Five Most Visited American Theme Parks

in Disney World, Orlando Florida

It’s a dream held by many children around the world to go to Disneyland and it was certainly one of mine. With Disneyland spreading to places like Paris and Toyko, even more children can live the dream.

America is the birthplace of theme parks with the first one “Santa Claus Land” (now known as Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari) in Santa Claus, Indiana opening in 1946. Yes, surprise, it was not Disneyland which opened in 1955. Orlando in Florida now has more theme parks than any other place in the world.

These are the five most visited theme parks in America, and a must see for any lovers of theme parks who travel to America.

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando 1971

17.1 million visitors in 2011 (1st in the world)

The most popular theme park in the world according to attendance. With eight different lands including the old west, fantasy, and adventure land you are sure to find something to excite and entertain.

Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California 1955

16.1 million in 2011 (2nd in the world)

The original Disneyland also has eight lands and lots of live entertainment. You could spend a week here and not see it all. Many theme parks will give you an annual pass with unlimited entry to ensure you keep coming back to enjoy. So if it’s a trip of a lifetime make sure you allow plenty of time. You may also want to visit Universal studios in Los Angeles on the way.

Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando 1982

10.8 million in 2011 (6th in the world)

Epcot means Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It was going to be a utopian city of the future, however this changed after Walt Disney’s death. The park has two sections, 8 future world pavilions and 11 world showcase pavilions that are staffed by people from these 11 countries, therefore transporting you to another country.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando 1998

9.8 million in 2011 (7th in the world)

Has seven themed areas with plans for an 8th Avatar area to be built in the next few years. Which will be a must see for any fan of Avatar. Animal kingdom has more than 1,700 animals from 250 species calling it home. A fantastic experience for animal lovers of any age.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, 1989

9.7 million in 2011 (8th in the world)

Has six different areas each with it’s own theme, Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Streets of America, Animation Courtyard, Pixar Place and Sunset Boulevard. They also hold events like Star Wars Weekends.

Popular rides found at many theme parks around the world

Splash Mountain

This ride involves sitting in a carved out log and being taken up a steep incline. The doors then open and suddenly you are pushed out down a long tube of water with the end result being a welcome shower on a hot day.

Space Mountain

This is a roller coaster in the dark, possible helpful for those who are scared of heights, however not those who fear the unknown. Hold on tight as you never know which way your body will be thrown, hence giving that extra thrill as you soar through space.

Author – Georgie Hope+ loves visiting theme parks around the world

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