Since it’s summer, a visit to the Enchanted Kingdom theme park in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna is a treat my kids can’t refuse. Thankfully, there was an invitation from the park management for the family to enjoy their rides. Specifically, it was the Easter Day launch of their new attractions like Zoori’s Adventure, Tweeter and Bungee Fun.
Luckily, South Luzon Expressway had very light traffic that day and our drive from Paranaque was only 45 minutes or so. Enchanted Kingdom was also not crowded and the only thing bearing down on us was the summer heat. It was also hubby’s first time to see the park which is the Philippines’ own version of Hong Kong Disneyland. He only had positive things to say 😉
Enchanted’s Space Shuttle Max is the ultimate in adrenaline-pumping excitement. I’ve ridden a ride like this before (out of the country) and that’s the last of it 😀
Something I didn’t see in our previous visits: a lion!
Preggy old me was only allowed to ride the chariot of the Grand Carousel. I wouldn’t have risked it anyway.
Some rides to try in Enchanted Kingdom: Rio Grande Rapids, Anchors Away, Discovery Theater, Roller Skaters, Jungle Log Jam, Swan Lake, Dodgem, Wheel of Fate, Up, up and Away, Bumbling Boulders, Stone Eggs, Exodus, Kart Trak, Boulderville Express, Xtreme Paintball, Rialto, Triassic Laser Tag, SRRX (haunted place), among others.
After our day at the park, we decided not to immediately drive back to Manila and stayed at El Cielito Inn, a business hotel that’s frequented by executives from the surrounding technoparks. We got an Executive Room at a rate of P3,300 a night which was enough to fit the family with its two large beds. Their coffeeshop, La Hacienda, also served decent food. One thing that stood out in this place: its cleanliness. Worth having is the hotel’s Enchanted Kingdom package which would entitle one to four free tickets to the park plus an Executive Room for only P3,900.
The next day, we went to Paseo de Sta. Rosa, a strip mall 10 to 15 minutes away. It is notable for its row of outlet stores and restaurants, most popular of which is the Kanin Club. But KC disappointed me with its “soupy” paksiw na bangus last time, so I just opted for a take-out of their bestselling crispy dinuguan and turon. We actually ended up eating at Bacolod Inasal, after shopping in the little boutiques in the area.
Of course for most people, Sta. Rosa Laguna is just a gateway for the cooler climes of Tagaytay City 😉