Everland vs Lotte World – Ultimate Guide to choose which theme park in Korea is better for you

Many visitors to Korea are torn between the two biggest theme parks in Korea, Everland vs Lotte World. Here is an ultimate comparison for you to decide, depending on your taste.

Lotte World
Lotte World
Everland
Everland

 

1. Which is more crowded?

For both, definitely avoid weekends and school holidays. Sometimes, it may not be red on the calendar but the weekdays between public holiday and weekend may be just as busy since many people take the weekday off to enjoy a long weekend. What effects more, though, is the school groups. As these theme parks are super popular among students, schools from all over the country will send an entire class of 200 – 400 kids for picnic on a normal school day.  If you happen to have some dozens of these student groups, your day will turn into an everlasting queue.

Everland is 100 ha wide so it may seem feel crowded. Lotte World is 13 ha wide so it may feel more crowded.
Everland is more popular when the weather is nice – March, April, May, June, September, October, November. Lotte World is more popular when the weather is NOT nice as it is half-indoors – January, February, July, August, December.
– Fast Pass for Everland is called Q-Pass, available for select top 5 attractions. You can only purchase along with the entrance ticket as a package on the official website. (Entrance ticket + 3 Q-passes: ₩69,000) – Fast Pass for Lotte World is called Magic Pass Premium Ticket, available for purchase at the park. (₩30,000 for any 5 attractions, ₩100,000 for all attractions)
– Lotte World also has Magic Pass App where you can reserve online, free of charge, however, most spots will be booked as soon as the park opens. You can also use the “reservation machines” in front of some rides.

 

2. Which is more accessible from Seoul?

Everland is 1-1.5 hour drive from Seoul. You can take public transportation (subway + bus: 2+ hours), shuttle bus from city center, hire a private car service or take taxi. See complete guide. Lotte World is inside Seoul, on the south-eastern corder, right next to Jamsil Station (line 2 & 8). It’s next to Lotte Tower (tallest building in Korea) and Lotte Duty Free and Lotte Mart.

 

3. Which is more child-friendly?

Which park is more family-friendly or kid-friendly? This depends on the age and preference of your children. Check out the stroller situation too.

Everland has lots of animal-related attractions e.g. Safari World, Lost Valley, animal shows and feeding experience. They also have child-friendly rides such as roller coasters, bumper cars, carousel, swings, ball house, Pororo 3D Adventure, etc. Lotte World has a pretty good section for young children to enjoy including bumper cars, carousel, soft play area, ball shooting area, interactive show, parades and more to keep children busy and tired by the end of the day.
Stroller rental (under 24 months)
– Single: ₩5,000 (deposit ₩1,000, 16kg or less)
– Double: ₩10,000 (deposit ₩4,000, a total of 24kg or less)
– Locking device : ₩3,000 (deposit ₩2,000)
Stroller Rental (under 24 months): ₩3,000 (Deposit: ₩10,000)

 

Everland Lost World
Everland Lost World
Lotte World
Lotte World

4. Which is better in bad weather? (rain, winter)

Everland is entirely outdoors and does a beautiful job decorating the nature in seasonal themes. Lotte World has indoor section (Adventure) and outdoor section (Magic Island). Magic island’s attractions may not operate in rain, snow, heavy wind.
Everland can be pretty cold in winter and some attractions may be closed, however, sledding hill is a bonus! Lotte World becomes more popular in winter as you can stay indoors, however, the more thrilling rides are mostly outside.

 

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Everland Fireworks
Everland Fireworks
Sledding Hill in Everland
Sledding Hill in Everland

 

5. Which one is better for photos?

Everland is outdoors, always has nice flower decoration, and is so large in size, that bringing along a heavy camera will be well worth it. Lotte World has many photo zones with cute characters or signboards with funny text. The outdoor section and the parages are beautiful too.

 

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Everland Tulips in Spring
Everland Tulips in Spring

 

6. Which one has Halal food and prayer rooms?

Prayer room is located under the same building as Mystery Mansion. Prayer room is by the Jungle Adventure Boat exit door on the third floor of Adventure (indoor section).
There are no halal certified restaurant, but can always opt for seafood pizza, shrimp burger, churros and other light snacks. The halal Turkish restaurant Pasha is located on the second floor of Adventure.

 

7. Which one is cheaper?

One day pass discount ticket at Indiway
Apr – Oct 2018 : ₩38,000*
One day pass discount ticket at Indiway
Apr  2018 – : ₩30,000*

*Price may change according to season. Please check the link for up-to-date price. 

Hope this was helpful in deciding which theme park to visit. Both are really fun, though, locals visit each park several times. But for travelers with limited time, Everland vs Lotte World, that is the question. Let us know if you have any other questions in comparing the two!

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