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A List of Amazing Theme Parks

Theme Parks vs Amusement Parks

Theme parks are similar to amusement parks but whereas amusement parks feature rides as their main attraction theme parks surround their rides on a specific theme. In most places either of these are known as amusement parks.

Theme parks have a central theme and each attraction can be connected to its theme. Amusement parks have no theme and instead each ride may have its own theme.

These parks provide entertainment through various means such as rides, shows, and parades in some instances. Depending on the park you plan on going to you should be well prepared for a whole day of fun that will have you dragging your feet yet wishing for more by the end of it.

Around the world you'll find unique theme parks and here are some of the best.


Disney World

This may be the most famous and well known theme park around the world. It's theme is focused on the various Disney characters which we have all grown up with. There are 4 attractions all of which are located in Florida, USA.

1.) Magic Kingdom Park

There are 6 lands to roam through on this 107 acres park. Features parades and fireworks shows.

2.) Epcot

Divided into 2 parts guests can wander through Future World and World Showcase.

3.) Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

This park focuses its theme on wildlife and nature. Here they educate guests about animal care. You even get a chance to get up close and personal with the animals.

4.) Disney's Hollywood Studios

This is your chance to go behind the scenes and capture the magic of film making. From Star Wars to American Idol you'll get your first taste of stardom and you might even meet a real star!

Hershey Park

Where's the best place to enjoy everything Hershey's chocolate? Why, Hershey Park! If I sound enthusiastic it's because I am. I'm a die hard chocolate lover and this is one of the must visit theme parks.

At Hershey Park located in Pennsylvania, USA you can ride attractions based on your favorite chocolate. Their rides range from Mild to Wild and they use chocolate brands to let you know if the ride is appropriate for you.


Legoland California

Legoland has 6 parks all around the world. Lego originated from Denmark where they have a park. They also have parks in England, Germany, Florida, and Malaysia.

Legoland has 60 exciting rides and many Lego themed attractions. From dinosaurs to pirates you'll see lifelike replicas made from Legos.

They have a hotel opening in the summer of 2013 but don't worry it's not built from actual Legos!


Universal Island of Adventure

Also located in Florida this theme park features your favorite cartoon and comic book favorites.

There are Interactive attractions from popular movies like Jurassic Park, Dr. Seuss, and Marvel Comics.


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter theme park is an attraction at the Universal Island Park but it deserves its own mention for its significant success. Whether you loved the books or the movies or even both you'll have a most enjoyable time here.

Special shows here are Olivander's Wand Shop & Triwizard's Spirit Rally. You'll get to challenge a dragon, fly on a Hippogriff or go on the Forbidden Journey.

Another thing that Harry Potter fans will love are the shops. Imagine finally getting a taste of that butterbeer, having some of those Honeydukes sweets or buying George and Fred's gags.


Drayton Manor

The Home of Thomas Land can be found in the UK. This theme park is geared towards children and the famous Thomas and Friends series.

Chug along with Thomas and his friends on different train themed rides.

They also have a feature on conservation of endangered species.


Sesame Place

Every child has a Sesame Street character favorite and at Sesame Place, Pennsylvania they'll get to meet them up close. These fun filled attractions will have your child delighting and learning.

They have an Elmo Rock's Musical Show and a Neighborhood Street Party Parade featuring the whole gang.

This is also a great place to have a birthday party where the celebrant can have lunch or dinner with Elmo.


livelovelaugh5 (author) on January 17, 2012:

Hi rLcasaLme & gogogo,

I wish I could take credit for the photos! They are wonderful shots though. Thanks for taking time to visit and comment!

gogogo on January 17, 2012:

Great photos, nice theme parks for kids

Rael Casalme from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on January 17, 2012:

Wow. These are truly amazing theme parks and you've captured wonderful photos as well. Someday, for certain, I'd bring my kids in any one of these theme parks.

Cheers! Voted this up!

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