Everland is a massive park, easily the largest in Korea, and the first of this trip where it really was a fifteen minute walk from one end of the park to the other. Being more accurate, it was a fifteen minute walk to the bottom of the hill and a ten minute chairlift ride back to the top; the terrain was way too steep for anybody to voluntarily walk back uphill more than once. This should not be construed as laziness by any stretch of the imagination; it was considerably harder work to wave and smile at the huge numbers of Koreans travelling in the other direction. Hello! Where are you from? And a new one today; David Beckham!
Our day opened with the first and only exclusive ride session of the trip, four circuits on the magnificent Eagle Fortress (#1079). This is without question the best suspended coaster Arrow ever built, taking advantage of the hilly terrain of the park to provide a ridiculously intense high speed race down the side of the mountain. To be honest I've got great difficulty believing the posted maximum speed of 40mph; it felt much much faster; and that was in the morning! One of the last things I had time for before leaving the park was a fifth circuit, which was running a full nine seconds faster than it had been in the morning. There's only one word for it. Wow!
The park was good enough to bring us over to the construction site for the new wooden coaster they're building for next year, which will be the first in Korea. The various numbered pieces of prefabricated wood made me think of flat pack furniture on a massive scale. I can just imagine the instruction manual; take pieces seven hundred and twenty nine and three hundred and forty seven, then find bolt four thousand eight hundred and ninety six, and ... It strikes me that typical IKEA-style pictorial instructions might fall down on a project of this scale.
As this report is written I've mostly recovered from the concussion introduced by Rolling X-Train (#1080). This elderly Arrow coaster has been refitted with new Vekoma trains. If they are an improvement I can only imagine what the original ones were like. Jeff remarked later that they asked him his age when boarding, and that he should have told them the truth! Some coasters out this part of the world have age restrictions, which seems a bit arbitrary; surely if someone is healthy enough to ride in their sixties then they should be allowed to do so?
The last coaster in the park was Herky & Timmy's Racing Coaster (#1081), a rather nice family coaster with a tire drive lift. Though it was engineered by a European rather than Asian firm (Vekoma) the seats were nevertheless too small for two adults in one car. We tried; we failed. It was a similar story on the powered Dragon Coaster.
We tried a total of three other rides in the park; the Rotating House haunted swing (mediocre), the Columbus Adventure oversized pirate ship (hilarious for people watching), and Global Village (a small world clone with even more irritating music and a totally arbitrary space scene towards the end). It's probably just as well that the park doesn't sell CDs of park music, as if this song got out into the world it might cause civil disobedience on a massive scale. It would have been nice to get a copy of the Everland song though; it is without question the stuff that ring tones are made of. If anyone in the park is reading this, please do get in touch!