Just recently, Enchanted Kingdom unveiled its newest ride: the Disk-O-Magic! According to the Enchanted Kingdom website, “It is a one-of-a-kind spinning and rocking new family fun ride, the Disk-O-Magic. This major breathtaking world-class family fun ride features new seats never seen in the country before. Enchanted Kingdom promises park guests an exciting ride they will never forget.”
Though we were invited to try this ride even before it was unveiled to the public and even to the press, our busy schedules just did not permit us. According to Enchanted Kingdom personnel, it’s like Anchor’s Away with a twist–LITERAL twists, that is! Here is a video of how it might feel like riding it:
Looks like loads of fun, right? Can’t wait to try it!
Call me crazy, but it was only early September this year that I’ve experienced the magic of Enchanted Kingdom…I live near Sta. Rosa City and yet it was only last month that I was able to tour around Enchanted Kingdom! Well, Randy is to blame here! You see, Enchanted Kingdom used to be a taboo place for me, because he has been here with an ex-girlfriend!!! And one of the commandments in “Dewmaine’s Rules as a Girlfriend Guidebook” is that I should not to be taken to a tourist spot/destination that Randy has gone with an ex-girlfriend…dapat mas bongga ‘yung pagdadalhan sa akin! Too bad for me, Enchanted Kingdom is arguably the best theme and amusement park in the Philippines.
Enchanted Kingdom’s Enchanted Classrooms
Good thing that the BRAIN TRAIN teachers were invited to visit Enchanted Kingdom! See, Enchanted Kingdom has partnered with BRAIN TRAIN Review Center in upgrading its educational materials for its Enchanting Classrooms program. Yes, Enchanted Kingdom wants to combine fun with learning, just like what BRAIN TRAIN does!
According to the head of the Education Programs of Enchanted Kingdom, Ms. Ma. Cristina “Toots” De Leon, Enchanted Kingdom aims to ensure the comfort, safety and learning of students who go to there for educational field trips. See, those who go to Enchanted Kingdom in bulk have to be treated differently in order to avoid suupeeer long queues or worse, stampedes. Through the newly-instituted welcoming procedures developed by the EK Education Team, the briefing, frisking and tagging of hundreds and even thousands of students are targeted to be done within 30 minutes tops. School groups will actually enter the park through a dedicated entrance just for the group. They also provide budget-friendly student meals so students won’t have to leave the park to buy their food. And best of all, they, I mean WE (yup, kasali ako!!!) are upgrading educational materials that students may take home with them. I am actually very excited about it! After all, ahem, I wrote the script (well, BRAIN TRAIN’s physics teachers wrote physics concepts in layman’s terms, but I made the storyline :)) of the high school module! 🙂 So to all school administrators out there, proceed with that educational field trip to EK! Students, convince your teachers to bring you to EK! 🙂
One Enchanted Evening
Anyway, when we did an ocular at Enchanted Kingdom, I immediately regretted not bringing Raviv with me. I thought Enchanted Kingdom was just for kids 7 and up, but boy I was so wrong! It is actually very toddler-friendly! So toddler-friendly that toddlers get FREE passes! I know so because my sister-in-law Ruth, one of BRAIN TRAIN’s physics teachers, came with us together with her husband TJ (my brother) and their daughter Yoona along. Yoona is just a few months older than Raviv, and she had loads of fun!
Pretty lame of me to have thought that my Raviv wouldn’t have had fun at Enchanted Kingdom. It has a wide array of rides and play places for toddlers! Here are a few of them:
As I’ve said, these are just but a few. There are the Grand Carousel, the swan-shaped boats, and many many more! They even have a celebrity storyteller and lots of performers! I was in awe of how magical Enchanted Kingdom was when I roamed around.
Meanwhile, we adults also had a swell time riding Enchanted Kingdom’s popular rides. You know, the heart-stopping, gut-wrenching, scream-inducing rides that Enchanted Kingdom is known for: Space Shuttle, Anchor’s Away, EKstreme Tower, Mini Rollercoaster, etc. Too bad we were not able to ride the “wet rides”, as we did not bring extra clothes and we had limited time (we just rushed straight out of our teaching stints in Los Banos). My personal favorite was Rialto: we watched Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and my oh my! It really felt like I did go on a journey to the center of the earth, escorted by Brendan Frasier 🙂
By the way, I have acrophobia or fear of heights (As in! My palms actually get sweaty and my knees wobble just by standing beside the railings of the second floor in a mall). But I know I’ll regret it if I don’t try to conquer my fear. And boy, was I glad I braved up! Besides, we were riding EK rides! As my colleague Irvin put it, “Sa rides ng EK, ipagkakatiwala ko ang buhay ko.”
Just when we thought our evening couldn’t get any more magical, we bumped into Eldar the Wizard! Because we have come to love Enchanted Kingdom so much, it was like we were seeing a famous Hollywood celebrity–talagang sinundan namin! And just a few minutes after our Eldar encounter, the “national anthem” of Enchanted Kingdom played, and then there were fireworks. There was a collective gasps of “Wows” and “Oooohs” and “Aaaahs” from everyone. Everyone stayed where they were standing, and just enjoyed the long fireworks display. It definitely, definitely capped off our magical evening. Simultaneously, I was mentally kicking myself for putting Enchanted Kingdom in my “Places Not to Go to” list! Randy and I should have visited long ago this during our early years! Naku, kasalanan talaga ito ng ex ni Randy eh! Bakit kasi pumunta sila dito dati! (I know–how mature, right? Hihi.)
Long after we have left Enchanted Kingdom, we were still singing “the magic is heeeere…” True to its slogan, the magic really stayed with us, despite our brief stay (2.5 hours only).
Thus, I am definitely coming back, this time with Raviv and Randy, and extra clothes. The magic is so irresistible that I’m willing to let go of my, erm, “principles” (OK fine, immaturity!) just to experience the magic of Enchanted Kingdom again! 😉
What about you? Have you been to Enchanted Kingdom? What was your favorite ride? Please tell me your thoughts! 🙂
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