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15 Most Amazing Theme Parks on the Planet

Photo credit: Robert Linsdell / Flickr

Photo credit: Robert Linsdell / Flickr

A visit to the theme park is a summer time staple here in the US and for many foreign and domestic travelers they are a must see destination as well. But the theme park craze isn’t just an American pastime, instead this love of rides, games, food and fun has become an international hit spanning the world. If you’re thinking about adding a stop at an incredible theme park to your next travel itinerary take a look at these 15 amazing theme parks from around the world.

15) Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

Officially known as Universal’s Islands of Adventure, this Florida theme park is centered around the love and thrill in the journey of exploration. With its slogan “Live the Adventure” the park offers visitors a look into 6 distinctly themed islands that all focus on adventure.

From the main port of the park visitors can travel to the Marvel Super Hero Island, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, Seuss Landing and the Lost Continent.

With the addition of the Harry Potter themed island in 2010 the park upped its yearly attendance and gave fans from across the world a chance to explore the world of the witches and wizards from the book and movie franchise. Each island also features its own set of rides, coasters, restaurants and gift shops that follow the islands theme.

With the Incredible Hulk roller coaster on the Marvel Island and the Pteranodon Flyers coaster in Jurassic park, there are plenty of thrills and chills in each different area for visitors to explore. Islands of Adventure nabs a spot on our to list for its ingenuity, sense of exploration and attention to detail.

  • Roller Rider

    OK, how come Animal Kingdom gets its own listing on top of the complete Walt Disney World resort (4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a large downtown dining and shopping district, and 30 hotels)? Why is DCA on this list, but not the original Disneyland? Why isn’t Cedar Point or Great Adventure on this list?

    “The crown jewel of all theme parks in the world Walt Disney World or as
    it’s also known, Magic Kingdom, is the number 1 coolest theme park on
    our list.”
    No it isn’t!

    Walt Disney World is the entire resort’s name and not the name of any one park. The Magic Kingdom is merely the first park built in WDW. But at least this isn’t as bad as the dumb tourists who, while riding on their Disney Transport bus, which operates only inside WDW, when seeing the castle exclaim to their kids “look, there’s Disney”. But it is as dumb as the tourist on his bus from one of the Walt Disney World on property hotels inside WDW saying “We’re going to Walt Disney World.”

    YOU’RE ALREADY IN WALT DISNEY WORLD AND HAVE BEEN SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN IN LAKE BUENA VISTA!! Lake Buena Vista IS Walt Disney World.
    Pathetic, just pathetic!

    • http://batman-news.com Stacey Red

      Yep, this exactly. The Walt Disney World Resort, informally known as Walt Disney World or simply Disney World, is an entertainment COMPLEX in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The property covers 42,000 acres in which it houses 24 themed resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, and numerous additional recreational and entertainment venues.

      • Roller Rider

        We both forgot the 4 mini golf courses.
        Paragliding and fishing as well.
        I love boating on Bay Lake!

  • Paul Thomas

    Cedar Point is so much better than these. What a joke of a list. The writer should be ashamed of himself for omitting it.