Since summer is here again, what can be a better option than to engage the weekends in classic fun with friends, family and kids? With so many amusement parks and recreational areas coming up, we have sorted out the Top 10 Theme Parks 2014 for you to have whale of a time. These are the places that you ought to head on in order to beat the summer heat and get back home completely refreshed. Thus to catch a complete glimpse of the renowned amusement parks, scroll through the list of top 10 theme parks around the world.
Top Ten Theme Parks 2014
Continue reading to know the speciality of each of the top ten theme parks 2014.
1. Cedar Point
Hailed as the capital of rollercoaster, the Cedar Point is the best theme park for an adrenaline junkie. Established in 1870 with its location in Sandusky, Ohio; the amusement park has grabbed the top position in terms of varied roller coasters for the last ten years. The second oldest park in the United States has 72 rides including 16 roller coasters among which 4 are taller than 200 feet. It is on from mid May till Labour’s Day, the theme park is operated regularly else it remains open only during weekends. Moreover, Cedar point also occupies the top position among the top 10 theme parks by attendance.
2. Island Of Adventure
Starting from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, 3D rides, Jurassic Park, roller coasters to the Marvel Hero Island; the Island of Adventure has bag full of thrill and excitement to offer its visitors. The entire park is divided into seven land accompanied by a striking lake in middle of each. Open on 28th May, 1999; the amusement park is operated by Universal Parks & resort. It welcomes holidaymakers round the year and in 2013 it was reported to have hosted around 8.1 million guests.
Apart from being the largest theme park in Germany, Europa-Park is also the second most popular amusement park in Europe. Accommodating 50,000 visitors per day, the park is known to have 12 roller coasters along with other exciting rides. Recently, on 18th June 2014, the park opened its latest theme area called Arthur – The Ride which is based on the film series – Arthur and the Invisibles. The Midsummer party is one of its most popular events that take place ever summer with firework displays.
4. Six Flags Magic Mountain
With 19 roller coasters and uniquely designed rides for family, kids and thrill; Six Flags Magic Mountain spots the fourth position among the Top 10 amusement parks around the world. For those who love to be on the ground, the Los Angeles located theme park has plenty of Hollywood flair for them. It came into existence on 29th May, 1971 and had received 2.9 million guests in 2013.
5. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
A combination of Water Park and Theme Park; the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is divided into four special sections to celebrate Halloween, Fouth of July, Christmas and Thanksgiving with attractions, games and entertainment. The Legend, The Raven and the Voyage are the three wooden roller coasters that draw thousands of visitors each season. On the other hand, the Mammoth and the Wildebeest are the notorious coasters from the water park.
6. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
European themed and attention grabbing landscaping, the Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a distinguished theme park located in Virginia, United States. Alpengeist, Griffon and Apollo’s Chariot are its three roller coasters that have been awarded as the best steel coaster by Golden Ticket awards in 2012. Busch Gardens Williamsburg was founded on 16th May 1975 and operates only from march till December.
7. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Another theme park that ranks among the top ten amusement parks is Blackpool Pleasure Beach situated in Blackpool, England. With more than 5.5 million visitors each season, the park is not only the most visited tourist attraction in the United kingdom but is as well one of the most frequented theme parks in the world. Nickelodeon Land is its addition children park that was opened in 2001. Currently, it is owned and managed by the Thompson family.
8. Port Aventura
The sixth most visited park in Europe, Port Aventura was conceived as a mutual effort by Busch Entertainment Corporation and a Spanish Consortium. Depicting a typical coastal town in Catalonia, Mediterrània is the main area of the aprk that includes three rides and several other hangout places. Apart from these, the Port de la Drassana, Furius Baco and Estació del Nord are few other attractions. Port Aventura was opened in 1995 and is located in Salou Spain.
Honoured by organisations such as Amusement Today, The International Association of Amusement Parks and American Coaster Enthusiasts for harbouring more than 60 uniquely designed water rides, carousel and two wooden roller coasters; the Knoebels is a family-owned and -operated amusement park in Elysburg, United States. Its haunted house dark ride was even featured in the Discovery channel. The theme park was opened to public on 4th July, 1926 and operated April and September.
10. Alton Towers
Through Alton Towers was inaugurated in2003, the amusement part is already a part of the top 10 theme parks 2014 due to the presence of attractions and rides such as Lagoona Bay, The Little Leak, The Master Blaster, Flash Floods, Bubbly Wubbly Pool , Volcanic Springs and few more. Operating all round the year, it is located in Alton Towers Resort, England. Alton Towers is owned by Merlin Entertainments.