CEBU -- A new kid-friendly attraction opened in Cebu. Indoor amusement park Pororo Park recently opened its doors on the province's resort island of Mactan.
Located at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Lapu-Lapu City, the theme park is based on the popular Korean children television show "Pororo the Little Penguin." The park has several locations in Asia including 11 in South Korea. This is the brand's 18th park in the world.
“This will be an added asset for Jpark. This will be good for the Cebuanos and the Philippines as well,” said Jpark Island chairman Justin Uy during the opening ceremony.
Pororo Park at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu is the first in the Philippines. Angelo G. Garcia
Pororo Park characters with Jpark Island chairman Justin Uy and Iconix president Choi Jong-il. Angelo G. Garcia
Pororo Park features 20 attractions. Angelo G. Garcia
Pororo Park is based on the Korean children's television show 'Pororo the Little Penguin.' Angelo G. Garcia
Pororo's Aqua Play Zone. Angelo G. Garcia
Pororo Park features interactive attractions. Angelo G. Garcia
Sliding Ball Pool. Angelo G. Garcia
Eddy's Sliding Car. Angelo G. Garcia
The park was designed and created by Iconix Entertainment, creator of Pororo and the same team behind all Pororo parks in South Korea and other countries. Most of the rides and technology were developed in Korea as well.
“Jpark Island Cebu has made many customers happy since its establishment. I'm very happy to partner with this beautiful and wonderful premier waterpark resort for family and kids. Iconix has also delivered positive values and happiness to families, especially children in over 160 countries around the world,” said Iconix president and chief executive officer Choi Jong-il.
The indoor park has two floors and features more than 20 attractions.
The first floor houses the attractions for smaller kids or toddlers like a jungle gym and Pororo Fishing Zone (magnet fishing of stuffed toys). There's also a Loopy's House, a cafe for guardians and children alike that serves coffee and kiddie treats.
Also on the first floor, there's a separate area called the Arcade Zone for bigger kids. This area features a mini bowling alley, air hockey, and more.
On the main and second floor is where the attractions for bigger children (five years old and up) are located. The attractions include Petty's Merry-go-round, Eddy's Sliding Car, Pororo Train, Pororo's Aqua Play Zone, Tutu's 4D Rider, Sliding Ball Pool, Digital Sketch, and more.
There's also a giant slide, which extends out of the side of the building, that connects the second and first floors, aside from a stairwell.
“We have at least one staff per attraction because we want to make sure that the older kids do not mix with the younger kids. If ever there are younger kids, that staff is there to watch them,” explained Pororo Amusement Park manager Carol Lee Dimaano.
The indoor park also features scheduled performances of mascot characters of the show. There are also kid-friendly toilets and breastfeeding rooms for guests.
The ticket price starts at P1,500 for two hours for kids 0 to 12 years old (with one guardian). All day access costs P3,750.
The opening of Pororo Park is part of Jpark Island's 10th anniversary celebration. Aside from the launch of the theme park, the resort celebrated its anniversary in style by holding The Triton Ball, featuring a lavish party. Gary Valenciano and daughter Kiana Valenciano were the highlights of this grand celebration.
The resort opened in 2009 and is one of the biggest resorts on Mactan Island. The family-oriented resort sits on a 16.5-hectare property and features six themed pools, a casino, 10 restaurants, private beach and more.
Its claim to fame is its waterpark, situated at the center of the sprawling property. It feature giant water slides including the Space Bowl, kiddie pools, and a lazy river.
Because of the resort's attractions, it is a favorite among families. It's current top market is South Korea followed by Japan.
The Pororo Park is part of the resort's expansion. It's also in the process of finishing a new building that will add 200 more rooms in its portfolio. The expansion also goes beyond Cebu and the brand is building a bigger resort in Panglao, Bohol.
Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu also transformed 40 of its existing rooms into Pororo-themed suites. The rooms are adorably designed like the theme park, even the hallways are inspired by the show. It's like stepping into Pororo's world.
The rooms have a kitchen, living area, powder room, bedroom, and a bathroom. What's unique about the rooms is instead of furniture in the living area, it features ball pits, trampolines, and mini slides.
Each room is colorfully designed, from the walls to the beds. Staying a night here would set guests back P36,000.
“Jpark continues its vision to provide only the best attractions to discerning travelers worldwide,” said Jpark Island general manager Jonathan Nowell.