Before the fire: remembering Star City extreme rides


Star City is one of the biggest and first amusement parks in the Philippines. Aside from its world-class and kid-friendly attractions, what made Star City famous were its extreme rides every adventurer would love to try.

5 Quick facts about Star City

  • It was a 35,000 m2 (380,00 sq ft) amusement park located in the reclaimed area of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex.
  • Star City was built in 1991 as an offshoot of the annual Toys and Gift Fair
  • Lisa Macuja, a world-renowned Filipino Ballerina, is the wife of  Fred J. Elizalde, the owner of Star City
  •  Around 1.5 million people go to Star City every year
  • It has 30 different rides and indoor and outdoor attractions

Star City extreme rides

Here are the park’s extreme rides (from its official website) for those who did not have the chance to see or ride them before they were engulfed by fire on Wednesday early morning. These rides were not for the faint-hearted indeed.

Star Frisbee

Direct from Italy, the rider is swung to dizzying heights while the outward-facing seats spin around.

Star City Frisbee
Image from Justgola

The classic Viking ride guarantees shrieks of delight. It has a seating of 50 adults and swings forward and backward; as close as it gets to rocking the stormy seas on the way to a Viking raid!

Star City Viking before fire

Star Flyer

The only inverted roller coaster in the Philippines makes the rider know how it feels like to fly with your feet dangling in every loop and turn at high speed.

Star City Star Flyer Roller coaster
Star City Star Flyer Roller coaster (Image from ABS-CBN News)
Jungle Splash

Take a log boat ride on a white water river that snakes through the heart of the Jungle and climaxes in a thrilling drop. Not for those afraid to get a little wet!

Star city jungle splash before fire
Image from World of Wanderlust
Surf Dance

This platform thrill ride captures the tumult of riding the waves with every twist and turn and lift and drop!

Star City Surf Dance
(Image from TRES VIAJEROS)