Sup GG’s Talyssa checking in..
If there is anything Korea does to an overly massive extent, it is theme parks. Estimating here, I am confident to say that South Korea has at least 10 major theme parks, and I’m not talking crappy ones like “Lunar Park” with like 6 rides, I’m talking fully fledge Movie World/Dreamworld type theme parks.
To put into a bit more perspective just how much of an extent Korea must love their theme parks -considering they have so many – I need to bring it back to the homeland. In Australia we have what…? 3 major theme parks? Max 6 is you include things like Melbourne and Sydney Lunar Parks, Jamberoo etc. Korea has at least 10 theme parks and the land mass of Korea fits into Australia 77 times!!!!! Sayyyy whaaaa??
On our Korean adventure, Siree and I only ventured into the South Korean theme park depths of Lotte World and Everland, whilst Siree prefers Lotte World, I really like Everland. Although my second time going to Everland was not as good as my first time, I really just find Everland more magical, I guess haha.
The only reason why I think Siree did not enjoy Everland as much as Lotte World was definitely because of the season we visited. We visited during Everland’s “Winter Wonderland” season, which unfortunately, is probably the worst season to visit Everland. This is due to a couple of reasons:
1. Rides and food stalls were closed because of the cold – this included things like T Express, Safari Adventures etc – Some of which were highlights for me the first time I went.
2. Lack of parades and shows, particularly those at night – The ‘Moonlight Parade‘, ‘Lighting Ceremony‘ and ‘Magic in the Sky‘ shows at the end of the day was SO magical the first year I went.
3. The Park closed early!
The first time I visited Everland was during the “Christmas Fantasy” season (from 9 November to 31 Dec) and the park was decorated immaculately. The whole back section of the park (which was barren and closed off during the “Winter Wonderland” season) was basically this magical garden of fairy lights. It was absolutely beautiful.
Seeeee how pretty it was!!! I was so disappointed with the “Winter Wonderland” season!!
If you are into parades and shows, I definitely think that Everland offers a better experience than Lotte World. Shows I recommend include the Seal Show “Dartagnan and the Sea Lion Trio,” and the “Adventures of Peter Pan.” Both involve animals that do AMAZING tricks!! Be sure to also catch any parades – especially those at night!! And if you are there during “Christmas Fantasy” do not miss the Lighting Ceremony and Magic in the Sky Performance!!
The rides at both theme parks were equally enjoyable, though Everland tends to have a lot more rides for children. Everland is also freaking freezing in the Winter…and both times I went, my toes and hands physically hurt from the cold!! It Burrrnnnsss!
This really depends on where you are travelling from, but if you are staying Seoul based, you want to catch a train to Gangnam Station (Line 2) then catch bus #5002 from Gangnam. The buses in Gangnam are a little tricky to find…so ask someone if you have any troubles…we got help from a worker in Hungry Jacks who was super nice!!
When to go?
I havn’t been during the summer seasons, but out of the winter seasons you definitely want to go during the “Christmas Fantasy” Celebrations. As with everywhere else in Korea, the park is more crowded on weekends and during holiday season.
Adult: 40,000 won
Teenager: 34,000 won
Child: 31,000 won
For a special discount coupon click here !! Pretty good discount right??
Depends on what season you go, but usually opening times are 10am – 8pm
Everland has a variety of facilities so you will not go without all day! Some of the basics:
- Plenty and plenty of restaurants
- Lockers: Locations can be found on the downloadable guide map above. Small: 1,000 won, Large: 2,000 won
- ATMs: Located at the guest service centre and Information Centre, next to China Moon Restaurant.
- Disabled Parking as well as wheelchair rental.
- Stroller rental
- First Aid
- And more…