For some reason whenever we travel it rains. Therefore you must plan accordingly, if the weather report says you will have a clear and sunny day and a rainy day. Our second full day in South Korea looked like it was going to be sunny, the following day looked as though it was going to rain, according to the weather forecast. I did a little research and suggested that we visit Lotte World on this mostly sunny day.
What is Lotte World? Well it is a really big deal in Asia. Located in Seoul, South Korea, Lotte World is an amusement park that is home to the world's largest indoor theme park and an outdoor amusement park. Unbeknownst to us the theme park celebrates many themes throughout the year and during the month of October it is Zombie Apocalypse. And believe me these residents take the zombie theme very serious.
The park is also connected to a multi-story shopping mall. In it you'll find a food court, restaurants, grocery store and department store just to name a few. Enter into the amusement park and you will find yourself inside an indoor adventure park. Rides and such are upstairs (with many child friendly activities and rides) and a massive ice skating rink is located on the ground floor. The park is great for children, couples, friends, teens and more. Most of the attractions are separated based on the type of attraction it is be it kid zone, adventure or thrill seeker.
To ride the major thrill rides you must exit the indoor adventure park and head outside. It is very similar to Disneyland with its castle, characters and cast members. Our very first ride was the Gyro Drop located on Magic Island where you plummet from the height of a skyscraper back down to the ground. Your whole body is shaking and your heart is literally in your throat by the time you get off. They also have a handful of other roller coaster rides with hour long wait times so be prepared to stand a lot.
As far as food goes, they appear to love American-style food. They serve hotdogs, pizza, chicken fingers, nachos, potato wedges, smoothies and more. With all the rides we were riding I wasn't that hungry but it did come in handy to grab a bottle of water and munch on some potato wedges that came with an odd white creamy sweet dipping sauce (that was not cheese). We were not aware but there is an app you can download and make reservations to ride some of the rides. You should do this so you don't have to wait and stand around for so long. There's also a discount if you go later in the day, you can also score an added discount by using the coupons on the tourist/train maps.
Most of the guests are dressed as if they just got out from school/class and nearly all had zombie makeup on. It was unreal how committed everyone was to dressing up. If we had known earlier we would have gotten zombie makeup done too. Some of the other thrilling rides include Giant Loop, Gyro Spin, and a 3D haunted house. For lovers you will also find bumper cars, Drunken Basket and Load Nelson's Armada (swan lake). There's also a water park and aquarium but we didn't make it there.
Throughout the day there are intermittent shows with cast members performing amongst the crowds. Many are dressed as zombies and trying to scare everyone, it was hilarious. At the end of the night there was a huge performance near the castle featuring professional dancers dressed as zombies dancing to Thriller.
Adult Admission is:
Daily: $52 Won
After 4pm 30 Won
After 7pm 18 Won
This was a wonderful experience, I believe everyone would enjoy a visit to Lotte World.