Whether you’re a young one or someone who is looking to rekindle the child in them, theme parks are a great way to unwind and relax. From thrilling roller coaster rides to a magical family vacation, theme parks have something for everyone. Whimsical, dreamy and much like a fairy tale, sometimes we truly need to break away from the hectic life we are swapped with. While the US is the pioneer in theme parks, today they are widespread across Europe, UAE and the Middle East. However, Disneyland and Universal studios in the States still tops the charts. Here is a list of some of the best theme parks to visit around the world.
Disney World, Orlando
Disneyland in Orlando is archetypal of all theme parks. Being the first-ever one, it opened in 1955, and we can safely say that it impacted the tourism industry and American pop culture. The first theme park (and the only one finished under the supervision of Walt Disney) in the ever-expanding Disney empire, Disneyland is still packed with nostalgia and history. Being home to Magic Kingdom, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, today whether you’re a child or an adult, Disney always has its charm. We highly recommend catching a glimpse of the night parade and live shows as well as the ride.
Europa Park, Germany
Nestled in Rust in Germany, Europa Park is one of the best theme parks in Europe. While it is lesser known to find amusement parks in Europe, this is Germany’s largest theme park. A Europe-themed park with more than 100 attractions representing 15 different countries and regions around Europe, the adventure thrilling rollercoaster rides here are worth the adrenaline. Don’t miss out on the Mercedes Benz rollercoaster, and the glow-in-the-light one amongst many others. And for butterflies in your stomach, the free fall tower will have your heart pounding or let the water baby within you be unleashed with a lot of water rides.
Tivoli Gardens, Denmark
Nestled in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of the world’s oldest operating amusement parks, dating back more than 175 years. Offering rides, games, musicals, ballet, and concerts. The beauty however is in the architecture and the extensive flower gardens that are landscaped with pavilions, and open-air theatres. Further coloured floodlights and illuminated fountains brighten the park at night.
Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles
When it comes to special effects, and grand sets, Universal studios is the name that pops into our mind. What started as a studio tour in 1915 has evolved into one of the world’s most recognizable theme park companies. Being home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to ride like Fast & Furious, and catching behind-the-scenes special effect shoes with Hollywood’s most talented performers, you will be sure to forget the treacherous monotonous daily routine.
Sea World, Gold Coast
Australia is yet another country that is booming with a plethora of theme parks. Located in Gold Coast, Australia, Sea World is one of the best-known marine parks in the city. Discover a whole new as you get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins, and polar bears. From the action-packaged Thunder Lake Stunt Show to the incredible Affinity Dolphin Presentation, there’s something for the entire family. But Nickelodeon Land is a favourite for many being to some of the best-known fictional characters.
Warner Bros Movie World, Gold Coast