Do you remember your first childhood theme park visit? Roller coasters, water slides, fried foods, cartoon characters and all the excitement of your summer vacation rolled into one gigantic amusement park! Well, some theme park junkies never get tired of these wonder-lands, no matter how old they grow or where they travel to. And the rising amusement park attendance is a testimony to this fact.
Present day theme parks are a more evolved version of the term; they are amusement taken to the level of adrenaline. We bring you details on top 5 theme parks in the world to get your heart racing while giving your little ones a fairytale experience:
1. Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Ranked among the top theme parks in the world, Universal Studios is actually a combination of two theme parks – Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. This epic creation pulled over 10 million theme park fans into its immersive thrill entourage, offering some amazing roller coasters, 3D rides, restaurants and nightclubs. The Island of adventure lets you be anything from a Marvel superhero to the boy wonder Harry Potter. The two in-house districts of Dragon Alley and Hogsmeade make your fantasy come to life as you stop by Ollivanders Wand shop to test out a new wand. Don’t forget to have its non-alcoholic Butterbeer!
2. Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan
Disneyland is one of the most popular amusement parks across the world for many years now. An equally thrilling counterpart of this world-famous franchise is the Tokyo Disneyland, where language is not a barrier. Indulge in the brand’s signature attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, Splash Mountain and a lot more! But this Tokyo baby stands apart with its Latin-infused ‘Minnie Oh! Minnie’ show along with a Dinner Theater production called ‘Mickey and Company’.
3. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
If Ohio brags about being the Roller Coaster Capital of the planet, well let it! Cedar Point 17 legendary rides make sure you are riding all day long! For the ultimate speed and thrill lovers, it’s paradise on Earth. Millennium Force, most exemplary of the pack reaching up to 93 mph is a class of its own, thanks to its inspired engineering and apt use of the park’s landscape. The newest member to the coasters family is Valravn, setting new records for the fastest, longest and tallest dive coaster ever born! Thanks to these fun rides, Cedar Point is one of the best roller coaster parks in the world. If you get too tired of being in the air, hit the Cedar Point beach on Lake Erie. Feel the sun on your back as you jet-ski across the lake waters. Finally, end the event with a meal at Brew and BBQ as you chow down some delicious BBQ cuisines along with a Craft Beer.
4. Beto Carrero World, Penha, Brazil
An intensely vibrant theme park, the largest in Latin America, engulfs adrenaline junkies and families alike. The whole place is divided into seven distinct areas- Nation’s Avenue, German Village, Old West, Pirate’s Island, Radical Adventure, Fantasyland and the Automotive Complex, with 4 roller coasters dotting the grounds. Chicote de Fogo (a.k.a Fire Whip) is a 60 mph suspended looping coaster that attracts a maximum crowd. Then there is this high-octane production, action-packed stunt cars show inspired by Fast and Furious called Velozes e Furiosos Show that ought not to be missed! In the end, spend some time with the wildlife at their zoo.
5. Europa Park, Rust, Germany
Europe’s one of the most popular theme parks rests in Germany- the 40-year old Europa Park that attracts over 5.5 million thrill-seekers every year. It owes its magnanimous international draw to its 12 dynamic rollercoaster rides and global themed districts. Experience the Italian culture in Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machine on the Volo da Vinci, or skim across the Swiss Alps as you take the Swiss Bob Run Ride. Make sure you don’t miss out on Arthur- a suspended indoor-outdoor roller coaster that would push you off limits. These unique features have bestowed Europa Park a place among the best theme park attractions in the world.
Theme parks often play with your whole travel budget, but don’t you think it’s worthwhile when you get so many stories and memories to take back home! So stow your budget aside take your family to the most amazing holiday ever! Bon Voyage!