Have you ever wanted to indulge your inner child and wished for a day when you could live out your fantasies and play to your heart’s content? In today’s hustle and bustle of our daily mundane lives, an escape to one’s fantasy world is an extremely welcome option after getting home bone tired after all those long hours of dull and dreary work. Theme parks are expressly built for this purpose where one can be Cinderella or Snow White and have long picnics with Mickey and Winnie the Pooh. Based on specific themes or stories they can transport you to a magical world filled with fun, food and adventures. So plan a surprise for your kids and treat them or yourself to an entire day of fantasies where you can spend time with your favourite fictional characters. Take a look at the world’s top ten best theme parks in the world which can make your every dream and wish come true.
10. Islands of Adventure, USA
Located in Orlando, Florida, Universal’s Island s of Adventure is themed on a journey of exploration with the apt slogan of “Live the Adventure”. It has seven islands based on different themes from comic books, popular fiction, movies and ancient legends. The first island Port of Entry is the main entrance of the park and greets visitors with a host of restaurants and gift shops. Marvel Super Hero Island has rides inspired by Marvel superheroes. Expect to bump into your favourite heroes like Wolverine, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Spiderman. The next island is inspired by Steven Spielberg’s movie Jurassic Park and focuses on dinosaurs. Watch your kids have a blast on the Seuss Landing island based on works of Dr.Seuss. Prepare to be enchanted by the long lost legends of Atlantis city and Arabian Nights in the island of The Lost Continent’. Potterheads would love to nurse a cold butterbeer sitting inside The Hog’s Head Pub in the magical island of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which was introduced in 2010.
9. Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, is one of the four Universal Studio theme parks based on the theme of Hollywood movies. It opened in 2001 and is one of the biggest theme parks in Japan. It is segmented into nine different fun-filled areas complete with thrilling rides, live entertainment, shops for souvenirs and restaurants for the ever hungry. A tenth area based on the magical world of Harry Potter is also scheduled to open its doors to us Muggles in 2014. Have a blast exploring the different areas of New York, Hollywood, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Snoopy Studios, Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue, Sesame Street Fun Zone, Lagoon, Water World and Amity Village. It has many award winning exciting rides where you can have a thrilling time escaping from the jaws of a T-Rex or navigating through space.
8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, USA
Originally intended as a movie production facility, Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened its doors to visitors in 1989 and was the third of the four theme parks to be built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Sorcerer’s Hat, a stylised version of the magical hat from Fantasia, welcomes you as you enter the park promising you a magical adventure steeped in the starry glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. For those who love movies, it doesn’t get any better than this with areas like Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Streets of America, Animation Courtyard, Pixar Place and Sunset Boulevard. Star Wars geeks rejoice-for this theme park organises an annual Star Wars Weekends with activities like Jedi Training Academy classes, photo sessions and autograph signing with the Star Wars celebrities. Its main attractions are Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, The Great Movie Ride and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Spend a day living out your movie dreams in sets of former Disney-MGM Studios and be enchanted by the amazing live entertainments.
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, USA
The fourth of the four theme parks in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Disney’s Animal Kingdom was unveiled on Earth Day in 1998 with the noble vision of inculcating a sense of nature and animal conservation in people, especially children. It is the second largest theme park in the world and is themed entirely on Walt Disney’s philosophy of appreciation and conservation of nature and wildlife. Represented by a sculpted 145 foot tall and 50 foot wide artificial tree, it is divided into areas similar to Disney’s other theme parks. The seven themed areas are Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia, DinoLand U.S.A and Avatar: World of Pandora which have exciting attractions like Expedition Everest, the Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Dinosaur exhibit. Besides these fun-filled areas, it also exhibits 1700 animals across 250 species including exotic animals like African Spoonbills, Australian White Ibis, boars, Bronze-winged Ducks, Buffleheads, Chiloe Wigeons, Eleonora Cockatoos, Florida Cooters, Giant Anteaters and more. Besides entertaining people, it is also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums for having met its standards in educating people, conservation, and animal research.
6. Epcot, USA
Originally known as EPCOT Center, EPCOT(Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is the Disney theme park dedicated to the celebration of human achievement in terms of science, technical innovation and international culture. Popularly known as ‘World’s Permanent Fair’, it is divided into areas like Future World and World Showcase featuring attractions such as Test Track and Mission Space. Epcot opened in 1982 as the second of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Unlike other Disney theme parks, instead of a castle, it is represented by the major tourist attraction Spaceship Earth, a huge geodesic globe which is illuminated at night. A dream come true for nerds and geeks, this theme park can nurture the scientific aptitude of curious kids who love to know more about things.
5. Disneyland Park, France
Disneyland Park opened in 1992 and was the first of the two theme parks to be built at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee. It was originally known as Euro Disneyland and is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. Visitors are welcomed by the sight of a magnificent fairy tale castle of Sleeping Beauty, which represents the park. The park is segmented into five themed lands-Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoverland which have exciting attractions like Phantom Manor, Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Disneyland Railroad.
4. Tokyo DisneySea, Japan
Owned by The Oriental Land Company, Tokyo DisneySea is the world’s most expensive theme park to be built at an estimated cost of four billion dollars. The Disney themes and characters are licensed by the company from The Walt Disney Co. It was the first theme park to be opened at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba. It is a nautical exploration themed park complete with seven different areas known as ‘Ports of Call’. The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbor which welcomes the visitors to the other ports-American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast and Mysterious Island which have many thrilling rides such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Raging Spirits and Aquatopia. This theme park has the record of being the most visited theme park since opening.
3. Tokyo Disneyland, Japan
Also owned by The Oriental Land Company, Tokyo Disneyland is a companion theme park of Tokyo DisneySea at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba. It opened in 1983 and was the first Disney Park to be built outside USA. The Disney characters and themes are licensed from The Walt Disney Company and it is famous for its extensive grounds which can accommodate large crowds. It features seven themed areas-the World Bazaar, Critter Country, Toon Town and four classic Disneylands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Its main attractions include Monsters, Western River Railroad, Pooh’s Honey Hunt, Space Mountain and many others.
2. Disneyland Park, USA
Originally known as only Disneyland, Disneyland Park is the first of the four theme parks to be built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It was the only Disney park to have been designed and constructed under the direct supervision of Walt Disney and it opened its doors to visitors in 1995. It has undergone several expansions and renovation and now consists of eight different themed lands of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland , New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Mickey’s Toontown. The park is famous for its immersive attractions featuring captivating storytelling and amazing special effects. Some of them are Soarin’ Over California, Radiator Springs Racers,Alice in Wonderland Ride, Astro Orbitor and Big Thunder Ranch
1. Magic Kingdom, USA
Magic Kingdom Park, commonly known as Magic Kingdom, is the first of the four theme parks to have been built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It is the most visited theme park in the world. Inspired by fairy tales and dedicated to Disney characters, it is segregated into enchanting lands like Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and the last one Fantasyland which further comprises Storybook Circus and Enchanted Forest. Some of its current attractions include Space Mountain and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. It is represented by a Cinderella Castle which is a huge replica of the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film. All fairy tale dreams can come true for children in Magic Kingdom which has magical fireworks, musical parades and other classic attractions.