An amusement park is a place with attractions built up of rides, such as roller coasters and water rides. Park usually comprise a collection of different types of rides, along with stores, restaurants, and other entertainment outlets.
1. Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the best amusement park in the world. It might be a clone of the first Disneyland, however Walt Disney World’s Enchantment Kingdom has surpassed its sister park in notoriety. It is basically a bigger adaptation of the California park, albeit, disappointingly, its variants of some of Disneyland’s best rides, for example, Privateers of the Caribbean, are sub-par.
2. Six Flags Magic Mountain
This park kicked Cedar Point out of its top spot ranking as the amusement park with the most roller coasters. Six Flags Magic Mountain has 18 coasters, including the Green Lantern. Located near Los Angeles, the park also has plenty of Hollywood flair for those who prefer to stay on the ground.
Originally created as a recreation area for employees of the Hershey Chocolate factory, today Hershey Park boasts plenty of chocolate paraphernalia, as well as roller coasters and a water park. Tickets include admission to the nearby ZOOAMERICA
4. Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea was the most expensive theme park ever built when it opened in 2001, costing an eye-watering $4 billion. The level of detail on show in the nautically-themed park’s six themed ports is astonishing, and the park is packed with impressive, original attractions.
5. Universal Studios Japan
Universal’s first theme park outside the US has become increasingly appealing to international visitors in recent years. This is because it has retained many of its original attractions, which are clones of rides in the US that have since been shuttered.
Walt Disney World’s second theme park may not have lived up to Disney’s original vision of a living, working city, but it still aims to celebrate international culture and showcase cutting-edge technology.
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Faced with competition from Busch Gardens Tampa, Walt Disney World built its own hybrid theme park-zoo in 1998. Disney’s Animal Kingdom was initially criticised for its lack of major attractions (as well as accusations that it was exploiting animals for entertainment purposes), but has gradually expanded its line-up.
8. Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando’s second theme park was something of a break in tradition for the chain, being the first Universal park not to be based around a movie studio. Instead, it aims to place visitors into the movies themselves, boasting six themed “islands” built around a central lagoon.
9. Ocean Park
Despite growing competition from the expanding Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park remains the most popular theme park in Hong Kong. The park has continued to invest heavily in new rides and attractions in recent years, including a sprawling rainforest-themed area. This hosts a rapids ride through a jungle setting, along with an aviary and animal exhibits.
10. Lotte World
While it has sometimes been accused of borrowing a little too heavily from Disney’s parks, South Korea’s Lotte World is a hugely successful resort in its own right. It comprises the world’s largest indoor theme park and a large outdoor park, based around a Disney-style castle.