Amusement is something we all look forward to when we plan a holiday. Probably this is why amusement parks always top the things-to-do list of every holiday itinerary. We all love a good theme park but have you ever really stopped to think of the best theme parks in the world? Prepare yourself as we discover the best 10 theme parks in the world!
Canada’s Wonderland – Vaughan, Ontario Canada
Canada’s first, and largest theme park was built in 1981 just outside of Toronto. Canada’s Wonderland is a seasonal amusement park, which means it is only open daily from May to Labour Day, and weekends until mid November. There is so much to see, do and eat at Canada’s Wonderland, you will want to download the app to make sure you know whats going on and where.
Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
Probably the most famous theme park in the world, Walt Disney World in Orlando is actually Walt Disney’s second theme park. Consisting of 4 Parks, 2 water parks, a downtown shopping centre, 2 mini golf and ESPN sports world, Disney World has a little something for everyone.
John from Mouse Travel Matters
Eftleing Park – Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
Living only 2 hours away from Efteling Park for 4 hours, I am surprised that we have only been once in the dead of winter. Efteling Park is one of the world’s oldest theme parks, opening the first phase of the park in 1935, beating Disneyland in California by at least 20 years.
Part of the charm of Efteling Park is that it is so low key. Many locals have heard of it, but enough have yet to visit that the overall experience is not lost to large crowds and overpriced meals. If you find yourself in the area, Efteling Park is a must-do with the kids.
Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark
On August 15, 1843 the garden gates were opened for the first time and the guests were awestruck by the elegant and exotic gardens. Among them was the one and only Hans Christian Andersen, who was inspired to write the fairy tale the Nightingale . Tivoli Gardens, is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world
Paultons Park – Hampshire, England
Paultons Park has 4 amazing lands to explore with children (and adults) of all ages; Lost Kingdom, Critter Creek, Tornado Springs and Peppa Pig World.
Tropical Island – Berling, Germany
Known in our house as “the inside beach”, Tropical Islands Resort is a tropical theme park located in the former Brand-Briesen Airfield in Brandenburg, Germany. Tropical Islands Resort is home to the biggest indoor rainforest in the world, a white-sand beach, many tropical plants and a number of swimming pools, bars and restaurants.
Playmobil Fun Park – Zirndorf, Germany
Playmobil Fun Park is located just outside of Nuremberg in southern Germany and offers families a unique way to spend their day. Instead of rides, this park is filled with a variety of playgrounds where you never have to wait in line to have fun. Visit dinosaurs, pirates, knights, explorers, the police, wild animals, fairies and more in this truly, one-of-a-kind fun park.
Kelly from My New Danish Life
Ocean Park – Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Ocean Park is a fantastic family theme park that offers a great variety of activities. From animal exhibits and World-class thrill rides to simply amazing ocean views – this is one theme park you’re not going to want to miss!
Barbara from Lets Go Mum
Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is a great place to spend the day with your kids. The park provides entertainment for both adults and children alike, making it suitable for the whole family! So, if you are planning a trip to Singapore, be sure to make your way over to Sentosa Island and enjoy a fun filled day at Universal Studios!
Megan from The Common Adventure
Legoland California is awesome, especially for families with younger kids. It is affordable and everything can be done in one day. There are also deal for residents so you can visit for less than $75 a day, including the aquarium.
Cee from Itza Family Thing
Alton Towers, U.K.
This is the best theme park in the U.K., for all ages. The main attraction for younger visitors is the CBeebies Land: CBeebies is the TV channel from the BBC for younger children. All the rides in this area are themed on the TV programmes with costumed characters from the shows mingling and providing entertainment throughout the day at a variety of shows. There is even a CBeebies Land Hotel.
For thrill-seekers, the park has some of the top rides in the World. Highlights include:
- ’Wicker Man’ is the UK’s first new wooden coaster built in over 20 years, creating a globally unique experience
- ’The Smiler’ is the World’s first 14 loop rollercoaster. Its twisting track combines the World beating 14 loops with speeds of 85 km/hr
- The iconic ‘Oblivion’ was the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster. That’s a 180 feet drop, straight down!
- ’Rita’ powers you straight to 100kph in just 2.5 seconds, putting your body through 4.7G in the process
For those looking for a more relaxing experience, there are also the beautiful and extensive gardens to explore. There is so much to experience at this theme park from the many rides, an aquarium, and gardens, to even a spa and water park (both for additional cost). For something extra special, a stay at one of the many themed hotels is highly recommended. These give you early access to the park (amongst other things); something to really help with avoiding some of the dreaded queues!
Rachel of Children of Wanderlust
Universal Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida
Universal Islands of Adventure is a great park that has something for everyone. It has larger attractions for older thrill seekers, but also small rides and play areas for younger children. Each section of the park, and in particular the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, are designed with great detail. The lines for attractions are pretty reasonable. If you purchase Universal Express Unlimited, you have front of the line access all day, not just a handful of times like at other parks. Universal has something to appeal to all ages.
Adriane from Put on your Party pants
We have compiled a list of the world’s best theme parks for your family travel adventures. Have we missed any? Let us know your favourites.
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