When was the last time you visited a theme park? Every year hundreds of millions of people flock to theme parks from around the world in order to get away from the daily mundane. Families enjoy celebrating events by riding thrilling roller coasters, seeing daring spectacles, and enjoying varied themed environments. Are you one of them? Here are 25 most visited theme parks in the world.
(Note: Annual numbers based on the TEA/AECOM 2013 Global Attractions Report. Featured image by Lawrence Rayner. CC License 2.0)
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise | Annual attendance: 4,149,000
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise located in Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Japan, opened in 1993. The amusement park consists of an aquarium, a shopping mall, a hotel, a marina, and rides and attracts over 4 million visitors every year.
Efteling | Annual attendance: 4,150,000
Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, that has been in operation since 1952. The park’s attractions focus on elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales and folklore, and it is estimated that more than 100 million people have visited it since opening day.
Tivoli Gardens| Annual attendance: 4.200,000
Tivoli Gardens is a historic amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark, that has been in operation since 1843. It is the second-oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken, and it is believed to have received more people throughout the years than any other amusement park in history.
SeaWorld San Diego| Annual attendance: 4,311,000
SeaWorld San Diego sits on almost 200 acres and operates at different times throughout the year. So, make sure you check the park’s schedule before you get there and find its doors are closed.
Walt Disney Studios Park| Annual attendance: 4,470,000
Walt Disney Studios Park is the second of two theme parks built at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and opened its gates for the first time on March 16, 2002. It is dedicated to show business, focusing on movies, production, and behind-the-scenes action. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 4.4 million guests, making it the third most-visited amusement park in Europe and the twenty-first most-visited worldwide.