, kulang nalang tumalon kami from above!
Watched Eldar’s Show – It was my first time to see the show inside the building where they stage their shows. The quick show was nice though most of us were sleepy and the tent was airconditioned. Ang sarap matulog! The kids enjoyed watching the casts in costume and I enjoyed feasting my eyes sa mga cute na cast hahaha.
Rio Grande Rapids – This ride is fun but will be getting all of you wet. I was expecting it already so I brought kapote for me and my daughters while I told the rest to bring spare clothes to change. You will be riding a big circular thing like a boat and it will twirl while you are being swept in a river. Ang saya but it’s a bit short. Gusto ko pa sanang umulit!
Anchor’s Away – This was the ride that I hated the most. You will ride a big boat swinging back and forth and the swinging was too high it made me so nauseous I swear I won’t ride it again. But my kids, they even rode it twice. How are they able to do that?
Jungle Log – The last ride that the kids rode with my aunts and uncles. I was so exhausted from Anchor’s Away I lost my voice already. But they are still full of energy they were still able to ride this. It’s a wet ride, again, where they had to ride a log and slide away from a very high place. It was scary but they had fun!
Agila – We went to the Agila building after Eldar but I put this ride in this as last since it was a special ride. If you are curious why the need for this huge building, I’m telling you a secret. It’s for a gigantic cinema inside which is the clearest, brightest and biggest I’ve ever seen. For P500 which you have to pay apart from the EK entrance fee, I think it was worth it, IF not that the watching part was too quick. I think it was called Agila because as you watch the video in the giant screen showing the most beautiful places in the Philippines, you are sitting and hanging in the wall, and your seat is moving and you’ll feel like you are flying and going to the places and seeing them through the Agila’s point of view. O diba?
I think Agila is a very unique ride that gives opportunity to people to see the beauty of the Philippines. I appreciated our land more than ever after I tried this ride and I think everyone in the audience felt the same. This is a ride that is a must-try for every Filipinos and tourists.
There, 10+ exciting rides all in one day. It was really a fun day for our family and a memorable one too. If you are planning to go to EK, the more company you bring, the better. Just plan your trip in advance so you can avail deals, wear comfortable clothes (rubber shoes and not slippers), bring extra clothes and face towels, and extra cash if you want to try other theme park rides wherein you still need to pay extra.
Hope you enjoyed my post, and feel free to share your own experiences in EK. I’d love to hear from you.