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 some lesser known gems, 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.”
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!”
A great choice for families, PortAventura boasts a mixture of big rollercoasters and smaller – but no less fun – rides, each with its own unique and exciting theme. If a day here isn’t enough to get your blood pumping, why not head down the coast to the nearby Barcelona for a rejuvenating break?
Highlights: Tell your little ones to saddle up with a mechanical pony ride through the Mexican wildlands of Los Portrillos.
Where to stay: PortAventura Hotel El Paso
Michelle from South Croydon says, “The hotel was in an excellent location as it was 5 minute walk to the parks and 15 minute stroll to the beach. The hotel was clean and staff very helpful. The food was also excellent with a good variety. Even our two fussy eating kids found plenty to eat! Highly recommended!”
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: Join the Dark Side with the Season of the Force! Your little padawans will be able to train as Jedi knights with Disneyland Paris’ hugely popular Star Wars season.
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.”
Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai
Dubai may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of amazing theme parks, but you’ll be gladly surprised! Encompassing five different parks, you and the whole family will be able to
Highlights: The LEGOLAND Water Park is the perfect place to splash about and cool off, with 20 rides and attractions to choose from.
Where to stay: Lapita
Ahmad from Sharjah says, “Everything was more than perfect, it was more than awesome! 10 out of 10.”