Today the entertainment industry has already become so highly developed that it does not surprise anyone. Already in the century before last, people realized that it was better not to raise their spirits at home, but in specially designated parks. XX century was the time of growth of such places – they appeared like mushrooms after the rain.
Today the most popular amusement parks are visited by so many people that they could make up a whole city. First of all, this refers to the most important among all such institutions – Disney World in Florida. It is divided into several thematic parts. Yes, and other parks of Disney fit the main thing.
But the mistake would be to think that the whole entertainment sphere is given to only Disney characters. The homeland of such parks is Europe, which has something to show lovers of crazy rides or amazing compositions. And the Asians do not want to lag behind – in Tokyo and Hong Kong there are their Disneylands, and South Kore created Everland. Yet without Disney in the field of entertainment can not do.
Walt Disney World.
This amusement park is not only the most popular in the world, but also the largest one. It is located in Florida, at a distance of 34 kilometers from Orlando. This place is called Lake Buena Vista, and the total area of the park is 121.7 square kilometers. This is not just a place to relax, but a whole fairy-tale city. It consists of four theme parks and two more water parks. In Disneyland there are as many as 33 hotels, numerous restaurants and 5 golf courses.
This park was opened on October 1, 1971, 5 years after the death of Walt Disney. Unfortunately, he was never able to contemplate his most grandiose creation. After the development of this park began even during the lifetime of the legendary multiplier, he himself chose for this purpose land near Orlando in Florida. And the very first Disneyland opened in 1955 in Anaheim, near Los Angeles. However, almost all of its visitors lived in the west of the USA, and the populous east was left without profitable entertainment.
That’s why the idea of creating a park in Florida seemed very reasonable, besides there were always a lot of tourists. Through dummies and subsidiaries, Disney bought a lot of land and voiced plans for a grandiose project. Unfortunately, he was never able to see the opening, dying in December 1966. To the project took place, the animator’s brother and concurrently president of The Walt Disney Company, Roy Disney, even postponed his retirement.
The years of active construction led to the opening in 1971 of the first part of the park – “Magic Kingdom”. Two months later, Roy Disney died of a stroke. In 1982, the theme park Epcot was opened, which moved the guest into the world of the future and scientific achievements of man. In 1989, Hollywood Disney studios appeared, and in 1998 – the Kingdom of Animals.
To date, the “Magic Kingdom” is the most visited amusement park in the world. In 2011, it was visited by 16.9 million tourists, which exceeds the performance of other competitors. And there is “Magic Kingdom” inside a kind of ring. Its center is the fabulous “Cinderella Castle”, which is a symbol of the company itself, “Disney” and its cartoons. There is a park of several thematic zones, each of which includes certain attractions.
There is a large amusement park from Disney and in Europe. It is located in the Paris suburb of Marne-la-Vale, which is 32 kilometers from the capital. The park was opened on April 12, 1992, and its area is 1943 hectares. There are two theme parks – Disneyland Park, opened in 1992, and Walt Disney Park Studio, which appeared in 10 years. There is here the entertainment village of Disney, which includes nightclubs, discos, restaurants and boutiques. She works all night. In the park you can play golf and tennis, even work out at the Manchester United Children’s Football School.Disneyland has its own business and residential quarters, as well as a train station.
The park offers accommodation in hotels of different categories: In the park, guests can stay in hotels of different categories: Disneyland, New York, Newport Bay Club, Sequoia Lodge, Cheyenne, Santa Fe Davy Crocket Ranch, Kyriad Hotel, Mytravel’s Explorers Hotel, Holiday Inn, Movenpick Dreamcastle. And not far from here is the village of Val Durop, which has a fairly large shopping center, an aquarium and the Hotel Elise Val d’Europe. Disneyland in Paris is visited annually by an average of 12.5 million people.
Disneyland in Tokyo.
This name is worn by one of the parts of a huge Disney amusement park located in the suburbs of Tokyo, Urayasu. This became the company’s first park, which it opened outside of America, and it happened in 1983. The second part of the recreation area was the theme park Tokyo DisneySea. It is also full of tourists. In general, this place of entertainment is the third most tourists, behind only parks in Florida and Anaheim. It is important to note that both theme parks, like the resort itself, are not owned by Disney. The license is owned by the Oriental Land Company, so Disneyland is also the only one in the world that does not belong to the company.
Initially, the resort was the only theme park – Disneyland, in fact, only he was here. Eventually, DisneySea appeared. The park covers an area of 465 thousand square meters, its main entrance goes directly to the railway stations Maihama and Tokyo Disneyland. And the design of the park has borrowed much from the buildings in Florida and California, which existed by the 1980s. There are seven thematic zones, four of which repeat similar in other Disneylands – Adventureland, Westernland, Tommorowland and Fantasyland.
Tokyo DisneySea Park opened in September 2001. For the first three days of its existence, 10 million guests have visited here. This is not surprising, considering how large and spectacular attractions there are. Here come to rest a lot more adults than it happens in the classic Disneyland. The park was also the most expensive thematic in the world – $ 4 billion was spent on its construction. The marine entertainment port consists of 4 ports. From the Mediterranean port originate the American Port, the Delta of the Lost River, the Mermaid Lagoon, the Arabian Beach, the Mysterious Island and the Discovery Port.
Disneyland in Anaheim.
This park is the very first of all Disneyland in the world. He opened in the Californian city of Anaheim, which is part of the Big Los Angeles. For the first time people came to this park in 1955. Local Disneyland became the only embodiment of Walt Disney’s dream of a large theme park, which the animator saw in his lifetime. The park was conceived back in the 30’s and 40’s, but they managed to do it only in the 50’s, when the company was able to purchase 65 hectares of land in Anaheim.
Construction lasted for a relatively short time, about two years. Today the history of the famous Disneyland has been more than 50 years. This park has suffered many changes and improvements, but nevertheless it still remains the second most visited in the world. But for the total number of guests who have visited here, he has no equal at all. Disneyland in Anaheim has already received more than 600 million visitors. It was on his basis that other Disney entertainment parks were built. There are 8 thematic zones, some of which have already become classic for the rest of the Disneylands.
Hong Kong Disneyland.
And this park of entertainment from Disney is not enough that the youngest of all his name, so also the smallest. Nevertheless, the entire amusement park, located on the island of Lantau, is one of the largest in Asia. Many travelers with children come here for new experiences.And it opened in September 2005, occupying an area of 126 hectares around a huge natural lake. To build such an amusement park, Hong Kong laid out 1.8 billion dollars. Guests can be accommodated in one of the two hotels – Hong Kong Disneyland or Disney Hollywood Hotel.
It is curious that although Disneyland was created on the motives of American cartoons, it was not without Chinese coloring. So, Alice of Wonderland sings her songs in Chinese, and in cafes and restaurants, she offers mostly Chinese national dishes. And the park itself is built in such a way as to respect the traditions of feng shui. His face is facing the sea, and he lies between the mountain and the hills, which creates the illusion of security.
This park became the first and largest Legoland built on the planet. And it arose, which is not surprising, next to the original Lego factory, which is in the Danish town of Billund. Have constructed such unusual park of entertainments in 1968. Approximately 1.5 million guests come here annually. Although this is not so much relative to other entertainment facilities, the figure still inspires respect. And it does not stop interesting. And he created from as many as 45 million cubes of Lego. Since the designer has long become legendary, the park is loved not only by adults, but also by children who once spent a long time with this designer.
Danish Legoland is divided into several thematic zones, each of which is intended for children of a certain age. So, for the youngest is created Duplo Land. And Minilandia is a whole country of Lego blocks, where even houses are copies of existing real buildings. Through the channels here float boats from Lego, and the streets are filled with toy cars and little men. In the park, you can participate in an exciting lego-safari on striped lego-cars, wading through the lego-jungle.
Legoland has all the necessary infrastructure for the reception of guests – there are 7 good restaurants and fast food Burger House. Not without shops, where you can buy a legendary designer. In Legoland in general there are many interesting places, not without reason many tourists from all over Europe come here.
This amusement park is located in the Spanish city of Salou, near Barcelona. Annually about 3 million people come here to relax, which makes this place the most visited among all the entertainment in Europe. In Europe, according to this indicator, Aventura takes the sixth place. In 1995, 40 attractions were built here on the territory of 17 hectares. The park itself consists directly of them, Aquapark Aventura Aquatic, four hotels, beach clubs and golf courses. In the center is a large lake, whose area is 3 hectares.
The whole park is divided into 6 themed areas, a walk along which is akin to a truly round-the-world trip, which can be done here in just one day. There was a place here for the Mediterranean, the Wild West, China, Mexico, Polynesia and the Sesame Children’s Country. Visitors in the park are offered about 90 bright and colorful shows, which you can admire all day long, not only in theaters, but also right on the streets.
This amusement park is one of the largest in Europe, second only to the French Disneyland, and the Spanish Port Aventura. The area of the entire Mirabilandia is 750,000 square meters, and it is located between the Italian cities of Rimini and Ravenna. In this country of entertainment the whole 37 most interesting and modern attractions, including the roller coaster.
But there is a circus, a cinema with 3D, in the park there are constantly held shows and performances. A special love of spectators was won by the show of automobile stuntmen, and performances of the Russian theater are held directly on the ice. And at night guests can see a laser show and colorful fireworks.
In 2009, Mirabilandia launched a unique attraction – a roller coaster, which in 2 seconds accelerates to a speed of 120 km / h. On the water slide Niagara at full speed can be dived into the car, tourists are not advised to take electronics with them. And you can have a snack in small restaurants, where you will get a traditional pizza for your country right before your very eyes.
This park holds second place in popularity in Europe, second only to Parisian Disneyland. And there is this place in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, near the town of Rust and the border with France. Every year in Europe-park there are about 4.5 million people. Of course, it is far from the figures of Disneyland in Florida, but one must take into account that this entertainment place does not work all year round.
And the park was opened in 1975. Originally it was a kind of exhibition of the achievements of the Mack family, which produced vehicles since 1780. That is why the territory of the complex is just ten rollercoasters. There are other various attractions here, entertainment and shows are constantly held. The park can be called a real resort. After all, here, like Disneyland, in the surrounding area, many hotels are open.
And Europe-park stands out first of all with its concept. The fact is that its thematic zones are miniature copies of European countries. For children, a special tour of the city of gnomes is held, where the kids will visit the enchanted forest, they will see the house of witches and the castle of the sleeping princess. Small visitors will visit the Land of Adventure with an unusual and exciting route through the jungle. Among the “African” landscapes you can even ride a boat. Another interesting area is the Viking World.
In total, 10 countries and Scandinavia are represented in the park as a single whole. Among the “lucky” were France, Germany, Spain, Russia, England, Holland, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy. Little Russia is recreated at the expense of classic wooden huts, next to which there is a copy of the Mir station, the Lada autodrome and the Euro-World roller coaster. A lot of interesting attractions are located in the zones of other states. So, miniature France sheltered the highest roller coaster in Europe “Silver Star”. In Scandinavia, among landscapes similar to fjords, you can find a river for rafting.
In Italy, they will show comedy del Arte, Greece offers a ride on the water slide “Poseidon”. In Germany, there will be a whole fleet of vintage cars, on which children are also rolled. And in Spain there is a hill called “Columbus Boat”, a trip on which will give an understanding of what people feel during a storm. If the guest tortured hunger, then in any country you can find an excellent institution with a national cuisine, where you can eat deliciously.
This amusement park is located in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. And it was opened in 1843, it is the second oldest object of its kind on the planet. Tivoli Park has an area of 8 hectares, it is among the three most visited entertainment parks in Europe, second only to Parisian Disneyland and Europe Park. And the Danish officer Georg Carstensen founded this interesting place. Legend has it that he persuaded King Christian VII to allocate land for the park with the words: “When people have fun, they do not think about politics.”
From the very beginning of the opening, there were theatrical performances, as well as organized areas for orchestras. There were also cafes with restaurants. The park is constantly developing, as if confirming the words of its founder that “Tivoli will never be finished.” However, this remains true to traditions. And the glory of Tivoli brought several different attractions. So, on the American slide Demon trolleys reach a speed of 80 km / h.
It is here that the world’s highest carousel “Star Flyer”, whose height is 80 meters, is located.Spinning at a huge speed high above the ground, it seems as if you are flying over the whole city. Yes, and cultural programs are preserved – the park has an amazing Pantomime Theater, has its own concert hall and constantly hosts various entertainment events.
This theme park opened in the distant 1952. However, today it is one of the most popular places of mass recreation in Europe. Is Efteling in the Dutch province of North Brabant, near the city of Tilburg. The total area of the park is 650 thousand square meters. And every year about 4 million visitors come here.
Originally the park was dedicated to old European fairy tales and their heroes. But over time Efteling transformed a modern and full-fledged amusement park with indispensable attractions, such as roller coasters. However, the fairy-tale component is still quite important here. Efteling is much like Disneyland. It is such a full-fledged resort where you can play golf. There is its own radio station and other amenities of modern infrastructure. It should be noted that at one time the creators of Disneyland Paris even consulted with Efteling representatives about how best to adapt the American park’s style to European culture.
So Efteling can be considered a European parko. This can be seen especially clearly in its very first thematic part – “Fairy Forest”. There it is easy to see the plots of the works of the brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and Andersen. Throughout the history of the park replenished with new and interesting attractions. One of the last to appear here was the “Flying Dutchman”, which connected parts of the water slide with descents and ascents and an indoor route through the kingdom of ghosts. Efteling gives an excellent opportunity to have fun among fairy-tale characters, as well as appreciate all the advantages of a truly European amusement park.
This park is the largest in South Korea, located near the city of Yongin, a suburb of Seoul. It includes a resort, and all this is the grandeur of the company Samsung. Everland is constantly among the leaders in visiting amusement parks. So, in 2010, there were 6.9 million people. If the main attractions look normal for such places, then the water park and the zoo are a rarity. And the complex is divided into 5 thematic zones. These are the “World Fair”, “American Adventures”, “Magical Land”, “European Adventures” and “Zootopia”.
“World Fair” is an excellent place to refresh yourself, and also to hammer your bag with presents, souvenirs and postcards. In the “European adventures” you can personally see the classical architecture of the Old World, being away from it for thousands of kilometers. There is a beautiful flower garden, in which there was a place for game zones, a roller coaster T-Express, and on the attraction Mystery Mansion you can hunt ghosts.
“American adventure” will help you to feel the spirit of the Wild Smell, and the rides here are selected appropriate. Part of the “Magic Country” is “Aesop’s Village”, where the characters of fairy tales of the famous Greek fabulist live. There is a curious “Ferris wheel”. “Zootopia”, which is obviously dedicated to animals. There is a small zoo with sea lions, polar bears, penguins, tigers and other wildlife. On Amazon Express attraction it is possible to carry out rafting along the rough river. The amusement park is open all year round, it is an excellent option for an unforgettable family holiday of all tourists visiting South Korea.