How cool is it that Disney has expanded all the way out to the ROK! Truly an example of globalization at its best...
This is Lotte World, the K-version of Disney World. (See the resemblance? I think there must be a case for copyright infringement somewhere, but I just can't figure it out...)
Potential legal matters aside, Lotte World is actually a pretty awesome amusement park in a country where space for things like amusement parks is hard to come by. (Think of it this way, in the United States, we fit about 87.4 people into every square mile. In Korea, they cram in about 1,271. Yeah, things are a little tight!) To deal with the pretty significant space issue at hand, Lotte had the brilliant idea of condensing its park into a football-sized arena by stacking the park vertically into different floors. Smart, huh?
Incredibly confusing to navigate, but supper space efficient!
This visit to Lotte World (yes, this was my second time visiting Lotte World!), we spent most of our time outside in Magic island, the more adventure-oriented add-on to the park. We started out strong with the Gyro Drop, a ride that slowly lifts you up over the entire city, let's you enjoy the magnificent view for exactly three seconds, and then let's gravity do it's thing. I thought I was about to die.
We also hit up the Gyro Swing, a terrifying spinning ride, which was terrifying solely because it felt like you were about to hit the next ride over. Did I mention Lotte World has space issues?
There was also graffiti everywhere! I don't know of anyone who would think to bring a permanent marker to an amusement park, but apparently in Korea, it's what all the cool kids are doing.
Zooms and I in front of the castle at night. Darling.
I would love to tell you more about Lotte World, maybe fill you in on all the many details of our visit, but to be honest, I can't remember them. Something about being busy lately...
In short, Lotte World is not the biggest or most terrifying theme park I've ever been to (nor is it the most original...), but it is kind of awesome and well worth a visit if you find yourself in Korea wishing you were at Disney.
And no really, it's remarkable they haven't been sued yet... Good luck Lotte World!
- Christine -