Everland

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Everland Resort
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Location Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Coordinates 37°17′44″N 127°12′14″E / 37.295632°N 127.203999°E / 37.295632; 127.203999Coordinates: 37°17′44″N 127°12′14″E / 37.295632°N 127.203999°E / 37.295632; 127.203999
Owner Samsung Everland
Opened 1976[1]
Previous names Farmland
Operating season Year-round
Visitors per annum 6.6 million
Area 250[2]
Rides
Roller coasters 5
Website http://www.everland.co.kr/
Everland Resort
Hangul
Revised Romanization Ebeoraendeu Rijoteu
McCune–Reischauer Ebǒraendǔ Rijot'ǔ

Everland Resort is a theme park in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do province, South Korea.

Everland is South Korea's largest theme park. With 6.6 million visitors, Everland ranked thirteenth in the world for amusement park attendance in 2011. Along with its main attractions, Everland also includes a zoo and a water park known as Caribbean Bay. Everland is operated by Samsung Everland, which is a subsidiary of the Samsung Group.

The name of the park is of note, as the name "Everland" is English. In Korean, the name is approximated as "Ebeoraendeu" – in other words, there is no authentic Korean name for the park. This park was formerly called "Jayeon Nongwon" which roughly means "Natural Farm".[citation needed] Its former English name was "Farmland".[3]

T Express[edit]

T Express
Main article: T Express

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. It is also the steepest, with the first drop inclined at 77 degrees. Its name comes from the logo of conglomerate SK Corporation's SK Telecom service.

Characteristics and records of T Express (2008)[edit]

  • South Korea's first wooden roller coaster
  • World's steepest wooden roller coaster (77 degrees)
  • Drop: 57 metres (187 ft) (7th in the world)
  • Attraction time: 3 min (the longest in Asia, 7th in the world)
  • Air time: 12 times (the most air times in South Korea)
  • Altitude: 56 metres (184 ft) (the highest in Asia, 3rd in the world)
  • Maximum Speed: 104 kilometres per hour (65 mph) (the fastest in Asia, 8th in the world)
  • [+] Gravity Force : 4.5g
  • [-] Gravity Force : -1.2g

Jigu Maul (Global Village)[edit]

The Jigu Maul (literally means "Global village") is established in August 1985, as the first dark boat ride in South Korea and shows worldwide traditions, cultural customs, sceneries with dolls and iconic miniatures from more than 18 countries[4] such as it's a Small World at Disneyland Park in California.

Characteristics of Jigu Maul[edit]

Everland[edit]

Everland is divided into 5 distinct zones: Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic Land and American Adventure.

Global Fair[edit]

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 special services such as stroller rental and lockers.

Zoo-Topia[edit]

Zoo-Topia is an animal themed portion. There is a petting zoo, pony rides, and animal shows. There is also a small zoo with polar bears, sea lions, penguins, bears, tigers and primates. A safari bus ride is available which shows animals such as ligers and bears roaming in a contained habitat. The visitors are caged up in the bus. Amazon Express is a raft ride, where most visitors get wet to varying degrees. 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[edit]

European Adventure has many restaurants in various European styles. The architecture imitates different European styles. There is a flower garden encircled by a train, games and arcades. A favorite attraction here is the Mystery Mansion in which visitors can shoot at the ghosts. In March 2008, a new ride named "T Express" was added. It is the first roller-coaster in Korea to be constructed out of wood.

Magic Land[edit]

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 here provided a spectacular view of the whole park until it closed in 2011 to allow for more rides. There is also a log flume, a futuristic flying ride, and a robot ride. With the rides, there are many restaurants and stands.

American Adventure[edit]

Themes from American history are presented in this portion of the park. There are 2 Wild West rides, including the "Eagle's Fortress" thrill ride, and the 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 located within the park.

Roller coasters[edit]

Ride Year Opened Manufacturer Description
T Express 2008 Intamin AG South Korea's highest, fastest, longest, steepest roller coaster. Also 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.

Everland Speedway[edit]

Everland Speedway is South Korea's first racing track. The speedway has held racing events of various scales. It also gives opportunities to experience and enjoy race car driving for ordinary people with no previous racing experience.

Caribbean Bay[edit]

Main article: Caribbean Bay

Caribbean Bay is South Korea's largest (2010) water park. The outdoor zone is not open all year due to weather conditions (Winter and Rainy Seasons). The aquatic center(inside) opens all year.[5] It is divided into 5 distinct zones.

Wild River[edit]

Wild River (opened in summer 2008) is a zone for more advanced water play. It has 6 water tube slides including the Tower Bumerango.

Sea Wave[edit]

Main attraction in the Sea Wave zone is the Wave Pool. It generates 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in) artificial waves. It also has a sandy rest zone.

Aquatic Center[edit]

Aquatic Center is an indoor zone in Caribbean Bay. It has several normal pools, 3 water slides, indoor wave pool, spas, and saunas. It is open all year.

Fortress[edit]

Fortress is a water-themed ride. It has streaming pool (called "Lazy Pool"), a Surfing Ride, an Adventure pool and spas.

Bay Slide[edit]

Bay Slide is a water ride located within the park. It has 6 tube rides and 3 water bobsleighs.

Attendance[edit]

2008 2009 2010 2011 Worldwide rank
6,600,000[6] 6,169,000[7] 6,884,000[8] 6,570,000[9] 12

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Resort". everland.com. Samsung Everland. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Everland". everland.com. Samsung Everland. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Discussion about name (in Korean)
  4. ^ everland. everland. Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  5. ^ "Everland". visitseoul.net. Seoul Metropolitan Government. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2008 Global Attractions Report". Themed Entertainment Association. 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2009 Global Attractions Report". Themed Entertainment Association. 2009. Archived from the original on June 2, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2010 Global Attractions Report". Themed Entertainment Association. 2010. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2011 Global Attractions Report". Themed Entertainment Association. 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Everland at Wikimedia Commons