Disneyland has several amusement parks across the globe, receiving millions of visitors every year. Yet, the Happiest Place on Earth isn't the only one with theme parks worth visiting. In Tokyo, for example, there are great options for park-goers, and there are attractions for everyone.
The truth is that it is possible to find excellent theme parks in almost every country, and they are an exciting day-tour for families or even tourists trying to skip the tourist attractions. While some theme parks offer a cultural immersion rather than roller coasters, others are great for avoiding endless lines as they are less famous.
10 Efteling, The Netherlands
Efteling is one of the largest theme parks in Europe, and it was created to bring a fairytale atmosphere, which, combined with thrilling attractions, made it extremely famous.
Located in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands, the park attracts many visitors from Belgium, as it is not far from the border.
The place is divided into five realms, including Marerijk, the magic one, and Ruigrijk, with the most thrilling attractions.
One of the outstanding rides at Efteling is Draak, a wooden roller coaster and Fata Morgana, a water attraction inspired by Arabic tales. Visitors who want to stay longer can book one of their hotels and villas.
Price:Starts at €38 (approximately $38.58)
9 Dollywood, The U.S.
Surprisingly, the best theme park in the U.S. is not Disney World or Universal. Dollywood topped Tripadvisor's Traveler's Choice Best of the Best list in 2022 and the place is famous for its award-winning shows, rides, and special events.
Visitors can expect to find different celebrations for each season and 11 thrilling attractions spread over its 160 acres.
Among their most popular attractions are the Daredevil Falls and the Dollywood Express Train Depot. In 2023, visitors can also go on a ride at the Big Bear Mountain, its longest coaster.
Price:$79 + taxes & fees (day pass)
8 Europa-Park, Germany
Travelers visiting Germany can also schedule a day to visit Europa-Park, the country's largest theme park and the second most visited theme park in Europe, after Disney Paris.
The place has over 100 attractions, suitable for all ages. Located close to France and Switzerland, nearly five million people visit Europa-Park annually.
The park has several themed areas, each one celebrating a European country. Of course, visitors will also find thrilling attractions, including fairytale woods and 13 roller coasters.
One of the coolest periods to visit Europa-Park is during the Halloween season when it shows off extraordinarily spooky decorations.
Price:Seniors and children from 4-10: €47 to €53 (approximately $47.72 to $53.81) | Adults - €55 to €62 (approximately $55.84 to $62.95)
7 Songcheng Theme Park, China
The Songcheng Theme Park, China, is the largest in Hangzhou and is a great way to see more of the Song Dynasty.
They have managed to recreate a town of 800 years ago, and visitors can have a glimpse of their lifestyle through buildings, performances, and theaters.
One of the most recommended attractions is the Romance of the Song Dynasty, a show that explains ancient myths.
This theme park is a different experience, as it has no thrilling rides or water attractions.
Price: Starts at $61.54
6 Puy du Fou, France
It is another theme park for those who love History and would love to have an immersive experience in a medieval French village.
Visitors can watch dancing horses, fireworks, and multiple historical performances. Children are often impressed by the Viking ship and the eagles, owls, and falcons they have around.
This park is perfect for those who want to avoid endless lines and still enjoy shows that appeal to all ages. They also have a second park in Toledo, Spain.
Price: Starts at €39 (Approximately $39.59)
5 Beto Carrero World, Brazil
Brazil is home to Beto Carrero World, the largest theme park in Latin America. Initially, the park aimed to recreate the American Old West atmosphere, but it now has nine themed areas with 100 attractions, including live shows and rides.
The park is located in Santa Catarina and receives over two million visitors annually.
According to Tripadvisor's Traveler's Choice Best of the Best, Beto Carrero World is the third-best theme park. It is an excellent option for travelers who want to do something different while visiting Brazil.
Price:Starts at R$109 ( approximately $21.17)
4 The Milky Way Adventure Park, UK
The Milky Way Adventure Park is located close to Cornwall, the favorite theme park of visitors in the U.K. The Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster and the gravity rider donut slide are among their most popular attractions.
As this park is smaller than other theme parks, there are also fewer lines, so it is an excellent option for visitors who want something less crowded.
The place is still a family business, and the attractions are designed for families to enjoy them together.
Price: Tickets for kids between 1 and 3 start at £7.95 ($9.22) | Other visitors - £14.95 ($17.34)
3 Gardaland Resort, Italy
Located near Lake Garda, this park is an incredible day tour for enjoying sunny days in Italy. The place is filled with thrilling rides and family attractions spread over ten themed areas.
Adrenaline fans can enjoy riding on their four high thrill roller coasters. Families can spend some time at the San Andreas 4D cinema.
Of course, younger children have many options, but their favorite is Peppa Pig Land, the Funny Express, and Doremifarm.
Price:Starts at€44 ($44.67)
2 Terra Mágica Florybal, Brazil
Terra Mágica Park is located in Canela, a popular family destination in Brazil. One of the most interesting things about this place is that local artists created all the attractions.
There are over 40 attractions and sculptures in the park; some can move and talk.
Their most famous attraction is the 7D cinema, which features snow and rain. This park is exciting for younger children, as they can enjoy this unique universe.
Price:R$110 (approximately $21.37)
1 Yomiuri Land, Japan
Yomiuri Land is the largest amusement park in Tokyo and is open year-round. Beyond the attractions, the park is a popular destination for checking the famous Japanese cherry blossom in spring.
They are also home to Jewellumination, the world's first LED illumination inspired by gemstone colors.
The park has ten themed areas, and it is always adding more attractions to its portfolio.
Among the most exciting spots in Yomiuri Land is the 'Goodjoba!' area, which was designed to celebrate Japanese craftsmanship.
Price: Starts at $32.99