There is a huge Main Street, there is an Emporium, there are lots of cheerful characters and you’ll even find a cheap copy of It’s a Small World. No doubt about it: Everland wants to be the Korean version of Disneyland. And although some parts of the park may look rather cheap and uninteresting, most areas are actually themed surprisingly well. The Main Street is cool, the Holland section and the nearby gardens are stunning and you’ll discover the nicely decorated Alpine Village. That village is home to the park’s most legendary ride: T Express. This wooden coaster was manufactured by Intamin and feels like a combination of Liseberg’s Balder and El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure. In other words: expect insane amounts of airtime and a very high speed. Since its opening in 2008, T Express has been known as one of the world’s best wooden rollercoasters. Personally, I prefer the more classic wooden coasters GCI designs, but I admit that T Express delivers a great experience. Keep in mind that the wait gets rather long, so visit T Express early in the day.
Everland isn’t just an attraction park, but it’s also known as one of the country’s biggest zoos. That’s why some of the main rides involve animals. I’m talking about Safari World and Lost Valley, two guided bus tours which will get you extremely close to some wild animals. I’m not a huge fan of zoos, but these attractions both offer amazing experiences which shouldn’t be missed. The capacity is very high, so queues are very manageable on week days.
Everland is a huge theme park and you’ll definitely need a whole day if you want to see the entire park. The park offers a good amount of thrill rides, a few rollercoasters (unfortunately, T Express is the only interesting one), three dark rides (be sure to visit the creepy version of It’s a Small World) and two very cool safari rides. Although I liked Lotte World slightly better, Everland is definitely a must-do while travelling to Seoul. And do you know what the best thing is? Everland has some fairly high discounts for foreigners and the park even features a designated ticket booth for non-Korean visitors.