We continue our visit of Star City, an amusement park/carnival in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. We’ve tried most of the rides and attractions on the first floor and a few on the second floor. Click this link for the post on those.
Second Floor, Indoors:
We are now in the area near Land of the Giants and Peter Pan, the part of Star City where most of the rides deemed suitable for kids, coin-operated rides, as well as a play area, are to be found.
Magic Tea Cup features large revolving teacups each of which can sit several kids.
Cute duckies which can sit four and flies around a large egg, that’s Quack Quack.
Kiddies who like broom-brooms or cars will get a kick riding this one. Rodeo is a train with coaches that look like different cars. While a part of the track is raised, the ride does not look bumpy so it’s not really a roller coaster.
There’s the Ball Pool which made me wish I’m a kid as I love mazes too. It’s a multi-storey structure with a room whose floor is covered by plastic balls.
A playground with rubber mat flooring and plastic slides, jungle gym, play houses, rockers and vehicle. This is Little Tykes.
We were unable to take pics of the slide set nearby which does not rest on a rubber mat flooring and the coin operated rides [which are often found in arcades and kiddie areas in malls].
We now move on to the family and adult rides.
Red Baron is another revolving ride for the family. Resembling WWI fighter planes, though more colorful, the coaches also move up and down.
Wacky Worm is another mini roller coaster, the least daunting in the park, with gentle slopes and wider turns. The coaster looks like a caterpillar which gives you an idea that the ride’s gonna be tame. It sure does not move as slowly as one though.
Blizzard is my favorite ride. A roller coaster for adults, it’s more exhilarating than Dragon Express but not at all intimidating as Star Flyer. It has rapid twists and turns and an abrupt drop. It’s the fastest of the indoor roller coasters and you can tell it’s gonna be an exciting ride because of the over the shoulder restraints. One of the passengers during our turn was screaming, “I still have an exam tomorrow!” My sister had to hold herself from shouting back, “I still haven’t finished the exam questions!” which was, ahem, quite true. :) The ride was set against a backdrop of stuffed animals found in the polar regions and during the ice age. It’s such a shame as the effort put cannot be fully appreciated when you’re zooming past it.
Gabi ng Lagim is the third maze of horrors and in my opinion is the creepiest simply because the creatures involved are from local folklore and I find graveyards more relatable than tombs and dungeons. I mean I can’t really imagine mummies which are supposed to be halfway around the world, getting into my room. A manananggal has a better chance though. What can I say. I like my imagination tempered by science.
This is the third pool of Bumper Cars in the amusement park. Adult bumper cars sit two while the kiddie bumper cars sit one. During our visit, we’ve noticed that this one at the second floor has a shorter queue than the one at the first floor, the several times we passed by it.
Viking is a gondola which swings, well, like a swing. Seats around 48 people, 6 people in a row, 4 rows facing the other 4 rows. There’s just the handle bars trapping one’s thighs and I do wonder what will happen if someone let’s go or topples forward since the peak will have one tilted almost to a 90 degree. Sure to make one nauseous. I thought of it as a large swing and that seems to help keep me from getting dizzy. I wonder if cutting down the number of swings, I think there were 50, would make the ride less so. It’s a ride for adults so don’t let the kiddies ride this one.
Having exhausted all the rides and attractions indoors, it’s time to head outdoors.
Separated from the other outdoor rides is Pirate Adventure. It is located right by the outdoor dining area, at the center of the park. It involves riding in a circular 4-seater raft which rotates a bit but not completely and moves along a flowing stream in the cavernous depths of the pirate ship and cliff side it’s been docked against.
Inside the ship are tableaus showing pirates which look like characters from “Pirates of the Carribean”. If they were made of plaster.
Dad doesn’t like “scary” park rides. He says it’s like paying to get your wind knocked off, your stomach turned inside out and your head rattled.
The open area on the other side of the park has the rest of the rides, all of which are for adults and then some for adults with steel-clad stomachs.
We completely forgot to take Bonamine. Or bring smelling salts or mint.
Star Flyer is similar to the Cylon Roller Coaster of USS: it’s an inverted roller coaster! There are only two times wherein the passengers will be flipped upside down. With our feet dangling down the whole time and the roller coaster moving at break neck speed through all those loops, I think our screams were justified. (Edited 11/2) If you watched the first leg of the first season of The Amazing Race Philippines, Star Flyer was featured in one of the task choices for the Detour. In that Detour, teams have to snap a pic of a race flag while riding the Star Flyer.
Another ride I enjoyed. Jungle Splash involves several hallowed logs, well they’re not really tree logs, which move on water-drenched tracks. There are two drops, one being the warm up, with the fun part being the descent with a splash into a pool of water. Water gets into the log only through the splashes and often the person sitting out front gets the brunt of the spray. So it’s not really a good idea to scream when the log is going down. Unless you’re thirsty.
There’s nothing strapping passengers to the logs so better hang on the side rails and prop your feet out unto the foot rests.
Tornado is like Telecombat and flying chairs mashed together. Each cluster has four chairs, with each cluster rotating [some more than others] and revolving and moving up and down.
We eyed this thing with trepidation. They were still filling seats when we found ourselves standing in front of the Star Frisbee and we wondered: will the seats just go up and down like those free-fall rides in other amusement parks? Will the seats be rotating?
Well. Not only were the seats rotating, they swung 90 degrees up in the air. Yikes. We found ourselves wishing the whole ride would end soon and we weren’t even on it. (Edited 11/2) Again, if you’ve watched the first leg of the first season of The Amazing Race Philippines, this figured in the other task option in the Detour. Teams had to answer three math questions while riding the Star Frisbee.
A gondola which has several rows facing one direction, Surf Dance looked relatively unassuming on the ground. Until it went from this…
…to this. It moves up and down like a ferris wheel but it also tilts forwards and backwards and sideways. Couldn’t help but think of an industrial dough kneader. After Viking, we chickened out of this.
Each ride and attraction has a sign bearing description, some precautions and restrictions. There’s no general baggage counter nor locker rentals but rides that do not allow riders to have their bags with them have baggage counters. One is to leave their baggage before getting on the ride and claim them afterwards.
Zyklon Loop, the outdoor roller coaster with a longer, more shriek-inducing track is no longer there. Also absent during our visit was the Balloon Wheel, Star City’s outdoor ferris wheel. And we were so looking forward to those, hmph.
Scattered all over the park are enough benches for those who want to rest their feet [or their stomachs or heads].
There were plenty of restrooms although I’d imagine that when peak season comes, there would be queues. Looking at the map, it seems they have carefully thought of the placement of the restrooms as there’s one at the area for kids and another near Snow World. Adult rides have restrooms conveniently located near them. You know, in case you can’t hold your cookies after a ride.
Should you need medical attention, there are first aid rooms located outdoors near the Jungle Splash and indoors at the end of Hollywood Area, near Chowking.
There are limited dining tables indoors at both first and second floors. I suggest the one at the second floor near the glass windows facing the large ship. Outdoors, dine al fresco near the large ship. The more popular QSRs and food stalls here are Greenwich, Kenny Rogers and Lugaw Republic.
For more information about Star City visit their website. They have a park map there which is a bit similar, except for presence of the Balloon Wheel and Zyklon Loop which were conspicuously missing when we were there, to the one found at the park when we visited. Descriptions of rides and attractions are provided and so is a map on how to get to the amusement park. Ticket prices and packages are also indicated, as well as news, events and promos and park schedule.
Ticket Prices: Essentially, the park is open Mondays to Thursdays from 4PM onwards and 2PM onwards Fridays to Sundays. Ride-All-You-Can ticket costs P400 while if you just want 3 rides, that’s P350. There’s a separate fee for the Snow World, 4D Theater, Laser Blaster and arcade/carnival games. Just want to get into the park? Why would you want that? Anyways, entrance fee is P60.
How to get there: If you’re commuting, getting to the park is a cinch. Take a cab. Kidding. Alight at Vito Cruz LRT station [the La Salle station] then walk towards the Rizal Memorial Coliseum or Harrison Plaza whichever you are familiar with, until you come upon orange “jeeps”. They ply the CCP complex. Tell the driver you want to be dropped at Star City. The “jeep” won’t exactly pass in front of Star City but you will want to alight at the first intersection after the jeep passes by CCP. Cross intersection and continue walking until you come upon another intersection with the Star City in sight.