Since summer holiday season is just around the corner and most of us will be taking a shorter or longer, for those few lucky ones, vacation, we thought it would be appropriate to bring to your attention some of the best amusement parks out there which maybe you will consider adding to your to see list. Experiencing an amusement park can be even more fascinating since they promise a magical runaway from daily routine where one can experiment fear, curiosity, intense moments or just relax watching a show. The biggest challenge for an Amusement park is ensuring a great time for its visitors, an impressive attractions portofolio and a unique experience for each of us.
1. Cedar Point, USA
It is located in Sandusky, Ohio, on a peninsula of Lake Erie. The park has consistently been ranked as the number one amusement park in the world, and their Magnum XL-200 has been voted as the top steel coaster in the world several times. Dating back to 1870, Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in North America. The name was derived from the cedar trees that once line the peninsula. The park now has more rides (75) and roller coasters (17) than any other amusement park in the world. It also has a mile-long white sand beach, an outdoor water park, an indoor water park, two marinas,several hotels, and Challenge Park. It is estimated that more than 6 million people visit the amusement park each year.
2. Islands of Adeventure, Florida, USA
Islands of Adventure is part of the Universal Studios group and was built around 12 years ago, and it puts new meaning into the term theme park! Everything is themed, from all of the rides, right down to the trashcans. Not a single area of the park has been left untouched. The park is divided into six lands, each of which surrounds a picturesque lake in the middle of the park. The park is best known as the home of the “Harry Potter theme park” – The Wizarding World of harry Potter and is by far the most popular section of the park. In 2010, Islands of Adventure hosted approximately 5.9 million guests, ranking it #7 among United States parks and #12 worldwide
3. Disneyland, Paris, Europe
The park opened April 12, 1992 and attracts more visitors each year than any other amusement park in Europe. You won’t find as many attractions here as the two Magic Kingdom parks in the United States – at Walt Disney World and the original Disneyland in California. But Disneyland Paris features what might be the world’s most impressive Disney castle, and the park has won praises for its impressive design and decor. The park consists of five “lands”: Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland. The central theme of each land is relentlessly echoed in every detail, from attractions to restaurant menus to souvenirs. In 2009, Disneyland Park attracted 12.7 mil visitors, making it the most visited theme park in both France and Europe and the fourth most visited theme park in the world.
4. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, United Kingdom
With 5.5 million visitors in 2007, this amusement park is the most visited in the U.K. There are 10 roller coasters and four water rides at the park, including the steel Pepsi Max Big One coaster, the tallest coaster in the U.K, Infusion, the world’s first suspended looping coaster constructed entirely over water, Valhalla, the world’s most expensive dark ride and the Avalanche a Mack bob sled coaster, the first and only in the UK. The park has been around since 1896 and was originally designed to be like an “American style amusement park”. The park is still owned and run by the descendants of the original founder and currently boasts over 125 rides and attractions, which includes 9 rollercoasters ke in the
5. Port Aventura, Tarragona, Spain
Located an hour south of Barcelona, this theme park can be found in the resort town of Salou and is the largest theme parks in southern Europe. Port Aventura features six roller coasters and three water rides. It attracts around 3 million visitors per year making it the most visited theme park in Spain. The park comprises five different themes which are China, Far West, Mediterrania, Mexico and Polynesia. These lands are all decorated like the country they are named after, the attention paid to the decoration is brilliant and it really gives you that fun theme park feeling.
6. Europa Park, Germany
Europa Park is another awesome theme park and one of Europe’s premier tourist attractions. It really does have something to offer to everyone. From white knuckle thrill rides such as Silver Star and Blue Fire, to the more gentle roller coasters and family rides such as Pegasus- the park is sure to please all. However, the sheer size of the place is something to marvel on it’s own: the place really is collosal. It is no wonder that they have two monorail rides that go around the park! The park features 15 different themed zones, many named after various European countries. It is the second most visited amusement park in Europe, behind only Disneyland Paris, with 4.2 million visitors in 2009. The park also features four hotels, a guest house and a campsite.
7. Everland, South Korea
The largest in South Korea, this park attracts 8.6 million visitors every year. Everland also features five roller coasters and five distinct, themed areas: Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic Land and American Adventure. Everland is operated bySamsung Everland, which is a subsidiary of the Samsung Group. Some say the park is a low-scale copy of Disneyland, noting the architecture, scale, themes, and general atmosphere. Besides all these it also features a big water park, the first of its kind in South Korea, with water rides and a swimming pool with artificial waves and safari zoo where visitors go around inside a caged bus to observe animals in their natural habitat.
8. Busch Gardens, Virginia, USA
This is one of America’s favorite parks and has one of the most impressive collection of super coasters in the world so it definitely deserves a place in our list. The park is divided into nine themed lands based on European countries. In addition to its landscaping and European theme, Busch Gardens is widely known for its collection of roller coeasters, including the Griffon which lifts passengers up to 205 feet before dropping them at a speed of 75 miles per hour and Appolo’s Chariot, as well as its high-tech dark ride, The Curse of DarKastle.The park offers an array of restaurants, live shows, a resort and a spa to relax you after a busy day on the coasters.
9. Knoebels, Pennsylvania, USA
Nestled up in the mountains of Pennsylvania this is a family owned and operated amusement park since it opened back in 1926. Knoebels is rich in amusement history with a very diverse collection of old favorites mixed with the newer rides and attractions of today. Proclaiming itself, “America’s Largest Free Admission Park”, the park offers free admission and parking, more than 57 rides, two wooden roller coasters, a 1913 carousel and a haunted house dark side that was even featured on the Discovery channel.
10. Tokyo Disneyland, Japan
Considered being the king of Asian theme parks it is virtually a carbon copy of Disneyland in the US, this one also boasts the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain. Other hot attractions include Toontown, a wacky theme park where Mickey and other Disney characters work and play; MicroAdventure, which features 3-D glasses and special effects; and Star Tours, a thrill adventure created by Disney and George Lucas. In 2009, Tokyo Disneyland hosted approximately 13.65 million guests, ranking it as the third-most visited theme park in the world.