This abandoned theme park has captured the attention of adventurers, photographers, and artists looking for a Zombieland type of thrill. Situated on top of a hill, it’s that eerie park featured in the viral video of travel vlogger Cody Buffinton. Built in 2001, Fantasy World was pegged to be the Disney World of the Philippines. The developer was forced to leave it unfinished due to financial problems.
Where: Diokno Highway, Brgy. Mayasang, Lemery, Batangas
Ticket price: P1,000 entry price for a group of 10. For other arrangements, call (02) 833-6566 and (0905) 666-9488.
Instagram tips: There are medieval-inspired castles and rides—none of which are operating. Most structures are left unfinished. It’s not exactly abandoned because there’s a small staff watching over the visitors. Because of its growing popularity, the management now charges a fee to get in and do prenuptial pictorials, fashion shoots, TV productions, or just a day of Instagramming to your heart’s content. If you’re looking to fulfill your post-apocalyptic, Zombie movie fantasies, this place is a four-hour drive from Manila.
The only Philippine theme park that can rival high-end international theme parks, EK has been around since 1995. They’ve been expanding the park, with two new rides added just last year—Ghostbuster’s Adventure and Agila: The EKsperience.
Where: San Lorenzo Road, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Ticket prices: P900 for weekends and holidays (regular adult day pass), P800 for weekdays, and P3,000 for the Magic Card (one-year unlimited pass). Click here for more ticket info.
Instagram tips: The classic rides you grew up are all still there and well-maintained. There are several themed zones to explore, and the attractions will make your Insta grid pop with color. If you’re looking for the best backdrop for your OOTDs, we suggest you head to Brooklyn Place (where Rialto is) for a strip of ’50s-style shops.
This two-floor interactive 3D museum encourages you to not just touch the art, but actually be part of the installations.
Where: 15th Avenue, Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City
Ticket prices: P500 per adult, P400 per student or PWD
Instagram tips: There are staffers and sample photos in every corner to give you ideas on how to prop yourself on the installations and choose the best camera angle. Feel free to go against the norm and come up with crazier photo ideas. Socks are required, and it’s best to bring the anti-skid ones as the floor can be super slippery. Avoid going when there’s a field trip or you’ll get frustrated with long lines and kids photobombing your pics. Crop your photos properly before posting or you’ll give away the illusion secret.
The concept is similar to Art In Island, except that this interactive 3D museum is smaller and focuses on mostly topsy-turvy installments.
Where: CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd. Pasay City (near Star City)
Ticket prices: P450 per head; P599 for the Upside Down Museum x Star City ride-all-you-can bundle ticket promo
Instagram tips: Don’t wear a skirt—it will make your upside-down photos look unrealistic. Come in shorts, leggings, or anything comfy since you’ll be rolling around the installments. One staffer will be assigned to your group to help you pose and pick the best angle to take the photos. You need to be game in acting and posing to come up with great photos. Don’t forget to crop and rotate the pics before posting online.
It’s easy to find when you’re in the area because they have one of the highest Ferris wheels in the country. This strip has mostly kiddie carnival rides, but there are high rides for the thrill-seeking grownups. It’s accessible because you can just head there right after shopping at MOA or hitting the resto-bars at the bay area.
Where: Seaside Blvd. Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Ticket prices: P50 to 150 per ride
Instagram tips: Hop on their famous Ferris Wheel called the MOA Eye, which gives you a bird’s-eye view of Mall of Asia, Manila Bay, and its surrounding establishments. Better yet, ride during sunset for a romantic, filter-free lighting.
6. Skye Ranch
Their two locations, Tagaytay and Pampanga, are home to the two tallest Ferris Wheels in the country. Skye Ranch’s Pampanga Eye gives you a view of its 20+ rides, Mt. Arayat, and surrounding areas of San Fernando. Skye Ranch’s Tagaytay Eye gives you a view of its 20+ rides, Taal Lake, Taal Volcano, and other lush surroundings.
Where: Nasugbu Highway, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay + NLEX cor. Jose Abad Santos Ave., San Fernando City, Pampanga
Ticket prices: P100 adult entrance fee on weekends and holidays; P80 on weekdays; P50 to 150 per ride
Instagram tips: It gets packed with both locals and out-of-towners during weekends and holidays, so if your main goal is to take the best photos with as few photobombers as possible, go on a weekday. More than the classic carnival rides, Skye Ranch is known for its rides with a view, so try the Zipline (Tagaytay), Sky Cruiser (Tagaytay), and Sky Cycle (Pampanga). Don’t forget their Ferris Wheels, which are the two tallest ones in the Philippines.
7. Star City
This amusement park is still alive and kicking, and has outlived the likes of Boom Na Boom, Big Bag Sa Alabang, and other Manila peryas of the ’80s and ’90s.
Where: CCP Complex, Pasay City
Ticket prices: P80 entrance fee, P440 for three rides, and P490 for the ride-all-you-can pass; Click here for more ticket info.
Instagram tips: Expect really long lines, especially on weekends. Star City’s heyday is long gone, but the classic rides of your childhood will give you major nostalgia. As for photos, you might have to do a lot of editing and filtering because the park isn’t as fresh as it used to be—unless you’re into the vintage, retro look.
Some refer to this place as the Star City or Enchanted Kingdom of the south. It’s run by Fantasyland Tours, who can also help you book Mindanao’s famous Dakak Park and Beach Resort nearby.
Where: Fantasyland Arcade, Gloria de Dapitan, Dapitan City, Mindanao
Ticket price: P1,000 per person (ride all you can)
Instagram tips: Aside from the big rides such as flying shark, flying ball, and galleon ship, the highlight of Gloria’s Fantasyland is the Grand Night Parade: Festival of Colors. Inspired by Disneyland’s Electrical Parade, this features the joy of life show, fire and thunder show, parade of cultures, and fireworks display.
Inspired by the architecture of Santorini, Greece, this museum houses several art galleries and pocket gardens begging to be Instagrammed.
Where: 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Subdivision, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City
Ticket price: P200 per adult, P180 for PWDs, and P100 for schoolchildren
Instagram tips: Whether you’re there to recreate the Instagram photos of your favorite style bloggers who have already been to the place, or to just indulge in the mix of nature, photography, and art, make sure you respect the museum’s “Don’t the touch the artworks” rule. Visit the chapel and Pinto Café by Peppermill while you’re at it.
This Bataan destination is an open-air museum, heritage park, and beach resort rolled into one. It features heritage houses from all over the Philippines. To keep these historical homes from further dilapidation and demolition, each structure was moved brick by brick from its original location and rebuilt in Las Casas. Most of the homes’ furniture and décor are also preserved, while the cobblestone roads connect the structures all over the resort.
Where: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan
Ticket price: P1,500 for a day tour per person. If you’d like to book their accommodations for the full experience, click here for details.
Instagram tips: Whether you booked just a day tour or you’re staying overnight, expect to do a lot of walking around Las Casas. More than soaking in the resort’s 18th century vibe, pay attention to the tour guide’s stories on the buildings. It’s like a fun refresher on your Filipino history lessons.