Star City to reopen this January, Enchanted Kingdom announces temporary closure

Star City management announced Wednesday it would reopen on Friday, January 14, two years after a fire hit the amusement park.

“The long wait is finally over! Star City will be reopening this Jan. 14, 2022,” it wrote on Facebook.

Star City is open from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. “Star passes,” or tickets will be sold online at ₱400 each. The management has yet to announce the rest of the details.

In October 2019, the Star City management announced that the iconic amusement park would be closed for a year after it was hit by fire.

The fire started from The Snow World’s a few minutes after midnight on October 2, 2019.

The fire lasted for four hours and was declared under control at 4:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) was also damaged. The MBC houses radio stations Love Radio, DZRH, Yes the Best! and Easy Rock.

Star City to reopen this January, Enchanted Kingdom announces temporary closure

Although Star City was spacious and accessible to firefighters, the burned buildings mainly were wood, spreading the fire quickly.

The fire destroyed about 80 percent of the main Star City building, which housed over 30 rides and attractions. At least 25 of those were damaged in the fire, including Gabi ng Lagim, Dungeon of Terror, Bump Car Smash, and Snow World. The outdoor area, including the Star Flyer and Star Frisbee, was mainly spared by the fire. Initial damage estimates ranged from 15 million to 1 billion Philippine pesos.

Meanwhile, the Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna announced its temporary closure “at least” on Jan. 16 amid the country’s increasing number of -19 cases.

“Although Alert Level 2 and/or 3 allows #EnchantedKingdom to operate on a limited capacity, management has decided to voluntarily suspend its operations for the safety and health of both our guests and staff,” it said in a post.

Customers who booked through its online store “may rebook your tickets any time before the ticket validity end date.”

“Continue to follow precautions and be safe, everyone. Thank you for your understanding, [….] and we hope to see you all again soon,” it added.

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