Lotte World’s first theme park opened in Seoul, South Korea in 1989, and now it has a sister park in Busan with the March 31 opening of Lotte World Adventure Busan.
Designed by Legacy Entertainment, the new park took five years to design and construct, and now it stands in colorful contrast to the gray-toned coloring of Busan’s dense urban districts.
The distinction was intentional, creating a spectrum of colors within a garden aesthetic, punctuated by landscape tableaus and sprawling bodies of water.
“In Busan, we wanted to create environments that would be timeless, and that meant not adhering to any particular time or place,” said Taylor Jeffs, co-owner at Legacy and creative director of Lotte World Adventure Busan. “Our goal was to give our guests a stage upon which they could step away from reality and, for a brief moment, forget about the pressures of their everyday lives.”
Lotte World Adventure Busan features six themed zones
River Village of Tinker Falls marks the whimsical starting point, highlighted by the towering cascade of Ogre’s Flume. From there, guests can stroll to the central hub, where a talking tree greets visitors, then choose their destination from among the spoke-and-hub pathways.
Rainbow Springs is the place for live performances on the Garden Stage, which is a nod to the Seoul park’s entertainment venue.
Wonder Woods features the Mack Power Splash and Roller Coaster Restaurant, each a first for an Asian park.
Queen Lorry’s Royal Garden is home to the park’s castle, plus a fountain garden and a family ride inspired by Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”
Joyful Meadows contains most of the park’s rides and attractions geared toward children.
Underland is the “thrill-seekers paradise,” themed to the classic Korean fairy tale, the “Ogre’s Magic Club.” Signature attractions here are the Giant Swing and the Giant Digger multi-looping coaster.
“Just as happened at Lotte World over three decades ago, I believe visitors will make an instant and lasting emotional connection with this beautiful park from the moment they first step through the gates,” Jeffs added, “and just like the gardens that inspired it, both that connection and this park will grow strong and more beautiful with time.”
Admission tickets for the first few weeks have already sold out.
For more information visit Adventure.LotteWorld.com.