I’m not superman, but I was able to fly and tour the whole country in a span of a few minutes. No kidding and it were made happen through AGILA: The EKsperience.
With Joel, Ruth, John and Gus at the newly opened Agila: The EKperience
AGILA is a 4D ride and the newest attraction at Enchanted Kingdom (EK). The experience will let you fly like an Agila (Eagle) and soar high to find the missing gems scattered across the country. The simulation ride is considered to be one of the biggest in the Philippines, as a matter of fact; a whole building was built in EK dedicated only for this particular ride.
I was able to try it when my friend John, invited us over to E.K., I tag along Ruth Joel and Gus to make the experience more exciting and fun. It wasn’t my first time to visit this Disney-like-kind-of-theme park in the Philippines, remember the Wish 107.5 activity that was held here? But I can say that this is one of the most enjoyable visits I had for we were able to do as much ride as we wanted.
We arrived past 1pm, after our photo-shoot session, we decided to watch Rialto’s Ice Age. Then we decided to go straight to my favorite ride in Enchanted Kingdom – The Space Shuttle.
John wasn’t to fit to do the rides and decided to wait for us nearby. I was too giddy to do it specially that I wouldn’t need to wait for a long queue before riding it. I could say off-season and/or weekdays are the best time to visit EK!
After that quick and exciting ride, we decided to do the Flying Fiesta. It wasn’t as hardcore like the Space Shuttle, but overthinking about the idea of it to be one of the most dangerous ride makes me feel doubtful riding it. Well, I guess the idea of how the life of the rider depends on a few cable suspensions attached to the body makes me overthink it.
Nevertheless, I had fun! I was able to take photo as well while riding it.
Next on our list – Agila: The Eksperience. The location of it was a part of the extension of the theme park, Agila got its own building that resembles a small Philippine Arena. The experience will cost you Php 500 per head and an additional Php 50 if you are availing a locker. Cameras and big bags are prohibited inside and I wasn’t able to take shots of the real action. Will leave that idea on your personal experience.
A brief was given first at the main hall telling everyone the do’s and don’ts of the said attraction. We pass a series of hall afterwards while each explains the three magical gems that represents, water, air and earth. Then on the next, “Eldar” appeared telling us that the journey is about to begin. I love how Enchanted Kingdom incorporated holograms into the wilderness making it more appealing and looks real specially for kids.
Before the main attraction, we waited for about 15 minutes more at the main hall while watching E.K.’s theme song over and over again. It felt a bit annoying overtime and I hope they would discover more talents to perform different jingles for theme park soon.
Agila 4D facilities were really top of the line. It got a huge LED screen and a series of elevated seats for one to fully enjoy the ride. Add to that the “4D” experience of having real water sprinkles and smokes incorporated along the ride.
At the end of the attraction, you’ll find the retail concept store aptly named “Pugad.” The word Pugad, which translates to “nest” in English, is EK’s modern take on promoting the traditional, indigenous and time-honored crafts of the diversely rich Philippine regions. It’s a one-stop souvenir shop carrying a wide selection of local products bursting with cultural flavor and that unique Filipino identity.
A few more ride before capping the day, we decided to do the carousel, bump cars, and finally Anchors Away. We were supposed to ride the Ferris wheel but it was under maintenance when we get there.
Agila: The EKsperience and Pugad make for an unbeatable combination to make Enchanted Kingdom guests fall in love with the Philippines over and over again. Fly high with Agila and land on Pugad, and come out beaming with national pride, and quite surely, with a unique homegrown souvenir or two in tow.
My personal opinion, Agila could be the best warm up videos to foreigners or even to anyone who is planning to stay and do a tour of the Philippines. Thou I also find that the ride is a bit expensive for Php 500 each and I kind of felt that its perfect for kids. Hope they would release a movie that is a bit fitted for grown-ups.
Wearing: Paez (Shoes); Doughnuts (Bag); Penshoppe (Tanktop); Zara (Vest) – Also Read Doughnut x Paez
Pugad is located at the ground level of the Agila building. It is open during EK park hours, from 12pm-7pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 11am-9pm Saturdays and Sundays.