T-Express in Everland: An Unforgettable Rush

10352616_10152813544934170_4910496784133939598_nOn my first two trips in Korea with my family, I tried to sneak in Everland in the itinerary to no avail. Nobody wanted to do the thrill rides with me and seeing as the entrance fee was a bit steep at 46,000 won —  36,000 if we use the coupon I printed out (there is usually a coupon), it was a definite no go. So, I swore that the next time I visit South Korea, I would complete this unfinished business.

It just so happened that for this trip, my friends wanted to go as well. No, not all of them for the thrill rides, but Everland is a place that has a lot to offer for visitors of all ages. Like Disneyland and Universal Studios, it is organized into sections. It had something for everybody.

We actually lucked out and read about a promotion posted at the bulletin board of our inn. All we had to do was like the Everland facebook page and we would be eligible to get the tickets at 22,000 won only. We didn’t know if the promo had other conditions but we still went for it because we wanted to maximize each buck. When we reached the Group Ticketing Office where we should show the cashier on our smartphones that we complied with the promo, they rang us up for 22,000 won each. Yay!

The journey to Everland was a bit long. It took us about an hour or an hour and a half and several transfers before we reached the Giheung Station on the Bundang Line. From there we took the Everline which took us to Yongin province, and we alighted at the Jeondae Everland Station. Don’t worry, its the last stop so its pretty hard to get lost. From there, free shuttles to the park are already available and the buses take you directly to the park entrance. For alternative transportation options, check this out. The trip cost us roughly 2050 KRW.

everland_mapUpon entering the park, get a map at the entrance. Take the English version. This will serve as a guide to navigate the huge territory. Depending on preference, there are thrill rides like the Rolling X Train, a double loop roller coaster; the Hurricane, which basically spins you around till you’re dizzy; the Let’s Rock It, which is similar to Thailand’s Wipeout, which basically throws you 360 degrees in rapid succession until you pee your pants or puke; and the park’s piece de resistance, the T-Express, the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world which boasts of a 77 meter drop. The ride also operates at a top speed of 104 km per hour! It was a no brainer, after a quick kimbob lunch, we headed off to the T-Express where we waited in line for an entire hour.

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WORTH THE WAIT. Hannah, Mae, Melanie and I wait in line for an hour to get a turn at the monster coaster. Excited much?

While standing in line, we only had each other to chat with, and nothing to look at but the wooden base of the roller coaster we were about to take on. We also heard some parts of the wood creaking which made some of us a bit nervous, but we totally never considered backing out. We, however, devised a game plan to sit in the middle part of the train, because we weren’t brave enough to sit up front with a drop so steep. But fate had a different plan for us because when our turn came, we got separated. Mae and Hannah got seated in the middle while Melanie and I had no other choice but to take the third seat. Even before we started, we were already yelling our heads off to shake off the tension/ excitement and the poor Korean dude in front of us was already covering his ears. Joesonghabnida, Ahjussi! This means I’m sorry, mister.

As soon as the ride started, it was non stop excitement. When we were looking at the ride from afar, it seemed slower but when we were in it, it was like speed speed speed all the way. As soon as we landed the first drop, we never stopped screaming and it felt like all of the cold air coming in was fighting my voice from coming out. It was soo fun and it was so fast I felt like I could be lifted off of my seat if not for the seatbelt and second layer hydraulic lock that kept us from falling. And to top it off, the ride was super long so we got to enjoy every second. If only the lines were not so long, I would’ve queued up for another ride then and there. At the end of the ride, our throats felt so dry but we were all grinning like idiots. If only for the T-Express, I would fly back to Korea in a heartbeat.

So basically, since we couldn’t bring our cameras (they were in the bag) for our ride for fear of dropping them, I found this video on youtube to give you an idea of how cool this ride is. But believe me, the video has nothing on the actual experience. It was awesome.

There were a couple of other rides we tried but T-Express pretty much ruined everything for us after. It sort of set the bar higher so none of the other rides measured up. So my advice would be to try the other thrill rides first before facing off with the wooden coaster.

Unfortunately, we didn’t systematically go through the park and just settled for where our feet took us. We were able to check out Zootopia, Magic Land, American Adventure, and European Adventure in brief. We also checked out this K-pop hologram experience before we headed out, which was pretty cool. My friends Jem and Sheryl were able to catch the parade in the afternoon while we were caught up in the rides, and they were able to take really beautiful pictures of the garden as well. The burst of colors of the flowers really add to the magical quality of the park. There was also a Walking Dead square at the time of our visit, perhaps due to the recent premiere of Season 5, as well as horror mazes and a make up salon where you could do your face like a walker, but we missed a lot of stuff in the limited time we were at the park. My friend tried the Let’s Rock It but I chickened out. Maybe next time.

So all in all, Everland was an awesome experience and so far, T-Express holds the record of the best roller coaster ride ever, in my book. In fact, it’s so good that I’ve spent the entire post gushing about it. Have you noticed?  I would definitely recommend this to be part of your itinerary.

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