Lotte World

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Lotte World
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LocationSincheon-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Coordinates37°31′N 127°06′E / 37.51°N 127.10°E / 37.51; 127.10
Themeindoor planet ride[1]
OwnerLotte Corporation
OpenedJuly 12, 1989 (1989-07-12)
Operating seasonYear-round
Visitors per year7.3 million[2]
Area128,246 m2 (1,380,430 sq ft)
Websitewww.lotteworld.com
StatusOperating
Lotte World, seen from the Lotte World Tower
Map
Lotte World
Hangul
롯데월드
Revised RomanizationLotdewoldeu
McCune–ReischauerRottewŏldŭ

Lotte World (롯데 월드, Losde Woldeu) is a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea. It consists of the world's largest indoor theme park,[3] an outdoor amusement park called "Magic Island", an artificial island inside a lake linked by monorail, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters. Opened on July 12, 1989, Lotte World receives 7.3 million visitors each year.[2]

General information[edit]

Lotte World is located in Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is made up of two main sections, the outdoor amusement park Magic Island,[4] and Adventure (indoor).[5]

Lotte World is open all year long without any holiday closings and has operating hours from 9 am to 11 pm.[6]

Ticket fee
Adult Teenager Child Baby (under 48 month)
1 Day 55,000won 48,000won 44,000won 14,000won
After 4pm 44,000won 38,000won 34,000won 14,000won

Opening[edit]

Lotte World Adventure started construction in August 1984, opened at 11 a.m. on July 12, 1989, and Magic Island opened on March 24, 1990. It is located near Jamsil Station on Seoul Subway Line 2 and Seoul Subway Line 8. In the early days, there was a market and a New Country Supermarket, but in 1990, the New Country Supermarket was absorbed by Lotte Shopping and changed its name to Lotte Department Store in Jamsil, Lotte Mart in 1998. In Seomyeon, Busan, there was Lotte World Sky Plaza, which started construction in 1992 and opened in 1996, but it was in the red due to the lack of a free pass system and annual membership system, and in 1999, it was demolished due to safety issues of Sky Plaza and Loop. Busan Lotte World Sky Plaza has now been replaced by Lotte Cinema multiplex theaters.

The initial hours of operation were 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., but the hours of operation have changed from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. since 1998 when the marketing was conducted "every day until 11 p.m." Lotte World also rose 20 percent when sales at other theme parks in Korea fell about 20 percent during the IMF bailout, due to the Zayro Drop set up on April 11, 1998.

There are more than 40 different kinds of amusement facilities, including Gyro Drop and Atlantis, and there are also large-scale fantasy parades at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. every day except Monday. On December 12, 2007, the total number of visitors exceeded 100 million, and in 2012, foreign tourists accounted for 10 percent of the total. Lotte Department Store Jamsil branch and duty-free shop are famous for tourist attractions. In the Seoul metropolitan area, it is called one of the top three entertainment facilities along with Everland and Seoul Land. In 2011, it ranked 11th in the world with 7.58 million visitors.

In May 2013, Lotte World Underland, a theme zone with the theme of goblin village, was opened on the first basement floor, and 4D Shooting Theater, Media Zone, and restaurants were located in Underland.

In the case of Magic Island, there was a high-altitude series of high-altitude fighter jets, high-altitude parachutes and high-altitude wave rides in the 1990s, but now there is a gyro series attraction consisting of Gyro Drop, Gyroswing, and Gyrospin.

Lotte World Ice Rink, which measures 36m × 65m on the third basement floor of Adventure, is known as a skating attraction. On the west side of the adventure was Lotte World Swimming, but it closed in 2008, and KidZania, a children's vocational theme park, is located there.

In addition, Lotte World opened the Gimhae Lotte Water Park in Jangyu-dong, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do from 2014 to 2015. On October 14, 2014, Lotte World Aquarium was opened within Lotte World Mall in Songpa-gu, Seoul. In 2016, Lotte World Kids Park was opened in Eunpyeong Lotte Mall, and Lotte World Tower was opened in Songpa-gu, Seoul on April 3, 2017. The height is 555 meters, about eight times the height of Lotte World's Gyro Drop.

In 2021, the Busan Lotte World Magic Forest Theme Park, also known as Osiria Theme Park, will be opened at the Dongbu Mountain Tourist Complex in Gijang-gun, Busan.

Attractions[edit]

The "Adventure" part of the amusement park is divided into four main floors.

Adventure 1F: Underland[7][edit]

The Adventures of Sinbad

A boat ride that allows passengers to travel along with Sinbad through an underground waterway.

The Conquistador

An Intamin-made Viking ship ride. It swings back and forth, almost reaching the ceiling of Lotte World at its maximum height. The seats at the ends of the ship rise 5 more meters and 24 degrees higher than the seats towards the middle.

Flume Ride

A log ride consisting of a 4-seat long boat that travels through a Jurassic jungle. Former name was "the Marrakesh Express".

Camelot Carrousel

The merry-go-round located near the middle of Lotte World consists of 64 white horses. This is also the merry-go-round featured in South Korean drama series, Stairway to Heaven.

Giant Loop

A Larson's fireball type roller coaster ride made only of one big loop. Passengers are constantly taken for 360 degree spins in a 14m-wide circular rail. The vehicle even stops while upside down.

Drunken Basket

An Intamin drunken barrels model teacup ride that spins the individual vehicles left and right while the whole ride itself rises up and down.

3D Desperados

A wide IMAX screen theater, where the seats are in the form of a horse. The seats move in all directions in accordance with the screen image. Passengers over 120 kg or under 120 cm must sit on a coach seat.

Lotty's Kidstoria

A playground for children under age 8. This play area's theme is a fairy-tale world. Children can go barefoot to explore Cinderella's Castle, Alice in Wonderland, and other fairy-tale stories.

Treeble's Hopper

A children's ride. The children are taken up towards a tree house as they jump up and down over 6 meters. Only children between 90 cm and 120 cm are permitted.

Kids Bumper Cars

Bumper cars for children which not permitted on the Crazy Bumper Cars. Anyone over 140 cm is not permitted, unless they are accompanying a child. Children under 5 years must have an adult with them.

Swing Pang Pang

A mini version of the Teacup ride; the children get on a twirling basket. Children under 6 years have to be accompanied by an adult.

Boong Boong Car

A kid ride where the children aboard a Boong Boong Car (붕붕 in Korean is the sound a car makes) and go to save Hansel and Gretel from the witch's house. Children under 105 cm are required to be accompanied by an adult.

Brother Moon & Sister Sun

Jump into the sky with Brother Moon & Sister Sun to run away from tiger!

Lotty Train

Make your adventure taking a small train.

Eureka

Magic boats that take riders up and down while spinning around.

Jumping Fish

Explore aquatic adventures. The only way to escape from the evil shark is to jump over it.

Do you speak Beluga?

Interactive live show with Beluga.

Adventure 2F[8][edit]

French Revolution

A high-octane roller coaster. It rotates 360 degrees and even up to 540 degrees in some parts. The roller coaster passes through the building and is indoors, so it may feel like it might hit the building. You can also purchase photos taken while boarding at the exit. In 2017 the French Revolution's name was changed to French Revolution2 VR.

Bumper Car

For adults, must be at least 140 cm to ride.

Adventure 3F[edit]

Jungle Adventure

A water ride that takes passengers through the jungle. They get on a jungle boat and enter a dark cave and are taken through the rapids.

World Monorail

The monorail takes visitors through Lotte World—both inside and outside. It gives a scenic view as it goes by Adventure, then goes outside to Magic Island that sits over the Seok-Chon Lake. There are two stations, Lake Station and Adventure Station.

Folk Museum

The folk museum allows visitors to learn all about Korea's people and history.

Adventure 4F[edit]

Pharaoh's Fury

A multi-motion ride (inspired by Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland) where passengers board a Jeep and travel through ancient Egypt. The passengers feel as if they were right at the steering wheel as they go on a 1 km-long ride.

Aeronauts Balloon Ride

This ride in a balloon spans the majority of the indoor park. It allows visitors view Lotte World from high above.

Dynamic Theatre

This theatre shows 15-minute-long movies, while the chair vibrates along with the movie.

Animal Theatre

This production, targeted towards children, tells the story of Piggy who is in love with a Princess. The King has already chosen a fiancé for the Princess, Knight Rolo. However, Piggy eventually wins the love of the princess through the help of his animal friends.[9]

Magic Island[edit]

Atlantis Adventure is a steel rollercoaster and is themed to the lost city, Atlantis. It is one of the most intense rides in the park.

Lotte World Castle in Magic Island

Gyro Drop is a new attraction coupled with VR goggles to give a simulation of a futuristic landscape during the elevation sequence. After completing a short rotation at the top, the seats will be dropped, halting to a stop at the base. One can opt out of the VR goggles if needed.

Gyro Swing is basically a giant swing similar to the indoor ride, but with a rotating end where participants are seated.

Comet Express is an indoor roller coaster with a space theme that travels through three separate rooms. Each car seats two people and rotates independently from the train.[10]

Ghost House

Bungee Drop is the main bungee ride in the area.

Swing Tree is the chair swing ride in this area.

World Monorail is the monorail in this area.

Gyro Spin

A Zamperla Mega Disk'o ride with 40 seats.

Former Attractions[edit]

Parachute Drop

Hydra (Waagner-Biro Tree Triple Wheel)

Barn Stormer

Eagle Fortress

Replaced by Swing Tree.

Waikiki Wave

A Vekoma top spin ride. It was located on where Gyro Spin is now.

Rad Flying Tires A top spin ride with super fast tires to hold on to. It is located where Bumper Car is now.

Live shows[edit]

The illusionist Loran at the ‘’Magic Theatre’’
  • Magic Theatre : The « Magic Theatre » is a theatre of about 200 seats, featuring magicians and illusionists from Korea, as well as several other countries around the world. One of those was the Canadian illusionist Loran,[11] who was featured from July to December 1997, accomplishing more than 700 performances. Loran is an international artist whose magic is hallmarked in a Medieval-Gothic style.

In popular culture[edit]

Lotte World was one of several locations used for filming the Korean drama Stairway to Heaven, namely the carousel, ice rink and as the seat of Cha Song-joo's family business.[12]

The Korean boy band H.O.T. shot the video for their single "Candy" in Lotte World.[citation needed]

Lotte World was also featured on the Korean variety/reality lifestyle show Pajama Friends.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introduction to Lotte World". Lotte World official website. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "TEA/AECOM 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Hi Seoul, Soul of Asia – Amusement Park, Theme Park, Overview". English.seoul.go.kr. Archived from the original on 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  4. ^ "경향닷컴 | Kyunghyang.com". News.khan.co.kr. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  5. ^ "LotteWorld | lotteworld.com".
  6. ^ http://www.lotteworld.com/contents/contents.asp?cmsCd=CM0023. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Lotte world, attraction Adventure1F". lotte world.
  8. ^ "Lotte world, adventure 2F". lotte world.
  9. ^ "Renaissance Animal Theatre".
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "Comet Express  (Lotte World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  11. ^ "LORAN Illusion Home Page". www.loranillusion.com. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  12. ^ "Korean TV Drama: Stairway to Heaven". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 15 December 2012.

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Coordinates: 37°31′N 127°06′E / 37.51°N 127.10°E / 37.51; 127.10