Little kids love to exaggerate the truth. Not lie, since that would imply malice, just tell tall tales. In front of their 5, 6, and 7 year old peers, a parent’s promise to take their kids to the petting zoo at the park suddenly turns into a safari. Or as is the case in my 6 year old class, a trip to China, Jeju Island, America (for “just one sleep, Teacher”) or, the Holy Grail of kindy fun times, Everland.
Everland is a popular choice for made up family outings because it’s close to Seoul and since most of the kids have actually been to the Disney-esque theme park, it’s pretty easy to string their friends along with bits and pieces of reality.
So one weekend, during a pretty bad hangover, David announced he didn’t want to drink anymore for awhile and we were going to Everland that next Saturday since the kids talked about it all the time.
Although we have 2 theme parks within under an hour from where I lived in Richmond, I hadn’t been in years. After you’ve been a few times, it seems like an awful lot of money to spend to do the same old stuff.
Tickets to Everland cost W38,000 (if I’m remembering correctly) and get you entrance to all the rides and the majority of the shows. Food and drink are priced only slightly higher (the equivalent of about 50 cents) than outside the park, which I would say is a huge change from US theme parks where it costs $3.50 for a bottle of water and $7 for bad, greasy food. I’d say when all was said and done, we both spent under W70,000 for the whole day, including the bus rides we took to get to and from the park. Not bad!
There’s not too much more to say about Everland other than 1) You should definitely go if you find yourself in Korea and 2) I totally understand why little kids love it. We had a really fun morning riding roller coasters, got totally soaked on the log flume, and even ate some cotton candy! We ate lunch in a fake Italian village with surprisingly tasty margherita-style pizza and really pretty gardens, rode the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world, and finished our day looking at super cute animals in the safari park.
Oh, and did I mention they have excellent statues there, too?