If you love thrill rides, good food and walking around a park until your feet hurt, then you’re in the right place. Here are 15 amusement parks you need to visit before you die.
1. Magic Kingdom, Florida
Last year, Magic Kingdom hosted close to 20 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world for the fifth year in a row. People like Magic Kingdom. If you’ve never been here, you need to go at least once.
2. Dyrehavsbakken, Denmark
Just ten minutes outside of Copenhagen, Bakken is the oldest amusement park in the world. Bakken first opened in 1583, after a natural spring was discovered here. The Roller Coaster – Bakken’s claim to fame, was completed in 1932. Today there are thirty-three rides, including MineTrain, Ulven, and TarnGyset.
3. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World claims to be the largest indoor amusement park in the world and is family focused, with the majority of rides suitable for everyone. If you long for a thrill, try the Formula Rossa, the fastest rollercoaster in the world. In less than 5 seconds, you’ll be doing 150mph. It’s probably best not to eat anything beforehand.
4. Six Flags Great America, Illinois
Six Flags Illinois is home to Goliath, the Usain Bolt of rollercoasters, the tallest, fastest, steepest wooden rollercoaster in the world. There’s also X Flight, or 3000 feet of drops, inversions, barrel rolls and zero-g rolls. This park is all around family entertainment, including family rides, live performances, kids rides, and of course, thrill rides.
5. Coney Island, New York City
From 1880 to 1920, Coney Island was America’s amusement capital. At its peak there were three parks, Dreamland, Steeplechase Park, and Luna Park. Arguably the most famous of its rides, The Cyclone is a wooden roller coaster built in1927 and still runs today, and was declared a New York City landmark in 1988.
6. Portaventura Park, Barcelona
Europe’s biggest theme park also has a water park and four themed 4-star hotels. When it opened in 1995 its headliner was the Dragon Khan rollercoaster: eight inversions and at the time the highest loop anywhere. PortAventura has thirty-seven rides, more than one hundred shows every day, and is divided into six themed areas: Mediterrania, China, Polynesia, Mexico, Far West and SesamoAventura.
7. King’s Island, Ohio
King’s Island has Banshee, the longest inverted roller coaster in the world. There’s also live entertainment at Kings, a water park, and the world’s biggest dinosaur park with more than 65 animatronic life-size dinos.
8. Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli opened in 1843 during a time when pleasure gardens were appearing across Europe. Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world, and after Walt Disney paid a visit became an inspiration for Disneyland in California. Today Tivoli has more than just gardens, but includes music, theater, performance artists, food and thrill rides.
9. Beto Carrero World, Brazil
The largest theme park in Latin America is divided into seven different sections that include Fantasyland, Radical Adventure, Pirate’s Island, and German Village, each one offering themed restaurants and rides. If you like scary movies, go to the Portal of Darkness, a maze of horror scenes from seven classic horror movies such as The Exorcist.
10. Discovery Cove, Florida
Discovery Cove is a reservations-only park devoted to the natural world. It provides a more intimate, resort-style setting without the usual crowds and lines. Here’s where you get to swim with dolphins, wade with otters and marmosets, or take an underwater walking tour. You can also snorkel with tropical fish and rays, or feed exotic birds right from your hand at the Explorer’s Aviary.
11. Cedar Point, Ohio
Voted “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 16 years in a row by Amusement Today, Cedar Point delivers one of the tallest and fastest inverted rollercoaster rides in the world with Wicked Twister. Known as America’s Roller Coaster, Cedar Point has the most “mosts”. Most visited amusement park, most roller coasters taller than 200 feet, and the only park with coasters in all four height classifications.
12. Busch Gardens, Florida
Falcon’s Fury, America’s tallest free-standing drop ride sends you face first down 335 feet of sheer fright. The difference is you don’t catch prey, you just feel like you need to get down on your knees and pray.
13. Alton Towers, England
Alton Towers is the UK’s number one theme park. This should hardly come as a surprise when you consider that the competition is Dickens World, an attraction devoted to the works of Charles Dickens (boring). In addition to thrill rides like Nemesis, an inverted coaster, and Oblivion, a vertical-drop rollercoaster, Alton Towers is a great place for young children.
14. Universal, Florida
The Universal Orlando resort is where you go to see the world of Harry Potter. You can visit Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron, Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, as well as Gringotts and other notable sites. You can also escape from Gringotts on a thrill ride. You can also visit Hogsmeade and pick up some strange sweets.
15. Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
Home of Kingda Ka the tallest, second fastest rollercoaster in the world. Shaped like an upside down U, The King, as it is affectionately known, will send you from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds, during which time you’ll experience a g-force of 5. The track is 456 feet at its highest point, the equivalent of 45 stories.