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Best theme parks in the world

The concept of amusement parks has completely transformed over the years from small areas that provide entertainment activities for children to mini cities which are known to attract tourists from all over the world and offer pleasure and entertainment activities for people of all sizes and ages. As people grow old, the age old Ferris wheels and Merry go rounds are left for the toddlers and grandmas while we enjoy ourselves on some of the grandest and thrilling roller coasters ever made. In fact, some theme parks are so famous that they are known to be one of the greatest tourist destinations in their respective countries and are responsible for drawing millions of tourists to the country as well. Here is a list of the best theme parks in the world which could not only offer your children with a myriad of entertainment activities, but also ensure that you yourself have a gala time.

10. Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida

The Discovery Cove is located in the theme park kingdom of the world – Orlando. It is known to be one of the most unique theme parks to have ever been made and sets an example of how the idyllic theme park should be – without any crowds and minus the long lines. The surroundings consist of a series of white sand beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and rivers and only 1000 tourists are allowed to enter the park at a time. The biggest attraction of the Discovery Cove is the possibility to interact with exotic animals. Tourists are allowed to swim with dolphins, snorkel past stingrays and gawk at mesmerizing corals. An all inclusive pass to the Discovery Cove costs about $199 which also includes admission into the SeaWorld Orlando.

09. Hersheypark, Pennsylvania, USA

Hersheypark is the ideal Willy Wonka type playground which offers kids and adults with a chance to see unique theme parks, a zoo, a chocolate spa, golf courses and street lamp shaped Hershey kisses. Any trip to the iconic Hersheypark must begin with the Chocolate World which starts the tour of how to make chocolates and ends at the gift shop. The next stop is the Hersheypark itself, which is known to offer 8 roller coaster rides, 6 water rides and 20 rides for children. The most popular rides at the Hersheypark include the Great Bear Roller Coaster and the Roller Soaker. Admission into the Hersheypark also offers entry into ZooAmerica. You would also want to think about booking a room at the Hotel Hershey which has been themed on the iconic Hershey Mansion.

08. Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan

Known to be one of the four Universal Studios of the world, the Universal Studios Japan opened in the year 2001. It is known to be one of the largest theme parks in Japan and covers an area of 108 acres. The theme park consists of different areas such as Hollywood, Jurassic Park, New York, Sesame Street Fun Zone, Water World, San Francisco, Snoopy Studios, Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue and Amity Village. The park is also in the process of developing an area known as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter exactly like the one found in Orlando which is expected to open in the year 2014.

07. Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Tampa, USA

The Busch Gardens are located in Tampa and Williamsburg and are ideal for people who prefer the charms and appeal offered by real life animals rather than people dressing up like them. Both parks have their fair share of thrills and attractions, but lay a great emphasis on being in tune with Mother nature. The Busch Gardens Williamsburg is famous for its magnificent roller coasters and also celebrates Italian, Scottish and German cultures. The most famous spot in the Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the Jack Hann’s Wild Reserve which is famous for its lorikeet and wolf populations. The Busch Gardens Tampa boasts of an African theme and offers guests with areas such as the Serengeti Plain Wildlife area which is full of rhinos, zebras, antelopes and elephants. The park is also famous for its Rhino Rally, an area that allows tourists to roam in open air Land Rovers and check out these magnificent creatures.

06. Cedar Point, Ohio, USA

Cedar Point is the ideal place for all thrill junkies and roller coaster seekers. The popular theme park calls itself as the “roller coaster capital of the world” and is spread over an area of 364 acres. It offers tourists with 13 iconic roller coasters such as the Top Thrill Dragster, the second highest roller coaster in the world, the Millennium Force and the Gatekeeper, the longest wing coaster in the world.

05. Island of Adventure, Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

The area where the iconic Island of Adventure now stands in Florida was initially supposed to be used for the construction of a shopping mall. However, much to the delight of theme park lovers around the world, those plans were shelved in the year 1990 and the Islands of Adventure was opened at the very same spot in the year 1999. The theme park offers tourists with seven different islands which offer seven different types of attractions. These islands include the Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Port of Entry, Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Marvel Super Hero Island.

04. Legoland, California, USA

We’re sure most of you have wondered what you could construct with a million Lego pieces at one point of time or the other in your lives. Well, the Legoland offers an answer to this very same question that we have been asking our self for years. The 128 acre Legoland Park is made out of 30 million Lego bricks and offers tourists with a combination of activities and rides. The main highlight of Legoland is the Miniland USA which offers tourists with replicas of some of the most iconic landmarks of America such as the New York City skyline, the White House and the Golden Gate Bridge. The park also offers tourists with a safari trek, 50 rides and attractions, a Lego driving school, robotic sessions which allows kids to build their own robots and a Lego factory tour. An entry ticket into Legoland costs approximately $40 for adults and $34 for kids.

03. Everland, South Korea

Everland has managed to transform itself into one of the best theme parks in the world, despite opening as recently as 1976. The theme park covers an area of 3700 acres and consists of three theme parks – the Caribbean Bay, the Speedway and Festival World. The Caribbean Bay is known for its indoor and outdoor water rides and water sports while the Speedway is known to offer tourists with magnificent racing courses. The Festival World boasts of 40 different attractions, seasonal festivals and a zoo. The park also offers a golf course and a magnificent mix of American, Chinese and Korean cuisines. What’s more, the entry passes cost just about $19 for adults.

02. Disneyland, California, USA

Disneyland opened way back in the year 1955 after being constructed under the supervision of the great Walt Disney himself. Ever since its opening, the iconic theme park has undergone numerous expansions and renovations to keep up with the changing times. Some of the main attractions of Disneyland include the Astro Orbitor, Big Thunder Ranch and the Alice in Wonderland Ride. The theme park is known to offer guests with a staggering number of activities which range from attractive rides, water parks and games to restaurants, spas, learning centres and exotic animals. The California park is also famous for adventure activities such as hand gliding and white water rafting.

01. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Known to be the mother of all theme parks, the Walt Disney Resort World in Florida is known to top all lists of the best theme parks in the world. It offers guests with four magnificent theme parks to choose from – the Magic Kingdom, the Hollywood Studios, Epcot and the Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom was constructed to become a bigger and better version of the California theme park. It boasts of secret tunnels which are designed to allow the actors to get from one place to the other without being seen by the general public. Some of the main attractions of the Magic Kingdom include the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, the Space Mountain and a magnificent fireworks display. The Hollywood Studios is the second theme park located in Walt Disney Resort World. Covering an area of 135 acres, the park draws almost 9.7 million guests per year. The park is famous for offering sights of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and is known to make movies come to life. It features numerous attractions which are based on blockbuster movies and is divided into 8 sections – the Echo Lake, the Streets of America, the Mickey Avenue, the Animation Courtyard, the Hollywood Boulevard, the Sunset Boulevard, Pixar Place and the Commissary Lane. Epcot is the third theme park in the Walt Disney Resort World. It is spread over 300 acres and dedicates itself to the celebration of international cultures and technological innovations. It is divided into two sections – the Future World and the World Showcase. Finally, the Animal Kingdom is home to more than 1700 animals spanning over 250 different species. It has been divided into 7 sections – Asia and DinoLand, USA, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie – Mickey, Africa and Oasis.

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