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Seven World Theme Parks That Will Leave You Asking for More

With hundreds of theme parks all over the world, and bigger and better ones springing up constantly, it is a hard task to narrow down your selection to just seven; and that is exactly what we have attempted to do here.

Our choices are based less on world rankings and number of visitors every year, but more on the overall fun elements with a touch of uniqueness that each of the seven theme park destinations below promises. One more thing; our choice is not given in any order of rating – it is purely an alphabetical listing of our top seven choices. Let’s check them out!

Beto Carrero World (Penha, Brazi)


Located in Penha, Brazil, Beto Carrero World is the largest theme park in Latin America with nearly 3500 acres of nothing but fun, games, food, and adventure many times over.

Your day at the sprawling park starts at the Castelo das Nações, a vibrantly colored building that houses the ticket counters, stores, and cafes. After you are done with your entrance formalities and refreshments you can start a systematic exploration of the eight specific theme areas that the park is divided into.

Theme areas and some of their main attractions

Avenida das Nações (Nations’ Avenue)

  • Castelo das Nações (Nations’ Castle)
  • Baby Elefante (Baby Elephant)
  • As Aventuras de Betinho Carrero-4D (The Adventures of Betinho
  • Carrero-4D)
  • Roda-Gigante (Ferris Wheel)
  • Teleférico (Cable car)
  • Super Carros (Super Cars)
  • Passeio De Helicóptero (Ride in the Helicopter):

Mundo Animal (Animal World)

  • Zoológico (Zoo)
  • Ilha dos Macacos (Monkeys’ Island)
  • Passarela dos Tigres (Catwalk Tigers)
  • Palácio das Serpentes (Serpents’ Palace
  • Centro de Primatologia Beto Carrero (Beto Carrero’s Center of Primatology)
  • Mundo Mágico das Aves (Magical World of Birds)

Vila Germânica (Germanic Village)

  • Bier Haus – Authentic German restaurant
  • Auto Pist – traditional bump cars carts.
  • Xícaras Malucas (Crazy Teacups)
  • Mundo Maravilhoso dos Cavalos (The Wonderful World of Horses)
  • Tigor Mountain
  • Kidplay
  • Acqua Boa

Velho Oeste (Old West)

  • Aldeia Indígena (Indian Village)
  • Trenzinho (Little Train)
  • Cavalarias: You can ride a horse or a little pony, with obstacles in the course.
  • Sonho do Cowboy (Cowboy’s Dream
  • Hípica: Where the horses are treated.
  • Memorial Beto Carrero: Tells visitors the history of the Brazilian most famous cowboy,

Ilha dos Piratas (Pirates’ Island)

  • Bar Pirata: A Bar with pirates’ theme.
  • Casa dos Espelhos (Mirrors’ house)
  • Caverna dos Piratas (Pirates’ Cave)
  • Galeão Pirata (Pirate Galleo
  • Barco Pirata (Pirate Boat)

Terra da Fantasia (Fantasy Land)

  • Casa do Beto Carrero (Beto Carrero’s House)
  • Caverna dos Dinossauros (Dinosaurs’ Cave)
  • Horta Modelo (Garden Model.
  • Terra dos Gigantes (Giants’ Land).
  • Vale Encantado (Enchanted Valley)
  • Vila Esperança (Hope Village)
  • Vila Árabe (Arab Village)
  • Mundo Mágico Das Aves (Magical World of Birds)

Aventura Radical (Extreme Adventure)

  • Civilizações Perdidas (Lost Civilizations)
  • Elevador-Torre do Terror (Free Fall )
  • Star Mountain.
  • Big Tower
  • Portal da Escuridão (Darkness Portal)
  • Velozes e Furiosos Show (Fast and Furious Show)
  • Pista de Kart (Kart Track)


  • Madasgacar Crazy River Adventure
  • Madagascar Circus Show

Foto com personagens (Pictures with Character Official Website):

Source: Wikipedia

Disneyland (Anaheim, California, USA)


The first Disney theme park, designed and built under the personal supervision of Walt Disney, opened to the public in 1955 and is still rated among the top few theme parks in the world.

While the park’s original attractions like the Disneyland Railroad and Peter Pan’s Flight continue to delight visitors, Disneyland has kept pace with competition and changing demands and, over the years, has added classics like the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion among many others.

Disneyland is huge and is divided into the following areas, each with its own unique attractions. Covering the entire park and most, if not all, of the attractions would require no fewer 3-4 days – perhaps more if you are in a large group.

Here are the seven Disneyland areas with some of their main attractions.


  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse

Critter Country

  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Splash Mountain
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Splash Mountain


  • Fantasyland Theatre
  • “It’s a Small World”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

Snow White’s Scary Adventures

  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Mad Tea Party


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Disneyland Railroad
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • The Disney Gallery
  • Main Street Cinema

Mickey’s Toontown

  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Treehouse

New Orleans Square

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Disneyland Railroad


  • Astro Orbiter
  • Autopia
  • Star Tours–The Adventures Continue
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Space Mountain
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Official Website:

Source: Wikipedia

Disneyland Paris (Marne-La-Vallée, France)


In spite of financial issues and huge debts, Disneyland Paris continues to be one of Europe’s main tourist attractions. Located in Marne-La-Vallée, near Paris, it is a pleasing blend of the conventional Disneyland “hub-and-spoke” layout and European-influenced architecture.

Some of the most sought after attractions in addition to some new ones are listed below.

Adventure Isle – Family fun ahoy! Pluck up the courage to explore this mysterious land and see if you can uncover the secrets behind Skull Rock

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth – Wander through your own adventure in Wonderland, where a Cheshire Cat-sized smile awaits you around every corner

Armageddon: les Effets Spéciaux – Rocket over to the Backlot for an explosive special effects experience in a spacecraft’s control room

Art of Disney Animation® – Pencil in some time at Disney Animation Studios and discover how a Disney classic gets made

Autopia® – Jump in the driving seat and zoom around the colorful scenery in your very own car

Big Thunder Mountain – Hold tight, as this runaway mine train cart rattles you and your family wildly around a haunted mountain…

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast – Blast off into space and help Buzz defeat Zurg in this intergalactic laser-shooting gallery

Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains® – Ride a mine cart through the magical land of Snow White and discover how the 7 dwarfs helped her defeat the evil queen

Cars Quatre Roues Rallye – Rev up your engines and zoom alongside Lightning McQueen in this speedy circuit from the world of Cars®

Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque – Join the circus and jump aboard the jolly little train from Dumbo for a gentle trip up, down and around the miniature marvels of Storybook Land

Crush’s Coaster® – Spin, dive and fight against the current as you get swept up in a whirlpool of adventure

Discovery Arcade – Eureka! Stumble upon the golden age of invention with scale models of some of the 19th Century’s greatest, ground-breaking creations

Disneyland Railroad – Come aboard and steam ahead to your next magical stop in Disneyland® Park

Horse-Drawn Streetcars – Take a seat and make your way down Main Street, U.S.A. in classic 19th-Century style

Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril – Hold on to your hat as this runaway wagon races you in and out of the dark and mysterious jungle ruins

‘It’s a small world’ – Set sail on a whimsical world tour, as dolls from all over the globe sing and dance to the tune of ‘it’s a small world’

La Cabane des Robinson – Brave the smugglers’ trails of Adventure Isle and discover this magnificent tree house built by the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson

La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant – Experience the story of Sleeping Beauty in the most enchanting of settings

La Tanière du Dragon – Venture deep beneath the enchanting Sleeping Beauty Castle for a meeting with a mythical beast

Le Carrousel de Lancelot – Take the reins and embark on an enchanting ride on Sir Lancelot’s very own merry-go-round

Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin – Marvel at miniature scenes from the city of Agrabah and follow the story of Aladdin like never before

Le Pays des Contes de Fées – Set off on a voyage to magical miniature lands, where classic works of literature and memorable Disney moments are brought to life

Les Mystères du Nautilus – Continue your quest through Discoveryland® and navigate your crew to Jules Verne’s Nautilus for a tour with a tentacular surprise

Les Tapis Volants – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah® – Board a magic carpet and soar around a giant genie lamp through the skies of Agrabah

Les Voyages de Pinocchio – Join Pinocchio, and his friend Jiminy Cricket, on his incredible quest to become a real boy in this no-strings-attached adventure

Meet Spider-Man – Make a date with Spider-Man and capture some magical moments that will live happily ever after in the minds of your little ones

Meet Mickey Mouse – Head backstage to meet Magician Mickey in between shows, snap a photo and discover some truly magical Disney tricks and secrets

New! Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain – Blast off and do battle with the evil Empire in this epic takeover of a classic attraction

NEW! Welcome to Starport: A Star Wars Encounter – Prepare for an out-of-this-world encounter with a famous face from across the galaxy, such as the dreaded Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader

Source and Official Website:

Other Source: Wikipedia

Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Bay Lake, Florida)


The largest theme park in the world, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is spread over 580 acres of prime property and is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks and Resorts division. Based on the philosophy of Walt Disney, the Park is zoologically themed and dedicated to nature and wildlife conservation.

Accreditations: Association of Zoos and Aquariums and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Theme areas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and their attractions


The Oasis is the park’s main entrance, providing guest services. The main paths lead deeper into the park, and onto Discovery Island.

A Rainforest Cafe is located at the entrance prior to entering Oasis and the park proper through the turnstiles.

Discovery Island

  • Tree of Life
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug

Pandora – The World of Avatar

  • Pandora Attractions
  • Pandora Dining
  • Pandora Shopping
  • Pandora Articles


  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • Festival of the Lion King

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

  • Blog with Photos of Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Doc McStuffins Meet-and-Greet


  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Flights of Wonder
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Expedition Everest

DinoLand U.S.A.

  • Boneyard
  • Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama
  • Dinosaur
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Triceratop Spin

Animal Kingdom Restaurants

  • Anandapur Ice Cream Truck – Asia
  • Creature Comforts – Safari Area
  • Dawa Bar
  • Dino-Bite Snacks – Next to Restaurantosaurus
  • Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House – Dinoland USA
  • Eight Spoon Cafe – Discovery Island
  • Flame Tree Barbecue – Discovery Island near bridge to Dinoland
  • Harambe Fruit Market – Africa
  • Harambe Market – Africa
  • Isle of Java – Discovery Island
  • Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery – Africa
  • Mahindi – Africa
  • Nomad Lounge – Discovery Island
  • Pizzafari – Safari Village
  • Pongu Pongu – Pandora – The World of AVATAR
  • Rainforest Cafe at the Animal Kingdom – Main Entrance of the Theme
    Park with exterior
  • Restaurantosaurus – DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Satu’li Canteen – Pandora: The World of Avatar
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments – Africa
  • Terra Treats – Discovery Island
  • The Smiling Crocodile – Discovery Island
  • Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks – Asia
  • Tiffins
  • Trilo-Bites – Dinoland
  • Tusker House Restaurant – Africa, Harambe
  • Warung Outpost – Asia
  • Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes – Asia
  • Yak and Yeti Quality Beverages – Asia
  • Yak and Yeti Restaurant – Asia

Source and Official Website:

Other Source: Wikipedia

Gardaland Park – Italy


Located in North-Eastern Italy, between Brescia and Verona, and spread over 110 acres of land adjacent to Lake Garda, the Gardaland Resort includes Gardaland Park, Gardaland Sea-Life, and the Gardaland Hotel.

The 50-acre theme park itself draws over 3 million visitors every year with its traditional attractions and entertainment shows.

The park boasts an impressive line-up of coasters including the latest, Kung Fu Panda Master, inspired by DreamWorks’ animated feature film Kung Fu Panda, Sequoia Adventure (coaster with six gravity defying inversions), and Raptora (wing coaster with three inversions).

The following are the themed areas in the park:

  • Castello Merlino
  • Piazza
  • Aladino
  • Pirati
  • Energy
  • Rio Bravo
  • Fantasy Kingdom
  • Kids Country

Some of the main attractions at Gardaland:

Roller Coasters

  • Blue Tornado – Steel sit down inverted coaster
  • Magic Mountain – Steel sit down coaster
  • Sequoia Adventure – Steel sit down
  • Raptor – Wing Coaster
  • Mammut – Steel sit down
  • Oblivion: The Black Hole – Dive Coaster
  • Kung Fu Panda Master – Steel spinning roller coaster

Water rides

  • Colorado Boat – Log flume
  • Fuga da Atlantide – Shoot the Chute
  • Jungle Rapids

Dark rides

  • Ramses: il risveglio – Dark ride
  • The Spectacular 4D Adventure – Cinema 4D
  • Time Voyagers – Cinema 4D
  • I Corsari – Dark boat ride

Flat thrill rides

  • Space Vertigo
  • Flying Island
  • Magic House

Family rides

  • Baby Pilota – Spinning ride
  • Peter Pan
  • Mr Ping’s Noodle Surprise – Teacups

Official Website:

Source: Wikipedia

Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen, Denmark)


The Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been a source of adventure and entertainment to visitors ever since its opening in 1843. It is the second-oldest operational theme park in the world after Dyrehavsbakken, also in Denmark, offering a mix of traditional and modern attractions and thrills.

Rutschebanen (The Roller Coaster) is the park’s original coaster and still considered the best of them all, with a path that meanders through and around a mountainside.

Some of the main Tivoli Gardens attractions

Roller Coasters

  • Karavanen (Caravan) – steel sit down
  • Dæmonen (The Demon) – floorless steel sit down
  • Odinexpressen (Odin Express) – powered coaster
  • Rutschebanen (The Roller Coaster) – wooden sit down

Other rides

  • Aquila – giant swing and spinner ride
  • Bumper Cars – classic bumper cars that date from 1926
  • The Flying
  • Galley Ships
  • The Golden Tower
  • The Monsoon – giant swing, a magic carpet ride
  • Himmelskibet – The Star Flyer
  • Vertigo – giant swing that opened in 2009

Kiddie rides

  • The Big Clock
  • Dragon Boats
  • The Fun House
  • The Light House
  • The Little Pilot
  • Petzi’s World
  • The Panda
  • The Temple Tower
  • Vintage Cars

Other attractions

  • The Pantomime Theater
  • The Tivoli Guard Boys
  • Tivoli Aquarium
  • Amusement Arcades
  • The Concert Hall
  • The Glass Hall Theater
  • The Harmony Pavilion
  • Promenade Pavilion

Official Website:

Source: Wikipedia

Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo, Japan)


The Tokyo Disneyland, Japan is the most popular theme park in the country and the third most visited in the world after the Magic Kingdom in Orlando and Disneyland California.

Esmond Cardon Walker, a top executive at Walt Disney Productions from the 60s to the 80s wrote the following dedication on the inauguration of the park on April 15, 1983.

“To all of you who come to this happy place, welcome. Here you will discover enchanted lands of Fantasy and Adventure, Yesterday and Tomorrow. May Tokyo Disneyland be an eternal source of joy, laughter, inspiration, and imagination to the people of the world. And may this magical kingdom be an enduring symbol of the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the great nations of Japan and the United States of America.”

Given below are the seven theme areas of the park with their main attractions.

World Bazaar

  • Omnibus
  • Penny Arcade


  • Western River Railroad
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mail”


  • Westernland Shootin’ Gallery
  • Country Bear Theater
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Tom Sawyer Island Rafts
  • Big Thunder Mountain

Critter Country

  • Splash Mountain
  • Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes


  • Alice’s Tea Party
  • Castle Carrousel
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Snow White’s Adventures
  • Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic


  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Goofy’s paint ‘n’ Play House
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Treehouse
  • Toon Park
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Minnie’s House
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin


  • Stitch Encounter
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  • Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!

Official Website:

Source: Wikipedia

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