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Thrilling Amusement Parks Around the World

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Disneyland Park

Disney's magic kingdom, the Disneyland Park in Anaheim is the original theme park; a labor of love designed by Walt Disney himself, the only one of the franchise to have been built directly under his auspicious care. Since its grand opening in 1955, this theme park has come to be renown as the place where dreams come true; where ogres, dragons and wizards roam, dazzling visions of the future are realized, and all are invited to experience a realm born of an imagination that knows no bounds. Expanded over the years, this whimsical wonderland now includes eight playfully themed lands like Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. Here, fairytale princesses and Mickey Mouse greet visitors of every age, welcoming them into a world where magical lands are brought to life and there are thrilling experiences galore.

Anaheim, CA, United States
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Europa Park

Step into the enchanting Europa Park for an experience like no other. Travel enthusiasts are sure to love the city themed areas, where you can drop in to Portugal or Spain, or visit Scandinavia, among the dozen other cities recreated. Larger-than-life roller-coasters, crazy carousels and whirlwind water-rides will get your adrenaline pumping and leave you gasping for more. As one of the country's largest of its kind, this park promises an exhilarating and memorable time and will far from disappoint. It makes for a great getaway from mundane city life and is best enjoyed with family and large groups.

Rust, Germany
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Beto Carrero World

Enjoying the reputation of being the largest theme park in South America, Beto Carrero World is worth all the excitement that surrounds it. Built by Beto Carrero, a dreamer and an achiever, Beto Carrero made the park what is is today. The park has plenty of attractions for younger as well as older children and for adults too. Some of the major highlights of the Beto Carrero World are their superb shows; Madagascar, which is based on the movie Madagascar is a favorite among the kids and The Extreme show involving cars, motorcycles and truck stunts is also a crowd puller. Of course, no theme park is complete without adrenaline-pumping rides and Beto Carrero World has monsters like the Big Tower & FreeFall, Star Mountain and the FireWhip. The park also has a Zoo which is home to many exotic animals. In addition, Beto Carrero World pays special attention towards enlighting children with various cultures through interactive displays and the German Village is one such example. The park is so vast, that one day isn't really sufficient to explore the place, it is isn't called Beto Carrero "World" for no reason! So keep a minimum of two days from your vacation aside to soak in all the fun at this terrific amusement park.

Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Universal Studios

The Universal Studios tour is one of Hollywood's famous must-sees. With a slate of ever-changing attractions, the park is a great outing for the whole family and can easily take up an entire day. After the guided tour, you can wander around the park, get something to eat (at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes), take in the various shows, like the Spiderman Rocks musical and Waterworld, board one of the numerous thrill rides including Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Terminator or visit Hogwarts at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Tivoli

Founded in 1843, Tivoli is located where the once-fortified city's ramparts used to be, and the park's on-site lake is a remnant of the city's moat. Known around the world for its infectious carnival-style atmosphere and exciting attractions, the Tivoli Gardens combine the charm of the yesteryear with the dynamism of the future. The park spans a staggering 80,000 square meters (861112.8 square feet) of space in the heart of Copenhagen, making it one of the largest amusement parks in the country. Packed into its huge space are attractions like a historic rollercoaster, a mystical pirate ship, and magically lit carousels. Older folk tend to congregate in and around Tivoli's nearly 40 bars and restaurants, some of which are tres gourmet and many date as far back as 1843. World-class live entertainment is always provided, and the festivities get kicked into high gear during the Christmas season.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Puy du Fou

Are you're looking to battle with the vikings, hurl with the gladiators or swash buckle with pirates? Then Puy du Fou is the answer to all your fantasies. Attracting over 2,000,000 tourists each year, this historical theme park provides spectacles and attraction that cover various exciting periods in history and with it music concerts, dance performances and reenactments galore. Come sunset and the Cinescene provides an unforgettable show on one of the biggest stage in the world, and thousands of actors and performers most of whom are from the neighboring areas and take you through nearly 700 years in history. For a whole new experience for the whole family, check out the wonderful Puy du Fou.

Les Epesses, France
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Six Flags Magic Mountain

This world famous attraction is one of Southern California's most popular theme parks! With the most exciting thrill rides around, you're guaranteed to have fun. Six Flags California is composed of two parks: Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Magic Mountain bills itself as the extreme park with the most roller coasters and adult rides in the region. Of course, there's still plenty to do for the whole family, including an amazing kids area that's perfect for the younger crowd. Take a ride on the gigantic Colossus, try not to scream on the rollercoaster Scream, and feel like you're flying on Superman!

Valencia, CA, United States
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Gardaland

Gardaland is the best and largest theme park in Italy. There are many rides which have contributed to its success including: a journey amongst the pharaohs in "Valley of Kings" and a trip round a pirate village in "The Buccaneers" You can also visit the "Village of the Elves" and venture through the uncultivated jungle. However, the best rides are aimed at the bravest visitors: start with a terrifying free-fall from a height of 40 meters in "Space Vertigo", then wander through a Russian mountain range in "Blue Tornado" and finally explore some more traditional mountains in 'Magic Mountain'. There are hundreds of other attractions as well as live shows. The park which has been carefully put together, right down to the finishing touches, is also houses a number of restaurants and gift shops. Note that hours vary according to the season.

Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
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Tokyo Disneyland

Opened in 1983, Tokyo Disney Resort was the first Disney theme park located outside the United States. Centered around Cinderella Castle, the 80-hectare facility features 47 attractions located in seven different themed lands, which are World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. In addition, there are 53 dining facilities and 60 different shops. Over 260 million people have visited Tokyo Disneyland, attesting to its enduring popularity. Here you will meet Mickey Mouse and all the other lovable Disney characters.

Urayasu, Japan
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Universal’s Islands of Adventure®

Make an escapade to the distinctly thrilling islands of adventure and experience exciting rides. Set foot right into the magical World of Harry Potter or enter an epic battle of good versus evil on the streets of Marvel Super Hero Island. Adventure and thrill, that's what this theme park is all about. All those childhood superhero fantasies you concocted come alive in these Islands of Adventure.

Orlando, FL, United States
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Epcot

With Spaceship Earth as its icon, Epcot has been a Walt Disney World favorite since the Epcot Center opened in 1982. Epcot celebrates technology and the future with two featured sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World explores technology while World Showcase has pavilions representing eleven countries from around the world. Epcot has rides but more prominently features shows and tours ranging from Honey I Shrunk the Audience to the environmentally-conscious The Circle of Life. Nearby, the America Gardens outdoor arena hosts live performances.

Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
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Magic Kingdom

The original Walt Disney World park, the Magic Kingdom creates a fantasy world for kids of all ages. The park contains seven different themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Mickey's Toontown Fair. Each land displays the special Disney magic, and around the whole park are rides, games, characters, shows and shopping. At the center of the park lies Cinderella's Castle which towers over the park at 189 feet. The original design for the park was based on California's Disneyland, however Magic Kingdom is significantly larger.

Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
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