Dunia Fantasi Jakarta Indonesia: Our Dufan Experience

     Right after our visit to SeaWorld Ancol inside the Ancol Dreamland complex on the last day of our Jakarta trip in December 2015, Rupert, Zuri and I got an Uber to take us to Dunia Fantasi or Dufan (which is also within the said complex. Kaya natawa na lang si Manong Uber. Haha. Sorry po, Manong Uber.) :p

     Anyway, although both theme parks are located inside Ancol Dreamland, they are not exactly walking distance from each other. Getting an Uber was actually a wise move especially since we were pressed for time with our flight back to Manila just a few hours away.

     It was around 11:00 in the morning when Manong Uber dropped us off in front of the ticketing booths of Dufan. The crowd was almost discouraging that Sunday morning. If I was in Manila, I wouldn’t bother waiting so long in line for a theme park. But I was in another country. Who knows when I’ll find myself in Jakarta (and Dufan) again. So I persisted.

     After an hour of waiting and sweating (gosh it was hot!), it was finally my turn to buy tickets. I  told the staff at the ticketing counter that I needed tickets for two adults and one child. She asked me if Zuri was less than a meter tall and I said yes (I really thought she was).

      The staff asked me to pay for two regular tickets at IDR 270,000 each (around PHP 973 each). She said Zuri could enter Dufan for free. Yippee! A little piece of good news after an hour of standing and bathing in my own sweat.

Dufan Regular Tickets

These are the two regular tickets that we paid for at IDR 270,000 each (PHP 973 each) to enter Dufan. A regular ticket entitles a guest to enjoy unlimited rides and attractions at Dufan. It says at the back that children less than a meter in height get in free. Oops, I really did not know that. And I really thought Zuri was less than a meter tall. But, anyway, thanks for the free pass! 🙂 Note also the time stated here when I got these tickets: 12:01 pm or one hour after we arrived and joined the queue at the Dufan ticketing booths. It was December 6, 2015, Sunday.

      With our Dufan regular tickets came free tickets to the Fantastique Show. Too bad we didn’t have time to see the show.

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These are our unused complimentary Fantastique show tickets that came with our Dufan regular tickets.

   

  Moving on, first thing we did after getting our tickets was… siyempre family pic! 🙂

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Here’s our obligatory family pic! 🙂 Sulit na one hour na ipinila ko! haha.

 

     With our proof of travel acquired and secured (a.k.a. taking family photo showing the Dufan sign), we proceeded to the entrance gates and presented our tickets. All three of us (including Zuri) got a stamp on our hands.

     Since it was already lunch time, we roamed around looking for a place to eat. It took us a while to decide on where to have lunch. We entered an Indonesian restaurant because I wanted some Indonesian food. I wanted to experience as much of Indonesia as I could. But I was with two picky eaters who were not sold on my preference.

     After taking a while hopping from one restaurant to another, we realized we were wasting our limited time NOT deciding where to eat. Eventually, we chose Yoshinoya, which was not crowded at the time, and is one we’re familiar with since there are a number of Yoshinoya stores in Manila.

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This is our receipt from Yoshinoya. We spent IDR 132,000 (PHP 474) for lunch for 3. 🙂 See the time? It was already 12:45 pm, 44 minutes since we bought our Dufan tickets at 12:01. We spent a long time deliberating where to eat.

 

      It was already 1:00 pm when we were finally done with lunch and ready to explore the rest of Dufan. We used this map to navigate. 

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We got this map at the entrance to Dufan. It was so useful to us, helped us find our way around Dufan. The family rides that allow kids Zuri’s height (100 cm) are marked with the Dufan Kids sign. 🙂

 

      I found out that most of the family rides at Dufan require a minimum height of 100 cm (1 meter). Oh! So that was why I was asked at the ticketing booth if Zuri was less than a meter tall (and why children less than 100 cm in height get in free). Luckily, nobody bothered to check Zuri’s height or ticket (or lack thereof) at the rides. Just to make sure the rides were safe for Zuri’s size, I checked her height using the measuring charts around Dufan. I found out then that she was actually exactly 1 meter tall. Ha!

     The first ride we tried was the one closest to Yoshinoya. It was an elephant ride called Gajah Bledug, similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Hong Kong Disneyland. We lined up for this ride for about 20 minutes. Each ride lasts about 3 minutes.

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This ride is Gajah Bledug, an elephant ride similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant in HK Disneyland. I love that the rider has control over how high or low the elephant goes while it spins. Sorry for the blurred pic and haggard look. So hot in Dufan even if the sun wasn’t really shining bright that day.

 

     After Gajah Bledug, we went to the carousel. Dufan’s version of a carousel is called Turangga Rangga and looks similar to Hong Kong Disneyland’s Cinderella Carousel. Line here was long but fast. I think we waited in line for about 10 minutes. Each ride lasts about 5 minutes.

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This is Turangga Ranga, Dufan’s carousel ride.

 

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Simple, classic, all-time favorite ride. 🙂

 

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Rupert and Zuri aboard Turangga Ranga at Dufan Jakarta Indonesia. Zuri chose this violet horse. 🙂

 

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Look at that smile! Zuri surely enjoyed our Turangga Rangga ride. 🙂

      After the carousel ride, we walked to what was to become one of Zuri’s favorite parts of Dufan: Ranggo Ranggo or the Tilt House. Zuri loved it so much, she still remembers it till this day and tells me she would love to go back. The Tilt House is an untimed attraction. Visitors can just simply enter the house and navigate it at their own pace.

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Zuri was so engrossed with the Tilt House, I actually neglected to take a photo! I borrowed this photo from the Ancol website. 🙂

     After the Tilt House, we checked out Rumah Jahil or the Mirror Maze. It was okay but obviously old already.

 

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This is Rumah Jahil or the Mirror Maze. 🙂

     Then, we also saw Poci-Poci, a tea cup ride similar to Mad Hatter Tea Cup Ride at Hong Kong Disneyland. To our surprise, there was no queue! Yey, no waiting time! Each Poci-Poci ride lasts about 2.5 minutes.

 

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This is Poci-Poci. It was completely empty when we arrived. Yey! Only ride with no queue!

 

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I wonder why this ride had no queue… The ride was actually really fun.

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There’s that smile again! See how Zuri had fun at Poci-Poci? 🙂 By the way, that structure in the background is Istana Boneka, another attraction in Dufan very similar to HK Disneyland’s it’s a small world.

     From Poci-Poci, we could already see a structure that no doubt looks like Hong Kong Disneyland’s it’s a small world. This is Dufan’s Istana Boneka. We tried Istana Boneka, too.

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This is Istana Boneka. Look at the line of people! The queue was long but it wasn’t really that bad because it was continuously moving. There was also mist around the queueing area so waiting in line wasn’t really that hot. The boat takes visitors inside Istana Boneka.

 

 

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It was our turn to ride the boat to Istana Boneka in no time at all. 🙂 Init ba Pert?

 

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Oops! Sun is shining bright… Good thing we’re on our way already to escape Mr. Sun…

 

     Indeed, Istana Boneka is almost a carbon copy of Hong Kong Disneyland’s it’s a small world. Same concept. Same execution. Each ride lasts about 15 minutes.

 

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Inside Dufan’s Istana Boneka in Jakarta Indonesia

 

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Children of Thailand inside Istana Boneka, Dufan Jakarta Indonesia

 

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Children of Japan inside Istana Boneka

 

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    So far, everything we did in Dufan was something we already experienced at Hong Kong Disneyland save for Zuri’s favorite Tilt House. But our Dufan visit wasn’t over yet. We actually saved the best for last.

     Zuri had been looking forward to a trip to Malaysia to see Hello Kitty Town (and Legoland) but that trip hasn’t happened yet. So it was a very good thing that there is an area in Dufan dedicated to Hello Kitty which we called “Hello Kitty house”. This got Zuri so excited. She was very happy to meet and hug Melody! Needless to say, the “Hello Kitty house” is Zuri’s other favorite part of Dufan. 🙂

 

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We met Melody at the entrance of Hello Kitty’s “house”. We waited in line for about 5-10 minutes for this meet and greet. It was super worth it! Zuri and Melody hugged each other and Zuri couldn’t be more thrilled! 🙂

 

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We entered Hello Kitty’s “house”. Zuri was so excited, she actually went ahead of me, which she does not normally do because I taught her to always stay beside Mommy especially in public places.

 

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Inside Hello Kitty, Dufan Jakarta Indonesia

 

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Inside Hello Kitty, Dufan Jakarta Indonesia

 

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Inside Hello Kitty, Dufan Jakarta Indonesia

 

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Inside Hello Kitty, Dufan Jakarta Indonesia

 

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Picture with Hello Kitty! 🙂

 

     After roaming around and enjoying the rides in Dufan for 2 hours, we felt we needed to sit down and rest.  Good thing that just outside the “Hello Kitty house” was a small food court with a number of food stalls. We bought some fries and drinks from Potato Corner.

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This is our Potato Corner Dufan receipt. We spent IDR 34,000 (PHP 122) for one jumbo fries and one bottled water.

     After finishing our snacks, we asked Zuri what she wanted to do. She chose to go back to the Tilt House. We entered that house a total of three times. Talagang favorite niya

     After Zuri had had her fill of the Tilt House, we looked around for some souvenirs. I collect ref magnets from places we go to. I’m glad I bought really nice magnets from Dufan. 🙂

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I bought these two magnets from the souvenir stalls around Dufan. The one on the right with a letter D is Dufan’s mascot.

      It was 4:00 pm when we decided to look for the McDonald’s store inside Dufan to buy some take away food for dinner.

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This is our receipt from McDonald’s Dufan. We spent IDR 116,500 (PHP 418) for 3 persons.

      We wanted to go back to our hotel early so we would still have time to rest before our flight. By 4:30 pm, we were already out of Dufan on our way back to d’prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua aboard a Bluebird taxi

      Our Dufan visit lasted 4.5 hours excluding an hour spent waiting in line at the ticketing booth. In those 4.5 hours, we were able to try 6 out of the 13 rides and attractions suited for Zuri’s height (1 meter = 100 cm) and visit 3 food establishments inside Dufan.

     Overall, I was pretty happy about our visit to Dufan.  Zuri was so thrilled to meet Melody and to step foot in “Hello Kitty’s house”. The Tilted House made an impression on her. All three of us enjoyed Dufan’s simple, classic family rides. Having said that, our Dufan trip would have been more value for money if we had more time and if we visited on a weekday when queues are shorter. 🙂

Dufan Family Rides

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These are the family rides at Dufan. Most of these rides require a minimum height of 100 cm. Some require a minimum height of 125 cm.

Dufan/Dunia Fantasi Regular Ticket Price (unlimited rides):

Weekday: IDR 195,000 (PHP 700)

Weekend: IDR 275,000 (PHP 986)

*Dufan currently has a promo for Girl’s Month valid August 1-31, 2016:

Weekday Regular Ticket price (unlimited rides): IDR 100,000 (PHP 359)

Weekend Regular Ticket price (unlimited rides): IDR 140,000 (PHP 502)

Promo valid only for girls.

Dufan/Dunia Fantasi Operating Hours:

Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 10:00 – 8:00 pm

Dunia Fantasi is located inside Ancol Dreamland, North Jakarta. To reach DuFan, Ancol Dreamland entrance fee is required: IDR 25,000/head (PHP90/head) plus IDR 20,000/car or taxi (PHP 72/car or taxi).

Website: https://www.ancol.com/en/node/22

Some Travel Tips:

1.  If possible, go on a weekday.

Weekends are really busy. We went to Dufan on a Sunday and queues to some attractions were too long.

2.  Arrive before  the 10:00 am opening time.

Since we visited SeaWorld Ancol in the morning of the same day of our visit to Dufan, it was already 11:00 am when we arrived at the Dufan ticketing booths. By then, the crowd was already thick. It took me one hour of waiting in line till I was able to buy tickets.

3.  Don’t forget to get a copy of the Dufan map upon entering.

The map helped us find our way around Dufan. The rides that allow children 100 cm in height are marked with the Dufan Kids sign on the map. 🙂

4.  Use your time wisely.

We took a long time deciding where to eat. Meanwhile, the queues to the rides were building up.

5. Wear comfortable and breathable clothes and comfortable shoes.

It was hot when we visited Dufan. Even though the sun wasn’t really shining too bright, it still felt hot.  A fan and a small foldable umbrella would be a good idea.

6. Drink lots of water.

Since it is quite hot in Dufan despite the trees and shade, hydrating is of utmost importance. Also, it can get quite tiring walking around the park.

7. Bring a lightweight stroller.

A lightweight stroller will keep the little kids from getting tired too easily.

8. Choose Bluebird taxi.

There is a taxi stand just outside Dufan (by the exit). Bluebird is a trusted taxi company in Indonesia. Or get an Uber.

9. Use the complimentary show tickets.

If you have time, use the complimentary show tickets that might come with Dufan regular tickets. Too bad we didn’t have time for this. Or, check if there are any promos. For Girl’s Month, from August 1-31, 2016, girls can buy regular weekday tickets at IDR 100,000 each (PHP359) and regular weekend tickets at IDR 140,000 each (PHP 502).

10. Have fun!

Dufan does not gain any points for originality. Many of the rides and attractions here are just similar to those seen in other theme parks. But so what? Still great for some quality family bonding time. 🙂

 

You might also want to read:

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Fatahillah Square: A Quick Historical, Cultural and Culinary Tour Of Jakarta Indonesia

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Jakarta Trip Itinerary

SeaWorld Ancol Jakarta Indonesia – 90 Minutes Well Spent!

 

Watch out for my next post: d’prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂


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