I had another magical time at the Enchanted Kingdom one Sunday early this year. Remember when I swore to return to EK with my man and my boy? Well it has already happened! Familia Ladaga was joined by some Brain Train teachers and staff. Too bad the others had emergencies and were not able to come with us.
Of course, group picture muna sa parking lot. J
Raviv’s entrance was no longer free. On the positive side, it’s because he’s tall.
As soon as we entered the park we saw Eldar and Princess. Of course, I joined the mob so Raviv would have a picture beside them. Raviv was saying Eldar was Santa Claus, hehe.
…and some characters
Cue in the queues!
On a sad and disappointing note, there were too many people in the park that day. Super! It took our companions (Raviv’s Nonong Irvin, Tito Pau and Tito Sargei) more or less an hour (I may exaggerate things a bit sometimes but not this time) just to be able to ride the Space Shuttle! After their ride they have already memorized the continuous chant spiel coming from the nearby Eldar’s Tent (again, no exag).
The same fate happened to my mag-ama in their quest to ride the Swan Lake. So when, FINALLY!!! they were aboard, I took pictures like crazy.
3D vs 4D: And the winner is….
Afterward we went around looking for an attraction where there was no queue. And then we saw the 4D Theater. There was no line because an additional P50(?) had to be paid on top of the ticket one has to buy to gain admission (but our tickets were free so OK lang).
Showing on 4D was a Looney Tune cartoon featuring Wil E. Coyote and Roadrunner. Raviv came with us and got scared or irritated with the air that was part of the 4D experience. Haha.
Next we went to Rialto. We had to fall in line and wait for 20 minutes or so because entrance to Rialto was free. Sadly, Raviv cannot come with us. Since Yaya Isay has already experienced Rialto, she volunteered to take Raviv with her to go to the kiddie rides while we enjoyed Rialto.
Rialto, although only 3D, was definitely better than the 4D. Clips from The Polar Express were shown, and Randy and the other first-timers immensely enjoyed. Nonong Irvin and I, however, were a tad disappointed because we saw clips from Journey to the Center of the Earth on our previous EK visit and it was waaaaay more exciting. I really had to take off my glasses because I got scared like crazy and I wanted to remind myself I was just sitting on a moving chair.
Never to leave Raviv again
While we were doing these stuff, Raviv , Yaya Isay and another of our help were at the carousel. Yaya Isay reported that the there were no long queues at the kiddie rides, and that while Raviv was on the rides, his eyes were wandering around, seemingly looking for us. Yaya Isay said that she thought Raviv was expecting we were around the corner waving at him.
Upon hearing this, Randy said he was never parting with Raviv anymore. Bahala na raw hindi siya makasakay sa adult rides basta sasamahan niya raw si Raviv sa kiddie rides. Hay naku Tatay talaga (O baka naman para-paraan mo lang ‘yan Randyboy para makaiwas sa Anchor’s Away)!
An EKstreme EKsperience
But I was bent on riding even just one “scary” ride. After all, we were already at the Philippines’ premiere theme park. We tried the new ride, the Disc-O-Magic, but again, the queue was OA. So we proceeded to the EKstreme Tower. Many were lining up but since the whole experience took only a minute or so, the line easily eased up. For us to be able to ride without getting separated from Raviv, all of us lined up but we agreed that we will split into two batches. This way, those who weren’t riding will carry Raviv. Brilliant, ‘diba?
While we were waiting for our turn, Sargei (a certified EK addict ;)) gave an account of his previous EKstreme Tower experience. He said it was scary because you can’t see whether you’ve already reached the top—you’re kept in the dark as to when you will fall.
So bilang isang tunay na control freak, I timed the “journey” up so I could predict when we are going down. If you want a spoiler, it’s about 55 seconds going up and 5 seconds going down. 😉
Randy said it was the scariest ride he has ever ridden!
Mission: Make Raviv Happy
The EKstreme Tower gave me more than a year’s dose of adrenaline rush so I was with Randy on making this evening special for Raviv. While our other companions were trying out the other rides, Randy and I combed through the kiddie rides. Sadly, Raviv had a slight fever that night and wasn’t his usual ebullient self. But still, it was obvious he was trying his best to get excited for our sake.
These days, whenever Raviv sees these photos he squeals with joy. He would recount (in his sometimes-undepherable-yet-cute way) how he rode inside the egg with Tatay, and how he had ridden a T-Rex with Nanay and how he met the “Pangit. Gorilla”.
Indeed, the magic stayed with him!
If you want to experience the EK magic, log on to http://www.enchantedkingdom.ph/ for more details. If you’re after more rides than shows, go there on weekdays (except Mondays and Tuesday–they’re closed on these days) to avoid queues.
Tell me what you think!
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