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Alton Towers

Alton Towers is a theme park and resort located in Staffordshire, England, UK. It is the most visited theme park in the United Kingdom and 9th most visited theme park in Europe. It is based north of the village of Alton in Staffordshire (approximately 16 miles (26 km) east of Stoke-on-Trent), in the grounds of Alton Towers, a semi-ruined Gothic revival country house. The estate was a former seat of the Earls of Shrewsbury. The resort includes the theme park as well as the Alton Towers Hotel, Splash Landings Hotel, Waterpark, Spa, Extraordinary Golf and Conference Centre. It is the flagship attraction of Merlin Entertainments in the United Kingdom. Major attractions at Alton Towers include Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Rita and Th13teen. Home to Britain’s most-loved theme park with great kids attractions; white-knuckle roller coaster rides; special events; and much, much more; Alton Towers Resort is the perfect destination for the whole family!  – visit the Alton Towers Resort today!

www.altontowers.com

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris, is an entertainment and theme park in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town in the eastern suburbs of Paris,France, located 32 km (20 miles) from the centre of Paris and mostly lying within the commune of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne. From idyllic countryside to medieval villages and royal towns with castles, the Seine-et-Marne region is bursting with art, history and culture.Disneyland Paris is home to two theme parks, seven hotels, and a shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Incorpoating two theme parks,1. Disneyland Park – here you will discover five ‘Themed’ lands “Main Street, U.S.A.”, “Fantasyland”, “Frontierland”, “Adventureland” and “Discoveryland” go wild in the west or join pirates on the high seas let your imagination go wild, 2. Walt Disney Studio Park – You can discover the magical world of cinema and television at Walt Disney Studios Park. Explore four cinemagical studio lots featuring thrilling attractions and spectacular shows. Make your dreams centre-stage. Disney Village – Shopping, dining, cinemas, dancing and live entertainment for the whole family. Find out why the magic truly never stops at Disney Village.

www.disneylandparis.co.uk

Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort, commonly known as Walt Disney World and informally as Disney World, is the world’s most-visited entertainment resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Covering 30,080 acres (12,173 ha; 47 sq mi), it is owned and operated by Walt Disney Company and is home to four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-four themed resorts (excluding eight more that are on-site but not owned by the Walt Disney Company), two spas and fitness centres, five golf courses, and other recreational and entertainment venues. The resort opened on October 1, 1971 with the Magic Kingdom theme park, and has since added Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_GB/

Europapark

Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and a second most popular theme park resort in Europe. Having 4.5 million visitors in 2011, it is the most popular seasonal theme park in the world and the second most visited theme park in Europe after Disneyland Paris. Europa-Park is located in Rust, in the south-west of Germany between Freiburg and Strasbourg, France. It is usually open from just before Easter until the beginning of November (summer season) and from the end of November to the second week in January (winter season).The park is split into sixteen different areas, mostly named after European countries or regions. The park mascot is a grey mouse named “Euromaus” although there are over a dozen other characters that “live” at the park. The park is home to eleven roller coasters, the oldest being the Alpenexpress Mine Train, where a powered coaster speeds through a diamond mine, – and the newest coaster being Wodan, a wooden roller-coaster. Europa-Park has very high capacity roller-coasters and attractions meaning the park can accommodate up to approx. 50,000 guests per day. Along with the park and rides, Europa-Park is also a major resort. It boasts five hotels, a guest house, Tipi Village and campsite. The largest hotel is called Colosseo which includes a re-creation of a Roman colosseum. Across the park, there are many shows performed on a daily basis, such as an Ice Show in Greece, a Gladiator Arena Show in Spain, an Acrobatics Show in an Italian Theatre and a fully re-created Globe Theatre, based on that of William Shakespeare. In addition, there are several smaller theatres and outdoor stages, street artists and a daily parade. The Magic 4D Cinema also opens during the evening and shows current blockbusters.

www.europapark.de

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (formerly known as Busch Gardens Africa) is a 335-acre (136 ha) 19th century African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida. It opened on March 31, 1959 as an admission-free hospitality facility for Tampa Anheuser-Busch; in addition to various beer tastings they had, a bird garden and the Stairway to the Stars which was an escalator that took guests to the roof of the brewery. Busch Gardens is currently accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Busch Gardens continued to grow and in 1965 they opened the 29 acre Serengeti Plains which allowed the African wildlife to roam freely.It continued to focus on its tropical landscape, exotic animals, and amusements to draw visitors. Busch Gardens began charging admission as the entertainment became more complex, with extra fees for the thrill rides, such as the roller coasters for which Busch Gardens is now known. Currently Busch Gardens competes with other such parks in Florida and charges comparable fees.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/

Efteling

Efteling is the largest theme park in the Netherlands, and as it opened in 1952, it is one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Efteling is located in the town of Kaatsheuvel, in the municipality of Loon op Zand, and has received over 100 million visitors. Originally the park catered towards children with a fairy tale theme. In over fifty years the park has evolved from a nature park with playground and a Fairy Tale Forest, into a full-sized theme park. It is twice as large as the original Disneyland park in California and predates it by three years. Nowadays, Efteling caters to both children and adults with its cultural, romantic and nostalgic themes and its variety of amusement rides. Efteling is a magical experience and invites you on a thrilling adventure. Step inside this fairytale world full of wondrous tales, delightful dreams and adventures at high speed. Forget everything else for a while and take the leading role in the adventure. Don’t worry, the Efteling is now open every season!

www.efteling.com

Gardaland

Gardaland is the third-most-popular theme park in Europe and is between Peschiera and Lazise, at Lake Garda in Italy. Built on the eastern shore of Lake Garda at Castelnuovo del Garda. Run and operated by the Merlin Entertainments Group, the park is promoted as first in Italy. The park opened on July 19, 1975 and it has expanded steadily in both size and attendance. It currently is home to six roller coasters and a total of 32 rides. The coasters are called Blue Tornado, Magic Mountain, Sequoia Adventure, Raptor, Orto Bruco, Mammut and Fuga da Atlantide.

www.gardaland.it

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is a theme park in Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK. After demolition of the Thorpe Park Estate in the 1930s, the site became a gravel pit. Thorpe Park was built in 1979 on the gravel pit which was partially flooded, creating a water-based theme for the park. The park’s first large roller coaster, Colossus, was added in 2002. Some of the major attractions at Thorpe Park include:Nemesis Inferno, a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster featuring interlocking corkscrews and a pre-lift section themed around a volcano. Colossus, an Intamin multi-looping roller-coaster with a record breaking 10 inversions. SAW – The Ride, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter themed around the Saw franchise. Stealth, a launched roller coaster which accelerates to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) in approximately 1.8 seconds. X:\ No Way Out, an enclosed rollercoaster that travels backwards through the dark.Themed as being trapped in a computer virus.Loggers Leap, the tallest log flume in the UK . Tidal Wave, a ‘Shoot the chutes’ water ride. Storm Surge. The Swarm, a Wing Coaster that opened on 15 March 2012. It is themed as an apocalyptic destruction.In 2011, the park had 1.9 million visitors, making it the joint second most visited theme park in the United Kingdom alongside Legoland Windsor and after Alton Towers with 2.6 million visitors, as well as joint 10th most visited in Europe, again alongside Legoland

www.thorpepark.com

Tivoli Gardens, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on August 15, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg. With 3.963 million visitors in 2011, Tivoli is the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world, the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the fourth most visited in Europe, only behind Disneyland Paris, Europa-Park Rust and the Efteling. The park is best known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, or as some people call it, Bjergbanen (the Mountain Coaster), built in 1914 in Malmö, Sweden and moved to Tivoli Gardens in 1915. It is one of world’s oldest wooden roller coasters that is still operating today. An operator controls the ride by braking down the hills so it won’t gain too much speed. It is an ACE Coaster Classic.Another roller coaster, Dæmonen (The Demon), features an Immelmann loop, a loop, and a Zero-G roll all during the ride time of just one minute and forty six seconds. An old roller coaster, Slangen, was removed to have enough space for The Demon. Dæmonen is situated next to the concert hall.The world’s tallest carousel, The Star Flyer, opened in Tivoli in 2006. Eighty meters high and built by the Austriancompany Funtime, it offers panoramic views of the city.On 1 May 2009 Tivoli opened the new ride Vertigo, a looping plane ride where the rider pilots the ride, able to control the plane.

PortAventura

PortAventura is a theme park and a resort in Salou, Catalonia, Spain; on the Costa Daurada, approximately an hour drive south-west of Barcelona. It attracts around 3 million visitors per year making it the most visited theme park in Spain. PortAventura Park is also the 6th most visited theme park in Europe. The resort also includes PortAventura Aquatic Park and four hotels. It is the biggest resort in the south of Europe. It has 2 airports within 30 minutes of it, including Reus Airport. There is a train station for PortAventura which has connections to Barcelona and Salou. The six areas of the theme park will let you discover new and wonderful worlds with magnificent shows and breathtaking magical rides for all ages. From the tallest and fastest roller coasters in Europe to the smaller rides that parents and children can enjoy together in the magical family area of SésamoAventura.

www.portaventuraworld.com

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