Everland is South Korea's largest theme park. Located at the Everland Resort in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do, it receives 5,85 million visitors annually and was ranked nineteenth in the world for amusement park attendance in 2018. Along with its main attractions, Everland includes a zoo and water park known as Caribbean Bay. Everland is operated by Samsung C&T Corporation (formerly known as Samsung Everland, Cheil Industries), which is a subsidiary of the Samsung Group.
|Location||Everland Resort, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea|
|Owner||Samsung C&T Resort & Construction Group|
|Visitors per annum||5,85 million|
Everland is divided into five zones: Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic Land and American Adventure.
Global Fair is primarily a place for food, souvenirs and pictures as visitors make their way into and out of the park. There are many shops, and restaurants as well as services such as stroller rental and lockers.
Zootopia is an animal-themed portion. There is a petting zoo, pony rides, and animal shows. There is a small zoo with birds, polar bears, sea lions, penguins, bears, lions, tigers, primates and more . A safari bus ride is available which shows animals such as ligers and bears roaming in a contained habitat. The visitors stay in the bus. Amazon Express is a raft ride, where most visitors get splashed. The petting zoo provides animals such as goats and sheep to pet. Kosik, one of Zoo-Topia's elephants, made headlines when he demonstrated an ability to imitate Korean words.
European Adventure has many restaurants in European styles. The architecture imitates European styles. There is a flower garden encircled by a train, games and arcades. A favorite attraction here is the Mystery Mansion where visitors can shoot at the ghosts. In March 2008, a ride named "T Express" was added. It is the first roller-coaster in Korea to be constructed out of wood.
Magic land is an elaborate array of buildings and rides. There is a portion called Aesop's Village where the characters and themes are primarily drawn from the fables of Aesop. The Ferris wheel provided views of the whole park until it closed in 2011 to allow for more rides. There is a log flume, a futuristic flying ride, and a robot ride. With the rides, there are restaurants and stands.
Themes from American history are presented in this portion of the park. There is one western themed ride located in this section called ‘Rodeo’.
In Rock Ville the theme is the 1950s and its music. The Double Rock Spin is a main attraction as live bands play near the Rolling X-Train, a roller coaster in the park.
|T Express||2008||Intamin AG||South Korea's highest, fastest, longest, steepest roller coaster. South Korea's first wooden coaster.
It has world's steepest wooden roller coaster record (77 degrees, 2009)
|Eagle's Fortress (closed)||1992||Arrow Dynamics||South Korea's first suspended coaster. Limited to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) by a trim brake on the drop when opening, but now reaches 52 miles per hour (84 km/h) since the trim brake was eliminated.|
|Rolling-X Train||1988||Arrow Dynamics (Trains built by Vekoma)||Built for the celebration of 1988 Seoul Olympics. Two loops and two corkscrews. Former name was "Fantasy Express"|
|Herky & Timmy's Racing Coaster||2005||Vekoma||A Family roller coaster placed in Aesop's village.|
|Dragon Coaster||1987||Zamperla||A two circuit powered roller coaster.|
The T Express, debuted in 2006, is the first wooden roller coaster and the largest of any kind in South Korea. The T Express is the 6th longest wooden coaster in the world at 5,838 feet (1,779 m) long. The steepest point is the first drop, and the slope here is 77 degrees. Its name comes from the logo of conglomerate SK Corporation's SK Telecom service.
Jigu Maul (Global Village)Edit
The Jigu Maul (literally means "Global village") was established in August 1985 as the first dark boat ride in South Korea. It shows worldwide traditions, cultural customs, scenery with dolls and iconic miniatures from more than 18 countries such as it's a Small World at Disneyland Park in California. However, Due to safety reasons, it was torn down in 2016. There is a children's playground called "Hide Away" in the current location.
Characteristics of Jigu MaulEdit
- Europe has dolls representing Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, England, Spain and Sweden.
- The Arctic and North Pole features dolls representing Scandinavia.
- America has dolls representing Brazil, Mexico and United States with a miniaturized Golden Gate in San Francisco, Times Square and Statue of Liberty in New York City.
- Africa has wild animals with natural forest and dolls representing Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya's ethic group of Maasai people.
- Asia has dolls representing India, China with a miniaturized Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) in Beijing, Japan with Matsuri folkdancing, Korea with traditional percussion performance named Samulnori and fan dancing named Buchaechum at a miniaturized Namdaemun in Seoul.
Everland hosts the Tulip Festival from March to April each year. At the festival, visitors can enjoy various spring attractions such as Everland representative photo spot 'magic tree', the streets that look like they have moved from French flower market, and 'Aesop's umbrella street'. In addition, there are special performances for anyone, such as musicals and parades.
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