The key to a great theme park lies in its diversity. The best ones appeal to the foodie, the adrenaline junkie, and the sight-seer. These are the theme parks that active thrill seekers will want to have on their bucket list, and fortunately, they are easy to come by. Entertainment parks have planted their roots in soil all around the world, with each one offering its own unique touch.
So whether you are looking for the world's most treacherous roller coaster, or trying to bite your teeth into some of the best park food, here are at least ten theme parks that you should have on your bucket list.
10 Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland is located in Ontario and is open seasonally from May to September. This theme park's roller-coaster game is on par with the likes of thrilling parks like Cedar Point and Six Flags. It is home to seventeen coasters, including the Leviathan. There is an attached water park named Splash Works, an annual Halloween festival dubbed Halloween Hunt, and the month-long Celebration Canada event, and finished off the year with a Winterfest. Needless to say, there is always something happening at Canada's Wonderland, with a variety that is fit for the family.
9 Universal Studios Orlando
Universal Studios opened in Orlando in June of 1990. Since its inauguration, Universal Orlando Resort has opened a few new theme parks, such as Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay, not to mention the collection of Universal theme parks scattered around the globe. However, if you want the most up-to-date attractions, you'll want to make the Orlando location your first Universal stop.
Along with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guests can see a plethora of shows, try the continuous stream of new restaurants in the City Walk area, and experience today's most innovative rides. You can even bump up you pass and take the Hogwarts Express to Universal's next door location, Islands of Adventure.
8 Cedar Point
Cedar Point is the pinnacle when it comes to roller coaster theme parks. Even though this park sits on a peninsula in Lake Erie in Ohio, it hasn't stopped new coasters from popping up every few years. It's open seasonally from May to September, with select weekends open for its Halloween-themed event, HalloWeekends. Along with its terrifying, yet innovative, roller coaster lineup, this park's claim to fame is its longevity. It is one of the oldest theme parks in America since its doors opened in 1870.
7 Tivoli Gardens
This park opened in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1843. It's the second most popular theme park in the world, seeing more than 4 million visitors in 2017 alone. It is known for its wooden roller coasters since its Rutschebanen ride is the first one ever created and is still in operation today. Tivoli Gardens hosts a handful of other rides, including titillating fair rides and kiddie attractions.
6 Six Flags
Six Flags is actually an entertainment corporation, with a bevy of its theme parks located around the world. Its staple location originated in Texas, but now there are Six Flag theme parks in Mexico, Canada, France, and Spain. Another roller coaster conglomerate, Six Flags is a must-see for avid thrill seekers. No matter which location you visit, you will be sure to be amazed at its theme coaster options. Six Flags Mexico has the acclaimed The Dark Knight coaster while Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is home to the famed El Toro roller coaster which is a magnet for adrenaline junkies.
5 Ferrari World
The world's fastest roller coaster is, unsurprisingly, located in Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Formula Rossa reaches G forces up to 4.8 g and is so intense that riders have to wear skydiving goggles.
Although it has a number of thrill rides, most of the attractions take place indoors. There are two shows to enjoy in this park, indoor go-karts, and a riveting interactive simulator called the Scuderia Challenge. There is even a driving experience where guests can drive their own Ferrari.
Dollywood is the result of a passion project by actress Dolly Patron. Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood invites over three million guests every year. It primarily focuses on southern culture, with rides, food, and music themed to fit the scene. The ride Wild Eagle was actually the country's first winged coaster and sets the pace for Dollywood's thrill rides. The park has its own steam engine train ride, country music theater, and is renowned for its traditional and authentic southern cooking-style restaurants.
Since 1923, this theme park in Gothenburg, Sweden has provided guests with fun rides and attractions that are fit for family fun. It is known for its lush landscape, including waterfalls. The hill-based Scandinavian park has seen more renovations in recent years, helping to complete its roster of roller coasters. The Valkyria, which just opened in 2018, is already labeled as one of the top dive coasters in the world, and the Balder wooden coaster has been named best by Forbes at least twice. Liseberg has a stunning setup that attracts more than 3 million visitors a year.
2 Fantawild Adventure
There are over 12 theme parks represented by the Fantawild corporation, making it an impossible entertainment spectacle to ignore. Fantawild Adventure can be found in Wuhu, Anhui Province, China and has 15 "zones" not unlike Disney's themed lands. The Water Zone is where guests will find a collection of aquatic-themed rides, the Space Journey section has 4D attractions and simulated flight rides, and there is even a Wild West area. The park is equal parts fantasy and innovation, with its own set of unique characters and princesses for the kids to meet.
1 Walt Disney World Resort
There are a total of twelve Disney parks situated around the world. Disneyland in California was the first of its kind with Walt Disney World opening in Florida just under a decade later. While any one of these influential theme parks should be on your bucket list, none have been as praised as Disney World's Magic Kingdom. This location is always kept clean and orderly, the rides are in constant rotation so they never get stale, and the staple ones are kept in excellent condition. The Orlando area pretty much oozes with Disney spirit where traveling tourists can find Dinsey themed attractions around just about every corner. Besides Disney Springs, there are three other Disney theme parks in this one area which include EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.