Fantasy World – Philippines’ Disneyland or Chernobyl? (Travel Guide)
There are two things that you can think of when visiting Fantasy World. One, is that you’ve visited a place of fantasy — a land of fairy tales like Disneyland or a Post Apocalyptic area, like Chernobyl — abandoned and full of mystery. Outside, you’ll see the towering spires of the castle having bright colors that could represent fun and liveliness, but once you go inside you’ll see that it was tainted with molds and paints were peeling off. This is a place where you will have a lot of questions. Why it was built and abandoned after a time or what it could have been if it was operating?
First time I saw Fantasy World was on Instagram with a caption of “Disneyland of the Philippines”. At first, I was surprised, from the stories I’ve heard before, I thought that it will be built in Clark. But, the more I saw photos of it, It started to show its eerie aura and I realized that it was not what I’m expecting for.
The theme park was supposed to be a top destination in Batangas, the could have been Disneyland of the Philippines. Funds for the completion of the park diminished and it was left incomplete and abandoned. But last 2016, it started to gain the attention of curious travelers. Most, to see the beauty of the architecture and to brave the mystery that lies there.
As expected, there was no something lively inside the park. No parades, no mascots and no something fun. The castle is empty in exception of one stall for food and water and a bunch of fellow visitors. I started to imagine what if it got finished. This could level with other theme parks in our country.
At the back, we’ve seen rides that were kept unused and barricaded. Just seeing it reminds me of the remnants of Chernobyl. It caught my attention and took some photo of them with a feel of eeriness in mind.
Fantasy or mystery, there is one way to appreciate Fantasy World — Simply, have fun! There’s not much to do in the park but it is a good place to have your photos taken. Choose between a fantasy or a post-apocalyptic land as your background and feel like a royalty or a survivor!
- Lemery, Batangas, Philippines
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Ride a bus (DLTB Co.) bound to Nasugbu and drop off at “Boundary” (Boundary of Nasugbu, Batangas and Alfonso, Cavite). (Fare = P170, Travel Time = 2 Hours and 30 Minutes)
- Take a jeepney going to Lemery via Diokno Highway and drop at Fantasy World. (Fare = P15, Travel Time = 20 Minutes)
- Entrance Fee (Regular): P1000 for 10 Persons. Even if you’re alone, the fee is still P1000.
- Entrance Fee (for every additional person): P100
- Entrance Fee (Senior Citizen): P75
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/biz/Fantasy-world-251744621672747/
- Phone Number (Batangas Office): (046) 860 – 1600 & (046) 413 – 1682
- Phone Number (Manila Office): (02) 834 – 2673, (02) 831 – 0813, (02) 833 – 6566
- There’s not much to do in Fantasy World but it is a good place for photoshoots
- Bringing of food and water is not allowed. They sell food inside the park.
- You can make this as your side trip. If you want to explore Batangas more, check out this place Villa Jovita Resort.
- Climb one of the spires and see a different perspective of the park and the view of Taal Lake.