Nothing leaves a memory in the mind of a young child like visiting a theme park. The best theme parks in the world are built not just to impress, but to provide places where people can gather to enjoy themselves, based on the interests they already have.
This theme parks make it look like visitors have come to the fantasy worlds and fictional places they have read about, or seen in the movies.
There are theme parks beyond counting scattered throughout the world; choosing the best is not going to be easy.
Top 100 Best Theme Park In The World
1. Liesberg – Sweden
Liesberg is one of the oldest and most prestigious theme parks in the world; it opened back in 1923. Important attractions include Europe’s longest dive coaster and highest free-fall ride. On its 100th birthday this park made some expansions and additions; including Luna Park which is actually a world famous brand; noted for the excitement it offers.
Liesberg therefore offers a theme park within a theme park; so much fun for the whole family. Most visitors to this theme park do not want to leave; which is quite okay because there is also the Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel, which is an exciting place to stay; having such an artful design, with a moat and garden in front of it.
Liesberg is one place where the kids will never forget. The fun rides and the attractions at the hotel are sure to leave a lasting impression on the minds of young ones, and even adults will like to visit again.
2. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Have you ever seen a theme park that is based on cars? Not just old pieces of metal junk- supercars! If cars and fun interests you, then you have to see Ferrari World which is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
This is a place of great fun; it is an indoor theme park with so many talking points. First there is the design of the place; it is rather difficult to put into words; it is like a red triangle with a hole in the center. As it turns out; that is not just a hole; it is an important feature that is central to the entire theme of the park.
Its attractions include Formula Rossa; the world’s fastest roller coaster. Another interesting thing about this theme park is the roller coaster called Flying Aces, which has the world’s tallest non-inverting loop (tallest free fall), and then there is the Mission Ferrari.
This is a truly remarkable experience; you can do the Roof Walk- a 90 minutes’ walk on the roof, or you can take a ride on a hang glider. Children can drive a miniature Ferrari race car; and there is so much else to do.
Europa-Park in Germany was founded in 1975 by father and son Franz and Roland Mack. It is precisely located in Rust, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The park covers an area of 95 hectares, which makes up eighteen themed areas.
Aside from the themed areas there are several attractions such as rides (of which there are 100), roller coasters (of which there are 13), and then a cinema and a conference center. The park also has places for visitors to spend time; there are hotels, a camping site, and a tepee village.
Europa-Park is particularly interesting because of the themed areas; the tepee area for example has many teepees which looks like a community of Native Americans. The themed areas are styled after many countries of Europe; especially how they looked like in medieval times. One that stands out is the Spanish Arena.
This is one of the most attended theme parks in the world; it gets around 6 million visitors every year.
4. Six Flags México
Six Flags México is an amusement park located in Mexico City. This is one of the most popular theme parks in the world; it is themed to incorporate the natural world with the adventures of an amusement park. It is located in the Tlalpan forest and village which is on the southern edge of Mexico City.
This is where the movie free Willy was filmed; and the Killer Whale Kieko which starred as Free Willy was the main attraction to the park. Since Free Willy was reintroduced to the wild, much has changed in the park.
It is not just about its size; this is the most important theme park in Latin America; it gets nearly 3 million visitors annually. There are 9 roller coasters and 2 water rides in this theme park. The theme is quite traditional in the sense that there is a bit of Latin American culture, as well as the cultures of traditional Europe and Polynesia on display.
Pueblo Mexicano, Pueblo Frances, Pueblo Swizo, and Pueblo Polenesio are some of the sections in the park; they mean Mexican Village, French Village, Swiss Village, and Polynesian Village. There is also a Villa Hollywood where comic heroes are on parade; this is a very interesting place to visit.
5. Universal Studios Beijing
Universal Studios Beijing is located in Beijing, China. The Chinese do not tolerate mediocrity; this theme park does well to uphold the standards of excellence for which they are known. This park was opened in 2021; it is actually part of a bigger resort.
The name Universal Studios is synonymous with excellent movies; and it is those movies that make the theme of this beautiful park.
Some of the attractions include Castle Hogwarts (from Harry Potter), Minion Land (from Despicable Me) – Minion land also features characters from the movies Sing. Perhaps the most popular area of this theme park is the Kung Fu Panda Land Of Awesomeness; it is the first indoor part of the theme park, and also has a restaurant based on Mr. Ping’s Noodle House.
Other theme areas include Transformers, and Jurassic World. This is a truly impressive place; it is no doubt one of the biggest and best theme parks in the world.
6. Legoland Deutschland
Legoland Deutschland is located in Germany; and was opened in 2002. As the name explains, it is a theme park based on Lego; the company that makes toys out of bricks. It is all about Legos; this theme park is built with 55 million Lego bricks and has 64 attractions.
Legoland Deutschland’s attractions are basically models of monuments; while they may be small to adults, these models are quite impressive to children. Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the attractions; it is a miniature castle, complete with trees, a mountain and garden all in miniature.
There is also little Asia; which is based on the ninjago cartoon series. This attraction “flies” and is a fantastic feeling for children. There are several different rides and carousels in legoland Deutschland; including a swinging pirate ship. There is also legoland Atlantis which is an indoor aquarium, with real fish living in a Lego environment.
7. Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is one of the Walt Disney World Resort. This one was opened in April 1998, and is located in Bay Lake, Florida, Near Orlando. The theme of the park is clear once you walk in; it is all about animals.
Central to the theme park is the Tree of Life; a huge Baobab tree; complete with branches and leaves. This is a very well planned out theme park; one gets the feeling that the people behind it are trying to celebrate life, nature, and mankind’s role in it.
Some of the sections in the park include Africa; you find a landscape resembling an African village with thatched huts built by Zulu workers. There is also Rafiki’s Planet Watch; which is drawn out from The Lion King franchise where Rafiki is the baboon.
Asia is another section of the theme park; going in gives one the impression of visiting Cambodia or Thailand. There is also Dinoland; with many different types of prehistoric creatures and their existing relatives.
8. Happy Valley Shenzhen
Happy Valley Shenzhen is a huge theme park located in Shenzhen, China. It opened back in 1998, and covers an area of 350,000 square meters. There are 5 roller coasters in this park, and there many other attractions to the park.
There are 9 themed areas in the theme park; they include Spanish Square, Cartoon City, Mt. Adventure, Gold Mine Town, Shangri-La Woods, Sunshine Beach, Typhoon Bay, Happy Times and Playa Maya Water Park. Each of the themed areas has buildings depicting the cultures they are named after.
The Playa Maya Water Park depicts Mayan civilization; it is complete with buildings and statues in Mayan architectural styles.
9. Dreamworld Australia
Dreamworld is a theme park and zoo on the Gold Coast in Queensland, in Australia. Australia is no stranger to huge attractions; this would have been just one of many if not for its sheer size. This is Australia’s biggest theme park, and it was opened in 1981.
The theme park has 40 rides and attractions, including some very big carousels. This has one of the world’s tallest and fastest thrill rides. Dreamworld is also home to several themed islands including DreamWorks from the movie company.
Other themes in Dreamworld include ABC Kids World, Tiger Island, Main Street, Gold Rush Country and Corroboree. These themed areas have buildings and sights that authenticate their names, and that have sculptures that resemble characters from said shows.
10. Alton Towers
Alton Towers is a theme park in Alton Towers Resort, which is located in Staffordshire, England, near the village of Alton. The theme park is part of a wider resort area which includes a water park, spa, mini golf and hotel complex. This park was opened back in 1860, and has seen a number of improvements since then.
The attractions at the park include Runaway Mine Train (a roller coaster built like a train), Nemesis (a roller coaster), Oblivion, Galactica (a roller coaster built like a spaceship), as well as other roller coasters like The Smiler, Wicker Man, Rita and TH13TEEN.
The theme park also has a special attraction called Congo River Rapid; this is a fast flowing river on which families can go on rides in inflatable rafts.
The following is a more extensive list of the top 100 theme parks in the world.
|Liesberg – Sweden
|Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
|Six Flags México
|Universal Studios Beijing
|Happy Valley Shenzhen
|Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
|Six Flags Magic Mountain
|Valencia, California, USA
|SeaWorld San Diego
|San Diego, California, USA
|Drayton Manor Resort
|Disney Magic Kingdom
|Orlando, Florida, USA
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|China Dinosaurs Park
|Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
|Abu Dhabi, UAE
|Six Flags Great America
|Busch Gardens Williamsburg
|Legoland New York
|New York, USA
|Universal Studios Florida
|Puy du Fou
|Zhengzhou Fantawild Adventure
|Seoul, South Korea
|Six Flags Great Adventure
|New jersey, USA
|Silver Dollar City
|Seoul, South Korea
|Hong Kong Disneyland
|Beto Carrero World
|Six Flags Over Georgia
|SeaWorld San Antonio
|Chessington World of Adventures
|Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park
|Ocean Park Hong Kong
|IMG Worlds of Adventure
|Universal Studios Hollywood
|Six Flags Fiesta Texas
|Peppa Pig Theme Park
|Ningbo Fantawild Oriental Heritage
|Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
|Universal Studios Singapore
|Happy Valley Chengdu
|Bollywood Parks Dubai
|Six Flags Over Texas
|Disney California Adventure Park
|Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
|Knott’s Berry Farm
|Universal’s Islands of Adventure
|Orlando, Florida, USA
|Walt Disney Studios Park
|Universal Studios Japan
|Parque Warner Madrid
|Disney’s Hollywood Studios
|Six Flags America
|window of the world Shenzhen
|Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
|Sesame Place San Diego
|San Diego, California, USA
|Puy du Fou España
|sea world Australia
|Universal Studios Singapore
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The best theme parks have the best ideas behind them; they mostly portray movie themes and some also look and feel like distant places and cultures. One thing they all have in common is the ridiculous amount of money it takes to build these leisure places, which essentially puts it beyond the reach of some countries.