When you think of theme parks you instantly think of America, famed for Disneyland Park, Walt Disney World, EPCOT and Universal Studios. Beyond the United States there are plenty of places where you can enjoy thrilling roller coaster rides. Our experts know where to go if you want to ride the fastest or highest roller coasters in the world and where the largest indoor and outdoor theme parks are located. Here are our top 6 theme parks in the world.
1. Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi
Adrenalin thrill seekers should head to Abu Dhabi where you can ride the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Located on Yas Island, Formula Rossa climbs to 52 metres before launching you into speeds of 240 kilometres an hour in just under five seconds as your body experiences 4.8Gs. If you have a head for heights, Flying Aces climbs to 63 metres as you fly through the world’s highest loop rollercoaster.You can also experience the biggest loop by zip-lining through it. There are plenty of other rides at Ferrari World including racing simulators, go kart circuits and you can even go for a spin around the track with a Ferrari-trained instructor.
2. IMG Worlds of Adventure – Dubai
The world’s largest indoor theme park is IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai. Divided into different adventure zones there is something for all of the family. Immerse into the world of MARVEL where you can get dizzy on the Thor Thunder Spin, help save the day joining the Avengers team or go for a spin with Spider-Man. The Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure is where you can ride Dubai’s highest and fastest roller coaster, the Velociraptor and loop-the-loop on the Predator ride. Children love seeing their favourite Cartoon Network characters including the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 in the dedicated kid’s zone. To keep energy levels up there are plenty of dining facilities along the IMG Boulevard.
3. Disney Parks and Resorts – United States
The world’s biggest theme park is Walt Disney World® in Orlando, Florida. Home to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® it is packed with entertainment to keep you busy for several days. Over on America’s west coast, Disneyland Park at Anaheim opened in 1955 and was one of world’s first theme parks. Its development was overseen by Walt Disney himself. Described as ‘the happiest place on earth’ it is packed with attractions including one of the newest rides - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with multiple rides as you try and defeat the First Order.
4. Universal Studios –Singapore
The first Universal Studios in Southeast Asia is located on Sentosa Island in Singapore. There are six themed zones where you can explore the Walk of Fame on the Hollywood Boulevard and meet your favourite characters from Madagascar and Sesame Street on the streets of New York. One of the biggest attractions here is Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON, where you choose your side to do battle on the tallest duelling roller coaster, with plenty of twists, turns and dramatic drops throughout.
5. Dubai Parks and Resorts™– Dubai
Three theme parks and a water park can be found at Dubai Parks and Resorts™. Here you will find MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai, BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai and LEGOLAND® Water Park. It’s the largest integrated theme park in the Middle East. LEGOLAND® Dubai has over 40 themed rides and shows.MOTIONGATE™ Dubai has cleverly combined three of Hollywood’s famous picture studios: Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and LIONSGATE where you can interact with your favourite characters. Step into Indian culture at BOLLYWOOD PARKS ™, boasting the tallest swing ride in the world. LEGOLAND® Water Park is aimed at 2 to 12-year-olds where children can take on the Joker Soaker and build a LEGO® raft to float down a lazy river.
6. Warner Bros. World ™ – Abu Dhabi
With 29 rides, entertainment shows, dining and ample shopping opportunities there is plenty to keep you busy at Warner Bros. World ™ Abu Dhabi. Incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technology, access to the rides is via facial recognition. Based on Warner Bros. most popular characters you can journey on The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure, spin on The Jetsons Cosmic Orbiter and follow the clues at the Scooby-Doo: The Museum of Mysteries.