Nothing takes you away from reality quicker than a good theme park. The fighter jet maneuvers of the rollercoasters can jar some serenity into you. The many different themes, lands or worlds these parks offer also help put you in a place of fantasy. All the sites, sounds and input are sure to distract you from the cover charge you paid to get in. It’s definitely worth it though. Here are some of the world’s best theme parks you’ll be glad you paid to walk through the doors of.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
Animal Kingdom is one of the largest animal holding complexes in the world. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums have accredited the park. There are over 1,700 animals made up of 250 different species.
PortAventura Park, Salou, Spain
Who would have known that Spain loves Sesame Street so much? Maybe ‘love’ is too strong of a word, but they sure like it enough to include it in PortAventura. The park 12 rides and multiple themed areas with Sesame Street being one of them. It is Spain’s largest theme park and attracts 4 millions visitors a month.
Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa Island, Singapore
Much like it’s American counterpart, Universal Studios Singapore is a place where you can be in many different regions in one park. There are 24 attractions located within the seven themed areas that make up the grounds. Those themed areas are Hollywood, New York City, The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Madagascar, and Far Far Away.
Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
You won’t find Mickey’s Toontown in any other Disney park other than Disneyland. The doors opened in 1955 to visitors and since then has seen more than 650 million people. There are themed ‘lands’ like in Disney World but two are unique to this park. One is already mentioned and the other is New Orleans Square.
Beto Carrero World, Penha, Brazil
Beto Carrero World features areas like Nation’s Avenue, German Village, Pirate’s Island and Automotive Complex. Being that largest theme park in Latin America, that isn’t all it has for its visitors. They have shows, rides and a zoo. Animal World is where park-goers can see tigers, primates and lions…just to name a few.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida
Disney has a thing about separating their parks into different ‘lands’ or themed areas. The theme behind the entire Hollywood Studios park is classic films. It draws inspiration from the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. The six themed areas are: Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Sunset Boulevard, Streets of America, Pixar Place and Animation Courtyard.
Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
This is the park famous for Cinderella’s castle. It was the first of four Walt Disney Resort parks to be built. The whole place is divided into six different ‘lands’ to share stories of Disney cartoons and fairy tales. The six lands are: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Liberty Square.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida
Island hop in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Each island has its own theme with many food choices. Grab a butterbeer in Harry Potter World or hop on ‘The Hulk’ and prepare to be blasted into twists and turns. Islands of Adventure is attached to Universal Studios where you can “ride the movies”.
Europa Park, Rust, Germany
This German theme park has influence from its own country and France. You’re sure to find a rollercoaster you want to ride over and over again out of the 12 they offer. If it’s a summer day, then head over to a water ride or take it easy and watch one of the 16 shows to see. The park’s food selection is where the impressive qualities lie: 70 individually themed restaurants and bars. I’d suggest eating after you’re rollercoastered out.
Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida
When you think of theme parks you usually think of infinitely long lines and over-crowded walkways. Not in Discovery Cove. They restrict park access to only 1,300 people per day to give visitors a better experience. Some of the activities included are hanging out with a dolphin or two, getting a closer look of fish and stingrays while snorkeling and float around with otters.