Universal Studios of Japan was the first theme park that was under the Universal Studios brand in Asia. Located in the Osaka Bay Area, this theme park is the most visited amusement park in Japan after the Tokyo Disney Resort.
The park currently has eight sections, namely, Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Visitors from around the world enjoy many amusement rides, ranging from child-friendly carousels to thrilling roller coasters and simulators based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2, and The Jurassic Park.
The park offers several fun opportunities like taking nasty pictures with popular characters' mascots such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the Muppets. There are also various shows put on every day, including a night parade featuring illuminated floats that are paraded through the streets. Overall, the park is one of its kind and a must visit place if you are travelling in the Osaka Bay Area of Japan.
Efteling is the most beloved theme park situated in the Netherlands, steeped in fairy tales and nestled in an enchanting forest. It is one of the oldest theme parks in the world, and one of the best theme parks in the entire Europe. In fact it's Europe's third most visited theme park. Located in a green woodland area, it is complete with ponds and eternally lush green trees which sets it apart from the rest.
Whether you are planning a day out with a group of toddlers or a crowd of roller coaster-loving dare-devils, or even if you just fancy a stroll around reminiscing about your favourite fairy tale, Efteling is an outstanding world-class theme park experience to remember.
Disney World’s largest theme park is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you have kids who love being able to get up close and personal with a variety of animals and nature, this is the park you have to visit. The park features some world-class shows themed after The Lion King and Finding Nemo, and original attractions not found anywhere else in the world in Expedition Everest and Flight of Passage.
The most recent addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Pandora – The World of Avatar, which is also home to the park’s best quick-service dining location, Satu’li Canteen. The restaurant offers customizable bowls big enough to share between two people. Since Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to so much wildlife, it takes a different nighttime approach and tones down its lighting; expect a quieter yet still enjoyable experience after sundown.
A theme park, Knotts Berry Farm set on a farm that once sold boysenberries is a pretty cool origin story. It now has dozens of family-friendly and thrill rides for kids and adults to enjoy. The park also features quite a few restaurants serving up tasty treats that include boysenberries, with everything from a boysenberry cake shake to a boysenberry Philly cheesesteak! The fall brings a family-friendly Halloween Festival to the park, and an entire season dedicated to celebrating the Peanuts characters.
The park has its own hotel right on property, the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. The resort features hundreds of rooms, and tickets can be bundled into your room package! Some rooms even have a view right into the park, where kids will love seeing the coasters come to life with trains going by each morning.
Not to be confused with the Tivoli Gardens in Italy, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a national treasure. The park is part garden, part communal eatery, and part theme park. At night, the park is transformed with colorful lights, making for the perfect fairy tale backdrop for a fun family night out. The most popular ride at the park is a wooden roller coaster from 1914, which is one of only seven roller coasters in the world with a brakeman on board the train. While teenagers play games in video arcades, their younger siblings enjoy a clown show or wave at the costumed king and queen (both of whom are children) in the Tivoli Guard parade.
Gröna Lund, popularly known as Grönan is now one of the biggest attractions in Stockholm with around 1.5 million visitors a year. It has more than 30 rides, including seven roller coasters. In addition, there are other attractions as well as a large stage on which up to 50 concerts of national and international music stars take place every season.
The densely packed and partly intertwined attractions create the special charm of Gröna Lund – a real fair atmosphere, in a breathtakingly beautiful location with a view of the city panorama of Stockholm. And just like at a big fair, Gröna Lund has not only amusement rides but also various small restaurants, snack and candy stands as well as a beer garden and lots of games and lottery stalls.
Alton Towers is England’s biggest theme park in the United Kingdom and sits on the grounds of the Alton Towers private estate. The park boasts dozens of attractions, split almost down the middle between thrill rides and family-friendly rides. The thrill rides include quite a few coasters, including one where visitors are told to lay on their stomach to be strapped in and ride through like a superhero in flight.
There are quite a few new rides coming to Alton Towers this year, but one that caught our eye was Gangsta Granny: The Ride, where riders are loaded into a carriage and are expected to help pull off a Jewellery heist that granny is planning.