Be it a child, an adult, or a teenager, Theme park is where one gets to relive their childhood memories and experience the fun all over again. Some of the best theme parks in the world are perfect to create memories for kids and to relive the childhood fun and experiences for adults.
1. Disneyland, Paris
Disneyland Paris, formerly Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Chessy, France, a town located 32 km east of the centre of Paris. The park opened on April 12, 1992 as the first of two parks built in the resort. Designed and built by Walt Disney Imagineering, its layout is similar to Disneyland Park in California and Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World in Florida. Spanning 56,656 hac – the second largest Disney park based on the original, after Shanghai Disneyland Park – it is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. In 2016, the park welcomed around 8.4 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in Europe and the 13th most visited theme park in the world. Disneyland Park is divided into five thematic “lands”, which are home to 49 attractions. Designed as a wheel with the hub on Central Plaza before Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the trails climbed through the park’s 140 acres and led to the grounds. The 3ft narrow gauge Disneyland Railroad runs along the perimeter of the park and stops at Main Street, USA, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland.
2. Universal Studios, Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It features 28 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones. It was a key component of the Genting Group’s bid for the right to build Singapore’s second integrated resort. Located within Resorts World Sentosa, it is the first ever Hollywood movie-themed park in Southeast Asia. The park is divided into seven movie-themed zones and each of them is uniquely designed. It features 24 rides and attractions that promise thrill, lots of laughter and lasting memories. MRT is the cheapest way to get to Universal Studios. From Bugis MRT Station, take the train to Outram Park MRT Station, alight and transfer train to Harbour Front MRT Station. From Harbour Front you can choose to take bus at the bus interchange or monrail at vivo city level 3 into USS. Hollywood zone will acquaint you with the glamorous world of Hollywood where you will come across gorgeous art nouveau buildings of 1940s. The streets are lined up with a plethora of unique shops and restaurants.
3. Gardaland, Italy
Gardaland Resort is an amusement park located in northeastern Italy. Opened 19 July 1975, the resort includes Gardaland Park, Gardaland Sea-Life, and the Gardaland Hotel. It is adjacent to Lake Garda. The entire complex covers an area of 445,000 m², while the theme park alone measures 200,000 m². In June 2005, Gardaland was ranked fifth in Forbes Magazine’s list of the top ten amusement parks in the world, with the best turnover. According to 2011 data is the eighth in Europe by the number of park visitors. Since October 2006, the park has belonged to the British company Merlin Entertainments. The main attractions of the park include Mammut, Jungle Rapids, Fuga Da Atlantide, Shaman, Blue Tornado, Ramses: Il Risveglio, Raptor and Oblivion: The Black Hole which opened on March 28, 2015. The mascot of the park, Prezzemolo, was popular in Italy.
4. Magic Kingdom Park
Magic Kingdom Park is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks, Experiences and Products division, the park opened on October 1, 1971, as the first of four theme parks at the resort. Famous attractions here include Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise, and you can cool off in comfort as playful Audio-Animatronic birds entertain you at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Beyond its rides and shows, Magic Kingdom Park is packed with character encounters, fun shops and a wide range of dining options. It also traditionally hosts two of Orlando’s most popular annual events: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the lead-up to Halloween, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holidays. Movie buffs and parade fans will relish this creatively curated parade featuring music and floats paying tribute to Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, Brave, Frozen and more. Watch for Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, an unlikely star of the show; spot her as she breathes fire and wickedly makes her presence known.
5. Alton Towers, United Kingdom
Alton Towers Resort is a theme park and resort complex in Staffordshire, England, near the village of Alton. The park is operated by Merlin Entertainments Group and incorporates a theme park, water park, spa, mini golf and hotel complex. Alton Towers opened as a theme park on 4th April 1980. The theme park has been open each summer season for almost 40 years! Inspired by Disneyland, the modern park was designed to be home to multiple, other-worldly spaces, grounded in English Heritage. The theme park opening at Alton Towers included the Corkscrew – Britain’s first double loop rollercoaster – plus the Pirate Ship, Cine 2000 and the Wildlife Museum. Their Skyride enables visitors to travel between Towers Street, Forbidden Valley and Fountain Square in a colourful cable car gondola. Whilst the Alton Towers Monorail shuttles guests from their car or hotel to the theme park gates from 9am every day. Thrill-seekers can experience adrenaline-pumping rides such as Galactica where you feel the exhilaration of being weightless, Oblivion where you can face your fears on the world’s first vertical-drop rollercoaster, and Wicker Man, which is the world’s first rollercoaster experience fusing wood and fire – the immersive ride unifies cutting-edge special effects with classic wooden coaster technology for the first time.