Roller coasters, attractions, food, and cartoon character merch are just a few highlights of what you’ll find at amusement parks. Baller Alert has rounded up ten theme parks fit for thrill and adventure seekers.
Whether located in the U.S or overseas, each theme park has its own unique wow factor that inspires patrons of all ages to travel near and far to experience a day or days of fun.
Check out the list below.
The Disney franchise can be found all over the world. Disneyland’s first theme park opened in 1955 in California, and the second west coast park, Disney Adventureland, opened in 2001. Today, visitors can explore the park and still experience some of the original attractions while exploring Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrow Land. Worlds like Start Wars Galaxy Edge and New Orleans square have been added since.
In 1965, Walt Disney announced and created Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Many know the first park today as Magic Kingdom. Eventually, four more parks were created: Epcot in 1982, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1989, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998. Two water parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon) were later opened as part of the Florida entertainment resort complex. As far as theme parks, Magic Kingdon caters to the younger crowd. With Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and many other characters, its dedication to its long line of princesses is a massive part of its popularity, including the most notable park landmark, the Cinderella Castle. Disney’s reign didn’t stop in the U.S. In 1983, Tokyo Disneyland was created, and in 2016, Shanghai Disneyland opened.
Universal Studios/ Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure hold the cake for rollercoasters in Florida. With over 40 attractions and five major high-octane roller coasters, the park sees approximately 4 million visitors annually. Universal Studios’ attractions are dedicated to TV and film, perfect for the classic movie enthusiasts. Transformers, Shrek, Despicable Me and even Harry Potter are movies featured in experiences throughout the park. Islands of Adventures is definitely for thrill seekers and features some of the fastest rollercoasters. The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Jurrasic Park River Adventure, and Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall are just a few rides that get your adrenaline pumping. This particular park is the perfect place where adults and teens can escape.
The first Six Flags location was created in the 1960s — Six Flags Over Texas– located in Arlington. Today, Six Flags has 27 theme and water parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada, including Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Over Mid – America, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags New England, Six Flags México, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Great Ameria and Six Flags Great Adventure.
Owned by SeaWorld Parks, Bush Gardens has been open since 1959 in Tampa, Florida. The African-themed amusement park features Morocco, Egypt, Nairobi, Pantopiam Jungala Congo, Stanleyville and Sesame Street Safari of Fun. It has numerous rollercoasters and attractions. Its most famous rides are the Sheikra, the Tigris, the Iron Gwazi and Falcon’s Fury.
SeaWorld is known for its one-of-a-kind zoological collection with locations in San Diego, Orlando, San Antonio and soon to be Abu Dhabi. The theme parks feature a diverse array of attractions and animal shows featuring dolphins, orcas, and many other sea life. But the shows aren’t the only thing offered. Theme park goers definitely come for the rides. What sets SeaWorld apart from other theme parks is that most of their rides are kid-friendly, meaning the entire family can participate. It’s the perfect family vacation attraction for fun and education.
Europa Park opened in Germany in July 1975. It is known as “the greatest theme park in the world.” With 15 European-themed areas, including Germany, England, France, Greece, Ice Land, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy and so many more. It is home to more than 100 attractions and 13 roller coasters.
Cedar Pointe has earned the title “The Roller Coaster Capital.” Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Pointe has the number 1 roller coaster in the world and it also has the second largest roller coaster in the world. It offers 72 rides on 364 acres of land.
Carowinds sits directly between North and South Carolina, just 20 minutes from the Charlotte airport. It’s a go-to theme park for those living on the east coast. Carowinds has been revamped and renewed over the years, allowing the theme park to consistently keep a fresh new look. With a super fast crew, the rides move swiftly, and the park has been known to have great food. Winter and Halloween also have their special moments throughout the year.
Kings Dominion is located in Virginia and is operated by the same company as Carowinds, Cedar Pointe, and Kings Island. It features 13 roller coasters, numerous attractions and a built-in water park. Built in 1975, Kings Dominion has seen lots of changes over the years as Paramount previously operated it. The food served at the park has also become one of its many bragging points.
King Island is located in Ohio and has 14 roller coasters. The theme park has many family-friendly rides and attractions. The setup and theme can be closely compared to its sister park, Kings Dominion, with the Eifel tower, gardening, landscaping, and overall feel of the rides and vibes. Kings Island was created in 1970.