Top 10 Holiday Theme Parks

By: Travel Guru

With activity holidays steadily growing in popularity, it appears more of us want thrills and spills on our holiday. Use this guide to visit the Top 10 theme parks on offer throughout the most popular holiday destinations in the world:

1. Disney & Universal Resort (Florida)

In addition to 4 main theme parks, the Disney World resort contains 2 water parks, 6 golf courses, a sports complex, a race track, 20 hotels and numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings.

2. Port Aventura (Costa Dorada)

Port Aventura is a theme park in the holiday resort of Salou, Spain, on the Costa Dorada. Based 1 hour from Barcelona, it has 2 airports within 30 minutes of it. It is one of the largest theme parks in Europe and the biggest resort in the south of Europe.

3. Disneyland (Paris)

Ideal for a city break, Disneyland Resort Paris is a holiday and recreation resort in Marne-la-Vallee, a new town in the eastern suburbs of Paris. The complex is located 20 miles from the centre of Paris and features 2 theme parks, an entertainment district and 7 Disney-owned hotels.

4. Dubailand (Dubai)

Dubailand is the world's most ambitious Leisure, Tourism and Entertainment destination with over 3 Billion square feet of world class theme Parks, Culture, Sports, Shopping, Hospitality and Entertainment. This up and coming theme park is set to include a Disney world resort and is currently under development in Dubai.

5. Aquacity (Majorca)

The largest water park in the Balearic Islands, Aquacity is located near the El Arenal beach in the south of the island of Mallorca. Attractions include the Banzai, the Grand Canyon and the Devil's Tail. Also, three great areas for children: the Mini Park, the Dragoland and Polynesia.

6. Aqualand (Corfu)

Corfu has some of the best beaches in the world for a relaxing holiday, but also offers thrill-seekers a fantastic water park within a water oasis of 75,000 square meters. Aqualand is one of the most amazing and adventurous water parks in Europe, for children and all those young at heart. Attractions include giant slides, the black hole, the four twisters, the kamikazes, the hydra-tube, the crazy river, two new "free-fall" slides, the big size Jacuzzi and the big deep pool.

7. Gardaland (Lake Garda)

Located on the banks of Lake Garda, Gardaland is the largest theme park in Italy situated in the Veneto region with more than 40 exhilarating attractions. The park has expanded steadily in both size and attendance since its opening in 1975, a landmark 3.1 million visitors were in attendance by 2004.

8. Aqualand (Gran Canaria)

Aqualand Maspalomas is the largest water park in the Canary Islands, located at a tropical oasis in the south of the island, not far from Maspalomas. The park is open all year round thanks to the constant sunny climate of the island and within an area of 90,000 m2. The park includes 13 attractions and 33 water slides with the star attraction being the Tornado.

9. The Waterpark (Faliraki)

The Waterpark is the biggest in Europe and was the first to open on the island of Rhodes. Located within the islands most popular resort, Faliraki, the water park, situated is easily accessible from all surrounding areas and offers spectacular rides, unique splash pools and water slides.

10. Adaland (Kusadasi)

With close links to the Island of Samos and situated on the Aegean Coast. Adaland is the coolest hotspot of Kusadasi, featuring drenching water adventure rides for a full splash fun day. A world of unlimited fun, thrills, excitement and lush greenery is only 80 km away from Izmir.

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