With so many amazing amusement parks around the world, it’s good to know which ones rise above the crowd to become truly wonderful experiences.
This ‘magnificent seven’ represents a global selection of parks which combine clever theming with top quality rides and a great visitor experience. With many offering on-site accommodation, you could even plan your next holiday around one of these entertainment Meccas!
Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Florida, USA
An epic theme park split into seven islands, each with a different theme. The entrance to the park brings visitors into the Port of Entry island, where a huge variety of shops and restaurants can be found. Guests can then explore the rest of the islands, with themes such as Marvel Super Heroes, Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was added to the park in 2010 and has proved a huge draw for visitors.
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Europa Park, Germany
One of the busiest theme parks in the world, Europa Park welcomed 4.25 million guests in 2011. Located in the south-west of Germany, Europa Park is split into fifteen themed areas corresponding to various European countries, as well as other areas such as Children’s World and the Enchanted Forest. 54 rides, including the Silver Star hyper coaster make this a world highlight for thrill seekers.
Fuji-Q Highland, Japan
Home to the world’s steepest roller coaster, the Takabisha, which has an insane 121 degree freefall. Fuji-Q Highland is a Mecca for roller coaster fans, and also offers the ’4th dimension’ roller coaster Eejanaika, which has seats which rotate 360 degrees as the coaster speeds around the track.
Ferrari World, Dubai
Ferrari World boasts the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, which reaches speeds of up to 149mph. The rest of the Ferrari-themed park includes attractions such as the V12 log flume ride through a recreation of a Ferrari engine, as well as a variety of experiences which give visitors a glimpse into the history, manufacturing and racing divisions of the illustrious company.
Cedar Point ties with Six Flags Magic Mountain for having the most rides in one park. 75 rides, including 17 roller coasters, mean that visitors to Cedar Point have a huge variety of experiences to choose between. The park has won the “Best Amusement Park in the World” award from magazine Amusement Today for the past fourteen years straight!
Terra Mítica, Benidorm, Spain
Not the biggest or flashiest park in the world, but a much-loved traditional theme park for families enjoying their Benidorm holidays. Areas are organised into seven areas themed around various cultures, such as Greece and Iberia, and 25 rides range from water rapids to the Magnus Collossus wooden roller coaster with a double drop and reaching speeds of up to 92kmph.
Alton Towers, UK
The most popular theme park in the UK, Alton Towers is located in the grounds of a semi-ruined country house which was once the seat of the Earl of Shrewsbury. The house and gardens form a beautiful addition to the resort, rides and other attractions, which include Nemesis – one of the world highest-rated inverted roller coasters – and Oblivion, which was the world’s first ever vertical-drop roller coaster.
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