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^Not that there's anything wrong with naked mole rats!

 

Of course not, as far as I'm aware Everland does have naked mole-rats in the Lost Valley queue. Not sure if they're still there, since our son was born we tend to use our Lenny points in the lottery for queue pass for that ride since it's usually the busiest ride in the park. It's normally quietest at lunch when everyone's eating and we've tried explaining it to our son but he's 4.... so he's right and we're wrong and lunchtime is obviously for lunch we have to go eat at the busiest time.

 

He's pretty grumpy right now, we had planned to go to the park last weekend with virus cases dropping but then the churches in the area turned into hotbeds and as a teacher, I can't risk my job being in the hot spots (we have a lot of check-ups by the ministry of education to prove we are doing our best to keep the kids safe). He doesn't quite understand what's happening and if we tell people near Everland are sick he tells us he'll go blow on it and make it better...

 

Have they named the baby, yet? Looks sooooo cute!

There's been nothing on their social media yet for a name. I had hoped to go see the baby panda when it goes on display but see above, not sure when I can go without parent's freaking out.

 

In other news, Caribbean Bay was supposedly only going to be closed a few days after the coronavirus case but they've removed the calendar from the site entirely. No official notice on when or if it will reopen again this season.

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The water park has reopened after being closed 5 days for disinfection.

 

Edit: I'm hearing T Express may also no longer be reservation only, with the current outbreak the park is completely dead on all rides, so it may have been deemed not necessary.

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One week after reopening the water park has closed again due to tougher requirements the government has laid down in the fight against corona. There's no reopening date yet, and although the indoor area runs all year, with the gold season over and some parts of the outdoor area already finished for the season, there's a chance they could just finish the outdoor area for the year.

 

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Just for a reminder:

 

According to information obtained from Everland Community Cafe in Naver, there are two things to know:

 

1. Water Park reopening date is set as the first day of March 2020. This means this year's operation of water park is completely finished.

 

2. Everland will have Halloween Season this year, but there will be no zombies due to the corona. This means there will be no Horror Maze and Horror Safari this year. Only Horror Amazon Express will operate at night time.

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^ Considering the outdoor park doesn’t open until Late May or early June I assume they’re talking about the indoor part with that date. The parks official statement still says to be determined I’m not sure how accurate the March 1st date is until the park puts out something more official.

 

According to official news outlets the park had a 3rd confirmed case although this time it was not a guest but a part timer worker on the life jacket kiosk. The park had to close again for this and have decided to stay closed until the restrictions are loosened but no news outlet has yet claimed it’s closed until March 1st.

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Everland is number one trending in South Korea (a nice replacement from the weekend where the number one trending was Captain America ) after the band BTS filmed their video in the Rocksville section of the park for America's Got Talent (whose logo was used to hide the KFC logo)

 

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Have they named the baby, yet? Looks sooooo cute!

 

There's now a vote in for it. The parents are Le Bao and Ai Bao so most of the names relate to that. Roughly translated, the choices are: Chao Bao, Ssing Bao, Ssing Ssing, and Pu Bao.

 

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Everland had a confirmed corona patient visit their park. There's a little bit of a worry since the post location mentions Starbucks where people would have been maskless when drinking and it was during a 3 day weekend so the park was very crowded.

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Everland had another confirmed corona case in the park on the 22nd October. Like before with Everland's Starbucks the main focus is on the restaurant visit from 12:44-2:14. I wonder if the parks are required by the government to post these notices, normally the parks news section posts stay forever but all of these and Caribbean Bay's notices of Corona patients seem to get removed as soon as the park can.

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South Korea's virus response just seems so impressive... especially because this entire time you could have ridden an operating Intamin pre-fab 🤣 .

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^I think Everland might be the biggest park in the world (in terms of attendance) to have closed 0 days during this whole pandemic. Followed by Lotte World with I think a grand total of 2-4 days closure.

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A popular K-pop girl band has stirred controversy in China after its members were accused of mishandling a baby panda on their reality TV show.

The stars of Blackpink were filmed this month cuddling three-month-old cub Fu Bao at a South Korean zoo.

The clip appears innocent enough, but the scenes have provoked fury in China, where the treatment of pandas overseas can be a sensitive issue.

As anger grew, the band's label said the video had been taken down.

Pandas are an emblem of national pride to many in China, the only country where the animals live outside captivity. China loans the animals to countries worldwide as a way of strengthening diplomatic ties.

This is where Fu Bao comes in. He was born in July to two giant pandas who arrived in South Korea from Sichuan province in 2016 as part of China's "panda diplomacy".

Last week Fu Bao, meaning "lucky treasure", was introduced to an adoring public for the first time.

But Chinese wildlife groups say there are strict rules and regulations around the treatment of pandas, which are classed as a vulnerable species by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Only trained professionals are allowed to handle them, they say.

Giant panda death in Thailand raises questions in China

So, when Blackpink released their panda video on YouTube earlier this month, the four-piece band made headlines in China for all the wrong reasons.

Chinese media and online commentators accused Blackpink's members of putting the panda at risk of harm.

The China Daily newspaper said there was "a risk of transmitting zoonotic infections as some of the members own pet dogs and cats".

Others said the girls wore too much make-up and touched the panda's mother without wearing masks and gloves.

Weibo, China's version of Twitter, saw millions of views on posts using the hashtag "Blackpink touched panda cub wrongly".

"China's national treasures are in South Korea, yet Koreans are not abiding by the rules in handling them. Why are Blackpink privileged?," one user fumed.

Someone else called on Chinese authorities to "bring our national treasures back", while another urged the band members to "apologise publicly".

"I don't understand the lack of common sense at this Korean zoo," one wrote.

The controversy intensified when a Chinese wildlife group got involved.

The China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) said it wrote a letter of complaint to the Everland Resort in South Korea. In it, the group urged the zoo to "immediately stop" anyone apart from keepers or vets from touching the panda.

The band are yet to speak publicly, but their music label, YG Entertainment, has addressed the panda furore in a statement.

It defended the band's panda meeting, arguing that "all members wore hygiene gloves, masks and protective clothing" at all times.

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However, it acknowledged the anger, adding that "in respect of international co-operation practices and recommendations from panda experts who say that non-professionals having close contact with the baby panda can cause misunderstandings, we decided to withhold the release of the related video".

Blackpink are not the first South Korean band to come under fire in China.

Last month, South Korean boyband BTS were heavily criticised in China after one member made remarks about the Korean War. Some BTS-related products were removed from Chinese websites.

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Wasn't expecting Everland to show up on worldwide news outlets today over a panda visit but there we are. Also the baby panda has a name now Fu Bao

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With Corona about to hit 500 here for the first time since March, Everland will be giving some of its most popular rides including T Express  a virtual queue system from today.

 

edit: looking at the app today crowds were very light  virtual queues were around 25 minutes for T Express  however it seems even on a very light day Lost Valley stopped reservation quite quickly so that might need to be your first choice  

 

the app also has to be switched to korean to work as well at the time of writing

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