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For millions of folks – young or young at heart, amusement parks’ thrilling roller coaster rides satisfy something in their souls. The adrenaline rush and the release of endorphins can improve mood and energy even on an exhausting day. It’s no wonder that amusement parks began in the 19th century as picnic grounds for working men to relax after work.

Ready to relax and have an adventurous vacation at one of the world’s best amusement parks? A trippy user, Noura F from Jeddah loved her experience in Switzerland and wanted to know where to go next. Here’s her question:

Best amusement parks around the world?
What are the best amusement parks or places for adventure around the world? During my honeymoon, I enjoyed a day at Charmey Adventures in Switzerland! What about you?

Here’s a taste of adventure in 9 of the best in the world:

1. Disney World Orlando

The mecca of adventure parks, Disney World Orlando, has four theme parks and two water parks. There’s a ride for everyone, even for visitors suffering from roller coaster phobia. Pick one theme park or choose all the theme parks – you’ll find the Disney magic at least in one of the parks.

Mags on the Move, a Trippy user from Orlando said:

I’m a little biased because I used to work there, but the Disney parks really are the best. I’ve been to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Park and Disneyland Paris and all are amazing and unique in their own ways.

Disney World draws in droves of tourists from around the world. Magic Kingdom had 20.4 million in 2016 according to The city according to Trippy user, Steve Jabs, a local:

Orlando over the last five years has really begun to come into its own. A city that once really only had the Orlando Magic (NBA Team) now is home to an ECHL Hockey Team (Orlando Solar Bears) and an MLS team (Orlando City). We now sport a new performing arts space, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

All of these things have spawned a slew of new bars, restaurants and hangout spots. What was mostly a bunch of (in my opinion) dried up bars, boring restaurants, and dated clubs has made way for craft-beer bars (tap and grind, Frank & Steins), awesomely themed drinking spots (Hanson’s Shoe Repair, Sideshow) and delicious restaurants (The Rusty Spoon, Harry Buffalo).

That’s good news for those looking for restaurants and hangout spots outside the theme parks.

2. Beto Carrero World, Brazil

Beto Carrero World in Penha Santa Catarina, southern Brazil is the biggest and considered one of the best amusement parks in South America. Suitable for kids of all ages and for adults, there are over 100 attractions and entertainment centers in eight themed zones.

The theme park’s top attractions are Castelo das Nacoes (a castle), visitor train, Freefall, Firewhip, an 80-feet Ferris wheel, Madagascar Circus Show and a zoo with about 700 animals.

3. Europa-Park, Germany

Located in the border triangle of Germany, France, and Switzerland, Europa-Park is the largest park in Germany. It is easily accessible by train, bus and through the motorway A5.

Europa-Park has 100 rides and 15 European themed areas that cater to families, adults and roller coaster junkies. The park is expanding to include a new water park, due to open in 2018. Currently, visitors can explore the park’s European themed areas representing Germany, England, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland (Children’s World), The Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Luxemburg, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and Spain.

4. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Southeast Asia’s most prosperous country, Singapore has been a favorite destination for many international travel rookies. It is easy to navigate around this small island, using the MRT (mass rapid transit) or public buses. A 10-minute bus ride from Central Business District will take you to Resorts World Sentosa.

Resorts World Sentosa has four attractions – Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, The Maritime Experiential Museum and Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. The most popular attractions is Universal Studios Singapore, featuring 24 rides, shows, and attractions in seven themed zones.

5. Waterbom Bali

Bali needs no introduction for many travelers. This exotic tropical island in Indonesia is world-renowned but since 1993, families and roller coaster junkies have flocked to Waterbom Bali for more than sand and fun in the sun. They go to ride on the 17 thrill rides and water slides.

Located in Kuta, this lively park is also equipped with a swim-up bar.

6. Futuroscope, Poitiers France

Futuroscope is a theme park of the future giving you a thrill into the virtual reality world. The rides are interactive using 3D glasses and wearable binoculars. Ironically this theme park is in Poitiers, a Romanesque capital of France on the west coast between Bordeaux, La Rochelle, and the Loire Valley.

Poitiers according to Futuroscope has exceptional heritage sites with medieval architecture and Romanesque art.

It’s a fantastic destination for history buffs and those who enjoy 3D and 4D rides.

7. Cedar Point, Ohio

Michael Huntley recommended Cedar Point:

If you like roller coasters than there is no better park in the world than Cedar Point. This Sandusky, OH, USA, the park has been a destination for roller coaster enthusiasts for years. There are something like 16 different coasters on the property. There is also a water park and hotels to stay. Always a good family time.

8. Phantasialand, Germany

Trippy users Tiffany Weber and Sebnem Sayil enjoyed Phantasialand. Tiffany wrote:

I haven’t been to many, but I really enjoyed Phantasialand in Germany. I like Disneyland Paris, but prefer the original Disneyland Park in California.

Phantasialand is about 12 miles (20 km) from Cologne. It’s a small park with boat rides, roller coaster rides, live shows, steam carousel, and cable car rides.

9. Tibidabo Amusement Park, Barcelona

Tibidabo is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world that is still operating today. Built in 1899 and opened in 1905, Tibidabo is on Mount Tibidabo, the highest point in Barcelona. Many of the rides are original like the Avio red plane (1928). Go on vintage rides that offer 360-degree views of the city without compromising on the thrills and adrenaline rushes.

Trippy user Ben Lee from London wrote:

Tibidabo Amusement Park in Barcelona is awesome with great views.

To get there, you’ll need to ride on a vintage tram, Tramvia Blau.

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Article by Claudia Looi

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