Welcome to the Amazing Amazon, home to three major attractions/rides and a marquee restaurant. The area is lush with vegetation and like every other major area in the park has a marquee statue to signify the center of the area. In this case, it’s a giant tree with large birds on top. Let’s head in to one of the park’s best areas!
First up we have the park’s Rain Forest Tower Drop, which is a floral themed dual Intamin Parachute Tower, one of 40 meters in height, the other in 25 meters. These rides were added after the park’s opening and nicely connect Dolphin Cove with Amazing Amazon.
Upon closer inspection it turned out that we had to literally find our way through the forest to get to this coaster. Given we hit the park on one of the slower days, we luckily wound our way to the station with no queue.
This is the only Wing Coaster where you can walk around the area and forget its there – yet it’s so tall and long! The ride’s multitude of tunnels, hidden elements, and interactions with the surrounding terrain is awesome.
One thing we didn’t talk about is the finale after the slow roll. The coaster dives back under the midway, makes a sharp S-turn and flies up an intense helix over the entrance of the ride. Parrot Coaster is simply amazing.
Next up was the Amazing Amazon‘s large walk through animal exhibit that along with Parrot Coaster just kind of disappears in the foliage. The exhibit is appropriately named: Journey to the Amazon. The exhibit is home to the smaller but more unique Amazonian Manatees that live in fresh water.
The Amazonian manatees have a giant exhibit that the infrastructure surrounds. At several times throughout the course of the exhibit you get to take a look at the same fascinating creatures. In addition all aquariums were packed with fish. This is one of the best animal exhibits we’ve ever encountered.
Just when you thought you had admired all the little peaks and aquarium windows in the vast hall above, you then enter a glass tunnel and get completely immersed into the freshwater amazonian wildlife.
The world’s largest aquarium is at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. One may ask themselves “why would it be inside a theme park, if it’s the world’s largest aquarium?”. That’s a valid question. What you’re about to see below, I would have gladly paid $80-100 for.
The park’s biggest exhibit, of course, is their main aquarium. The entrance to the aquarium is noted by the giant whale shark in the back of the park that shoots fireworks and lasers at night, but during the day reminds everyone of the powerful park that Chimelong Ocean Kingdom really is.
Why cry? Well there’s a ton of school kids screaming. But really I am talking about a good kind of crying because of how amazing this aquarium is. It starts off pretty great with some impressive and large displays.
And then we got to the 7-record-breaking mega aquarium. Home to what we thought would be two whale sharks. There were actually five that we counted at once, and word out there is that there is up to eight in the tank!! (Not so sure, but the tank is so incredibly large, you really can’t tell).
The size of these whale sharks was unbelievable, so was the size of the giant manta ray. Though the aquarium is filled with schools of fish and tons of other rays and sharks, it is all just dwarfed by the sheer size of the aquarium and its resident whale sharks.
The tank holds records for largest tank with 22.7 million liters of water (6 million US gallons). The tank also holds the record for largest acrylic panel, 8.3m by 39.6m of glass. The tank holds several thousands of fish and is also home to several walk through paths, dark ride paths, and a restaurant!
The park has a Mack omnimover style dark ride that runs through the aquarium – it’s themed to a submarine journey and is appropriately named “Deep Sea Odyssey“. There are several impressive scenes throughout the ride that are not aquarium scenes, rather featuring projection mapping and animatronics.
There are 3 segments at which the ride is physically in the tank by means of glass tunnels – the vehicles even recline for a better view – allowing you to get within a few feet of the whale sharks. It’s an absolutely spectacular and can’t-miss attraction at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. ￼