Top 10 Amusement Parks in the World
An amusement park is a large area fairground rides refreshments, games of chance or skills and other entertainments. They serve as entertainment sites for both adults and children and it can be a nice place to bond together with your children after a long week of working. Amusement parks are a growing business in the United States and accounts for 54% of the worldwide revenue. There are many parks around the world but there are few best ones that can be sampled from this long list. The following are the top ten amusement parks in the world.
1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
Originally opened in the year 1971, Magic Kingdom had 17,536,000 visitors last year. One interesting innovation of the park was the building of secret utility tunnels called utilidors. These utility doors allowed actors to get to their designated areas without being seen by the public. Visiting VIPs were also allowed to use the tunnels. Currently, the major attractions are Space Mountain, Monsters Inc, laugh floor and fireworks display. The amusement park is always open the whole year and has been closed only five times.
2. Disney at Disneyland resort-California , U.S.A
Officially opened in July 17 1955, Disneyland is the only Disneyland Park built under the supervision of Walt Disney. This amusement park became one of the two theme parks built at Disney Resort in Anaheim, California. The other is Disney California Adventure Park, which was opened in 2001.Since its opening it has been on constant renovation. Some of the attractions in this park include, the Alice in Wonderland Ride, the Astro Orbitor and Big thunder Ranch. This amusement park is the second most popular with an average of 14,847 visitors last year.
3. Tokyo Disneyland-Tokyo, Japan
This park was built after the blueprints of Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. The oriental Land Co., under the license from Walt Disney Co., owns Tokyo Disneyland. This park was officially opened in April 15 1983. It features the World Bazaar, Westernland, Adventureland, Fantassyland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown. The main attractions include Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek, Hunny Hunt, Space Mountain, and Enchanted Tiki room. It had an estimate of 14,847,000 visitors last year(Image by Tom.Bricker).
4. Tokyo Disney in Tokyo Japan
This park was ranked the fourth most popular park in the world. It had an estimate of 12,656,000 visitors last year. Tokyo Disney is estimated to be the most expensive theme park ever built. The total price used to build it was $4 billion. It also has a record of being the most visited park over a short period after it was opened. Five months after it was opened in 2011, the park had already had over 10 million visits. Tokyo Disney sea has seven main areas. These are; Mediterranean harbor, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, American Waterfront, and Mysterious Island. Its main attraction include rides like the Journey to the Centre of the earth, Aquitania and Raging Spirits,
5. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris
Initially called Euro Disneyland park was officially opened in April 12 1992. The name was changed by the then CEO of Walt Disney “Michael Eisner” since he found the name to sound more glamorous. Its layout is similar to that of Magic Kingdom and that of Disneyland Park in Anaheim. The park occupies an area of 56.656 hectors and its main attractions are Phantom manor, Space Mountain and Disneyland Railroad. It was estimated to have had 11,200,000 visitors last year.
6. Epcot at world Disney World Resort
This is Disney’s animal kingdom and it was set for those people who love animals. Epcot is also a Centre for those who love science and technology and the world culture. The park was opened in October 1 1982. Its main areas are Future world, World Showcase, and EPCOT character Spot. Its main attractions include Mission Space Test track and Spaceship earth, which usually lights up at night. This park is twice the size of Magic land kingdom. It is 120 hectors and is estimated it had 11,063,000 visitors last year (Image by joseray1).
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
It is estimated to have had 9,998,000 visitors last year. This is wildlife and a nature themed park. Opened officially in April 22 1998, the park was supposed to draw the attention of nature appreciation with animal conservation. It’s most famous attraction is expedition Everest, the dinosaur exhibit and the Kilimanjaro.
8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Initially, it was to become Walt Disney’s exclusive studio, where they were to shoot all their films. When the plan later backfired, it was turned into a showbiz themed park. It was later officially opened in May 1989.its main areas are, Hollywood, Boulevard, echo lakes, streets of America, animation courtyard, Pixar place, sunset. Some of the activities around are picture taking and autograph signing.
9. Universal Studios Japan
USJ CO. owns and operates this park. Opened in March 31 2001, it is the biggest theme park in the entire of Japan. It is 54 hectares of land. Its areas are New York, Hollywood San Francisco, Jurassic Park Lagoon, Waterworld and Sesame Street Fun zone. The park is also opening another part, the Wizarding World of Harry Porter by 2014. Last year it had an estimate of 9,700,000 visitors.
10. Islands of Adventure ( Universal Orlando Resort)
Islands of Adventure were first opened as a plan to convert Universal Studios Florida into the Universal Orlando Resort. This park has seven islands featuring a variety of attractions. Their latest edition was finished in 2010. Pteranodon flyers are one of their main attractions. The park recorded an estimate of 7,981,000 visitors last year.
When you visit the amusement park, ensure you child is kept at your view throughout the tour. In most cases, the parks are usually packed and losing your child in such an environment is the last thing you should expect.
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