Attention, thrill seekers! If your idea of the perfect holiday is being spun around at 80mph and screaming at the top of your lungs, then we’ve got just the thing for you: a list of the best theme parks around the world!
From the myriad of parks in Orlando to Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, we’ve rounded up the ultimate day out for you daredevils.
Universal Studios Florida, Orlando
It may be an obvious choice, but Universal Studios Florida is the king of theme parks, spanning over 100 acres. Experience your favourite movies and TV shows in a whole new way, with countless rides and roller coasters to enjoy.
Highlights: We love the Escape from Gringotts ride, a heart racing coaster that celebrates the best of Harry Potter!
Where to stay: Hard Rock Hotel
Matthew from Epsom says, “Really great hotel – it has the hard rock theme without being over the top. The pool and restaurants were great and the service was very good. Close to Universal Studios, City Walk and Island of Adventure, with 1 hour advance opening which is very helpful.”
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Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Although relatively small compared to other theme parks, Tivoli Gardens is located in the heart of Copenhagen, and has everything you need for a perfect day out, including beautifully manicured gardens and thrilling rides.
Highlights: Experience the Demon, a rollercoaster which also straps you into a VR headset!
Where to stay: Tivoli Hotel
Christine from Larkhall says, “Loved the Tivoli Hotel – don’t think there can be many views to rival that over Copenhagen from the rooftop bar, one of my new favourite places in the world. The hotel swimming pool was fantastic too and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone who worked there. The main part of Copenhagen is about £7 in a taxi but you could pretty much walk there if you weren’t wearing high heels!”
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Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
With two great parks to explore, this resort is jam-packed. Disneyland Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. Disney California Adventure Park is where the stories of Disney, Pixar and beyond come to life.
Highlights: Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort
Where to stay: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
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Disneyland Paris, France
Loved by many – and with good reason! Disneyland Paris is a wonderland where you can meet your favourite Disney characters and immerse yourself in a magical world that the whole family is sure to cherish. Watch the parades, ride Thunder Mountain and end the day with enjoying the spectacular fireworks display.
Highlights: Get lost in the Disney Illuminations show! Watch in awe the classic stories of old and new are brough to life of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
Where to stay: Hotel Cheyenne
Sarah from Grangemouth says, “Amazing hotel. Attention to detail was absolutely amazing. Really felt like we were strolling along back in the wild west. The children loved it.”
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Magic Kingdom, Orlando
The world’s most popular theme park, where you can explore lands of endless enchantment and your fantasy becomes a reality. Meet your favourite Disney characters, enjoy magical dining experiences, and watch the spectacular Festival of Fantasy Parade featuring floats, motion and original music.
Highlights: The fireworks display each night at the castle.
Where to stay: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Charles from Helensburgh says, “Disney quality excellent customer service in a family friendly environment. Good pool and transport links to all things Disney.”
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Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi
Home to one of the world’s biggest indoor theme parks, Abu Dhabi hosts Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi – don’t worry, it’s fully air conditioned! Bringing your favourite characters to life, from Batman to Bugs Bunny, Superman to Scooby-Doo, there is a lot to discover and do. Made up of six immersive lands, this theme park has 29 amazing rides and an abundance of interactive attractions and live entertainment. There is certainly something for everyone to enjoy!
Highlights: The Riddler Revolution – this ride will have your hearts racing and heads spinning!
Where to stay: Radisson Blu Yas Island Abu Dhabi
Paul from Romford says: “An excellent hotel in a great location. Having four local hotels gave us so much choice in terms of different bars and restaurants. The rooms where very comfortable and very clean.”
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PortAventura Park, Costa Dorada
PortAventura Park is one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks, and there’s no mystery as to why! The Mediterranean weather is a perfect setting for a day of thrills! There’s no shortage of entertainment as there is something for everyone, whatever your age. With rides, shows and even a bit of shopping, Spain’s theme park will have you screaming for more.
Highlights: Party on with the PortAventura Parade. The parks biggest parade is held in Mediterrània and is definitely not to be missed!
Where to stay: Portaventura Hotel Gold River
Lisa from Liverpool says: “Amazing hotel, fantastic location everything you need I will definitely be going back. Top Tip: Try the food in the hotel it’s great for vegetarians like me and meat eaters like my son. Breakfast also great with continental and English. The parks mascot Woody Woodpecker is always at the hotel along with Betty Boop so grab your pics there. Also free face painting/balloon modelling for the kids is a great service”
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Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai
In true Dubai fashion, one is not enough! So, we’re here to tell you about all 3 theme parks and the water park Dubai Parks and Resorts has to offer! There are over 100 rides, shows and, attractions waiting to be explored. MOTIONGATE™ is one for the film junkies looking to for some live action rides and even some spell binding shows at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™. LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND ® Water Park have all the building blocks for an exhilarating day out.
Highlights: The Smurfs Village is perfect for the little ones but it’s also a great little spot for nostalgic fun, bringing your childhood dreams to life!
Where to stay: Lapita Hotel Dubai, Autograph Collection Hotel
Kim from Southsea says: “A truely fantastic hotel, fantastic for families with a big swimming pool and five minutes walk to the theme parks. All the staff were so helpful and couldnt do enough for us, such lovely people who work there. We will be definitely be going back.”
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Siam Park, Tenerife
Siam Park is one of the world’s best water parks which is guaranteed to quench your thirst for a trills! Tenerife is the place to be for both kids and adults with Siam Park’s huge white sand beach, Wave Palace and The Lost City. There’s a mix of serene with blissful waterfalls and tropical fish combined with over 30 rides which will definitely get that adrenaline pumping by the pools!
Highlights: Plunge down the jaw-dropping Tower of Power, if you’re brave enough!
Where to stay: Villa Cortes Hotel
Brian from Newtownabbey says: “The hotel, pool area, gardens and beach bar were 5 star and the staff were exceptional. I would highly recommend this complex to anyone looking for a first class holiday.”
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Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire
Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s number one theme park and with over 50 rides and attractions, it takes you from 1 to 100 on the exhilaration spectrum! From CBeebies land to The Alton Tower Dungeon, this park has fun for every age. Prepare to uncover the hidden shipwreck at Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, feel the speed of Rita, and enjoy the turbulent, twisting frenzy of Nemesis.
Highlights: Have your mind blown by Thirteen (known as ‘psychoaster’), the ride that will ignite physical and psychological fun!
Where to stay: The Izaak Walton Hotel Ltd
Barry from Burton on Trent says: “Lovely hotel in wonderful countryside…staff excellent.”
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