Hey there! If you’d like to learn about Lotte World Adventure in Seoul, South Korea, and the best tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your Lotte World trip, you’re in the right place!
Lotte World is an enormous theme park in Seoul. It features an outdoor park, called ‘Magic Island’, but unlike most theme parks, the majority of it is a huge indoor space; that’s why Lotte World Adventure is the WORLD’s largest indoor theme park. It spans 7 floors, and even features an ice-skating rink on the ground floor.
If you’re coming to Seoul, I highly recommend paying a visit to this park, as it is great for families, couples, and even solo travellers! There is so much to do and you might even find that you need more than one day to do it all!
In this blog post I’ll be highlighting what I did when I went and giving vital advice that you won’t find online. So, if you’re interested in finding out more, please keep on reading!
What we did at Lotte World Adventure
I heard about Lotte World a couple of years ago as it was referenced on a Korean TV show I was watching. I’ve always wanted to go, but I had no idea of the sheer SCALE of the park. When I walked in, my jaw dropped as I tried to take in all the lights, buildings and rides all fighting for my attention.
I arrived at the park at 11 am and it wasn’t very busy. It did get slightly busier around 3pm, but it never seemed like there were a lot of people (as the park is so big), but the stand-by ride times gave me an indication of how many people there really were. By 12pm, the most popular rides at the park (Atlantis, Pharaoh’s Fury and French Revolution) had queue times of 1 hour to 1.5 hours! My partner and I very quickly realised that we wouldn’t be able to do the popular roller coasters, but we were okay with that.
We did a great swinging boat ride called The Conquistador and then went to the hall of mirrors. You had to pay to enter but the fee was 3000 won per person (around $3.50) so it is not expensive. I’m actually kind of afraid of these usually but this one was lots of fun.
After this, we spent some time in the arcade, which featured a lot of Japanese arcade games, and then we did a ride for kids called Dragon Wild Shooting. I’m not sure if my girlfriend and I have a skewed sense of fun but we are very competitive, so we had a really fun time shooting dragons for a while (I won, ha!). We then did a simulation kind of ride called SkyVenture which was more fun than I had imagined. You enter a sort of cinema room, and your row of seats gets lifted up towards the screen, and moves along with the video to simulate the feeling of experiencing tornados and flying through the air. Warning: if you suffer from motion sickness you might need to close your eyes at times as I started to feel a bit green halfway through!
Heads up: I would like to warn you that is incredibly difficult to navigate the inside area of the park. It’s really difficult to know where you are and how to get to where you need to be! There aren’t many maps or signs in the park.
We were starving after this so we began our mission of finding vegetarian food in the park. Check out my next blog post on how to be vegetarian in Lotte World Adventure!
We eventually settled on Panda Express for lunch. I know… I know… I went to South Korea just to have American Chinese food. But in my defence, they don’t have Panda Express in my country (the UK) and there weren’t many other vegetarian options there! The food was actually delicious and I made a friend.
After lunch, we ventured outside for the first time. We were met with a suspiciously familiar looking castle. I know what we’re all thinking. There is a lot of borderline copyright infringement in Lotte World actually and I’m currently writing up a blog post about this! Be sure to come back to my blog next week to check that out!
Magic Island is a fraction of the size of the indoor park. It is quite pretty, and the castle is nice to look at from angles, but there isn’t much to do outside apart from a couple of rides, (Atlantis, Gyro Drop, Gyro Spin, Bungee), and the Haunted House. There is also the option to take the monorail from here if you’d like. We did a ride outside called Swing Tree which somehow made us sleepy, so by this point we were craving sugar (and coffee!).
We passed by Gongcha and bought a limited-edition Strawberry Cheesecake bubble tea, and it was INCREDIBLE. It even had strawberry flavoured boba! I’m still thinking about this drink…
We did a few more of the indoor family rides (Desperados, Wild Jungle and Jungle Adventure), and took a ride on the carousel. By this time, it was getting dark, and the carousel was glowing beautifully in the dusk!
After this, we decided to call it a day, and we left as the night-time parade was taking place. We passed by the store on the way out and I was really impressed by the quality of the products. They felt like Disney products but without the unnecessary mark-up… I guess because they can’t afford to mark-up the prices like Disneyworld can.
Summary of what we did with ratings
1) The Conquistador: 5/5
The name of this one is disappointing, but it was very good and had a short wait time.
2) Hall of mirrors: 4/5
3) Arcade: 3/5
4) Dragon Wild Shooting: 4/5
5) SkyVenture: 3/5
6) Swing tree: 3/5
7) Desperados: 3/5
This one was badly calibrated and my horse was missing a head but it’s extremely fun to ride a fake horse that gallops like a real horse.
8) Wild Jungle: 2/5
9) Jungle Adventure: 3/5
10) Carousel: 4/5
Slightly bumpy but beautiful.
So, here is the part you came here for:
My Top 10 Lotte World Adventure Tips and Tricks
1) Arrive early
I would suggest arriving at opening time, which is 10am. Although the park never seems busy, if you want to take the more popular rides (Atlantis, Pharaoh’s Fury and French Revolution), you need to arrive early to even dream of reserving your seats.
2) Get the app
Lotte Word Adventure app is available on Android and iPhone, and on this you can see all the different rides’ wait times. On android, the app is called MagicPass and is available in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
In Lotte World, every visitor gets 3 Magic Passes per day which allow you to skip the queue of a particular ride. I don’t recommend trying to reserve your seats on a ride through the app as it is nearly impossible to do it this way. I recommend using the ticket machines (see next tip).
3) Be ready
Rides can be booked within windows, but all rides have different windows, which are either on the hour or 15, 30 or 45 minutes past the hour. We arrived at 11.05am and tried to immediately book us onto Atlantis, but we had to wait until 11.15am to try.
I recommend heading to one of the ticket machines when you arrive to see when the next window for a ride you want to do opens. Once the window is open, you are able to try to reserve your seats on the ride. I say ‘try to’, as everyone on the app and ticket machines will be trying to do the same as you at the same time. You will have more luck with the machines than the app as the app is slow to update.
We ended up not using any of our Magic Passes because once we figured out how the system works, all the time slots for the entire day were gone (this was at 12pm). You can tell when they’re all gone as the app will say Reservation Closed.
If you are able to get a Magic Pass for a ride via the machines, you will have to scan the QR code of your ticket to confirm.
I think this is a bit of a flawed system and doesn’t work anywhere near as well as in Disneyland Tokyo, where you can easily get a free ticket from the machines.
4) Take snacks if you’re vegan of if you’d like to save money
Being vegetarian, I found very few foods that I could eat, but there were even fewer vegan options. I think the only vegan option I saw was Bibimbap, a Korean rice dish that comes with vegetables and a spicy sauce. None of the snacks (that I saw) were vegan.
5) Give up and take the lift
What no one prepares you for when you go to Lotte World is how confusing the layout of the park is. The inside area has lots of hidden stairs and paths to enter the different floors. It was really confusing to find where we were and where we needed to be!
I wouldn’t normally recommend using a lift (because of the unnecessary use of energy), but in this case, when you see a lift, flock to it! It is much easier to get from floor to floor this way.
6) Find your way into the park easily
If you have a foreigner ticket, like I did (as I didn’t buy mine through Lotte World), you will have to enter the park through a specific entrance. This is actually a good thing as it is less hectic in this entrance, but it can be difficult finding where you need to go! Once you arrive at the Lotte World entrance, where people are queuing to enter the park, turn left and walk down that corridor. Follow this corridor, following signs for South Gate/Entrance. It is quite a walk, and you will pass a Kimbap restaurant on your left, a Lotte World bench on your right, and then a 7/11 (on your right). Just after the 7/11 there is a set of glass doors, and once you go through them, take the escalators up (on your left). Once you go up, you will be outside. Turn left and you will see the South entrance to the park.
If you have a foreigner ticket, you will need to convert it before entering. In this case, ignore the queue and walk through the large glass doors and enter the little ticket office on your left. It is marked for ‘foreign tickets’. Here, show them your e-ticket (either on your phone or printed) and they will convert it to a paper ticket. Now you can enter the park!
Note: you can only use your converted ticket on the day that you convert it.
7) Check out discounts
This is not an ad, nor will I get a penny for sharing this, but through the Klook app I got my entrance tickets at half price! I only paid 31,000 won entrance fee ($25), which is an amazing price. You do need to be a foreigner, and you may need to show your passport when entering the park.
8) Pre-book to avoid queuing!
Many people do not book their tickets in advance, and instead queue for a really long time to enter the park. Just booking your tickets beforehand will save you a lot of time, and your feet will thank you by the end of the day!
9) Be a little green
To help save on some plastic, bring an empty water bottle to the park with you! There are water fountains in the park which you can use to refill your bottles throughout the day, to save you buying a plastic bottle. Or, if you don’t want to carry around your bottle, just forgo it altogether and drink directly from the fountains!
There are also snacks that you can find plastic-free, such as the ice creams and the churros, which are wrapped in paper.
10) Get water ride ready!
Don’t get caught out! In Lotte world there are several water rides. Bring your rain coat if you don’t want to get too wet on the flume ride, and wear clothing that dries easily. And don’t wear your new expensive shoes on this ride!
Phew, that was a lot of information! If you’re still with me, I want to thank you for reading my article. I had such a fun time at Lotte World and I’m sure you will too, especially if you follow these tips!
Please leave me a comment below if any of this was helpful to you, or share your Lotte World experiences if you’ve been before!
Bye for now,