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“The line starts at your hotel!!!!!!”
Review of Lotte World

Lotte World
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Full Day Lotte World Theme Park Admission Ticket
Ranked #82 of 805 things to do in Seoul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This colossal theme park contains adventure and thrill rides, bungee jump, swimming pools, a haunted house, restaurants and a hotel.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 12, 2013

This place is AWFUL! Wasted a trip here and can't understand why anyone would give it a positive review. Clearly they are from folks whose previous trips to amusement parks were in impoverished countries. To compare this to Disney would be to compare manure to Creme Brulee. Its DARK, its OLD, its NO FUN and on top of all of that the lines are 90 minutes per awful ride! If you travel all the way to Korea to take in Lotte World than the joke is on you. Want to believe one of those positive reviews...take the trip and then ask yourself why you ignored this review.

There are fun things to do in Seoul. This isn't one of them

9  Thank pompui
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Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

Most rides are close during winter. They should inform tourists at the entrance. Its pretty dissapointing, food is terrible and expensive.

Thank Rezuan
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Be prepared for Korea Cheesey on a whole new level. This is not Disney, but they are trying hard to be like Disney. Thankfully, their prices aren't Disney either. You'll pay about $40 for an adult and about $25 for kiddos. Kids under 36 months are free to get in, but can only ride a couple of rides. They need a $9 day pass to ride all the rides and get into Kidstoria. I am not sure about a regular day pass getting you on all rides and into all attractions. Make sure you ask plenty of questions and find an english speaker when purchasing your tickets. Some of the park employees speak good english, but you have to find them. Lotte is not catering to western tourists, therefore they do not care to provide language training for all their employees. Disney doesn't teach everyone Spanish, French and Hangul either, so don't fault the place for being in Hangul. Every sign I needed had english on it. I did find a ticket counter, and got an english pamphlet/map. That helped a lot. The emergency exists are well marked, but the regular exits are not so pay attention when you get in the place so you know where to go when you decide to leave.

Parking is easy, but costly. My season pass covers parking, but we would have paid $45 for 8 hours. Look for cheaper parking before you leave, or take public transport. Don't bring your western cadillac stroller. Bring an umbrella stroller. They are very stroller friendly, but the place was not designed for our 4x4 off-road urban-assault kiddie transporters. I plan on using a baby-backpack for my 2 year-old next time and ditching the buggy all together. My 4 year old gets to suck it up and walk.

If you have little ones then you must make a reservation at Kidstoria. It is a huge room of kid pandemonium covered in foam rubber. My 3 kids ran like crazy for an hour. Climbed, jumped, rolled, slide and played in one of the coolest indoor playgrounds I have seen outside of Europe. They only take a couple of hundred kids an hour so make a few reservations at the beginning of the day. You'll have no problem getting in on the fly, but you may have to wait in line as they take reserved guests first.

The lines for the main rides are long...long...long. Like 60+ mins. per ride. Some longer. Plan your rides carefully, get there early and knock them out first. Stay after 745p and go last. The queues for the kiddie rides are about 20-45 mins and are well worth it if you can control your children. When it is getting close to melt-down time then go to Kidstoria. It's like hitting their reset button. My kids LOVED the kiddie rides inside on the first floor. They even liked the Korean animitronics shows. Not Disney level, and all in Hangul, but they liked 'em. Good to sit for a few minutes.

The food is all Korean, or cheesey western. It's not bad, but understand you are not the primary money source so Lotte is not going to cater to you. If you like Korean food, your in luck. Plenty of choices. My kids ate dogs, popcorn and ice cream and were thrilled.

I do suggest a visit if you're in Korea for more than a week. It'll be fun if you understand that their culture is not your culture. It'll be fun if you make it fun, and enjoy the park for what it is. It is worth the money when compared to Disney or Six-Flags. Lotte tries very hard to be on par with those parks, and they charge less.

Have fun...

4  Thank Inkeeper-25
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is just an average indoor theme park. Most of the rides are basic and had long queues. Cost wise it is higher. Quite a few things needs to be streamlined for a better experience -- (a) more and good signages at many places; (b) better queue management by site administration; (c) more and affordable options for eatables;

All in all it's a place with too many rides packed into a small area, which though appears and feels good, needs to provide a planned tour for the visitors.

Thank Jay B
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Looks great but were unfortunately disappointed, at first it looks really exciting and spectacularly decorated but the rides are quite basic. We experienced a situation here which never before has been experienced anywhere else in the world for us. Both me and the person I was travelling with suffer some medical problems which mean its better to go back to the hotel for a rest and to take medication, also wanted to look around the shops there and get something to eat. We asked when buying a day pass that we needed to do this and the person at the counter said it was fine. When we attempted to leave the staff refused to let us leave and said if we leave we wont be allowed back in unless we pay for another day pass. They were unprofessional and rude, and I was thinking it could be a language mistake. so after multiple questions we demanded to see someone who could speak English fluently, they confirmed this was the rule but this staff member was very friendly and arranged for us to be let in after we left, it was a ridiculous rule as ive been to theme parks all over the world and never not been let out before! Please keep in mind that this is an even more stupid rule because the indoor theme park is a part of a huge shopping complex, and outside the gates are multiple food courts and restaurants, inside the park is a very limited range of food or shops and is also more expensive. The whole complex is owned by Lotte aswell, so I dont know what the problem is in letting people out. It seemed most of the locals had yearly passes so were allowed to come and go as they pleased.

We first noticed on arrival that the staff were very unfriendly, and rude, some even look like life is so painful they would gladly be euthanized if given the option, this was quite disappointing as we came here to have a happy day out at the end of a long trip but ended up being quite downbeat due to their attitude and poor organisation. I was told that this was the Korean way though!
Disneyland is the happiest place on earth for a reason and this place doesn't come close!

The park is very hard to find things, you can see a ride that looks interesting but walk around for hours looking for the entrance to it! Staff had no English skills mostly so wasn't any use to ask them. Signage was really bad, Especially bad that very little was in English as-well.

Most of the more exciting rides were closed for maintenance or had extremely long lines so we were forced to go on the less popular ones. The park is clearly a poor copy of a Disney park but it could be so much better with a little work. We were adults but also noticed there werent many rides for younger children, but the Sinbad ride was very good for all ages for people who dont like thrill rides but still want a little adventure with the drops and everything.

The Parades were disorganised but interesting to watch. I would recommend going to Lotteworld if its a less busy day and if you like theme parks, definitely wouldn't attempt going here on the weekend or a public holiday.

The guidebooks say to get off at a certain train station, but again theres no signage to LOTTEWorld, or any map or guide to say where it was or even where the entrance was, was very confusing and we got there later than expected due to this.

Unfortunately poor communication and organisation lets this park down in what could be a really amazing experience. Part of what I liked about it was that it was a theme park in a new country so a new experience.

1  Thank Triphappenings
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