Enchanted Kingdom3rd September 2009
Enchanted Kingdom is located directly next door to an emergency trauma unit, remarkably convenient for a park with a Vekoma Boomerang in it. Unfortunately (or otherwise) the Space Shuttle was closed for refurbishment, with completion scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. This particular boomerang was originally built for a park in England almost thirty years ago, and given that the renovation could well be driven by necessity.
The only other credit in the place is a standard Roller Skater (#1435), which is not a ride even the most obsessive enthusiast would fly all the way to the Philippines for. The locals appeared to love it though, and I guess that's what counts. In addition to the operational coaster we also tried the Wheel of Fate (yikes) for overhead photography, and a simulator ride showing Lego Racers. The latter didn't have any obvious plot, but the motion effects at least worked well. We were the only two visitors in what was a medium sized auditorium, the only time I've ever had that happen!
The park is fairly small by international standards, with a complete lap through the place on foot taking less than five minutes. However no expense has been spared on the theming, which really looks the part. Each of the park zones has a completely different feel, and the overall standard of presentation puts the park well up there with the best in the world. We didn't see the park at its best today, with two rides closed for maintenance and a number not scheduled to open until mid-afternoon, but we still came away impressed.