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In 2018, the total number of visitors visiting different theme parks around the world was announced. With a total of 20 million visitors, Magic Kingdom in Florida topped the ranking while Korea’s LOTTE World Adventure came in at No. 17, the only theme park in Korea to be ranked within the top 20. Here are seven of the best theme parks around the world.
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LOTTE World Adventure, Korea’s best theme park
Seoul, Korea | Opened on July 12, 1989, LOTTE World Adventure has become Korea’s best theme park, recently celebrating its 30th anniversary in July. Located in central Seoul, LOTTE World Adventure is truly a globally competitive theme park, averaging 6 to 7 million visitors every year.
As well as both indoor and outdoor theme park spaces, LOTTE World Adventure is also home to the LOTTE World Folk Museum, LOTTE World Ice Rink and LOTTE World Aquarium. In addition to all these attractions, it is also located next to LOTTE World Tower, the tallest building in Korea, and the Seoul Sky observation deck.
LOTTE World’s most popular rides include Gyro Drop, which allows riders to experience a 70-meter drop in just three seconds, and Atlantis, a roller coaster that soars up a 72-degree incline before reaching speeds as high as 72 kilometers per hour.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, LOTTE World Adventure arranged a variety of special events. On July 12, LOTTE World held a special 30th anniversary event, but celebrations continued throughout the surrounding months. In July and August, Lotte World ran the “dream ticket” event, providing tickets to people who are economically or socially marginalized and need financial support. 
New indoor attraction were also rolled out for the anniversary, including MysteryXMansion, which will operate until Nov. 17. MysteryXMansion is a horror themed attraction that includes 15 different rooms including a kitchen, living room, bedroom and dressing room. Participants have to try and escape the mansion, relying on only a flashlight and rope.
Special 30th anniversary versions of the mascots “Lory” and “Loti” are also being sold in the theme park’s gift shops, as well as other promotional products.
Website adventure.lotteworld.com
LOTTE World Adventure, which opened on July 12, 1989, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It's hands down the finest theme park in Korea.
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Magic Kingdom, the star of Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, United States | Walt Disney World, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is a sacred place for theme park lovers around the world. It covers nearly 2,023 square kilometers and is home to four distinct theme parks – Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Magic Kingdom.
Of the four, Magic Kingdom is the oldest, opening in 1971. This year marks its 48th anniversary, and, fittingly, it is now the most popular theme park in the world, pulling in roughly 20 million visitors every year.
The layout and attractions are based on Disneyland Park in California, with one of the most famous attractions in the park being the Cinderella Castle, seen at the beginning of every single Disney film. Every day, fancy parades including Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters are held at the castle. 
Magic Kingdom’s famous attractions include Space Mountain, a high speed outer space-themed rollercoaster, and Splash Mountain, a boat ride that shows the characters and stories with a climatic steep drop. 
Website disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/magic-kingdom/
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Tokyo Disneyland, the world’s only ocean-themed Disneyland
Tokyo, Japan | Disneyland doesn’t only exist in the United States. Opened in 1983, Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disneyland created outside of the United States and averages 16 to 17 million visitors each year. 
The park is divided into seven different themed sectors: Tomorrowland, World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland and Toontown. Like other Disneyland’s, it is also the scene of parades and performances all year long. Popular attractions include the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.
In addition to Tokyo Disneyland, the theme park is also home to Tokyo DisneySea, the world’s only ocean-themed Disneyland. Attractions include the Mermaid Lagoon Theater, where visitors can enjoy the Under the Sea musical show, as well as “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” a submarine ride. 
Best of all, Tokyo Disneyland is only about 25 minutes drive away from LOTTE City Hotel Kinshicho. After a fun day at Disneyland, tourists can enjoy LOTTE Hotel’s beautiful scenery and its premium facilities and services.
Website www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/
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Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, a theme park on a whole new scale
Zhuhai, China | In Zhuhai, located in the southern central part of Guangdong Province, there is the world’s biggest marine theme park, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. Just like its name, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, which opened in March 2014, is an ocean-themed park. It averages about 9 to 10 million visitors per year, the most of any theme park outside of the Disney and Universal Studios families.
The park is divided into eight different zones - Ocean Avenue, Dolphin Cove, Amazing Amazon, Ocean Beauty, Polar Horizon, Hero Island, Mount Walrus and Hengqin Ocean - as well as animal exhibits. The biggest characteristic of this theme park is its aquarium. In 2014, the aquarium set the Guinness world record as the largest in the world, requiring 4,875 liters of water.
It also has various rides like the parrot coaster, which is a wing rollercoaster, and polar explorer, a water ride. 
Website zh.chimelong.com/Oceankingdom/
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Universal Studios Hollywood, a vivid film set experience
Los Angeles, United States | If you’re a movie lover, you can’t miss Universal Studios Hollywood. 
Universal Studios Hollywood opened in 1964 and for years it has been used as a movie set. It averages about 9 million visitors each year. Movies and TV shows are still being filmed there today and, unsurprisingly, the one-hour World-Famous Studio Tour is the most popular attraction. 
As a movie-themed park, Universal Studios Hollywood’s attractions include, Jurassic Park - The Ride, Terminator 2: 3D and all sorts of movie-related rides. WaterWorld, an adventure that surges to life with jumping jet-skiers, perilous plunges, firefights, massive explosions and a plane crash, and Jurassic Park - The Ride tend to be two of the most popular attractions. Universal Studios Hollywood is also home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which includes a full-size version of Hogsmeade.
Website www.universalstudioshollywood.com
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Europa Park, heaven for rollercoaster lovers
Rust, Germany | Located in Rust in southwest Germany, Europa Park may not be well known in Korea but it is one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. It attracts about 5 to 6 million visitors on average each year. Europa Park is divided into 15 European-themed zones, as well as offering a large variety of rides and parades every day.
Europa Park is known as a “heaven for rollercoasters,” as it has 13 rides. Some of the notable rollercoasters include Blue Fire Megacoaster, which catapults riders from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 2.5 seconds, Alpenexpress Coastiality, a VR ride, Euro-Mir, which passes through two enormous mirrored towers, and many more.
Of the many rollercoasters, Silver Star, travels as fast as 130 kilometers per hour while reaching up to 73 meters high, earning it a reputation as one of the most thrilling rides in the world.
Website www.europapark.de
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De Efteling, an 86-year-old theme park
Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands | Theme parks in Europe have a long history. Of all those parks, Netherland’s De Efteling is one of the oldest, as it marks its 86th year. It was first built by two clergymen in 1933, with the goal of opening an amusement facility for children.
De Efteling is the third oldest amusement park in Europe, after Dyrehavsbakken which opened in 1583 and Tivoli Gardens, which opened in 1843. Both amusement parks are located in Denmark. 
De Efteling attracts about 5 million visitors each year. It is known for its Fairytale zone. In addition to the fairytales, De Efteling has a lot more themed areas, built with creative and mysteriously designed sculptures and characters. Although it’s an old amusement park, De Efteling also includes new attractions. Popular attractions include Barron 1898, which reaches speeds of 90 kilometers per hour at a height of 37.5 meters, and De Vliegende Hollander, a water ride. 
Website www.efteling.com
September 2019 Editor:Ha Jaekyung
Writer:Lee Siwoo

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