Everland, the Disney Land of Korea, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Korea and is a great spot to have some fun while teaching English in South Korea. Although it is a family spot, it is popular for a bunch of friends to go crazy and ride on a handful of rides as well. The most popular and must go on ride is the T-express, the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. It is probably the best and the one roller coaster that is worth the long wait.
The current concept of the month is Halloween and Horror Night where dead monsters come out and "scare you." A few of will actually touch you, something that many are not used to being that it is illegal to do so in America. Nonetheless, the characters fit their role perfectly with the way they walk and look. It is one experience that is worth waiting for!
One of the best things about Everland is the Q pass that you can pick up if the wait for the ride is over 60 minutes. I sure wish America had this service so that you can check out other rides in the mean time! Another handy pick up would be the heating system and cooling fans for those people who are getting of a water ride. There has been many times when I come off the ride soaking wet (this time included) and wish there was a way to dry off.
There is also a little zoo with a handful of animals which incorporates a Sea World concept to the theme park as well as other animals. The provide free animal shows and even a safari ride that is a van that drives through a caged area with lions, tigers, bears, and other vultures. The best part about it is the tricks the bears will do. The one other additional fun is the horror maze which you can navigate and run through for an extra $5.
Everland sure does not measure up to Disney Land, but it is definitely worth visiting with a bunch of friends for a day of rides and fun. This theme park tries to incorporate all different parts of children fun with rides, animals, and other goodies. Lotte World is the next close thing in Seoul, but it's always fun to be a kid once again and Everland is the best in Korea!
There are a handful of good things about the park in addition to the rides which include cheap food, not over priced amusement park food that we constantly experience in America. Souvenirs can fluctuate in price, but at the very least, things are not over the top like many places in America. Heated outdoor seating for cooler nights to enjoy your dinner, a handful of photo-friendly spots that allows for you capture the moment is also a handful of pluses, and drinking alcohol outdoors (it is Korea, after all). One peculiar, but considerate concept is a wrapped in water ride where visitors do not get "as wet" because they're technically in a poncho.
South of Seoul, there are a handful of buses that can take you to the area for less than a $5 ride. One recommendation is to go when the park opens and leave before closing time to beat out all of the other people who want to stay from open to close. There is a foreigners discount online that can be printed, but for those with a Shinsegae credit card and students, you (foreigners and Koreans) can receive a half price discount on the card. Always look out for discounts because Everland is constantly offering them, the best is the Chuseok week's discount for $23 (all foreigners, regardless of age)! Because Everland is a foreigner spot, the language barrier is no problem at all so it is a must visit indeed.
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