The Top 10 Amusement Parks in the World

When adults think of vacations, chances are they picture somewhere quiet and calm where they can prop of their feet and relax, forgetting about the stressors of their everyday lives. However, for adults with children, quiet and calm may not always be on the agenda; because, more often than not, children on vacation are looking for adventure and excitement. They want to soar to incredible heights and feel the wind on their faces, take death defying leaps, like the ones that give parents heart attacks, and explore new and exotic things. Therefore, where better to vacation with your family then a theme park. Follow along as we outline the world's top 10 amusement parks.

10. Disney California Adventure

Completed in 2001 but later remodeled to add new attractions, Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California, USA features amazing shows, including World of Color, fantastic rides such as the Toy Story Midway Mania and Radiator Springs Racers, and also boasts a variety of new attractions designed to provide visitors with the most memorable trip ever.

9. Disneyland Paris

With crowd drawing attractions such as Phantom Manor, Space Mountain: Mission 2, and Big Thunder Mountain, a roller coaster set in the middle of a western river attraction, and mesmerizing shows such as Disney Dreams, Disneyland Paris in Marne-La-Vallee, France is sprucing things up in preparation for their 25th anniversary taking place in 2017.

8. Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA was the first movie-themed amusement park to open in Florida and has maintained some of Disney's best rides since its opening in 1989. With the coming attractions of Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, it is rumored that the park will undergo yet another name change while still keeping with the same family friendly atmosphere park visitors have come to know and love.

7. Disney's Animal Kingdom

Built in 1998 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, Disney's Animal Kingdom has overcome intense public scrutiny to become one of the leading zoo-amusement park combinations in the world. Visitors can immerse themselves in the nighttime activities in the park's new attraction James Cameron's Avatar or explore the savannah at Kilimanjaro Safaris.

6. Epcot

While not as fantasy based as some of Disney's other parks, Epcot in Lake Buena Vista Florida, USA is a celebration of international cultures mixed with a futuristic look at new and advanced technologies. With beautiful scenery and restaurants as diverse as the eleven different countries featured at the park, Epcot is sure to be a trip to remember.

5. Universal Studios Japan

A large part of the draw to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan are the rides found there that can no longer be found in Universal Studios parks in the US; including rides fashioned after classic movies such as Back to the Future and Jaws, as well as a new attraction that has boosted park attendance, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The park also features original roller coasters sure to stun riders of any age.

4. Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea in Tokyo, Japan has attracted millions of visitors each year since its opening in 2001 and is the most expensive theme park ever built. Luckily for visitors though, the park more than lives up to the hype with its unique versions of classic rides and its original nautical themed rides. Fan favorite is the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride, a play on an Epcot track.

3. Disneyland

The original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, USA is still to this day one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, having lost none of its charm by retaining many of the rides featured when the park first opened; such as Disneyland's Railroad and Peter Pan's Flight, all while continuously adding new attractions such as Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion. As always, the most well know feature of the park is Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

2. Tokyo Disneyland

Opened in 1983, Tokyo Disneyland covers 115 acres in Urayasu, Tokyo and replicated its layout after the original, right down to the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Mixing classic rides such as Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean, with the new technology of the parks latest trackless ride Pooh's Hunny Hunt, the park continues to attract millions of visitors annually.

1. Disney's Magical Kingdom

Arguably the world's most popular them park, Disney's Magical Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA draws more than twenty million visitors a year with its promise of fantasy and attention detail. Paying more attention to the original Disney movies than any of Disney's other parks, it is easy to see why the park is first pick among children eager to interact with princesses and villains alike. With rides like Seven Dwarves Mine Train and the five story Splash Mountain, the appeal is almost irresistible.

Vacation is a time for doing that which you would not normally be able to do at home in the midst of everyday life. How better to spend your next family vacation than at one of the world's top 10 most popular theme parks?


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