A Trip to Star City!
As an early celebration for my birthday this year, we decided to take the kids to Star City last September 30. The regular price of Ride-All-You-Can tickets to Star City is Php 490.00. Thank goodness that Metrodeal still has 11 hours left for the purchase of a Ride-All-You-Can + Art Alive Pass valued at Php610.00 for only Php310.00! Now that’s a lot of savings! Having quite a handful of kids means more tickets need purchasing so I grabbed the opportunity to save 49%.
Here is a view of the page now, right now it indicates for Pre-Order since their promo period has already ended but I am sure it would be up again soon so keep an eye out for it!
So right before we set off to leave, I had my daughter purchase the tickets online which she paid for using her Debit Card. We do not have credit card at our disposal because we are more of ‘cash-only’ people LOL. Metrodeal accepts different modes of payment: credit card, Paypal, GCash, or Over-the-Counter cash deposit at banks or at LBC.
After purchase, an email was sent to us containing the confirmation and a link to the e-vouchers. Viewing the ‘My Orders’ page in Metrodeal displays the one below. Each voucher can be opened through here.
Here is a view of one of the vouchers. It has a bar code as well as a QR code for ease of checking in the counters. Although printing of the vouchers is not required, we still opted to have it printed just to be sure, and also, handing off the phone for checking is a bit of a hassle.
We got to Star City at about 4:20pm. Weekend opening is at 4pm at it is 2pm for other days. As we got there, we could see from outside how long the lines are inside! Counters 9 and 10 are dedicated to people who purchased tickets through Metrodeal and the rest are for other purchase options including the in-house purchase. The longest lines are that of the Metrodeal. I remember the last time we went to Star City, the Metrodeal lines are usually empty so we were quite surprised. Nevertheless, we fell in line while my other kids were eating snacks in a corner.
The line was so long that we had to fall in curved lines just so we will not block the entrance. Each transaction takes about 10 minutes each and we were so far behind. We were grateful that a Star City employee went to the people lined up that Counters 4 to 6 are now also accepting Metrodeal transactions for now so we rushed to the other counters. It took us only about 15 minutes to get our tickets by then.
Since I have a baby daughter, she has a free entrance ticket but she can only ride the toddler-friendly rides like the carousel.
Like many years before, the carousel is the first ride that you can spot upon entering the venue so we rode that first. My baby was saying ‘Wow’ all the time because she loves merry-go-rounds.
Nothing much has changed with this staple attraction except a bit of wear and tear on some horses but still, it works brilliantly.
We were not able to take photos that much because we were busy with rides here and there. They have lazer tag for only Php100.00 which is a good bargain compared to the ones at malls and so my youngest son had a go at it. We went through the usual horror houses and kiddie rides. The lines are considerably longer since it was a weekend but still manageable.
We brought our baby stroller with us so we have a place to put our bags in as well as a resting place for my baby when she sleeps. What’s better about Star City now is that they have “rent-able” lockers for your stuff so you don’t have to lug them around even when riding attractions.
We went to the giant toys attraction on the second floor near the entrance and we had fun taking photos inside.
We had dinner on the food court located near the Pirate Adventure water attraction. There are plenty of food choices although they worth more here than they do at malls, but still, they’re yummy!
After dinner, we decided to go to the Star City Annex located near the log ride. This one has even more rides.
There was a smaller carousel outside and there is this ride we have not tried before, the Musical Express which is a bit like the wacky worm except the arrangement is in a circular track. Brace yourself for this one because it is really fast! Perfect for thrill seekers who do not want to commit to going through loops in the air but still want a taste of the rush. It first goes forward and when you are just about to catch your breath from going too fast, it goes backwards at the same rate!
They have photographers on site and picture prints are available for Php100.00.
As for the Art Alive attraction, it is situated in where the Peter Pan attraction was. Socks are needed to get inside but they do sell that on-site. It is basically a huge place filled with various 3d paintings perfect for instagram! Here are some of our shots.
Star City closes at 10.30pm so we left by then.
This place sure has been a staple for many Filipino families and it has been more than 2 decades since it opened! I remember going there even before my eldest was born, I can’t believe it really has been such a long time and yet it is still here.
I can’t wait to go there next time, preferably when my youngest is older so she can experience more rides.