Enchanted Kingdom still enchants me

Enchanted Kingdom has been a mainstay in family outings, school field trips and barkada road trips. Since the park opened in 1994, I’ve been to the park twice with family, once on a field trip and thrice with my barkada. Though we don’t get to go to the theme park every year, each visit is as fun as the last one.


Each trip has its own memories. The first time I went to the park with my cousins, I remember riding the Space Shuttle. I don’t remember much about the ride, but I do remember my knees shaking when I stepped out of the car. Once was enough for me, thank you very much.

Kart Trak

The first time I went with my friends , I remember this one guy grimacing in pain as the protective bar on the Anchors Away ride locked in too tigtly (his exact words were: “aray, aray, naipit ang b***g ko!”). Another time when I was at EK for a field trip, my classmates convinced me to ride at the last row of the ship, because it gets the most height during the ride. During the ride, however, while I was waving my hands in the air, my classmates were gripping the handle bars quite tightly. And they were all guys. Since then, the Anchor’s Away has been one of my favorite rides.

Space Shuttle

When I went with my immediate family, my mother and our driver rode the Flying Fiesta with me, my siblings and their kids. They thought it was just a swing and looked harmless. They were surprised when the seats rose high above the ground, and tilted as the ride went round and round. The driver never went on any ride after that. My mother, on the otherhand, was talked into riding the Jungle Log Jam with my dad. It’s just a boat ride, my sister said. She didn’t mention that there were two drops in the course of the ride.

Rio Grande Rapids

My friends and I visited EK again in 2002. A new ride has just opened, the Rio Grande Rapids. I already had an inkling of what kind of ride it was, having tried a similar ride in Jakarta years ago, but my friends had no idea they’d get drenched. Despite getting soaked, we had fun during the ride, an got some hilarious shots for posterity.

Flying Fiesta

After such a long time, was able to visit Enchanted Kingdom again, this time with new and old friends. Though I’m now closer to 30 than 20 (eew), setting foot in the theme park again got me all giddy and excited like a child. There’s just something about EK that makes you forget about your worries and just live for the moment.

Wheel of Fate

We didn’t get to ride the Log Jam nor Anchor’s Away (definitely no Space Shuttle!), but we did manage to ride on some old time favorites: Rialto, Rio Grande, Flying Fiesta (always advisable to ride after the rapids to help you dry up quickly), Wheel of Fate, Roller Skater and Dodge ’em. We also get to race at the Kart Trak. Of course, in between there were much eating done. There were lots of new concessionaires at the park now: Hot Shot burgers, Dimsum ‘n Dumplings, Pita Mania Shawarma, Ice Monster, Potato Corner, Karate Kid and Pizza Hut.

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Enchanted Kingdom has always been a fun place to visit, and I’m happy that until now, it still is.

Enchanted Kingdom

Big thanks to Myla of Enchanted Kingdom for the invite to Enchanted Kingdom’s tribute to Elvis Presley. In my panic over which one to ride next, I neglected to take a photo of at least one Elvis >_<

Enchanted Kingdom
San Lorenzo South Village, Santa Rosa, Laguna
Tel. Nos. (632) 843-6074 to 78
Fax Nos. (632) 843-6071
Website: www.enchantedkingdom.com.ph

Makati Sales Office
Unit 1B Ground Floor, The Biltmore Condominium, 102 Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel . No. : (632) 830-2111 to 16
Fax No. : (632) 812-7118

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 10 Comments
  1. dong ho says:

    i agree still as enchanting. kakatuwa picture sa rapids. pero favorite ko dyan ang go kart!

  2. nina says:

    Dong Ho: Winner talaga ang rapids! As for the go kart, I much prefer the track in Sucat, kasi mas exciting :D

  3. dyanie says:

    i envy people who are not afraid to take rides! ako super takot! i remember na nasuka pa ko after sa space shuttle yiiikes haha tapos umiyak sa ferris wheel ;P

    these are the rides na lagi ko sinasakyan:

    bump car and carousel. walang mintis yan dahil yan lang kaya ko hahaha ;)

  4. bchai says:

    You’ve just convinced me to check out the place the next time we head to the Philippines. I’m a sucker for rabid roller coaster rides.

  5. mae says:

    ganda ng enchanted city joke
    enchanted kingdom

  6. ryizel says:

    ganda talga sa enchanted kingd0m lal0 sa ri0 grande kahit a mahaba ung pila sulit nmn tlgang basang basa aq ng b0ngang b0nga!!!
    pati sa flying fiesta ang sarap para lng aqng lumilipad
    para tl0y guz2 q ulit pumuntah dun!

  7. azel says:

    ang sarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrapppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp talaga
    very exciting sarap over over

  8. Marie says:

    EK here i come, woohooo

  9. Don Taylor says:

    EK……..too cool for me hehehehehehehe lol

  10. roselyn sugue orbizo says:

    watcha, 2000 i can’t remember how my idiot sister drag me to anchors away…intensifying legs while pulling the shirt of her teacher.THEY DIDNT HELP ME…just noticed she leave me alone at 2nd seat near end of the boat.. followed by riding at the roller coaster after that i vomit rice… grabe! shes idiot……

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