10 BEST THEME PARKS Around the World 2019

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Whether you’re a THRILL SEEKER looking for the most INTENSE rollercoasters, or a family looking to spend some QUALITY TIME together, a theme park is always the ideal place to have FUN. But where in the world are the BEST theme parks?

How many times have you been to Universal Studios Singapore? If you’re a big fan of rollercoasters, your answer is likely “too many”. Fortunately, there are many, many more theme parks around the world that are just as exciting – in fact, most of them are even more exciting – than USS. Want to know where your next vacation is going to be? Let’s find out!

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#1: LEGOLAND BILLUND

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Location: Billund, Denmark

ABOUT THE PARK

You may have been to Legoland Malaysia, but this is the original Legoland. Anyone who spent their childhood constructing anything and everything out of Legos might feel a sense of nostalgia when entering this park. Head towards Miniland, the heart of Legoland, where you can see a mini-sized version of famous landmarks and buildings all around the world made from Legos. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

Those looking for adventure can also check out the Polar X-plorer, which has a top speed of 65kph and involves a five-metre drop. After that, go over to Adventure Land to take the X-treme Racers, located as high as 16 metres above ground and is sure to bring you tons of excitement.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Hotel Legoland
  • Nearest town: Billund
  • Nearest major city: Copenhagen

OTHER TIPS

  • Download the Legoland Billund app to check waiting times
  • Take note of height restrictions
  • Visit the park on Saturdays for the shortest queues

#2: EVERLAND

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Location: Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

ABOUT THE PARK

The largest theme park in South Korea is divided into five themed zones, namely European Adventure, Magic Land, American Adventure, Zootopia and Global Fair. If you’re travelling with young children, we would suggest spending more time in Magic Land, Zootopia or Global Fair. Zootopia is literally a zoo located in a theme park and is perfect to keep your young ones entertained for hours.

Sticking around for the night? Look out for the Moonlight Parade, which involves LED floats and of course, a fireworks display. Showtimes may vary depending on the day but it generally starts at 8.30pm. And for thrill-seekers, T-Express is a must-ride. It’s the world’s tallest wooden rollercoaster with a top speed of 104kph. Are you brave enough?

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Hotel Thesoom Forest
  • Nearest city: Suwon
  • Nearest major city: Seoul

OTHER TIPS

  • Buy tickets online beforehand
  • Some rides, such as the VR rides, require extra top up money
  • Check Everland’s website for daily show timings

#3: MAGIC KINGDOM PARK

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Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Bay Lake, Florida, USA

ABOUT THE PARK

For a whopping thirteen consecutive years, the Magic Kingdom Park in Disney World Florida has been the most visited theme park in the world. The park hosted over 20 million visitors in 2018, and that number is still growing every year. So what makes this theme park so appealing? Well, everyone dreams of going to Disneyland as a kid. With plenty of familiar faces from our childhood appearing in themed rides such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight, it’s no wonder why Disney World remains so popular.

They say you can unleash your inner child for a day at Disney World, but that doesn’t mean there are no thrilling rides you can take. Space Mountain will always be a fan-favourite iconic attraction, and Splash Mountain makes your heart race at the anticipation of possibly getting soaked. For those who aren’t old enough to drive yet, Tomorrowland Speedway lets you take control of your very own go-kart for once. It’s addicting – trust me, as a kid, I took this ride way more times than my parents would like to admit. And of course, don’t miss the Festival of Fantasy Parade!

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Nearest city: Bay Lake
  • Nearest major city: Orlando

OTHER TIPS

  • Make good use of your FastPass+ (included in ticket price) by selecting your rides up to 30 days in advance
  • Shops on Main Street remain open an hour after the rides officially close

Read up more about Orlando here: Orlando is a FANTASY LAND (Theme park Edition)

#4: EFTELING

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Location: Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands

ABOUT THE PARK

I’m sure all of us have read plenty of fairy tales when we were younger or listened in awe to countless myths and legends. A visit to Efteling will bring all these stories to life once again. Fantasierijk (fantasy), Marerijk (fairy tale), Anderrijk (unusual), Reizenrijk (travel) and Ruigrijk (rough rollercoaster) are the names of the five regions of this theme park. For the little ones, look out for our friends Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Cinderella and many others in the Fairytale Forest.

Efteling’s location also makes it very special as you’ll find yourself fully immersed in nature despite being in a theme park. To truly appreciate this, take the ‘Gondoletta’ boat ride, which lasts for 20 minutes. If you’re feeling up for it, try the Baron 1898 dive coaster for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of plunging 37.5 metres into a dark mine at 90kph. At night, enjoy the Aquanura water show involving more than 200 fountains and 900 lights that you definitely won’t forget.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Efteling Hotel
  • Nearest village: Kaatsheuvel
  • Nearest major city: Rotterdam

OTHER TIPS

  • Check how busy the park is in their online calendar
  • Dress warm if you are planning to visit in winter
  • Purchase your tickets online for a discount

#5: HERSHEYPARK

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Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

ABOUT THE PARK

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve definitely tried Hershey’s Chocolate – or at least heard of it – before in your life. But did you know that this delicious candy has a theme park named after it too? Well, it all began in the small town of Hershey, Pennslyvania, in the year 1907, when Milton Hershey decided to build a recreational park for his chocolate factory workers. Eventually, this grew into what is known as Hersheypark today. With 13 rollercoasters ranging from family coasters to daredevil thrilling rides, you’ll soon realise that no matter how much time you spend here, it’s never going to be enough. Even after taking Fahrenheit – which features the second steepest drop in the US, a 97-degree drop – six times.

But wait – there’s more. If you visit in the summer, that is the months of June, July and August, you’ll get free entry to the water park called The Boardwalk along with your ticket! It’s the best place to have a splashing good time with your family.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: The Hotel Hershey
  • Nearest city: Hershey
  • Nearest major city: Philadelphia

OTHER TIPS

  • Connect to the park’s free wifi
  • Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World next to the park and try a chocolate-factory themed tour ride (and even create your own candy bar!)

#6: DISNEYSEA

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Location: Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

ABOUT THE PARK

The second Disney park on our list features a very unique theme – the ocean. But don’t be fooled, it’s not a water park. There is, however, plenty of water in the park, which gives you the intriguing feeling of being in the middle of the sea. You’ll notice when you first arrive that the park is split up into 7 “ports of call”, which are Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront. The Tower of Terror, a drop tower dark ride also found in some other Disney parks, is a must try at this park. Featuring a 13-storey drop, it usually involves a lot of screaming, but is definitely worth your time. If you’ve read Jules Verne’s classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth, there is a thrill ride in Mysterious Island built after this novel.

In summer, it can get quite warm and the heat may get to you, but no worries! Head to King Triton’s Palace in Mermaid Lagoon, an indoor “port of call” that is designed to give you the feeling of being under the sea. Ariel’s Playground and Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster will keep your children entertained for hours without having to worry about applying sunblock.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
  • Nearest city: Urayasu
  • Nearest major city: Tokyo

OTHER TIPS

  • Queue for a fast pass (available every 2 hours) immediately after you enter the park
  • Buy discounted tickets online before going
  • Try the Green Alien Mochi ice cream at Mama Biscotti’s Bakery in the Mediterranean Harbor or at the food cart in front of the S.S. Columbia 🙂

Headed to Japan? Read up on All-You-Need-To-Know Before Going To Japan!

#7: PORTAVENTURA PARK

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Location: PortAventura World, Salou and Vila-Seca, Catalonia, Spain

ABOUT THE PARK

PortAventura Park located in Catalonia is one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. It’s split into five different areas, Mediterrània, Polynesia, China, México and the Far West, to represent different parts of the world. Oh, and not to forget the last area, SésamoAventura, named after the popular children’s show Sesame Street, where your kids can meet Elmo, Big Bird and our other familiar friends! If a trip to the wild wild west of America is too far for you, fear not! You only have to travel to as far as PortAventura’s American West area, where you can become a cowboy for a day on the Buffalo Rodeo ride.

Ready for a thrill? Try the Furius Baco in Mediterrània, which accelerates from 0 to 135kph in just three seconds! Want to cool down? Tutuki Splash in Polynesia is where you’ll want to be headed next! After that, watch the Aves del Paraíso show to witness and learn about some exotic birds from all around the world that you may have never seen before.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: PortAventura Hotel Gold River
  • Nearest city: Tarragona
  • Nearest major city: Barcelona

OTHER TIPS

  • Bring sunblock, hats and sunglasses
  • Consider visiting Ferrari Land nearby, the other theme park in PortAventura World, for more thrills

#8: OCEAN PARK

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Location: Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

ABOUT THE PARK

When it comes to theme parks in Hong Kong, most of us will immediately think of Hong Kong Disneyland. But we’ve already had two other Disney parks on this list, so why not explore something different the next time you visit Hong Kong? Ocean Park was one of the first theme parks I remember going to as a child, and I still have very fond memories of it. Opened in 1977, this park is a four-in-one. It contains an oceanarium, a marine mammal park, an amusement park and an animal theme park, which is plenty to entertain every member of the family. The main entrance of the park leads to The Waterfront, where you can find the Grand Aquarium that contains 5000 colourful fish from over 400 species of marine life for you to admire for hours.

But where are the rides, you may ask? Well, first, you have to take the cable car or the Ocean Express to get to The Summit. Rides that you might want to consider taking there include the Hair Raiser where you’ll find yourself upside down four times, and The Flash, which flings you 22 metres into the air and starts spinning you at 60kph. And what better way is there to take a break than to head to the South Pole Spectacular at the Polar Adventure to see – you guessed it – penguins!

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
  • Nearest major city: Hong Kong

OTHER TIPS

  • Rent a storage locker at the entrance to store your backpacks
  • Bring a raincoat for the water rides

#9: EUROPA PARK

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Location: Rust, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

ABOUT THE PARK

Would you believe me if I told you that you could travel to more than 15 countries in Europe just by walking? Well, here in Europa Park, you sure can! England, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Spain and of course, Germany don’t even make up the full list of places that you can go to in Europa Park. There’s also Adventure Land, ARTHUR – In the Minimoys Kingdom and Grimm’s Enchanted Forest. The first country you want to visit with your children is Ireland, which is also the Children’s World. Enjoy Dancing Dingle, a swing boat, or Sheep Rock, a boat carousel.

After that, it’s really up to you to plan your journey through Europe, but we would recommend Iceland’s Blue Fire Megacoaster if you relish the feeling of accelerating to 100kph in 2.5 seconds or watching fiery flamenco performances in Spain that’ll make you feel as if you were actually in Seville.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Hotel Bell Rock
  • Nearest town: Rust
  • Nearest major city: Stuttgart

OTHER TIPS

  • If you are driving, buy a parking pass before entering the park so you don’t have to queue for it when you’re leaving
  • Bring swimsuits for your children
  • Explore the nearby town too if you have time

#10: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

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Location: Universal City, California, USA

ABOUT THE PARK

You may be all too familiar with Universal Studios by now, having visited the one in Sentosa countless times. But trust me, this one is very, very different. And that’s because it’s located in Hollywood, where many of your favourite movies have been filmed. Personally, I would say that The World-Famous Studio Tour (yes, that is actually the name of the tour) is the one attraction you cannot miss when visiting this park. Going behind-the-scenes of the sets of huge movie franchises such as Jurassic Park and Jaws will open your eyes to a world you didn’t even know existed.

Other movies and TV shows you may have watched include The Walking Dead, The Simpsons, Harry Potter and Despicable Me, which all have themed rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. Don’t forget to visit the Super Silly Fun Land, a colourful play zone, if you are travelling with your young ones.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Nearest hotel: Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
  • Nearest city: Universal City
  • Nearest major city: Los Angeles

OTHER TIPS

  • If you are driving, be sure to take a picture of where you’ve parked so you don’t forget
  • Try the Butterbeer at Harry Potter World
  • Watch the Animal Actors show

So, do you know which theme park are you planning to visit next?

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