Enchanted Kingdom becomes a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA). Mr. Mamon and Mr. Minguez attend their very first trade show and convention in Dallas, Texas, USA. It is where they meet with various designers, consultants and suppliers who they would eventually tap for Enchanted Kingdom’s journey – from a dream to reality.
On July 27, Enchanted Kingdom soft opens to the public after hosting a Suppliers’ Day, during which the park exclusively opens to all those involved in its construction.
On October 19, 1995 Enchanted Kingdom is officially opened to the public with private and government luminaries in attendance. Major sponsors at that time include among others, PEPSICO (beverage), Purefoods-Hormel (meat products), Wrigley’s (Jungle Log Jam ride) and Kodak. Food partners at are Domino’s Pizza, Selecta, Hershey’s and Dairy Queen Ice Cream.
Upon opening, EK has the following themed zones, rides and attractions:
The O.D. Hopkins river rapids raft ride is finally constructed and installed at Portabello and is named Rio Grande Rapids.
In November, Mr. Mamon steps down from the Board of Directors of IAAPA but remains in various committees of the association (Membership, Asian Advisory, and Education)
Enchanted Kingdom celebrates its first decade of existence. EK’s main character is christened ELDAR. The Boulderville Express (Zamperla kiddie circus train) is added to the ride line-up at Boulderville. EK ties up with Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom, for the Metro Manila Film Festival and releases its first comic book series: Tales from Enchanted Kingdom.
The Space Shuttle undergoes major rehabilitation that includes the realignment and reinforcement of its tracks as well as the full replacement of the coaster train into the latest model possible, affording better harnessing and more open seating for a greater thrill experience. The conversion of the ride’s brakes to a magnetic system marks the first time that an existing Vekoma boomerang roller coaster is retrofitted with a state-of-the art system.
EK introduces the first and tallest (150 feet, to mark EK’s 15th anniversary) tower ride in the Philippines, EKstreme Tower Ride (ARM/Larson tower ride), at the former site of the Condor at Midway Boardwalk.
The Video Arcade Building at Midway Boardwalk is converted into Zoori’s Lion Adventure (phased out in 2012). Bunjee Fun is introduced in the Victoria Zone and operates until 2012.
Mr. Mamon is elected as the Third Vice Chairman of IAAPA for the coming year 2011.
Mr. Mamon is IAAPA Third Vice-Chairman
The Arcade Building at Midway Boardwalk becomes the Boardwalk Party Place (BPP), a multi-room events venue with a combined capacity of 250 people, for birthdays, seminars, conferences, and the like.
Disk-O-Magic, a Zamperla Mega Disco -24 ride, is added to the Portabello Zone. Rialto Theater is converted into a Simex-Iwerks 3D Theater. An Expanded XPP Extreme Paintball Area with Batting Cages is opened at the EEP area. BIKI Magic Trick Art opens at the EEP area but is discontinued in 2013. Bump ‘N Splash at Midway Boardwalk is converted to environment friendly battery-powered bumper boats with water squirters for added fun among riders. Bouncing Boulders (Zamperla kiddie drop tower) is added as a gated attraction at Boulderville. Kiddie Bumper Boats are added as a gated attraction at Boulderville. The interactive Laser Mission (FunOvation laser maze challenge) opens at the Spaceport.
Animal Encounters (animal variety show) is introduced initially at the Jungle Outpost then moved to the Boulderville Zone. Skill Games Phase 2 opens at Midway Boardwalk. After 15 years with Pepsi, EK moves over to Coca-Cola.
Various Entertainment Offerings are presented regularly; Victoria’s Way (all-female quartet), World Music Icons (impersonators), The Zion Show (skill and contortionist), 2nd EK Musical CD featuring the music of Tats Faustino, Ryan Cayabyab, Louie Ocampo and Gary Valenciano, and Enchante Musical Variety Weekend Shows.
Mr. Mamon is IAAPA Second Vice-Chairman.
SRRX is discontinued and re-skinned to become Pagpag, after the Star Cinema entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival. Alienation walk-through horror house is added to the Spaceport Zone. Kart Track is acquired by EK and becomes Funkart, under new management with new equipment. The Navigator, utilizing Segway mobility vehicles, is introduced as a gated attraction at Spaceport.
EK hosts the IAAPA Safety Institute at the EEP and sets a record attendance of over 450 participants.
Mr. Mamon is IAAPA First Vice-Chairman.
EK Annual Pass is re-introduced.
7D Interactive Motion Theater (16-seat Triotech Interactive Theater) replaces the 4D Discovery Theater at Portabello. Air Race (Zamperla 6.4 Air Race Ride) opens at the Spaceport Zone.
Mr. Mamon is IAAPA Chairman.
EK celebrates 20 years of giving magical memories to Filipinos!