While it would be wrong to compare Lotte World to Disney World, the similarities were undeniable. With it's mechanical human-like robots and sudden drops in darkness on a water track, Sindbad was a replica of Pirates of the Carribean, add sultans and genies. The vehicle that we rode in on Pharaoh was identical to that of Disney's Dinosaur, and the effects were of the same caliber. As we rode through a cave and saw spiders covering the walls, we suddenly felt them moving at our feet, the same way one might experience a 4D movie. It was quite unexpected and extremely funny. It was a shame that the snap-shot cameras did not capture our faces at this point in the ride.
The lines, too, were like Disney: long. We were only able to cover about half of the park in the entire day. Kids are still on summer vacation, so we figured that may have had something to do with the extended wait times. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic day. I've decided to purchase the annual pass, as I know I will be back here again and again, if only to try the Gyro Drop and the twisting swing thing that promises to make you lose your lunch. What else is a better indication of a successful day at an amusement park?
*Note: This post was written in 2009. Some of the rides may have since changed but the following information is accurate as of August 2013.
Hours: Lotte World is open daily from 09:30-11:00PM (Nighttime admission: 16:00-23:00)
Admission: Adults: 25,000 won / Youths: 22,000 won / Children: 19,000 won *Discounts apply after 4:00PM.
To get there: Take the Seoul subway to Jamsil Station (Lines 2&8, Exit 4). Follow the signs leading to Lotte World, which is attached to the station.
Website: Click here.