All systems go for the Space Shuttle Max

After months of closure, Enchanted Kingdom’s iconic ride, the Space Shuttle has been re-opened last Saturday to a huge crowd. There wasn’t any major changes in the track, except for a new paint job. The big change was the new cars that “give riders a greater feeling of space, as the body is more open, affording a more exciting experience.” The whole train was replaced with the latest available model, the Vekoma Mark 1212 train and coaches from Holland. It has a more comfortable ergonomic seating position and a state-of-the-art automated harness system.

Space Shuttle Max
Space Shuttle Max


Frankly, I don’t know how the new cars are better because I was to chicken to ride it. I’ve ridden the Space Shuttle once several years ago, and that was enough. I can still remember how my knees were knocking against each other when I pried myself off my seat. Looking at the tracks, it looks easy peasy. Three loops in quick succession doesn’t seem so bad, but having to ride through them backwards? I’ll pass.

Space Shuttle Max
Lines quickly formed as soon as the Space Shuttle Max was formally launched.

The theme park was packed that weekend and the lines on all the rides were long. Christmas is EK’s super peak period, where queuing times for a ride can be as long as 2 hours! The place looked lovely though. I especially love what they did to Brooklyn Place. The 1940’s style buildings were decked out with Christmas decors and fake snow, and under the twinkling of the fairy lights, it looked quite magical.

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To those planning to go to Enchanted Kingdom over the holidays, the park is open from 10am to 12 midnight until January 3, 2010. Fireworks display will be at 10pm instead of the usual 8pm. Ride all you can tickets are Php 500 per person.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 7 Comments
  1. Cat says:

    Riding backwards? That’s the BEST way to ride on roller coasters, m’dear. ‘Course, just make sure you don’t eat anything or you’ll probably end up spilling some of your lunch on some unlucky rider. N’yuk n’yuk n’yuk.

    2 hours for a ride? Yeeesh. No super-passes? LOL. I don’t know if I can wait that long for a ride. It better be worth it though. Just wondering—how long does this Space Shuttle Max ride last? šŸ˜‰

  2. nina says:

    The ride is just about a minute long. I’d rather keep my lunch lol

  3. cat says:

    That’s actually pretty long for a ride. Hmmmm…and it goes backwards too? Whoa. Like, sign me up!!! I love those kinds of rides. (I just hate the ‘death drop’ types.)

  4. nina says:

    That’s crazy.. I love the death drop rides!

  5. flip says:

    happy holidays nina!

    -flip

  6. Ferdz says:

    Just dropping by to greet Merry Christmas! Have a grand celebration Nina! šŸ˜€

  7. lordlarry says:

    I also went to EK last December (Accenture x-mas party). Yep, the author is right. Almost 2 hours and just about 5-10 mins of fun. lol Too bad the SpaceShuttle is still under renovation that time. šŸ™ Nice post by the way. šŸ˜‰

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