Visiting one of the top 10 amusement parks is something we look forward to during summer, especially for the latest roller coasters that makes our hair stand! Most kids love this thriller and drag their parents to it for some fun. Many might think of amusement parks as being noisy with overpriced food and beverages. Anyway, before we look at the top 10 amusement parks, did you know that the oldest operating theme park in the world is not American but Danish? Yes, it was in Klampenborg, Denmark, which opened in 1583. Without further ado, here are the most sought after top 10 amusement parks, in no specific order, for some great fun and amazing memories.
Top 10 Amusement Parks
1. Walt Disney World, USA
May it be you are 6 years or 60 years old, this is one place that age doesn’t matter. Magic comes alive for all to witness. Walt Disney World is where dreams come true for children and even adults of all ages. Here you find delightful attractions, musicals, enchanting fireworks and of course our beloved Disney characters from the story books and movies. This is one of the best places in the world where fantasy becomes reality with smiles all around. If you’d want to save a lot on your Walt Disney World vacation, you can read this book.
2. Canada’s Wonderland, Canada
Visit this theme park is one of the best things to do in Toronto this summer. Expect to be turned upside down and inside out – literally. Canada’s Wonderland has been the most visited seasonal theme park in North America for years, which brings this to the top 10 amusement parks to visit this summer. It’s a place I used to visit every summer when I was in Toronto. This place offers a variety of roller coasters, Splash Works, a 20-acre water park and live shows. If you have no fear of heights and upside down turns, try the ride called Leviathan. It’s one of the biggest and tallest roller coasters in the whole world.
3. Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is the first and only Universal theme park in Southeast Asia. It is one of a kind theme park quite similar to the one in Hollywood. Early this year I had the pleasure of visiting USS and had a blast. This theme park has 24 movie themed rides, attractions and live shows. This is a place where adrenaline junkies and families can experience rides and shows based on your favorite blockbuster hits. Thrill seekers can come face to face with Decepticons on state-of-the-art Transformers 3D ride or mummies on Revenge of the Mummy. The young at heart can be entertained by the 4D Shrek adventure and Donkey Live. You can also meet the famous characters like Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda and Pinocchio.
4. Efteling, Holland
Efteling is Holland’s biggest theme park, which started out as a fairytale forest. Today it is known as the best theme park in Europe welcoming visitors since 1952. You might not consider this to be exactly the top 10 amusement parks but it sure deserves a spot in the list. At Efteling, famous fairy tales are brought to life. The roller coasters, golf course, theater, musical productions and a hotel guarantees a lot of excitement and sensation. Open all year around including the winter, this is one place where it draws millions of visitors each year.
5. Alton Towers, England
Alton is a village in the county of Staffordshire in England, but it is no ordinary village. This is where the famous Alton Towers are. The place is one of the biggest tourist attractions in UK for a reason – the semi ruined Gothic country atmosphere. The amusement park provides a wide range of activities and adventures to suit people of all ages. It is the home of many of the UK’s best known roller coasters including Nemesis – Europe’s first inverted roller coaster and the Oblivion – world’s first vertical drop roller coaster. For some heart pumping or heart dropping moments, this place sure make it to the top 10 amusement parks.
6. Everland, South Korea
Originally called the Yongin Jayeon Nongwon, Everland is ranked 13th in the world of amusement parks. Since this list is picking theme parks from around the world, I’m including in this top 10 amusement parks list. Opened in 1976, the park is home to over 40 heart pounding rides and attractions. Need more? Everland gives you not one, but three theme parks – Festival World, Caribbean Bay and the Speedway. Prepare yourself for three times the fun when you’re in South Korea for the summer.
7. Legoland, Germany
Lego fans, here is the perfect place for you – Legoland in the Bavarian town of Gunzburg, Germany. Here lies a land where everyone can be a hero. Legoland Germany has made it to the top 10 amusement parks because this is a fun, adventurous and imaginative park that will delight families and visitors of all ages. May it be that you want to try the fast thrill ride or use your mind to build a Lego house, you will never have a dull moment. A candy land for Lego fans.
8. Six Flags Magic Mountain, USA
Are you ready to dare and challenge a different dimension of amusement park? Then visit Six Flags Magic Mountain. If Disneyland doesn’t give you enough thrills, spend a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain and you will be taken to a different world all together. This place has made it to the list of top 10 amusement parks for a reason. It is home to the most extreme coasters on the planet! Be prepared to face over the top, adrenaline pumping, super charged fun here. This is a place where no one else can give you more thrills or screams for your life.
9. Gardaland, Italy
Gardaland Park is known as the number one amusement park in Italy, which is why it’s included in this top 10 amusement parks list. Built on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, this amusement park is where you can spend a beautiful day filled with fun, countless attractions and shows that will satisfy the children and the adults alike. Leap into dark worlds, and trips to the past while you immerse yourself in the world of dolphins and seals. Like any good full service theme park, Gardaland has its own hotel complete with themed rooms.
10. Parc Asterix, Paris
I don’t need to say about Paris, France as it’s famous for many things. Parc Asterix is of them for sure. This is one of the craziest theme parks you will ever come across. Parc Asterix features all the characters from comic books. Likewise, there are rides that have names, which you will find more exciting than ‘Galaxy.’ How about jumping into rides like Flight of Icarus, Caesar’s Spies and La trace du Hourra? La trace du Hourra is a ride that races down a tube of metal at 54kph! If you still can catch your breath after the ride, you can shop at the candy store or a pizzeria.
How many of these top 10 amusement parks have you been to?
Here it is, my Efteling!! I’m pretty surprised it is not the number one attraction :). After reading my post you should know how much I loved being there. Recommend it to everyone! Great list! Gardaland in Italy looks adventurous as well!
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This could be number one as the list is not in any particular order :) Loved your post and photos about it and now you see why it’s in the top 10 list :)
Last year, together with my husband and son, we went to Malaysia for 3 weeks and visited Singapore particularly Universal Studios. We had so much fun and hoping to visit again soon because we’re not able to tour Singapore because it was raining so hard.
Uh…rain sure is a problem for rollercoasters and few other rides at Universal Studios Singapore. Hope next time will be better.
wow… very nice one.. and pics also look very beautiful. Disney has to be best so far I think.
Each one provides a unique experience but for me it’s Canada’s Wonderland.
I’m going to Disney later this year for my bachelorette party, super excited!;-)
Wow that sounds great. So it’s getting close now eh? :)
I’ve been to Singapore and Malaysia (where they also have a Legoland), but I must say I didn’t go to their amusement parks there. I find it expensive, and as a solo traveler, there’s no motivation somehow to see them. Perhaps when I’m with kids…
True, it’s best to go with someone or the family. Like you said, perhaps when you have kids :)
Really great to see that amusement parks from all different countries were featured here! There are some recognizable ones and some new gems that look ready to be discovered. The one in Holland looks particularly interesting.
Welcome to my travel blog, Shawna! I think Efteling in Holland has the most interesting entrance.
I’ve only been to one…and it wouldn’t be hard to guess which one! I may have to wait for grandchildren to venture to the others but it’s a great list for those that love this type of travel!
If you’re in to amusement parks, hope you get to visit them before that :)
WoW what a great list, I have been to quite a few on this list but still have quite some to go. The Efteling in Holland is probably my favorite so far.
It’s really hard to pick one but I have a sweet spot for Canada’s Wonderland :)
Nice list and I am thinking Legoland in Germany is the best on among these, thanks for sharing with me.
Wow, what an overwhelming list! Ive only been to one. I guess I have a lot of catching up to do!:)
Looks like you do :) It’s a good thing you can visit theme parks like Universal Studios Singapore even during winter because it’s always warm there.
Great list! I’ve been to a couple of these and Legoland and Universal Studios in other places. I haven’t heard of some of those but now want to visit especially Gardaland and Efteling. I’m not much of a rollercoaster fan but love the whole amusement park energy and other things it has to offer.
I’m the opposite. I love roller coaster rides. I’m sure the kids will enjoy these theme parks.
Been to a few of these. Parque Asterix is my favourite. Now curious to visit Efteling. :)
Hope you get to go there this summer :)