Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
Built on a reclaimed land in 1962, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol or Jaya Ancol Dreamland become a Jakarta's, largest and most popular recreation park. It has all the adventures people crave for, Sea World, Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Adventure and Marina Beach.
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol who stands on an area of 552 hectares, also have sea and freshwater aquariums, swimming pools, an artificial lagoon for fishing, boating, bowling, an assortment of nightclubs, restaurants, a steam-bath and massage parlors. The Ancol complex includes a Marina, Dunia Fantasi (Dufan) or Fantasy Land, a golf course, hotels and a drive-in theater. The Pasar Seni or art market has a varied collection of Indonesian handicraft, paintings and souvenirs on sale. At a nearby open-air theater art performances are held using the local dialect.
Fantasy Land is Jakarta's own theme park complete with over forty rides and attractions. The theme park is divided into eight regions, which are Indonesia, Jakarta, Asia, Eropa (Europe), Amerika (America), Yunani (Greece), Hikayat (Fantasy) and Balada Kera (Monkey Parody). The theme park complies with international standards through ISO 9001:2000 certification.
Among its most famed attraction is the Halilintar twisted roller coaster ride, Niagara flume ride, Istana Boneka (a local version of Disney's It's a Small World) and Balada Kera (Monkey Parody - animatronics show) Theater show. Other attractions include Bianglala (ferris wheel), Kora-Kora (swinging ship) and Poci-Poci (spinning cups ride).
Several of the latest and newest rides are Kicir-Kicir (Power Surge) (2004), Perang Bintang (Star Wars) (2005) - an interactive dark ride, Meteor Attack (2006) and Tornado (Windshear by Zamperla) (2007). Some seasonal attractions include Le Belles cabaret show, Russian Circus and Euro Kids Circus. Major renovation have been completed on the main entrance facade and ticket booths.
One of the most famous attraction is named Rama-Sinta. It is a dark ride that retells the famous Indonesian folktale of the same name with advanced technology. However, this ride has been closed due to fire that broke out early in the morning. The theater that used to house the ride has been emptied and converted into a large indoor exhibition hall, occasionally hosting special shows. As of now, there are no publicly announced plans to use the space for future rides.
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol is open Monday to Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol can easily reach both public and private transport. Especially with bus, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol is connected with Trans Jakarta Bus. The entrance fee per person is about IDR 15,000 (USD 1.5)
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