The world’s 10 most popular theme parks

A recent report by the Themed Entertainment Association has ranked the top 10 theme parks in the world, with destinations ranging from Florida to Tokyo.

Last year alone, these theme parks were visited by over 235.6 million combined guests, and attendance just keeps increasing

Take a look at the top 10 most popular theme parks across the globe.



10. Universal Studios Florida — Universal Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios in Orlando opened in 1990. The park is based on Hollywood films and pop-culture icons, including “Transformers,” “Despicable Me,” and “Men in Black.”

9. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris — Marne-la-Vallee, France

Disneyland Paris may just be Disney’s most beautiful park, emulating European beauty with Disney Imagineering. It was the second Disney resort to open outside the US, and welcomed its first guests in 1992.

8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World — Lake Buena Vista, Florida

While it’s the least popular park at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios reigns supreme on a global scale, especially since the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” A Star Wars Land is under construction now.

7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World — Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of the largest animal theme parks in the world, and home to over 2,000 animals, and 300 species.

6. Epcot at Walt Disney World — Lake Buena Vista, Florida

EPCOT, standing for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened in 1982. The park was inspired by Walt’s vision of a futuristic utopian city, though he passed away before the park could be realized. Created in his honor after his death, the park aims to celebrate human achievement and imagination.

5. Tokyo Disney Sea — Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Disney Sea is a sister park to Tokyo Disneyland, and has been in the works since the late 1980s, when the Walt Disney Company started planning a maritime-themed park called Port Disney in Long Beach, California. Port Disney didn’t pan out, and the company later set its sights on Tokyo. Thus, in 2001, Tokyo DisneySea came to life.

4. Universal Studios Japan — Osaka, Japan

As with all Universal parks, visitors come here to see box office hits come to life. One of this park’s most popular attractions is Universal Wonderland, where rides and entertainment are inspired by “Snoopy,” “Sesame Street,” and Hello Kitty.

3. Tokyo Disneyland — Tokyo, Japan

This might be the only Disney park in which Duffy the bear is more popular than Mickey Mouse. Duffy is a Disney bear that’s widely known and loved in Japan; his origin story revolves around the fact that he’s Mickey’s favorite stuffed animal. The park is actually not owned by the Walt Disney Company, but the result of a licensing agreement between the Walt Disney Company and the Oriental Land Company in Japan. However, the Disney magic remains, making it the third-best theme park on the planet.

2. Disneyland — Anaheim, California

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Disneyland, which opened in 1955, is the only theme park that was built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney, as well as designed by him.

1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World — Lake Buena Vista, Florida

This beloved park has held the title of world’s favorite theme park for 10 consecutive years, seeing nearly 20.5 million visitors last year alone. Magic Kingdom first opened in 1971, and is home to six whimsicals areas, including Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, not to mention Cinderella’s Castle.

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