The time has come for us to bring the concept of unadulterated amusement into the foreground. Thus, we shall now examine some of the most exhilarating theme parks in the world. If you have been to some of the ones that we are going to mention, then surely you will know what it means to abandon yourself to majestic experiences but if you haven’t, then be prepared for the time of your life. Ready? Alright, hop into the roller coaster carriage and let’s ride!
1. Magic Kingdom:
You might have expected this one because it is quite probably the most famous one of them all. Located in near Orlando, Florida (Bay Lake), it was founded on 1 October 1971. Open all year long, the Magic Kingdom is one of the chief components of the Walt Disney World Resort. The general theme of the establishment is the world of fairy tales and magic – in fact, it has the capitalised slogan “The Most Magical Place on Earth”. Operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks and Resorts team, it was the first of the four theme parks that contribute to the aforementioned great whole (the others being the Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom). The establishment itself is divided into themed sections and these are: Main Street U.S.A. (reflecting the early 20th century early 20th Century Missouri, Marceline, and Fort Collins), Adventureland (reflecting the theme of the distant jungles of Asia, Africa, South America and the South Pacific), Frontierland (reflecting the western American frontiers during the 1800s), Liberty Square (reflecting the times of colonial America), Fantasyland (this is the strongest fairy-tale themed section), and, finally, Tomorrowland (dedicated to the exploration of space and to the future). Specific attractions that we recommend that you check out at all costs are: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Walt Disney World Railroad (Frontierland), The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (Adventureland), The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History, The Hall of Presidents (Liberty Square), Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Barnstormer featuring Goofy as the Great Goofini, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid (Fantasyland), Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (Tomorrowland) and, of course, the Main Street Vehicles. Note that the theme park is primarily for children but that doesn’t mean that parents can’t have fun too. Try and see (wink)!
Next up, we have the Pennsylvania-based (Derry Township) Hersheypark stretching upon a massive land area of 49 hectares. Opened in 1906 by American confectioner and philanthropist Milton S. Hershey, the theme park is based around family entertainment and it is owned by the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company as of 2016. After its first roller coaster in 1923, it has managed to create 12 more, massing a total of 13 as of today. Additionally, families can enjoy a total of 14 water rides and 23 family rides. Some of them that must not be left out are: Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge, the Music Express, the Twin Turnpike – Sunoco Speedway, Dry Gulch Railroad (family rides), the East Coast Waterworks, the Intercoastal Waterway, the Shoreline Sprayground (water rides), the Great Bear, Lightning Racer, the Storm Runner, and, finally, the Cocoa Cruiser (roller coasters). Other important attractions of the park include: the Hersheypark Amphitheater, the N.O.E.L. (Night of Extraordinary Lights), the Hershey Sweet Lights, the Aquatheater, and many others. If you have the time, we recommend that you check out as many of its nooks and crannies as you can (figuratively speaking) for it is simply spectacular.
3. Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast:
We all know how the Australians love their water-parks and the Oxenford-based (Queensland) Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast proves us right. Open all year long (even heated during wintertime), it features 17 water slides, 4 pools and 2 children’s areas. Without spoiling too much of the fun, we recommend that you check out the following attractions: the Kamikaze (one of the most fascinating and distinctive wet-and-dry experiences in the world), the Blackhole (two enclosed tubes swirling around each other like DNA strands), the Tornado (a four-person slide that resembles a clover), the AquaLoop, Buccaneer Bay (a pirate-themed children’s area), Calypso Beach, Mammoth Falls, and many others. If you are up for the ultimate Aussie water-experience, this is the theme park for you!
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