Hi everyone. I don't normally post trip reports here on TPR because I've always had more fun reading others' than making my own. I'm a big fan of other members' reports of bizarre or hardly-known parks, and their creative ways of telling the stories of their adventures. Very recently, however, I've had the chance to visit a few parks that don't get that much coverage; and there are more trips planned this year for me that I think are worth sharing my experiences. Thus, I've created this thread in the hopes that whoever reads it can find some entertainment from my park visits, and maybe even learn something they never knew existed.
Part 1: Star City
Part 2: Enchanted Kingdom
Part 3: Universal Studios Singapore
Part 4: Circle of Fun
First up: Star City in Pasay, Manila, Philippines
Before I begin, it should be noted that amusement park visiting was not the top priority during my stay in the Philippines. My family's goals were
1. Visit family and friends I had not seen in years (in case anyone cares, all of my family and friends made it through Typhoon Yolanda okay)
2. Visit places in the country we had never been to
3. Visit amusement parks (Though not the top priority, my loving parents appreciate my passion for coasters enough to put it that high up on the list of goals)
That being said, we could only visit Star City at night; and my aging camera is not exactly in peak condition in low light. But I digress. Star City is one of the two most well-known amusement parks on the island of Luzon, and maybe even the whole country. It is an indoor/outdoor entertainment complex on the coast of Manila Bay, and is a part of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. With four roller coasters, Star City has more coasters than any other park in the country, though you may find that statistic to not be as impressive as it sounds as you read on. But enough talk, let's get to some grainy, blurry pictures (the pictures in the next update will be much better, I promise!)
So that was Star City. It is unlike any park I've visited and further from an American-style park I've ever been to, but I love the attitude they have that no ride is too small or too crappy that they can't give it it's own special themeing. It was a little hard to fully enjoy what the park had to offer with how crowded it was, but it's not the park's fault we could only visit on a weekend. Having Star Flyer down was a bummer, but being a former ride operator I know that no ride is 100% problem free. But I had a fun day because my friends managed to have a fun day. This is one of the most unique parks I've ever been to, and perhaps I'll be returning sooner than I think?