On a rainy Sunday a few weeks ago, our car climbed into the hills above Lake Taal, the fog allowing for brief glimpses of the now familiar – but no less picturesque – view. No journey is complete without a bit of drama and this comes with a drive over a narrow section of road that is being repaired, and has an almost sheer drop on one side, that was one thing to thank the fog for, obscuring the stomach lurching drops that would be visable on better days. The reason for our trip is to visit what was once promised as ‘the Disneyland of The Philippines’, but the owners ran into financial problems and so it is now a mere shell of theme park.
Greeted by the sight of turrets over the treeline, it all started to look as familiar as it did out of place. As the car turned we were greeted with a vista of what resembles one of those German castles that looks like it’s come straight from a fairytale. It was an impressive introduction as an approach to the car park. I didn’t get a photo of that but I don’t think it would have done it justice had I done so.
A few years ago I did a post on abandoned theme parks and that melancholy feel, real or as in this case, possibly just imagined by myself. It does get the imagination going and reminded me of Helen Cresswell’s The Watcher’s: A Mystery at Alton towers which is a tightly plotted adventure and well worth getting your hands on for a bit of escapism.