Theme parks are a popular attraction. They are a nice getaway from the hardships of life, and essentially induced nostalgia. There are many theme parks in the world, but in this list we are going to take a look at the top 10 most visited theme parks in the world in 2015. These theme parks are currently the best theme parks in the world to visit. They have a lot of leisure activities and entertainment stuff that you can easily spend your whole day at the theme park. So, without further ado, here is the list:
- Islands of Adventure, U.S.A
Islands of Adventure is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. As its name suggests, it is a theme park focused on providing the visitors with adventure. The theme park has seven islands featuring different and quite epic attractions. The seven islands include Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Port of Entry, Seuss Landing and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Islands of Adventure is a popular destination with 7,674,000 visitors annually.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios, U.S.A
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is located at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Beuna Vista, Florida, and United States. Formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios, as Walt Disney Co. intended for this place to become their exclusive studio where they would shoot television shows and all their films. When that did not go through as planned, it was turned into a showbiz-themed park.
Much of the credit to its popularity goes to popular thrill rides Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roll Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Lights, Motors, Action are a stunt-filled show that is also immensely popular. But the cake goes to Star Wars Week, which is held from May to June. It is when Star Wars celebrities and fans get together for special events.
With 969,900 visitors annually, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a very popular destination.
- Universal Studios Japan, Osaka
The Universal Studios Japan theme park located in Osaka, Japan is one of the largest theme park in Japan with an area of 108 acres (54 hectares). Much like its counterparts in the Unites States it has different areas – San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Hollywood, New York, Water World, Lagoon, Sesame Street Fun Zone, Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue and Amity Village. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter just opened last year, while other popular attractions include Jurassic Park: The Ride, Snoopy’s Great Race, Elmo’s Bubble and Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Dream.
Universal Studios Japan gets around 9,700,000 visitors annually.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom, U.S.A
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States. The theme park is currently the largest Disney theme park in the world at 580 acres (235 hectares). The theme park is homage to Africa with its large lush jungle area and savanna that is home to some 1,700 animals from 250 species. The park’s purpose was to inculcate a sense of nature appreciation and animal conservation.
As far as attractions are concerned, the most popular ones are the Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest Coaster and the Dinosaur Exhibit.
The theme park attracts around 9,783,000 visitors annually.
- Disney’s Epcot, U.S.A
The Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is Disney’s theme park for technology and science lovers. The theme park features futuristic Spaceship Earth instead of the usual Sleeping Beauty castle. It also serves as an attraction. Other attractions include Mission Space and Test Track, the latter of which went through a major renovation. The park areas are Epcot Character Spot, Future World and World Showcase. The park is quite big, coming in at 300 acres (120 hectares), making it almost twice the size of Disneyland Magic Kingdom. The park gets 10,825,000 visitors annually.
- Disneyland Park, France
The Disneyland Park is located in Paris, France. It is Europe’s most popular theme park. The park is quite similar to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida and Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. But, there are subtle changes to make it more suitable for the Parisian weather, with fireplaces and covered walkways in restaurants and hotels. The park is marginally big, covering an area of 140 acres (56.656 hectares).
As with other Disney parks, it also features a Sleeping Beauty castle. The attractions include Space Mountain: Mission 2, Disneyland Railroad Phantom Manor. The Disneyland Park, being Europe’s most popular theme park gets 11,200,000 visitors annually.
- Tokyo Disney Sea, Japan
Tokyo Disney Sea is a unique maritime-themed park located in Tokyo, Japan. The park has seven areas, or as they like to call it ‘ports of call’ which include Mediterranean Harbor, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon and Arabian Coast. Each area is unique scenic port. The entrance to the port is through the Mediterranean Harbor, which then opens to the other six nautically themed ports. Its attractions include Raging Spirits, Aquatopia and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
The park attracts 12,656,000 visitors annually.
- Disneyland Park, U.S.A
The Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, Unites States is the original Disney theme park, built under the supervision of Walt Disney himself. And, naturally so, features Walt Disney’s original rides. Disneyland Park occupies 160 acres (65 hectares) of land and features eight themed lands, which include Adventureland, Main Street, U.S.A, Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland and Fantasyland. Its attractions include the Big Thunder Ranch, the Astro Orbitor and Alice in Wonderland ride.
The original Disneyland park is a pretty popular theme park and it gets 15,963,000 visitors annually.
- Tokyo Disneyland, Japan
Tokyo Disneyland is located near Tokyo in Chiba, Japan. It is a 115 acre (46.5 hectares) big theme park. It was constructed in the same style as the Disneyland Park in Anahein, California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. The park features seven themed areas, which include Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, World Bazaar, Critter Country, Tomorrowland and Mickey’s Toontown. Its attraction includes Space Mountain, Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, River Railroad and The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!
The park attracts some 17.2 million visitors annually.
- Magic Kingdom, U.S.A
The Magic Kingdom Park located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Beuna Vista, Florida, and United States is the most popular theme park in the world with over 19 million visitors in only 2014. It has been the most popular theme park in the world for the sixth consecutive year. Magic Kingdom has similar layout and attractions to that of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. A Cinderella Castle represents the park. The park has six themed areas, which include Main Street, U.S.A, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Liberty Square. Its main attractions are the Space Mountain, the fireworks display and Monster Inc. Laugh Floor.
The park also features secret utility tunnels that allow VIPs and actors to get to their designated areas without being seen by the general public. This helps in not ruining the ambiance of the numerous displays and exhibits.