Friday, September 24, 2010

Feeling like your six again! Everland!!!

Everland is one of those places that you have been dreaming of going to since you were a kid!!!

I can't explain the excitement of the group when we arrived at Everland! I remember Lauren repeating "this is the happiest day of my life" and I couldn't help but run and dart from one colourful thing to another. I literally had the concentration span of an adolescent goldfish and I loved every moment of it!

The day started out with one hell of a bang because we all ended up paying almost half price to get in. A full day ticket to Everland is usually 37,000Won but for some reason the Everland staff saw us and gave us a massive discount. I am not sure if this was because they were being super nice or if it was because we stood out in the crowd but either way we were super stoked. We ended up paying 22,000Won each and it was totally worth it, we spent almost 12 hours there.

It's no wonder why it is ranked the fourth best amusement park in the world!

There is no shortage of things to do at Everland (although I must admit, we all thought that there would be more hair-raising rides than there actually were). We started out the day with one or two small fun rides and we went inside a fun-house! My first ever! But our main mission was to head down to the T-Express a massive wooden rollercoaster which has the steepest drop in the world (on a wooden coaster). YIKES!

Luckily when we got to the rollercoaster we were issued with these cool things called Q-passes which means you take a ticket, you roam around for an hour and you come back at a specific time and Bob's-your-uncle you are at the front of the queue....revolutionary!

We saw some farm animals, strange bugs and did a water ride (we were wrapped like condoms in the latter, it was quite a site) and before we knew it, it was our turn on T-Express. Hearts pounding we climbed into the wooden coaster and BAM, we were off and then we were dropping into what felt like nothing but air. Up, down, sharp left, up again, down, UP, UP, Big down, Screeeeetch, hair in face! That is literally the only way I can explain one of the most hair raising roller-coasters I have ever been on. IT ROCKED!

We then decided it was time for lunch and beer...good choice! We then found ourselves wondering around a part of Everland called Animal Wonder World which was pretty much like a zoo. We looked at impressive birds, we saw polar bears, and we even saw skunks but the highlight of the Animal World was the monkey area....there were numerous species of monkeys and it was such fun watching them run around.

Many of these were Asian monkeys and I had never seen them before. But of course there were also chimps and other monkeys indigenous to Africa. The chimp enclosure had this weird contraption where you can stick your head into a bubble like thing...One monkey tried to kiss me and another tried to smack me! Weird experience. This old guy seemed to have some issues. He plucked his own hair and played with himself in the most inappropriate way but he did seem to have a soft spot for Oliver.

The one part of the park which I really did not like was the Safari. You hop on a bus and in lightning speed you are driven from enclosure to enclosure and you get to see lions, tigers, white tigers, ligers, bears, giraffes, elephants, etc.  The enclosures were all far too small and I couldn't help but think about how lucky the animals back home are!

After a couple of hours roaming animal workd we found another pocket of the park that had some thrilling was round about this time I lost my voice!

After that things started winding down, sort of. We walked through the four seasons garden which had an array of plants to support their Halloween was really something else. Next thing we knew, we were in a small Alpine type village with live music and good food. Like any sane person would do, we sat down, ordered some sausage and beer and got merry!

By this time it had started getting dark and the Horror village was open for business...we saw ghosts and vampires and other creepy crawlies!

Next thing we knew it was after 9 and we had to rush back to catch our bus!

Unfortunately, I didn't get to go to Space World, Mystery House or Rotating House but I guess that gives me a reason to go back again!!!

We spent almost 12 ours in the park and for a day of good fun and laughs I would recommend pulling together a group of mates and heading to Everland for a day where you get to feel like you are 6 all over again!

Post by Claudia

P.S. My little photos will have to do for a while! Oliver has photos coming out of his ears and it might be a while before we see some more of his masterpieces


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