Amusement parks are supposed to be all fun and games; but why is at the end of the day, you’re tired, you’ve wasted a lot of money, yet you didn’t get the chance to go on all of the rides or play all the games?
Maybe because amusement parks aren’t really fun as you thought it would be.
A good example of this would be Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa.
Here are reasons why amusement parks aren’t really amusing.
Reason #1: The entrance fee is expensive as opposed to what you’ll get to do inside the park.
The entrance fee to one of these parks range from 400-800 pesos. This fee is inclusive of all the rides and the park itself, but is it worth it?
You waste this money if you don’t get to go on all the rides or take pictures in the park.
And some people actually do this.
If you’re afraid of riding roller coasters or afraid of heights, what’ll you’ll do is sit idly by while your friends or family go have fun. What you don’t see is you’ve paid money for these rides and the scenery.
If you don’t maximize your stay here, that’s money wasted.
Reason #2: You’ll fall in line for 30 minutes or an hour for a two-minute ride.
When you see rides like Space Shuttle, Jungle Log, or Rio Grande Rapids there’s no point in not getting excited.
Imagine the adrenaline rush of going on a roller-coaster that has loops, jungle logs that go down on a 75 degree angle (and getting wet while you’re at it), or getting wet with your family in a ride on a huge life-preservers.
Now imagine going to these rides and seeing a damn long line.
I bet your excitement’s gone.
It’s okay if you came to the amusement park really early, but if you came with just 4-5 hours left on the park…
You’re gonna have a bad time.
Reason #3: These kinds of parks are overcrowded.
If you have claustrophobia or one of those people that get dizzy with too many people, I have bad news for you
No matter what day, month, or season… Amusement parks are packed as hell.
You won’t need the rides to get dizzy.
Just look at the thousands of people taking selfies, scolding their children, or walking very very slowly; and among ’em
Reason #4: The pay-to-play games are too damn hard and too damn expensive.
I don’t know if these game are rigged or they’re just for well-experienced people but it is difficult to complete these games.
For example, there’s a game to an amusement park I went to called “Color Toss”, they’ll give you five balls to throw at a table with holes. Some of these holes have colors in ’em, and you have to throw your ball into the table and let it roll on the colored hole which is an extremely hard thing to do.
It’s not just it’s hard, the prizes-to-win real price ranges from 10-200 pesos, but in order to win one of these, you have to pay for the game for about 100-400 pesos.
The best example for this a game where you throw darts at balloons, and every dart costs 50 pesos. If you get one pop from a balloon, you’ll get a 10-peso prize. We saw a huge prize and asked how many pops was needed, and it was…
1250 pesos for a 100/300-peso stuff toy.
I’d rather buy the toy than win it.
Reason #5: Food, toys, and everything in amusement parks are ridiculously overpriced.
We all know food and drinks aren’t allowed inside amusement parks. We have no other choice but to buy overpriced food or drinks.
I went to a hotdog stall and the price for one on a stick is 45 pesos which I could buy outside for just 20 pesos.
Another thing is buying souvenirs or toys.
My brother bought glow-sticks for 60 pesos a stick! And when we asked how much the glowing light-saber-ish thing was, the sales lady said 250 pesos. What a rip-off. You could buy these stuff for 50 pesos at a regular store.
Almost 1/3 price of the entrance fee!