Best 5 Amusement Parks, Theme Parks in the World. Amusement parks have gone a long way from the European fairs and the so called pleasure gardens that they initially evolved from. The oldest amusement park dates back to the 16th century, and it is located in Denmark, north of Copenhagen. Today, the terms “amusement park” and “theme park” are often used interchangeably; however, there is a clear distinction between the two types of parks: a theme park will have specific landscaping, rides and other attractions based on certain stories or themes. Some examples of theme parks are Disneyland, Dinosaur World, and Santa Claus Land. The amusement parks’ industry accounts for 54% of the worldwide revenue so that it is of no surprise that it has adapted to everyone’s needs and financial resources. The offerings range from large amusement parks to medium-sized and smaller ones found in shopping malls, for example. Here are the 5 most wanted amusement parks in the world according to Forbes magazine.
1. Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is located in the USA, Florida and it is the perfect amusement park for the whole family. This park is ranked amongst the best amusement parks in the world because it offers something for everyone: from various rides and live shows to quick-service or full-service restaurants and a zoo for the children to enjoy. As for the thrill seeking visitors, Busch Gardens will definitely meet all expectations with one of the 5 coasters it has, each featuring a different adventure. Nearly 3,000 animals are to be found the zoo and your up-close encounter with them is bound to make you feel like you’re on an African Safari.
2. Cedar Point
Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in the U.S.A., having opened in 1870, and being located in Ohio on a Lake Erie peninsula. This amusement park, also called “America’s Roller Coast”, is worldwide known for its world-record 72 rides out of which 15 are roller coaster rides, 15 are thrill rides, and another 11 are family rides, and for receiving the Golden Ticket Award for “Best Amusement Park in the World”. Cedar Point also features 13 rides for children since 1970, and a Challenge Park which has a mini golf, go kart tracks, a Skycoaster ride, and a Booster type ride.
Disneyland Park opened in 1955 for the first time in California, Unites States, being designed and built under the supervision of famous Walt Disney. He initially started the concept small wanting to create an 8-acre play park with a boat ride and other themed attractions, but he soon started visiting other world famous amusement parks such as the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark and Greenfield Village in the Netherlands for inspiration and then decided that this project had considerable potential. Today, Disneyland can be found in four different locations around the globe (California, Orlando, Tokyo and Paris), offering to its visitors amazing rides, games, shows, animals, restaurants, learning centers, spa’s and virtually everything for a perfect family vacation.
Everland Resort is a theme park located in the Yongin city of South Korea, having opened in 1976 for the first time. Today, this park ranks as the fifth most popular themed park in world. The resort consists of three theme parks each with its own rides and attractions: Festival World, the Caribbean Bay and Everland Speedway. Festival World has a zoo and numerous seasonal festivals. And while the Caribbean Bay stands out with its indoor and outdoor water facilities, Everland Speedway offers the opportunity to drive a car on one of the racing tracks for people without previous racing experience.
5. Legoland California
Currently there are 3 Legoland theme parks built around the world, and they are best theme parks for your holidays. The one that interests us is located in California, United States. This park is also a miniature park because of the many landmark reproductions it displays, including the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, Central Park in New York, Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and many more. The park has life-sized animals build out of Legos and a Lego factory tour, but also numerous hands-on activities perfect to keep children busy for a really long time while parents enjoy one of the 50 rides available.
So get ready for your upcoming holidays destinations to be in one of those best amusement parks in the world!