Why? Because life is one big roller coaster ride and sometimes you have to take a ride on the literal one to make sense of the metaphorical one. Besides, no matter how young or old, sitting atop a roaring, gigantic ride and seeing the world upside down is one helluva thrill.
Ride great with this list of the most amazing amusement parks around the world.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Where: Universal City, California
Capturing the spirit of one of TV’s most beloved animated series, The Simpsons, Universal Studios Hollywood has come up with an impressive newly enhanced immersive ‘Springfield’. The scope and size of this themed area encompass all of the signature Springfield classics, offering visitors the chance to taste a Krusty Burger, indulge in a slice from Luigi’s Pizza, and down a pint of the foamy, picture-perfect Duff Beer—brewed exclusively for the park. Not only is this considered to be one of the world’s best amusement parks, it is also home to it’s very own Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Where: Rust, Germany
This theme park boasts of 12 rollercoasters, 16 shows, water rides and indoor playground. It involves German and French theme areas. The most impressive thing about this park is the food selection: With over 60 unique restaurants and bars to choose from, each one having it’s own theme.
Everland Theme Park
Where: South Korea
The first theme park opened here in 1976 which has now got the name Everland theme park. It stretches across 3,700 acres and consists of three theme parks: Festival World, Caribbean Bay and the Speedway. Festival World has 40 theme attractions as well as a zoo, plus seasonal festivals. Bay has both indoor and outdoor water facilities, and Speedway offers racing courses. One will also appreciate the golf course and the mix of Korean, Chinese and American cuisine.
Universal Studios Singapore
Where: Sentosa Island
With seven theme areas and 24 attractions within them, this park includes the Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.
This theme park is based on the famous French cartoon character, Asterix and is located just north of Paris. The park features all the characters from the comic books and their playful twist on Gallic history and mythology. Likewise, the rides have names that are far more sophisticated than what you’d find in an American theme park. Rides are named Flight of Icarus, Caesar’s Spies, and Descent Along the Styx. The latest attraction is the La Trace du Hourra, which is a bobsled-type ride that races down a tube of metal sheeting at 54 KPH. In addition to the rides, there are shows such as the “Theft of Mona Lisa” and a Musketeers show. The park also has a hotel, the Three Owls, located in the forest that borders the park; 40 candy stores; and six restaurants, from a grill to a pizzeria. It sure seems like a park that should be visited!
Where: Century City, Cape Town
Africa’s first large scale theme park Ratanga Junction is located just outside of Cape Town. It is only three years old. The park has over 26 rides, from nausea-inducing sheer drops to mellow rides for children and the faint of heart (or those who just had lunch). The park has a white-water-rapids ride and several roller coasters, including the Tarantula and the Bar One Bushwacker. The Hippo Hollow area is especially for younger children and has a Ferris wheel and crocodile boats. Ratanga also has its own cast of (merchandisable) characters, with veddy British names like Archibald Bird and Lady Cynthia Bird. Another added bonus is that Ratanga Junction is located next to Canal Walk, the largest regional shopping center in Africa.
Where: Urayasu, Chiba
The most visited park in the world is Tokyo Disneyland, which had over 17 million attendees last year. Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre theme park in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo.
The park has seven themed areas: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disney lands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Many of the games and rides in these areas mirror those in the original Disneyland as they are based on American Disney films and fantasies. Fantasyland includes Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more based on classic Disney films and characters.
Vinpearl Amusement Park
Boasts of a Guinness record 3,320- meter long sea -crossing cable car system. The Vinpearl Under Water World covering an area of 3,400 square meters, which houses nearly 300 species of precious and rare sea lives. An Amphitheatre with a capacity of over 5,000 seats, where visitors can enjoy musical performances of different cultures supported with extraordinary laser lights. Come and enjoy fascinating discoveries!
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Where: Elysburg, Pennsylvania
There’s a winning charm throughout Elysburg’s small-but-mighty Knoebels Amusement Resort. The free-entry park welcomes families (and even their dogs!) to the grounds, where per-ride charges top out at a very reasonable $3. Boasting powerful wooden coasters such as Phoenix and Twister, Knoebels adds Impulse, a high-end steel coaster, to its roster this year. This bright yellow and blue scream machine gains its momentum from a 90-degree free fall drop as it propels riders through intense rolls and sharp turns. When the pang of hunger strikes (maybe after you’ve given Impulse a try), seek out one of the homemade fresh apple dumplings topped with vanilla ice cream—a park favorite.