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Top 10 most famous amusement parks in the world

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

CachHayNhat - Amusement parks are among the most visited and popular among children and adults alike. They offer a great way to spend your day off, weekend or day trip. Originally evolving out of medieval European fairgrounds, modern amusement parks offer a wide range of different attractions.

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They can have different rides like roller coasters or carousels, referral programs and bonus games, horror rooms, and literally hundreds of other attractions. Amusement parks today are often also amusement parks. Those amusement parks often follow a certain theme that represents the company or a special theme or context.


The following list ranks the 10 most popular theme parks in the world. The rankings are based on the number of visitors in 2018. As you will see, one company in particular is clearly dominating the world of theme parks.


Top 10 most famous amusement parks in the world

(as of October 2019)


10 MOST POPULAR Amusement Parks in the World

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

20.9 million visitors


Anaheim, California, USA

18.7 million visitors


Urayasu, Kanto, Japan

17.9 million visitors


Urayasu, Kanto, Japan

14.7 million visitors


Osaka, Kansai, Japan

14.3 million visitors


Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

13.8 million visitors


Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

12.4 million visitors


Shanghai, Shanghai city, China

11.8 million visitors


Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

11.3 million visitors


Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

10.8 million visitors


1. Magic Kingdom

20.9 million visitors annually

Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom

Year of opening: 1971

Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Part of: Walt Disney World Resort

Owner: Walt Disney Company


Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom is the most famous amusement park in the world. The park located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (a suburb of Orlando, Florida) welcomed over 20 million visitors from around the world in 2018. While the actual entrance to the park is at Lake Buena Vista, which is nearly 25,000 wide. The acreage (about 100 km²) of the Magic Kingdom actually spills over and is located mainly in the neighboring Bay Lake.


The theme park is wholly owned by The Walt Disney Company. The park opened in 1971, but planning for the park was started in 1965 by Walt Disney himself. He wanted to build an amusement park in Eastcoast USA to complement Disneyland in California. Unfortunately, Walt Disney died of lung cancer in 1966, but his project continued and was completed five years later. Today, his Magic Kingdom is the main attraction of Walt Disney World Resort, the most popular resort in the world. A statue of Walt Disney holding Mickey Mouse's hand, his work, now stands in front of the Magic Kingdom to commemorate and honor its founder.


 

2. Disneyland Park

18.7 million annual visitors

Tín dụng: Scott Brinegar / Disneyland
Tín dụng: Scott Brinegar / Disneyland

Year of opening: 1955

Location: Anaheim, California, USA

Part of: Disneyland Resort

Owner: Walt Disney Company


It was in Anaheim, California (near Los Angeles, California) where it all started. Disneyland Park (originally known as Disneyland) was Walt Disney's first amusement park and the park that inspired all others that followed. In 2018, more than 18 million people from around the world visited Disney's original theme park. Disneyland Park is a part and main attraction of the Disneyland Resort, which is also located entirely in Anaheim. Disneyland Park is wholly owned by The Walt Disney Company.


 

3. Tokyo Disneyland

17.9 million annual visitors

Tín dụng: Cory Denton / CC BY 2.0
Tín dụng: Cory Denton / CC BY 2.0

Year of opening: 1983

Location: Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Part of: Tokyo Disney Resort

Owner: Oriental Land Company

Tokyo Disneyland is the first Disney-themed theme park built outside the United States. It opened in 1983. Despite its name, the amusement park is not actually located in Tokyo but in the nearby city of Urayasu. With nearly 18 million visitors in 2018, Tokyo Disneyland is the third most popular theme park in the world today. It is also one of the most popular in Japan and most popular outside of the United States. Tokyo Disneyland is owned by The Oriental Land Company, a Japanese travel agency.


The company has a licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Company that allows the Japanese company to use all registered Disney trademarks for amusement parks. Tokyo Disneyland is a part and main attraction of Tokyo Disney Resort, the largest resort in Japan.


 

4. Tokyo DisneySea

14.7 million annual visitors

Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea

Year of opening: 2001

Location: Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Part of: Tokyo Disney Resort

Owner: Oriental Land Company


After the huge success of Tokyo Disneyland, Oriental Land Company built another Disney themed theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort. Tokyo DisneySea is a marine-themed park that opened in 2001. In its first year of existence, DisneySea welcomed 10 million visitors, the first theme park to achieve this in its first year since opening. door. About 14.7 million people visited the theme park in 2018, making it the fourth most popular theme park in the world. Tokyo Disney Resort now also includes two of the most popular theme parks in Japan and outside of the United States.


 

5. Universal Studios Japan

14.3 million annual visitors

Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan

Year of opening: 2001

Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Part of: None

resort owner : Comcast


Disney Resort's popularity in Japan has also inspired other companies to be active in the East Asian country. Comcast, the owner of Universal Pictures, one of the largest film studios in the world, opened Universal Studios Japan in 2001. It was directly inspired by Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. This theme park was Comcast's first theme park outside the US and quickly became more popular and successful than its two US counterparts (Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal Studios Florida). Over 14 million people visited the theme park in Osaka, Japan in 2018. As a result, Universal Studios Japan is the most loved non-Disney theme park in the world.


 

6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom

13.8 million annual visitors

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Year of opening: 1998

Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Part of: Walt Disney World Resort

Owner: Walt Disney Company


 

7. Epcot

12.4 million annual visitors

Epcot
Epcot

Year of opening: 1982

Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Part of: Walt Disney World Resort

Owner: Walt Disney Company


 

8. Shanghai Disneyland Park

11.8 million annual customer visits

Shanghai Disneyland Park
Shanghai Disneyland Park

Opening year: 2016

Location: Shanghai, Shanghai City, China

Part of: Shanghai Disney Resort

Owner: Walt Disney Company & Shanghai Shendi Group (joint ownership)

 

9. Disney's Hollywood Studios

11.3 million annual visitors

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios

Year of opening: 1989

Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Part of: Walt Disney World Resort

Owner: Walt Disney Company


 

10. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

10.8 million annual visitors

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

Opening year: 2014

Location: Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

Part of: Chimelong International Ocean Resort

Owner: Chimelong Corporation


 

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