Enchanted Kingdom’s Newest Ride Takes Flight
Just two months after the launch of the Ghostbusters Adventure, Enchanted Kingdom has unveiled their latest attraction in time for Christmas—Agila: The EKsperience.
It’s a flying theater—the first and only in the Philippines. At 2,000 square meters and 9 storeys high, it’s EK’s biggest attraction. The motion theater technology gives the riders a bird’s eye view of the top tourist spots all over the Philippines, from Luzon to Mindanao. And it’s not just any bird; it’s the great Philippine eagle (agila) that interchanges as the rider’s point of view and your flying buddy.
The 544-square meter cinema is in 5D, so you’ll feel sensations of wind, mist, scents, and other movements as you fly over 20 breathtaking, panoramic locations such as Cagayan De Oro’s great white rapids, Palawan’s caves, and Batanes’ rolling hills. The ride isn’t just about tourism. It adds EK’s wizarding factor into the mix. Eldar The Wizard assembles your team for a magical mission in two separate prep rooms before you enter the actual flying theater ride.
Aside from the ride, there are other things you can gaze upon while waiting for your turn. There’s the museum-like structure of the building, which reminds me a bit of Getty Museum in Los Angeles. There are exhibits to teach people about the endangered Philippine eagle. There’s an interactive hall of elements to distract you from the long line. There’s the agila driftwood sculpture of renowned artist James Doran Webb. And after your ride, there’s the Pugad shop, which features Go Lokal crafts and souvenirs.
My only beef is that I find the ride too short. Not counting falling in line and the prep rooms, the actual ride is only 6 minutes long, making the emotional build-up of the adventure travel film almost anti-climactic. For ₱500/per ride, I feel that it would be so much better if it stretches to 10 minutes. But because AGILA is still in its soft opening stage, I’m hoping they will iron out the kinks in time for the flock of eager riders. Overall, this ride will make you proud of the Philippines and inspire you to travel more.
Price: ₱500 for a single-ride ticket
Regular park price (not including special rides like Agila): ₱600 on weekdays and ₱700 on weekends
Promo deal: ₱900 (weekends) for the EK Park + Agila ticket bundle, ₱800 weekdays
Height restriction: Rider must be at least 42” tall.
Locker options: You are required to leave your bags at the lobby locker room. You may bring your wallet and phone to the ride, but place it in the netted bag under your seat before the ride starts.
Date of visit: December 14, 2016