Located in the city of Yongin, South Korea, Everland Resort is South Korea’s largest theme park. With more than 6.6 million visitors in 2011, the Everland Theme Park was the 13th most visited amusement park during that year. Everland is operated by a subsidiary of the Samsung Group, Samsung Everland.
It is interesting to note that “Everland” is an English term. In Korean the closest approximation is “Ebeoraendeu” – though there is no authentic Korean name for the park. The original name for the park was “Jayeon Nongwon” which means Natural Farm.
The Everland Resort has been designed with 5 distinct zones: Zoo-Topia, Magic Land, American Adventure, and Global Fair.
Zoo Topia – is the animal themed portion of the park. Zoo Topia features animal shows, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a small zoo that features penguins, sea lions, primates, polar bears and tigers. There is a safari bus ride that takes visitors on a ride through a contained habitat featuring bears and ligers. Guests can take a raft ride on the Amazon Express, where most visitors get wet to varying degrees. Zoo-Topia’s petting zoo has many animals such as goats and sheep to pet.
American Adventure – This part of the park features themes from American history, with 2 Wild West rides: the Rodeo and the “Eagle’s Fortress” thrill ride. Another part of the park includes Rock Ville, based on the 1950s and its music. The main attraction of Rock Ville is the Double Rock Spin which plays live bands near the Rolling X-Train, a roller coaster located within the American Adventure Park.
European Adventure – The architecture in this theme park imitates many different European styles, with numerous restaurants set in various European styles. Located in the European Adventure section also features a flower garden that is encircled by a train, many games, and arcades. The Mystery Mansion is one of the key attractions, where guests can shoot at the ghosts. The T-Express roller coaster made its debut in 2008, as South Korea’s only roller-coaster to be constructed out of wood.
Magic Land – Magic land features many elaborate rides and buildings, including a log flume, a robot ride, and a futuristic flying ride. Also located in Magic Land is a portion of the park set up called Aesop’s Village where the characters and the themes have been set around the fables of Aesop.
Global Fair – The Global Fair is a great area for food, for souvenir shopping, and for taking pictures as the visitors make their way out of the park. Here the guests are able to find restaurants, shops, lockers, and strollers.