If there's one thing more fun than a theme park holiday, it's a theme park holiday abroad. Europe is home to some of the best theme parks in the world and it's an easy way to guarantee the whole family will have a fantastic time.
The Best Destinations for a Theme Park Holiday Abroad
So, it's settled! A Theme Park holiday it is. But, where? Here are our 5 top picks!
With over 12 million visitors a year, Disneyland Paris is the most popular theme park in Europe. It's a truly magical holiday destination for families and couples. The resort is home to Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. It was opened in 2002, themed around show business, movie production and behind-the-scenes secrets.
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens is a pleasure garden and amusement park in the centre of Copenhagen - an unmissable attraction. Its magical atmosphere will enchant children and adults alike. It's the perfect spot for those seeking nostalgia and fun. Tivoli's oldest ride is the wooden Roller Coaster, which was built in 1914. It's one of the few remaining roller coasters to still have a brakeman on board the train.
PortAventura is an entertainment resort on the Daurada Coast in Catalonia, Spain. The theme park is split into 6 different worlds including China, Mexico and the Far West to name a few. The resort is also home to Ferrari Land, a Ferrari-themed amusement park with rides, restaurants and attractions based around the popular brand. Adrenaline junkies will love the Red Force ride, Europe's tallest roller coaster at a staggering 112m high.
Europa-Park is Germany's largest theme park and is the second most popular theme park in all of Europe. The park has been named 'the world's best amusement park' for 4 years running and for good reason. There are over 50 attractions to experience, including rides, shows and water rapids. The park is divided into areas named after European countries such as Germany, France, Iceland, England and Greece.
Gardaland, Castelnuovo del Garda
Gardaland Resort is a theme park located in northeastern Italy. It contains Gardaland Park, Gardaland Sea-Life and Gardaland Hotel. Almost 3 million people visit Gardaland every year. They make the most of the attractions with more than 35 activities designed just for tiny tots alone. For a guaranteed fun family day out, head for the new LEGOLAND Water Park in Gardaland Resort.
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The Best Theme Park Holidays in the UK
The UK is a great destination for family theme park holidays. Whether you're looking for a magical getaway with little tots, or a week packed with thrills for adrenaline junkies, there's something for everyone. Extend the fun of a family day out by booking accommodation near the theme park. Skip the queues and get to the park gates as soon as they open.
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Alton Towers Resort is located in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, a perfect choice for families looking to take a break in the great British outdoors. There are over 40 rides and attractions in the park to keep everyone busy, as well as themed hotels, a waterpark and a spa.
Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington
Chessington World of Adventures is a great getaway destination to keep the little ones happy. It has 10 different themed lands, a sea life centre, an animal park and 2 resort hotels to choose between. For young explorers, check out Chessington's 'Zootastic Weekends' where they can come face to face with lions, gorillas and wild cats.
Thorpe Park, Chertsey
Thorpe Park Resort calls itself 'the UK's Most Thrilling Theme Park' and it has certainly earned that title. It's home to 5 of the UK's top roller coasters and boasts over 30 attractions for visitors of all ages. Fans of horror will love 'Saw: The Ride'. It's the first horror-themed rollercoaster in the world with a 100-foot vertical drop.
LEGOLAND Windsor is a popular theme park resort with rides, attractions, shows and lots of opportunities to build some LEGO. There's no better place to nurture kids' imagination and creativity, whether they're driving LEGO cars, panning for pirate gold or riding magical dragons. Little ninjas will love NINJAGO World. It gives them the chance to take on exciting challenges and become masters of 'Spinjitzu'.
Gulliver's Land, Milton Keynes
Gulliver's Land Milton Keynes is a family-run theme park home to more than 70 shows, rides and attractions. It's been designed for children aged 2-13. Older kids will be thrilled by the roller coasters, while little ones can have fun in play areas specially designed for toddlers. Don't miss the Dinosaur and Farm Park. It offers a chance to get up close and personal with more than 30 roarsome dinosaurs across the park.