The world is filed with lots of stress and unrests and everybody seeks to unload their tensions and pressures from the mind. One of the best means to have relaxation and enjoyment in the life is amusement parks, be it zoological or botanical gardens, water parks with different types of water games, shopping centers or theme parks.
Amusement parks are the artificially created parks to provide visitors entertainment and new experiences. These parks also has a recognizable significance in the tourism sector. The top amusement parks of the world are listed below:
Checkout the top 10 Best & Most Famous Amusement Parks In The World in 2017-2018
10. Universal Studio Hollywood |Los Angeles, California
It is basically a film studio opened in April 30, 1912 that was later, in July 15, 1964, converted into a theme park. It is a unique experience for the visitors encompassing from thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio to Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. The most attractive place to visit here is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an area themed to the Hollywood movie, Harry Potter that includes Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, motion-based dark ride and Flight of the Hippogriff, junior roller coaster, along with other shows such as Olivander’s Wand Shop Show, and the Frog Choir and Triwizard Spirit Rally. The other entertaining shows and rides at the studio are Studio Tour, The Simpsons Ride, Transformers: The Ride – 3D, Jurassic Park – The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, Shrek 4D, WaterWorld – A Live Sea War Spectacular. Shopping and entertainment at Universal Citywalk, with over 30 stores, 30 dining options, 6 nightclubs, add the feathers to its cap.
9. Universal Studio Florida |Orlando, Florida
Universal Studio Florida is one of the two theme parks of the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, founded in June 7, 1990. It features various live and entertaining shows and attractions. This park is divided into six themed areas named Production Central, New York, London/Diagon Alley, World Expo, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and Hollywood. The best and the most exciting attraction of this park is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley which includes a 4D roller coaster dark ride of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express – King’s Cross Station connecting a replica of London’s King’s Cross railway station, across the park to Hogwarts. The Diagon Alley also has some outstanding shops and restaurants for the visitors. The other famous attractions are Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Terminator 2: 3-D, Men in Black: Alien Attack, Transformers: The Ride 3D, E.T. Adventure, The Simpsons Ride, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and a lot more.
8. Disneyland Park |Disneyland Paris, France
The Disneyland Park of Paris is one of the two theme parks of the Euro Disney Resort opened in April 12, 1992, along with Walt Disney Studios Park. This is the most visited theme park of the Europe. The park is divided into five theme areas with 49 attractions housed: Main Street, U.S.A. (main entrance of the park), Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. One of the most liked attraction of the park is Pirates of the Caribbean which is a dark ride with boat in the Adventureland area of the park. The top rides of other themed lands are It’s a Small World (a boat ride for children at Fantasyland), Space Mountain (a roller coaster ride at Discoveryland), Big Thunder Mountain (a mine train roller coaster ride at Frontierland), Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast (shooting dark ride at Discoveryland). The park has a Disney Village providing the visitors with the facility of restaurants, bars and shops along with some live games and shows.
7. Disney’s Hollywood Studios |Florida, United States
The park is situated at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida started on May 1, 1989. This park was initially started as a production studio and a theme park as well and previously known as Disney-MGM Studios. This park is separated by six themed lands: Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Muppets Courtyard, Pixar Place, Animation Courtyard and Sunset Boulevard. The park is full of lots of attractions like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which is a thrilling free-fall dark ride in the area of Sunset Boulevard, featuring the famous Twilight Zone series. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, The Magic of Disney Animation, Muppet Vision 3D, Toy Story Mania, Beauty and the Beast Live, The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Symphony in the Stars , Voyage of the Little Mermaid are the attractions, including stage shows along with the thrilling rides, the park is famous for.
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom |Florida, United States
The park was opened on April 22, 1998, the Earth day and is situated at Walt Disney World Resort near Bay Lake. It is a zoological theme park divided into Oasis (main entrance of the park), Discovery Island (center of the park), Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watc, Asia, DinoLand U.S.A. It is the largest theme park of the world, covering 580 acres of land area in Florida. The live musical stage show, Festival of the Lion King, interpreting the Disney animated film The Lion King is one of the most fascinating shows at the park. The DinoLand U.S.A. area has a track ride themed around dinosaurs and extinct prehistoric life that leaves the visitors spellbound. The visitor also enjoy the safari-ride, Kilimanjaro Safaris, exposing them to 800 square miles of natural terrain full of different African animals like elephants, antelopes, monkeys, crocodiles, lions, hyenas, ducks, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, ostriches, storks, pelicans, okapis, flamingos, wildebeests and many more. The other topmost attractions at the park are Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Finding Nemo: The Musica, Flights of Wonder, It’s Tough To Be A Bug, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, Tree of Life Awakenings etc.
5. Tokyo DisneySea |Tokyo, Japan
Founded on September 4, 2001, this park is located at the Tokyo Disney Resort. It received an award from the Themed Entertainment Association for its concept, design and construction in 2002. Divided into seven themed ports or “port of call”, namely American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Mysterious Island, Mediterranean Harbor (main entrance), Tokyo DisneySea features a thrill ride, Journey to the Center of the Earth which imitates the Jules Verne’s novel under the same title. This ride takes visitor deep into the volcano of “port of call” Mysterious Island. The Tokyo Disney Resort is planning to add several new attractions at Tokyo DisneySea, including a new version of Soarin’, a Big Hero 6 spinner ride, and a Mystic Manor-style ride through the Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast.
4. Universal Studios Japan |Osaka, Japan
It is one of the four Universal Theme Parks others being in Los Angeles, Orlando and Singapore and was opened on 31 March 2001. According to the 2014 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, this park achieved fifth position among the top 25 amusement parks worldwide, attracting 11.8 million visitors in 2014. It has ten themed areas with number of attractions out there. The area New York is themed around New York city with two famous attractions: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, a motion-based 3D dark ride featuring a fictional superhero of Marvel Comics, Spiderman and T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, a live show. An area called Jurassic Park is also there that is inspired by a film Jurassic Park by Steven Spielberg with a water based ride, Jurassic Park: The Ride and a flying roller coaster ride, The Flying Dinosaur. In 2014, an area themed around the Harry Potter film series, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was added in the park along with a dark ride of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
3. Tokyo Disneyland |Tokyo, Japan
Opened on 15 April 1983, it is an amusement park situated at Tokyo Disney Resort near Tokyo. This park is the mirror image of original Disneyland Park of U.S. Arranged into four attracting Disney lands, Westernland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland and fantasyland, it also has a shopping area at the main entrance of the park named as World Bazaar. Cinderella Castle (a fairy tale castle) and Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (a dark ride featuring a fictional teddy bear, Pooh) at Fantasyland are the flagship attractions of the park. The Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster ride is the main attraction of Westernland at the park. The other fantasy attractions are It’s a Small World, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall, Snow White’s Adventures, Alice’s Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight and a lot more.
2. Disneyland Park |California, United States
It is one of the two theme parks of Disneyland Resort, opened on July 17, 1955. Disneyland Park is the second most visited park of the world attracting 18,278,000 visitors in 2015. It is the original Disney Park built in the supervision of Walt Disney. The park is themed around eight land areas namely Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland. Mickey’s Toontown is the house of Disney’s popular cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy featuring mainly two attractions, Gadget’s Go Coaster (a roller coaster ride) and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin (a dark ride).
1. Magic Kingdom |Florida, United States
Situated at Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom is the theme park that dominates the list of world’s top amusement parks. It was started on October 1, 1971. It has been the most visited park of the world attracting millions of visitors since last decade. It is arranged into six themed areas, Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland. Adventureland is full of mysterious adventures like the rides of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain are the flagship attractions of Frontierland and Fantasyland has awesome fantasy attractions like The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, It’s a Small World and so on. The Tomorrowland is based on imaginative future like robots and UFOs. The other famous attractions at the park are Walt Disney World Railroad, Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid and a lot more.
Life is full of adventures and too short to live. We should deal with every adventure happily and never miss a chance to go on adventure of visiting an amusement park. It is always full of thrill, excitement, enjoyment and lots of surprises. Everybody should visit an amusement park at least once in their entire life.