Family Enchantment

Enchanted Kingdom (Entrance) My family and I quite recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit one of the better (and bigger) theme parks here in the Philippines… “Enchanted Kingdom”.  Imagine a mini Disneyland in your mind… got it?  Now cut that imaginary image in half! LOL!

But still, it is pretty big.  In fact, it might be the largest (in terms of land space) in our country.

Mr & Mrs! :) The last time I visited this place was way back in 1995 when the establishment just opened.  So, you can pretty much gather that I was just as excited as my two kids who were visiting the place for the very first time.  Similarly, my wife hasn’t been there for a while and was raring to go.

We were like giddy tourists… camera in hand, food in the van, and extra clothes in the bag.

Reach for the ramen! :PAs soon as we got inside, our initial thought was… “Which ride should we try out first?!”.  We were  overwhelmed by what we saw considering everything was new to us.

Though we had “All-Day” passes (similar to “Ride-All-You-Can” tickets), we still had to contend with long lines.  And the areas where these long lines were situated didn’t have enough ventilation… so you can somehow make out how humid and smelly these queues were… Ewwww.

Rialto Anyways, I was really looking forward to going to “Rialto”… a virtual theatre where you watch a short film and your seat shakes, tilts and moves in sync with the action taking place.  I remember how cool it was when I tried it out for the first time roughly 15 years ago.  They were featuring “Speed Racer” and I said, “Oh, cool! A racing simulation!”.  Seconds into the feature, I got bummed out!  The video wasn’t in a first-person perspective (which in itself is already enough reason for it to suck) and the movements of the seats were totally random and “generic”.  What a stupid waste of 10 minutes of my time.  They pulled out the actual race scene from the movie and used that footage as playback for the feature.Dora & Diego's 4D Adventure!

The 4D Theatre On the other hand, I loved the 4D Theatre!  They were featuring “Dora’s  Adventure” so I was skeptical at first… but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise!  Think of it as Rialto (moving seats) but in 3D first-person perspective PLUS it had wind and water effects!  Yes… you heard me.  Wind blowing on your face and water squirting at you whenever the scene called for it!  Cool, huh?  :)

This is how the Rio Grande looksWe all got wet riding the Rio Grande!  Really wet!!! My jeans were dripping and my shirt was half drenched!  So were my kids… my wife was spared for some strange reason!  Arrgh!  :P

My wife and kids tried out the Ferris Wheel while I stayed behind.  I have a terrible  fear of heights since I was kid so riding the wheel is totally not my cup of tea.  Instead, while waiting, I took a few shots of the Ferris Wheel using my Hipstamatic iPhone app, trying to get a few artistic shots.  Likewise, I also tried a few shots on the Carousel.  (I’m a frustrated photographer… LOL!)

Here are a few of the images I shot:

Ferris Wheel Ferris Wheel (Under Shot)

Ferris Wheel (Foot Shot) Carousel

Carousel (Vintage Shot) Carousel (Far Shot)

Carousel Walkway

Mom & Kids looking through window :)Overall, the trip was immensely fun!

We stayed till closing time and capped the entire trip with a wonderful late dinner of Filipino dishes in Makati before heading home.

Don’t you just love family bonding time?

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